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When investing, a good rule is to not overreact to a single quarter or result. Instead, smart investors balance such short-term data points against the overall picture, including factors like risk levels and consistency over time, suggests Alyssa Lappen, contributing editor to The Complete Investor.

This dictum comes to mind in reviewing Schwab Health Care Fund (SWHFX). When we added it to our fund portfolio in May 2013, the fund was in the top 36 percent of its category and Morningstar rated it four stars and low risk.

Since then while maintaining its low-risk rating the fund has lost one star, presumably reflecting its average returns. However, countervailing positives keep the fund a solid choice in the health care field.

The fund is in the top 20 percent of its category for the 12 months ending November.

Its returns of 6.4 percent over the past three-year period, 8.6 percent for the past five-year period, and 6.5 percent for the past 10-year stretch are slightly below the category’s averages.

best it stocks: Banco Santander, S.A.(SAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”

    ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”

best it stocks: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) had its executive chairman selling stock last week. Jon Huntsman parted with 600,000 shares, and the share priceranged from $17.25 to $17.27. The total for the trade was posted at $10 million.The company manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The stock traded Friday at $18.10, so some left on that table as well.

best it stocks: Chesapeake Energy Corporation(CHK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Yet again, Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500, delivering the biggest declines of the day despite a rise in natural gas prices.

    Chesapeake Energy dropped 4.2%, or 26 cents to $5.89, while the S&P 500 declined 0.68% to 2,328.95. Front Month Nymex natural gas for May delivery rose 1.35% to $3.230 per million British thermal units.

    Last month, Stifel Nicolaus analyst Karl Chalabala kicked off coverage of the natural-gas and oil-exploration company with a buy rating, saying the stock would give investors exposure to a bullish demand cycle. At $10, his price target suggested, at that time, that the stock could double over the next 12 months.

    Chesapeake has fallen more than 16% since the start of 2017

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    None of SQZZ's equity positions account for more than 1.9 percent of the new ETF's weight. Those positions include Dow component General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), Sprint Corp (NYSE: S), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Transocean LTD (NYSE: RIG).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) traded up about 1.4% at $6.53. The stocks 52-week range is $1.50 to $8.15.

    EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) traded up about 2.2% at $97.32. The 52-week range is $57.15 to $98.32.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    When it comes to energy stocks to watch, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) has to be on the top of the list.

    This past quarter, CHK continued on its transition plans to reduce its heavy debt load, remake its portfolio of assets and live to see another day. And it seemed at first, CHK was doing just that. The natural gas fracker, however, was hit by some pretty bad news at the end of the quarter.

best it stocks: Apartment Investment and Management Company(AIV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500–narrowly beating out Apartment Investment and Management (AIV)–as the parent company of the Food Network and other channels gave back a chunk of its post-elections gains.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Apartment Investment & Management (AIV) tumbled today, as the weakness in real-estate investment trusts following Donald Trump’s surprise election continued today. It was the second-biggest loser in the S&P 500 today.

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    Shares of Apartment Investment & Management dropped 4.1% to $41.03 today, while the Real Estate SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR) fell 1.1% to $90.03. The S&P 500 rose rose 0.8% to 2,180.39.

    In a note released yesterday, Raymond James analyst Buck Horne and team cut their price target on Apartment Investment & Management to $50 from $50, even as they maintained their Strong Buy rating. They explain why:

    Prefacing our comment qualifying the significant economic uncertainties that have arisen post Tuesdays election, we are maintaining our Strong Buy rating onApartment Investment & Management shares while slightly adjusting our target price (to $50 from $52) and net-asset-value estimate (down $1 to $48.51/share). These adjustments are solely to reflect slightly more conservatism in our cap rate assumptions following the post-election interest rate shifts. We continue to find Apartment Investment & Managements risk/reward profile compelling in this environment as its diversified class B-priced portfolio should prove more resilient to supply pressures and benefit from the growing shortage of affordable workforce housing. In an inflationary environment with potentially declining housing affordability, we are particularly attracted to Aimcos price points, demographics, and balance sheet full of long-dated, non-recourse, fixed rate leverage.

    Apartment Investment & Management reported net income of $67 million on sales of $978 million in 2015.

best it stocks: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Myriad Genetics, Inc.(MYGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN), a DNA diagnostics specialist, dropped 61.4% last year, according todata from S&P Global Market Intelligence.Efforts to offset hereditary cancer-testing segment losses just weren’t successful enough to keep profits, and the stock, from sliding last year.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P.(CLMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares tumbled by 1.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN), down 16 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT), down 14 percent.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Geo Group Inc (The)(GEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) was trading up 7.8% at $20.97 shortly before Monday’s closing bell. GEO Group Inc. (NYSE: GEO) was up 2.2% at $31.29.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    If a potential Trump impeachment appears to be progressing, traders should watch for potential buying opportunities in the following places:

    U.S. companies with primarily domestic exposure and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY). Bank stocks and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLF). Prison stocks Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) and The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO). Energy and coal stocks, including the Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSE: KOL).

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Golden Star Resources Ltd(GSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Golden Star (NYSEMKT: GSS) is a gold mining and exploration company, and operates gold mines in Ghana, West Africa. GSS is up 396% YTD after it announced in July that it had begun pre-commercial production of gold in an underground mine in Ghana. GSS is trading at $0.825 per share on Monday intraday.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares dropped 39 percent to $1.17 after the company priced 7.5 million share offering at $1.25 per share.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Intercontinental Exchange Inc.(ICE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Altria (MO) , Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and Micron Technology (MU) .

    Cramer was bearish on NVIDIA (NVDA) and Reynolds American (RAI) .

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Toro Company (The)(TTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) is one of my favorite small-caps for medium- to long-term investors. Selling specialized equipment for turf management and other industries, Toro is a proven winner that has provided very consistent growth in sales and earnings over the years.

    It’s not the fastest growing small-cap business, but it pays a decent dividend and has a loyal customer base in the golf course and contractor markets.

    Toro is now offering sprinkler refit equipment for water-starved jurisdictions like California. This company’s share price performance has been exemplary.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In his “Homework” segment, Cramer followed up on a few stocks that had stumped him during earlier shows. He said that he’s taking a pass on Toro (TTC) , a stock that’s just off its highs and trades at a premium to rival Deere & Company (DE) .

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Kamada Ltd.(KMDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) were down 21 percent to $5.93 after the company reported the withdrawal of European Marketing Authorization Application for inhaled Alpha-1 Antitrypsin.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: PetSmart Inc(PETM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products now roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) is well below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been the best performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) isstill below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been much stronger performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

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The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay 13 million to settle charges that it overbilled investment advisory clients due to coding and other billing system errors. In addition, the firm violated a custody rule pertaining to annual surprise examinations, according the regulatory group.

The SEC found that Morgan Stanley overcharged some 149,000 advisory clients “because it failed to adopt and implement compliance policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure that clients were billed accurately according to the terms of their advisory agreements.”

The reimbursement, ordered by the New York Attorney General, affects about 47,000 mutual fund clients.

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usa stock exchange: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

usa stock exchange: Fidelity Southern Corporation(LION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Monday.

    AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) – $0.3200 dividend, 1.6780 percent yield. AptarGroup reported weaker-than-expected Q3 results on Thursday. Fidelity Southern Corporation (NASDAQ: LION) – $0.1200 dividend, 2.6359 percent yield. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, provides financial products and services for customers. Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE: APLE) – $0.1000 dividend, 6.5826 percent yield. Apple Hospitality REIT, based in Richmond, Virginia, operates as a subsidiary of Apple REIT Companies. Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP) – $0.9100 dividend, 7.7299 percent yield. The Houston, Texas-based company provides midstream natura

usa stock exchange: Real Goods Solar, Inc.(RGSE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGSE) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $2.98 after dropping 7.89 percent on Monday. RGS Energy disclosed that it has completed its $11.5 million public offering of common stock and warrants.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a list of the top 10 best small-cap stocks based on price gains per share so far in 2017:

    Company (Ticker)Price per Share% Change AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB)$14.338,646.99%Rennova Health Inc. (Nasdaq: RNVA)$3.133,333.73%China Gengsheng Minerals Inc. (OTCMKTS: CHGS)$0.021,718.18%Sunshine Heart Inc. (Nasdaq: SSH)$3.851,071.43%CTI BioPharma Corp. (Nasdaq: CTIC)$4.30991.76%Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: CBIO)$6.22853.85%TearLab Corp. (Nasdaq: TEAR)$4.20707.85%Pulmatrix Inc. (Nasdaq: PULM)$3.86566.10%Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RGSE)$1.43498.75%Calithera Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: CALA)$11.70281.54%

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGSE) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $1.26 after the company issued a business update. RGS Energy expects Q1 sales of $1.96 million, up from $670,000 in the fourth quarter.

usa stock exchange: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA USA Unit Labor Costs (QoQ) for Q1 2.20% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. Nonfarm Productivity (QoQ) for Q1 0.00% vs -0.20% consensus estimate. US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for May is schedule for release at 9:45 a.m. ET. Data on factory orders for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. The ISM non-manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET. The labor market conditions index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET. The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for May is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET. ANALYST RATINGS HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy Susquehanna upgraded Skechers (NYSE: SKX) from Neutral to Positive Deutsche Bank upgraded WEX (NYSE: WEX) from Hold to Buy Pacific Crest downgraded Apple from Overweight to Sector Weight RBC downgraded Perrigo (NYSE: PRGO) from Sector Perform to Underperform Wedbush downgraded Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) from Outperform to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.

