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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

It’s time to throw away the silly Wall Street saying, “Sell in May and go away.”

Yes, trading volume tends to dry up as the mercury rises. More people are on vacation, and there usually isn’t as much big corporate news in late spring and summer as there is in the fall.

That’s why some traders say it’s okay to sit things out until November, when consumer companies start prepping for the holidays. You won’t miss much in the summer. You may even avoid a nasty downturn.

September and October are famous for the 1929 crash, 1987’s Black Monday, the market plunge after 9/11 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. But stocks have lately performed well between the fifth and tenth months of the year. If you sold in May and went away over the past few years, you missed out on some big rallies.

The S&P 500 rose nearly 6% from the beginning of last May through the end of October. The blue chip index was up 5% during May through October of 2016 as well.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    So, which stocks are potential hidden winners that can be safely purchased today? We asked a team of investors to weigh in, and they pickedSogou (NYSE:SOGO), TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), and Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK).

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    Cramer was bearish on Geron (GERN) , Mitek Systems (MITK) , AK Steel Holding (AKS) , Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) and AbbVie (ABBV) .

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on MITK. BidaskClub upgraded Mitek Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mitek Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, National Securities assumed coverage on Mitek Systems in a research report on Friday, March 9th. They issued a buy rating and a $14.00 target price on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $12.00.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Many consumers prefer to deposit a check on their smartphone instead of visiting a bank branch or ATM in person. However, most banks lack the technological know-how to make this process work. That’s why thousands of them have partnered with Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK), a leading provider of image capture and identity verification software that makes it possible for banks to offer this must-have service to their customers.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mitek Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK) Director Bruce Edward Hansen sold 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.73, for a total transaction of $349,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 81,135 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $708,308.55. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    As Time Warner Inc. (TWX) Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes testified in the trial over the company’s merger with AT&T Inc. (T) , the executive said the government’s arguments are “ridiculous” and did not “make sense.”

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Just days after a federal court ruled in favor of AT&T (NYSE:T) in its contentious legal battle with the Department of Justice over its acquisition of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), Ma Bell has announcedthat it sealed the deal. In doing so, AT&T will become comparable to some of its telecom giant peers that have similarly been making media-oriented blockbuster megamergers in recent years, bringing valuable properties like HBO, Turner Networks, and Warner Bros. under its corporate umbrella.

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    The first witness that AT&T Inc. (T) and Time Warner Inc. (TWX) called in the legal battle with the Department of Justice testified that an economic model central to the government’s case is “theoretically unsound,” in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: (VIAB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Also, the two dive into the ongoing soap opera that is CBS (NYSE:CBS) (NYSE:CBS-A)and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) (NASDAQ:VIAB). Shari Redstone and the CBS board continue to duke it out, and an upcoming court hearing will tip the scales for their most recent battle for control.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Shari Redstone, the daughter of Sumner Redstone who controls CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) and Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIAB), wants to merge the two companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter. Edwards Lifesciences shares tumbled 7.80 percent to $124.17 in the after-hour

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    For example, Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) has suggested that it could lead the pack by producing 570,000 kilograms of cannabis-equivalent production yearly, when at full capacity. But when Oct. 17 rolls around, it’s not going to be anywhere near this level. Its 800,000-square-foot Aurora Sky facility will be done by then, and it’s capable of just over 100,000 kilograms of cannabis production annually, but its recently announced Aurora Sun facility in Alberta, and its partnered Aurora Nordic project, won’t be completely online until a later date.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The largest Canadian marijuana grower right now is Canopy Growth (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF), which has a market cap of around US$5 billion. Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) has a market cap of close to US$3.3 billion. The Canadian marijuana market size — even using higher estimates for a few years down the road — won’t be large enough to justify these valuations.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Four weeks ago, I took what’s now an obsolete look at the Canadian cannabis industry and unearthed eight pot growers that are currently on track to produce in excess of 100,000 kilograms of cannabis-equivalent production each year. “Cannabis equivalent” refers to the fact that growers are producing cannabis alternatives, such as cannabis oils and concentrates, and not just dried cannabis. Below you’ll see a now-updated list (as of July 12) of what each company expects to produce at full capacity — or what I expect they’ll produce, in the instance that they haven’t offered peak production guidance.

    Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC): approximately 500,000 kg (author estimate) Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF): 430,000 kg Aphria: 255,000 kg The Green Organic Dutchman: 195,000 kg MedReleaf: 140,000 kg OrganiGram Holdings: 113,000 kg Hydropothecary Corporation: 108,000 kg Emerald Health Therapeutics (NASDAQOTH:EMHTF): 100,000-plus kg (partial author estimate)

    Even though these totals are up to date, they’re still subject to near-term change. For instance, Aurora Cannabis is in the process of acquiring Ontario-based MedReleaf for $2.5 billion in an all-share deal. If completed, it would likely vault Aurora Cannabis to the top spot in terms of annual production at full capacity.

