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CRISPR Therapeutics A.G. (NASDAQ: CRSP) shares saw a significant drop on Thursday morning after an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA placed a clinical hold on the Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for CTX001 for the treatment of sickle cell disease, pending the resolution of certain questions that will be provided by the FDA as part of its review of the IND.

The IND was submitted to the FDA in April to support the planned initiation of a Phase 1/2 trial in the United States in adult patients with sickle cell disease. CRISPR and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE: VRTX) expect to obtain additional information on the FDAs questions in the near future and plan to work rapidly with the FDA toward a resolution.

For some background: CTX001 is an investigational, gene-edited autologous hematopoietic stem cell therapy for patients suffering from beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

The planned initiation of a Phase 1/2 trial of CTX001 in Europe in adult patients with transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia is unchanged, and the companies expect to initiate the trial in the second half of 2018.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: WSB Holdings Inc.(WSB)

WSB Holdings, Inc. operates as the holding company for The Washington Savings Bank, F.S.B. that provides various commercial banking products and services to middle income individuals, and small and middle income businesses in the United States. The company accepts various deposits, including consumer, small business, and commercial demand deposit accounts, as well as interest-bearing checking accounts, money market accounts, regular savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and retirement savings plans It also originates first and second mortgage loans, land acquisition and development loans, commercial loans, construction loans, and consumer loans, as well as non-residential mortgage loans with emphasis on residential mortgage, and commercial and construction lending. In addition, the company involves in developing single family residential lots, as well as builds homes on certain lots on a contract basis. The company has five savings branches in Bowie, Waldorf, Crofton , Millersville, and Odenton in Maryland. WSB Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Bowie, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets have been under pressure once again by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Inflation levels are going through the roof… but the people in charge of managing it have been lying to Americans for years. Now it’s time to get even.Money MorningLiquidity Specialist Lee Adler has the perfect way to make a lot of money when no one is looking.Read it here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    In addition to Trump’s concerns about China and trade, the President also stated that he is unsure whether a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will take place as planned. Multiple media outlets this morning are questioning if the event will take place. The summit is tentatively planned for June 12. Banking stocks were on the move after Congress passed new laws designed to reduce regulations for thousands of financial institutions. The new rules will ensure that smaller banks are not facing the same strict rules as the bigger giants. The financial sector has been lobbying to changes to the Dodd-Frank Act since its inception after the 2008-09 financial crisis. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Union on Tuesday. The CEO of the social media giant outraged European Parliament members after reportedly dodging questions about user privacy and the firm’s collection of personal data. During the conversation, EU members questioned whether Facebook is a monopoly and pondered if the firm should be broken up due to antitrust concerns.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, TIF
    Shares of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) fell nearly 6% after the retail giant fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.32. This figure missed Wall Street earnings expectations by six cents. The retail giant blamed poor spring weather for its performance and said that its bottom line has been impacted by the costs of upgrading its physical locations. Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) stock gained

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Territorial Bancorp Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Territorial Savings Bank, a federally-chartered savings bank that provides a range of financial services to individuals, families, and businesses in Hawaii. It involves in accepting deposits from the general public and investing those deposits together with funds generated from operations and borrowings in loans and investment securities. The company?s deposit products include passbook and statement savings accounts, certificates of deposits, money market accounts, commercial and regular checking accounts, and NOW accounts. Its loan products include one-to-four-family residential mortgage loans; home equity loans and lines of credit; construction, commercial, and other non-residential real estate loans; consumer loans; and multi-family mortgage loans. The company, through its subsidiary, Territorial Financial Services, Inc., also engages in insurance agency activities. In addition, it provides various non-d eposit investments, including annuities and mutual funds through a third-party broker-dealer. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 26 full-service branch offices in Hawaii. The company was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) and Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Prudential plc provides retail financial products and services, and asset management services to individuals and businesses in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It offers savings, protection, investment, and unit-linked products; manages investments across a range of asset classes for internal, retail, and institutional clients; manages onshore mutual funds; and provides retirement planning, consumer and Islamic finance, and health solutions. The company also provides retirement savings and income solutions; variable annuities; fixed and fixed index annuities; term life, universal life, and variable universal life insurance; permanent individual life insurance; and institutional products, such as guaranteed investment contracts, funding agreements, and medium term note funding agreements. In addition, it offers pensions and annuities; investment plans; and car, health, home, travel, and protection insurance policies. Further, Prudential plc provides fund man agement services for individual and institutional clients. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Zacks Investment Research Lowers Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Financial wellness program popularity rises among employers, up 63 percentage points in two years (markets.financialcontent.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Prudential (PUK) Reduced by Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Jefferies Group Weighs in on Prudential’s FY2020 Earnings (PUK) (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Prudential (NYSE:PUK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Prudential from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $57.00.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Northfield Bancorp Inc.(NFBK)

