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It used to be that finding a decent yield in the stock market was easy.

Just seven years ago, all you had to do was buy an ETF in a sector that got income hounds’ hearts racing, like the Utilities Select SPDR ETF (XLU) and lock in an easy 4.48% payout:

The “Good Old Days” Are Over for Utility Fans

But do the same today, and you’ll get just 3.1% for your trouble, no thanks to the merciless rise in stocks (and shriveling of yields) driven by a decade of near-zero interest rates.

And sure, a 3.1% payout may still sound okay. It is, after all, 63% more than you’d get from your average S&P 500 dividend payer.

high yield investments: Qualstar Corporation(QBAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap data storage systems stock Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK):

    Quelstar is essentially a mirror image of Pixelworks. That is, it’s not just the bearish undertow we want to tap into here. It’s the failure of QBAK to follow-through on today’s effort to break above the 100-day moving average line with today’s early effort. The market dared the bulls to play their hand, and as it turns out, they were bluffing. The sheer scope of the reversal bar in the meantime today confirms the downtrend.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedpreemptively shorting small cap data storage systems stockQualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK):

high yield investments: ResMed Inc.(RMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By STOCKPICKR]

    Medical equipment maker ResMed (RMD) is another name that’s starting to look “toppy” after a bullish start to the year. RMD has more or less kept pace with the S&P 500 in 2014, climbing just over 11% from January to today — but shares started forming a long-term triple-top over the summer, and that setup is getting close to completion this fall.

    It’s worth noting that long-term price setups come with equally long term trading implications when they trigger.

    The triple-top that RMD is showing is a fairly rare pattern, but the trigger is pretty perfunctory: if shares break down below support at $48, then sellers are in control, and it’s time to unload them. Downside isn’t a foregone conclusion in ResMed, but this setup only gets invalidated if shares can close above their prior highs at $54.

high yield investments: 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.

high yield investments: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Frank DiPietro]

    When Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) reported earnings in late January, it committed to continue to reward stockholders handsomely. Its stock price has appreciated nicely over the past 12 months (up roughly 50%) and now it has reiterated its plan to buy back its own shares over the next three years and continue to pay its shareholders a growing dividend. Total cost to the company is projected by management to be at least $12.5 billion through 2019, including annual dividend increases projected to be more than 10%.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate CORNING INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    GLW’s debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.20 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.30, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

     

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Corning’s (NYSE:GLW) cutting-edge glass technology can already be found everywhere from smartphones to LCD TVs, advanced optics systems, lab science equipment, and even the ceramic substrates and particulate filters underlying pollution control systems in millions of vehicles today.But Corning is ready to take its show on the road in a much more visible way.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Back on December 5th of 2013, we added Corning (GLW) to our list around $16 and change. The stock ended up moving to a high of just over $25 per share early last year for roughly a 50% gain. Well, the stock has since come off again trading all the way back down to under $16 per share back in August of last year, before finding its way back up above $18 just yesterday. The context here is two-fold. First, the valuation metrics for GLW are once again suggesting another undervalued opportunity for a Company that is the clear leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

high yield investments: PRA Group, Inc.(PRAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) has been hit hard recently, and shareholders may be glad to know that a director took advantage of the sell-off and stepped in to buy shares. That board member bought 143,000 shares of the financial and business services company at prices that ranged from $34.40 to $34.89. The total for the buy was set at $5 million. The stock closed Friday at $32.90, in a52-week range of $21.93 to $42.70. The consensus price target is $40.60.

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Bill Ackman has had a bad year, that much is obvious. The spectacular blowup of Valeant (which I’d like to toot my horn and say I called) and the repeated errors he’s made around it have set Pershing WAY back from the highs it saw only 2 years ago.

I recommended Pershing (OTCPK:PSHZF) back at $26.50 per share, and it stands at $15.06 now: not a great performance! I defrayed much of this by shorting Valeant, both as a hedge and outright, but this still wasn’t a great call from me.

The question now is whether it’s worth buying into the current Pershing?

