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Small-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds have been receiving plenty of notoriety in recent weeks. With many of the ETFs tracking smaller companies recently hitting record highs, investors are right to start to evaluating which ones can keep the upside coming in 2017.


The WisdomTree SmallCap Earnings Fund (ETF) (NYSE: EES) is one small-cap ETF that is performing well in 2016 with the potential to extend its bullishness into the new year.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.(UCTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares fell 3.59 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 5 percent, and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS), down 10 percent.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lucas Energy, Inc.(LEI)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Interior Department is in charge of managing regulations around oil and gas drilling around the nation. Currently, the favorite appears to be Forrest Lucas, the 74-year-old founder of Lucas Energy Inc. (NYSEMKT: LEI). A career energy executive, Lucas recently told Investors Business Daily that he would be interested in the job because “it’s a very important position and you need to have someone in there who knows what they’re doing.” However, Lucas has never actually met Trump in person.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    So NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is waiting for the final regulatory approvals to trigger an avalanche of shares being committed to Qualcomm ‘s (NASDAQ:QCOM) long-running tender offer. The pending buyout may have frozen NXP’s stock prices just below Qualcomm’s firm all-cash offer of $110 per share, but NXP isn’t sitting on its hands while the merger drama plays out.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Just five months ago, fellow Fool Leo Sun compared the investing theses for Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI). He found NXP to be the better pick, thanks to massive growth opportunities and a low PEG ratio.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The San Diego-based component maker is taking the lead to capture the booming IoT opportunity. A latest BusinessInsider researchsuggests that there will be an investment of “$6 trillion in IoT between 2015 and 2020, which will yield $12.6 trillion ROI over the next decade.” The BI research also “expects that more than 24 billion IoT devices will be installed globally in 2020, and the vast majority of these will fall into the small, low-power category.” Qualcomm has stepped up its efforts to capture the massive opportunity in front of it by its latest moves. The world’s largest smartphone chipmaker has announced its IoT chips “with support for Android Things OS, integration with Amazon Web Services, and two systems-on-chips that aggregate a bevy of standards.” A number of Qualcomm’s offerings are being showcased atMobile World Congress in Barcelona later this week. It is also known that Qualcomm is “first to add support for Google’s Android Things OS on its 4G LTE proce ssors”. As a ZDNet post puts it Qualcomm wants to “Be the Swiss Army processor for IoT deployments.” All these advancements are from Qualcomm alone, and once the NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition is over, the chipmaker’s IoTportfoliowill become very diverse and large, to tap the Multi-billion dollar opportunity.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) is closing out 2016 with a 16% return for the full year. Here’s what to expect out of the Netherlands-based embedded chip maker in 2017.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI), at the CES 2017, NXP showcased why the company is a major force in automotive computing.At the show, NXP partnered with several companies to demonstrate a “collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.” NXP also demonstratedits so-called RoadLINK platform in collaboration with automotive parts giant Delphiand privately held start-up Savari, highlighting the traffic safety improvements one can achieve through the platform.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The chipmaker has agreed to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) for $110 a share, or about $39 billion. That’s more than worth it for what NXP brings to the table.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

    At $28.66, SNE shares were up 0.28% in morning trading.

    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Caterpillar, Inc.(CAT)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Caterpillar Inc.’s (NYSE: CAT) Illinois headquarters was raided by federal authorities in early March, sending its stock tumbling almost 4%.

    CEO Jim Umpleby was quick to defend his company’s innocence. “We were surprised by today’s actions primarily because we have been so cooperative with authorities,” he said in an internal statement after the raid.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Poor Caterpillar (CAT). Everything had been looking up for the company, and then suddenly it wasn’t. Does that make it a perfect time for an upgrade?


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    Caterpillar had rebounded with the global economy and as part of the Trump trade, helping to push its shares up 25% over the past 12 months. Its shares, however, have dropped 5.3% during the past month of trading, after the Fed’s raided its headquarters amid accounting questions.

    It’s in this environment that Tigress Financials’ Ivanm Feinseth upgrades Caterpillar to Neutral from Underperform, citing both the “opportunity and uncertainty” surrounding the company:

    CAT is best positioned to gain from the Trump Administrations focus on infrastructure improvements. However, global economic headwinds and the negative trend of commodity and oil prices continue to pressure Business Performance. The Federal Probe regarding export filings related to its Swiss subsidiary CSARL if proven could have a negative impact. We currently feel the company is fairly valued based on our Performance, Risk and Valuation measures. As business trends become clearer, and CATs cost-cutting and restructuring efforts start to produce positive results, we would anticipate becoming more positive.

    Shares of Caterpillar have dropped 0.4% to $93.01 at 9:55 a.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) is little changed at $65.94.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) traded up 2.20% at $98.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $68.21 to $99.46. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

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