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    Aurora Cannabis (OTCQX:ACBFF) has easily been the most aggressive pot company on the growth side, as it has apparently decided it will settle for nothing less than the top position among the marijuana production companies.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 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 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 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) had its price objective upped by investment analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $110.00 to $115.00 in a research note issued to investors on Monday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the software maker’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price target would indicate a potential upside of 4.50% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Cloud-based sales and marketing platform specialist HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) saw its total sales spike 39% in the first quarter to $114.6 million. That outpaced the high end of the company’s own revenue guidance for the quarter by more than $4 million. The company said that strong growth was driven by both expanding subscription and professional services sales.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    HubSpotInc. (NYSE: HUBS) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

    Insmed Inc. (NASDAQ: INSM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MYE) Director Frederic Jack Liebau, Jr. bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $19.28 per share, for a total transaction of $19,280.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 28,957 shares in the company, valued at approximately $558,290.96. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) and Myers Industries (NYSE:MYE) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    L-3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) missed out on much of the rally enjoyed by other defense contractors over the last year. The reason for the lagging performance was because the company was in the middle of a transformation plan aimed at propelling it into the ranks of those larger rivals. Judging by its first-quarter results, the efforts are already beginning to show results.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    NEXT Financial Group Inc purchased a new position in shares of L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE:LLL) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor purchased 978 shares of the aerospace company’s stock, valued at approximately $203,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Prudential Financial Inc. decreased its stake in L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) by 20.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 87,847 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 21,981 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. owned approximately 0.11% of L3 Technologies worth $18,272,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on L3 Technologies (LLL)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $223.00.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited(JKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    One of the best ways to play it is by owning the top Chinese solar stock, Jinko Solar Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: JKS).

    It’s already the world’s third-largest supplier of photovoltaic cells – an essential component of solar panels. Plus, it’s plugged right into China’s skyrocketing solar industry.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    The impact will have ripple effects across the industry. Major manufacturers like Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ), JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS), Hanwha Q Cells (NASDAQ:HQCL), and JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) will see margins squeezed as volume and sales prices fall. They were all enjoying higher margins and strong demand in early 2018, so the could reverse to net losses later this year.

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    Tariffs
    Governmental action from the White House has added itself to the mix. In January, President Trump announced steep tariffs on imported solar panels. This did two things: It immediately made U.S.-produced solar panels a little more competitive than low-cost alternatives from China or South Korea. And, two, it has led to a solar manufacturing boom. Foreign companies are simply building factories here, changing the ZIP code on their shipping address and dodging Trump’s import duties without changing a single angle on the engineering specs. Since Mr. Trump announced his tariffs, China’s JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) has bought a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) added to its manufacturing base in Ohio and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) bought struggling SolarWorld Americas, which had petitioned the president for the tariffs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:JKS)’s share price dropped 5.6% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $11.92 and last traded at $12.16. Approximately 987,700 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 50% from the average daily volume of 659,992 shares. The stock had previously closed at $12.88.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Christopher & Banks Co. (NYSE:CBK) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $0.75 and last traded at $0.81, with a volume of 12488 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $0.89.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $5.56 billion.
    Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $466.25 million.
    Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $6.20 billion.
    Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $8.13 billion.
    Burlington Stores, Inc. (NYSE: BURL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $1.49 billion.
    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $726.56 million.
    American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $806.17 million.
    Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ: TITN) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $276.27 bmillion.
    Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $682.68 million.
    Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $92.08 million.
    Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $232.30 million.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $140.83 million.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $90.20 million.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $160.50 million.
    Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $89.35 million.
  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Commerzbank AG (ETR:CBK) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have assigned a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is €10.98 ($12.76).

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Top Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Quidel Corporation(QDEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Quidel (NASDAQ:QDEL)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by Barclays in a research note issued on Thursday. They currently have a $65.00 price objective on the stock. Barclays’ price target suggests a potential upside of 8.06% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Birchview Capital LP decreased its stake in Quidel Co. (NASDAQ:QDEL) by 12.8% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 33,975 shares of the company’s stock after selling 5,000 shares during the period. Quidel makes up 1.2% of Birchview Capital LP’s portfolio, making the stock its 9th largest holding. Birchview Capital LP’s holdings in Quidel were worth $1,760,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Primo Water Corporation(PRMW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Andy Pai]

