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Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018

I recently bought shares of seven different companies. One of those companies was AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV). I had different reasons for buying each of the stocks. Some were in sectors in which I didn’t already have much exposure in my portfolio. That wasn’t the case with AbbVie, though. I already owned quite a few healthcare stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

AbbVie was unique. There wasn’t just one primary reason the stock caught my attention. Instead, multiple factors influenced my thinking. Here’s why I bought AbbVie stock — and why you might want to consider the biotech stock, too.

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Compelling growth story

I like growth. Period. End of story.

What I really like about AbbVie was that it has grown revenue and earnings at a solid pace — and it’s not even close to the end of the story for the company’s growth. AbbVie projects double-digit percentage annual adjusted earnings per share growth through 2020.Wall Street agrees, with the consensus estimate among analysts predicting average annual earnings growth of more than 14% over the next five years.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Veeva Systems outperformingunderperforming small cap peerModel N Inc (NYSE: MODN) while mid cap Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO) has been a huge outperformer that has just moved past its 2014 peak:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

Top Tech Stocks To Invest In 2018: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng, who previously founded Google’s AI-powered Brain project and served as chief scientist of Baidu (BIDU) , is much more optimistic. Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday, Ng detailed how AI is pegged to change the world for the better. It also won’t just be limited to Silicon Valley.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    In the earnings call too, NVIDIA CEO,Jensen Huang suggested the datacenter growth is just getting started when asked by Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari on datacenter outlook. NVIDIA had announced that Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Tencent will adopt its next-generation Volta GPUs for accelerating AI across the enterprise and consumer applications. Major server computer makers are also set to join the fray to adopt next-gen Volta GPUs. Jensen Huang on the call said “this ramp is just the first part of supporting the build-out of GPU-accelerated service from our company for data centers all over the world as well as cloud service providers all over the world.And so I think the — we’ve been steadfast with the excitement of accelerated computing for data centers. And I think this is just the beginning of it all.”

  • [By WWW.STREETAUTHORITY.COM]

    Thanks to these fundamental economic drivers, Asian internet firms like Tencent Holdings (OTC: TCEHY) and Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) have seen their stock prices soar 100% over the last year. JD.com (Nasdaq: JD) and Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) are trading higher by around 50% over the same period. I fully expect this bull market to continue over the long term.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Tech giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) owns China’s largest search engine and mapping platform, the popular video site iQiyi, and links it all together with a vast ecosystem of internet and cloud-based services.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    In late February, Baidu’s (NASDAQ:BIDU) videostreaming subsidiary iQiyi raised $1.53 billion in fresh funds to compete more effectively with rival sites. Hillhouse Capital, IDG Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Baidu all purchased the newly issued convertible bonds, and Baidu disclosed that it had invested $300 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: AU Optronics Corp(AUO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Corning Incorporated in a steady uptrend since we recommended the stock while Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED) has taken off even higher and LG Display Co Ltd (NYSE: LPL) and AU Optronics Corp (NYSE: AUO) have given a similar performance:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Barracuda Networks, Inc.(CUDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Palo Alto Networks falling over the past two years while mid capFortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) seem to have bottomed in early 2016 and have drifted higher since then:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $27.55 after the company agreed to sell itself to private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1.6 billion.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows FireEye underperforming small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA), mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW):

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Barracuda Networks Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) fiscal first-quarter results are scheduled for Monday. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.18 per share, on $91.15 million in revenue. The shares were last seen at $23.85. The consensus price target is $28.56, and the 52-week trading range is $18.67 to $26.69.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Palo Alto Networks falling over the past two years, but still outperformingpotential peers in the space such as large cap Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO), mid capFortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $27.58 after the company agreed to sell itself to private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1.6 billion.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: CYREN Ltd.(CYRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) got a boost, shooting up 41 percent to $2.33 after the company reported a strategic investment from Warburg Pincus Funds.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Live Ventures Incorporated(LIVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long onsmall cap real-time deal engine stock Live Ventures Inc (NASDAQ:LIVE):

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sanmina Corp along with potential peersCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS), Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX)all having similar looking charts; but SANM has been the outperformer:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion. Jabil Circuit shares fell 0.83 percent to close at $21.42 yesterday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, mid cap electronic manufacturing services (EMS) stock Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL), who gets around 24% of revenue from Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), reported fiscal Q4 revenue and profit that topped analysts expectations. Net revenue for the fourth quarterfell 5% to$4.4 billion and GAAP net income was $38 million versus $87.7 million. For the year, net revenue increased 3% to $18.4 billion and GAAP net incomewas $254 million versus $284 million. The CEO commented:

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ: TNAV) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $8.15 after the company reported the settlement of patent lawsuit. The company projects Q2 revenue of $51 million to $52 million and loss of $0.30 per share to $0.28 per share.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $8.38 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $56.39 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter and boosted its full year net income guidance.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Allot Communications Ltd.(ALLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018

Invisalign is one of the hottest products of the year thanks to teens and adults who want straight teeth without metal in their mouths.

