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Janus fund manager Bill Gross says that happiness has been dominating stocks while despair has taken over global bond markets.
“Watch the 2.6% level. Much more important than Dow 20,000. Much more important than $60-a-barrel oil. Much more important that the dollar/euro parity at 1.00. It is the key to interest rate levels and perhaps stock price levels in 2017,” he explained in his January letter to investors.
“Now, however, this super strong, frequently tested downward trend line is at risk of being broken: 2.55% to 2.60% is the current ‘top’ of this trend line, and over the past few weeks it has held and reversed lower by 15 basis points or so,” he explained.
Gross cautions that if 2.60% is broken on the upside — in other words if yields go beyond 2.60% — then “a secular bear bond market has begun.”
Top High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc.(EVHC)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc (NYSE: EVHC) shares shot up 211 percent to $70.15. Envision Healthcare and Amsurg Corp (NASDAQ: AMSG) reported the completion of their merger.
Top High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.(LMAT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares rose by just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ: LMAT), down 5 percent, and pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ: PSDV), down 3 percent.
- [By Monica Gerson]
The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:
Top High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Toro Company (The)(TTC)
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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 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Xcel Energy Inc.(XEL)
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Jefferies announced on Wednesday that it has raised its rating on Xcel Energy Inc (XEL).
The firm has upgraded XEL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $31 to $32.50. This new price target suggests a 15% upside from the stock’s current price of $27.72.
Analyst Paul B. Fremont commented: “The stock is currently trading at an 8% P/E discount to our 2015E group average multiple.”
“Despite a difficult political environment in Minnesota the company was able to achieve a reasonable outcome in its NSP-Minnesota rate case,” the analyst added.
Looking forward, the firm has increased its FY2014 outlook from $1.95 to $2.00 per share.
Xcel Energy shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.
Top High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: LaSalle Hotel Properties(LHO)
- [By Marshall Hargrave]
The other key benefit for Strategic is that it enjoys industry-leading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per available room. For 2012, Strategic generated $81 per room of EBITDA. Compare this to top comps LaSalle Hotel (NYSE: LHO) at $74 per room and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) at $71. The reason for this is that Strategic is much less reliant than its peers on rooms, with much greater exposure to food and beverages. Strategic earns 53% of its revenue from rooms, while its peers get around 66% of revenues from rooms.