Monthly Archives: May 2017

Yes, the Chinese Paid $1B for a Talking Cat Video Game

BloombergBusinessweek recently had an odd story entitled: Why Did a Chinese Peroxide Company Pay $1 Billion for a Talking Cat? Inside the strange courtship between industrial behemoths and Western video game studios. The talking cat in question is Talking Tom Cat – a childrens game developed by a Slovenian couple (Samo and Iza Login they had legally changed their surname to sound techie) where an animated cat repeats in a high-pitched helium squeak whatever is spoken into an iPhones microphone. BloombergBusinessweek noted:

Talking Tom Catwas an instant hit, launching a franchise whose titles have reached No.1 in more than 100countries on the App Store. Today, almost 350million monthly active users support the apps, and Toms YouTube channel has more than 2billion views. Unlike many mobile app creators, the Logins have proved adept at turning popularity into profit. PlayingTalking Tomtriggers an onslaught of advertising and in-game purchase offers, and Outfit7 earns more than $100million a year.

The founders decided to cash out and Goldman Sachs found a buyer a Chinese chemical company called Zhejiang Jinke PeroxideCo who were willing to match their asking price of $1 billion. If that sounds like an odd combination, its actually not as BloombergBusinessweek goes on to note:

A real estate magnate in Beijing bought Legendary Entertainment, the movie studio that made theDark Knighttrilogy, for $3.5billion. A maker of construction materials bought Framestore, the company behind the special effects in theHarry Potterfilms. Zhejiang Dragon Pipe ManufacturingCo. acquired app developer Entertainment Game Labs. And perhaps strangest of all, Digital Extremes Ltd., which created an alien battle game, and the studio Splash Damage Ltd., which made an offshoot of the Xbox hitGears of War, were bought by an enormous Chinese poultry processor.

In fact, 70% of all acquisitions of game companies since 2015 have been by Chinese buyers.

The deal activity can best be understood as a consequence of quirks in the Chinese stock market. In China, industrial companies trade at valuations theyd never receive elsewhere in the world. Affan Butt, an investment banker who helped facilitate the sale of Jagex, says some may trade at as much as 100times their annual earningsmore than four times the multiple of General ElectricCo. This means they can acquire companies at what is effectively a discount. A target like Jagex is worth more once its part of a Chinese-listed company, allowing the acquirer to pay prices that appear bafflingly high to the rest of the world. Zhongji saw that arbitrage opportunity, Butt says.

Basically, Chinese companies are betting that by adding game studios that have better margins than a stodgy industrial business, their stock price will rise while Chineseregulators and investors focus almost exclusively on a companys bottom line.

That brings me to small cap mobile gaming stock SPYR Inc (OTCMKTS: SPYR) which is probably notwell known outside of gaming circles, but its well positioned in both the mobile gaming and the burgeoning eSports market to potentially become the next Talking Tom Cat that catches the attention of Chinese companies.

Utilizing the popular “freemium” monetization model, which leverages advertising as well as in-app purchases, SPYR Inc has already developed and published a diverse range of fun and engaging social games for mobile devices while itspopular real-time space battle game Pocket Starships is being modified into an eSports tournament-style format to allow for organized online and offline competitions to compete for advertising and player revenue.

Pocket Starships is available to gamers on a wide range of platforms and devices, including iOS, Android, tablets, PCs, Macs, Kindles, Amazon and Facebook. In late April, SPYR Incannouncedthat Pocket Starships is available for download and play on VK.com (VK) – a social networking site very similar to Facebook thats Russia’s largest Social Network and the fifth most visited website in the world.

Aside from further developing and making Pocket Starships more widely available, SPYR Incis continuing to seek out publishing agreements for new game titles in various stages of development as well as consider games in a diverse field of genres. The ultimategoal is to create a portfolio of gamesthat appeal across multiple demographics for a regular and consistent revenue stream that will be attractive for both investors and potential acquirers.

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended its eight-day losing streak today as consumer confidence surged, a Fed speaker suggested just two more rate hikes this year, and President Donald J. Trump did away with Obama-era climate regulations.

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The S&P 500 gained 0.7% to 2,358.57 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose150.52 points, or 0.7%, to 20,701.50. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.6% to 5,875.14.

The Dow’s losing streak was spurred, in part, by the failure of the Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare. It wasn’t the death (?) of health-care reform itself, but what it meant for Trump’s pro-growth policies like tax cuts and infrastructure spending that caused investors to worry that caused stocks to fall. Trump’s pro Deutsche Bank’s Binky Chadha and team, however, argue that “large disruptive policy changes [are] a negative risk rather than a positive catalyst.” They explain why:

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017: Snyder's-Lance, Inc.(LNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Snyder’s-Lance Inc (NASDAQ: LNCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $470.33 million.

    Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE: EXAM) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $217.47 million.

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

It’s time to see if SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) can earn a treat by performing a fancy trick above water. The struggling theme park operator has a media event slated for Thursday morning at its flagship SeaWorld Orlando park. Speculation centers around the unveiling of a new sea-rescue-themed attraction, but some brand bashers hope that SeaWorld will be taking additional steps to wean itself from live marine-life entertainment.

