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Top Financial Stocks For 2018

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While America is a land of opportunity and prosperity, not everyone is sharing in the wealth. Sure, unemployment remains low (around 4.4 percent), but recent reports show that wages have barely grown during the eight years since the Great Recession. Some experts even say that, after accounting for inflation, minimum wage is worth less than 50 years ago.

And, there are other statistics that show our collective financial pains. A new study from GoBankingRates.com just revealed that more than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, at a time when the average indebted household owes more than $16,000 on credit cards.

The merry-go-round of depressing news never ends. But, what should we do? Lay down and die?

Top Financial Stocks For 2018: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.(SCAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

Top Financial Stocks For 2018: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

Top Financial Stocks For 2018: QLT Inc.(QLTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: QLTI).

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018

Traders work on the floor after the ringing of the opening bell to celebrate New York Stock Exchange’s 225th Anniversary, at the NYSE in New York on May 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

It should be no surprise that small-cap REITs have performed well year-to-date. Many of the dominant index-driven large-cap REITs absorbed most of the decline in value, while the small-cap REITs have managed to fly under the radar.

My top performing Small Cap REITs (in the Forbes Real Estate Investor) year-to-date were Hannon Armstrong +30.8%, Global Healthcare +19.1%, and Community Healthcare +16.8%.

The trade-off for investing in large-cap stocks can be easily traced back to the institutional buyers – led by exchange-traded funds and mutual funds — that have a higher degree of analyst coverage and much lower risk tolerances.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: LM Ericsson Telephone Company(ERIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) dropped 3.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $5.35 against a 52-week high of $10.58. Volume of about 28 million was about 6 times the daily average of around 4.8 million. The stock closed at $5.55 on Wednesday night. The Swedish network gear maker warned on revenues and earnings Wednesday morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) dropped about 2% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.75 against a 52-week high of $10.58. Volume of around 6.1 million was about 40% above the daily average of around 4 million. The stock closed at $6.89 on Monday night. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    That’s a huge potential market, and Whitehurst claims to run ahead of the pack right now. Red Hat has partnered up with everybody from telco specialists Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK) to all-purpose networking giants Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Huawei. All of these networking giants will battle for a slice of the 5G market — and Red Hat is poised to ride the coattails of pretty much any winner in that space.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) were down 16 percent to $6.09 after the company posted disappointing quarterly earnings. Ericsson posted Q2 operating loss of 1.2 billion Swedish crowns ($145.3 million), versus a year-ago profit of 2.8 billion Swedish crowns.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    It’s tax season — the four months when tax and small-business software providerIntuit Inc.(NASDAQ:INTU) makes most of its profit for the year. On Thursday, Intuit filed its fiscal second-quarter 2017 earnings report and issued a progress report on its tax business so far this year.Tax volumes are well off last year’s pace: Let’s review the details, as well as management’s interpretation, after a look at the headline numbers.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) reported upbeat results for its third quarter and raised its FY16 guidance. Intuit shares dropped 2.15 percent to $105.00 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Alex Jordon]

    A variety of acquisitions ramps up Oracle’s presence in cloud computing, like deals with RightNow, Taleo, and Eloqua. The annual run-rate of their cloud business is already over $1 billion, larger than Workday (WDAY) and SAP (SAP) combined. New customers include British Telecom (BT), BMC Software (BMC), Siemens (SI), Yahoo (YHOO), and Intuit (INTU).

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) and Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) saw heavy trading following the companies’ quarterly earnings announcements.

    Image source: Getty Images.

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: QLT Inc.(QLTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: QLTI).

Top Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Etsy, Inc.(ETSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Withers]

    If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of craft-focused internet marketplaceEtsy(NASDAQ:ETSY)stumbled last month, falling 12% according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligenceafter a disappointing fourth-quarter report.

  • [By Jim Swanson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday’s regular session.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now

(Editor’s note: Group Financiero Inbursa trades on the Mexican Stock Exchange under ticker GFINBURO.)

Company overview

Grupo Financiero Inbursa (OTC:GPFOF) (OTCPK:GPFOY) is the sixth largest financial player in Mexico in terms of total assets (USD26bn as at Q316) and loans (USD14bn as at Q316). The precursor of Inbursa, Inversora Bursatil, was established in 1965 by Carlos Slim Helu. Inbursa was officially founded in 1992, and its banking arm, Banco Inbursa, was established in 1993.

