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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution Holding Ltd(KONE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    While a 209% gain is exciting, FunctionX’s gains are in the past. After looking at the 10 top penny stocks to watch this week, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with serious profit potential ahead of it…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    FunctionX Inc. (OTCMKTS: FNCX) $0.03 209%
    Turtle Beach Corp. (Nasdaq: HEAR) $4.48 52.73%
    DPW Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DPW) $1.16 51.31%
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc. (Nasdaq: EGC) $5.62 49.33%
    MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) $1.91 49.21%
    Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solutions Holding Ltd. (Nasdaq: KONE) $6.43 48.42%
    Rennova Health Inc. (OTCMKTS: RNVA) $0.02 44.30%
    International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (NYSE: THM) $0.72 41.64%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $1.13 41.14%
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: BLCM) $8.87 40.53%

    As the gains above suggest, penny stocks can provides tremendous returns for investors very quickly. However, it’s important to note that investing in penny stocks is also inherently risky.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) which traded down 4.71% at $89.36. The stock’s 52-week range is $64.65 to $97.24. Volume was about 20% above the daily average of around 31.8 million. Today’s giveback totaled more than half of yesterday’s big gain.

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    In addition, Corvex Management’s Keith Meister reported owning new significant stakes in Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ( (ICE) ), Microsoft Corp.  (MSFT) , Monsanto Co. (MON) , Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) , Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) and Servicenow Inc. (NOW)

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    Here’s everything you must know before Thursday’s opening bell:

    Facebook (FB) posted first-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ expectations. Ford (F) plans to shed most of its North American car lineup as customer preference has shifted to pickups and crossovers.  Deutsche Bank (DB) said it was planning “significant” job cuts for its global investment banking division. Investors will analyze earnings from Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) .    U.S. stock futures pointed toward a modestly higher open.

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    Akamai has long been rumored to be a prime takeover candidate by big-tech names such as Cisco (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT) . Credit Suisse tech analyst Brad Zelnick recently speculated the most ideal fit for Akamai would be IBM (IBM) . 

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Microsoft’s biggest mistake in the past decade was losing the mobile device market to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android. However, CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy of launching Microsoft apps on iOS and Android kept the company relevant in the mobile market without a dominant OS.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Revenues generated by mobile apps and game sales rose 35% year over year in 2017 to $58.6 billion. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) nabbed $38.5 billion in sales at its App Store through in-app purchases, subscriptions, and premium apps, almost double the $20.1 billion total generated by Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) at Google Play.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) traded down 2.75% at $172.95. The stock’s 52-week range is $141.16 to $183.50. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 38 million. There company announced this morning that it plans to hire 1,000 IT workers to strengthen its position against e-commerce behemoth Amazon.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Standex International Corporation(SXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Synex International (TSE:SXI) Director Glenn Stanley Mcdonnell sold 250,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of C$0.50, for a total transaction of C$125,000.00.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: American Superconductor Corporation(AMSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    American Superconductor Corp.(Nasdaq: AMSC), based in Massachusetts, manufactures two-megawatt wind turbines and supplies for the construction of electrical power grids.

An Ethereum Price Prediction of $1,000 Tops Near-Term Forecasts

An Ethereum price prediction of $1,000 within two years is well within reach. That would represent a gain of more than 600% from this week’s price of $390.

The surprising gains of 2017 are just a preview of what’s to come. The Ethereum price began the year at just $8 and is now at about $390 – a 4,700% increase in eight months.

ethereum price predictionIt wasn’t that long ago that Ethereum price predictions of $500, or even $400, seemed bold.

As recently as late July, Ronnie Moas of StandPoint Research had an Ethereum target price of $400. At the time, Ethereum was trading at about $200, so he was forecasting a 100% gain in six months.

A little over a month later, the price of Ethereum is just a few dollars away from hitting that target.

And yet some cryptocurrency experts say Ethereum is still a bargain…

Why the Current Ethereum Price Is “Cheap”

Take Luis Cuende, a 21-year-old tech wunderkind who hails from Spain. Cuende is the co-founder and project lead of a cryptocurrency called Aragon, which had its ICO (initial coin offering) in May. Like many cryptocurrencies, Aragon is based on Ethereum.

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Cuende’s close association with the Ethereum platform changed his view of its potential value.

