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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now

It is the painful truth Wall Street doesn’t want you to know. All that time you spent researching mutual funds and comparing star ratings in hopes of the finding a Warren Buffett was a waste. You would have been better off watching cat videos and creating memes to cyber shame United Airlines. You could have beaten 90% of mutual fund managers the past 15 years by investing in plain-vanilla index funds like SPDR S&P 500 ETF, Vanguard 500 Index Fund or Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund.

The SPIVA® U.S. Scorecard, issued by S&P Dow Jones Indices today, reveals the vast majority of mutual funds across the board fail to surpass their benchmarks in both the short and long term. Two-thirds of large-cap funds, 89% of mid-cap funds and 86% of small-cap funds lagged their indexes last year.

FILE: Fidelity Investments is the nation’s largest mutual fund company. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: AVG Technolo gies N.V.(AVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Igor Novgorodtsev]

    InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.41 after closing Thursday at $11.59. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after oil tumbled after data pointed to higher inventories of crude.

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    Marathon Oildropped 8.7% to $14.87, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,362.98, as Front Month Nymex Crude futures for April delivery slid 5.4% to $50.28., leading some to wonder if the price oil could drop below $50 a barrel.

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

    The oil rout began after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. oil inventories rose by 8.2 million barrels to reach $518.4 million, a record level.

    Marathon Oil’s market capitalization fell to $12.6 billion today from $13.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.1 billion on sales of $4.1 billion in 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $11.40 after closing Friday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 40% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he tried to buck this trend by investing in EOG Resources (EOG) and Marathon Oil (MRO) but was wrong on both counts. In the case of EOG, even having the best properties wasn’t enough to ward off the collapse in oil prices. Meanwhile, Marathon’s decision to spin off its refining business left it with no cushion to stem its losses.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited(HMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 2.2 percent on Friday, even though gold prices dropped. However, the stock lost 3.7 percent in after-hours trading, in what also seemed like a correction of the surge seen during the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) shares rose 18.4 percent to $68.65 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares rose 9.5 percent to $111.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba. Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) rose 9.8 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading. Coherus BioSciences disclosed that it prevailed in ‘135 IPR decision. Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) rose 8.1 percent to $21.49 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results. Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP) shares rose 7.9 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.33 percent on Tuesday Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares rose 7.5 percent to $58.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE: AU) rose 4.3 percent to $11.71 in pre-market trading after falling 0.09 percent on Tuesday. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) rose 4.1 percent to $74.53 in pre-market trading after the NY Post reported that the company might be up for sale for $100 per share. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 4 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after declining 1.74 percent on Tuesday. Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) rose 3.6 percent to $109.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.39 percent on Tuesday. Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS) rose 3.2 percent to $51.15 in pre-market trading. JP Morgan upgraded Clovis Oncology from Neutral to Overweight.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, basic materials shares surged by 0.6 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) and Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE: SLW), down 5 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 5 percent.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30) DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24% Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98% Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56% Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73% Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89% Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27% Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25% Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16% Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75% Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares tumbled by 1.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 6 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 6 percent.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: American Airlines Group, Inc.(AAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Oglenski assigned a $105 price target to United Continental, a $33 target to JetBlue, and a $122 target to Alaska Air. And even his equal weights, like America Airlines (AAL) and Southwest Airlines (LUV) have “material upside,” Oglenski says. He expects American to hit $62, and Southwest to hit $65.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    A few years ago, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) introduced a new class of cheaper “basic economy” fares to help it compete with ultra-low cost carriers on certain routes. Last year, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) confirmed that they would introduce their own basic economy fares to stay competitive.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    American Airlines (AAL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    The shares climbed $1.61, or 3.8%, to $43.93, compared to the S&P 500, which fell 3.38 points, or 0.14%, to 2353.78.

    Investors cheered American Airlines increased first-quarter unit revenue and margin guidance.

    The airline said it expects first-quarter total revenue per available seat mile to be up between 2% and 4% year over year, compared to previous guidance for a 1.5% to 3.5% increase. It expects adjusted pre-tax margins to be between 4% and 6%, compared to previous guidance of 3% to 5%.

    For the month of March, it said that revenue passenger miles and available seat miles were down.

    Fellow airline United Continental(UAL) also released March metrics today, although it down on the backlash to a video showing apassenger being dragged off a plane.

    Whole Foods Market(WFM)was the best performer in the S&P 500 yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of American Airlines (AAL) are soaring today after Stifel named the stock to Stifel Select List. But it’s the reason for Stifel’s optimism, more than the addition itself, that is eye catching.

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    See, American Airlines has been under pressure this year–its dropped 11% so far in 2017–on fears that increased capacity would reduce its profitability. The same fears have also dented United Continental Holdings (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL).

    Stifel’s Joseph DeNardi and Matthew Rachal, however, argue that the increased capacity at American Airlines doesn’t matter thanks to a revenue stream that the market has ignored: The revenue from its frequent flier program. They explain why:

    The consensus price target on American, excluding us at $95, of $54 reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the source of American’s earnings, in our view. Within American is an operating segment that accounts for ~50% of EBIT, is growing revenue at ~10% per year with a 65%-70% operating margin with very low capital requirements and very high barriers to entry. We know it exists. American Airlines knows it exists. But the vast majority of the investment community does not or, at this point, is skeptical that it does. We attribute this to a lack of information supplied by the companies for investors to properly assess the size and profitability of airline loyalty programs. We are confident that this will change in the near-to-mid term as disclosures begin to improve over the next several months followed by the reporting of the business as its own operating segment in 12-18 months.

    How big a deal could this be? DeNardi and Rachal argue that the AAdvantage program could generate about $2.7 billion in 2018, greater than the $2.5 billion in pre-tax earnings implied by the consensus estimate of $3.50 a share in 2018. They call it “an earnings stream immune from incremental capac

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q3 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Net sales were $931.9 million versus $728.0 million and net incomewas $115.8 million versusnet income of $54.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The earnings release noted that compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, market prices for chickens sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively flat at levels that reflect a good supply and demand balance. Compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, jumbo boneless breast meat prices were higher by approximately 24.8%, the average market price for bulk leg quarters increased approximately 15.9%, and jumbo wing prices were higher by 40.2%. The Company’s average feed cost per pound of poultry products processed decreased 0.32 cents per pound, or 1.3%, compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation having performed better over the longer term than large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 33.50% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Galapagos NV(GLPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bill Patalon’s initial stock pick was Galapagos NV (Nasdaq ADR: GLPG), a Belgian biotech company.

    Patalon was attracted to Galapagos’ strategy to target “orphan diseases,” afflictions that strike rarely and so often go ignored by the Big Pharma companies. He also liked that Galapagos had more than 50 drug discovery programs underway, and that it already had licensing agreements with several bigger players in the industry.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG) is our big winner so far, gaining 578.8% since Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon shared his recommendation with Money Morning readers in April 2012. The S&P 500 has gained 75.4% in the same time. Bill has renewed his recommendation for the Belgian biotech several times over the years, saying in 2016 that it has “an established history of piling on gains.” With an average gain of 110% a year, it’s hard to argue with that.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cerner Corporation(CERN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cerner (CERN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after meetings earnings forecasts but offering below-consensus guidance.

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    Cerner dropped 4.4% to $51.50 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,316.10.

    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Sandy Draper and team contend that “most of the bad news is already priced in.” They explain:

    Although we expect this news to weigh on the stock…we think the market has remained cautious on CERN shares heading into the 4Q16 print given the uneven execution throughout 2016 and the post-election regulatory uncertainty that has broadly weighed on the HCIT space as a whole. We observe that CERN shares closed about 3% below the level they traded at this time last year, while the S&P was up over 21% in that time. The muted 12-month performance in the stock suggests the market rightly anticipated unattractive year-end results and 2017 guidance, which suggests to us that downside to CERN shares should be limited.

    Cerner’s market capitalization fell to $17.5 billion today from $18.3 billion yesterday.

    Barron’s Vito Racanelli recommended shares of Cerner on March 16, 2016, when the stock traded at $51.46.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cerner (CERN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after thehealth care information technology company reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue.

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    Cernergained 7.8% to $64.75 at 5:03 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,384.20.

    Canaccord Genuity’s Richard Close and Brian Hoffman contend Cerner may be “rediscovered its mojo.” They explain:

    We reiterate our BUY rating and raise our PT to $66 (was $59) as the company finally
    appears to have provided quarterly and annual targets that it can meet. Possibly more important, analyst expectations sit near the mid-point of guidance, portending upside potential. The outlook appears solid as the company (1) rebuilds a track record of delivering on expectations, (2) reaffirmed confidence in 2017 bookings growth, and (3) has a strengthened pipeline for ITWorks and revenue cycle. CERN may have rediscovered its mojo.

    Cerner’s market capitalization rose to $21.4 billion today from $19.8 billion yesterday.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now

This isn’t my first relationship with Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:RBPAA). A decade or so ago, I bought shares in this regional bank when it paid a 4% dividend and churned out steady, if not spectacular earnings. For a number of years, I was content to toss my dividends back to Royal in return for more shares. My share count grew as did my comfort level with this cozy little investment. Well, the line between contentment and complacency is a fine one that’s easily crossed and once it is, things can become shall we say, interesting, if not downright dangerous. Without even realizing it, I had traversed that line and was about to pay the price.

I had warnings in 2006 and 2007 but if contentment is that warm glass of milk before bedtime, then complacency is a narcotic that no one, much less an investor, should ever ingest. By the time I finally came to my senses it was 2008, and we all know what happened in that wretched year; I sold my shares at a loss.

For the next couple of years, I busied myself with pursuits more rewarding than stock investing. You know, things like sorting my sock drawer, cleaning the garage, mowing the lawn and washing the car. As enthralling as these endeavors were, I couldn’t get Royal Bancshares out of my mind. The bank was like a favorite child to me; a child that had gone wrong. I decided to keep informed on this small regional bank to see where the drama might lead me. And this, dear reader, is where my sob story ends and the real story begins.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: SPAR Group Inc.(SGRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international merchandising and marketing services stockSPAR Group Inc (NASDAQ: SGRP):

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Pilbara Minerals Limited (PILBF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Sage Therapeutics, Inc.(SAGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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    The Good

    The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals  (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.

    The Bad

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.(JAZZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday. Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter. Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday. Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday. Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday. Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral. Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday. Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems. Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend. BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    The earnings report summarized the following recent milestones:

    The formation of a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to provide expert guidance and insight as the Company advances towards product commercialization. in October, Pfenex announced the hiring of Steven Sandoval as Chief Manufacturing Officer.Steven has over 25 years of commercial biopharmaceutical engineering and operations experience, specializing in commercial operations, facility design and licensure of large scale biopharmaceutical commercial manufacturing facilities. Following the announcement in August of the positive Phase 1 trial data for Pfenex’s recombinant anthrax vaccine, discussions with BARDA have been progressing. Pfenex anticipates initiating the PF708 pivotal clinical program by year end. Pfenex entered into a collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) on multiple hematology/oncology product candidates in July. Regulatory feedback for PF529, Pfenex’s biosimilar candidate to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), is expected by the end of 2016 and following that feedback, the development path and potential timeline will be outlined.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) has jumped 6.3% to $149.45 after settling a patent dispute.

    CarMax (KMX) gained 2.4% to $58 after beating earnings and sales forecasts.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    In December, I included Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:JAZZ) in a list of the three top healthcare stocks investors were overlooking. At that time, I noted that the biotech stock could be a diamond in the rough with its promising pipeline and low valuation.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company(MJN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The group agreed to sell its food business to McCormick & Company Inc. (MKC)  last week for $4.2 billion. Reckitt said it would use the sale proceeds to reduce debt, which grew by $21 billion through a pair of financing transactions in March led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and HSBC in order to fund its $18 billion acquisition of infant nutrition group Mead Johnson (MJN) earlier this year.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    On Tuesday, JP Morgan analysts upgraded children’s nutrition company Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN), as they believe the company’s top line growth should be valued more highly than the possible cost headwinds and further Chinese regulations.

    The analysts upgraded MJN from “Neutral” to “Overweight” and see shares reaching $88. This price target suggests a 16% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $76.11.

    Mead Johnson Nutrition shares were up 85 cents, or 1.12%, during morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 16.71% year-to-date.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: U S Concrete, Inc.(USCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 8 percent, and Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SA), down 5 percent.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 10 percent, and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC), down 4 percent.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: National Beverage Corp.(FIZZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet some solid individual stock gains also helped lift investors’ moods, and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) 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.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Tailored Brands (NYSE:TLRD) and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) were two of the biggest individual stock movers on Thursday.

    Winners and losers

    Shares of formal clothing specialist Tailored Brands dove 32% after the companyposted surprisingly weak fiscal fourth-quarter earnings results. Sales fell 3.9% to $793 million, while consensus estimates were targeting a more modest decline to $805 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(MACK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped nearly 11% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.30 after closing at $3.67 on Monday. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of about 3.7 million shares. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.02 The company said Tuesday that it has sold some of its cancer drugs to Ipsen for $1 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday. Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter. Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday. Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday. Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday. Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral. Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday. Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems. Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend. BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped 9% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $3.72 after closing at $4.09 on Wednesday. Volume was more than double the daily average of about 3 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap cancer stock Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. In early January, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals had announced a definitive asset purchase and sale agreement with Ipsen SA (EPA: IPN; IPSEY) for a transaction valued at up to $1.025 billion (plus up to $33 million in net milestone payments retained by Merrimack pursuant to Merrimack’s exclusive licensing agreement with Shire) under which Merrimack would:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap cancer stock Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) is scheduled for before the market opens on Wednesday (March 1st). In early January, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals reportedadefinitive asset purchase and sale agreement with Ipsen SA (EPA: IPN; IPSEY) for a transaction valued at up to $1.025 billion (plus up to $33 million in net milestone payments retained by Merrimack pursuant to Merrimack’s exclusive licensing agreement with Shire) under which Merrimack will:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Gold Standard Ventures Corporation(GSV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    The management team member who garners the most attention right now is Dave Mathewson, VP, Head of Exploration. Dave is a geologist with more than 35 years’ experience in the gold exploration space, and specifically, in Nevada. He is credited with a number of notable discoveries for Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM), and later went on to Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE: GSV) helping take that company from a start-up to a now $481 million market cap.

Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now

Overview:

Chesapeake Energy is perhaps the greatest turn around story in the E&P sector in 2016. The company suffered tremendously during the first half of the year due to its massive debt load that was exacerbated by the fall in commodity prices early this year. Investors became concerned with Chesapeake’s prospects going forward and many were suspecting that the company was headed for bankruptcy. The shares tumbled to nearly $1/ share at the height of the crisis. Despite such concerns, Doug Lawler and his team were able to turn the ship around and recreate Chesapeake and the result: a run from nearly $1/ share to almost $9/ share. Much of the rise is due to higher commodity prices; however, there has been a great deal of internal value creation that shouldn’t go unnoticed. My team and I at BlackVault were watching CHK throughout the turnaround and decided to add to the shares with an average price of $4.45 and remain long for the longer term.

Outlook fo r Commodity Prices:

Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Securities account for ~23% of earning assets for our coverage and carried a median ~2.4% yield as of Q116. Banks with the highest investment securities yields as of Q116 included Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) (3.12%),JPMorgan Chase (3.10%),Wells Fargo (3.00%), PNC Financial Services (PNC) (2.72%), and M&T Bank (MTB) (2.58%). Companies with the most securities exposure as a percentage of earning assets includeBank of America (29%), U.S. Bancorp (USB) (28%),Wells Fargo (25%), KeyCorp (KEY) (24%), and BB&T (BBT) (24%).

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    The big winning sector was finance, which saw earnings rise 30% on an increase of 8.5% in revenues. Banks like Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) have bounced back very strongly from the financial crisis, while banks like U.S. Bancorp (USB) continue to make inroads, and impress with good management. So these guys are all benefiting from their diversified streams of revenue generation, and strong revenue from B2B services.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    1) Bad news may not have a lasting impact on valuation. Post crisis, there have been instances where the market was surprised by a material event. However, in several cases, valuations returned to historical levels (we point to Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) as examples). 2) Wells Fargos valuation is attractive, trading at 11.1x our 2017e and 11.5x if we haircut our 2017e by 4%. The 11.5x represents a 13% discount to other high return peers (BB&T (BBT)/M&T Bank/PNC Financial Services Group (PNC)/U.S. Bancorp) despite similar ROTCE.Wells Fargo trades in line with JPMorgan Chase, but with a higher ROTCE. 3) Before this issue,Wells Fargo shares had underperformed the banks this year by 630bps through 9/6. While estimates have come down by 5% forWells Fargo over the past 6 months, this is in line with large regional peers (and half the drop for mkt sensitives). Its possible some of the news was b eing priced into the market (even though it wasnt widely known before 9/8). 4) As noted above, EPS trends have been and are likely to remain sluggish. However, this is an issue for the overall industry as we expect just 4% growth for large regionals in 2017 and even less for high return peers. We expect 5% EPS growth atJPMorgan Chase in 2017…

  • [By John Maxfield]

    One of this era’s most successful bankers has decided to relinquish the reins. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) announced on Tuesday that chairman and CEO Richard Davis will step down from his role as CEO at the bank’s annual meeting in April. He’ll stay on as executive chairman of the board, while President and COO Andy Cecere will succeed him in the corner office.

Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc.(TCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Transcontinental Realty Investors Inc. (NYSE: TCI) saw itschief executive officerpurchasing stock last week. Daniel Moos bought a block of 285,000 shares at $10.60 apiece. The trade cost himright at $3 million.The company acquires, develops and owns residential and commercial real estate properties through acquisitions, leases and partnerships in the United States. Its shares closed Friday at $11.48.

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The Dow and S&P barely held onto their early strength Tuesday, ending higher, but tech stocks lost ground.

Associated Press

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 13.08 points, or 0.07%, to 17990.32, while the S&P 500 Index gained 3.91 points, or 0.19%, to 2091.70. The Nasdaq lost 7.48 points, or 0.15%, to 4888.31.