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Source: Bloomberg

Inbursa is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (Mexican Bolsa) and is a member of the Mexican Stock Exchange Index (MexBol Index) with the 17th biggest weight. The stock also trades in the Unites States through its ADR program in the over-the-counter market.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The company reported continued progress on its strategic alignment using Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) as a distribution system, both domestically and internationally. In the U.S., Monster saw improvements in the quality of its distribution, particularly in the food service channel, and it transitioned distribution of Monster Energy drinks to the Coca-Cola bottlers in Wisconsin early in January 2017.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Beverage companies such as PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Co. (KO)  have been struggling recently to boost sales of sugary, carbonated drinks as more and more consumers shift to healthier eating habits. PepsiCo has the upper hand, though, as it does not rely solely on beverages.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded down 0.80% at $45.07. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $46.06. Volume was around 35% below the daily average of about 11.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tiffany & Co.(TIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally on Friday, Tiffany (TIF) reports, and Cramer is betting on positive news now that the company has an activist involved. He was also bullish on Amgen’s (AMGN) analyst meeting, saying investors should use any market weakness earlier in the week to buy.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Hundreds of companies have come out in support of the Paris climate agreement, sealed in December 2015. More than 300 businesses in November signed an open letter calling on Trump and Congress to stay in the pact, including Nike (NKE) , General Mills (GIS) , Tiffany & Co. (TIF) , eBay (EBAY) and Gap (GPS) . Apple (AAPL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) were among those signing onto an ad sponsored by sustainability advocate Ceres backing the agreement. The group has also gotten the support of over 280 investors representing more than $17 trillion of assets.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Tiffany (TIF) has tumbled 4.7% after its holiday sales were lower than it had expected. It blamed, in part, disruptions created by the nearby Trump Towers.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter.

    Tiffany posted quarterly earnings of $95.1 million, or $0.76 per share, versus earnings of $91 million, or $0.70 per share.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Tiffany (TIF) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after Richemont said it had seen strong jewelry sales, buoying luxury retailers.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Tiffanygained 3.6% to $80.55 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,270.44.

    In a report from Jan. 6, Macquarie’sLaurent Vasilescu and Dan Isaacson pondered the impact of commodity prices on Tiffany:

    Commodity Benefit Ending: In Section 1 on pages 2 through 9, we go through the math to show how the commodity tailwind is ending. We note that 2012 GMs were down 200bps YoY after the 2010/2011 commodity rally. Beyond precious metal, our London-based colleague Patrick Morton outlines in his November note that diamond prices will remain rather mute for the near term…we are calling for flattish to 30bps of gross margin expansion for FY17.

    Tiffany’s market capitalization rose to $10 billion today from $9.7 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $464 million on sales of $4.1 billion in fiscal 2016.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sonic Corp.(SONC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earnings exceeding Wall Street expectations. GAAP revenue was $123.990 million versus $165.239 million as system same-store sales declined 1.2% consisting of a 1.1% same-store sales decrease at franchise drive-ins and a 3.2% decrease at company drive-ins. Net income totaled $18.8 million versus net income of $15.4 million. The Chairman/CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Following a strong end to last week as the Federal Reserve decided to increase interest rates, the stock market was mostly flat on Monday, with major indexes waffling between positive and negative territory throughout the day. Still, a few stocks left investors reeling today, includingAlphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS), and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC).Let’s take a closer look at what drove these declines.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of newcomers Shake Shack and California based IPO Habit Restaurants both underperforming or below their IPO close prices whilemore established small capburger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) were big outperformers up until more recently:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscalQ2 2017 earnings with shares falling moderately in after hours trading as the top line missed and the bottom line met expectations. However, it appears analysts are zeroing in on the system same-store sales comps down 7.4% versus expectations for a fall of 4.3%. The decline was comprised of a7.3% same-store sales decline at franchise drive-ins and a decline of 8.9% at company drive-ins.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: QLT Inc.(QLTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: QLTI).

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Comp En De Mn Cemig ADS(CIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 0.66 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included RGC Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: RGCO), down 5 percent, and Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares fell by 0.33 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), down 3 percent, and Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3 percent.

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U.S. stocks overcame early weakness to push further into record territory on Monday, with the Dow industrials posting a 12th straight record close as investors await a speech Tuesday night by President Donald Trump.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.08% rose 15.68 points, or less than 0.1%, to finish at a record 20,837.44, led by gains for Caterpillar Inc. CAT, +2.05% and Chevron Corp. CVX, +1.48% The 12-session run of record settlements matches the longest such streak, which ended in January 1987. The Dow has never seen 13 straight sessions of record closes, according to Dow Jones data.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: QLT Inc.(QLTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: QLTI).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYZF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Online Direct Sales – Once only consumer electronics and mobile handsets, the products it offers has grown to include 15 different categories, including home appliances and a wide array of general merchandise.

