Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now

Asian stock markets slumped in early trading Wednesday as trade tensions rose following a report that China is seeking permission from the World Trade Organization to impose sanctions against the U.S., separate from the tariff battle between the world’s largest economic powers.

The declines continued for Hong Kong stocks, which hit 14-month lows Tuesday and saw the Hang Seng Index
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  enter bear-market territory. It was off a further 0.5% Wednesday, headed toward its sixth straight decline. Chinese bank stocks were lower, as were Macau casino names. Sino Biopharma
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  and knitwear maker Shenzhou
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 , which joined the Hang Seng on Monday, were on an early pace for a third day of declines. Tech giant Tencent
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  gave up early gains after fresh stock-buyback activity Tuesday.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated(HBAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado lessened its stake in shares of Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN) by 4.8% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 197,768 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 10,068 shares during the quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado’s holdings in Huntington Bancshares were worth $2,986,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Yesterday Trading Recap Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (HBAN) Stock Price trades 4.85% (nasdaqchronicle.com) Huntington Bank Reports Increased Loan Production In SBA Fiscal Q2 2018 (finance.yahoo.com) Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NasdaqGS:HBAN) Boasting an ROIC Quality Score of -5.502819 (colbypost.com) Investor’s Alert (Earnings Per Share) – Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN) (thestockgem.com) $1.13 Billion in Sales Expected for Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)

    Huntington Bancshares opened at $15.69 on Friday, according to MarketBeat. The firm has a market cap of $17.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.01, a P/E/G ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.32. The company has a current ratio of 0.88, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85. Huntington Bancshares has a 52-week low of $12.14 and a 52-week high of $16.60.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Envestnet Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN) by 33.7% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 196,941 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 49,653 shares during the quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Huntington Bancshares were worth $2,972,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Wednesday morning.

    HBAN has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Huntington Bancshares from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Nomura reduced their price target on Huntington Bancshares from $18.00 to $17.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $17.00 price target on Huntington Bancshares and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 24th. UBS Group began coverage on Huntington Bancshares in a research report on Wednesday, March 21st. They issued a buy rating and a $20.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Hilliard Lyons upgraded Huntington Bancshares from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $17.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $16.98.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This smaller cap bank could be an outstanding addition for more aggressive portfolios. Huntington Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: HBAN) operates as a holding company for the Huntington National Bank, which provides commercial, small business, consumer and mortgage banking services. Its Retail and Business Banking segment offers financial products and services, including checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, consumer loans and small business loans, as well as investments, insurance, interest rate risk protection and foreign exchange and treasury management services.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The leaders of e-commerce veteran eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) have proven extremely skilled at buying businesses with growth potential and then nurturing them. But in the views of hedge funds Elliott Management and Starboard Value — both of which hold significant stakes in eBay — its core auction business doesn’t exactly provide the best connective tissue linking all those valuable pieces together. In short, they want spinoffs.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) aren’t renewing their operating agreement that was penned when the online marketplace business spun off the payments business. The two companies jointly announced the plan about a year ago during their respective earnings calls for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Here’s the list, along with the number of countries in which each company dominates, the online population served by each company and the square kilometers (km) covered by each empire.

    Amazon: 58 countries; 1.22 billion people; 34.96 million square km Alibaba: 15 countries; 1.07 billion people; 13.68 million square km MercadoLibre: 9 countries; 341 million people; 17.52 million square km Naspers: 16 countries; 261 million people; 23.8 million square km eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY): 13 countries; 132 million people; 9.8 million square km Rocket Internet: 8 countries; 104 million people; 3 million square km Schibsted: 8 countries; 41 million people; 1.45 million square km Be Forward: 6 countries; 12.47 million people; 3.4 million square km

    One player not included in the Website Builder Expert survey is Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), which leaped into the fray recently with its acquisition of a controlling interest in India’s Flipkart. India’s e-commerce market is growing faster than any other in the world and Flipkart is its largest player.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this mailbag segment of the Market Foolery podcast, host Chris Hill and senior analyst Matt Argersinger discuss an M&A hypothetical that would have been tough to imagine just a couple of years ago, but which now seems at least worth considering: Should rising mobile payments star Square (NYSE:SQ) acquire e-commerce elder statesman eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY)?