The shift to clear aligners has powered Align Technology (ALGN), the company behind Invisalign, to a record year. Align’s value has nearly tripled, making it the top performer on the S&P 500. It’s worth close to $20 billion.

“Braces are no longer a right of passage for teens,” said Jeff Johnson, an RW Baird analyst. Invisalign is “quickly moving into the mass adoption part of the market.”

More than a million teens across the globe have ordered Invisalign, Align announced in November. Five million people have purchased the treatment, which costs anywhere between $3,000 – $8,000.

Align sales have grown two years in a row, and its last quarter was the best in the company’s 20-year history.

Orders among teens spiked to nearly 70,000 this past quarter, a 46% rise compared to the same period last year. Credit Suisse analyst Erin Wright called the jump “momentous.”

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Income investors often turn to bank stocks when looking for a steady dividend, but few offer the dividend growth potential of Southeastern regional bankRegions Financial (NYSE:RF).

  • [By ]

    Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) has $125 billion in SIFI-measured assets and also focuses its operations in the Midwest and Southeast. A cost-saving initiative has helped the bank increase its earnings and savings goals for two quarters and management now believes it can complete the program, saving $400 million in expenses a year earlier in 2018.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: ENGlobal Corporation(ENG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap energy engineering and professional services stock ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ: ENG):

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(MACK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap cancer stock Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) is scheduled for before the market opens on Wednesday (March 1st). In early January, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals reportedadefinitive asset purchase and sale agreement with Ipsen SA (EPA: IPN; IPSEY) for a transaction valued at up to $1.025 billion (plus up to $33 million in net milestone payments retained by Merrimack pursuant to Merrimack’s exclusive licensing agreement with Shire) under which Merrimack will:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped 8.9% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $3.46 after closing at $3.80 on Thursday. Volume was more than double the daily average of about 3.2 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped 9% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $3.72 after closing at $4.09 on Wednesday. Volume was more than double the daily average of about 3 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap cancer stock Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. In early January, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals had announced a definitive asset purchase and sale agreement with Ipsen SA (EPA: IPN; IPSEY) for a transaction valued at up to $1.025 billion (plus up to $33 million in net milestone payments retained by Merrimack pursuant to Merrimack’s exclusive licensing agreement with Shire) under which Merrimack would:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped nearly 11% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.30 after closing at $3.67 on Monday. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of about 3.7 million shares. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.02 The company said Tuesday that it has sold some of its cancer drugs to Ipsen for $1 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Broadcom Corporation(BRCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Susquehanna reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on Broadcom Corporation (BRCM).

    The firm has upgraded BRCM from “Neutral” to “Positive,” and has lifted the company’s price target from $33 to $35. This price target suggests a 23% upside from the stock’s current price of $26.91.

    Analyst Chris Caso commented: “Our downgrade of BRCM in May was predicated on already high Street expectations on handsets and no notable improvement in networking to drive upside. We think expectations and the stock price have now been sufficiently reset ahead of what we expect to be catalysts in 2014 including the iPhone 6 product cycle, potential improvement in networking and the impact from the recent Renesas acquisition. In addition, after several years of overspending on their handset initiatives, we think we are now closer to the point where the company either captures a return on that investment or is forced to moderate spending either of which benefit profitability. We see the upcoming December analyst meeting as a potential intermediate catalyst.”

    Broadcom shares were up 38 cents, or 1.41%, during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is down 19% YTD.

Top Value Stocks To Watch For 2018: Xilinx, Inc.(XLNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Further, according to recent reports, AMD, ARM (NSDQ:ARMH), Huawei Technology, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Mellanox Technologies (NSDQ:MLNX), and Qualcomm (NSDQ:QCOM) have collaborated with Xilinx (NSDQ:XLNX) tobuild a homogenous interface for different CPUs to share data with FPGA accelerators, which are useful in the datacenter and deep learning space. If this collaboration is successful, it could be very bad news for Intel.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISIs CJ Muse today offers his outlook for semiconductors in 2017, writing that hes bullish because the semiconductor cycle may see a cycle in the cycle, with positive implications for several names, but for Nvidia (NVDA) and Xilinx (XLNX) in particular…

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Among the factors Citron cites as adverse for Nvidia is that most of its revenue comings from video game computing, and that theres significant competition in data center computing from Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD), and Xilinx (XLNX).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Thesis: The threat to enforce federal marijuana laws might backfire by pushing Congress to legalize marijuana on the federal level. While in the short term, marijuana related stocks might suffer, if legislation is passed and signed into law, it would not only ease fears, but also make it more likely that more states will follow along with the pot legalization trend. This will have a long term positive effect on marijuana stocks.

