Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018


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Despite its many criticisms, the Affordable Care Act has arguably been the closest thing to universal healthcare that Americans have ever seen. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the uninsured rate in the U.S. fell from 16% in the quarter immediately preceding the implementation of the ACA, which is more affably known as Obamacare, to just 8.9% by mid-2016. Obamacare is the first health law to push the combined uninsured rate, inclusive of Medicare, into a single-digit percentage.


Why Obamacare has succeeded in reducing the uninsured rate

A number of factors have been responsible for Obamacare’s success in enrolling more than 20 million previously uninsured people. To begin with, the Obamacare mandate for insurers that denied them the right to exclude persons with pre-existing conditions from purchasing health coverage was important. Prior to Obamacare, one of the key ways insurers were able to manage their costs was by denying coverage to those with costly pre-existing conditions, such as cancer or heart disease. Under Obamacare, anyone who wants insurance and can pay for it is eligible to enroll. Insurers can charge a bit more if you’re older or smoke, for example, but they can’t deny you coverage, regardless of your medical history.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (PSK)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    DWFI holds five other SSgA fixed income ETFs, including the SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (NYSE: PSK). PSK is DWFI's largest holding at a weight of 25.2 percent. DWFI's second-largest holding is an allocation of almost 25 percent to the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSE: TFI).

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Peak Resorts, Inc.(SKIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ: SKIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $42.59 million.

    BMC Stock Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: STCK) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $449.59 million.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Bank of Hawaii Corporation(BOH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $149.88 million.


    Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $576.49 million.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Targa Resources, Inc.(TRGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares fell by 0.37 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP), down 3 percent, and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 2 percent.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as the stock market responded favorably to encouraging news on the employment front. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped on fairly strong job creation during the month of February, and that helped push the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite to modest gains of roughly between a quarter percent and a half percent. Yet even with a positive mood among market participants, some stocks weren’t able to participate in the end-of-week rally. Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), and Winnebago Industries (NYSE:WGO) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a negative tone on Wednesday, although major benchmarks moved in different directions. The Dow Jones Industrials took the biggest hit, falling triple digits as one of its most influential components suffered an earnings-related drop. Relative strength in the Nasdaq Composite showed cross-currents in the overall market, but several individual stocks had substantial declines for the day, andRite Aid (NYSE:RAD), Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) were among the worst performers. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE: BAH) dropped around 16 percent in pre-market trading as the company reported a DoJ civil and criminal investigation regarding cost accounting and cost charging practices. Shares of Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSN) jumped over 110 percent in pre-market trading after withdrawing stock offering. T Shares of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) surged around 17 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported a $300 million credit facility.

  • [By Renu Singh]

    Finisar’s (FNSR) datacom segment generated $184.4 million in revenue in the last reported quarter. This was a sequential growth of 9.3%. The Ten Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE modules contributed about 40% to the datacom segment’s revenue. As organizations go digital, there are an increasing number of applications that require considerable bandwidth to support the transfer of large data, video, and audio files across networks. Using 10GbE optical links provides sufficient bandwidth to support these bandwidth-intensive applications at a lower cost.

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