Top 5 Stocks To Watch For 2018

Keith Fitz-Gerald

Most investors think that the time to begin planning for the tail end of the year is in August, when traders return from their vacations and get back to business…

But actually, the best time to begin planning ahead is… now.

While you have the opportunity to protect yourself and cash inbefore it’s too late to change course.

Now, I recently came off a television studio where I was asked to comment on the horrific shootings yesterday morning as they impacted markets.

Admittedly, it’s very tough to do so without seeming crass given the nature of the financial potential we track and the overwhelmingly negative emotions associated with an event like this one.

Still, we must.

Despite a long list of things that could derail the markets by year-end – terrorism, weak economic data, political divisiveness, Europe, China, North Korea, and more – I find myself very excited by what’s ahead and the investment potential I’m tracking.

Top 5 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Abdul Jawula]

    However, like most things with Blackberry, they are late to the party. Tesla (NSDQ:TSLA),Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL) , Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and Baidu (NSDQ:BIDU) are deep into the development process of their self-driving car tech. Therefore, by the time Blackberry brings something compelling to the market, one or more of the aforementioned companies is likely to have already signed many of the lucrative deals.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Tech giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) owns China’s largest search engine and mapping platform, the popular video site iQiyi, and links it all together with a vast ecosystem of internet and cloud-based services.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    To capitalize on the U.S.’ strong trade relationship with China, Fitz-Gerald suggests looking at companies like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), “which dominates Chinese e-commerce the way Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) does in the United States,” or Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), which “mirrors Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL).”

Top 5 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

Top 5 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (ICEIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    In hindsight, June’s news from Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) should come as no surprise. In May the organization announced it was buying Catch Star Studios LLC for the purpose of creating its own sports-related television shows that would be aired by broadcast as well as online. Now it’s begun creating that television content, following in the footsteps of much bigger original-content creators such as, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).

    What might comes as a surprise to existing and potential ICEIF shareholders, however, is how big highly-focused original television programming is now that the lines between the internet and cable television have not only been crossed, but erased.

    May wasn’t just a pivotal month for Intelligent Content Enterprises because it’s when the acquisition of Catch Star Studios was put into motion. May was also the month Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported some stunning results of a new study about digital video-viewing habits and preferences. The key findings? Regular viewers of original digital video programming in the U.S. have grown from 45 million in 2013 to 63 million, and the advertisements displayed via a digital broadcast of such programming are liked and remembered by far more viewers than they are when part of a conventional cable television broadcast.

    Said another way as far as advertisers are concerned, the world wide web is the new cable television. That’s not to say cable television has become irrelevant. Savvy content makers are now doing both, while also making a point of creating their own customized content now that the fight for viewers has gotten brutal.

    Take Netflix as an example. It has a pair of smash hits with its self-produced ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards.’ is getting into the game too, with its ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ recently being awarded two Golden Globes.

    This same paradigm shift h

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    If there was any doubt that the future of video as a digital medium was here to stay, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) just wiped that doubt away. It’s going to open up its video-sharing platform to anyone — not just vetted creators with huge followings — and split ad revenue with them. In so doing, it now offers a similar deal (though a more generous deal) that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and YouTube also offers video creators.

    It’s just a microcosm of the shape of things to come… or the shape of things as they already are. Last year was the first year internet users spent more time watching videos online than they did engaged in social media, averaging more one hour and sixteen minutes of video viewing per day.

    Perhaps more important, the amount of ad revenue the likes of Facebook, and now Twitter, generate via online video is small, but growing very fast. The total ad spend allocated for digital video has jumped from 2.4% in 2013 to 4.4% today, and that’s expected to double again in two years.

    Yet, for as much revenue as online video can drive and as big as it’s gotten, the ad-display technology remains alarmingly inelegant, even or veteran players like YouTube and Facebook. This clunky display of ads — and Twitter will likely keep it clunky, at least initially — increasingly makes a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) not just well-positioned, but a potential acquisition target.

    Intelligent Content Enterprises has developed a tool called Clix Video(tm), which the company described as a way to enable “digital and mobile viewers to instantaneously connect to web and mobile sites by clicking on custom interactive tags within the video broadcasts to make social media connections, to review extra and exclusive content and make online and mobile purchases directly via the video broadcast providing a richer, deeper consumer experience related to the video content. “

    In English, it just means Clix Vide

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    In May of this year, at the annual Collision Conference, advertising and media executives of the world’s biggest traffic-oriented (and ad-supported) websites asked themselves a crucial question: How do we save online advertising from itself?

    The question itself is a reflection of the new reality of the internet…. it’s become so big, so full, so cross-border, so competitive, and so promotional that it’s become an unwieldy mess. Twenty years ago, click-through rates were greater than 40%. Now they’re a mere 0.6%, as consumers (1) are saturated by marketing messages, and (2) have largely learned that ads don’t lead them to a product or service they care about. Digital advertising simply isn’t what it used to be.

    While the answer to the question “how can digital advertising be saved?” is a complex one, a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) addresses at least one aspect of the question, by doing what the web’s capitalists have failed to figure out how to do well. What’s that? ICEIF understands that an ad has to be relevant to a user no matter where that user is, and that to see an ad at all, a user has to be able to read the web’s content in his or her native language.

    Intelligent Content Enterprises, through its Digital Widget Factory website, has tackled the aforementioned issue head-on, creating a rich website with a built-in translation tool which displays advertisements and offers unique to that reader’s location, and delivers that marketing message in his or her native language.

    It may sound like a lot of work at first glance. But, it’s worth it.

    Digital industry research outfit Common Sense Advisory reports that of the more than 3 billion internet users worldwide, approximately 73% — 2.2 Billion people — are browsing the web in a language other than English. That’s quite a disparity from the fact that more than 50% of the content on the web is na

Top 5 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zosano Pharma Corporation(ZSAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Zosano Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: ZSAN) dropped about 17% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.54 after closing at $0.65 on Friday. Volume was around 720,000, about 10% below the daily average of around 850,000. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

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