Monthly Archives: August 2018

Top Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now

Strict new mortgage rules that have helped send Canadian home sales to a five-year low are little more than a flesh wound, according to Royal Bank of Canada.

“We had never really believed that this would be a significant impact on our mortgage business," Neil McLaughlin, head of Canadian banking at the country’s second-biggest bank said Thursday on an earnings call. “We’re seeing minor skew to the portfolio, but nothing significant."

McLaughlin reiterated Royal Bank’s earlier guidance of targeting “mid single-digit" mortgage growth even with a housing slowdown and implementation of tougher mortgage qualifying rules by regulators in January. The measures, known as B-20, require borrowers to qualify at the greater of the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate or 2 percentage points higher than a bank’s offered mortgage rate. The Bank of Canada rate has jumped 35 basis points this year, to 5.34 percent.

Top Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) had its target price raised by Morgan Stanley from $16.00 to $20.00 in a research report report published on Wednesday morning. Morgan Stanley currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

  • [By ]

    Already, shale companies such as Encana (ECA) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) , among others, are reporting higher cash flows and earnings on higher oil prices. As a result, they are paying down debt, increasing dividends and engaging in buybacks. This is a dramatic improvement in shareholder yield for the group.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Today, however, many drillers are setting a high bar for new wells. EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) has been one of the leaders in disrupting the former way of thinking by establishing a high return hurdle rate for new wells of 30% after-tax at $40 oil. Others followed with similar return-focused approaches, including Encana (NYSE:ECA), which needs locations to achieve a 35% after-tax return at $50 oil to meet its premium hurdle rate.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Should You Listen to This Stock? Encana Corporation (ECA) moves 51.44% away from One Year Low (nasdaqchronicle.com) Hot Mover of the Day Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) (thestockgem.com) Enrapturing Stocks: Encana Corporation, (NYSE: ECA), AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., (NASDAQ: AFSI) (globalexportlines.com) Analysts, Options Traders Love This Lesser-Known Energy Stock (schaeffersresearch.com) Encana Corp (ECA) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $1.12 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)

    ECA traded up $0.27 on Thursday, hitting $12.47. 9,071,326 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 9,380,907. Encana has a 12 month low of $8.01 and a 12 month high of $14.31. The company has a quick ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.70 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.00, a P/E/G ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 2.00.

Top Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Additional names sold include Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), and Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) which traded down over 10% at $271.44. The stocks 52-week range is $263.00 to $499.00. Volume was nearly 5 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) will close stores as it retrenches. According to Reuters:

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Wednesday the chain will shut up to 65 underperforming restaurants and revamp its marketing under Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol, but many questions remain unanswered about what to expect under the new leadership.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Chipotle Mexican Grill(NYSE:CMG)stock has been rolling like some of its burritos in recent months, and at least one Wall Street pro sees the shares heading even higher. John Staszak at Argus is upgrading shares of the fast-casual pioneer, lifting his rating on the stock from hold to buy.

Top Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    JPMorgan Chase set a GBX 870 ($11.80) target price on National Grid (LON:NG) in a research note released on Monday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN lowered its stake in shares of NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:NG) (TSE:NG) by 5.1% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 1,071,600 shares of the mining company’s stock after selling 57,571 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in NovaGold Resources were worth $4,640,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last six months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 32.75%, from 19.05 million shares to 12.81 million.

Top Canadian Stocks To Watch Right Now: NEW GOLD INC.(NGD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) fell 23.3 percent to $9.87 in pre-market trading after declining 13.45 percent on Wednesday.
    SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXCP) fell 12.8 percent to $16.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) fell 11 percent to $17.55 in pre-market trading after the company posted mixed Q3 results and lowered its FY18 guidance.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.4 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading following downbeat Q1 results.
    Quality Care Properties, Inc. (NYSE: QCP) fell 8.2 percent to $20.85 in pre-market trading. Welltower announced plans to acquire QCP for $20.75 per share in cash.
    China Customer Relations Centers Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) shares fell 7.5 percent to $17.25 in pre-market trading after climbing 18.73 percent on Wednesday.
    Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) shares fell 5.7 percent to $5.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) fell 5.6 percent to $38.66 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Southw

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 3.8% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.28. Shares closed at $2.37 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 5.9 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARMO) shares rose 67.5 percent to $49.96 in pre-market trading after Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced plans to acquire ARMO BioSciences for $50 per share.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) rose 62.8 percent to $11.30 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) rose 23.4 percent to $2.11 in pre-market trading following announcement that the company will pre-specify new subgroup with the FDA and report Phase 3 Part B results in June.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) rose 19.1 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII) rose 17.7 percent to $2.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 15.2 percent to $2.20 in pre-market trading after French company Total announced plans to acquire 25 percent stake in Clean Energy Fuels for $83.4 million.
    Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM) rose 14.6 percent to $8.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported strong results for its first quarter.
    Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) shares rose 11 percent to $27.50 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 sales.
    Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN) rose 8.9 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNOV) rose 8.1 percent to $11.35 in pre-market trading after the company announced opening of Investigational New Drug Application for MN-166 (ibudilast) in glioblastoma.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) shares rose 7.7 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported that its President and CEO Hannes Portmann left the company. The company named Raymond Threlkeld as successor.
    Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ: OTTR) shares rose 7.4 percent to $46.60 in the pre-market trading session.
    Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) shares rose
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 2.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $2.35. Shares closed at $2.42 on Friday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 5.8 million shares. The gold mining company had no news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 1.9% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.09. Shares closed at $2.13 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. The junior gold miner had no specific news.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019

Small SUVs are the hottest segment in the new car market right now. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a big chunk of the new vehicle unveilings at the Los Angeles Auto Show were little crossover SUVs.

It seemed like there was an SUV popping out every time you turned around. For starters, Ford unveiled its new EcoSport just before the show with DJ Khaled doing the honors.

The Jeep Compass is another example of the car market’s madness for small-sized SUVs. The current version is a strong seller despite abysmal reviews. Consumer Reports gave it the lowest rating of any compact SUV and Car & Driver awarded it a mere 1.5 out of a possible five stars.

And yet, as of last month, Jeep Compass sales for the year were up 44%. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAM), which makes Jeeps, the sales jump reflects the Compass’s relatively low price given all the desirable SUV features that it offers.

DJ Khaled unveils new Ford EcoSport on Snapchat

It’s too soon to know, of course, how good the new Compass is but it should at least be a vast improvement over the outgoing model. Since it’s a Jeep, engineers took off-road capability seriously in creating the new Compass. Two different full-time all-wheel-drive systems are available including a super-slow off-road “crawl” gearing ratio. “Trail Rated” versions can wade through 19 inches of water and climb over steep hills and out of tight ditches. At the same time, Jeep also promises better on-road behavior.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Pointer Telocation Ltd.(PNTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Pointer Telocation (NASDAQ: PNTR) and Mitel Networks (NASDAQ:MITL) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Pointer Telocation Ltd. (NASDAQ: PNTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $20.22 million.

    Tecogen Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $9.43 million.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Pointer Telocation Ltd (NASDAQ:PNTR) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $21.33.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    QUALCOMM (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Pointer Telocation (NASDAQ:PNTR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Bridgeline Digital, Inc.(BLIN )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Here are the top performers from last week…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: STAF) $2.58 96.35%
    IZEA Inc. (Nasdaq: IZEA) $1.65 85.19%
    ShiftPixy Inc. (Nasdaq: PIXY) $3.35 78.38%
    MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq: MTSL) $3.31 41.07%
    IsoRay Inc. (NYSE: ISR) $0.60 38.64%
    TransGlobe Energy Corp. (Nasdaq: TGA) $3.74 37.76%
    Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCMKTS: ATNM) $0.27 26.31%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $1.56 24.58%
    Bridgeline Digital Inc. (Nasdaq: BLIN) $1.51 24.51%
    Cel-Sci Corp. (NYSE: CVM) $0.91 24.03%

    While these penny stocks generated strong returns last week, they’re unlikely to produce the same level of profit again anytime soon.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Headlines about Bridgeline Digital (NASDAQ:BLIN) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Bridgeline Digital earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the software maker an impact score of 46.3358005969314 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: IEC Electronics Corp.(IEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRPA) shares jumped 31.6 percent to $12.18 following TripAdvisor Q1 earnings beat.
    ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 26.5 percent to $14.55 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares gained 25 percent to $4.0234 following Q1 beat.
    Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) jumped 23.5 percent to $55.12 following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares surged 21.7 percent to $3.36. Amazon.com's partnership with Sears started in 2017 with an agreement to sell Kenmore-branded appliances online. On Wednesday, the companies announced an extension of their relationship to now include tire delivery and installations.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
    LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) surged 20.4 percent to $3.395 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE: SUP) gained 19 percent to $15.82 after reporting Q1 results.
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) shares rose 18.5 percent to $8.13 following Q1 results.
    Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) rose 18.3 percent to $52.47 after the company posted strong quarterly results.
    Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) shares jumped 18.3 percent to $6.47 following quarterly results.
    IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE: IEC) shares climbed 17 percent to $4.68 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 16.8 percent to $90.10 following Q4 results.
    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Eaton Vance Floating Rate Income Trust(EFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Relative Value Partners Group LLC grew its holdings in Eaton Vance Floating-Rate Income Trust (NYSE:EFT) by 11.0% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 799,864 shares of the investment management company’s stock after purchasing an additional 79,578 shares during the period. Relative Value Partners Group LLC’s holdings in Eaton Vance Floating-Rate Income Trust were worth $11,958,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.(WTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    White Mountains Insurance(NYSE:WTM) has a sizable investment in Kudu Investment Management, an advisory and capital business with a unique business model. Here’s an overview of Kudu and where it could be heading in the future.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff and Michael Douglass]

    Is White Mountains Insurance(NYSE:WTM) an early-stage Berkshire Hathaway(NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B)or are the business models completely different? Here’s a look at the similarities and differences between the two conglomerates and another “mini-Berkshire” that could be worth examining instead.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    White Mountains Insurance Group (NYSE: WTM) and AXIS Capital (NYSE:AXS) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    One of the more interesting businesses in White Mountains Insurance’s(NYSE:WTM) portfolio, PassportCard and DavidShield provides insurance to foreign travelers in case of medical mishaps abroad. Here’s what this business does and where it could go from here.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    White Mountains Insurance (NYSE:WTM) has a lot in common with Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B). The company’s insurance-based businesses have fueled the company’s investment portfolio, to name the key similarity. However, there are some big differences investors should be aware of before adding White Mountains to their portfolios.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.(ROIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Keith Speights, and Maxx Chatsko]

    Brian Feroldi(Retail Opportunity Investment Corp): Between rising interest rate and the recent troubles of the retail industry, it’s not hard to figure out whyRetail Opportunity Investments Corp (ROIC) has underperformed the S&P 500 over the past year. The company’s business model is to buygrocery-anchored shopping centers in high-traffic areas and then lease out space to high-quality tenants. The business is structured as a real-estate investment trust, so the vast majority of profits are passed along to shareholders as a dividend (which currently yields 4.2%). Given the recent tidal wave of retail bankruptcies, it’s understandable why Wall Street isn’t feeling great about this business right now.

  • [By Jason Hall, John Bromels, and Daniel Miller]

    Here, three Motley Fool investors write about midstream oil and gas giantEnergy Transfer Partners LP(NYSE:ETP), resurgent packaged foods companyCampbell Soup Company(NYSE:CPB), and retail property ownerRetail Opportunity Investments Corp.(NASDAQ:ROIC)as stocks with better dividends than ExxonMobil that deserve a closer look from investors.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Retail Opportunity Investments (ROIC)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: NeoGenomics, Inc.(NEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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    NeoGenomics (NEO) Receives Buy Rating from Stephens (americanbankingnews.com) NeoGenomics Redeems 100% of Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock (finance.yahoo.com) Q2 2018 EPS Estimates for NeoGenomics, Inc. Cut by William Blair (NEO) (americanbankingnews.com) NeoGenomics (NEO) Receives Buy Rating from BTIG Research (americanbankingnews.com) Steven C. Jones Sells 2,000 Shares of NeoGenomics, Inc. (NEO) Stock (americanbankingnews.com)

    NeoGenomics traded up $0.40, hitting $13.90, during trading on Tuesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. 6,150 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 498,468. NeoGenomics has a 52 week low of $7.08 and a 52 week high of $14.18. The company has a quick ratio of 1.85, a current ratio of 2.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.13 billion, a P/E ratio of 231.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.69 and a beta of 0.48.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NEO (CURRENCY:NEO) traded up 4.6% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM Eastern on August 3rd. Over the last week, NEO has traded down 14.4% against the US dollar. NEO has a total market capitalization of $1.86 billion and approximately $60.96 million worth of NEO was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One NEO coin can currently be purchased for approximately $28.66 or 0.00383226 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including HitBTC, Quoine, Cobinhood and Kucoin.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NEO (CURRENCY:NEO) traded up 6.9% against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 7:00 AM Eastern on April 15th. NEO has a total market cap of $4.40 billion and $88.39 million worth of NEO was traded on exchanges in the last day. One NEO coin can now be purchased for about $67.68 or 0.00809123 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including HitBTC, OKEx, Exrates and Upbit. During the last seven days, NEO has traded up 42.9% against the US dollar.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NeoGenomics (NASDAQ:NEO) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the twelve ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, seven have given a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $17.29.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cadiz, Inc.(CDZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Saturday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cadiz (NASDAQ: CDZI) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Water supply” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Cadiz to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Middlesex Water (NASDAQ: MSEX) and Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Utah Medical Products, Inc.(UTMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Utah Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTMD) Director Ernst G. Hoyer sold 1,614 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $104.41, for a total value of $168,517.74. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Utah Medical Products (NASDAQ:UTMD) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Utah Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTMD) CEO Kevin L. Cornwell sold 8,080 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.07, for a total value of $865,125.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: STORE Capital Corporation(STOR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    STORE Capital Corp. Inc. (NYSE: STOR) is the leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market. Investors receive a 4.94% yield, and shares traded recently at $24.85. The 52-week range is $19.65 to $26.58. The consensus price target is $27.08.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Headlines about STORE Capital (NYSE:STOR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. STORE Capital earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.6377642201854 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Keith Speights, and Maxx Chatsko]

    But are there any stocks that offer a higher yield than IBM and are a better bet moving forward? We asked a team of Motley Fool investors, and they picked TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP),Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM), andSTORE Capital (NYSE:STOR).

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), Store Capital Corporation (NYSE:STOR), and Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) are three Warren Buffett stocks that have especially high dividend yields of more than 4%. What does the Oracle of Omaha like about these stocks — and are they smart picks for other investors right now?

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Stevens Capital Management LP bought a new position in shares of STORE Capital (NYSE:STOR) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund bought 24,795 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $615,000.

  • [By Todd Campbell, Rich Smith, and Neha Chamaria]

    Dividend paying stocks historically outperform non-dividend paying stocks, but that doesn’t mean that all dividend paying companies are created equal. Some businesses are better than others, and the best businesses offer the greatest opportunity for future dividend increases. If you’re hunting for top dividend stocks that offer more than just a high yield, it could be time to consider buyingCVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Welltower (NYSE:WELL), and STORE Capital (NYSE:STOR).

BHP Billiton plc (BBL) Shares Bought by Natixis Advisors L.P.

Natixis Advisors L.P. raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) by 10.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 11,996 shares of the mining company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,113 shares during the quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P.’s holdings in BHP Billiton were worth $477,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of BBL. Neuberger Berman Group LLC grew its stake in BHP Billiton by 2,272.4% during the 1st quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 611,404 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $24,291,000 after purchasing an additional 585,632 shares during the last quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC grew its stake in BHP Billiton by 8.7% during the 1st quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC now owns 4,952,288 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $196,754,000 after purchasing an additional 394,500 shares during the last quarter. Maverick Capital Ltd. purchased a new stake in BHP Billiton during the 4th quarter valued at about $5,775,000. Sensato Investors LLC grew its stake in BHP Billiton by 37.4% during the 4th quarter. Sensato Investors LLC now owns 519,689 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $20,943,000 after purchasing an additional 141,413 shares during the last quarter. Finally, OLD Mission Capital LLC purchased a new stake in BHP Billiton during the 4th quarter valued at about $4,972,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 4.56% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of BBL opened at $46.57 on Wednesday. BHP Billiton plc has a 52 week low of $28.73 and a 52 week high of $47.92. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. The stock has a market capitalization of $49.99 billion, a PE ratio of 18.41, a P/E/G ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 1.23.

Several analysts have weighed in on BBL shares. Bank of America downgraded BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 5th. Citigroup upgraded BHP Billiton from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 20th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded BHP Billiton from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. ValuEngine downgraded BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 1st. Finally, Deutsche Bank downgraded BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.00.

BHP Billiton Profile

BHP Billiton Plc, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and markets natural resources worldwide. It operates through four segments: Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore, and Coal. The company explores for copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, gold, and iron ores, as well as metallurgical coal, thermal energy coal, and oil and gas properties.

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Analyzing Align Technology (ALGN) & Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)

Align Technology (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) are both large-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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79.4% of Align Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Intuitive Surgical shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Align Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Intuitive Surgical shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Align Technology and Intuitive Surgical, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Align Technology 0 3 12 0 2.80
Intuitive Surgical 0 4 12 0 2.75

Align Technology currently has a consensus price target of $267.20, indicating a potential downside of 10.34%. Intuitive Surgical has a consensus price target of $452.53, indicating a potential downside of 1.37%. Given Intuitive Surgical’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Intuitive Surgical is more favorable than Align Technology.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Align Technology and Intuitive Surgical’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Align Technology $1.47 billion 16.21 $231.41 million $3.89 76.61
Intuitive Surgical $3.13 billion 16.61 $660.00 million $7.19 63.81

Intuitive Surgical has higher revenue and earnings than Align Technology. Intuitive Surgical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Align Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Align Technology has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intuitive Surgical has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Align Technology and Intuitive Surgical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Align Technology 16.12% 30.36% 20.24%
Intuitive Surgical 23.25% 20.72% 17.70%

Summary

Intuitive Surgical beats Align Technology on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Align Technology Company Profile

Align Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intraoral scanners, and computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) digital services. The company's Clear Aligner segment offers Invisalign Full, a treatment used for a range of malocclusion; Invisalign Teen treatment that addresses orthodontic needs of teenage patients, such as compliance indicators, compensation for tooth eruption, and six free single arch replacement aligners; and Invisalign Assist treatment for anterior alignment and aesthetically-oriented cases. It also provides Invisalign Express (10 and 5) and Invisalign Lite/i7 treatments for orthodontic cases, non-comprehensive treatment relapse cases, or straightening prior to restorative or cosmetic treatments; Invisalign Go, a solution for general practitioner dentists (GPs) to identify and treat patients with mild malocclusion; SmileDirectClub aligners for minor tooth movement; custom clear aligner retainers used to maintain tooth position and correct minor relapse; and SmartTrack, a custom-engineered material that delivers force for orthodontic tooth movements. The company's Scanners and Services segment offers iTero Scanner, a single hardware platform with software options for restorative or orthodontic procedures; and Restorative software for iTero, a software for GPs, prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons. It also provides Orthodontic software for iTero, a software for orthodontists for digital records storage, orthodontic diagnosis, Invisalign digital impression submission, and for the fabrication of printed models and retainers; CAD/CAM services, such as iTero Models and Dies, OrthoCAD iCast, and OrthoCAD iRecord; and Invisalign outcome simulator, a chair-side and cloud-based application for the iTero scanner, as well as third party scanners and digital scans for Invisalign treatment submission. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Intuitive Surgical Company Profile

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. The company's da Vinci surgical System translates a surgeon's natural hand movements, which are performed on instrument controls at a console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small incisions or ports. Its da Vinci surgical system include surgeon's consoles, patient-side carts, 3-D vision systems, da Vinci skills simulators, da Vinci Xi integrated table motions, and Firefly fluorescence imaging products that enable surgeons to perform various surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic, general, cardiothoracic, and head and neck surgical procedures. The company also manufactures EndoWrist instruments that include forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. In addition, it offers da Vinci Single-Site instruments and accessories that allow surgical systems to work through a single incision; and EndoWrist One vessel sealers that are wristed single-use instruments intended for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7 mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument. Further, the company provides EndoWrist stapler, a wristed stapling instrument intended for resection, transection, and/or creation of anastomoses, as well as sells various accessories, including replacement 3-D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items that facilitate use of the da Vinci system, as well as sterile drapes for ensuring a sterile field during surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. markets its products directly and through distributors in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.