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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the ten brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation, six have assigned a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $103.11.

ITRI has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Piper Sandler cut their price objective on shares of Itron from $103.00 to $90.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, August 6th. Canaccord Genuity cut their price objective on shares of Itron from $126.00 to $87.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, August 6th. Raymond James upgraded shares of Itron from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $98.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, August 6th. Robert W. Baird cut shares of Itron from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the company from $100.00 to $75.00 in a report on Friday, August 6th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price target on shares of Itron from $110.00 to $120.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 21st.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Qiagen N.V.(QGEN)

QIAGEN is a global leader in Sample to Insight solutions that transform biological samples into valuable molecular insights. Our vision is to make improvements in life possible by enabling our customers in four broad classes – Molecular Diagnostics, Applied Testing, Pharma and Academia – to achieve outstanding success and breakthroughs using reliable and efficient Sample to Insight solutions. Sample to Insight solutions are composed of sample and assay technologies, bioinformatics and automation systems. Our solutions support more than 500,000 customers worldwide in generating insights into the molecular building blocks of life. More than two billion biological samples have been prepared or analyzed using QIAGEN sample technologies. Our proven solutions are providing answers in hospitals and laboratories worldwide, integrated with bioinformatics to make sense of the increasing volumes and complexity of data.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Qiagen (NYSE:QGEN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 4th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.40. The business had revenue of $403.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $409.32 million. Qiagen had a net margin of 12.68% and a return on equity of 12.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.43 EPS. Research analysts expect that Qiagen NV will post 1.45 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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    Qiagen Profile

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Qiagen (NYSE:QGEN) provides technology used in analyzing liquid biopsies. The company’s CEO, Peer Schatz, specifically cited processing samples for liquid biopsy as a key growth area for Qiagen in his remarks during the company’s Q3 conference call in October.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Qiagen N.V. (NYSE:QGEN) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 5, 2019 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Communications Systems Inc.(JCS)

Communications Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells modular connecting and wiring devices, digital subscriber line filters, structured wiring systems, and media and rate conversion products primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company?s Suttle segment manufactures and markets copper and fiber connectivity systems, enclosure systems, XDSL filters and splitters, and active technologies for voice, data, and video communications under the Suttle brand name; and residential structured wiring products under the SOHO Access brand name. This segment offers its products directly and through distributors to communication companies, smaller telephone companies, electrical/low voltage contractors, home builders, cable customers, and original equipment manufacturers. Its Transition Networks segment designs, assembles, and markets network interface devices, media converters, network interface cards, Ethernet switches, sma ll form factor pluggable modules, and other connectivity products under the Transition Networks and MILAN brand names. This segment sells its products through distributors, resellers, integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. The company?s JDL Technologies segment offers information technology (IT) solutions, including network design and integration IT service management, network security, desktop virtualization, and managed network operation center services. This segment serves educational clients, IT value added resellers, and managed service providers, as well as healthcare, enterprise, and government markets. Its Austin Taylor segment provides telephony and data networking products to telecommunications companies, distributors, and installers. This segment designs and manufactures external metal cabinets and internal metal boxes to industry standards and to customer specifications. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The companys apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Its accessories consist of handbags, clutches, wallets, shoes, belts, hats, scarves, sunglasses, watches, and hair accessories; and gifts include fragrances, candles, bath and body, home accessories, books, wall art, nail polish, and miscellaneous items. As of March 23, 2016, the company operated 626 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also sells its products through its Website at francescas.com. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $3.50.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) fell 8.3% during mid-day trading on Wednesday following a dissappointing earnings announcement. The stock traded as low as $3.80 and last traded at $3.54. 74,559 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 93% from the average session volume of 1,082,174 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.86.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: V.F. Corporation(VFC)

