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Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019

A quick note: With the 280+ comments I received on my piece published over the weekend about selling a portion of your Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock, I wanted to further clarify my position as the context is important in reading this piece. Unfortunately, many I fear read the title and glossed over the article before commenting, albeit insightful and informative commentary.

My main thesis was: generate a handsome profit by selling a portion (1% up to whatever you are comfortable with) of your current Apple position, because with the current Q1 numbers and future uncertainty in the hardware world, there are more undervalued stocks out there to “seek alpha.”

Unfortunately the title, “Consider Selling a Portion of Your Apple Stock to Capture Gains and Reinvest in Undervalued Sectors for Higher Probability of Alpha” – was not fit to print. And because I’m all about equal opportunity, I’ve written a strategy to make money off naysayers like me! Now onto your regularly scheduled programming

Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(MMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

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    NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday.
    The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges.
    The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1.
    “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear.
    Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance.
    Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012.
    By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015.

    Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Plantronics Inc.(PLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) were down 25 percent to $33.36. Plantronics reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations. The company announced a new 1 million share buyback plan and issued a weak earnings forecast for the fourth quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: “Brian S. Dexheimer Sells 500 Shares of Plantronics (PLT) Stock” was originally posted by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are reading this piece on another publication, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of US and international copyright & trademark law. The original version of this piece can be accessed at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3355123/brian-s-dexheimer-sells-500-shares-of-plantronics-plt-stock.html.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Caleres, Inc.(CAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $31.99 after the company posted upbeat Q3 earnings.

    QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $29.44 after the company posted strong Q3 results.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: VEXIM EUR0.10 (VXMFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    French medical device maker Vexim (OTC:VXMFF) contracted with an unnamed China lab to begin China registration studies for its vertebral fracture repair device, SpineJack庐. Vexim recently was granted patents for the device in China and Japan. SpineJack is an implant designed to repair a fractured vertebra and restore spinal cord balance. The 30 minute procedure is useful in 95% of vertebral fractures, according to Vexim. SpineJack was CE marked for EU use in 2010 and now is indicated for trauma and other vertebral fractures.

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Welcome to The Salary Chronicles, where we’re bringing transparency to negotiation and salaries, one story at a time. We ask women to share their experiences negotiating their salary and what their advice is for others doing the same. We share these stories anonymously so they feel comfortable speaking as openly and as freely as possible.

This week we’re speaking with a woman prioritized the benefit of telecommuting so much, she almost undervalued herself in her job search. 

Title: Director of Product Strategy

Location: Florida

Original salary: $103K

New salary: $118K + 15% bonus

What was the situation?

I had been working at a company for a couple of years, and while I really enjoyed it, the commute was brutal. I commuted 3 hours each day and that left me with a really limited amount of time to spend with my kids. I was a strong employee so the company let me experiment with working from home, but I knew it wasn’t a long term solution. I felt disconnected from my co-workers in the office and had trouble actively participating in meetings when I called in. I knew that if I wanted to make my telecommuting permanent while not impeding my career progression, I needed to find a company that had a virtual workforce, rather than try to be effective as the one employee who worked from home.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    A few years ago, office-supplies retailerStaples(NASDAQ:SPLS)and electronics store RadioShack thought they could benefit from the e-tailer’s sales prowess. Although they were losing sales regularly to Amazon, they thoughtplacing lockersin their stores could also result in the sale of an extra ream of paper or a few capacitors and potentiometers. Instead what they found was customers were simply buying their paper, ink cartridges, and electronic gadgets on Amazon and picking them up in their stores. After just a year, Staples and RadioShack abruptly ended the program.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company was set to merge with its last remaining rival, Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), this year, but was denied by a federal judge on May 10 because of antitrust concerns.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on reports that the office-supplies retailer was considering selling itself.

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    Staples gained 9.8% to $9.51 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,360.16.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy doesn’t see a “natural buyer” for Staples but remain Buy rated anyway:

    Shares are higher on an unconfirmed WSJ report that SPLS is looking at the possible sale of the company. Our fundamentally valued 12-month target of $11, applies a below historical average P/E of 12.1X our FY 18 EPS estimate, given office industry challenges. Our target has 11% upside, plus a 5.5% yield. We don’t see a natural buyer for a large physical store office supply presence, although an activist/private-equity buyer is a possibility. To make an acquisition worthwhile, a buyer would have to be more aggressive in cost cutting and use of cash flow than SPLS’s existing plan.

