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Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019

Introduction

This is a refresh of our analysis on High Liner Foods (OTC:HLNFF), which was originally published in August 2017 (link). Our original thesis stated that the then-current stock price represented a buying opportunity for an undervalued dividend stock. With the release of the firm’s fiscal 2017 results, we maintain our buy rating on the stock, with some minor concerns related to plant efficiencies and US tax reform.

Note: All figures in US dollars unless indicated.

Company Overview

We will not reiterate the original company overview from August 2017; for a detailed description of the business, please refer to our previous article. However, to summarize the firm’s business:

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Videocon d2h Limited(VDTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Videocon d2h (NASDAQ: VDTH) and MSG Networks (NYSE:MSGN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Videocon d2h (NASDAQ: VDTH) and DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC. Common Stock (NASDAQ:DISCA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MCRB) CEO Roger Pomerantz sold 26,492 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.33, for a total value of $247,170.36. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 297,812 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,778,585.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MCRB) CEO Roger Pomerantz sold 40,057 shares of Seres Therapeutics stock in a transaction on Friday, June 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.36, for a total transaction of $374,933.52. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 297,812 shares in the company, valued at $2,787,520.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.(MRVL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Last year the company announced a bold $6 billion bid to buy Cavium.Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a fabless supplier of mixed-signal and analog semiconductor products to a number of storage, computing and communication applications, including hard disk drives, personal computers, servers, Ethernet switches, printers and connectivity markets.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Microsemi (NASDAQ: MSCC) and Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL) might not be a fashionable name in the semiconductor space, but it enjoys the same set of catalysts as some of its illustrious peers. From the Internet of Things (IoT) to connected cars and big data, the chipmaker is sitting on multiple opportunities that could help it accelerate remarkably in the long run.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) is expected to post its most recent quarterly results Thursday as well. The consensus estimates are $0.31 in EPS and $610.99 million in revenue. Shares ended the week at $23.42 apiece. The consensus price target is $27.26, and the 52-week range is $14.58 to $24.22.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Last year the company announced a bold $6 billion bid to buy Cavium.Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a fabless supplier of mixed-signal and analog semiconductor products to a number of storage, computing and communication applications, including hard disk drives, personal computers, servers, Ethernet switches, printers and connectivity markets.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Last year the company announced a bold $6 billion bid to buy Cavium.Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a fabless supplier of mixed-signal and analog semiconductor products to a number of storage, computing and communication applications, including hard disk drives, personal computers, servers, Ethernet switches, printers and connectivity markets.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: FMC Corporation(FMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Olin (NYSE: OLN) and FMC (NYSE:FMC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Now that the three big lithium companies that trade on a major U.S. stock exchange –Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile(NYSE:SQM), or SQM,and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC). — have reported their first-quarter 2018 results, we’re going to compare how their respective lithium businesses performed.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    FMC (NYSE: FMC) and Basf (OTCMKTS:BASFY) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Bloomberg recently had an editorial about why is there so little noise about the oligopoly controlling lithium now one of the hottest elements on the periodic table thanks to electric vehicles (EVs). Traditionally, USA based FMC Corp (NYSE: FMC) along withAlbemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) and Chiles Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE: SQM) have formeda lithium oligopoly dominating global production. The Bloomberg articlethough breaksdown the lithium carbonate market as follows:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last week, large cap FMC Corp (NYSE: FMC)reported Q1 2018 earnings with the CEO saying in the earnings call that they arelooking to separatetheir lithium assets in October in what will be thefirst U.S. IPO by a major lithium pure-play. In the earnings call, Chairman/CEO Pierre R. Brondeau stated:

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now

What happened

Shares ofClean Energy Fuels Corp.(NASDAQ:CLNE) surged as much as 22.7% today, before losing a little steam in afternoon trading. As of 12:20 p.m. EDT, shares were up 13.6% in very heavy trading. At this writing, more than 5 million shares have traded hands, about five times the average volume for the company’s stock.

Today’s big jump isn’t from the company’s earnings, which will be released later today after market close, but due to a surprise announcement that global oil and gas giantTotal S.A. (ADR)(NYSE:TOT) has agreed to take a 25% stake in Clean Energy, with a deal to buy 50.8 million shares for $83.4 million.

Image source: Clean Energy Fuels.