The Threat

Right now, even though it flies in the face of reality and evidence, marijuana is listed as a schedule one drug: a drug with high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S., and lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision.

President Trump has threatened to increase enforcement of federal cannabis laws. One might think that this will have a negative impact on marijuana and marijuana related stocks like Aurora Cannabis (OTCQB:ACBFF), General Cannabis (OTCQB:CANN), Americann (OTCQX:ACAN), and MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT), and if implemented it probably would be devastating, both to publicly traded marijuana companies, and to local companies in regions that have legalized pot.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped (REM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    This type of spin-off is not uncommon among German companies, as they streamline their portfolios to focus on the where they have more competitive advantages in the long term. For instance, in the recent past, Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY) has split out Osram (OTC:OSAGY) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) has performed the spin-off of Covestro (OTCPK:CVXTY), something that Rheinmetall is likely to do in the near future because its auto unit has reached peak margins, and therefore this is the best time to spin-off the business.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The Regeneron press release in November for its Q3 2017 financial and operating results reaffirmed Eylea’s full year 2017 U.S. net product sales growth of approximately 10% over 2016, which could be about $1 billion. From our model, we see the Q4 total revenues for Eylea, excluding sales outside the United States from Regeneron’s collaborative partner Bayer AG (OTCPK:BAYRY), of $1.2 billion, or a 17% increase year-on-year. REGN stock has a forward P/E ratio of 21.83 as of December 8, 2017, while the current trailing P/E is 34.57.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Fertilizers are only one input when it comes to farming, the equipment business has suffered, and seed suppliers are certainly concerned. Perhaps that is why another merger occurred last week between Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY). Bayer AG agreed to buy the U.S. seed manufacturer for $128 per share or approximately $47 billion creating a mammoth company with a combined value of almost $134.5 billion. The $128 per share price works out to a valuation of around 16 times earnings, which is cheap in a market where the average of S&P 500 stocks is trading at over 26.5 times earnings. However, the weakness in the agricultural sector caused disappointing earnings for Monsanto in the third quarter and a downbeat outlook for the future caused MON to accept Bayer’s bid. Bayer bought Monsanto at a low price, lowering the risk of the transaction for the German health care and agricultural giant.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Nektar Therapeutics is working with Bayer AG (NASDAQOTH:BAYRY) on an inhaledversion of Amikacin, an anti-bacterial that if successful in trials could be used alongside standard of care to treat gram-negative pneumonia in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. If it’s eventually approved in the U.S., Nektar Therapeutics will receive a flat 30% royalty on sales. It’s also working with Bayer on an inhaled powder formulation of Cipro that could be used to treat chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Top-line phase 3 results on both drugs should be available this year.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    As the graphic below shows, ImmunoGen’s product pipeline is potentially significant. Furthermore, it is impressive to see the involvement and partnerships in these early stage compounds by some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. This includes firms like Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY), Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY), Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), and Novartis (NYSE:NVS).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Entercom Communications Corporation(ETM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap radio broadcasting stock Entercom Communications Corp (NYSE: ETM), a potential peer of Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS), Saga Communications (NYSEAMERICAN: SGA) and troubled Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS), is the tenth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 45.06% according to Highshortnterest.com.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: GlaxoSmithKline PLC(GSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Also, like in hepatitis C, competitors are attempting to win away market share. For example,ViiV Healthcare, a joint venture spearheaded by GlaxoSmithKline(NYSE:GSK), is actively pursuing new HIV therapies that could make it more difficult for Gilead Sciences to maintain its market share dominance. In December, ViiV announced that a single tablet, two-drug combination that includes Johnson & Johnson’s Edurant met its primary endpoint in phase 3 studies. A filing for FDA approval is slated for this year.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Donald Trump understands how regulation harms both businesses and consumers, discouraging innovation and raising costs. In a recent news conference, he pledged to “cut regulations by 75%, maybe more.”  This is good news indeed for drug companies like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK) dropped about 1% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $34.52 after closing at $34.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $44.54. Volume of around 4.8 million was about equal to the daily average. The company’s HIV drug is being challenged by a potentially better drug from competitor Gilead Sciences.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Gilead’s primary rival in the HIV market is Viiv Healthcare, which is majority-owned byGlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK).The company recently announced positive results from a late-stage clinical study of its HIV drug Tivicay combined with Johnson & Johnson’s Edurant.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Third, in late March, Mylan announced that the Food and Drug Administration had rejected its application to market a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s (NYSE:GSK) blockbuster asthma and COPD inhalable drug, Advair. GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair lost patent protection more than six years ago, but only within the past couple of years did the FDA lay out a course for generic drug producers to follow in order to get a generic version of the drug approved. Meanwhile, Glaxo still enjoys blockbuster sales of Advair as generic versions of the drug have yet to hit the market.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Royal Gold Inc.(RGLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Climbing nearly 6% through January, the price of gold outpaced the meager gain — approximately 1% — of the S&P 500. Unsurprisingly, many of the market’s largest gold stocks enjoyed double-digit gains, including AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU), Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), IAMGOLD (NYSE:IAG), and Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD).