    In April, JD.com became a certified member of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, a first for a Chinese e-commerce company. In the first quarter of 2017, Avene, the leading demo-cosmetic brand for sensitive skin in European pharmacies, and three brands under Georgio Armani launched flagship stores on JD.com’s direct sales platform. JD Worldwide, a cross-border e-commerce platform set up in April 2015 to provide access to international brands (including those not available in China), has retail contracts with international brands such as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Phillips, Barcelona FC, and GNC (NYSE:GNC). Recently, it’s partnered with ASDA, a leading UK retailer u nder the Wal-Mart umbrella, as well as Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) and Cetaphil. As of March 2017, it operates 263 warehouses covering a gross floor area of 5.8 million square meters. GMV from the online direct sales business was RMB107.9 billion in the first quarter of 2017, up 42% from the first quarter of 2016. Net revenues from online direct sales increased by 40% in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2016. Fulfilled orders in the first quarter of 2017 were 477.1 million, an increase of 39% from 342.1 million in the same period in 2016. Fulfilled orders placed through mobile accounted for approximately 81% of total orders fulfilled in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 56% compared to the same period in 2016.

    Online Marketplace – Third-party sellers offer products to customers and pay a commission to JD.com. They provide transaction processing and billing services on all orders on the online marketplace and leverage their own nationwide fulfillment infrastructu

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    We believe that the pharmaceutical sector has received too much negative attention. Despite the risks, a few companies offer good entry opportunities. In our previous article, we recommended Akorn. Today, we have analyzed Teva. We believe that the company is in a position to thrive in the generic market, and that it is priced very attractively. Yet, we don’t like management’s aggressive M&A strategy. We don’t like very aggressive companies since large acquisitions rarely create value for the shareholders. Contributors argue that Teva has overpaid for Actavis (its latest and largest acquisition) by at least $14B. This does not surprise us since most M&A deals are too expensive. Previous corruption issues add further doubts. Unfortunately, there is no amount of profit that can convince us to invest in a company where we do not like the management. We have sold our positions in Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) for similar reasons. We like Bayer, but we have sold our shares because of the Bayer-Monsanto (NYSE:MON) acquisition.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Other R&D products in Regeneron’s pipeline that we are interested in

    Fasinumab: Antibody against nerve growth factor, being developed for pain treatment like osteoarthritis. It is partnered with Teva Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:TEVA) (for osteoarthritis, in phase 3), and is also being developed for treatment of chronic back pain. It is licensed to Mitsubishi Tanabe for the Japan territory. REGN2222: For prevention of RSV virus infection in infants, competing with Synagis from AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN). Nesvacumab: Angiopoetin 2 antibody, being tested in combination with Eylea (in phase 2, partnered with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF)). Rinucumab (anti-PDGF): Being tested in treatment of wet AMD in combination with Eylea. Phase 2 trial was not successful, but the treatment duration was less (only 12 weeks versus 24 weeks for rival Ophthotech (NASDAQ:OPHT)). 28-week and 52-week data will be released later. With Ophthotech’s phase 3 failure with Fovista, we are bullish on Rinucumab’s c ommercial potential in wet AMD. Immuno-oncology pipeline: Checkpoint inhibitors and novel CAR-T; still in early stage.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oil States International Inc.(OIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael J. Carr]

    Einhorn selects investments with a traditional value approach, although he may not be as patient as a typical value investor. Einhorn took Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) to court in an effort to force the company to return cash to shareholders, and more recently challenged Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) to unlock shareholder value.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: LaSalle Hotel Properties(LHO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marshall Hargrave]

    The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bridgford Foods Corporation(BRID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Tuesday. Top gainers in the sector included Nature's Sunshine Prod. (NASDAQ: NATR), Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), and SunOpta, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: STKL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Genuine Parts Company(GPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), owner of NAPA Auto Parts, became the first of the major auto parts companies to report earnings and sales for its first-quarter period ending on March 21.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aflac (AFL) — yielding 2.5%
    Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM) — yielding 2.7%
    Chevron (CVX) — yielding 3.8%
    ExxonMobil (XOM) — yielding 3.6%
    Genuine Parts (GPC) — yielding 2.7%
    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) — yielding 2.8%
    T. Rowe Price (TROW) — yielding 3.2%

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.(TROW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    On November 5, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)confirmed that it has finally completed the acquisition of Netsuite (NYSE:N) for $9.3 billion in cash, or $109 per share that the company had initially offered. In my previous article about Oracle, I had suggested that the acquisition of NetSuite, the cloud business application software company, is a smart move by Oracle. What’s more, it is not paying an excessive price for the deal. In fact, Oracle insisted that it will not pay more than what it had first offered despite the resistance from T Rowe Price (NSDQ:TROW)which demanded $133 per share.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Brown(n)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    On November 5, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)confirmed that it has finally completed the acquisition of Netsuite (NYSE:N) for $9.3 billion in cash, or $109 per share that the company had initially offered. In my previous article about Oracle, I had suggested that the acquisition of NetSuite, the cloud business application software company, is a smart move by Oracle. What’s more, it is not paying an excessive price for the deal. In fact, Oracle insisted that it will not pay more than what it had first offered despite the resistance from T Rowe Price (NSDQ:TROW)which demanded $133 per share.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pacific Mercantile Bancorp(PMBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ: PMBC) were down 24 percent to $5.78. Pacific Mercantile Bancorp reported a Q3 loss of $30.5 million on revenue of $10.2 million for its third quarter.

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Investors generally believe Trump’s policy approach of lower corporate taxes and deregulation will be good news for most American companies with mostly domestic businesses. However, the oil & gas industry may be particularly well-positioned to capitalize.

stock market hours: Transdigm Group Incorporated(TDG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    TransDigm (TDG) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings topped the Street consensus but its guidance disappointed.

    Shares of TransDigm fell 7.1% to $$252.96 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed.

    TransDigm reported a profit of $3.29 a share, better than the $3.20 expect by analysts, on sales of$875.2 million, below forecasts for $884.26 million. Worse still, the airplane-part manufacturer said it would earn $11.84 to $12.12 a share in fiscal 2017, below forecasts for$12.80.

    TransDigm’s market cap fell to $13.5 billion today, from $14.5 billion on Friday.

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     This firm is not a household name. This Cleveland-based company, in the aerospace parts business, has approximately $12.0 billion in market capitalization on the stock market.

    TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG) doesn’t pay a regular dividend, but often pays out one-time, special dividends. In the past, they’ve been pretty hefty.

    Selling pumps, motors, power systems, and basically anything you can image that’s part of an aircraft, TDG’s been growing its financial results at a good clip.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Transdigm Group Inc. (NYSE: TDG) had a director at the company step in and buy stock in a big way last week. That director purchased a total of 91,000 shares of the stock at prices ranging from $247.16 to $247.89. The total for the trade came in near $22.7 million.The company designs, produces and supplies aircraft components in the United States. Its stock closed trading last Friday at $251.488.

stock market hours: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.(REGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    There also some lesser known clean energy stocks that may witness downward movement on potential Trump win on negative sentiment. They include Pattern Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: PEGI), Enviva Partners LP (NYSE: EVA), TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ: GLBL), Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: REGI) and Ameresco Inc (NYSE: AMRC).

stock market hours: iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund(IBB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Endo International slumped 8.6% to $14.00 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 2,275.32. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) fell 3% to $277.94, while the SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF (XPH) dropped 2.9% to $39.41.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares ofRegeneron Pharmaceuticals have gained 2.8% to $363.04 at 1:57 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has risen 1.2% to $285.00. Amgen has declined 0.4% to$167.45.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    It has not been a good year for Gilead Sciences (NSDQ:GILD) shareholders. Gilead stock is down bymore than 25% YTD and almost 30% in last one year. The stock has not only heavily underperformed the broader marketbut has also lagged the sector index iShares NASDAQ Biotech Index ETF (NSDQ:IBB) which is down nearly 17% YTD.The poor performance of the stock is mainly caused by declining HCV sales numbers. HCV was the main growth driver for Gilead till a few quarters back. But the sales in this segment have seen aconsistent decline over the last few quarters which has lead to an increasingly bearish sentiment around the stock. Many analystsbelieve that the bearish sentiment is overdone, and the stock will rebound on strong fundamentals.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Gilead Sciences have dipped 0.1% to $68.97 at 1:05 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has risen 0.4% to $296.51.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biotech stocks have been particularly unloved during the past year, with the iShares Nasdaq Biotech Index ETF (IBB) gaining just 7% to the S&P 500′s 20% rise. Today, however, Amgen (AMGN) is getting a lot of love from the market after releasing Street beating earnings and reporting that its anti-cholesterol drug reduced heart attacks.

stock market hours: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

stock market hours: QLT Inc.(QLTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: QLTI).