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves on the latter. The timing of the media fete may coincide with Takara — SeaWorld Antonio’s pregnant orca — being ready to give birth later this month, but there’s a reason why this announcement is being made in Florida instead of Texas. SeaWorld is billing Takara’s birthing process as the last killer whale born at any SeaWorld park, a slick move to distance itself from the notoriety caused by the documentary Blackfish, but Thursday’s move will probably be more about a new ride coming to its most visited park next year.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: GTx Inc.(GTXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One biopharmaceutical player that’s rapidly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is GTx (GTXI), which is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle loss and other serious medical condition. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 53%.

    If you look at the chart for GTx, you’ll notice that this stock recently gapped down sharply from over $4 to below $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of GTXI have rebounded sharply and started to uptrend, with the stock moving higher from its low of $1.31 to its recent high of $1.96 a share. During that move, shares of GTXI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTXI within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTXI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.96 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GTXI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started just above $4 a share. Some possible upside targets if GTXI gets into that gap with volume are $2.50 to $3 a share, or possibly even $3.50 a share.

    Traders can look to buy GTXI off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $1.50 a share. One can also buy GTXI off strength once it takes out $1.96 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Franklin Covey Company(FC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion. ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion. Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion. Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million. Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million. Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: BioAmber Inc.(BIOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    BioAmber (BIOA) is a sustainable chemicals company. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, resins, food additives and personal care products.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    While companies with lower-priced shares are often riskier than those with higher prices, some companies trading under $5 per share have intriguing potential. Investors searching for overlooked growth opportunities should consider industrial biotech BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), pharmaceutical services company Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), and one-trick-pony biopharma Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    BioAmber Inc. (NYSE: BIOA) dropped nearly 29% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $2.24 after closing Thursday at $3.14. Volume of more than 1.5 million shares was about 6 times the daily average of around 240,000. The company’s annual report, filed on Thursday with its quarterly results, included a “going concern” statement from the company’s independent auditing firm.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares dropped 19 percent to $2.55. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Franklin Resources (BEN) : “I’d rather see you in Morgan Stanley (MS) or E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) .”

    Kinder Morgan (KMI) : “They are OK now, but there are better ones.”

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jim Strugger recommended on Bloomberg Markets a long position in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN).

    He said the company is in the assets management sector and he added that the market is probably getting into the period of higher dispersion, which is usually favorable for active managers. Speaking on the positive catalysts for the stock, Strugger said Franklin Resources is going to benefit from the cash repatriation.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tupperware Brands Corporation(TUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell, Rich Smith, and Neha Chamaria]

    Keeping with this theme, our Foolish contributors think that Pfizer (NYSE:PFE),Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW), andTupperware Brands (NYSE:TUP)are three large-cap dividend stocks that prove beyond a doubt that boring is beautiful when it comes to creating wealth.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    Shares ofTupperware Brands(NYSE:TUP), the classic food-storage brand that has evolved to becomemore than meets the eye, spiked as much as 12% today, after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 earnings and set positive guidance for 2017.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2017

Wynn Resorts (WYNN) soared nearly to the top of the S&P 500 today after Morgan Stanley argued that the casino stock had the potential to double.

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Wynn Resortsgained 4.8% to $104.30 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,373.47. At 2:45, Wynn was easily the top performing stock in the S&P 500, only to be surpassed by Citrix’s (CTXS) late day surge.

Morgan Stanley’s Thomas Allen and team explain how Wynn could double:

Our AlphaWise work on Google search data and separate analyses of market trends suggest the Street is too low on WYNN’s Macau market share gains. Our base case implies 20% upside; bull case, the stock could double.

Consensus forecasts WYNN to essentially not grow Macau market share over 4Q16, despite the Aug ’16 opening of Wynn Palace (which increased WYNN’s room capacity by 170%) and the general view that the benefit from the property has been disappointing so far. We see upside to WYNN’s market share supported by (1) analysis of Google search trends, (2) current market dynamics and WYNN actions, and (3) the performance of WYNNs first Macau property

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2017: New York & Company Inc.(NWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY) shares dropped 42 percent to $1.72 after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and issued a weak Q2 forecast.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $2.31 as the company posted upbeat quarterly results.

    The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $23.27. Following Thursday’s Department of Justice news regarding privately-managed prisons, GEO Group dropped on Thursday, but rebounded Friday after issuing a response to the DoJ.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2017: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its American depositary sharesclosed up 2.6% at $11.36 on Thursday and were indicated up 1.2% at $11.50 on Friday. The52-week range is $6.76 to $12.05.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”

    ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2017: HealthEquity, Inc.(HQY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2017: Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.(RARE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Nothing guts a drug stock like bad clinical trial data. Shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE) fell as much as 10% after a seizure medication failed in a phase II study.

    Trading at a recent $72.22, the shares were down 7.7% after earlier falling as much as 10% to $70.51

    The seizure drug UX007 was tested as a treatment for glucose transporter type-1 deficiency syndromeor Glut1 DSamong a small group of patients. Data released Wednesday showed that it only cut the rate of seizures in the drug arm by 13.4% compared to the placebo arm, falling short of statistical significance.