    Staples’ market capitalization rose to $6.2 billion today from $5.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $459 million on sales of $18.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: GTx Inc.(GTXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One biopharmaceutical player that’s rapidly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is GTx (GTXI), which is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle loss and other serious medical condition. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 53%.

    If you look at the chart for GTx, you’ll notice that this stock recently gapped down sharply from over $4 to below $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of GTXI have rebounded sharply and started to uptrend, with the stock moving higher from its low of $1.31 to its recent high of $1.96 a share. During that move, shares of GTXI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTXI within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTXI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.96 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GTXI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started just above $4 a share. Some possible upside targets if GTXI gets into that gap with volume are $2.50 to $3 a share, or possibly even $3.50 a share.

    Traders can look to buy GTXI off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $1.50 a share. One can also buy GTXI off strength once it takes out $1.96 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

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June 22, 2017: Here are four stocks trading with heavy volume among 106 equities making new 52-week lows in Thursday’s session. On the NYSE, advancers led decliners by nearly 3 to 2 and on the Nasdaq, advancers led decliners by about the same ratio.

The Hain Celestial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) posted a new 52-week low of $31.70 on Thursday, down about 4.4% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $33.16. The stock’s 52-week high is $56.99. Volume totaled more than 12.5 million shares, about 10 times the daily average of around 1.2 million. The organic food company said this morning that an accounting review has shown that the company does not need to change its accounting practices. Shares turned positive later in the day and are on track to close up about 1%.

DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) dropped about 3.2% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $8.11 after closing at $8.38 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.92. Volume of nearly 12 million was about 40% higher than the daily average. The company had no specific news.

financial markets: The Michaels Companies, Inc.(MIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate MICHAELS COS INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that MIK’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 20.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $64.00 million to $76.80 million.

     

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By JPMorgan]

    MIK’s results over the past year point to the company’s success in improving merchandising, marketing, and in-store execution plus the benefits of having a functioning e-commerce website. We believe part of the challenge for the bears is both a lack of appreciation for the category as well as missing the historical context of how leadership has evolved. Indeed, the difference in focus on "the front end" under CEO Chuck Rubin (who arrived in 2013) vs. a more process-oriented and margin-focused CEO prior to his arrival left a lot of impactful, low hanging fruit opportunities. Finally, while we acknowledge that longer term the sustainable comp is lower than the recent ~4% underlying trend, we point to the low volatility of sales, high cash generative nature of the business, barriers to entry (e.g., high SKU density, low inventory turns, lack of brands), and MIK’s market leadership as reasons why the multiple has the potential to expand over time (a la AZO). Balance sheet de-levering should also make the PE look increasingly cheap over time and transfer cash/value to equity holders. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    42.37% is the gross profit margin for MICHAELS COS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MIK’s high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 6.57% trails the industry average.

    MICHAELS COS INC has improved earnings per share by 19.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.70 versus $1.04).

     

financial markets: Sage Therapeutics, Inc.(SAGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) shares shot up 73 percent to $159.39 after the company disclosed that Phase 2 trial of SAGE-217 met its primary endpoint.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Shares of Sage Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SAGE) saw an incredible gain on Thursday after the firm announced positive top-line results from its midstage trial. Specifically, the firm reported results from its Phase 2 trial of Sage-217 for the treatment of moderate to severe major depressive disorder (MDD).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals  (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.

    The Bad

financial markets: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

financial markets: VEXIM EUR0.10 (VXMFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    French medical device maker Vexim (OTC:VXMFF) contracted with an unnamed China lab to begin China registration studies for its vertebral fracture repair device, SpineJack庐. Vexim recently was granted patents for the device in China and Japan. SpineJack is an implant designed to repair a fractured vertebra and restore spinal cord balance. The 30 minute procedure is useful in 95% of vertebral fractures, according to Vexim. SpineJack was CE marked for EU use in 2010 and now is indicated for trauma and other vertebral fractures.

financial markets: Xcel Energy Inc.(XEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Wednesday that it has raised its rating on Xcel Energy Inc (XEL).

    The firm has upgraded XEL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $31 to $32.50. This new price target suggests a 15% upside from the stock’s current price of $27.72.

    Analyst Paul B. Fremont commented: “The stock is currently trading at an 8% P/E discount to our 2015E group average multiple.”

    “Despite a difficult political environment in Minnesota the company was able to achieve a reasonable outcome in its NSP-Minnesota rate case,” the analyst added.

    Looking forward, the firm has increased its FY2014 outlook from $1.95 to $2.00 per share.

