Short interest during the two-week period ending November 15 rose on three of the four 3D printing stocks we follow. Trading was more active, with days to cover falling on shares in all four companies.
Short interest in 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) slipped by 1.7% to 27.25 million shares. Some 25.7% of the company’s float was short. Days to cover fell from 11 to seven. In the two-week short interest period, the share price rose by 1.1%. The stock’s 52-week trading range is $6.00 to $19.76, and shares closed at $14.88 on Friday, down about 1.6% on the day.
Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) saw short interest rise by 5.5% in the first two weeks of November to about 7.3 million shares, or 15% of the company’s float. Days to cover fell from 10 to four. The share price pulled backby about 5.5% in the two-week period, and the stock closed at $19.02 on Friday, down about 0.8% on the day, in a 52-week range of $14.48 to $30.46.
Short interest in The ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) rose by 1.6% to 2.38 million shares. About 22.1% of the company’s shareswere short. ExOne’s share price fell by nearly 13% in the two weeks. The stock’s 52-week range is $6.60 to $16.15, and shares closed at $11.11 on Friday, down about 0.7% for the day. Days to cover fell from 17 to 13.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Barnes Group, Inc.(B)
- [By Dave and Donald Moenning]
For those investors that like the comfort generally provided by a diversified portfolio, here’s an idea that will allow you to (a) maintain a diversified allocation in your portfolio and (b) stay out of trouble when the big, bad bears come to call on an asset class or two.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: TripAdvisor, Inc.(TRIP)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Angie’s List underperforming (but not really falling lower) other online review stocks likesmall capYelp Inc (NYSE: YELP) which is rising again andmid cap Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP), but all three stocks have fallen off from their all time highs:
- [By Seth McNew]
However, while focus on the lodging industry and regulation around it is heating up, Airbnb is quickly expanding its business in a way that should put more industries than hotels on alert. Here’s why companies in other industries, such as Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN), and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP), should be watching Airbnb’s growth closely as well.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Angie’s List basically back to breakeven while other online review stocks like small cap Yelp Inc (NYSE: YELP) and mid cap Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) have performed a bit better with mid capacquirer IAC has been a better performer:
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.
- [By Anders Bylund]
Shares of Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) rose 13.2% in February 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
The bulk of Finisar’s February surge started when chief rival Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE) delivered a strong earnings surprise, followed by several rosy analyst reviews. Lumentum’s solid results led investors to optimistic conclusions about the many target markets these two companies have in common, and Finisar’s gains nearly matched Lumentum’s post-earnings surge.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares dropped 21 percent to $27.46 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its third quarter and issued disappointing forecast for the current quarter.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as the stock market responded favorably to encouraging news on the employment front. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped on fairly strong job creation during the month of February, and that helped push the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite to modest gains of roughly between a quarter percent and a half percent. Yet even with a positive mood among market participants, some stocks weren’t able to participate in the end-of-week rally. Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), and Winnebago Industries (NYSE:WGO) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. Finisar shares jumped 7.76 percent to $27.63 in the after-hours trading session.
Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE: BAH) dropped over 13 percent in after-hours trading as the company reported a DoJ civil and criminal investigation regarding cost accounting and cost charging practices. Booz Allen shares dipped 13.30 percent to $34.10 in the after-hours trading session.
Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ: BOBE) shares declined over 4 percent Thursday after the company reported results for its fourth quarter. The company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings, while sales missed estimates. Bob Evans shares dropped 4.26 percent to close at $68.99 on Thursday.
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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: J.M. Smucker Company (The)(SJM)
- [By Teresa Rivas]
J.M. Smucker(SJM) is falling Monday, after Morgan Stanley’sMatthew Grainger and his team cut their rating on the stock, citing pricing pressures from Wal-Mart (WMT) and growing competition from private-labels.
Grainger slash Smucker to Underweight from Equal Weight, and shaved $6 off his price target, to $126. He also cites what he calls “sustained” challenges in both its coffee and pet food business, as well as“below-average strategic optionality.”
At the same time, he also upgraded Pinnacle Foods (PF) to Overweight from Equal Weight, and raised his price target to $63 from $58, on its double-digit earnings growth and what he sees as superior execution.