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. The company offers apparel, footwear, outdoor gear, skateboard-inspired and surf-inspired footwear, backpacks, luggage, handbags and accessories, outdoor apparel, travel accessories, and women?s active wear primarily under the Vans, The North Face, JanSport, Eastpak, Kipling, Napapijri, Reef, Eagle Creek, and lucy brands; and denim and casual bottoms, and tops principally under Wrangler, Lee, Riders, Rustler, and Timber Creek by Wrangler brands. Its products also include occupational, athletic, and licensed apparel primarily under the Red Kap, Bulwark, Majestic, MLB, NFL, and Harley-Davidson brands; men?s fashion sportswear, denim bottoms, sleepwear, underwear, as well as handbags, luggage, backpacks, and accessories principally under the Nautica and Kipling brands; and denim and casual bottoms, sportswear, acce ssories, men?s apparel and footwear, and women?s sportswear primarily under the 7 For All Mankind, John Varvatos, Splendid, and Ella Moss brands. The company sells its products to specialty stores, department stores, national chains, and mass merchants primarily through its sales force, independent sales agents, and distributors. V.F. Corporation was founded in 1899 and is based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Employees Retirement System of Texas grew its holdings in VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) by 120.2% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 37,000 shares of the textile maker’s stock after buying an additional 20,200 shares during the quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in VF were worth $2,640,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Levi Strauss is growing faster than V.F. Corporation’s (NYSE:VFC) jeans business, which includes the Lee and Wrangler brands. During thefirst nine months of 2018, V.F. Corp.’s jeans revenue fell 3.5% year over year to $1.89 billion, and the unit’s operating margin fell 150 basis points to 13.3%. V.F. plans to spin off its jeans unit into a separate company later this year.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofVF Corporation(NYSE:VFC)moved higher last month, after the diversified apparel-and-footwear company posted a strong third-quarter earnings report and lifted its full-year guidance. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock finished the month up 18%.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Broadcom Corporation(BRCM)

Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), incorporated in August 16, 1991, provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Company offers a portfolio of system-on-a-chip solutions (SoCs) that deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. The Company operates in two segments: Broadband and Connectivity, and Infrastructure and Networking. The Companys solutions are used globally by manufacturers and are embedded in an array of communications products.

Broadband and Connectivity

The Companys Broadband and Connectivity segment includes set-top box solutions, broadband modem solutions, connectivity solutions and a range of other technologies. The Companys products include set-top boxes (STBs), central office broadband access equipment, residential gateways, stand-alone broadband access modems and a range of consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets, wearable devices, personal computers (PCs), laptops and access points, among others. Set-top box solutions include transcoding, digital video recording functionality, networking capabilities, and tuners to enable channel change and simultaneous recordings. The Company offers platform solutions for cable, satellite, Internet Protocol and terrestrial STBs. The Company also offers platform solutions for digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and fiber for both central office deployments and consumer premise equipment (CPE).

Broadcoms connectivity solutions include integrated and discrete Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near field communication (NFC) solutions. The Company offers its wireless connectivity solutions to devices, such as smartphones; tablets; laptops and related peripherals; wireless home routers and gateways; printers; handheld media devices; home gaming systems; smart TVs and connected STBs, as well as a range of wearable and connected devices, including watches and glasses, smoke alarms and thermostats. The Company also offers hi! gh performance, low power Wi-Fi chipsets. The Company supports a range of value added features on top of its Wi-Fi solutions, including WiFi Direct, WiFi Display and Miracast.

The Company offers Bluetooth silicon and software solutions. The Companys other broadband and connectivity technologies include small cell/femtocell solutions, location (GPS) and touch controllers. It offers third generation (3G) or fourth generation (4G) platform solutions for femtocells and small and residential cells. The Company also offers a family of GPS, assisted GPS (A-GPS) and GNSS semiconductor products, software and data services. Its location-based services technology delivers data to its GNSS devices. In addition, the Company offers touch controllers to one customer, which are integrated circuits designed to process signals from touch screens on mobile devices.