Valeant

I view VRX as permanently impaired. Bill’s ACB is significantly above where VRX is now, and I question how long VRX has as a going concern. It’s ~6.5% of the portfolio, and I assign limited if any value to this position. I think if the company liquidated, they’d be able to pay back the debt and you might see returns to shareholders roughly equal to the share price, but I don’t see many othe r ways out for VRX. Maybe I’m shortsighted and conservative, but I’d rather be that than too optimistic.

stock trading platforms: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shudeep Chandrasekhar]

    At the end of Q1 2017, Microsoft had $136.932 billion cash on hand, while their total liabilities stood at $142.152 billion. Microsofts short-term debt was $14.5 billion and long-term debt was $60.15 billion. Even if Microsoft decided to bring back cash from overseas and pay 40% tax on it, they would be able to clear all their short term and long term debt and still be left with billions in hand. Apple Inc(NSDQ:AAPL), Microsoft and Alphabet Inc (NSDQ:GOOGL) – all three companies are sitting on a mountain pile of cash that will allow them to plow it back into the business when necessary, making big, bold acquisitions as and when required.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Disney, Fox, andNBC formed Hulu in 2007 as an outlet to stream their TV shows, but only has about 12 million subscribers today. Tech giantAlphabet’s(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) efforts to gain traction for its paid streaming service, YouTubeRed, have fallen flat. HBO, despite the launch of HBO Now, remains dependent on the traditional Pay-TV ecosystem. OnlyAmazon.com(NASDAQ:AMZN) has followed successfully in Netflix’s footsteps with its own slate of award-winning programs, but Amazon has a much different model than Netflix. It’s using video as a free giveaway to entice consumers to join its Prime service so they buy more stuff on its website. Amazon Video’s viability as a stand-alone service remains questionable. The company recently launched stand-alone video globally, undercutting Netflix on price, but the move has clearly not put a dent in Netflix’s own growth rate as last quarter’s international subscriber growth set a new record.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    With Google parentAlphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) fourth-quarter report now behind it, the company’s robust revenue growth and its promising traction in hardware and cloud-computing are getting some time in the spotlight. But there’s one other item in the company’s most recent quarterly report investors may want to take the time to consider: A key change in the way Alphabet will be calculating its non-GAAP results.

  • [By Piyush Arora]

    First of all, we have to understand that there would be two layers of royalties involved in this deal. First, BlackBerry is charging a fee for licensing its Secure-Android version to OEMs. Then, Alphabet’s (NSDQ:GOOGL) Google would also need a royalty cut for letting these OEMs use its Play Store and Google Services apps. The payments to Google would have to be borne either by OEMs or BlackBerry.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Why Cramer loves Facebook (FB) , Alphabet/Google (GOOGL) and Adobe (but not Snap (SNAP) ).

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stock trading platforms: Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.(OPXA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares dropped 70 percent to $1.02 after the company disclosed that its top-line results from Phase 2b Abili-T trial evaluating Tcelna did not meet primary endpoint.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) and Acer Therapeutics announced a merger that will result in 11.2-percent ownership by current Opexa shareholders and 88.8-percent ownership by current Acer shareholders.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares were also up, gaining 66 percent to $1.08 after the company announced plans to acquire Acer Therapeutics.

stock trading platforms: Sohu.com Inc.(SOHU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    The following stocks are rated Underweight:

    Baidu. Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU).

    Full ratings data available on Benzinga Pro.

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  • [By Matthew Smith]

    Shares in Sohu.com (SOHU) continued their rapid rise, hitting yet another fresh 52-week high during the session, as the company announced the special dividend from Sohou yesterday (press release located here). Sohu.com will receive nearly $161.2 million in the transaction which is part of the overall $400 million deal with Tencent (TCEHY.PK) which was announced not too long ago. These are exciting times in the internet space as we move from computers to mobile devices, but China’s internet landscape looks like the ‘Wild West’ right now and we expect to see further deals as companies jockey for position in their respective niches and consolidation begins as the larger players look to step up growth and gain exposure to new business segments.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Sogou is Baidu’s biggest rival when it comes to mobile search engine market share. The app is owned by Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU), and its position as second fiddle to Baidu makes it most similar to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)’s Bing.

