Widows and orphans have had a tough few months. Long-term U.S. Treasury bonds – often cited as the safest investment on the planet and suitable for the most cautious investors – lost more than seven years' worth of income in just the past four months. Lending money to the U.S. government for 30 years in exchange for a 2% yield turned out not to be such a good idea. Yields are now 50% higher than they were back in July. And these Treasury bonds, or "T-bonds," have collapsed in price. But that has given us a fantastic risk/reward setup today… Let's start by looking at this chart of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)…
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (LTEA)
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5. Blockchain-Related Stocks
Shorting blockchain-related stocks is an ideal way to not only short bitcoin but also short the entire cryptocurrency craze. Many such stocks exist, such as Riot Blockchain (Nasdaq: RIOT), Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), and Longfin (Nasdaq: LFIN). Choose the one that you think is most overhyped and short away!
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Long Island Ice Tea changed its name to Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), sending shares 200% higher. It remains to be seen how a beverage maker will create shareholder value from blockchain technology — not that its investors care.
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William may be right about a sell-off in stocks… in the cryptocurrency space. Over the last week, companies that have billed themselves as blockchain-focused saw their stocks surge. One firm – Long Island Iced Tea changed its name to Long Island Blockchain and watched its stock surge more than triple digits. But today, firms with this exposure are cratering. MGT Capital Investments Inc. (OTCMKTS: MGTI), Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (Nasdaq: LTEA), Riot Blockchain Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT), and Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB) all fell by more than 12% Friday.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: TherapeuticsMD, Inc.(TXMD)
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On the show’s “Lightning Round” segment, Jim Cramer was bullish on Penn National Gaming (PENN) , KeyCorp (KEY) and TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) .
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Nektar Therapeutics(NKTR)
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Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) is an intriguing commercial-stage biotech company that’s just reported positive late-stage trial results for its pain-busting drug NKTR-181. However, shares have jumped on the news, and the company’s market cap has swollen to more than $3 billion. Is there more running room left for its investors?
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Shares of Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) got a boost, shooting up 38 percent to $21.33 after the company reported that it has met its primary and secondary endpoints in Phase 3 Summit-07 study for chronic pain.
- [By Sean Williams]
Shares of Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its proprietary intellectual property via licensing deals and through collaborations in the clinical development process to help fight cancer, autoimmune diseases, and chronic pain, surged as much as 20% on Thursday after the company reported its fourth-quarter and full-year results after the closing bell on Wednesday.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)
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Here are the number of stores at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to the number of stores in 2007:
J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP): 1,014 vs. 1,067. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS): 1,155 vs. 929. Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M): 880 vs. 853. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN): 348 vs. 157. TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX): 582 vs. 2,500. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT)*: 4,574 vs. 4,141.
Source: SEC Filings
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By now, we all know retailers are facing a tough time. More and more, people are choosing to shop online, putting sales under pressure and leaving many with too many stores. Some department stores have begun to acknowledge the problems–but will they be able to adjust quickly enough in a rapidly changing landscape? Credit Suisse analyst Christian Bussand team believe this process is “well under way” but that didn’t stop them from downgrading Kohl’s (KSS) and J.C. Penney (JCP), even as they upgraded Nordstrom (JWN) and Burlington Stores(BURL). They explain why:
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Other department-store chains, such as Macy’s (NYSE:M), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), and Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), have also seen their stock prices plummet as they struggle with falling traffic and declining comparable-store sales. Consumer buying habits continue to shift away from their core mall-based operations, with department-store sales down for 11 years in a row, according to data from the Commerce Department.
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Downbeat holiday sales reports byKohl’s(NYSE:KSS) andMacy’s(NYSE:M) pushed the department store sector, and much of retail, in the red on Thursday. As of 11:38 a.m. EST, Kohl’s was down 19.5%, Macy’s was down 14.4%, and peers includingNordstrom(NYSE: JWN) andJ.C. Penney(NYSE: JCP) also tumbled, falling 9.8% and 6.7%, respectively.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)
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The phrase “over the top television” – or its acronym “OTT” – aren’t necessarily newly-coined ones. The phrase/abbreviation materialized shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television services less than a decade ago. The over-the-top race didn’t really heat up, however, until the past few months. Once it did heat up though, sparks started to fly in earnest.
They’re still flying too, and will be for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to say about it. Netflix, Hulu [jointly owned by Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA)] and all the rest of the relatively new players in this space may want to look over their shoulder. In the meantime, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT industry is going to be made during the next 10 years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.
Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the totally dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. It was admittedly the first on the scene, and therefore was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market (which it still holds to this day). It’s largely become a commoditized business though.
Case in point? Aside from Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the game with its product called CBS All Access. The service allows subscribers, for a nominal monthly fee, to access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found respectable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.
Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), has really broken new ground in the over the top market by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that package at a rate that’s much less than what it would cost a cable subscriber
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Shares of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) were moderately lower while shares of Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX) headed to the upside in early trading today. Late yesterday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) surprised market observers by filing an antitrust lawsuit to block T’s $85.4 billion takeover of TWX. In the complaint, DoJ said the merger would harm competition, stifle innovation and drive up prices.
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Here are all three of our top stocks to short…
Best Stocks to Short No. 3: Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)
For the first three quarters of 2016, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) adjusted earnings slightly. The changes mostly reflected currency exchange rate fluctuations.