Northfield Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Northfield Bank that provides banking services primarily to individuals and corporate customers in Richmond and Kings Counties in New York, and Union and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. Its deposit products include negotiable order of withdrawal and non-interest bearing checking accounts; savings accounts, including money market, passbook, and statement savings; and certificates of deposit comprising individual retirement accounts. The company?s loan products portfolio comprises construction and land loans, commercial and industrial loans, one-to four-family residential mortgage loans, and home equity loans and lines of credit, as well as loans to finance premiums on insurance policies, including commercial property and casualty insurance, and professional liability insurance. It also offers insurance products, as well as owns a real estate investment trust, which holds primarily mortgage loans and other real estate related investments. Northfield Bancorp operates through its home office in Staten Island, New York; its operations center located in Woodbridge, New Jersey; and additional 19 branch offices located in New York and New Jersey. The company was founded in 1887 and is based in Avenel, New Jersey. Northfield Bancorp, Inc. is a subsidiary of Northfield Bancorp, MHC.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Northfield Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:NFBK) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and three have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $16.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Northfield Bancorp (NASDAQ:NFBK) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Monday.

    A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Northfield Bancorp from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a neutral rating on shares of Northfield Bancorp in a report on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Northfield Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, July 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $17.75.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Northfield Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:NFBK) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a hold rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $17.25.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media coverage about Northfield Bancorp (NASDAQ:NFBK) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Northfield Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.1080127060523 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Stewart Information Services Corporation provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries. It operates in two segments, Title Insurance-Related Services and Real Estate Information. The Title Insurance-Related Services segment offers services that include searching for and examining documents, such as deeds, mortgages, wills, divorce decrees, court judgments, liens, paving assessments, and tax records, as well as provides titles insurance for residential and commercial properties, undeveloped acreage, farms, ranches, and water rights. This segment serves attorneys, builders, developers, home buyers and home sellers, lenders, and real estate brokers. The Real Estate Information segment offers products and services, which primarily include lender services, title technology, foreign and domestic government services, mapping, title information, Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax-deferred property e xchanges, pre-employment services, and online filing and transaction management. Its customers include mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage brokers, mortgage investors, government entities, commercial and residential real estate agents, land developers, builders, title insurance agencies, and others interested in obtaining property information, as well as accountants, attorneys, investors, and employers. The company has operations primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, central Europe, Mexico, central America, and Australia. Stewart Information Services Corporation was founded in 1893 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bailard Inc. reduced its stake in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC) by 14.7% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 8,100 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,400 shares during the period. Bailard Inc.’s holdings in Stewart Information Services were worth $335,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now

Given the extremely low valuation of Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) stock, if value investing legend Benjamin Graham was alive today, he would be buying MU stock by the boatload.

Trading at 3.7 times its trailing adjusted earnings per share, Micron stock is the third-cheapest S&P 500 company by this valuation metric and it has the lowest forward price-earnings ratio in the S&P 500.

Four months ago, MU stock was trading around $65, over 40% higher than its current price. Its cash return [defined as free cash flow plus net interest expense divided by enterprise value] is 15.5%. By comparison, Amazon.com’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) cash return, according to Morningstar, is 1.0%.

I’m not suggesting that MU is in the same league as Jeff Bezos and company, but it would be difficult to picture a situation that is better suited for a company to buy back its own shares, even though its business conditions.are deteriorating