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU) shares rose 2.77% to touch a new 52-week high of $71.54. Analysts at Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock from neutral to conviction buy.

stock trading platforms: Heico Corporation(HEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Heico Corp (HEI) announced on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Lucix Corp, a manufacturer of military satellite, airborne, and ground systems.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HEI revealed that the acquisition could be completed within 60 days. The deal is expected to impact HEI’s earnings within the first year.

    Heico shares were up 67 cents, or 1.04%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 46% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

    Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.

stock trading platforms: PRA Group, Inc.(PRAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) has been hit hard recently, and shareholders may be glad to know that a director took advantage of the sell-off and stepped in to buy shares. That board member bought 143,000 shares of the financial and business services company at prices that ranged from $34.40 to $34.89. The total for the buy was set at $5 million. The stock closed Friday at $32.90, in a52-week range of $21.93 to $42.70. The consensus price target is $40.60.

4 Stocks Spiking on Unusual Volume

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) — Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don’t just look at a stock’s price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility.

Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling — or buying or selling by “superinvestors.”

Unusual volume can also be a major signal that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. These types of traders like to get in well before a large spike, so it’s always a smart move to monitor unusual volume. That said, remember to combine trend and price action with unusual volume. Put them all together to help you decipher the next big trend for any stock.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

Herbalife

Herbalife (HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products as well as personal care products. This stock closed up 9% to $65.50 in Wednesday’s trading session.

 

Wednesday’s Volume: 15.65 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.94 million

Volume % Change: 462%

 

From a technical perspective, HLF ripped higher here tagging new 52-week highs with monster upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $42.09 to its intraday high of $66.50. During that move, shares of HLF have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HLF as long as it’s trending above some near-term support at $57.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above Wednesday’s high of $66.50 with volume that hits near or above 2.94 million shares. If we get that move soon, then HLF will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $75 to $80.

Examworks Group

Examworks Group (EXAM) is a provider of independent medical examinations, peer and bill reviews and related services. This stock closed up 9.4% at $24.28 in Wednesday’s trading session.

Wednesday’s Volume: 1.62 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 209,788

Volume % Change: 583%

From a technical perspective, EXAM exploded higher here right off some near-term support at $21.91 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last six months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $13.79 to its intraday high of $24.40. During that uptrend, shares of EXAM have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This move also pushed shares of EXAM into breakout territory, since the stock took out its former 52-week high at $23.56.

 

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in EXAM as long as it’s trending above $23 or $22.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above Wednesday’s high of $24.40 with volume that hits near or above 209,788 shares. If we get that move soon, then EXAM will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $28 to $30.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) is an owner, operator and franchiser of restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, craveable menu items. This stock closed up 6% to $103.58 in Wednesday’s trading session.

Wednesday’s Volume: 1.55 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 402,120

Volume % Change: 319%

From a technical perspective, BWLD ripped higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $98.38 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of BWLD within range of triggering major breakout trade. That trade will hit if BWLD manages to take out its intraday high on Wednesday of $105.32 and then once it clears is 52-week high at $106.03 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BWLD as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $98.38 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 402,120 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then BWLD will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $110 to $120.

Portfolio Recovery Associates

Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRAA) is engaged in the business of purchasing, managing and collecting portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables, as well as offering accounts receivable management and payment processing services. This stock closed up 3.5% at $149.31 in Wednesday’s trading session.

Wednesday’s Volume: 482,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 113,270

Volume % Change: 272%

From a technical perspective, PRAA gapped sharply higher here into breakout territory above $150.31 and above its 50-day moving average at $150.42 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of PRAA within range of triggering another major breakout trade. That trade will hit if PRAA manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $159 to $159.68 and then once it clears its 52-week high at $163.87 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PRAA as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $150.42 or above Wednesday’s low of $149.04, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that’s near or above 113,270 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then PRAA will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $163.87, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $170 to $180.

To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising on Unusual Volume portfolio on Stockpickr.

— Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis.