Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now

The U.S. stock market finished lower Friday but higher for the week as Wall Street heads into a holiday-shortened week whenthe focus will be on a slew of economic dataandfresh scrutiny of a suddenly surging U.S. dollar and rising interest rates.

The past week on Wall Street centered on competing forcesas the domestically focused small-company Russell 2000 stock indexcontinued itshot streak, hitting another record high Friday and extendingits winning streak to 11 sessions. Similarly, the tech-heavyNasdaq notched an intraday record Friday.

Still,fresh headwinds emerged in the form of an appreciating U.S. currencyand a sell-off in the U.S. government bond market that sent the 10-year Treasury note yield, which moves in the opposite direction of price, soaring to its highest intradaylevel (2.351% at its high point Friday) since Dec. 4,2015, according to Tradeweb.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: PacWest Bancorp(PACW)

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 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Beazer Homes USA, Inc.(BZH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Federico Zaldua]

    Beazer Homes USA (BZH), the diversified home-builder which is held by Mario Gabelli from GAMCO Investors, is my top play among single-family and multi-family home builders. While I believe higher interest rates should slow the pace of margin expansion for Beazer, I also believe higher top line growth will more than compensate interest rate effects on net earnings. As a matter of fact, I think gross margins are going to go north of 17.5% by the end of 2014 while top-line should keep on growing at a rate of 25%.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Phillips 66(PSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) combine for over 15 percent of CRAK's weight and are the ETF's top two holdings. The former is up more than 7 percent this year, while Valero is off 10.7 percent.


    Refiners and downstream energy stocks have really gone to town as oil prices have listed lower in a relatively tight range. Phillips 66 (PSX) is among those winners.

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    Another piece of the Berkshire puzzle which could ride a tailwind is the investment in oil major Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX). With OPEC recently making a move to support oil prices with supply cuts, a rising oil price will benefit the oil major which made up just over 5% of Berkshire’s stock holdings at the end of the September quarter. PSX stock price is up 11% over the last one month and could be headed further higher if the demand/supplydynamics of the oil market are brought under control. (See also: Berkshire Stock: Should Investors Worry About Warren Buffett’s Latest Investments?)

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Berkshire’s QTD returns primarily reflected outperformance in technology and financials (International Business Machines (IBM), Moody’s (MCO), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and American Express (AXP)), partly offset by underperformance within energy, healthcare, and consumer-nondurables (Phillips 66 (PSX), Coca-Cola (KO), and DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA)).

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Alright, so elevated short interest in a stock not a major factor in CRAK is not a big deal. Applying that logic, it is notable that short interest in Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), CRAK's largest holding at a weight of nearly 7.7 percent, remains elevated.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    USA GDP (QoQ) for Q3 2.90% vs 2.50% consensus estimate. The prior reading was 1.40%.

    The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Baker Hughes North American rig count for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET. BZ News Desk Focus ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) Reports Q3 EPS $0.63 vs $0.58 Est., Sales $58.68B vs $61B Est. Mastercard (NYSE: MA) Reports Q3 EPS $1.08 vs $0.98 Est., Sales $2.9B vs $2.75B Est. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Reports Q3 GAAP EPS $0.52 vs. Est. $0.78 May Not Compare, Rev. $32.7B vs. Est. $32.69B Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) Reports Q3 Adj. EPS $1.49 May Not Compare to $0.88 Est., Sales $2.74B vs $2.71B Est. Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Reports Q3 EPS $9.06 vs. Est. $8.64, Rev. $22.45B vs. Est. $22.05B Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) Reports Q3 Adj. EPS $1.05 vs $0.88 Est. Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) Reports Q3 EPS $0.83 vs $1.08 Est; Revenue $11.109B vs $11.50B Est Hershey (NYSE: HSY) Reports Q3 Adj. EPS $1.29 vs $1.19 Est., Sales $2B vs $2B Est. Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) Reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS $3.02 vs $2.79 Est, Rev $5.8B vs $5.73B Est Xerox (NYSE: XRX) Reports Q3 Adj. EPS $0.27, Inline, Sales $4.2B vs $4.31B Est. Sell-Side Themes

    World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WW) received a pair of downgrades after its earnings report came in below estimates.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: EPR Properties(EPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company’s bottom line, improving the earnings per share.


  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s investment pipeline should drive about 6-7% earnings growth in 2016, and historically the company’s dividend growth has roughly equated to earnings growth. Starting with an above-average 6.5% yield, we find this compelling for income-oriented investors. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate EPR PROPERTIES 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 11.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES reported lower earnings of $2.78 versus $3.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.91 versus $2.78).


  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 17.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $42.71 million to $50.20 million.