Warren Buffett Loves Buybacks

“Many management (teams) are just deciding they’re gonna buy X billions (in stock) over X months. That’s no way to buy things. You buy (things) when (they’re) selling for less than they are worth,” Buffett told CNBC in 2015. “It’s not a complicated equation to figure out whether it is beneficial or not to repurchase shares,” he added.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Quality Systems, Inc.(QSII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) shares surged 20.6 percent to $6.39. WBB Securities upgraded Melinta Therapeutics from Hold to Speculative Buy.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) shares climbed 17.2 percent to $30.87 after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) shares rose 15.2 percent to $28.804 after the company declared a special one-time cash dividend of $14.97 per ADS.
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) gained 15 percent to $53.35 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) surged 14.2 percent to $2.625.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 13 percent to $5.12 after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) gained 12.8 percent to $16.97 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.
    Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE: LOMA) shares rose 12 percent to $12.94.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) shares rose 12 percent to $5.07.
    Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) climbed 11.4 percent to $43.50.
    Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB) gained 11.3 percent to $24.7000.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 9.7 percent to $19.64.
    Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYG) climbed 9 percent to $7.90.
    Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) gained 7.9 percent to $38.82 after Citron reversed previously bearish position on the stock.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares jumped 7.3 percent to $3.55.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 3.5 percent to $107.27 after reporting better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Quality Systems (QSII)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quality Systems (NASDAQ:QSII) – Investment analysts at Dougherty & Co issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for Quality Systems in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, May 29th. Dougherty & Co analyst G. Mannheimer forecasts that the company will earn $0.15 per share for the quarter.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: WSB Holdings Inc.(WSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets have been under pressure once again by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Inflation levels are going through the roof… but the people in charge of managing it have been lying to Americans for years. Now it’s time to get even. Money Morning Liquidity Specialist Lee Adler has the perfect way to make a lot of money when no one is looking. Read it here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    In addition to Trump’s concerns about China and trade, the President also stated that he is unsure whether a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will take place as planned. Multiple media outlets this morning are questioning if the event will take place. The summit is tentatively planned for June 12. Banking stocks were on the move after Congress passed new laws designed to reduce regulations for thousands of financial institutions. The new rules will ensure that smaller banks are not facing the same strict rules as the bigger giants. The financial sector has been lobbying to changes to the Dodd-Frank Act since its inception after the 2008-09 financial crisis. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Union on Tuesday. The CEO of the social media giant outraged European Parliament members after reportedly dodging questions about user privacy and the firm’s collection of personal data. During the conversation, EU members questioned whether Facebook is a monopoly and pondered if the firm should be broken up due to antitrust concerns.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, TIF
    Shares of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) fell nearly 6% after the retail giant fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.32. This figure missed Wall Street earnings expectations by six cents. The retail giant blamed poor spring weather for its performance and said that its bottom line has been impacted by the costs of upgrading its physical locations. Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) stock gained

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: OSI Systems, Inc.(OSIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Clearline Capital LP lessened its position in OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS) by 62.1% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 51,099 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 83,849 shares during the period. OSI Systems comprises 2.6% of Clearline Capital LP’s portfolio, making the stock its 15th largest holding. Clearline Capital LP’s holdings in OSI Systems were worth $3,951,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    OSI Systems (NASDAQ:OSIS) issued an update on its FY19 earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $3.80-4.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $3.84. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.125-1.165 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.12 billion.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) and OSI Systems (NASDAQ:OSIS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Millennium Management LLC lessened its stake in shares of OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS) by 40.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 255,483 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 170,680 shares during the quarter. Millennium Management LLC owned about 1.41% of OSI Systems worth $16,675,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: SodaStream International Ltd.(SODA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its holdings in Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) by 11.6% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 16,545 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,719 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Sodastream International were worth $1,411,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    And with just a few smart plays in today’s classic stock picker’s market, you can pull in triple-digit gains with just a small investment.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday
    Today will feature a light day of earnings reports, but things will heat up later this week for traditional retail stocks. We’ll be looking for stronger earnings thanks to improved consumer confidence and spending. Retail firms reporting earnings include Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS), Ross Stores Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL), and TJX Co. Inc. (NYSE: TJX). PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) announced it will purchase the at-home carbonated drink manufacturer SodaStream International Ltd. (Nasdaq: SODA) in a deal worth $3.2 billion. The news sent SODA shares up 32% this morning and gives Pepsi a distribution channel to reach customers outside of traditional stores and vending machines. Pepsi appears to be getting out ahead of the growing trend of consumers purchasing groceries online instead of at traditional retail locations. Shares of PEP added 0.4% before the opening bell. Football season is now just three weeks away from kicking off. And America’s top spectator sport is trying to resurrect itself from an ongoing public relations battle over the National Anthem. Here’s the thing: Esports don’t face such a problem… and they are on their way to becoming the world’s largest sport in the world – scoring more fans than baseball, basketball, football, and soccer combined within two decades. Best of all, we found the perfect stock to help Money Morning readers cash in on this booming trend.
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  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The soda business is suddenly hot for everything but soda. Last month, PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) announced it was acquiring sparkling water leader SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA) for $3.2 billion in a play on healthier drinking options. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) made its biggest acquisition ever with the $5.1 billion purchase of Costa Coffee, one of the largest retail coffee companies outside the U.S.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Morningstar, Inc.(MORN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Northern Trust Corp grew its position in Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN) by 4.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 227,049 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 9,963 shares during the quarter. Northern Trust Corp’s holdings in Morningstar were worth $21,688,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) is perhaps best known for its five-star mutual fund rating system, but there’s a lot more to the company.