Nonetheless, he sees many of the packaged food companies in his coverage, from Smucker to Pinnacle, as subject to pressure from Wal-Mart and off-brand rivals. From the note:
Walmart comprises ~22% of sales across our coverage, a figure that has increased in recent years even as the retailers total grocery sales have grown at an even faster 4% CAGR. With Food margins expected to expand meaningfully, we believe this only enhances Walmart’s negotiating leverage going forward. SJM, Dean Foods (DF), and General Mills (GIS) are most at risk in the current environment, in our view.
Recent scanner data points to a positive inflection in private label trends (share up ~30 bps L12W) across a range of center-store categories, a dynamic we believe could intensify in an increasingly competitive retail grocery landscape. Our analysis of recent trends points to the most meaningful underperformance vs. private label at GIS, SJM, ConAgra (CAG), and Campbell Soup (CPB), while only PF has outperformed in recent weeks.
Smucker is down 1.1% to $127.95 this morning, while Pinnacle is up 0.8% to %48.47.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
The Pillsbury Doughboy is the mascot of the Pillsbury Company, which is owned by General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM). The Doughboy was created by Pillsburys advertising agency almost 50 years ago. Pikachu are characters owned by The Pokemon Company International and appear in card games, video games, TV shows, movies and comic books. Founded in 1998, the Japanese company has achieved total games sales of almost 280 million. SpongeBob SquarePants was created for Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA). The show premiered in 1999 and has spawned movies, video games and theme park rides. Ronald McDonald is a c
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)
- [By Spencer Israel]
Axiom Capital Managing Director Gordon Johnson upgraded the entire alternative energy sector from Market Underweight to Market Overweight and upgraded SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) from Sell to Hold and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL), Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) from Sell to Buy.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Despite the potentially positive recent developments for solar investors, Johnson remains extremely bearish on solar stocks. Axiom maintains Sell ratings on the following U.S.-listed names:
JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG) Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)
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Image Credit: Screengrab from “Trump Makes Statement On Paris Accord” By The White House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
- [By Monica Gerson]
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $1.48 per share on revenue of $372.30 million.
Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Energy XXI Ltd. (EXXIQ)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
The reality is often different. What is going on with Bellatrix Exploration is actually above average. I have written about many companies such as Sandridge Energy (NYSE:SD), Energy XXI (OTCPK:EXXIQ), and Halcon Resources (NYSE:HK) where the companies supposedly has premier assets, fantastically valuable reserves, and the investors lost everything. Right now Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) appears to be heading down the same miserable pathway as the others. At least with Bellatrix, the company appears to be entering the slow turnaround phase. But this has definitely not been a painless experience.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Spark Networks, Inc.(LOV)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap dating site stock Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), which was spun off from media and Internet stock IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a peer or remaining dating stock Spark Networks Inc (NYSEMKT: LOV), is the eight most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 43.96% according to Highshortnterest.com.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Great Plains Energy Inc(GXP)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Westar Energy stock declined 8% after regulators at the Kansas Corporation Commissions blocked the sale of Westar to Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP). The $12.2 billion merger would have joined utilities in Kansas and Missouri. Great Plains had argued that the combination would produce nearly $2 billion in efficiency gains in the next 10 years, but regulators instead sided with those who had argued that the deal was too rich and would have required rate increases sooner rather than later. Great Plains stock was hardly affected at all by the decision, leading many to conclude that Westar had a lot more to lose from the deal falling through then Great Plains had to gain from a successful merger.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) which rose about 28% to $40.89. The stocks 52-week range is $28.42 to $79.43. Volume was roughly 30 million compared to its average volume of 4.8 million.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Retail stocks have been getting hammered, as shoppers go online–and not to the mall–to buy what they need. Still, in naming Foot Locker (FL) their top pick, Canaccord Genuity’sCamilo Lyon and Pallav Saini argue that the biggest risk could be brown shoes. They explain:
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Foot Locker (FL) is a mall retailer for athletic footwear and apparel. And shares of Foot Locker are in bull market territory, 37% above the June 27 low. The stock is also nearly in correction territory, at 9.7% below its all-time high.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V.(PAC)
- [By Asit Sharma]
In its fourth-quarter 2016 earnings filed on Feb. 23, Grupo Aeroportuario del PacificoSAB de CV(NYSE:PAC)capped a year of growth across several important metrics. The Mexican airport operator, which abbreviates its name to GAP, reported increases in revenue, profits, and domestic and international passenger traffic.