Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018

Alcoa Corp (NYSE:AA), which recently spun-off its advanced manufacturing arms, became an old fashioned aluminum manufacturer once again in late 2016. At this point, the global aluminum giant has to prove that it can compete with the rest of the industry — without the help of its former specialty parts business, Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC). The trend leading up to the breakup was cost cutting, which is why these three metrics will be important to watch going forward.

3 Keys Metrics

If you invest in or are considering investing in Alcoa, one of the first metrics to monitor is cost of goods sold. It measures the direct costs associated with making Alcoa’s wares, including materials and labor. The company was able to trim this number by about 1.5% year over year in the fourth quarter, it’s first as a stand-alone entity. More important, it made up 83.7% of revenues, down from 88% a year ago.

Image source: Alcoa Corp

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Paragon Offshore plc (PGNPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    With even brand new rigs struggling to find work, the jig was soon up for owners of old equipment, like Paragon Offshore (OTCPK:PGNPQ), which is currently undergoing its second debt restructuring in less than three years of independent existence. Likewise, drillers with a fondness for aggressive use of debt were soon in trouble, most notably, former high-flier Seadrill (SDRL) and its little brother North Atlantic Drilling (NADL), which will no doubt file for restructuring within months. As a consequence of the crisis, the OSD industry now has a number of participants without a large debt burden, either new entrants like Borr Drilling, or established competitors that have had debt reduced in a restructuring, such as Ocean Rig (ORIG), to be followed within this year by others, almost certainly including each of SDRL, NADL, and Pacific Drilling (PACD).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Paragon Offshore’s (OTCPK:PGNPQ) former management’s audacious efforts to omit parts of the senior secured lenders by deeming them unimpaired and instead pay out the majority of the company’s cash to junior unsecured bondholders by presenting a set of entirely unrealistic business forecasts to the court. Fortunately, in case of Paragon Offshore, the bankruptcy judge recognized the framing and accordingly denied confirmation of the company’s plan of reorganization, effectively sending Paragon Offshore back to the drawing board. Consequently, management was ousted after the failure. I have covered the Paragon Offshore saga in a series of articles over the past few quarters, so interested investors might want to take a look at this highly fascinating and still evolving case study.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund(BGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    Mr. Market continues to follow through with strength that has been in place since the Trump victory. QQQs over Ss and Rs. QQQ is a Best Pick for 2017. Technology, the leader–(T)FANG strong (led by Tesla (TSLA) and Netflix (NFLX) ). Banks continue their strong move. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) (up $0.08) though junk bonds are slightly lower. Huge gains in the agricultural commodities complex: Wheat up $0.16, corn up $0.08, soybeans up $0.20 and oats $0.10. (Potash Corporation of Saskachewan POT and Monsanto MON are well bid on these moves, though ag equipment weak). New high in Campbell Soup (CPB) and DuPont (DD) . Another multipoint move higher in Allergan (AGN) (recent buy at $194 and Best Ideas List inclusion). Here’s my rationale. Apple (AAPL) is not rotten today.

    The Bad

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: LivePerson Inc.(LPSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), Vicor Corp (NASDAQ: VICR), and Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ: AVGO).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $13.68. LivePerson reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $54.074 million. The company issued a strong outlook for the current quarter and raised its FY17 sales outlook.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But some stocks managed to buck the trend and give investors more upbeat outlooks for their prospects. SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD), MBIA (NYSE:MBI), and LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    A recent survey of 5,000 consumers conducted by LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging solutions, found that 55% of consumers would prefer a bot over a human, but only in situations where the bot is just as accurate as a human representative. Just over 56%, though, would rather talk to a human, as many still believe that a human will understand what they need better than a bot. A full 89% of consumers globally have a neutral or positive perception of bots in general.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.(ACRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap hair loss stocks Aclaris Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ACRS), Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX) and RepliCel Life Sciences (OTCQB: REPCF; CVE: RP) are trying to tap into a big market as currently, there are only two FDA-approved drugs available for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) -also known as male or female pattern baldness (one of which cannot be used by women). Thus, a significant unmet need exists for a safe andefficacious product especially since its experienced by 70% of men and 40% of women as they age.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aclaris Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRS) saw its shares make a handy gain on Friday after the company announced the pricing of its secondary offering. The company intends to price its 4 million shares at $22.75 per share, with an overallotment option for an additional 600,000 shares. At this price the entire offering is valued up to $104.65 million.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Tucows Inc.(TCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tucows Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: TCX) shares shot up 17 percent to $42.45 after the company announced plans to acquire eNom from Rightside for $83.5 million.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) rose 12.1% in March 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The provider of online business services and a budding bundle of mobile and fiber-optic communications products started March with a bang, announcing a brand-new $40 million share buyback program. For a company with a $476 million market cap at the time, that’s a pretty serious and shareholder-friendly commitment.

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