    In this Industry Focus: Financials clip, host Shannon Jones and Motley Fool contributor Matt Frankel discuss how Morningstar makes its money and why it’s the best-performing large financial sector stock of this year, thus far.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Shannon Jones and guest Matt Frankel walk through how Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN), Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC), and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) have all crushed their peers and risen by more than 35% so far this year.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MAN Grp PLC/ADR (NASDAQ: MORN) and Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Trust Advisors LP purchased a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor purchased 17,676 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $766,000.

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    The MSCI Emerging Market Index is positing an incredible run. It’s on its longest-ever streak without a 10% decline, Bloomberg notes. That’s helping power the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE:EEM) well ahead of the S&P 500 to start the year.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Materials stocks rebounded from a fall yesterday, with the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (NYSEMKT:XME) closing up 2%. Emerging markets also bounced back, thanks in part to a weakening dollar; the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEMKT:EEM) rose 1.9%.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Investing in retirement is vastly different from investing during your primary working years. You need to switch from a focus on growing your capital to a focus on protecting your capital and living off of it. That means generating income becomes an increasingly important part of the mix — but only if it doesn’t require material increases in risk. Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEMKT:BND), Vanguard Utilities ETF (NYSEMKT:VPU), and SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEMKT:SDY) are three exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that will help you invest the right way after you retire.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Investors sold shares of Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEARCA:BND) on strength during trading hours on Wednesday. $36.30 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $151.36 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $115.06 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF traded up $0.04 for the day and closed at $79.24

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    For the details of University of Tennessee’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=University+of+Tennessee

    These are the top 5 holdings of University of TennesseeVanguard Total World Stock Index (VT) – 1,059,959 shares, 71.1% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 22.85%Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND) – 396,870 shares, 28.9% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.41%Add

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Blocknode (CURRENCY:BND) traded 4.9% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 23:00 PM ET on February 6th. Over the last seven days, Blocknode has traded 21.4% lower against the U.S. dollar. Blocknode has a market cap of $77,467.00 and $5.00 worth of Blocknode was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Blocknode coin can currently be bought for about $0.0006 or 0.00000019 BTC on exchanges including Cryptopia and CoinExchange.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Traders sold shares of Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEARCA:BND) on strength during trading hours on Tuesday. $36.12 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $177.60 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $141.48 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF had the 33rd highest net out-flow for the day. Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF traded up $0.07 for the day and closed at $80.00

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Accuray Incorporated(ARAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY)’s share price dropped 6.7% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $3.90 and last traded at $3.92. Approximately 1,630,500 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 120% from the average daily volume of 740,567 shares. The stock had previously closed at $4.20.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    In response to its announcement of fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year results, Accuray (NASDAQ:ARAY), the maker of the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, saw its shares jump as much 17% in early morning trading on Friday. Shares have since cooled off, but were still up about 6% as of 11:05 a.m. EDT.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    After enjoying their best single-day gains in months yesterday, major market indexes continued to move higher on Friday. But several individual stocks stood out from the rest with more pronounced pops, including Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES), America’s Car-Mart (NASDAQ:CRMT), and Accuray (NASDAQ:ARAY). Read on to learn why.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was mixed on Wall Street, with the Nasdaq Composite eking out minor gains even as most other major benchmarks finished down modestly. Market participants seemed largely content to see how things played out on the geopolitical front between the U.S. and North Korea, and key reversals in other financial markets helped send 10-year Treasury rates back below 3% and also resulted in a substantial drop in crude oil prices. Despite generally quiet conditions, bad news sent shares of certain companies lower. Accuray (NASDAQ:ARAY), Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB), and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Accuray (NASDAQ:ARAY) had its price objective lowered by Citigroup from $4.00 to $3.50 in a research report report published on Friday. Citigroup currently has a sell rating on the medical equipment provider’s stock.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Icahn Enterprises L.P.(IEP)

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Activist investor Carl Icahn and Icahn Enterprises Inc. (NASDAQ: IEP) tendered up to 11.4 million shares in Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) in response to a $600 million tender offer from the company to repurchase shares of its common stock at no more than $54 and no less than $49 per share. The announcement sent Herbalife shares down sharply.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    While not every growth fund manager is worth following there are several that I greatly respect and can be a wonderful source of stock ideas. Here are a few of my favorite growth investors to follow:

    Pat Dorsey of Dorsey Asset Management: Dorsey was the director of equity research at Morningstar for more than a decade an authored two must-read books for growth investors: The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing and The Little Book that Builds Wealth. Dorsey now runs his own asset management business and he makes concentrated bets in growth stocks that he believes will be able to compound shareholder wealth for years. Chuck Akre of Akre Capital Management: Akre ran the FBR Focus Fund from 1997 to 2009 and produced annualized returns of more than 12% during his tenure, which was far ahead of the 4.4% return of the S&P 500 over the same time frame. Akre launched his own mutual funds in 2009. His style is to buy growth stocks that are trading for value prices and he rarely sells. He also runs a concentrated portfolio. Carl Icahn of Icahn Capital Management: Long-term investors in Icahn’s publicly traded investment vehicle Icahn Enterprises (NASDAQ:IEP) has enjoyed market-beating returns. Icahn’s net worth has ballooned to more than $18 billion because of his knack for finding mispriced stocks. In recent years, he has become an activist investor who buys a meaningful position in a company and then shakes up its Board of Directors and management team in an effort to improve the business. While his fast-paced style isn’t for everybody, I always enjoy looking at his portfolio to see what he has been buying or selling recently.

    There are also a plethora of websites out there that make easy to track and rank what notable growth investors are doing, including Whale Wisdom, TipRanks, and Guru Focus. Growth investors can visit any of these sites and quickly learn what many big-time money managers have been buying and selling in recent months to come up

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    He earned more than $100 million in a famous board room battle with RJR Nabisco, and recently he’s led the charge in pressing Caesars Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: CZR) to sell its assets. Rumors are swirling that the gambling giant will soon merge with Eldorado Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERI). He also has stakes in CVR Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVI), Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF), Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG), Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: NWL), and of course, his firm Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ: IEP).

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 166,393,350 shares, 48.97% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 5.38%CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 10.91% of the total portfolio. Herbalife Nutrition Ltd (HLF) – 35,227,904 shares, 7.84% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 22.99%Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 23,680,490 shares, 6.39% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 27.54%Freeport-McMoRan

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Buckle, Inc. (BKE)

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: FL, SSNLF, MSFT
    Shares of Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) popped 1% after the company reported earnings before the bell. The shoe retailer announced earnings per share of $0.75, a figure that topped Wall Street expectations by $0.05. The firm also topped revenue expectations. The primary drag from the report, however, was news that comparable-store sales fell slightly short of analysts’ expectations. Today is a key day for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (OTC: SSNLF). The company’s Galaxy Note 9 will go on sale. The water-resistant phone provides wireless charging and an infinity display. The company is trying to move past design problems from its Galaxy 8, and the fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 that was discontinued due to incidents where they caught fire. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is now under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. agency is investigating claims that the company offered bribes and kickbacks to government officials in Hungary. Other firms reporting earnings include Hibbett Sports Inc. (Nasdaq: HIBB), Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG), and Buckle Inc. (NYSE: BKE).

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Buckle (NYSE:BKE) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    6 Meridian bought a new stake in shares of Buckle Inc (NYSE:BKE) in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 8,243 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $222,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Buckle (NYSE:BKE) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

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    Two Stocks to Watch Today: BKE, FB
    Shares of Buckle Inc. (NYSE: BKE) were off 0.7% after the firm received a downgrade from German investment bank Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB). The firm downgraded BKE stock from a “Hold” to a “Sell” and set a price target of $16 per share. Shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) were off 1.2% after The New York Times reported that the social media giant is under criminal investigation. According to the newspaper, the firm offered “broad access to view information on Facebook users” sometimes without those users’ permission. This is a story that we’ll continue to monitor heading into next week.
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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Friday
    Meanwhile, the United States will continue to meet with China to discuss ways to accelerate a deal between the two nations on trade. U.S. Commerce head Wilbur Ross will be visiting the nation next month to lead the next round of talks. Last weekend, the two nations agreed in principle to avoid a trade war. Here’s the thing… the U.S. government doesn’t want you to know the full story of what is happening. Here’s a look at the backroom details…. U.S. crude oil prices slumped below $70 per barrel Friday thanks to reports out of Russia on its plans to hike production. Russia says it may increase production as part of a plan to ease portions of its deal with OPEC to cap excessive global output. Oil traders have long suspected that Russia would be one of the first countries to turn away from the ongoing deal with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the global oil cartel as soon as prices and inventory levels stabilized. This could be a blow to predictions among OPEC nations, as well as some traders who were hoping that oil could push back toward $100 per barrel.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: FL, NFLX, AMZN
    Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) leads a light day of earnings reports. Shares of the shoe retailer popped 13% after the firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.45. Wall Street had anticipated EPS of just $1.24. The retailer benefited from stronger same-store sales and higher revenue, which also beat Wall Street expectations. On Thursday, Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) surpassed The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) in market capitalization to become the most valuable media property on the planet. It’s worth noting, however, that Netflix’s market capitalization of $163 billion

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now

Scopus Asset Management L.P. lessened its holdings in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (NYSE:VAC) by 54.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 265,960 shares of the company’s stock after selling 312,811 shares during the quarter. Scopus Asset Management L.P. owned about 1.00% of Marriott Vacations Worldwide worth $35,426,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide in the fourth quarter worth about $101,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its holdings in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 56.5% in the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 1,205 shares of the company’s stock worth $163,000 after purchasing an additional 435 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. grew its holdings in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 42.0% in the fourth quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 1,231 shares of the company’s stock worth $166,000 after purchasing an additional 364 shares during the period. Element Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide in the first quarter worth about $228,000. Finally, Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB purchased a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide in the fourth quarter worth about $239,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.88% of the company’s stock.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Zacks Investment Research Lowers Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Financial wellness program popularity rises among employers, up 63 percentage points in two years (markets.financialcontent.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Prudential (PUK) Reduced by Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Jefferies Group Weighs in on Prudential’s FY2020 Earnings (PUK) (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Maiden Hldgs Ltd(MHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD) dropped 14.5% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $2.60 and last traded at $2.65. Approximately 2,396,727 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 263% from the average daily volume of 660,901 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.10.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Maiden (NASDAQ: MHLD) and Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD) by 1.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 7,015,640 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 132,547 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned 0.08% of Maiden worth $45,602,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Horace Mann Educators (NYSE: HMN) and Maiden (NASDAQ:MHLD) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Capital Southwest Corporation(CSWC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Capital Southwest Co. (NASDAQ:CSWC) announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, June 5th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Tuesday, June 26th will be paid a dividend of 0.29 per share by the asset manager on Monday, July 2nd. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.80%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, June 25th. This is a boost from Capital Southwest’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.28.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania(UVSP)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Saturday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) was upgraded by BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: WSB Holdings Inc.(WSB)

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    In addition to Trump’s concerns about China and trade, the President also stated that he is unsure whether a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will take place as planned. Multiple media outlets this morning are questioning if the event will take place. The summit is tentatively planned for June 12. Banking stocks were on the move after Congress passed new laws designed to reduce regulations for thousands of financial institutions. The new rules will ensure that smaller banks are not facing the same strict rules as the bigger giants. The financial sector has been lobbying to changes to the Dodd-Frank Act since its inception after the 2008-09 financial crisis. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Union on Tuesday. The CEO of the social media giant outraged European Parliament members after reportedly dodging questions about user privacy and the firm’s collection of personal data. During the conversation, EU members questioned whether Facebook is a monopoly and pondered if the firm should be broken up due to antitrust concerns.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, TIF
    Shares of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) fell nearly 6% after the retail giant fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.32. This figure missed Wall Street earnings expectations by six cents. The retail giant blamed poor spring weather for its performance and said that its bottom line has been impacted by the costs of upgrading its physical locations. Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) stock gained

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Special Opportunities Fund Inc.(SPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Special Opportunities Fund, Inc. (NYSE:SPE) insider Gerald Hellerman bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 11th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $14.47 per share, with a total value of $14,470.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 22,793 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $329,814.71. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Spartan Energy (TSE:SPE) insider Albert Jason Stark sold 21,706 shares of Spartan Energy stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$6.48, for a total transaction of C$140,654.88.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $36.19.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Improving business travel demand during the first quarter drove Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) to update its outlook earlier this month. Those travel trends turned out to be stronger than even its more optimistic expectations, helping the company to deliver results that were above the updated forecast. Because of that, the company is even more encouraged about what lies ahead in 2018.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $206.07 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Keep Company Secrets Safe With a Strong Publishing Process (cmswire.com) Analysts Anticipate Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) to Post $0.73 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Pebblebrook Hotel Forecasted to Earn Q2 2018 Earnings of $0.72 Per Share (PEB) (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently issued reports on PEB. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of Pebblebrook Hotel in a report on Monday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Pebblebrook Hotel from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Robert W. Baird lifted their target price on Pebblebrook Hotel from $37.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Finally, ValuEngine cut Pebblebrook Hotel from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Pebblebrook Hotel presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $36.61.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Safety Insurance Group Inc.(SAFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) and Global Indemnity (NASDAQ:GBLI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Arizona State Retirement System reduced its stake in shares of Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFT) by 7.3% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 22,220 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,760 shares during the period. Arizona State Retirement System’s holdings in Safety Insurance Group were worth $1,898,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) reported that winter weather activity and an accounting change were drags on its first-quarter results, though a lower tax rate was a net positive to the Massachusetts-based insurance company. 

