what stocks to buy now

I want to tell you about a terrific way to find clues that can help you discover what you’d be happiest, and most fulfilled, doing in your career. It’s called The Life Stories Exercise (also known as The Seven Stories Exercise, trademarked by The 5 O’Clock Club).

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This powerful (and free!) tool won’t tell you what type of job to do next, but it will show you which factors to look for to have a satisfying career with purpose. I often use this exercise with clients in my semi-retirement coaching practice. And I’d say that some version of it is at the core of most coaching work — and career advice books.

In a moment, I’ll provide step-by-step instructions for the exercise and explain the Personal Profile Summary worksheet that accompanies this post. But first, let me share a real-life example illustrating how useful The Life Stories Exercise can be.

what stocks to buy now: Benchmark Electronics, Inc.(BHE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    How do you pick the top names in this broadly lucrative industry? I’m here to show you my three favorites in the printed circuit board market: Sanmina (NASDAQ:SANM), Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE), and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI), each one tailor-made for a different type of investor.

what stocks to buy now: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    If a stock falls hard, particularly one with a durable name in its industry, it could be an opportunity to pick up shares on the cheap. But sometimes, a stock trades at a discount for a very good reason, so let’s take a look at Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI), and Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) to see if they are good values at these lower prices — or just value traps.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 1.2% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.44 after closing at $21.70 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about half the daily average of around 2.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 0.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $21.41 after closing at $21.53 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about a third the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 5.9% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.50 after closing at $22.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume of about 31 million was more than 7 times the daily average of 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hanesbrands (HBI) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after missing earnings forecasts and offering disappointing guidance.

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    Hanesbrandsdropped 16% to $18.98 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,297.42.

    Stifel’s Jim Duffy and team explain what went wrong:

    Structural changes in US consumer and retail trends weighed on 4Q and HBI fell short in 4Q. These trends are expected to continue in FY17 and guidance was more cautious than prevailing estimates. Given the leverage and dependence on acquisitions for growth, we view visibility to underlying free cash generation key to valuation and we are discouraged by both 2016 results which were well short of plan and the outlook for FY17 operating cash flow which is a step backwards from prior FY16 guidance. With a reduction in 2017 CFO estimates from $795mn to $690mn we are lowering our 12-month target price from $26 to $23.

    Hanesbrands’ market capitalization fell to $7.2 billion today from $8.6 billion yesterday.

    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.

what stocks to buy now: bluebird bio, Inc.(BLUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ: BLUE) shares were also up, gaining 22 percent to $209.00 after the company announced updated clinical results from ongoing Phase 1 multicenter study of LentiGlobin gene therapy in severe sickle cell disease at the ASH 2017.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After updating investors on its wide-ranging gene therapy research program at a key industry conference early in the month,shares ofbluebird bio(NASDAQ:BLUE) surged 20.7% higher in January,according toS&P Global Market Intelligence.

what stocks to buy now: Canterbury Park Holding Corporation(CPHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sally Jones]

    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) Market Cap $46.35 Million

    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation is up 2% over 12 months. The company has a market cap of $46.35 million; its trades around $11.16 with a P/E ratio of 59.30 and a P/B of 1.70.

what stocks to buy now: Digital Ally Inc.(DGLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Aggressive military and law enforcement spending could be good news for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) and Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) was down, falling around 13 percent to $2.92. Digital Ally priced 1 million shares equity offering at $3 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares shot up 35 percent to $4.25 after the company reported “significant victory” in its legal battle with Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ: AAXN). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review (IPR) of Digital Ally’s ‘452 patent, one of four IPRs Axon submitted in an attempt to invalidate Digital Ally’s lawsuit. Axon received a favorable PTO ruling on the ‘292 patent, the original point of dispute, in June.

what stocks to buy now: Bunge Limited(BG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Many companies provide the infrastructure needed for farmers to move crops from the farm to the grocery store. Among those are Bunge Ltd. (NYSE: BG), an agribusiness and food company that specializes in the purchase, storage, processing, and transport of agricultural goods. BG is up over 8% year to date and has grown over 1.5% in the past 30 days.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofBunge Ltd.(NYSE:BG)rose 10% on Wednesday after the agribusiness and food company released strong fourth-quarter 2016 results.

    So what

    Quarterly revenue grew 8.6% year over year, to $12.1 billion, and translated to 14.1% growth in adjusted earnings per share, to $1.70. Analysts, on average, were only expecting Bunge to report revenue of $11.4 billion and adjusted earnings of $1.57 per share.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bunge (BG) has dropped 1.5% to $76.14 after getting cut to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

    L Brands (LB) has jumped 3.9% to $44.80 despite reporting weaker than expected same-store sales.

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