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Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017

Stocks rose this week as the market shrugged off concerns that a Federal Reserve rare hike would cause stocks to fall.

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The S&P 500 gained 2.3% to2,099.06 this week after rising 0.4% today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 2.1% to 17,873.22 this week after gaining 0.3%, 0r 44.93 points, today. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 3.4% to 4,933.50 this week after gaining 0.6% today.

Wellington Shields’ Frank Gretz compares Fed watching to a “spectator sport”:

The Fed and rates a spectator sport. In the immortal last words of Gary Gilmore when facing the firing squad, Lets do it. You probably thought that was Nike (NKE). Meanwhile, you would think the market had come to embrace higher rates. Ever in need of an explanation, the media suggests the market suddenly feels the economy is strong enough to live with higher rates. Have they looked at those Retailers? Could it simply be that the market has a good memory when the Fed hiked in December, rates went down, not up. Or it could be that the market doesnt discount the same news over and over. Brexit seems a bigger concern. Its not discounted because no one believes it. What the rally comes down to is what we like to call the failure to fail. Release of the Fed Minutes last week had the market take a hard look at the downside. On Friday, however, it decided to pass. It was set up to go down, but failed to do so.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: Sony Corp Ord(SNE)

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. The company offers consumer products and devices, including televisions, video cameras, compact digital cameras and interchangeable single-lens cameras, Blu-ray Disc players/recorders, DVD-video players/recorders, home theaters and audio systems, and portable audio and car audio products. It also provides charged coupled devices, complementary metal-oxide semiconductor image sensors, system LSIs, small- and medium-sized LCD panels, and other semiconductors; and components, such as batteries, optical disk drives, chemical products, audio/video/data recording media, storage media, and optical pickups. In addition, the company develops, produces, markets, and distributes games, such as PlayStation3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2 hardware and related software; and PCs and flash memory digital audio pl ayers, as well as manufactures broadcast- and professional-use products, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CD discs. Further, it produces and distributes motion pictures and television programs, and home entertainment; creates and distributes digital content; operates television networks and studio facilities; and develops entertainment products, services, and technologies. Additionally, the company engages in the music publishing business, as well as provision of various financial services, including insurance, savings products, loans, and credit financing services; and a network service business and an advertising agency business. It also involves in research, development, design, production, marketing, sales, distribution, and servicing mobile phones, accessories, services, and applications. The company was formerly known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Sony Corporation in 1958. Sony Corporation was founded in 1946 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WALLSTCHEATSHEET.COM]

    Sony is a provider of innovative technology products to consumers and companies worldwide. The company has set high expectations for its PlayStation 4 as it plans to sell 5 million consoles by March of next year. The stock has struggled in recent years but is now getting ready to test highs for the year. Over the last four quarters, earnings have improved while revenues have declined, however, investors have been pleased with the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Sony has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Sony to continue to OUTPERFORM.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Don’t write offNintendo’s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) chances for a strong holiday season just yet. Yes, even with a year’s head start, the company’s next-generation Wii U has been badly trailing sales of current-gen consoles from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) andSony (NYSE: SNE  ) . But that could be set to change soon.

  • [By Brian Stelter]

    Other companies, including Dish Network (DISH) and Sony (SNE), are already selling a cable-like bundle of channels via the Internet, but the prospect of Apple has garnered an outsized amount of attention.

  • [By Christopher Freeburn]

    Here are four things to know about Grand Theft Auto V:

    It is available for both Sony‘s (SNE) Playstation 3 and Microsoft‘s (MSFT) Xbox 360 consoles. It is set in a fictionalized urban landscape based on Los Angeles. It offers three main characters, unlike prior editions, which focused on one. Rockstar Games will launch an online version — Grand Theft Auto Online — next month.
    Nintendo Still Wont Make a Cash Grab for Mobile Games

    Yesterday, Amazon (AMZN) said that it had sold out its pre-orders of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox consoles, though some copies for the Playstation were still available.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: KeyCorp(KEY)

KeyCorp, incorporated on December 31, 1958, is a bank holding company. The Bank operates through its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association (KeyBank), which is engaged in providing banking services. Through KeyBank and other subsidiaries, the Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance, commercial mortgage servicing and special servicing, and investment banking products and services to individual, corporate and institutional clients. The Company’s segments include Key Community Bank and Key Corporate Bank. Its Other Segments consist of corporate treasury, principal investing unit and various exit portfolios.