  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    I also jumped on the 9% Preferred Series E of an interesting REIT called EPR Properties (EPR), a $2.38 billion trust that owns 114 megaplex movie theaters; nine entertainment retail centers; seven family entertainment centers where one can bowl, enjoy nightlife, or sit atop observational towers; 13 metro ski parks; three water parks; four golf complexes, and 48 public charter schools.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Amira Nature Foods Ltd(ANFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another earnings short-squeeze prospect is packaged specialty rice and other food products distributor Amira Nature Foods (ANFI), which is set to release numbers on next Monday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Amira Nature Foods to report revenue of $132.37 million on earnings of 32 cents per share.

    The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Amira Nature Foods is extremely high at 26.6%. That means that out of 17.70 million shares in the tradable float, 4.72 million shares are sold short by the bears. The bears have also been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 8.2%, or by 356,000 shares. If the bears get caught pressing their bets into a bullish quarter, then shares of ANFI could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the shorts move fast to cover some of their trades.

    From a technical perspective, ANFI is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock just recently bounced higher off some near-term support at $15.25 a share. That bounce is starting to push shares of ANFI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade post-earnings.

    If you’re bullish on ANFI, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $17 to $17.98 a share and then above more resistance at $18.52 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that registers near or above its three-month average action of 174,102 shares. If that breakout develops post-earnings, then ANFI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $19.86 to $20.29 a share, or even its 52-week high at $25 a share.

    I would simply avoid ANFI or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some key near-term supp

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Allied Healthcare Products Inc.(AHPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap respiratory equipmentstockAllied Healthcare Products Inc (NASDAQ: AHPI):

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Toro Company (The)(TTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:


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

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

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

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

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

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: 8point3 Energy Partners LP(CAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By J.B. Maverick]

    Recently added in January 2016 to the "strong buy" list at Zacks Investment Research, 8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is a subsidiary firm with the support of major solar power companies SunPower and First Solar, and plenty of cash to fund 2016 growth projects. It should be well positioned to move forward in its business of acquiring and operating solar energy generation projects. In late January 2016, the stock is trading at $16.45, in the middle of its 52-week range of $10.26 to $21.15. The stock offers a dividend yield of 2.39%. It has been in a general uptrend since October 2015. Year to date in 2016, the stock is down 2.97%, which means it is weathering the market storm better than many other firms. With the backing of First Solar and SunPower, and a partnership agreement with Wells Fargo, 8point3 is in a stronger industry position than the majority of alternative energy companies.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Fed Chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.

    BZ News Desk Focus Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) Reports Q3 EPS $0.75 vs. Est. $0.72, Rev. $1.46B vs. Est. $1.45B KB Homes (NYSE: KBH) Reports $0.42 Vs. Est $0.39, Revs $913.3M Vs Est. $944.6M FedEx (NYSE: FDX) Reports Q1 EPS $2.90 vs. Est. $2.81, Rev. $14.7B vs. Est. $14.6B General Mills (NYSE: GIS) Q1 EPS $0.67 vs $0.75 est, Revenue $3.91B vs $3.91B est 8point3 Energy (NASDAQ: CAFD) Reports Q3 EPS $0.38 vs. Est. $0.38, Rev. $26.11M vs. Est. $23.2M Sell-Side Themes

    Jefferies started Altria Group (NYSE: MO) at Hold and Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) at Buy.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD) and TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL) were supposed to be two of the renewable energy industry’s leading yieldcos. 8point3 Energy Partners was supposed to be a way for First Solar and SunPower to fund solar projects in the U.S. and TerraForm Global was central to SunEdison’s growth plans abroad.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

     We highlight CAFD as our top income oriented pick, a relatively safer, more conservatively-run company within our YieldCo coverage. The stock is yielding 7.5% on a FY16E DPS basis, and provides predictable income over the next several years, regardless of new projects beyond the initial portfolio. With two of the strongest companies in the solar industry serving as sponsors, enough liquidity on the balance sheet to fund growth-projects through mid-2016, and additional levers to pull in order to grow DPS if needed (e.g. payout ratio), we believe CAFD is undervalued.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) were down 40 percent to $7.95 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

    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 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bank Of Montreal(BMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE: BMO) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.76 per share on revenue of $5.02 billion.

    EVINE Live Inc (NASDAQ: EVLV) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.10 per share on revenue of $162.13 million.

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     Banks can produce solid earnings growth in the early stages of a rising interest rate environment. This Canadian bank is not expensively priced on the stock market. It currently has an over four percent dividend yield.

    The Canadian banking market is small, but it’s protected from foreign ownership and most of the names in this industry have great long-term track records on the stock market.

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