TheFebruaryS&P Case-Shiller home price read showed prices climbing at a strong clip, although it cooled a bit from January.

The Fed also began its two-day meeting today, although it is widely expected to keep rates steady. UBS Economist Drew Matus expects to hear much of the same from the central bank:

Assuming the Fed wants to continue to allow financial conditions to ease but also wants to avoid a disruptive “tantrum”, the Fed will need to provide a consistent message delivered over time. As such, at the upcoming meeting, we expect they will reinforce their view of the continued health of the economy while also acknowledging the divergence between growth and jobs. At the same time, we expect they will continue to assert that inflation will continue to move toward their target levels over the “medium term”. The FOMC will likely try to avoid highlighting distinct contrasts to market pricing as they would want market expectations to evolve, not jump.

investment ideas: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When you look at the stocks that have led us higher–Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan (JPM) , Travelers (TRV) , United Health (UNH) , Walt Disney (DIS) , American Express  (AXP) , Verizon (VZ) , Boeing (BA) , Caterpillar (CAT) and Chevron (CVX) , all up more than 10%–you come up with stocks where there just aren’t a lot of profit-takers.

  • [By Reuters]

    Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

  • [By Javier Hasse] Related AAPL 6 High-Quality Tech Stocks To Buy On The Dip Dr. Dre TV Show 'Vital Signs' Coming To Apple Review Of PostCapitalism By Paul Mason And The Winning Of The Carbon War By Jeremy Leggett (Seeking Alpha) Related WMT Your Recession Playbook: Avoid These Stocks, Buy Ross Stores Wal-Mart's Troubles Extend Beyond Brazil: Beware The U.K. Plug Power: Home Depot Gains Anchor Traction As Plans For A Second DC Emerge (Seeking Alpha) The Dow Jones Industrial Average(INDEXDJX:.DJI) tracks the performance of 30 major U.S. companies, from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) to UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT). The index has lost more than 8.5 percent since the beginning of the year. But, is there a way to capitalize from future declines or surges? Well, there always are binary options.

    2016 has been quite volatile for the Dow. So, a few questions arise. Where will the index go next? Will it continue to surge? Or, will it fall once again? And, is there a way to bet on its performance over the short term without being exposed to high risks and collateral?

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Tuesday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 3.44% at $157.35. The stock’s 52-week range is $107.51 to $158.12, and the high was posted this morning. Trading volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 3.7 million. The healthcare giant’s 2017 forecast was better than expected today.

investment ideas: News Corporation(NWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) reported a profit of $506 million, or $0.87 per share for the year ended June 30, versus a year-ago loss of $2.08 billion, or $3.58 per share. Its revenue rose 2.7% to $8.89 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.57 per share on revenue of $8.96 billion. News Corp shares fell 1.28% to close at $16.91 on Friday.

investment ideas: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Harte Hanks Inc (NYSE: HHS) were down 19 percent to $2.95. Harte Hanks entered into a new $110 million credit facility over 5 years.

    TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $7.75. TravelCenters of America reported a Q4 loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.

investment ideas: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Top Performing Stocks To Own Right Now

We’re trying out a new feature here at Barrons Stocks to Watch Today, which will look at the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 each day.

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And no, we didn’t accidentally republish yesterday’s post about Skyworks Solutions (SWKS). Skyworks Solutions is once again today’s hottest stock. The semiconductor manufacturer–and Apple (AAPL) supplier– followed up yesterday’s 4.4% rise with 6.4% gain to $77.02, as it once again rode Apple’s coattails higher. The iPhone maker gained 3.4% to $115.57.

But it wasn’t all Apple today. There was also a positive analyst note from Oppenheimer’sRick Schafer and Joshua Buchalter, who call Skyworks, which has gained just 0.2% this year, “misunderstood” and “mis-priced.” They explain why:

Top Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Top Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Ballard Power Systems, Inc.(BLDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    With that in mind, I would add any stocks or sectors that benefit directly or indirectly from government subsidies because they are in cool or chosensectors that progressive liberal types worshipe.g. so called green or renewable energy or green technology plays like small capsBallard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP),FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) along with solarinstallers Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE: VSLR) and Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN). Then there are thebigger and more globalsolar energy solutions stocks like First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) that will no doubt be the focus of any energy policy or global warming policy coming out of Washington.

Top Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion. Express Scripts shares rose 0.30 percent to close at $73.55 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

    Xerox Corp (NYSE: XRX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $4.24 billion.

Top Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Icahn Enterprises L.P.(IEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.