“I thought it was expensive one year ago when it was at $13, but today when I see the possibilities created by the technology I think it’s cheap,” Cuende said in a July 2 interview with Spain-based Itnig. “I believe Ethereum will be worth $1,000 in a couple of years.”

Cuende sees Ethereum benefiting from the overall growth and adoption of cryptocurrencies, which is at a very early stage right now.

ethereum price“Compared to the world’s economy, crypto is a tiny drop in a lake, and this lake is a tiny drop in the ocean. The total market capitalization of crypto is $100 billion [it’s over $170 billion now], which is nothing in a macroeconomic perspective,” Cuende said. “Secondly, crypto hasn’t achieved its promises just yet. When it achieves 10% of what it promised to do, I can’t even imagine how crazy that will be.”< /p>

Ethereum has plenty of real-world catalysts driving it already:

It’s become the foundation of the booming ICO phenomenon, through which cryptocurrency-based startups have raised millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Most new tokens are either based on Ethereum and/or require users to buy the cryptocurrency with Ethereum. It’s Turing complete, which means the Ethereum network can function as a giant, global computer. That’s what makes Ethereum an ideal platform for applications like smart contracts. And it’s enabled the creation of a new kind of app, “Dapps,” or distributed applications that run on the network. Businesses are adopting it. The 150-plus companies in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance include some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious corporations, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), and Deloitte.

Related: What’s the Best Cryptocurrency to Invest in Today?

With such powerful catalysts as tailwinds, the question isn’t whether the Ethereum price will go higher, but by how much.

Here are several Ethereum price predictions for both the short term and the long term…

Every Ethereum Price Prediction Agrees: Big Gains Lie Ahead

Since cryptocurrencies aren’t stocks or attached to a national economy like fiat currencies, we have to get more creative when trying to forecast their future value.

One way is crowdsourcing – asking a group of knowledgeable people to make their best estimate based on what they know and expect to happen.

That’s what Pascal Thellmann did in June. Thellmann, the marketing and content creator for SocialX, a blockchain network that integrates social media with cryptocurrency rewards, used Reddit to solicit Jan. 1, 2018, Ethereum price predictions from the Ethereum community.

cryptocurrenciesThellmann filtered out the obvious outliers and did some math. The median estimate was an Ethereum price of $620, a 59% gain from the current price. The average estimate was $711, an 82% gain from the current price.

Another idea is to use the average number of daily transactions to calculate a price. Ken Liu, a cryptocurrency trader and consultant, discovered that price increases are linked to transaction volume.

In a Quora post in May, Liu noted that the Bitcoin price has increased exponentially to the rate of transaction growth.

Using that formula, Liu estimated an increase in Ethereum’s average daily transactions of between 2 and 2.5 times the rate at the time (about 140,000) would result in an increase in the price of Ethereum by a factor of between 4 and 5.25. This would yield a price between $420 and $551.

That was on May 17. Since then, Ethereum transaction volume has indeed increased about 2.5 times. And the Ethereum price is nearing $400 – four times what it was when Liu wrote the post.

For Ethereum to reach $1,000, we’d need to see transaction volume reach about 600,000. And it might not take long to get there. Ethereum daily transaction volume is about 350,000 now – up more than 700% this year alone.

At the rate it’s increasing, it could happen before the end of this year, or early in 2018 at the latest.

Now, let’s look at a long-term Ethereum price forecast…

How Ethereum Could Reach $2,000 in 10 Years

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Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Image source: Allegheny Technologies.

Allegheny gets a pipeline boost

Allegheny Technologies soared 31% in the wake of better-than-expected performance in its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial results. The supplier of specialty metal products finished 2016 with a 16% decline in revenue from 2015 and a massive net loss, but its fourth-quarter bottom line was positive. What many investors watched even more closely was President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order paving the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to go forward. In the order, there was a requirement that the pipeline builders must use U.S. steel, and that boosted steelmakers across the board. If a manufacturing boom does materialize, Allegheny Technologies is well-positioned to be in the middle of it.

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The Advisory Board Company(ABCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Advisory Board (ABCO) on Friday reached a settlement with activist investor Elliott Management’s Paul Singer that ends the threat of a director battlefor nowas the healthcare technology and consulting firm continues to explore strategic alternatives, such as a sale.