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MAN Grp PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: MNGPY) and Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its holdings in Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) by 29.7% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 19,225 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 4,405 shares during the quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Arrow Electronics were worth $1,480,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Schroder Investment Management Group raised its holdings in Arrow Electronics by 36.0% in the 1st quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 1,378,400 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $106,164,000 after purchasing an additional 364,723 shares during the period. IFM Investors Pty Ltd acquired a new position in Arrow Electronics in the 1st quarter worth about $208,000. Csenge Advisory Group increased its stake in Arrow Electronics by 27.3% during the 1st quarter. Csenge Advisory Group now owns 3,639 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $280,000 after buying an additional 780 shares in the last quarter. Evergreen Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Arrow Electronics during the 1st quarter worth approximately $226,000. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its stake in Arrow Electronics by 1.1% during the 1st quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 124,374 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $9,585,000 after buying an additional 1,339 shares in the last quarter. 92.74% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) and Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Territorial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBNK) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seven analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Territorial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBNK) Director David S. Murakami sold 4,394 shares of Territorial Bancorp stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.67, for a total value of $134,763.98. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 27,494 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $843,240.98. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Weingarten Realty Investors(WRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fourteen ratings firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $32.14.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Thursday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.57 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $127.81 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $123.99 million. Weingarten Realty Investors had a return on equity of 22.88% and a net margin of 80.35%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.60 earnings per share. On average, research analysts anticipate that Weingarten Realty Investors will post 2.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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    About Weingarten Realty Investors

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Alaska Department of Revenue trimmed its position in Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) by 7.8% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 70,653 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 6,007 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue’s holdings in Weingarten Realty Investors were worth $2,175,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: WSB Holdings Inc.(WSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets have been under pressure once again by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Inflation levels are going through the roof… but the people in charge of managing it have been lying to Americans for years. Now it’s time to get even. Money Morning Liquidity Specialist Lee Adler has the perfect way to make a lot of money when no one is looking. Read it here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    In addition to Trump’s concerns about China and trade, the President also stated that he is unsure whether a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will take place as planned. Multiple media outlets this morning are questioning if the event will take place. The summit is tentatively planned for June 12. Banking stocks were on the move after Congress passed new laws designed to reduce regulations for thousands of financial institutions. The new rules will ensure that smaller banks are not facing the same strict rules as the bigger giants. The financial sector has been lobbying to changes to the Dodd-Frank Act since its inception after the 2008-09 financial crisis. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Union on Tuesday. The CEO of the social media giant outraged European Parliament members after reportedly dodging questions about user privacy and the firm’s collection of personal data. During the conversation, EU members questioned whether Facebook is a monopoly and pondered if the firm should be broken up due to antitrust concerns.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, TIF
    Shares of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) fell nearly 6% after the retail giant fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.32. This figure missed Wall Street earnings expectations by six cents. The retail giant blamed poor spring weather for its performance and said that its bottom line has been impacted by the costs of upgrading its physical locations. Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) stock gained

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    WINTON GROUP Ltd lessened its stake in Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ:TREE) by 29.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 2,754 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 1,134 shares during the period. WINTON GROUP Ltd’s holdings in Lendingtree were worth $589,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gabelli Funds LLC trimmed its position in shares of LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) by 2.9% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 8,450 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 250 shares during the period. Gabelli Funds LLC’s holdings in LendingTree were worth $2,773,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Those who invest in individual stocks like it when things are a little more interesting. When you look at that same decade, a few stand-out stocks have delivered life-changing returns. In particular, Lending Tree (NASDAQ:TREE), BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI), and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) have all helped investors turn initial $1,000 investments into holdings worth $21,000 or more since 2008. How did they do it? Read on to find out.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Lendingtree (TREE)

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  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Shares of consumer lending specialist LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) spiked 35% last month, trouncing the S&P 500’s 8% gain, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) which fell about 2% to $100.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $91.12 to $138.54. Volume was nearly 1 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department lessened its stake in shares of Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE) by 23.3% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 110,676 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 33,675 shares during the quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in Cboe Global Markets were worth $12,628,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company is the beneficiary of volatility and options trading. Cboe Global Markets Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) was founded in 1973 as the first U.S. options exchange and went public in 2010. Its primary business is trading listed options contracts on equities, indexes (including several exclusively licensed and proprietary products) and ETFs through a hybrid model that combines electronic and open outcry trading.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have assigned a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $118.64.