The Company provides its services across the country through KeyBank’s approximately 970 full-service retail banking branches and a network of over 1,260 automated teller machines (ATMs) in approximately 10 states, as well as additional offices, online and mobile banking capabilit ies, and a telephone banking call center. In addition to the customary banking services of accepting deposits and making loans, the Company offers personal, securities lending and custody services, personal financial services, access to mutual funds, treasury services, investment banking and capital markets products, and international banking services. The Company provides investment management services to clients that include large corporate and public retirement plans, foundations and endowments, high-net-worth individuals and multi-employer trust funds established for providing pension or other benefits to employees. The Company provides other financial services both within and outside of its banking markets through various nonbank subsidiaries. These services include community development financing, securities underwriting and brokerage. It also provides merchant services to businesses directly and through an equity participation in a joint venture.

Key Comm unity Bank

Key Community Bank serves individual! s and small to mid-sized businesses by offering a range of deposit, investment, lending, credit card, and personalized wealth management products and business advisory services. These products and services are provided through the Company’s relationship managers and specialists working in its branch network, which is organized into various geographic regions, including Pacific, Rocky Mountains, Indiana, Western Ohio and Michigan, Eastern Ohio, Western New York, Eastern New York and New England.

Key Community Bank provides branch-based deposit and investment products, personal finance services, and loans, including residential mortgages, home equity, credit card, and various types of installment loans. In addition, financial, estate and retirement planning, asset management services, and Delaware Trust capabilities are offered to assist high-net-worth clients with their banking, trust, portfolio management, insurance, charitable giving and related needs. It provi des small businesses with deposit, investment and credit products, and business advisory services. Mid-sized businesses are provided products and services that include commercial lending, cash management, equipment leasing, investment and employee benefit programs, succession planning, access to capital markets, derivatives, and foreign exchange.

Key Corporate Bank

Key Corporate Bank is a full-service corporate and investment bank focused on serving the needs of middle market clients in industry sectors, which include consumer, energy, healthcare, industrial, public sector, real estate and technology. Key Corporate Bank delivers a product suite of banking and capital markets products to its clients, including syndicated finance, debt and equity capital markets, commercial payments, equipment finance, commercial mortgage banking, derivatives, foreign exchange, financial advisory and public finance. Key Corporate Bank is also a servicer of commercial mortgage loans and a special servicer of commercial mortgage! -backed s! ecurities (CMBS). Key Corporate Bank delivers its product capabilities to clients of Key Community Bank.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    For Investors With More Constructive Outlook On Rates and Economy, We
    Believe Bank of America (BAC) Is Better Play The risk of downgradingJPMorgan here is that we continue to see good news on the rate front, but we preferBank of America since we view it as better positioned for higher rates and more room for multiple revaluation (Bank of America currently trades at highest implied cost of equity in our group of 11.8% vsJPMorgan at 10.5%).Bank of America does carry similar regulatory risk as JPMorgan (such as higher GSIB buffers), so for investors looking for a rate play with less regulatory risk we like Citizens Financial Group (CFG). We also view KeyCorp (KEY) as best value in the group with the most room for multiple expansion (currently 11.0% cost of equity).

Top Valued Stocks To Own For 2017: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Home Federal Bank that provides financial products and services to consumers and businesses. The company?s deposit products include checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposits. Its loan products portfolio comprises one-to-four family residential real estate, real estate construction, and commercial and multifamily real estate loans; commercial business loans for various business purposes, such as working capital and equipment financing, and capital and general investment; and consumer loans, including home equity loans and lines of credit, savings account loans, automobile loans, recreational vehicle loans, and personal unsecured loans. The company offers its products and services in the Treasure Valley region of southwestern Idaho, including Ada, Canyon, Elmore, and Gem counties; the Tri-County region of Central Oregon comprising the counties of Crook, Desc hutes, and Jefferson, as well as the communities of Eugene, Grants Pass, and Medford; and Lane, Josephine, Jackson, and Multnomah counties in Western Oregon. As of January 27, 2012, it operated 28 full-service banking offices. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Nampa, Idaho.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment engages in the time-definite delivery of letters, documents, and packages in the United States. The International Package segment offers air and ground delivery of small packages and letters to approximately 220 countries and territories, including shipments outside the United States, as well as shipments with either origin or distribution outside the United States; export services; and domestic services move shipments within a country?s borders. The Supply Chain & Freight segment provides forwarding and logistics services, such as supply chain design and management, freight distribution, customs brokerage, mail, and consulting services in approximately 195 countries and territorie s; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. In addition, the company offers various technology solutions for automated shipping, visibility, and billing; information technology systems and distribution facilities to various industries comprising healthcare, technology, and consumer/retail; and a portfolio of financial services that provides customers with short-term working capital, government guaranteed lending, global trade financing, credit cards, and export financing. It operates a fleet of approximately 99,800 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; an air fleet of 527 aircraft; and 33,800 containers used to transport cargo in its aircraft. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Retain Peer Perform.FedEx is trading at 12.5x forward P/E on our EPS, below its 10-year avg. of 15x and United Parcel Service (UPS) currently at 17x. So valuation is clearly attractive. However, we see EPS risk in F17 and few near-term catalysts outside of an improving macro environment. Our visibility to a rebound in Ground margins also remains low. Accordingly, we remain on the sidelines with a Peer Perform rating. Longer term, we see potential tailwinds in F18 from ramping TNT accretion and share gains ahead of UPSs Teamster labor negotiations.

