Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sent a clear message to young Americans on Monday: Get a college degree.
“You are entering the strongest job market in nearly a decade,” Yellen told graduates at the University of Baltimore on Monday. “The job prospects and career opportunities for new graduates at this time are very good.”
With the unemployment rate at 4.6% — its lowest level since 2007 — Yellen made the case that the job seekers’ futures look good, especially if they get a college education. The unemployment rate for college grads is just 2.3%.
Yellen also touched on two hot button topics for American jobs — globalization and automation, and argued those forces make education all the more important.
“Technological advances have increasingly allowed simpler, repetitive tasks to be done more cheaply and safely by machines,” Yellen noted.
Studies show that robots and machines have taken away far more manufacturing jobs than Mexico or China has.
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Green Dot Corporation recovering back towards positive territory while potential payments peer mid capEuronet Worldwide, Inc (NASDAQ: EEFT) has continued to be an outperformer and small capBlackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK)has been moving sideways:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.
Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: UTStarcom Holdings Corp(UTSI)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Yesterday, small cap Chinese broadband stockUTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: UTSI) rose 29.02% and is still rising in after hours / premarket trading 5.32%, but now the stock is starting to look overbought on the technical charts:
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of UTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: UTSI) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $3.61. UTStarcom Holdings reported Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.07 per share on revenue of $26 million.
- [By William Romov]
Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week
Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%
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Top Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Tuesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE: NGG) and Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D).
- [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Neha Chamaria]
We asked three of our contributors to highlight a stock they see as a dividend stock to buy in February. They responded with automaker Ford Motors (NYSE:F), oil and gas logistics company Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and electricity transmission specialist National Grid (NYSE:NGG). Here’s a quick run-down as to why investors should take a look at these high-yield stocks.
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Among utilities, National Grid (NGG) is my best pick for 2017, as it’s an almost perfect hedge against uncertainty. It’s insulated from changes in government interest rates. It can be both an inflation hedge and a play on a strong dollar.
- [By Travis Hoium]
National Grid (NYSE:NGG) came out with some interesting information last week, saying 2.4 GW of distributed solar was added in the U.K. between February 2016 and February 2017 and another 1.5 GW is expected in the next year. The U.K. isn’t exactly a hotbed for solar activity, but it’s growing as an important market.