    Xcel Energy shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

financial markets: Chiasma, Inc.(CHMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Chiasma Inc (NASDAQ: CHMA) was down, falling around 13 percent to $9.51 ahead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Friday to approve or reject the company’s therapy. The status of its oral treatment for acromegaly, a capsule known as Mycapssa, will be in focus on Friday. The Street’s biotechnology expert Adam Feuerstein stated that an investor source believes the FDA will reject Chiasma’s capsules because data from a single-arm study failed to demonstrate a clinically meaningful benefit among patients.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

For some, Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) WWDC keynote event went liked they hoped, with the company introducing some exciting new products or technologies that hit all the sweet spots in today’s dramatically reshaped tech environment. Augmented reality, artificial intelligence, smart speakers, digital assistants, convolutional neural networks, machine learning and computer vision were all mentioned in some way, shape or form during the address.

For others, the event went like they expected, with Apple delivering on virtually all the big rumors they were “supposed” to meet: updated Macs and iPads, a platform for building AR apps on iOS devices, and a Siri-driven smart speaker.

For me, the event was a satisfying affirmation that the company has not fallen behind its many competitors and is working on products and platforms that take advantage of the most interesting and potentially exciting new technologies across hardware, software and services that we’ve seen for some time. In addition, they laid the groundwork for ongoing advancements in overall contextual intelligence, which will likely be a critical distinction across digital assistants for some time to come.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Applied Micro Circuits Corporation(AMCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Piyush Arora]

    AMD, along with other server-grade chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm (NSDQ:QCOM), Cavium (NSDQ:CAVM) and AMCC (NSDQ:AMCC), operates in the remaining minuscule 0.8% of the market. So, each of the aforementioned companies operate with a practically non-existent market share, compared to Intels shipments of course. This also means that these firms (AMD, Qualcomm etc.) have plenty of room to grow. This would be subject to good product releases of course, but at least this way, the law of large numbers isnt working against them.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Attunity Ltd.(ATTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap Big Data stock Attunity Ltd (NASDAQ: ATTU) as a short trade:

    “Attunity has also been on the watchlist for a while. It’s a straight-up momentum play Well, straight down momentum play. We’re just getting on board the train after a brief lull in the downtrend. This one isn’t going to be a monster-sized winner, but it’s a high-odds, low-risk trade.”

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Powell Industries Inc.(POWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Powell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: POWL) were down 14 percent to $40.06. Powell Industries reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.54 per share on sales of $129.8 million.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of fiber optic components maker Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) fell 17% in April due to a big third-quarter miss in mid-March. Its revenue rose 23% annually to $380.6 million, but that missed expectations by $9 million. Earnings rose136% to $0.59 per share, but that also missed estimates by three cents. Finisar’s top and bottom line guidance for the fourth quarter (16% sales growth and 83% earnings growth at the midpoints) also came in below Wall Street estimates.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares dropped 21 percent to $27.46 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its third quarter and issued disappointing forecast for the current quarter.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) rose 13.2% in February 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The bulk of Finisar’s February surge started when chief rival Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE) delivered a strong earnings surprise, followed by several rosy analyst reviews. Lumentum’s solid results led investors to optimistic conclusions about the many target markets these two companies have in common, and Finisar’s gains nearly matched Lumentum’s post-earnings surge.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018

KB Home (KBH) doesn’t report earnings until after the close, but the market isn’t taking any chances. Its shares–as well as those of homebuilders like PulteGroup (PHM) and DR Horton (DHI)–are getting whacked today following disappointing housing-starts data, and Lennar’s (LEN) below-consensus order growth.

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Strategas Research Partners’ Don Rissmiller and Erica Halie Comp don’t appear too worried by the disappointing housing data:

Housing starts declined -5.8% m/m in Aug, though single-unit permits rose +3.7%. The NAHB housing market index also moved higher by +6 points to 65 in Sep. Housing is typically an early-cycle variable (sensitive to interest rates), but this cycle the process is playing out much more slowly, in large part due to the change in bank lending standards (much of which can be defended as appropriate). Still, it takes a good amount of confidence to buy a house. As long as the housing market continues to improve, its difficult to see how the U.S. economy gets into big trouble.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: DRDGOLD Limited(DRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK) and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD).

  • [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 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cellectis S.A.(CLLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Cellectis SA (NASDAQ: CLLS) reported that they had received notice fromFDA that a clinical hold was placed on both UCART123 ongoing Phase 1 studies -in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and in blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). The clinical hold was initiated after Cellectis reported one fatality in the BPDCN clinical trial (ABC study) with the Company now working closelywith the investigators and the FDA in order to resume the trials with an amended protocol including a lowered dosing of UCART123. The FDA has a detailed page about clinical holds which mentions:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cellectis SA (ADR) (NASDAQ: CLLS) shares dropped 20 percent to $25.70 after announcing FDA clinical hold of UCART123 studies.