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    Unlike transportation industry titans FedEx (NYSE: FDX) or UPS (NYSE: UPS), C.H. Robinson does not own a fleet of trucks that transport goods. Instead, it specializes in logistics. Other companies hire C.H. Robinson to make their transportation services more efficient.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: Pound/Rand(PX)

Praxair, Inc. engages in the production, distribution, and sale atmospheric and process gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The company offers atmospheric gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; and process gases comprising carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene. It also designs, engineers, and builds equipment that produces industrial gases; and manufactures precious metal and ceramic sputtering targets used primarily in the production of semiconductors. In addition, the company supplies surface coatings consisting of wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders to the aircraft, energy, printing, textile, plastics, primary metals, petrochemical, and other industries. Further, it provides electric arc, plasma, and oxygen fuel spray equipment, as well as arc and flame wire equipment used for the application of wea r-resistant coatings; and distributes welding equipment purchased from independent manufacturers. The company sells its products primarily through independent distributors. It serves various industries, such as healthcare, petroleum refining, computer-chip manufacturing, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals, and water treatment industries. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The last twelve months haven’t been kind to Praxair (PX) and Air Products & Chemicals (APD), but UBS analyst John Roberts and team argue that’s about to change, as they upgrade their shares to Buy from Neutral arguing that their earnings can withstand a slowing global economy:

    In our view, the two stocks are more alike than different. NTM P/Es are within ~0.5 pts of each other. Both stocks have declined ~20% from their historical highs the largest corrections in 20+ years aside from the financial crisis…

    Industrial gas stocks have normally grown through changes in FX, oil & China demand within normal historical ranges. And investor concerns around China forAir Products & Chemicals may still prove much bigger than reality. Nevertheless, the combination of FX & oil sector impacts on Praxair, and FX & China issues for Air Products & Chemicals, have been much larger than previously seen. With oil already down, the dollar already appreciated, & China concerns already heightened we believe forward basis would appear to carry only normal risks (& lower if FX & oil are mean-reverting, which some theories support).

    Normal high single digit EPS growth projected for both in 2017 vs 2016: Four large firms serve 70%+ of the global merchant gas market, and price normally contributes ~2% to growth. Customer older captive units being outsourced contributes another 2%. Secular drivers for oxygen include energy savings (i.e. O2 burns more efficiently than air), life sciences (healthcare & microbial processes) nitrogen secular drivers include increasing purity requirements (food freezing & semiconductors). Topline growth ~2x global GDP more normal, with EPS growth ~2x sales growth due to high fixed costs (key variable costs are inexpensive air & power).

    Financial crisis demand drop was only a few %, in line with global GDP drop Most chemicals volumes dropped 10%+ (some 40%

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: Durect Corporation(DRRX)