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The worries here have always been competition and a lack of profits, but the company has made solid progress on both fronts, counting many blue chip players as partners, including Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM).

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Despite being the second-largest company in the world by market cap, Alphabet doesnt pay a dividend at all. Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), who are first and third on the list, respectively, have become very reliable dividend payers in recent years. In fact, Id go so far as to call both dividend-raising machines.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Book 10 and 12, a pair of Microsoft  (MSFT) Surface rivals that run Windows 10, have detachable keyboards and also support the S Pen. Samsung no doubt caught wind of the fact the Surface line has gradually become a hit for Microsoft, thanks in part to strong corporate demand. The Surface Pro 5, a tablet/notebook convertible believed to feature a 4K display and run on Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, is expected in March.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    DIGITIMES reports that two new iMacs are set to begin production next month ahead of a launch in the latter half of 2017. That could potentially include a “new server-grade iMac for the high-end sector” that could compete with Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) new Surface Studio AIO launched late last year. DIGITIMES estimates that the AIO subset of the PC market sells about 12 million to 13 million units annually.

  • [By Shudeep Chandrasekhar]

    Of the top four tech companies in the world (by market cap), Apple sells the most, earns the most and has the highest operating margins of them all, yet still trades extremely close to Amazon.com (NSDQ:AMZN), the retail giant that operates with wafer thin margins, in terms of price to sales ratio. Even from a price to earnings multiple point of view, Apple commands a much lower valuation than Alphabet Inc(NSDQ:GOOG). What is really surprising is that the company is selling at half the P/S of Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), a company that is still on a recovery path. (See also:Apple Inc. Cuts iPhone Production, Time To Sell AAPL Stock?)

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heck, it might just be easier to buy the lot, especially if you think earnings will be awesome. There’s an ETF for that you know (the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE))?

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Wells Fargo have dropped 2.2% to $52.08 at 2:17 p.m. today, while the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) has risen 0.1% to $40.05, and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) has fallen 0.7% to $22.06.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Citigroup have surged 1.2% to $56.48 at 11:09 a.m. today, while JPMorgan Chase has risen 1.2% to $85.67, Wells Fargo has advanced 0.5% to $56.22, and Bank of America has climbed 1.9% to $23.08. The SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) is up 0.8% at $43.80.

Hot Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington] Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM)announced strong first-quarter 2017 results on Wednesday after the market closed. After initially climbing more than 8% on the news, shares of the home-furnishings retailer drifted lower, to fall a modest 1% as the company reaffirmed its full-year guidance. Let’s take a closer look at how Williams-Sonoma kicked off the year, as well as what investors can expect from the company going forward.

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  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Williams-Sonoma (WSM) reported a mixed third quarter. Comparable-brand sales at Pottery Barn fell, while sales at West Elm continued to outpace its other brands. Home Depot (HD) lifted its full-year earnings estimates after strong sales growth in its third quarter. Lowe’s (LOW) fell short of third-quarter earnings and revenue estimates, while same-store sales growth of 2.7% missed analysts’ 3% target.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Bed Bath & Beyond in a steady decline since early 2015 while and small capPier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR)has performed worst, mid capRestoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH) is back up andmid capWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM)has drifted lower:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap home products retailerWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close with results exceeding Wall Street expectations. Net revenues grew 3.7% to $1.202 billion versus $1.159 billion with comparable brand revenue growth of 2.8% on top of 0.6% in Q2 2016:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap home products retailerWilliams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM) reportedQ1 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with shares up in the high single digits in aftermarket/premarket trading on better-than-expected quarterly results.Q1 net revenues increased to $1.112 billion from $1.098 billion as E-commerce net revenues increased 0.7% to $581 million as E-commerce net revenues generated 52.2% of total company net revenues in Q1 2017 and 52.5% of total company net revenues in Q1 2016. Comparable brand revenue increased 0.1% on top of 4.5% in Q1 2016:

Blending Biotech And Carnivorous Cravings: Slaughter-Free Meat Producer Gets Startup Money From Carg

Blending Biotech And Carnivorous Cravings: Slaughter-Free Meat Producer Gets Startup Money From Cargill, Bill Gates, Tesla Related MSFT Times When Tesla's Musk Voiced His AI Fears Explaining A 'Crowded Trade,' And The Top 10 Cramped Plays Right Now These Four Top Tech Stocks Are A Warning Sign As Nasdaq Struggles With 50-Day Line (Investor’s Business Daily) Related TSLA Times When Tesla's Musk Voiced His AI Fears Tesla Lower In Another Quiet Session

Imagine meat that comes not from a livestock farm or brutal poultry factory, but is genetically engineered to grow in a laboratory without actually killing animals.

