Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now


Friday was a mixed day for the stock market; the Dow Jones Industrials fell slightly even as the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) and Nasdaq Composite finished higher. The S&P 500’s gains of about a fifth of a percent were propelled in part by favorable economic data showing that retail sales climbed by 0.6% in December, driven by strong performance in the automotive sector. Solid bank earnings were also a positive for the market, but some stocks missed out on the good news and fell sharply.


Among the worst performers on the day were GameStop (NYSE:GME), Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV), and Ryerson Holding (NYSE:RYI). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to explain why they did so poorly.

Image source: GameStop.

GameStop has a tough holiday season

GameStop fell 8% after reporting its 2016 holiday sales results, which were a source of disappointment to investors. The video game retailer said that total sales for the holiday period plunged 16%, with a nearly 19% drop in comparable-store sales. GameStop attributed part of those declines to weak sales for the latest installments of the Call of Duty and Titanfall franchises, along with aggressive promotional activity on gaming consoles over Thanksgiving weekend. CEO Paul Raines tried to call out positives, noting that “we did see continued growth in our non-physical gaming businesses.” Yet GameStop admits that it will have to close poor-performing stores as the gaming business increasingly goes digital, and investors aren’t certain whether game-making companies will need GameStop as an intermediary in the new world of video gaming.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sonoco Products Company(SON)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Deutsche Bank’s Debbie Jones and team contend that Sonoco’s (SON) sale of its plastic-container business to Australia’s Amcor is a sign that M&A is in the offing. They explain why:

    Sonoco announced (9/1) that it is selling its Rigid Plastics Blow Molding operations to Amcor (AMC.AU) for $280M. The transaction price represents a multiple of ~8.0x LTM EBITDA. The business had annual sales of ~$210M and consisted of six production sites in the US and one in Canada. Blow molding operations represented ~10% of Sonocos Consumer Packaging segment sales and EBITDA. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. We expect the proceeds to be used to for M&A focused in flexible packaging, thermoforming and temperature-assured packaging.


    We dont believe Sonoco considered its blow molding operations essential to its growth strategy. This standalone business is also more capital intensive compared to some of its other plastic packaging businesses and SON held a small position in the overall market. Ultimately, the company decided it wants to focus its capital in higher growth platforms. We do not expect the divestment to reduce resin buying scale for Sonoco’s remaining assets given different resin buying. Note that with the divestiture of blow molding and the Canton closures plant (divested in Feb. 2015), this makes the ~$100M reels business the last standalone business in the portfolio, but we do not expect this to be divested in the near-term unless cash is needed for much larger M&A.


    Shares of Sonoco have gained 1.3% to $52.49 at 2:12 p.m. today.

     

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By William Romov]

    If a biotech stock’s clinical trial results are positive, or receives a nod of approval from the FDA, then the stock can soar. For example, last year Dynavax Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: DVAX) shares more than quadrupled between May 31 and Oct. 5, when it climbed 337.6%, from $5.50 to $24.07.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Add Dynavax Technologies Corp. (DVAX) to the list of biotech stocks to watch on or a little before Dec. 15. Thats when the company is going to get a yay or nay from the Food & Drug Administration about Heplisav-B as a treatment for hepatitis B in people with type 2 diabetes

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: CobalTech Mining Inc. (BNCIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other junior cobalt miners include Brixton Metals Corporation (OTC:BXTMD) [TSXV:BBB], Canadian International Minerals [TSXV:CIN], Clean TeQ (OTCPK:CTEQF) [ASX:CLQ], Cobalt Power Group (TSXV:CPO), CobalTech Mining [TSXV:CSK] (OTCPK:BNCIF), Conico Ltd (ASX:CNJ), Corazon Mining Ltd [ASX:CZN], Dragon Energy (ASX:DLE), Highlands Pacific (OTC:HLPCF), Hinterland Metals Inc (TSXV:HMI) (OTC:HNLMF), and LiCo Energy Metals (TSXV:LIC) (OTCQB:WCTXF).

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: ENI S.p.A.(E)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reuters reported last week that the company is considering selling its 2,500 service stations in Italy for a tidy 500 million (about $538 million). The rumored buyer is private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO), also rumored to be interested in buying 2,600 Italian service stations from a joint venture between Italy’s Eni SpA (NYSE: E) and Total SA (NYSE: TOT).

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Big Oil stocks are the seven “oil supermajors” that do everything from oil drilling to refining to retail sales. This is a list of the Big Oil companies:


    Big Oil CompanyShare PriceYTDMarket CapExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)$83.44-7.58%$353.13BChevron Co. (NYSE: CVX)$113.56-3.5%$217.62BConocoPhillips Co. (NYSE: COP)$48.21-3.78%$61.42BRoyal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A)$52.35-3.82%$221.08BBP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP)$34.12-8.71%$112.69BTotal SA (NYSE: TOT)$50.26-1.35%$124.6BEni SpA (NYSE: E)$31.51-2.3%$58.69B

    Despite being huge global oil companies, shares of Big Oil stocks are all in the red this year. Those losses have all happened even as the Dow is smashing record highs and trading up 6.4% year to date.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Superior Energy Services Inc.(SPN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, energy shares slipped by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), and Yanzhou Coal Mining Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YZC).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Instead, Genargo prefers oil services stocks with the most exposure to the U.S market. Loop names Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) as its top large-cap stock pick and Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE: OIS), Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE: NR) and Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) as its top small- and mid-cap stocks.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Leidos Holdings, Inc.(LDOS)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Where we are concerned: 1. Ex-Joint Strike Fighter portfolio is average. There are few major growth differentiators after F-35; and actually headwinds in Aeronautics specifically, including C-5 and F-16. 2. Consensus EPS and cash flow estimate headwinds. The final Leidos Holdings (LDOS)-Lockheed Martin numbers are likely dilutive to 2016, so guidance will come down. The $1.5bn 2018 cash pension contribution means lower 2018 free cash and a weaker 5-year cash trajectory than peers. 3. Valuation tough. Lockheed Martin trades at 24X CY17E P/E ex pension. While we shy away from valuation concerns at the trough of the Defense cycle, this is more expensive than other Defense stocks.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Chesapeake Energy Corporation(CHK)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) dropped 3.1% Thursday to match a 52-week low of $2.80 (set yesterday) after closing at $2.89 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $6.65. Volume was around 29 million, about equal to the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) posted a new 52-week low of $3.55 on Tuesday, down about 2.7% from Monday’s closing price of $3.65. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.20. Volume totaled around 23 million shares, about 30% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas had been under pressure all year, especially after this past February was the warmest since 1954. By mid-March, gas had lost a quarter of its value because of an oversupplied market. However, it awoke from that slumber toward the end of March thanks in part to the triumphant return of winter, which pounded parts of the nation with a major late-season snowstorm. That storm drove up demand for gas, sending the stocks of several gas producers soaring late last month, including Rice Energy and larger rivalsChesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), which both rose more than 5%.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) needed much hotter weather this summer and it needs a cold winter to trade higher, said Cramer.

    Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) performed poorly and it is in the oil business. Cramer wouldn’t buy it, because he doesn’t want to recommend a stock in the oil and gas business.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: TrovaGene, Inc.(TROV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    TrovaGene Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV) dropped about 44% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.24 after closing at $0.43 on Thursday. Volume was around 12.5 million, about 20 times the daily average of around 650,000. The firm this morning priced an offering of 15 million shares and warrants to purchase up to another 15 million shares at $0.30 per unit.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) were down 13 percent to $5.28. Trovagene reported a Q4 loss of $(0.26) per share.


    Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN) was down, falling around 13 percent to $6.22. Sunrun reported a Q4 loss of $(0.15) per share on revenue of $99.6 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) shares dropped 27 percent to $1.27. Trovagene reported a Q4 loss of $8.5 million on revenue of $68,000. Piper Jaffray downgraded TrovaGene from Neutral to Underweight.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) was down, falling around 42 percent to $0.25. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV) was down, falling around 40 percent to $0.26. Trovagene priced its 15 million share common stock offering at $0.30 per share.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ultralife Corporation(ULBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Energous Corporation and potential small cap networking or power peer Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) having a run up late last year while small cap Ultralife Corp (NASDAQ: ULBI) is heading back up to previous highs and EnSync Inc (NYSEMKT: ESNC) has underperformed:

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap network communication platform makerUbiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT) reportedfiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened with shares surging 16.56% when the market closed. Revenues increased 23% year-over-year and 4.7% sequentially to $228.6 million, primarily driven by continued strong demand for new product offerings across the Company’s product lines. Enterprise Technology revenues increased 49% year-over-year, primarily driven by continued adoption of the Company’s UniFi product family of access points, switches, gateways and IP cameras.Service Provider Technology revenues increased 5% year-over-year and 10% sequentially, primarily driven by the Company’s airMAX AC and airMAX AC Gen 2 product lines. GAAP Net Income was $60.7 million versus $57.7 million. Total cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2017 were $604.2 million versus $533.9 million as of March 31, 2017, representing an increase of over 13%.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, small cap Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ: UBNT) fell 7.89%after notorious short seller Andrew Left/Citron Research issued a report calling the stock a fraud, but shares were regainingsome of what was lost in early Tuesdaytrading. Ubiquiti Networkseliminates barriers to connectivity for under-networked enterprises, communities and consumers with its leading-edge platforms that connect hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. With over 60 million devices sold worldwide, through a network of over 100 distributors, to customers in more than 180 countries and territories,the Companyhas maintained an industry-leading financial profile by leveraging a unique business model to develop products that combine innovative technology with disruptive price-to-performance characteristics.Growth is supported by the Ubiquiti Community, a global grass-roots community of 4 million entrepreneurial operators and systems integrators who engage in thousands of forums.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc.(NASDAQ:UBNT) were down 13.4% as of 1:30 p.m. EST Friday after the networking hardware company released mixed fiscal second-quarter 2017 results.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report formid cap network communication platform makerUbiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (February 9). Ubiquiti Networkshas been in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio as a M2M growth play with plenty of cash and very little debt. When we added the stock in November 2014, our SCN EO newsletternoted:

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