DURECT Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops pharmaceutical products and therapies based on its proprietary drug formulations and delivery platform technologies. The company sells ALZET osmotic pumps for animal research use; LACTEL biodegradable polymers, which are used as raw materials in pharmaceutical and medical products; and excipients for pharmaceutical and medical device clients for use as raw materials in their products. Its product pipeline consists of Remoxy, an oral oxycodone gelatin capsule for the treatment of chronic pain under approval stage with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; POSIDUR, a Phase III clinical stage sustained-release formulation of bupivacaine for the treatment of post-surgical pain; ELADUR, a Phase II clinical stage transdermal bupivacaine patch intended to provide continuous delivery of bupivacaine for up to three days from a single application for pain; and TRANSDUR, a Phase II clinical stage transdermal sufentanil patch intended to provide continuous delivery of sufentanil for up to seven days from a single application for chronic pain. The company?s Phase II clinical stage products comprise ORADUR-based opioid for the treatment of pain; and ORADUR-ADHD for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It also conducts various research programs covering diseases and medical conditions of the central nervous system, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The company has strategic agreement with Hospira, Inc.; Alpharma Ireland Limited; Nycomed Danmark ApS; Pain Therapeutics, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and EpiCept Corporation. DURECT Corporation was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One under-$10 name that’s starting to move within range of triggering a major breakout trade is Durect (DRRX), which develops pharmaceutical products based on its proprietary drug delivery technology platforms. This stock is off to a hot start in 2013, with shares up sharply by 41%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Durect, you’ll notice that this stock has been trending sideways for the last two months and change, with shares moving between $1 on the downside and $1.34 on the upside. Shares of DRRX have now started to flirt with that $1.34 major resistance level on Thursday, since the stock has hit an intraday high of $1.35 a share with strong upside volume flows. This could be signaling that shares of DRRX are ready to break out above the upper-end of its recent range and trend substantially higher.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DRRX if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.34 to $1.35 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 679,480 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then DRRX will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from May that started near $1.80 a share. If DRRX gets into that gap with volume, then this stock could easily trend north of $2 a share.

    Traders can look to buy DRRX off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at its 50-day moving average of $1.16 a share or its 200-day moving average at $1.11 a share. One can also buy DRRX off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: Impax Laboratories, Inc.(IPXL)

Impax Laboratories, Inc., incorporated on March 23, 1995, is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of bioequivalent pharmaceutical products (generics), as well as the development and marketing of branded products. The Company’s segments include Impax Generics and Impax Specialty Pharma. The Impax Generics segment is focused on the development, manufacture, sale and distribution of the Company’s generic products, which are the pharmaceutical and therapeutic equivalents of brand-name drug products and are marketed under their established drug names. The Impax Specialty Pharma segment is engaged in the promotion, sale and distribution of various branded products, including its branded pharmaceutical product, Rytary, an extended release oral capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD), post-encephalitic Parkinsonism and Parkinsonism, and Zomig (zolmitriptan) products, indicated for the treatment of migraine headaches.

Impax Generics

The Company is focused on developing, manufacturing, selling and distributing solid dose and alternative dosage form products covering a range of therapeutic areas and drug-delivery mechanisms or product development formulations. The Company also develops, manufactures, sells and distributes specialty generic pharmaceuticals. It sells and distributes generic pharmaceutical products through over four sales channels, such as the Impax Generics sales channel, which includes generic pharmaceutical prescription products it sells directly to wholesalers, retail drug chains and others; Rx Partner sales channel, which includes generic prescription products sold through unrelated third-party pharmaceutical entities pursuant to alliance and collaboration agreements; Private Label sales channel, which includes generic pharmaceutical over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription products it sells to u nrelated third parties and in-turn sells the product under t! heir own label, and OTC Partner sales channel, which includes sales of generic pharmaceutical OTC products sold through unrelated third-party pharmaceutical companies pursuant to alliance, collaboration and supply agreements. The Company markets over 140 generic pharmaceutical products representing dosage variations of approximately 60 different pharmaceutical compounds through its Impax Generics, and over five other generic pharmaceutical products, representing dosage variations of approximately two different pharmaceutical compounds, through its alliance and collaboration agreement partners.

Impax Specialty Pharma

The Impax Specialty Pharma segment is focused on the development and promotion through its specialty sales force of branded pharmaceutical products for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, which include migraine, multiple sclerosis, PD and postherpetic neuralgia. The Company’s branded pharmaceutical product portfolio consists of commercial CNS products and development stage projects. The Impax Specialty Pharma segment is also engaged in the sale and distribution of over four other branded products, including Zomig (zolmitriptan) products, indicated for the treatment of migraine headaches, and Albenza, indicated for the treatment of tapeworm infections.

The Company competes with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Allergan Inc., Mylan N.V., Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Lannett Company, Inc., Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Endo International plc and Sandoz.