  • [By Adam Levy]

    When eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) was first starting, it was an online consumer-to-consumer auction house. But over the last 20 years or so, eBay has transformed into more of a business-to-consumer marketplace. While it still has millions of items for sale from individuals, a lot of eBay’s business now comes from big sellers using the platform to reach eBay’s broad global audience of over 170 million buyers.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SNDX)

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    Syndax (SNDX) is developing entinostat, a Class I HDAC inhibitor, for the treatment of solid tumors. Shares popped recently following the release of Syndax’s first quarter earnings results, but a bigger catalyst on the horizon is the upcoming ASCO oncology conference in June. Syndax is due to present updated data from the ENCORE-601 Phase 2 trial in melanoma and lung cancer.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Syndax Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SNDX) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Friday.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Syndax Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDX) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $30 price target at H.C. Wainwright on July 12. This is a small $175 million market cap company at the time of the call, but the price target in this call was about 300% higher than the $7.10 closing price. Syndax has a 52-week range of $6.61 to $15.20, and its most recent closing price was $7.49. The cancer pipeline has been the focus for such large upside here, and at one point one analyst was pointing to Syndax rallying to as high as $40.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: GWG Holdings, Inc(GWGH)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of GWG (NASDAQ:GWGH) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report issued on Friday morning.

    Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on GWGH. Zacks Investment Research lowered GWG from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 17th. Maxim Group reissued a buy rating and issued a $14.00 price target on shares of GWG in a research note on Thursday, August 16th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    Critical Review: Citizens (CIA) vs. GWG (GWGH) (americanbankingnews.com) (Watch) Zibanejad scores in Sweden’s win over Russia (sny.tv) GWG Holdings’ (GWGH) CEO Jon Sabes on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (msn.com) Edited Transcript of GWGH earnings conference call or presentation 14-May-18 8:30pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com) DWWA judge profile: Davide Buongiorno (decanter.com)

    A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised GWG from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.25 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. ValuEngine lowered GWG from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, May 14th. Finally, Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of GWG in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Resonant Inc.(RESN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Resonant (NASDAQ:RESN)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by analysts at National Securities in a research note issued to investors on Monday. They currently have a $8.00 price objective on the semiconductor company’s stock. National Securities’ target price indicates a potential upside of 72.04% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Resonant Inc (NASDAQ:RESN) CFO Jeffrey A. Killian sold 5,870 shares of Resonant stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $3.69, for a total value of $21,660.30. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 80,307 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $296,332.83. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARMO) shares rose 67.5 percent to $49.96 in pre-market trading after Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced plans to acquire ARMO BioSciences for $50 per share.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) rose 62.8 percent to $11.30 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) rose 23.4 percent to $2.11 in pre-market trading following announcement that the company will pre-specify new subgroup with the FDA and report Phase 3 Part B results in June.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) rose 19.1 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII) rose 17.7 percent to $2.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 15.2 percent to $2.20 in pre-market trading after French company Total announced plans to acquire 25 percent stake in Clean Energy Fuels for $83.4 million.
    Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM) rose 14.6 percent to $8.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported strong results for its first quarter.
    Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) shares rose 11 percent to $27.50 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 sales.
    Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN) rose 8.9 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNOV) rose 8.1 percent to $11.35 in pre-market trading after the company announced opening of Investigational New Drug Application for MN-166 (ibudilast) in glioblastoma.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) shares rose 7.7 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported that its President and CEO Hannes Portmann left the company. The company named Raymond Threlkeld as successor.
    Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ: OTTR) shares rose 7.4 percent to $46.60 in the pre-market trading session.
    Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) shares rose