    Primo Water Corporation (Nasdaq: PRMW) appears to be the most undervalued stock in the fund. The company has a blended upside of 31.1 percent relative to its current trading price.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Primo Water Corp. (NASDAQ: PRMW) was started with an Outperform rating at William Blair.BMO Capital Markets maintained its Market Perform rating but the price target was raised to $16 from $15.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Primo Water (NASDAQ:PRMW) CFO David J. Mills sold 5,934 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.50, for a total value of $80,109.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 79,624 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,074,924. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

Top Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS) insider Dharmesh Shah sold 23,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $108.19, for a total value of $2,488,370.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) had its price objective upped by investment analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $110.00 to $115.00 in a research note issued to investors on Monday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the software maker’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price target would indicate a potential upside of 4.50% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Hubspot (NYSE:HUBS) believes that the answer is to focus on “inbound” marketing techniques that make it easy for consumers to find you when they are finally ready to buy.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    HubSpotInc. (NYSE: HUBS) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets.

    Insmed Inc. (NASDAQ: INSM) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.

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cramer stock picks: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) , Realty Income (O) , Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) , Avis Budget Group (CAR) and HubSpot (HUBS) .

  • [By Danny Vena]

    There’s another area being driven by AI that may surprise you. The next time you text your bank, cellphone service provider, or retailer, the agent you’re dealing with might be a chatbot. This form of conversational AI is being more widely adopted to perform simple customer service tasks. According to research conducted by marketing technology vendor HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS), of 1,426 respondents worldwide, 74% had used voice search in the prior month, and 63% of people using services based on AI technology didn’t even know it.

cramer stock picks: NCI, Inc.(NCIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Information technology company NCI Inc (NASDAQ: NCIT) reported its $283 million sale to H.I.G. Capital Management for $20 per share in cash.

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    The insurance firms of Allied World Assurance Company Hldgs Ltd (NYSE: AWH) and Fairfax Financial extended the offering period for purchase of outstanding Allied World shares from June 30 to July 5.

cramer stock picks: MEI Pharma, Inc.(MEIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) saw its shares make a solid gain on Thursday after the company received a crucial upgrade from Oppenheimer. Most analysts only issue price targets that are within a range of 5% to 25% for stocks, but this upgrade absolutely blows these small calls out of the water.

cramer stock picks: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

cramer stock picks: Level 3 Communications, Inc.(LVLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After opening up 0.6% this morning, Level Three Communications (LVLT) jumped as much as 5.9% on reports that it was considering ways to increase shareholder value (nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?). Citigroup’s Michael Rollins and Neth Wiedemann offer their take:

    Online news source Benzinga recently tweeted that an industry source has told them Level 3 is “reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize holder value, including outright sale or large buyback”. Level 3 shares are up ~4% today after a ~3% move yesterday and shares are up ~10% over the past week. The company has not responded to the news, nor can we substantiate the speculation.

    Level 3 remains our top-pick within our coverage group given its growth, financial flexibility, valuation, and strategic optionality.Level 3 currently trades around ~10x our 2016 OIBDA estimate and ~11x our 2016 discretionary FCF estimate, which we believe is too cheap given its growth profile and deep strategic asset-mix of metro and long-haul fiber.

    We believe that Level 3′s extensive enterprise presence could be attractive for a cable player looking to move up-market and accelerate its investment from thesmall- to medium-sized businesses segment into the enterprise market. We also believe that Zayo Group Holdings (ZAYO) may be an attractive acquisition target for a cable company looking to accelerate an enterprise strategy. We also would not dismiss the possibility that Level 3 and Zayo could consider a merger scenario to become a larger competitor for the enterprise market against the incumbents AT&T (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ).

    Shares of Level 3 have gained 3.7% to $56.39 at 1:20 p.m. today, while Zayo Group Holdings has risen 1% to $28.78, AT&T has advanced 0.5% to $42.61, and Verizon Communications is up 0.7% to $55.87.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) was in advanced talks to merge with Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT). Back on July 13, Benzinga Pro reported Level 3 was reviewing strategic alternatives.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A rumored merger with CenturyLink (CTL) sent Level 3 Communications (LVLT) soaring to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    Shares of Level 3 Communications climbed 11% to $51.87 today, even as the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,133.04. CenturyLink didn’t perform too badly, either: It gained 9.7% to $31.