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 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

SVB Financial Group, a diversified financial services company, provides various banking and financial products and services. The company offers deposit products, such as traditional deposit and checking accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, and sweep accounts, as well as lockbox and merchant services; and lending products and services, including traditional term loans, equipment loans, asset-based loans, revolving lines of credit, accounts-receivable-based lines of credits, capital call lines of credits, and credit cards. It also provides cash management products and services comprising wire transfer and automated clearing house payment services, collection services, disbursement services, electronic funds transfers, and online banking services. In addition, the company offers foreign exchange services; letters of credit, including export, import, and standby letters of credit; investment services and solutions; brokerage; asset management; investment a dvisory services, such as outsourced treasury services; and non-banking products and services, such as funds management, venture capital/private equity investment, and equity valuation services. Further, it provides private banking services comprising mortgages, home equity lines of credit, restricted stock purchase loans, and other secured and unsecured lending services. As of March 09, 2012, the company operated 26 offices in the United States and 7 offices internationally. It serves customers in the technology, venture capital/private equity, life science, wine, and clean tech industries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Biogen Idec Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia, and autoimmune disorders in the United States and internationally. Its marketed products include the AVONEX for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS); RITUXAN for treating relapsed or refractory, CD20-positive, and B-cell Non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma (NHL); TYSABRI to treat relapsing MS; FUMADERM for the treatment of severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients; and FAMPYRA, an oral compound for the improvement of walking in adult patients with MS with walking disability. Biogen Idec Inc.?s products under Phase III consist of PEGylated interferon beta-1a designed to prolong the effects and reduce the dosing frequency of interferon beta-1a; BG-12 for the treatment of MS; Daclizumab, a monoclonal antibody in relapsing MS; Long-lasting factor IX and VIII fusion protein for the treatment of hemophilia B; GA101, a monoclonal antibody for t h e treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and NHL; and Dexpramipexole, an orally administered small molecule for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The company?s Phase I clinical trial products include Anti-LINGO for use in multiple sclerosis, Neublastin for use in neuropathic pain, CD40L for use in systemic lupus erythematosus, ANTI-TWAEK humanized monoclonal antibody for TWEAK, and BIIB037 for use in Alzheimer’s disease; and Phase II clinical trial product comprises OCRELIZUMAB, a humanized monoclonal antibody for treating CD20. It has collaboration agreements with Genentech, Inc.; Elan Pharma International, Ltd; Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.; Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB; Abbott Biotherapeutics Corp; and Vernalis plc. The company was formerly known as IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation and changed its name to Biogen Idec Inc. in November 2003. Biogen Idec Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Weston, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) now has a market cap of $308 billion dollars, just a smidgen less than that of Gilead Sciences (GILD), Biogen (BIIB), Mylan (MYL), Celgene (CELG) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) combined. It’s time to sell, says Standpoint Research’s Ronnie Moas:

Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2017: ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc(ZIOP)

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., incorporated on May 16, 2005, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is seeking to acquire, develop and commercialize, on its own or with partners, a portfolio of cancer therapies through synthetic immuno-oncology. The Company’s clinical-stage product candidate, Ad-RTS-IL-12, is used with the oral activator veledimex. Its Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex uses gene delivery system to produce interleukin-12 (IL-12), a potent, naturally occurring anti-cancer protein. The Company’s initial drug candidate being developed using the synthetic immuno-oncology platform is Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex.

The Company in collaboration with Intrexon Corporation is focused on chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR+ T) products. The Company in collaboration with Intrexon plans to develop treatments for graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), which impairs the quality of life and survi val of many recipients. Allogeneic HSCT is used for the treatment of various diseases, including hematological malignancies, immunological deficiencies, as well as non-malignant conditions. Approximately 40 to 60% of HSCT recipients develop GvHD, either acute or chronic, when immune (graft) cells in a transplant patient recognize their engrafted host as foreign and attack the patient’s (host) cells. Immunosuppressive agents and systemic steroids routinely used to treat GvHD have limited efficacy and toxicity. Human studies have shown that administration of low-dose subcutaneous IL-2 in patients with steroid-refractory GvHD acts through Tregs to ameliorate its manifestations.

Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex

The Company’s Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex has been evaluated in two Phase II studies, the first for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, and the second for the treatment of unresectable recurrent or metastatic breast cancer. The Company is evaluating Ad-RT S-IL-12 + veledimex, in brain cancer and breast cancer. It h! as developed an adenoviral vector, Ad-RTS-IL-12, administered intratumorally under the control of the RheoSwitch Therapeutic System (RTS) expression platform. Gene expression and subsequent IL-12 protein production is tightly controlled by the activator ligand veledimex.

Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex for malignant glioma

The Company has initiated the Phase I study for malignant glioma. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug designation of Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex for the treatment of malignant glioma.

Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex for metastatic breast cancer and melanoma

The Company has completed the Phase II monotherapy studies in melanoma and breast cancer using Ad-RTS-IL-12 + veledimex. The Company has initiated a Phase Ib/II study of Ad-RTS-hIL-12 + veledimex following chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally metastatic breast cancer.