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Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation(SNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) announced a Semi-Annual dividend on Wednesday, March 28th, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Friday, May 25th will be paid a dividend of 4.568 per share by the oil and gas company on Thursday, June 21st. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 24th.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The shares of China Petroleum & Chemical (NYSE:SNP), also known as Sinopec, rose 18% in January, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Not far behind were Canadian oil companies Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET), with a global asset portfolio, and Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), a Canadian oil sands specialist, with gains of 16% and 15%, respectively. U.S. based Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), however, led this international quartet with a 19% leap. Noble’s portfolio is global, but it has a material position in the U.S. onshore drilling space.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    China Petroleum & Chemical traded down $5.56, hitting $94.22, during trading on Thursday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. The company had a trading volume of 254,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 190,689. The stock has a market capitalization of $125.83 billion, a PE ratio of 16.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.29. China Petroleum & Chemical has a 1-year low of $69.60 and a 1-year high of $105.61. The company has a quick ratio of 0.62, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.12.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BlackRock Municipal Income Trust II(BLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BlackRock Municipal Income Trust II (NYSEAMERICAN:BLE) announced a monthly dividend on Monday, October 1st, NASDAQ reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.058 per share on Thursday, November 1st. This represents a $0.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, October 12th.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BlackRock Municipal Income Trust II (NYSEAMERICAN:BLE) announced a monthly dividend on Wednesday, August 1st, NASDAQ reports. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 15th will be given a dividend of 0.058 per share on Tuesday, September 4th. This represents a $0.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.16%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 14th.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: WSB Holdings Inc.(WSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets have been under pressure once again by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Inflation levels are going through the roof… but the people in charge of managing it have been lying to Americans for years. Now it’s time to get even. Money Morning Liquidity Specialist Lee Adler has the perfect way to make a lot of money when no one is looking. Read it here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    In addition to Trump’s concerns about China and trade, the President also stated that he is unsure whether a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will take place as planned. Multiple media outlets this morning are questioning if the event will take place. The summit is tentatively planned for June 12. Banking stocks were on the move after Congress passed new laws designed to reduce regulations for thousands of financial institutions. The new rules will ensure that smaller banks are not facing the same strict rules as the bigger giants. The financial sector has been lobbying to changes to the Dodd-Frank Act since its inception after the 2008-09 financial crisis. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Union on Tuesday. The CEO of the social media giant outraged European Parliament members after reportedly dodging questions about user privacy and the firm’s collection of personal data. During the conversation, EU members questioned whether Facebook is a monopoly and pondered if the firm should be broken up due to antitrust concerns.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, TIF
    Shares of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) fell nearly 6% after the retail giant fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.32. This figure missed Wall Street earnings expectations by six cents. The retail giant blamed poor spring weather for its performance and said that its bottom line has been impacted by the costs of upgrading its physical locations. Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) stock gained

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (COTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:COTV) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group lowered their FY2018 earnings estimates for Cotiviti in a report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Jefferies Group analyst S. Dodge now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $1.68 for the year, down from their previous estimate of $1.71. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Cotiviti’s FY2019 earnings at $1.87 EPS.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Cotiviti Holdings Inc. (NYSE:COTV) were up 10.2% as of 1:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday after Veritas Capital agreed to acquire the healthcare payment solutions company.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cotiviti (NYSE:COTV) and FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AtriCure Inc.(ATRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    AtriCure Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRC) shares were up 6.8% on Friday after Needham & Company LLC raised their price target on the stock from $36.00 to $39.00. Needham & Company LLC currently has a buy rating on the stock. AtriCure traded as high as $33.45 and last traded at $33.02. Approximately 2,088,463 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 931% from the average daily volume of 202,505 shares. The stock had previously closed at $30.93.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Saturday.

    A number of other research firms have also weighed in on ATRC. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AtriCure from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of AtriCure from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, March 17th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on shares of AtriCure from $22.00 to $23.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Needham & Company LLC raised their target price on shares of AtriCure from $23.00 to $26.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of AtriCure from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a report on Friday, March 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $25.00.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market dropped on Friday after major benchmarks once again responded negatively to what many would have thought would be positive news. The latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor’s September report continued to show improving job counts and falling unemployment rates. But some market participants had wanted to see stronger gains in jobs, while others pointed to falling bond prices and rising yields as evidence of fear about the sustainability of current levels of economic growth. Some stocks, however, were able to overcome the dour mood. Chefs’ Warehouse (NASDAQ:CHEF), SMART Global Holdings (NASDAQ:SGH), and AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “AtriCure, Inc. is a medical device company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling innovative surgical devices to create precise lesions, or scars, in soft tissues. Medical journals have described the adoption by leading cardiothoracic surgeons of the AtriCure, Inc. bipolar ablation system as a standard treatment alternative during open-heart surgical procedures to safely, rapidly and reliably create lesions in cardiac, or heart, tissue to block the abnormal electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation, a quivering of the upper chambers of the heart. “

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of AtriCure Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRC) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, four have assigned a buy recommendation and two have assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $34.25.