So what

In addition to an investment that would make Total the largest shareholder of Clean Energy stock, it is also partnering with the company to launch a leasing program to help accelerate adoption of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. As part of this program, Total would provide up to $100 million of credit to fund leases.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Ballard Power Systems, Inc.(BLDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    That much becomes clear after taking a look at fuel cell stocks Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) and Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP). The companies generated just $235 million in revenue combined last year. While that would seem to indicate that the technology has a ways to go, a closer look shows both companies are on an upward trajectory as they position to exploit decarbonization trends. It also reveals two different growth strategies.

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Riding the wave of enthusiasm for alternative power, Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) has made great strides in bringing its hydrogen-power solutions to the materials handling equipment market. Thanks, in part, to deals with the world’s largest retailers like Walmart and Amazon, Plug Power has grown its top line at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% over the past 10 years. This is no small feat considering that Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP), which is arguably Plug Power’s greatest fuel-cell competitor, has only grown its top line by an average of 8% annually over the same period.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Fuel cell stocks tend to be more volatile than the average equity, owing at least in part to the ever-changing business models of the industry. But even that makes it difficult to explain the wild ride Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) shareholders have been on in the last year.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: County Bancorp, Inc.(ICBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six research firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $32.75.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    County Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:ICBK) President Timothy J. Schneider sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, June 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.55, for a total value of $27,550.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now owns 113,882 shares in the company, valued at $3,137,449.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New(SIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.(NYSE:SIX) were up 8.8% as of 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday after the theme park operator announced better-than-expected first-quarter 2018 results.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Stocks rebounded on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing back from triple-digit losses early in the session to finish with a modest gain. Market participants were initially nervous because of the continued upward pressure on interest rates and their potential negative impact on the U.S. economy. But later in the day, confidence returned, and the steadfast market reversed course. Several individual stocks had much larger advances. Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC), Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX), and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By ]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Jim Reid-Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of Six Flags (SIX) , the theme park operator that just posted a 74-cents-a-share loss, compared to estimates for a loss of 79 cents. Shares rallied 5.6% on the news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $64.54 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    We now have the quarterly updates for all five of the country’s leading theme park and regional amusement park operators, and it’s safe to say the first three months of 2018 blew out the same three-month period of 2017. Six Flags (NYSE:SIX), Cedar Fair(NYSE:FUN), andSeaWorld Entertainment(NYSE:SEAS)joined the theme park segments of Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in posting double-digit revenue growth in the latest quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation(WMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Western Asset Mortgage Capit (NYSE:WMC) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Unilever PLC(UL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News coverage about Unilever (NYSE:UL) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 47.0118624662366 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    Dollar Shave Club, bought by Unilever (NYSE:UL) in 2016, offers membership as low as $5. Again, the margins may be thin on the products — just like at Costco — but that’s made up by what hopefully becomes a longer, deeper relationship with the customer.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    LPL Financial LLC reduced its holdings in shares of UNILEVER N.V. Common Stock (NYSE:UL) by 1.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 92,190 shares of the company’s stock after selling 906 shares during the quarter. LPL Financial LLC’s holdings in UNILEVER N.V. Common Stock were worth $5,122,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    How this lid materializes is rarely explained or dwelt upon. At any rate, I do like the cliche for its flexibility as a metaphor for other disciplines — the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, for example. Several CPG companies, including Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL), have recently found a lid on their pricing baskets: a constraint on their ability to push through price increases on goods sold through retail channels.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ: ACET) fell 41.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading. ACETO board disclosed that it is taking proactive steps to address business and financial challenges. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell 25.3 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting an ATM offering of $150 million.
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) fell 17.4 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting a fourth quarter sales miss. Comps were down 7.5 percent in the quarter.
    Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR) fell 12.4 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading following a first quarter earnings miss.
    Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) fell 10.2 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading on news of $125 million convertible debt offering.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) shares fell 8 percent to $8.02 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.02 percent on Wednesday.
    Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPO) shares fell 5.6 percent to $80 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 4.8 percent to $60.00 in pre-market trading after rising 1.78 percent on Wednesday.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after surging 84.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares fell 4.5 percent to $40.07 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results.
    Align Technology, Inc.. (NASDAQ: ALGN) fell 3.5 percent to $267.40 in pre-market trading after rising 1.61 percent on Wednesday.
    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) shares fell 3.5 percent to $12 in pre-market trading after the company issued quarterly fleet status report.
    GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sandy Spring Bank increased its position in shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) by 627.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 3,820 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,295 shares during the period. Sandy Spring Bank’s holdings in Unilever were worth $212,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MCRB) CEO Roger Pomerantz sold 40,057 shares of Seres Therapeutics stock in a transaction on Friday, June 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.36, for a total transaction of $374,933.52. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 297,812 shares in the company, valued at $2,787,520.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MCRB) CEO Roger Pomerantz sold 26,492 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.33, for a total value of $247,170.36. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 297,812 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,778,585.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Systemax Inc.(SYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares rose 35.8 percent to $4.55.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) gained 28.8 percent to $1.04. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares surged 19.1 percent to $33.00 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) gained 14.9 percent to $37.22 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares climbed 14 percent to $17.90 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) climbed 14 percent to $7.12 following strong quarterly results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 13.6 percent to $8.25.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 11.8 percent to $3.34. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) gained 11.6 percent to $40.99 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 11.2 percent to $4.9363.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 10.5 percent to $11.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX) rose 10.2 percent to $30.86. Sidoti & Co. upgraded Systemax from Neutral to Buy.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) surged 9.2 percent to $7.13. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Systematic Financial Management LP lowered its position in shares of Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX) by 4.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 44,315 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,150 shares during the quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP owned 0.12% of Systemax worth $1,265,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) and Systemax (NYSE:SYX) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(PLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Platinum Group Metals (TSE:PTM) (NYSE:PLG) traded down 18.2% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as C$0.18 and last traded at C$0.18. 643,238 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 400% from the average session volume of 128,626 shares. The stock had previously closed at C$0.22.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.(BCEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Crude oil prices continue to remain bullish, brightening the prospects of oil and related companies. Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE: BCEI), an oil and natural gas exploration and production company that emerged from Chapter 11 in April 2017, could also benefit from an improved cost structure, according to Imperial Capital. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE:BCEI) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Franco-Nevada Corporation(FNV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Investors in Franco-Nevada (NYSE:FNV) had high hopes for the streaming and royalty company coming into 2018. After a strong 2017 that featured solid stock performance, Franco-Nevada shareholders believed that the company was making the right moves, expanding its traditional exposure to gold, silver, and other metals while also making a stronger push toward adding more oil and gas financing projects to its pipeline.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    This, however, is where streaming company Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM)and its peers Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD) and Franco-Nevada (NYSE:FNV)come into play. Streaming companies provide cash up front to miners for the right to buy gold and silver in the future at reduced rates. Often miners use the money to build new mines. Wheaton provided $625 million in cash to Barrick for the development of Pascua-Lama. That is just one of 10 development projects in which Wheaton has invested. Its portfolio also contains 17 operating mines.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (NYSE:WPM) is one of the largest silver and gold streaming companies in the world. However, over the last five years, Wheaton’s stock is down nearly 10% while peers Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) and Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) are up over 60% each. What’s going on at Wheaton, and is it worth buying what clearly looks like the industry laggard?

