Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now


It’s been three trading days since the U.S. Federal reserve hiked interest rates–and the stock market has been moribund ever since.

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The S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,373.47 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 8.76 points to 20,905.86. The Nasdaq Composite finished little changed at 5,901.53. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has dipped44.24 points, or 0.2%, over the last three trading days.

Ameriprise Financial’s David Joy is already looking ahead to the next rate hike:


The Fed has three remaining meetings throughout the year that are accompanied by updated economic projections and press conferences, in June, September, and December. While the Fed insists that all Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meetings are live, meaning opportunities for changes in monetary policy, it is widely assumed that the press conference meetings are the more likely candidates. Although some believe the Fed is in danger of falling behind the curve, unless the economic data accelerates sharply, especially on the inflation front, it seems unlikely that the Fed would want to raise again as early as June. Three rate hikes in six months after just one in the previous twelve might be too aggressive a shift in policy. Nevertheless, futures suggest better than even odds that another rate hike will come in June. More likely, the Fed waits to observe conditions a little longer, targeting September for its next move.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Waste Management, Inc.(WM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in their 60’s should start to favor low-risk stocks that offer up big dividend payouts. Below are three stocks — Waste Management (NYSE:WM), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Welltower (NYSE:HCN) — that perfectly fit that description.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to report quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion before the opening bell. Avon Products shares rose 2.39 percent to $6.00 in after-hours trading. Analysts expect MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to report quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion before the opening bell. MGM shares rose 1.01 percent to $29.90 in after-hours trading. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share. Cisco shares rose 2.13 percent to $33.52 in the after-hours trading session. Before the markets open, Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Dean Foods shares rose 0.49 percent to $20.55 in after-hours trading. Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Tripadvisor shares dropped 5.60 percent to $49.75 in the after-hours trading session. Analysts are expecting Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) to have earned $0.77 per share on revenue of $3.42 billion in the latest quarter. Waste Management will release earnings before the markets open. Waste Management shares rose 2.27 percent to $72.97 in after-hours trading.


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  • [By John Bromels]

    The stock of the country’s second-largest waste management company,Republic Services(NYSE:RSG), has been on a tear this year, up nearly 30%. That rivals the performance of its larger competitorWaste Management(NYSE:WM), which is up about 33% for the year.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Fiserv, Inc.(FISV)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week:Corcept Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CORT), Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI), Ellie Mae Inc. (NYSE: ELLI), Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) and Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA).

Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 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 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.

  • [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.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Werner Enterprises, Inc.(WERN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Werner shares dropped 2.09% to $23.90 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares dropped 4.83% to $23.23 in pre-market trading after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

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    Shares of Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) were down 16.03 percent to $47.00 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares tumbled 4.71 percent to $23.26 after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Bank of America downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral. Pandora Media (NYSE: P) down, falling 1.71 percent to $23.58 as the company announced its plans to sell 14 million shares of common stock, including 4 million shares from current stockholders.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Following Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s (WERN) third quarter earnings warning, analysts at KeyBanc downgraded the transportation and logistics company on Tuesday.

    The analysts downgraded WERN from “Buy” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Todd Fowler said, “We downgrade WERN from Buy to HOLD following its negative 3Q pre-ann’ct, which reflected a number of company-specific issues that we expect to limit upside going forward; we would focus investors on other, stronger-performing names within the truckload space, specifically, BUY-rated Swift Transportation Company (SWFT), Marten Transport Ltd. (MRTN), and Knight Transportation Inc. (KNX).”


    Werner Enterprises shares were down $1.66, or 6.80%, during pre-market trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 12.64% year-to-date.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

  • [By JACK HOUGH]

    Barron’s has recommended Foot Locker (FL) shares several times in recent years, going back to 2009, when the shares traded for about $10. They recently fetched $64, up 12% since our most recent story (“Foot Locker: Still Running Fast,” March 9). They hit $75 in September, and could regain lost ground and then some over the next year.

    Foot Locker is benefitting from a long shift toward casual and athletic fashion. It also has a close relationship with Nike (NKE) and secures plenty of exclusive shoes, which helps protect the business from being undercut by Amazon. Nike shares have jumped 26% over the past six months on stellar earnings reports. That stock goes for over 30 times earnings, reflecting investor expectations of rapid growth for years to come. Foot Locker shares, at less than 16 times earnings, offer inexpensive exposure to Nike’s success. The retailer is also helping itself with store remodelings and a turnaround of its Lady Foot Locker chain. It has invested in recent years in Europe, where footwear sales are highly fragmented. That could pay off when Europe’s economy rebounds. For now, Wall Street predicts low-double-digit earnings growth over the next two years, and Foot Locker has made a habit of hurdling estimates. 

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) which traded down 7.5% at $31.82. The stocks 52-week range is $31.72 to $79.43. Volume was about 22.7 million versus the daily average of 4.4 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) dropped about 7.5% Monday to register a new 52-week low of $31.79 after closing at $34.38 on Friday. The 52-week high is $79.43. Volume was around 20 million, about 5 times the daily average. The company reported poor results Friday morning and investors have not finished administering punishment.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    While we appreciate near-term potential at Foot Locker (FL), what stands out is its consistency. Like any good distance runner, Foot Locker has learned to keep a steady pace, explains Richard Moroney, editor of Dow Theory Forecasts.

Hot High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.(WWW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

  • [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 Monday’s regular session.

    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref

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