It sounds far-fetched, but Cargill Inc (the biggest privately held company in the country) is joining Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) founder Bill Gates as well as Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) and entrepreneur Richard Branson in financing a startup called Memphis Meats, which aims to give carnivores what they crave without actually killing animals.

It Ain’t The Meat, It's The Motion

In a mostly overlooked announcement last week, the company released the backers of its first round of Series A financing to produce “clean meat” from beef, chicken and duck “directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”

“This announcement also marks a major moment in which meat industry leaders and mission-driven groups have come together behind one company,” it said in a press release.

It said that it’s first round of fundraising, $17 million, was engineered by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), which famously pumped money into Tesla, SpaceX and Skype.

The company said it has raised $22 million total to back what it said has been the successful creation of laboratory-grown meats.

“We’re going to bring meat to the plate in a more sustainable, affordable and delicious way,” Uma Valeti, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats said in the news release. “We want the world to keep eating what it loves. However, the way conventional meat is produced today creates challenges for the environment, animal welfare and human health.”

Biotech Meets Dinner Table

“Clean meat is an enormous technological shift for humanity, and an opportunity to invest in something so important does not come along often,” Steve Jurvetson, DFJ partner, said in the news release.

“This is a moment where the investment potential and the potential to do good for the world are both off the charts. Investors have been watching this space for years, and Memphis Meats has emerged as the clear leader.”

The investment, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is the first big play in the so-called clean meat movement, in which companies use cell-replicating tech to grow beef, poultry and fish from living animal tissue.

Blending Biotech And Carnivorous Cravings: Slaughter-Free Meat Producer Gets Startup Money From Carg

Blending Biotech And Carnivorous Cravings: Slaughter-Free Meat Producer Gets Startup Money From Cargill, Bill Gates, Tesla Related MSFT Times When Tesla's Musk Voiced His AI Fears Explaining A 'Crowded Trade,' And The Top 10 Cramped Plays Right Now These Four Top Tech Stocks Are A Warning Sign As Nasdaq Struggles With 50-Day Line (Investor’s Business Daily) Related TSLA Times When Tesla's Musk Voiced His AI Fears Tesla Lower In Another Quiet Session

Imagine meat that comes not from a livestock farm or brutal poultry factory, but is genetically engineered to grow in a laboratory without actually killing animals.

It sounds far-fetched, but Cargill Inc (the biggest privately held company in the country) is joining Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) founder Bill Gates as well as Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) and entrepreneur Richard Branson in financing a startup called Memphis Meats, which aims to give carnivores what they crave without actually killing animals.

It Ain’t The Meat, It's The Motion

In a mostly overlooked announcement last week, the company released the backers of its first round of Series A financing to produce “clean meat” from beef, chicken and duck “directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”

“This announcement also marks a major moment in which meat industry leaders and mission-driven groups have come together behind one company,” it said in a press release.

It said that it’s first round of fundraising, $17 million, was engineered by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), which famously pumped money into Tesla, SpaceX and Skype.

The company said it has raised $22 million total to back what it said has been the successful creation of laboratory-grown meats.

“We’re going to bring meat to the plate in a more sustainable, affordable and delicious way,” Uma Valeti, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats said in the news release. “We want the world to keep eating what it loves. However, the way conventional meat is produced today creates challenges for the environment, animal welfare and human health.”

Biotech Meets Dinner Table

“Clean meat is an enormous technological shift for humanity, and an opportunity to invest in something so important does not come along often,” Steve Jurvetson, DFJ partner, said in the news release.

“This is a moment where the investment potential and the potential to do good for the world are both off the charts. Investors have been watching this space for years, and Memphis Meats has emerged as the clear leader.”

The investment, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is the first big play in the so-called clean meat movement, in which companies use cell-replicating tech to grow beef, poultry and fish from living animal tissue.