Dont tell me youve forgotten about dimpled chads.
Investors may have qualms about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, but the biggest near-term threat to stocks is posed by the outside possibility that neither he nor Hillary Clinton emerges a clear winner on Tuesday.
Read: Here are all the possible election outcomesand how markets will react
It is an unlikely scenario, but as MarketWatchs Robert Schroeder noted earlier this week, tightening polls in key states mean it is a possibility that cant be ignored. See: Heres what happens if neither Clinton nor Trump wins on Tuesday night
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AFC Enterprises Inc.(AFCE)
- [By AnnaLisa Kraft]
AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE ) , which owns the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen quick- serve chain, once an undiscovered gem, has now soared 66% over the last year.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 8point3 Energy Partners LP(CAFD)
- [By Jim Swanson]
8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD), a joint venture formed by First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), has significant “veiled risks” due to its high payout ratio, lack of debt controls and lack of growth, Axiom’s Gordon L. Johnson said in a report.
- [By Travis Hoium]
Don’t look now, but the demise of the solar yieldco industry may have been overstated. In the past six months, NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP), NRG Yield (NYSE:NYLD), and Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI) have all outperformed the market, and even the maligned 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) has come close.
- [By Lisa Levin]
8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) was down, falling around 9 percent to $12.05. 8point3 Energy reported Q1 earnings of $0.03 per share on revenue of $9.9 million. First Solar announced plans to review alternatives for the sale of interest in 8point3 Energy Partners. Wells Fargo downgraded 8point3 Energy from Outperform to Market Perform.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(LXRX)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: LXRX) dropped about 12.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $12.93 after closing at $14.74 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.62. Volume of around 2.8 million was nearly 5 times the daily average. The company had no specific news.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Helen of Troy (HELE) is trading lower Friday, after reporting a mixed first quarter.
The personal care products company said it earned $1.27 a share on revenue that rose 0.8% to $347.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $356.1 million. Gross profit margin increased 2.3 percentage points to 43.8%, while cash flow from operations climbed from $37.8 million in the year ago period to $41.7 million.
For the full year, Helen of Troy expects to earn between $5.85 to $6.35 a share on revenue of $1.57 billion to $1.62 billion. Analysts are modeling for earnings of $6.12 a share on revenue of $1.6 billion. However the company also warned that it expects a decline in sales for its nutritional supplement division.
Jefferies Trevor Young reiterated a Buy rating and $114 price target on the stock today:
Despite the 1Q revenue miss and ~30bps (~$4m) expected incremental FX headwinds, management maintained its FY revenue and adjusted EPS guidance (GAAP EPS came down $0.23 on the high and low end due to $6.6m of after tax non-cash asset impairment and patent litigation charges). Embedded in this guidance is the assumption of beauty coming in at the low end of the previous -7% to -12% range, and nutritional declining MSD (vs. flat to LSD positive growth previously). We believe this implies that housewares (MSD positive growth guidance previously) and health & home (LSD positive growth previously) would have to perform incrementally better than prior expectations, which we view as a positive.
The shares are down 3.3% to $99.31 in recent trading.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)
- [By Javier Hasse]
“Take Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), for example. When the stock market fell, they had enough cash in the bank to weather the storm; meanwhile, competitor DeRemate didn’t, and thus ended falling in oblivion. So, the lesson is: money is not a commodity.”
- [By Brian Feroldi, Dan Caplinger, Rich Duprey, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]
So what other companies could potentially grow at a breakneck speed over the next few decades? We asked a team of Fools that very question, and they pickedMercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI),WisdomTree Investments(NASDAQ:WETF),Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN), First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR), andNVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA). Read on to find out why.
- [By Danny Vena]
As I have pointed out before, Latin American e-commerce leader Mercadolibre (NASDAQ:MELI)is enjoying some pretty serious demographic and technological tailwinds. With internet, smartphone, and e-commerce penetration far behind comparable adoption in the U.S., these trends will likely continue to drive growth for the foreseeable future. But seeing is believing, right?