Infrastructure and Networking

The Companys Infrastructure and Networking segment includes Ethernet switches and PHYs, which includes switches and fabrics; copper and optical transceivers; backplane and optical front-end physical layer devices; processors, including multicore processors. It offers other Infrastructure and Networking technologies, including knowledge-based processors, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, microwave backhaul solutions and radio head digital front ends. The Company also offers a family of Ethernet controllers. The Companys products include service provider metro equipment; edge and core routers, wireless infrastructure and wireless access points; switches and routers; servers and workstations; network interface cards; local area network (LAN) on motherboard applications; optical networks and dense wave division multiplexing applications; security appliances; storage controllers; microwave links for wireless backhaul; cellular remote radio heads; automobile Ethernet networks; point-of-sale equipment, and other embedded system-on-a-chip (SoC) subsystems.

The Compan! y offers ! a set of Ethernet switching products that are optimized for service provider networks, data center implementations, and enterprise and small-and-medium businesses. The Companys service provider switch portfolio enables carrier or service provider networks to support a number of services in the wireless backhaul, access, aggregation and core of their networks. For enterprise applications, the Company offers product families that combine multi-layer switching capabilities and wire-speed Gigabit, 10, 40 and 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) Ethernet switching performance for unified wired and wireless enterprise business networks. Its ethernet copper transceivers are used for high-speed network connections and support energy efficient Ethernet, data encryption and time synchronization at one or 10 Gbps.

Broadcoms BroadR-Reach automotive solutions allow multiple in-vehicle systems, such as infotainment, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance to simultaneously access information over unshielded single twisted pair cable. Its automotive Ethernet product portfolio consists of five devices, including three integrated switches with embedded PHYs and two stand-alone PHY solutions. The Company offers a portfolio of 10G and 40G Ethernet transceivers, 100 Gbps gear boxes, forward error correction solutions, and chips for backplanes and optical interconnect to address data traffic both in data centers and service provider networks.

The Company provides multicore processors, integrated processors and networking solutions. The Company offers Ethernet controllers for servers, workstations and desktop and notebook computers, supporting multiple generations of Ethernet technology. It also supplies application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) controllers through a relationship with QLogic Corporation. Broadcoms knowledge-based processors enable decision-making for packet processing in a variety of devices in the enterprise, metro, access, edge and core networking spaces. The ! Company! s family of microwave and millimeter modems and radio frequency (RF) chip sets allows its customers to build wireless backhaul and LAN extension products for service providers. Its family of VoIP solutions allows its customers to build VoIP-enabled telephony products for the enterprise environment. The Company offers a family of remote radio head digital front-end processors (DFE) products that can be found in wireless infrastructure deployments. In addition, the Company offers customers a range of custom ASIC products.

The Company competes with Intel Corporation, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Mediatek Inc., Qualcomm Incorporation, STMicroelectronics NV, Cavium, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor,Ltd. and Mellanox.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Headlines about Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Broadcom earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the semiconductor manufacturer an impact score of 43.7335359332371 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCM) traded down about 1.4% Friday and posted a new 52-week low of $222.00 after closing Thursday at $225.25. The stock’s 52-week high is $285.68. Volume totaled around 3.9 million, just under the daily average of about 4.1 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sutor Technology Group Limited(TOR)