    Investigators, though, teased out a clinically — though not statistically — significant benefit for patients experiencing what are called absence seizures. Ultragenyx now intends to focus on that in a Phase III pivotal trial.

    Leerik analyst Joseph Schwartz called the selloff a buying opportunity.

    We had been cautious on this asset (and its two programs – G1DS and long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorder/LC-FAOD; LINK) – but believe the selling pressure after mkt. presents a buying opportunity ahead of a more de-risked X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) Ph.3 data in 1H17.

    Cowen analyst Eric Schmidt remained convinced of RAREs long-term prospects thanks to a diversified orphan disease pipeline. And analysts at Credit Suisse see more catalysts ahead in 2017.

    We are buyers on a pullback and we like RAREs setup for the remainder of 2017…Remaining 2017 catalysts keep us buyers on a pullback: We see Q2:17 KRN23 ph3 adult XLH data, H1:17 rhGUS FDA/EMA submission, potential KRN23 CHMP decision in mid-17 (based on late-2016 EMA submission/validation), H2:17 Ace-ER ph3 GNEM data, and potential KRN23 FDA submission in late-17/early-18 as upcoming catalysts worth owning for.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: CytomX Therapeutics Climbs Following Bristol-Myers Squibb Partnership; Medgenics Shares Slide 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Monday Cerulean Pharma's (CERU) CEO Chris Guiffre on Cerulean and Dar茅 Proposed Transaction (Transcript) (Seeking Alpha) Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Cancer Genetics Gains After Q4 Results; Heat Biologics Shares Slide Mid-Day Market Update: Dow Rises Over 50 Points; Tandem Diabetes Care Shares Plunge Tandem Diabetes prices stock offering at $1.25; shares off 19% premarket (Seeking Alpha) Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period. Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share. Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement. Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share. Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76. QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share. Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering. Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston
  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: RARE) was indicated down 7% at $72.85 on Thursday due to results from a seizure medication study. It was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray, and Wedbushlowered its target for the stock.

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That was fast! The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday closed above 21,000 for the first time ever, soaring to a psychologically significant level and marking one of its quickest runs to such a milestone.

The blue-chip gauge closed above 20,000 just a few weeks ago, marking a then-second-fastest push (42 days) to a 1,000-point milestone. The Dows Wednesday rally matches the fastest-ever such move at 24 days, equaling the same span of trading sessions between 10,000 and 11,000 in May 1999

stock site: Halyard Health, Inc.(HYH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron’s feels are the prospects for Ingersoll-Rand PLC (NYSE: IR) despite the woes in energy, Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) with its new products and international expansion, the Valvoline spinoff from Ashland Inc (NYSE: ASH), as well as Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) as it pursues acquisitions and expands its product lineup.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Medical products maker Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH) stumbled after its spinoff from paper products giant Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE: KMB), according to “Halyard Health Shares Look Poised to Double” by David Englander. See why Barron’s thinks its shares could double as this Georgia-based company pursues acquisitions and expands its product lineup.

stock site: Sunoco Logistics Partners LP(SXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, a noteworthy project in the midstream segment finally finished construction in the quarter, after the company and its joint venture partners Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:SXL)completed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline. The partners expect commercial operations to begin this June, which means that this pipeline should drive incremental earnings for Phillips 66 in the back half of this year.

stock site: iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund(EUFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

stock site: Hertz Global Holdings Inc(HTZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 129,999,050 shares, 34.82% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.30%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 13.32% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 8.08% of the total portfolio. Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (FDML) – 138,590,141 shares, 6.39% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 6.05

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 129,999,050 shares, 34.82% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.30%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 13.32% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 8.08% of the total portfolio. Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (FDML) – 138,590,141 shares, 6.39% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 6.05

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) has been a roller-coaster ride over the past year, and shareholders may be pleased to know that Wall Street legend and renowned investor Carl Icahn, who is also a 10% owner of the company, bought shares again in a big way last week. Icahn bought a total of 15,080,442 shares at a price of $23.43. The total for the buy was posted at a staggering $350 million. Hertz traded on Friday at $28.65, so the timing looks very solid.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market continued to climb sharply on Wednesday, sending major market benchmarks to record highs yet again and propelling the Dow Jones Industrials up more than 100 points. Economic data continued to support the notion that the U.S. economy remains strong, and rising inflation levels led many to conclude that the Federal Reserve is more likely than ever to follow through on its promise to keep lifting short-term interest rates in 2017. Rising bond yields reflected investors’ reluctance to hold onto fixed-income investments in anticipation of higher rates, prompting some to shift assets into the stock market. Several companies also reported, andFortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), and Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:HTZ) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

stock site: Big Lots, Inc.(BIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Costco Wholesale(NASDAQ:COST) and Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) were some of the biggest individual movers as investors reacted to details from their latest quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its profit outlook for the year.

    Big Lots posted quarterly earnings of $0.04 per share, on revenue of $1.105 billion. However, analysts were expecting a loss of $0.01 per share on revenue of $1.12 billion.