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30)
    DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24%
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56%
    Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27%
    Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25%
    Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16%
    Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75%
    Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation(CPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Tuesday, utilities shares slipped by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), up 2 percent, and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) up 3 percent.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BanColombia S.A.(CIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Smith]

    Bancolombia appears attractively priced
    Another Colombian company that appears under-valued is the Andean country’s largest commercial bank Bancolombia (NYSE: CIB  ) . For the year-to-date Bancolombia’s share price fell 17% because of a weak second quarter bottom-line. This decline was primarily caused by the bank’s net income plunging by 41% year-over-year because of mark-to-market losses caused by the value lost in the bank’s securities portfolio.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Analysts at Credit Suisse downgraded shares of Bancolombia SA (ADR) (NYSE: CIB) from Outperform to Neutral, while boosting their price target from $38 to $40.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Foreign Regional Banks: This industry declined 2 percent by 11:00 am with Bancolombia SA (ADR) (NYSE: CIB) moving down 3.7 percent. Bancolombia’s PEG ratio is 4.51.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

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stock trading courses: BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust(BPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell by 1.30 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 14 percent, and Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (NASDAQ: GIFI), down 13 percent.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Our featured recommendation, the BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (BPT), is a grantor trust. What that means is that the trust holds royalty interest in minerals from the Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska.

stock trading courses: AxoGen, Inc.(AXGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was down, falling around 10 percent to $22.42. AxoGen reported a proposed public offering of common stock.

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stock trading courses: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

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    Market Exchanges like the CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) have just started allowing trading in bitcoin futures and could attract an entirely new type of retail user as well as allowing institutional clients access to the bitcoin theme. Exchanges make their money on transactional volume, so a bursting of the bitcoin bubble wouldn’t necessarily mean weakness for shares.

stock trading courses: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once outperformed underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap natural andorganic foods stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close with shares closing up 5.29% after better-than-expected earnings results in a space thats facing deflation especially after the Amazon-Wholefoods deal was announced. Q4 net sales increased 5.7% to $2.34 billion as sales were positively impacted by the acquisitions of Haddon House Food Products, Inc. and Gourmet Guru, Inc (Due to the integration of these acquisitions, the financial impact of acquired businesses is no longer fully separable). Net income increased 12.1% to $38.9 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for the Hain Celestial Group shows shares having once strongly outperformed largely underperforming peers such as large capWhole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and small cap United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI):

stock trading courses: AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co)(ABC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    AmerisourceBergen (ABC) sprinted to the top of the S&P 500 after releasing Street-beating earnings this morning.

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    Shares of AmerisourceBergen jumped 8.8% to $$75.96 today, while the S&P 500 dropped fell 0.7% to 2,097.94.

    Leerink’s David Larsen and Matt Dellelo traces today’s big gain to Amerisource’s big drop following McKesson’s (MCK) earnings last week:

    This morningAmerisourceBergen reported adjusted EPS of $1.30, which was well ahead of Leerink/consensus of $1.22/$1.22. The quality of the beat appears decent, with some pressure in gross margin, completely offset by lower SG&A costs. Given the dramatic reduction in guidance provided byMcKesson (MP), investors had been very cautious heading into the quarter. We are pleased to see that F2017 EPS guidance of $5.63-$5.88 brackets Leerink/consensus estimates of $5.85/$5.82. Brand inflation is now expected to be in the +7-9% range from 10% previously, and F2017 is expected to be back-half loaded. Our first impression of the quarter is that the print and guide are good and there will likely be a relief rally in the shares.

    AmerisourceBergen’s market capitalization rose to $18.1 billion from $16.6 billion yesterday.

stock trading courses: WPP plc(WPPGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    WPP plc (WPPGY) — Most of WPP’s public websites were rendered inaccessible after the world’s biggest advertising group said its IT systems were the focus of a suspected cyberattack. Shares traded down almost 1% in early afternoon.