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The more appropriate comparison for Royal Gold would be to streaming and royalty peers Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (NYSE:WPM) and Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV). The chart below lays out the vital stats for these comparisons.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Franco-Nevada Corporation’s (NYSE:FNV) stock was down roughly 11% year to date through the end of May. That’s not great, but it’s even worse when you consider that streaming and royalty peer Royal Gold Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) is up 9% over the same span. Even silver-heavy Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM) has been doing better, down only about 1% (silver hasn’t performed as well gold in recent years). Why exactly is Franco-Nevada lagging its peers so badly?

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stock: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

  • [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 Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

stock: Celldex Therapeutics Inc(CLDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOLD), down 9 percent, and Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDX), down 9 percent.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    The ability to develop game-changing new drugs that revolutionize patient care could cause shares in Axovant Sciences (NYSE:AXON), Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX), and Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) to soar. However, success may be tough to come by, and that makes investing in these stocks a boom or bust proposition.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (CLDX) is the first of the major biotech stocks scheduled to release an update on a pretty important drug this quarter; look for news on Oct. 8 concerning melanoma treatment glembatumumab vedotin. And thats a firm date too. Celldex is slated to present an update on the therapy at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.

stock: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In February 2016, King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING) was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) for $5.9 billion.

    A technical chart for Glu Mobile shows a November reversal with shares back above a key resistance or support level:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    If the stock market is a game, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) shareholders are winning. The stock is up 60% over the past 12 months (18% in just one day last week) compared to the broader market’s 20% boost.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is set to post earnings results for the key holiday sales period on Thursday, Feb. 9. The stock is trouncing the market over the last five years, but investors have pushed it lower since its last quarterly check-in.

stock: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS). Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Oshkosh (OSK) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $62 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is trading at 21x expected 2017 earnings, analysts said. 

  • [By Rich Smith]

      I first named Oshkosh my top stock pick back in September, when the stock cost $42 and change. Since then, the stock has gone down, and sells for $3 less. So am I supposed to dislike Oshkosh stock now?

    No. To the contrary, I like it even more. (About $3 more, in fact).

    You see, even in the process of picking Oshkosh back then, I warned investors: "I don’t know whether Oshkosh will be the best-performing stock in the world in the month of September, but I’ve got a strong hunch about the next six months." And that hunch remains — because the facts have not changed.

    This past summer, Oshkosh was named the winner of the Pentagon’s contract to build a next-gen "Humvee" — an armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that will serve the U.S. military for decades to come. Oshkosh won an initial award to produce 17,000 vehicles for $6.7 billion. Ultimately, though, this is a contract that could swell to $30 billion or more for production, maintenance, and upgrade of approximately 55,000 JLTVs across all military branches.

    So why hasn’t Oshkosh stock moved in response to the contract? Mainly because rival bidderLockheed Martin threw a monkey wrench into the contracts process, first protesting the JLTV award to Oshkosh, and then, when that protest was rejected, filing suit in court to try to win the contract away from its rival.

    Personally, I think Lockheed Martin will lose that suit as well. After all, Lockheed’s forte is in fighter jets, while Oshkosh is the military’s premier supplier of trucks like JLTV, as well as the Army’s M-ATV vehicle (a small, all-terrain MRAP). Perhaps recognizing this, AM General, the other company that bid against Oshkosh on JLTV and lost, declined to protest the award. Lockheed took the other road, but I expect it will be a dead end for Lockheed as well.

stock: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yes, Chipotle is having a great run. It’s gained 27% so far this year, and traded a new 52-week high today. But Chipotle is also expensive–so expensive that the market appears to be treating it like another Amazon.com (AMZN), Tesla (TSLA), Apple (AAPL), or Alphabet (GOOG), Moas wrote in his downgrade today. He explains:

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has put its first-quarter earnings release date on the calendar. The internet search giant will report results for its most recently ended quarter on Thursday, April 27. After missing estimates for earnings per share in its most recent quarter, investors will be watching the company’s profitability closely.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Or perhaps you’ve heard of a Nest programmable thermostat.Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)owns Nest, which makes internet-connected thermostats that you can control via a smartphone or tablet, and learns your heating and cooling preferences the more you use it.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Hastings was careful to emphasize that, unlike Facebook and Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) YouTube, Netflix is a paid service and is not ad supported. But he also noted that Netflix isn’t as entrenched in international markets as these companies.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    For the mobile side, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google has already released several iterations of its Cardboard headset, and recently released its new Daydream View headset. These allow users to use their own smartphones to power a VR device.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last week, Brand Finance came out with its annual listing of brand valuations. In a somewhat shocking finding, the consulting group declared that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had lost its supremacy to Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google.

investing in gold

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The above image is a real picture of a full moon taken in 2012 by an astronaut on board the International Space Station. From blue water to blue sky and the sun revolving earth, there are so many illusions we encounter on a daily basis. I’d like to discuss three illusions in the financial markets that we encounter regularly but hardly take cognizance of.

Illusion 1: A 10% rate of return is always better than a 2% rate of return

Everyone loves a higher rate of return on their investments, and so we believe that if we get a 10% rate of return on an investment, we are better off than when we get a 2% rate of return. It’s a myth and doesn’t always hold good! It’s a classic case of optical illusion in financial markets.

investing in gold: Rex Energy Corporation(REXX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

investing in gold: LCA-Vision Inc.(LCAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Medical Practitioners: This industry jumped 2.82% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was LCA-Vision (NASDAQ: LCAV), which rose 2.9%. LCA-Vision’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $91.12 million.

investing in gold: Brink's Company (The)(BCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Another hedge fund that is also a director at Brink’s Co. (NYSE: BCO) was busy selling stock this past week. Starboard parted with a total of 650,000 shares of the security and protection company at prices that fell between $51.47 and $52.05. The total for the sale was set at $34 million. Shares closed on Friday at $52.00. The consensus price target is $56, and the52-week range is $26.86 to $53.90.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WW) received a pair of downgrades after its earnings report came in below estimates.

    Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls Baird downgraded Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) to Neutral. Imperial downgraded Brinks (NYSE: BCO) to In-Line. Jefferies upgraded AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) to Buy. Craig-Hallum upgraded LendingClub (NYSE: LC) to Buy. Deal Talk

    General Electric (NYSE: GE) was said to be in talks to acquire Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI), according to sources as reported by Dow Jones. A deal could be valued at as much as $30 billion. However, Bloomberg later reported that a GE spokesperson said they're in talks with Baker Hughes regarding possible partnerships, but not an acquisition. Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) had attempted to acquire Baker Hughes in 2014, but the DoJ sued to block the deal valued at $35 billion.

investing in gold: CST Brands, Inc.(CST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.

    American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $998.76 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion. CST Brands shares declined 1.20 percent to close at $36.21 on Thursday.

investing in gold: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

investing in gold: Maximus, Inc.(MMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Jefferies initiated coverage on business process services provider Maximus Inc. (MMS) late on Thursday, giving the stock a bullish rating because it has several competitive advantages and should benefit from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

    The analysts rate MMS as “Buy” and see shares reaching $47. This price target suggests a 20% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $39.14.

    “MMS is a leading government outsourced contractor that produces consistently strong results,” Jefferies analyst David Styblo commented. “The company has several competitive advantages and is highly focused on health and human service projects. This positions MMS to enjoy multi-year growth from the ACA and other opportunities with limited risk. The company’s predictable business model, solid balance sheet, and EPS visibility into FY2014 also support a Buy and $47 PT.”

    Maximus shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 23.83% year-to-date.

top stock buys today

After outperforming the broader markets in 2016, can MSFT stock continue its rally in 2017?

Microsoft Corporation’s (NSDQ:MSFT)stock has been an excellent investment in the last few years. In fact, in 2016, MSFT stock gained 12% while the S&P 500 Index increased by 9.5%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose by 7.5%. Moreover, since the beginning of 2012, MSFT stock has gained 139.4%, outperforming the S&P 500 Index, which has increased by 78% and the Nasdaq Composite Index, which has risen 106.6%.

What’s more, the company generates strong cash flow and returns substantial capital to its shareholders through stock buybacks and increasing dividend payments. On September 20, 2016, the company announced an 8% raise in its quarterly dividend to $0.39, or $1.56 a year. The present annual dividend yield is at 2.51%, and the payout ratio is 69.3%. The annual rate of dividend growth over the past three years was very high at 16.1%, over the past five years was also very high at 17.6%, and over the last ten years was high at 15.2%. Also, in its fiscal year 2016, the company bought back $16 billion worth of stock and in the first fiscal quarter of 2017, it repurchased $4 billion worth of its shares. (See also: Microsoft Corporation: Is MSFT Stock A Better Buy Than AAPL Stock Now?)

top stock buys today: iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped (REM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Donald van Deventer]

    The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:

top stock buys today: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

top stock buys today: Impax Laboratories, Inc.(IPXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Impax Laboratories (NASDAQ: IPXL  ) could be watching more closely than Sanofi. The two companies reached a deal last year that allows Impax to begin marketing a generic version of Renvela in 2014. If approved, Zerenex could take away some of the profits that Impax expected to gain.

top stock buys today: Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.(RAVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Rouse]

    Rouse is sticking with his Best Stocks entry for this year’s competition. His selection is Rave Restaurant Group (RAVE), which owns Pie Five Pizza, a fast-casual pizza joint that Rouse thinks is changing the industry with its unique ovens.

    Says Rouse: “The company is on track to open 500 Pie Five locations over the next few years, and we are still in the early innings of this ballgame.” 

top stock buys today: Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP(TEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi remains Buy rated on Dominion Midstream Partners (NYSE: DM), Tallgrass Energy (NYSE: TEP), and Tallgrass Energy GP (NYSE: TEGP), saying the companies are positioned to capitalize on natural gas demand growth.