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top stocks now: AAON Inc.(AAON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aaon Inc. (AAON) is an Oklahoma-based, family-owned and operated firm, with 23.54% insider ownership. It is an excellent business to own for the long term.

top stocks now: Plug Power Inc.(PLUG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Although Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) reported some successes in bringing fuel-cell solutions to customers in 2016, the company’s stock certainly didn’t reflect it — ending the year down more than 40%. Remaining ever-optimistic, though, management is far from short on expectations for the coming year. But whether Wall Street appreciates the successes and sends the stock back north is a different story.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back to breakevenlevels or into underperformance:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap FuelCell Energy along withalternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last year before they drifted a bit lower:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Still, some stocks managed to buck the negative sentiment on Tuesday, and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) and Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

top stocks now: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    In fact, just last week, even online retailer eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) announced that brand-new items on its deals page will qualify for a price-match guarantee.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    FBA is “thriving,” Amazon said. FBA items shipped worldwide during the holidays increased 50%, highlighting the growing popularity of the service. To understand just how strong this growth rate is, consider that eBay’s (NASDAQ:EBAY) year-over-year growth in sold items on its platform was just 5% in the company’s most recently reported quarter. And eBay’s marketplace revenue in the company’s most recent quarter was up just 2% year over year. The big difference in the two company’s recent growth clearly shows how hot FBA is with sellers right now.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    When Skype was launched in 2003, the notion that people could connect via video call was something new, particularly because the service was free. It was a time when long distance calls, particularly those made overseas, could still be expensive, and video call technology was not available to most people at all. The innovations of the product were great enough thateBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) bought the company for over $2.5 billion in 2005. That made it a father of the “unicorn” category. After it passed through other hands, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) paid $8.5 billion for it in 2011.

top stocks now: ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.(AEY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap cable television and telecommunications equipment stock ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc (NASDAQ: AEY):

top stocks now: Endeavour Silver Corporation(EXK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, basic materials shares surged by 1.1 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK).

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    Citing bullish outlook on silver prices, Peter Bures of Canaccord Genuity has started coverage of four silver producers: Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ: PAAS), Coeur Mining Inc (NYSE: CDE), Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL), and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK). The brokerage also assumed coverage of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc (NYSE: FSM) with a Buy rating.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 1.66 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK), down 22 percent, and Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF), down 10 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK) and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD).

top stocks now: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) , Realty Income (O) , Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) , Avis Budget Group (CAR) and HubSpot (HUBS) .

  • [By Danny Vena]

    There’s another area being driven by AI that may surprise you. The next time you text your bank, cellphone service provider, or retailer, the agent you’re dealing with might be a chatbot. This form of conversational AI is being more widely adopted to perform simple customer service tasks. According to research conducted by marketing technology vendor HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS), of 1,426 respondents worldwide, 74% had used voice search in the prior month, and 63% of people using services based on AI technology didn’t even know it.

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Sandwich Generation GenXers talking to their parent about the future. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Today’s 75.4 million Millennials will near retirement age in 30-40 years, and today’s GenXer in about 15-25 years. If you’re like many of my clients, you’re starting to seriously think about your own financial planning. And with so many Boomers ill-prepared for retirement, you’re not just having to think about your own financial well-being, but almost half of you will find yourself needing to help support your parents and other family members financially.

It pays to know what resources are available. Social Security pays for retirement, disability, and survivorship benefits through payroll taxes.  Many people only start thinking about it as they near retirement age, but early planning can help you maximize the amount of social security you receive. The Social Security system can be confusing, so be certain to discuss your personal situation w ith a financial advisor for individualized advice.

online day trading: 8×8 Inc(EGHT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd underperforming versus VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) which have been volatile, but have been heading higher:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT) rose 26.6% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The provider of internet-based voice and communications services put together a remarkable financial record last year. 8X8 beat Wall Street’s earnings and sales estimates handily in each one of the year’s quarterly reports,citing strong organic revenue growth among larger customers along the way. Large-scale corporate customers accounted for 53% of the company’s total sales in the recently reported second quarter, and these big clients are also showing strong loyalty to the 8×8 brand by renewing their service contracts.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd hitting lower highs and lowerlows for some years now but also leveling off while VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) have been volatile, but also largely heading higher:

online day trading: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) shares dropped 60 percent to $3.38. MDC Partners reported a Q3 loss of $0.64 per share on revenue of $349.3 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 31 percent to $12.52 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 sales outlook.

online day trading: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

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    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

online day trading: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    There’s another area being driven by AI that may surprise you. The next time you text your bank, cellphone service provider, or retailer, the agent you’re dealing with might be a chatbot. This form of conversational AI is being more widely adopted to perform simple customer service tasks. According to research conducted by marketing technology vendor HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS), of 1,426 respondents worldwide, 74% had used voice search in the prior month, and 63% of people using services based on AI technology didn’t even know it.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) , Realty Income (O) , Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) , Avis Budget Group (CAR) and HubSpot (HUBS) .