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.(TOO)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) surged more than 15% by 2:30 p.m. EST on Friday. Driving the offshore service provider’s rally was its better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) and Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) are both small-cap transportation 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 Stephan Byrd]

    Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Saturday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE: TOO) and Golden Ocean Group (NASDAQ:GOGL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Trillium Therapeutics Inc.(TRIL)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIL) (TSE:TR) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the six ratings firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $10.94.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: ITT Corporation(ITT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Intelligent Trading Foundation (CURRENCY:ITT) traded flat against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 21:00 PM E.T. on September 23rd. Intelligent Trading Foundation has a total market cap of $330,353.00 and $2,109.00 worth of Intelligent Trading Foundation was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. In the last seven days, Intelligent Trading Foundation has traded up 10.7% against the dollar. One Intelligent Trading Foundation token can now be bought for $0.0337 or 0.00000504 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Mercatox, IDEX and COSS.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: America First Tax Exempt Investors L.P.(ATAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of America First Tax Exempt Investors, L.P. (NASDAQ:ATAX) hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $6.47 and last traded at $6.43, with a volume of 54800 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $6.43.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of America First Multifamily Investors (NASDAQ:ATAX) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    America First Multifamily Investors LP (NASDAQ:ATAX) announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 14th, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 28th will be given a dividend of 0.125 per share by the financial services provider on Wednesday, October 31st. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 8.50%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 27th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    America First Multifamily Investors LP (NASDAQ:ATAX) Director Lisa Y. Roskens bought 5,965 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 27th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $5.95 per share, for a total transaction of $35,491.75. Following the purchase, the director now owns 100,069 shares in the company, valued at approximately $595,410.55. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TheStreet downgraded shares of America First Multifamily Investors (NASDAQ:ATAX) from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a research report released on Friday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bank of Montreal Can bought a new position in shares of America First Multifamily Investors LP (NASDAQ:ATAX) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 22,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $143,000.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fastenal Company(FAST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    It’s right there in the name: Fasten. All. Whatever you might need to fasten together to build a house, for example — be it a screw or a bolt, a nut or a washer, Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) makes it. And as we found out in its second-quarter 2018 earnings report, released  this morning, Fastenal makes a lot of money providing useful parts and services to the construction and manufacturing industries.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the fourteen analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $55.78.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AMG Funds LLC reduced its stake in shares of Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) by 2.8% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 56,241 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,608 shares during the period. Fastenal makes up approximately 1.8% of AMG Funds LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 3rd biggest holding. AMG Funds LLC’s holdings in Fastenal were worth $3,070,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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    Stocks to Watch Today: GOOGL, SBUX, PG, SHLD, FAST
    Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) leads tech headlines Wednesday as the company will unveil the third iteration of its Pixel smartphone, its first tablet computer, and the Google Home smart speaker. The race into the tablet space takes direct aim at rival Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Shares of GOOGL were flat in pre-market hours. Shares of Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) are on the move after hedge fund manager Bill Ackman announced a stake in the coffee house giant. Ackman has taken a $900 million stake in the company, and predicts that shares could double within the next three years. The position adds to Ackman’s growing portfolio of food and beverage companies that includes Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR), and Mondelez International Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ). The death of retail is set to claim its latest victim. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sears Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week. A bankruptcy filing would make it possible for the company to slowly strip away assets. The firm reportedly hired a bankruptcy firm to assist with proceedings. The news comes on speculation that the firm will not be able to meet its $134 million debt payment due this coming Monday. The Trump administration is back to picking winners and losers in its trade war with countries around the globe. Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) is now exempt from 25% tariffs on imported steel used in its Gillette and Venus razor blades. The Commerce Department awarded the exemption four months after P&G’s largest rival – Edgewell Personal Care – received an exemption for their products. Look for an earnings report from Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ: FAST). Wall Street expects that the tool giant will report earnings per share of $0.67 on top of $1.27 billion

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