- [By Danny Vena]
Latin American e-commerce leader MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI) is scheduled to report the results of its recently completed fourth quarter and full year on Feb. 23. MercadoLibre — which is Spanish for “free market” — saw its share price increase an impressive 42% in 2016. Investors will have a keen eye on the latest results. Here’s a preview of MercadoLibre’s earnings report and a few things to watch on Feb. 23.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Celadon Group, Inc.(CGI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Thursday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ: TITN) and Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE: CGI).
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Just Hold Your Nose and Dive Into Under Armour Inc (UAA)
- [By Chris Lange]
Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday as well. The consensus forecast calls for $0.19 in EPS and $1.48 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $16.04. The consensus price target is $18.40, and the 52-week range is $15.75 to $33.45.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:
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Amgen (AMGN) has tumbled 3.6% to $158.65 after beating earnings forecasts but missing on sales.
Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) has dropped 3% to $157.51 after its earnings fell short of the Street consensus.
Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has declined 1.1% to $58.60 despite beating earnings forecasts.
O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) has fallen 2.7% to $257.99 after missing earnings forecasts and lowering full-year guidance.
Whiting Petroleum (WLL) has gained 2.9% to $8.30 after reporting a smaller-than-expected loss.
Weight Watchers International (WTW) has jumped 7.9% to $21.75 after hiring HSN’sMindy Grossman as its new CEO.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Hanesbrands was just one of many retail companies that got shellacked this week. Under Armour (UAA) tumbled 29% after missing earnings forecasts and cutting its guidance, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) plunged 21% after its earnings missed the Street consensus, and Ralph Lauren (RL) plummeted 13% after its CEO stepped down.
- [By Nelson Hem]
Wayne Duggan’s “Usual Suspects Among Hottest Stocks To Short” offers a look at some of last week’s most popular stocks with short sellers. See why Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) and Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UAA) made the list, as well as a struggling retailer, a recent IPO and several others.
- [By Joe Tenebruso]
To further strengthen its ecosystem, Mindbody reached a deal with Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) that lets the more than 180 million users of Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app sign up for classes offered by Mindbody’s subscribers. Mindbody also has a partnership with Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) allowing people in several major cities to book classes listed on Mindbody directly through Google Search and Maps. These two titans choosing to partner with Mindbody is a major vote of confidence for its platform, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a company like Under Armour makes a bid for Mindbody at some point in the future.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
The suggestion of a boycott of Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) products because its CEO plans to hire thousands of refugees, as well as an analyst downgrade of Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) stock due to the CEO Kevin Plank’s positive comments about the effects of Trump on American business, show how widely the debate over association, either positive or negative, with White Housepolicies has exploded.
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)
- [By Rich Duprey, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Brian Feroldi]
It remains true that the tobacco industry will continue coming under pressure from anti-smoking activists, politicians, and regulators who seek to stub out cigarettes further by raising taxes on smokes, but companies such as Altria and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) are largely able to offset their impact on profits by raising prices. The ability to command such pricing power without an overly large loss of customers obviously speaks to the addictive qualities of smoking but is also an otherwise enviable position to be in.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Just before 1pm today, shares of Reynolds American (RAI) took a sudden nosedive on reports that its merger with British American Tobacco (BTI) had “hit a snag” according to StreetInsider.com. Cowen’s Vivien Azer and team still think a deal gets done:
Street Insider is reporting that BATS’ acquisition of RAI has “hit a snag,” and that “a potential transaction may be less likely near-term.” We view this source as less credible (vs. a WSJ or CNBC), in particular given the scant level of detail. While the delay in a consummated deal has extended longer than we thought, we still view the deal as likely (85% probability).
Shares of Reynolds American have dropped 1.3% to $55.47 at 2:26 p.m. today, while British American Tobacco has declined 0.2% to $112.71. Shares of Philip Morris International (PM), which could be interested in an acquisition of Altria Group (MO), have fallen 1% to$90.28 after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch, while Altria has risen 0.5% to$67.94 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Merrill.
- [By Leo Sun]
With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).
Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AQXP)
- [By Lee Jackson]
The Baker Brothers biotech hedge fund bought a block of 398,062 shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AQXP) last week. At a per-shareprice of $17.18, the total for the trade came to$6,836,813.