The Company competes with Novartis/University o f Pennsylvania, Bluebird bio/Celgene/Baylor College of Medicine, Kite Pharma/National Cancer Institute, Juno Therapeutics/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Cellectis/Pfizer, Adaptimmune/GSK, Celgene, NantKwest, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers, Incyte, Merck and Roche.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP) rose 10.43 percent to $7.73 in pre-market trading after the company offered data highlighting favorable interim survival results with Ad-RTS-hIL-12 in brain cancer.

5 Best Media Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is set to report first quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results after the closing bell Tuesday. The focus will be on its user growth and to what extent the beleaguered social media company has been able to attract more monthly users not only for the just-ended quarter, but for the rest of the year.

In other words, even with an earnings beat Tuesday on better than average revenue, TWTR stock might still get punished unless its guidance suggests that its user base has stabilized. At the same time, CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey must sell analysts on the possibility that his company is ready to move from being just a “work in progress” to sustainable/predictable growth. (See also: Twitter Still an Adolescent After 10 Years.)

5 Best Media Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)

Helen of Troy Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, import, marketing, and distribution of brand-name consumer products primarily in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It operates in three segments: Personal Care, Housewares, and Healthcare/Home Environment. The Personal Care segment offers hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, hair setters, shavers, mirrors, hot air brushes, home hair clippers and trimmers, paraffin baths, massage cushions, footbaths, body massagers, brushes, combs, hair accessories, liquid and aerosol hair styling products, men?s fragrances, men?s and women?s antiperspirants and deodorants, liquid and bar soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, foot powder, body powder, and skin care products. The Housewares segment provides kitchen tools, cutlery, bar and wine accessories, household cleaning tools, food storage containers, tea kettles, trash cans, storage an d organization products, hand tools, gardening tools, kitchen mitts and trivets, barbeque tools, and rechargeable lighting products, as well as baby and toddler care products, including convertible high chair. The Healthcare/Home Environment segment offers humidifiers, de-humidifiers, vaporizers, thermometers, air purifiers, fans, portable heaters, heating pads, and electronic mosquito traps. The company sells its products primarily through mass merchandisers, drugstore chains, warehouse clubs, home improvement stores, catalogs, grocery stores, specialty stores, beauty supply retailers, e-commerce retailers, wholesalers, and various types of distributors, as well as directly online to end user consumers. Helen of Troy Limited was founded in 1968 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Helen of Troy (HELE) is trading lower Friday, after reporting a mixed first quarter.

    The personal care products company said it earned $1.27 a share on revenue that rose 0.8% to $347.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $356.1 million. Gross profit margin increased 2.3 percentage points to 43.8%, while cash flow from operations climbed from $37.8 million in the year ago period to $41.7 million.

    For the full year, Helen of Troy expects to earn between $5.85 to $6.35 a share on revenue of $1.57 billion to $1.62 billion. Analysts are modeling for earnings of $6.12 a share on revenue of $1.6 billion. However the company also warned that it expects a decline in sales for its nutritional supplement division.

    Jefferies Trevor Young reiterated a Buy rating and $114 price target on the stock today:

    Despite the 1Q revenue miss and ~30bps (~$4m) expected incremental FX headwinds, management maintained its FY revenue and adjusted EPS guidance (GAAP EPS came down $0.23 on the high and low end due to $6.6m of after tax non-cash asset impairment and patent litigation charges). Embedded in this guidance is the assumption of beauty coming in at the low end of the previous -7% to -12% range, and nutritional declining MSD (vs. flat to LSD positive growth previously). We believe this implies that housewares (MSD positive growth guidance previously) and health & home (LSD positive growth previously) would have to perform incrementally better than prior expectations, which we view as a positive.

    The shares are down 3.3% to $99.31 in recent trading.

5 Best Media Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)

Brookline Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, and The First National Bank of Ipswich, which provide commercial and retail banking services, and cash management and investment services to customers in Central New England. The company accepts various deposit products, including non-interest-bearing checking accounts, interest-bearing NOW accounts, savings accounts and money market savings accounts, certificate of deposit accounts, individual retirement accounts, and other qualified plan accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises first mortgage loans secured by commercial, multi-family, and residential real estate properties; auto loans; loans to business entities consisting of commercial lines of credit; and loans to condominium associations, as well as loans for financing equipment used by small businesses. Brookline Bancorp, Inc. also provides financing for construction and development projects, home equity, and other consumer l oans; and loans to finance coin-operated laundry, dry cleaning, and convenience store equipment and businesses. As of January 25, 2012, it operated 43 branches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own Right Now: Exelon Corporation(EXC)