    Shares of Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OPNT) were down 10 percent to $35.20. Opiant Pharma named David O'Toole as CFO.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE: WRD) raised $413 million on the sale of $27.5 million at $15 per share, well below the expected range of $19 to $21. Shares popped just 0.4% for the day and closed the week down 0.9%.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.(SC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap consumer financestock Santander Consumer USA Holdings (NYSE: SC):

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Height Financial Services analyst Edwin Groshans believes Credit Acceptance Corp, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE: SC), Ally Financial Inc (NYSE: ALLY) and Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Franklin Covey Company(FC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion.
    ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion.
    McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share.
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million.
    Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million.
    Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Canon, Inc.(CAJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Carroll]

    Nikon’s story is similar to what’s plaguing its Japanese rival, Canon (NYSE: CAJ  ) . Canon’s stock has nosedived by 20% year to date, but the stock’s recovered nearly 3% over the past month. Don’t let appearances fool you: The company slashed its full-year sales and profit forecasts back in July, as the worldwide camera market has slumped, and as smartphones continue to take over this aging niche. Canon’s route back to respectability looks like a treacherous climb.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    Miscellaneous shorts. Lamensdorf is also betting against Japanese printer and camera giant Canon (CAJ) since he believes the company still hasn’t figured out a way to compete with smartphones.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Veeva Systems Inc.(VEEV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap global life sciencescloud-based software solutions stock Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE: VEEV) reported fiscal Q1 2018 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earningsbeating expectations. Total revenuesincreased 32% to$157.9 million as subscription services revenues rose 33% to $127.3 million whilenet incomeincreased 57% to $36.0million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Cloud software vendor Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) has had some extraordinary success selling its products to companies in the life sciences. It is now preparing to extend its reach into other industries, and long-term investors should be excited about the potential for the long runway of growth that could result.

  • [By Keith Speights, Brian Stoffel, and George Budwell]

    Healthcare is changing rapidly. Which companies will emerge as the huge winners with these major changes? We asked three of our healthcare contributors to weigh in on the subject. Here’s whyAbbVie (NYSE:ABBV),Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) could represent bold bets on the future of healthcare.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested mid cap global life sciencescloud-based software solutions stock Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE: VEEV) as a bullish long trade for investors who have patience:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    To say that Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) has performed well as a publicly traded company would be an understatement. While the stock itself is actually down since its post-IPO days, the company’s fundamentals have vastly improved during that time frame.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    HR and payroll specialist Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC), mortgage software provider Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI), and cloud computing king for drug companies Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) are the three best software companies you could buy in 2017. They share three key traits that any investor can love: high switching costs, blazing growth rates, and founders or CEOs with lots of skin in the game.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Citi Trends, Inc.(CTRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) shares shot up 16 percent to $19.38 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

    Shares of Internap Corp (NASDAQ: INAP) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.97 on strong quarterly results. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Internap from Hold to Buy and raised the price target from $2.00 to $5.50.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Gladstone Land Corp (LAND) –

    A U.S. based farmland investment company that currently offers a plus 9% annual distribution. It owns and leases farmland in Florida, California, Michigan and Oregon with appraised land value of $79 million. The distribution is paid monthly which should attract income investors.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: The Rubicon Project, Inc.(RUBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rubicon Project Inc. (NYSE: RUBI) dropped about 29% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.96 after closing Tuesday at $8.39. Volume of more than 6.1 million shares was more than 10 times the daily average of less than 600,000. The company named a new CEO and reported weak results after markets closed Tuesday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The Rubicon Project Inc (NYSE: RUBI) shares dropped 28 percent to $6.08. Rubicon Project reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and named Michael Barrett as CEO.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Rubicon Project Inc. (NYSE: RUBI) dropped about 2.4% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.64 against a 52-week high of $20.37. Volume of around 680,000 million was about 15% below the daily average of around 780,000. The stock closed at $8.85 on Monday night. The ad marketplace has formed a strategic alliance with Flipboard that will allow advertisers to buy ad space on Flipboard.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rubicon Project Inc. (NYSE: RUBI) dropped about 1.9% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $5.65 after closing at $5.76 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $20.37. Volume was nearly 4 times the daily average of around 740,000 shares. The company had no specific news.