"Short Sellers Retreat Amid Rally," ran the headline in the Wall Street Journal. Curious readers stopped and stared. It was the premise of the headline that arrested them. Who knew that there was even one bear left to give ground at the 100-month mark of the post-2008 levitation? El toro is the topic at hand. It's a most unusual bull market (we count as one the updrafts in stocks and bonds). An unzestful, low-volume, and low-volatility affair, it seems to belong on a psychiatrist's couch. We write to catalogue its singularities with the purpose of addressing the always pertinent question: What to do with money besides enjoy it? No. 1 is the zest deficit. Since the S&P 500 Index bottomed at an intraday low of 666.79 on March 6, 2009, the blue chips have appreciated by 271%. The country has grown, too, although – famously – the economic expansion leaves much to be desired. Trailing 12-month earnings for the S&P 500 peaked in the third quarter of 2014, and disappointments abound in the data that purport to measure growth in GDP and productivity.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (HQCL)
- [By Ashley Moore]
We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…
Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00
Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Inter Parfums, Inc.(IPAR)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAR) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $110.58 million.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NCLH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: Tuesday Morning Corp.(TUES)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap closeout home decor retailer Tuesday Morning Corporation (NASDAQ: TUES) reported Q4 and fiscal 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Q4net sales were $223.6 million versus $222.8 million as the Company’s sales comparison to the prior year is impacted by the net closure of 20 stores during the current fiscal year.Comparable store sales increased 1.8% compared to the same period a year ago, and were comprised of a 2.6% increase in customer transactions, partially offset by a 0.8% decrease in average ticket. The Company operated 731 stores at the end of the fiscal year, which is a decrease of 20 stores from the prior year period.The net loss was $17.3 million versusa net loss of $3.9 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Tuesday Morning (NASDAQ: TUES) shares gained 4.87% to create a new 52-week high of $14.63. Tuesday Morning shares have jumped 110.09% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 18.17% in the same period.