usa stock exchange: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VLKAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The automotive business is highly competitive. In the long term, Tesla will have to compete for sales against all of the big automotive companies, and market share will very likely fall as the competitors make more serious inroads into the BEV market. Achieving a market share higher than 10% is extremely difficult. Toyota (NYSE:TM), General Motors and Volkswagon (OTCPK:VLKAY) have all at one time or another been global leader in sales of cars and light trucks, but no company has consistently achieved higher than 10% market share. For this analysis, I have assumed that Tesla will be as successful in the BEV space as Toyota is in the ICE space, and will over the long term achieve a 10% market share.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Although electric cars constitute an existential risk for slow-moving manufacturers, the outcome doesnt have to be catastrophic for incumbents to be very good for Tesla. The dilemma just has to slow them down so much that none retakes the lead in electric vehicles before Tesla grows to their size. Once Tesla reaches the scale of Toyota (TM), Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) or GM (GM), it will be too late.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    There’s a reason that it only works in one city, and on one car brand – for now. This is the kind of resource problem that is a lot easier to solve with a huge budget. That would be 10 years of a Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY)-Audi $15 billion a year R&D budget, not a year’s worth of a Tesla $834 million R&D budget.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    An ongoing proliferation of probes into the auto industry participants means that the practice of emissions-rigging is no longer synonymous with Germany’s Volkswagen (VLKAY) , who was the first to be rumbled in a scandal that eventually cost the world’s largest car maker more than $20 billion.

usa stock exchange: Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(DRNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

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    Gainers Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE: CXW) shares rose 16.3 percent to $16.50 in pre-market trading following Donald Trump's victory. SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAEX) shares rose 15.4 percent to $7.26 in pre-market trading after the company reported a new $35 million deep water ocean-bottom marine project award. The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO) shares rose 12.9 percent to $26.95 in pre-market trading following Donald Trump's victory. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD) rose 12.3 percent to $7.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.30 percent on Tuesday. Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) rose 11.7 percent to $10.35 in pre-market trading. Ariad Pharmaceuticals disclosed that its Phase 1/2 trial data on investigational drug brigatinib were published in The Lancet Oncology. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) rose 11.2 percent to $6.75 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.23 percent on Tuesday. Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE: PVG) rose 11 percent to $10.50 in pre-market trading after declining 1.66 percent on Tuesday. First Majestic Silver Corp (NYSE: AG) rose 9.3 percent to $8.90 in the pre-market trading session. First Majestic reported Q3 earnings of $0.07 per share on revenue of $79.3 million. Silver futures gained 2.2 percent to $18.77 an ounce. Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DRNA) rose 9.2 percent to

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended its eight-day losing streak today as consumer confidence surged, a Fed speaker suggested just two more rate hikes this year, and President Donald J. Trump did away with Obama-era climate regulations.

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The S&P 500 gained 0.7% to 2,358.57 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose150.52 points, or 0.7%, to 20,701.50. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.6% to 5,875.14.

The Dow’s losing streak was spurred, in part, by the failure of the Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare. It wasn’t the death (?) of health-care reform itself, but what it meant for Trump’s pro-growth policies like tax cuts and infrastructure spending that caused investors to worry that caused stocks to fall. Trump’s pro Deutsche Bank’s Binky Chadha and team, however, argue that “large disruptive policy changes [are] a negative risk rather than a positive catalyst.” They explain why:

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017: Snyder's-Lance, Inc.(LNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Snyder’s-Lance Inc (NASDAQ: LNCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $470.33 million.

    Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE: EXAM) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $217.47 million.

Hot Bank Stocks For 2017: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

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Autodesk: One of the rosier quarters in some time

The days of Wine and Roses is actually both the name of a film and a song. The film was bittersweet to say the least and it is hard to call the ending happy. The title refers to the love story of two alcoholics in the early 1960s. But the lyrics allow one to forget what the movie was all about. The director of the film was the well-known director Blake Edwards and the theme of the film was really an examination of the perils of alcoholism on two middle class lovers and their child. And it has nothing whatsoever that I can see with the outlook for Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) except that the lyrics taken by themselves describe where I think this company is going.

The company reported the results for its fiscal Q2 after the market closed last Thursday and the shares appreciated 8% on Friday. In fact, ADSK shares have been a strong performer so far this year as investors have become more convinced that the company’s bu siness model transition is working well and the company will address the issue of bloated costs as well and will achieve the objectives of increasing growth and profitability over the longer term. This was obviously not a universal conclusion, and in the midst of writing this article, one brokerage, Mitsubishi, chose to downgrade the shares from Neutral to Underweight because of doubts by the analyst that the subscription model will be a demand driver. I’m not too sure the extent to which the analyst has been paying careful attention either to the results that Adobe has enjoyed with demand since it went to a cloud model or to the objectives of this transformation. All I can say at this point in the wake of the earnings release is that it had more positive proof points about the potential for new model subscriptions and no obvious failures in that regards, facts being inconvenient things in that regard. I do not think that anyone really expects that demand for the Autodesk so lutions will accelerate markedly because of the new business model, although that might happen. (The end of this article discusses, at least at one level, such a possibility.) On the other hand, subscription models, by their nature, will yield higher margins and more cash flow for companies – one can look at something as mundane as Aspen Tech (NASDAQ:AZPN) which simply switched from perpetual to subscription without any cloud to a rather amazing change in the company’s business model.

great stock investments: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

great stock investments: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

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