 

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. The company also sells renewable energy and other energy-related products and services; and engages in the natural gas and oil exploration and production activities, as well as sells electricity and natural gas to wholesale and retail customers. In addition, it engages in the purchase and regulated retail sale of electricity, and the provision of electricity transmission and distribution services to retail customers in northern Illinois, southeastern Pennsylvania, and central Maryland. Further, the company is involved in the purchase and regulated retail sale of natural gas, and the provision of gas distribution services to retail customers in the Pennsylvania counties surrounding the City of Philadelphia, as well as in central Maryland, including the City of Baltimore. It serves distribution utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, and financial institutions, as well as commercial, industrial, governmental, and residential customers. The company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Horizon Investments]

    For the past year, Exelon Corp. (EXC) has had a roller coaster ride, with the stock having plummeted 15% since September 2012 – the company had announced a dividend cut of 41%, which led to a drop in the share price. Separately, the recent weak PJM auction prices did not bode well for the company. However, I believe the worst is priced in the stock price, and the company’s management is committed to improving its financial flexibility and cost structure in order to strengthen its financial performance. Also, the company is planning to incur capital expenditure (CAPEX) in the upcoming years, which will result in rate base growth for Exelon.

5 Best Media Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NiSource, Inc(NI)

 

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The company provides natural gas service and transportation to residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and provides wholesale and transmission transaction services. It serves approximately 3.4 million natural gas customers and 463,000 electric customers in in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and Massachusetts. The company also owns and operates 3 coal-fired electric generating stations with a net capability of 2,540 megawatts (MW), 3 gas-fired generating units with a net capability of 196 MW, and 2 hydroelectric generating plants with a net capability of 10 MW, as well as a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 5 35 MW. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

5 Best Media Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Best Buy Co., Inc.(BBY)

 

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of technology products, services, and solutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company operates through two reportable segments, Domestic and International. Its stores provide consumer electronics, such as home theater, home automation, digital imaging, health and fitness, and portable audio products; computing and mobile phones, including computing and peripherals, networking, tablets, smart watches, and e-readers, as well as mobile phones comprising related mobile network carrier commissions; and entertainment products, such as gaming hardware and software, movie, music, technology toy, and other software products. The companys stores also offer appliances, which include refrigeration and laundry appliances, dishwashers, ovens, coffee makers, blenders, etc.; and other products comprising snacks, beverages, and other sundry items. In addition, it provides services, su ch as consultation, design, delivery, installation, set-up, protection plan, repair, technical support, and educational services. The company offers its products through stores and Websites under the Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater, Pacific Kitchen and Home, bestbuy.com.ca, bestbuy.com.mx, and Geek Squad brand names, as well as through call centers. As of January 30, 2016, it had approximately 1,200 large-format and 400 small-format stores. The company was formerly known as Sound of Music, Inc. Best Buy Co., Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

Top Defense Companies For 2016

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Top Defense Companies For 2016: Omega Protein Corporation(OME)

 

Omega Protein Corporation develops, produces, and delivers products to enhance the nutritional integrity of foods, dietary supplements, and animal feeds worldwide. It operates in two segments, Animal Nutrition and Human Nutrition. The Animal Nutrition segment produces animal nutrition products, including fish meal products that are primarily used as a protein ingredient in animal feed for swine, aquaculture, and household pets. This segment also offers fish oil for animal and aquaculture feeds, as well as additives to human food products and dietary supplements; and fish solubles to livestock and aquaculture feed manufacturers, and for use as an organic fertilizer. The Human Nutrition segment produces plant and marine based specialty oils, Omega-3 fish oils, and specialty dairy proteins and other related products. The company sells its products in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, South and Central America, and others. Omega Protein Corporation was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

Top Defense Companies For 2016: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.(MDRX)

 

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. provides information technology and services to healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers electronic health records, connectivity, hosting, outsourcing, analytics, patient engagement, clinical decision support, and population health management solutions. The companys Clinical and Financial Solutions segment provides integrated clinical software applications and financial and information solutions, which primarily include EHR-related, and financial and practice management software solutions, as well as related installation, support and maintenance, outsourcing, hosting, revenue cycle management, training, and electronic claims administration services. Its Population Health segment offers health management and coordinated care solutions that enable hospitals, health systems, accountable care organizations, and other care facilities to connect, tr ansition, analyze, and coordinate care across the entire care community. The company serves physicians, hospitals, governments, health systems, health plans, life-sciences companies, retail clinics, retail pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, insurance companies, and employer wellness clinics, as well as post-acute organizations, such as home health and hospice agencies. It has a strategic partnership with Nant Health, LLC. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    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 Friday's regular session.

    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) Fri 7/1 62.0 Puts (Wkly) Sweep: 1426 @ ASK $1.24: 1426 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/27 $61.86 Ref Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDRX) Jul16 13.0 Puts Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.45: 500 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 8/2 $13.07 Ref Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) Jul16 30.0 Puts: 7500 @ ASK $0.26: 7658 traded vs 47k OI: Earnings 7/20 $32.07 Ref Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) Dec16 16.0 Puts Sweep: 963 @ ASK $2.75: 974 traded vs 18 OI: Earnings 8/2 $14.45 Ref LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) Aug16 115 Puts: 600 @ ASK $4.05: 615 traded vs 386 OI: $132.12 Ref

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Top 5 Airline Stocks To Buy For 2016: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)

 

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, manufactures, sells, and installs photovoltaic (PV) products in the Peoples Republic of China and internationally. The company offers polysilicon ingots and blocks, polysilicon wafers, PV cells, PV modules, and integrated PV systems; and develops and operates solar projects. It primarily sells its PV modules to distributors, wholesalers, power plant developers and operators, and PV system integrators under the brand names Yingli and Yingli Solar. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Baoding, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $1.48 per share on revenue of $372.30 million.

    Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.

Top Defense Companies For 2016: L.B. Foster Company(FSTR)

 

L.B. Foster Company manufactures, fabricates, and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy, and utility markets worldwide. Its Rail Products and Services segment offers new rail primarily for passenger and shortline freight railroads, industrial companies, and rail contractors; used rail; rail accessories, such as bolts, angle bars, and other products; power rail, direct fixation fasteners, coverboards, and special accessories; and trackwork products, as well as engineers and fabricates insulated rail joints and related accessories. This segment also provides friction management products and application systems, railroad condition monitoring equipment, wheel impact load detection, railroad condition monitoring systems, rail anchors and spikes, and wayside data collection and management systems; and concrete railroad ties. In addition, this segment offers telecommunications and security systems; and application engineering solutions. The companys Construction segment sells and rents steel sheet piling, H-bearing pile, and other piling products; manufactures and sells fabricated steel and aluminum products primarily for the highway, bridge, and transit industries; and produces precast concrete buildings, and pre-stressed and precast concrete products. Its Tubular and Energy Services segment supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities; provides blending, injection, and metering equipment for the oil and gas market; offers upstream test and inspection services; provides precision measurement systems, and tubular management services for the oil and gas market; and produces threaded pipe products for the oil and gas, and industrial water well and irrigation markets. The company markets its products directly, as well as through a network of agents. L.B. Foster Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, basic materials shares gained by 2.57 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

Top Defense Companies For 2016: The First of Long Island Corporation(FLIC)

The First of Long Island Corporation operates as a bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides various financial services. It offers various deposit products, including checking, money market, savings, escrow service and interest on lawyer, time deposit, NOW, rent security, holiday club, and individual retirement accounts. The company?s loan portfolio consists of commercial and industrial loans; residential and commercial mortgage loans; home equity loans and lines; multifamily loans; construction loans; consumer loans, such as auto and home improvement loans, personal loans, overdraft checking lines, and credit cards; commercial loans, which include short-term business loans, term and installment loans, revolving credit term loans, and loans secured by marketable securities, general business assets, deposits, and surrender value of life insurance policies; and commercial and standby letters of credit. In addition, it provides account rec onciliation, ATM banking, bank by mail, bill payment, cash management, collection, drive-through banking, personal money orders, Internet and telephone banking, merchant credit card depository, lock box, night depository, payroll, remote deposit, securities transactions, signature guarantee, trust and investment management, wire transfers and foreign cables, and withholding tax depository services, as well as offers controlled disbursement accounts, travelers and counter checks, mutual funds, annuities, life insurance and securities, safe deposit boxes, and the U.S. savings bonds. Further, the company provides pension trust, personal trust, estate, and custody services; and insurance agency services, as well as owns a real estate investment trust. It offers its services to privately owned businesses, professionals, consumers, public bodies, and other organizations through its 34 branches primarily in Long Island and Manhattan. The company was founded in 1927 and is based in Glen Head, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    The First of Long Island Corporation (FLIC) operates as a bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides financial services. Sept. 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 4% to $0.26 per share. The dividend is payable Oct. 11, 2013 to shareholders of record on October 3, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.