Sutor Technology Group Limited, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells finished steel products in the Peoples Republic of China. The company offers hot-dip galvanized (HDG) products primarily for use in the electrical household appliance and construction markets; prepainted galvanized products for use in solar energy, appliances, and construction materials; acid pickled products for use as a raw material for cold-rolled steel strip and HDG steel, as well as components of automobile and manufacturing equipment; and cold-rolled steel products. It also provides welded steel pipe products, such as large-diameter, double-side, submerged-arc welded steel pipes, and spiral seam steel pipes, which are used for oil and gas transmission, municipal water supply projects, sewage treatment projects, and piling. The company sells its products to customers primarily in the solar energy, appliances, automobile, construction, infrastructure, medical equipment, and water resource industries. Sutor Technology Group Limited also exports its products to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and South America. The company is headquartered in Changshu, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Torcoin (TOR) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the X11 hashing algorithm. Its launch date was July 4th, 2014. Torcoin’s total supply is 1,316,179 coins and its circulating supply is 316,179 coins. The official website for Torcoin is torcoin.org. Torcoin’s official Twitter account is @thetorcoin.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Torcoin (CURRENCY:TOR) traded flat against the dollar during the one day period ending at 15:00 PM E.T. on September 15th. During the last seven days, Torcoin has traded flat against the dollar. Torcoin has a market cap of $23,561.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Torcoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Torcoin coin can currently be purchased for about $0.0745 or 0.00000789 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: New York & Company Inc.(NWY)

New York & Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories in the United States. The company offers a range of wear-to-work, and casual apparel and accessories, including pants, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denim, T-shirts, activewear, handbags, and jewelry. It sells its products under the New York & Company, Lerner, Lerner New York, New York Style, City Stretch, City Style, and NY&C brand names. The company sells its branded merchandise through its network of retail stores and E-commerce store at nyandcompany.com. As of March 15, 2012, it operated 532 stores in 43 states. The company, formerly known as NY & Co. Group, Inc., was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News headlines about New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. New York & Company, Inc. earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.8675047650936 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Strs Ohio bought a new stake in New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) in the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 166,400 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $851,000. Strs Ohio owned approximately 0.26% of New York & Company, Inc. at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment for consumers worldwide. The company offers its products under the Rockstar Games and 2K labels. It develops and publishes action/adventure products under the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead names through developing sequels; offering downloadable episodes, and content and currency; and releasing titles for smartphones and tablets. The company also develops brands in other genres, including the L.A. Noire, Bully, and Manhunt franchises. In addition, it publishes various entertainment properties across platforms and a range of genres, including shooter, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, and family/casual entertainment under the BioShock, Mafia, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and XCOM Enemy Unknown series, as well as Borderlands and Evolve franchises; and various sports simulation titles, including its flagship NBA 2K series, a basketball video game and the WWE 2K series. The companys portfolio of brands also comprise Carnival Games, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Spec Ops, and Top Spin. Its products are designed for console gaming systems, such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One; handheld gaming systems; and personal computers comprising smartphones and tablets. The company delivers its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    The interactive entertainment industry is a large, fast-growing market that still has lots of potential.Companies that can continue adapting to — and shaping — the demands of that industry are poised to deliver great returns for shareholders. With that in mind,Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO),Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI),Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), andCapcom (NASDAQOTH:CCOEF)stand out as top gaming stocks for the long term.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Both Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) and Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) experienced robust revenue growth in 2018. Take-Two reported strong operating performance after the blockbuster launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 last fall.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Meanwhile, Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) has enjoyed robust revenue growth stemming from the blockbuster release of Red Dead Redemption 2 in the fall. Despite that success, the stock is down 34% in the last six months.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    The cold reality in this business is that the cost of video game development is almost always rising. The games get more complicated, and users demand larger and larger worlds, particularly in titles like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty where Activision Blizzard thrives. You can see below that at Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO), operating expenses have surged as the spend heavily to produce new games. At Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), expenses are growing more slowly, but that company has been relying more on its classic games to help hold costs down.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.(APLE)

The Company, formed in November 2007 as a Virginia corporation, is a self-advised real estate investment trust (“REIT”) that invests in income-producing real estate, primarily in the lodging sector, in the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the Company owned 179 hotels operating in 32 states with an aggregate of 22,961 rooms. All of the Company’s hotels operate under Marriott or Hilton brands. The Company has elected to be treated as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. The Company has wholly-owned taxable REIT subsidiaries, which lease all of the Company’s hotels from wholly-owned qualified REIT subsidiaries. The hotels are operated and managed under separate management agreements with 20 hotel management companies, none of which are affiliated with the Company.
On May 18, 2015, the Company’s common shares were listed and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the ticker symbol “APLE” (the “Listing”).   Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Shares of Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (NYSE:APLE) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the six brokerages that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $15.80.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    New York REIT (NYSE:NYRT) and Apple Hospitality REIT (NYSE:APLE) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE:APLE)Q42018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch Right Now: BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust(BUI)

BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (the Trust) is a closed-end management investment company. The Trust’s investment objective is to provide total return through a combination of current income, current gains and long-term capital appreciation. The Trust seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in equity securities issued by companies that are engaged in the Utilities and Infrastructure business segments in the world. The Trust may invest directly in such securities or synthetically through the use of derivatives. The Trust’s portfolio includes its investments in various sectors, such as construction and engineering; diversified telecommunication services; electric utilities; gas utilities; independent power and renewable electricity producers; multi-utilities; oil, gas and consumable fuels; real estate investment trusts; road and rail; water utilities, and wireless telecommunication services. BlackRock Advisors, LLC is its investment advisor. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) announced a monthly dividend on Monday, October 1st, NASDAQ reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.121 per share by the real estate investment trust on Wednesday, October 31st. This represents a $1.45 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.26%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 12th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media stories about Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.3004100251897 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) by 23.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 41,436 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 7,911 shares during the quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. owned approximately 0.24% of Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst worth $829,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021

Credicorp (NYSE: BAP) and Grupo Supervielle (NYSE:SUPV) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Credicorp and Grupo Supervielle’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Credicorp 26.41% 19.55% 2.56%
Grupo Supervielle 11.54% 20.98% 3.26%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Credicorp and Grupo Supervielle’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Credicorp $4.83 billion 3.63 $1.25 billion $15.74 13.96
Grupo Supervielle $1.40 billion 0.65 $147.19 million $1.88 6.63

Credicorp has higher revenue and earnings than Grupo Supervielle. Grupo Supervielle is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Credicorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: Coherent, Inc.(COHR)

Coherent, Inc., incorporated on January 11, 1989, is a supplier of photonics-based solutions for a range of commercial and scientific research applications. The Company designs, manufactures, services and markets lasers and related accessories to customers. The Company operates in two segments: Specialty Lasers and Systems (SLS) and Commercial Lasers and Components (CLC).

The Company offers products for a number of markets, such as Microelectronics, Materials Processing, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Components and Instrumentation, and Scientific Research and Government Programs. The Company supports three markets in the microelectronics industry: flat panel display (FPDs) manufacturing, advanced packaging and interconnects and semiconductor front-end.

The Company supplies high power lasers for metal processing and low-to-medium power lasers for laser marking, non-metals processing and precision micromachining. The Companys high power industrial laser systems are used for cutting, welding, cladding and hardening of metals, as well as other materials processing applications. The Semiconductor business provides power arrays with powers in excess of 50 kilowatts through cooling and stacking technology. The fiber lasers are used for metal cutting, cladding and welding applications.

The Company offers products for instrumentation applications in the materials processing market, including bio-instrumentation, medical OEMs, graphic arts and display and machine vision. The Company also supports the laser-based instrumentation market with a range of laser-related components, including diode lasers for optical pumping. The Companys OEM component business includes sales to other, less integrated laser manufacturers participating in OEM markets, such as materials processing, scientific, and medical.

Bio-instrumentation applications of the Companys lasers include bio-agent detection for point source and standoff detection of pathogens or other bi! o-toxins; confocal microscopy for biological imaging that allows researchers and clinicians to visualize cellular and subcellular structures and processes with an incredible amount of detail, and DNA sequencing that provides automation and data acquisition rates.

The Company sells components and lasers to medical laser companies in end-user applications, such as ophthalmology, aesthetic, surgical, therapeutic and dentistry.

Specialty Lasers and Systems

The SLS segment develops and manufactures configurable products serving the microelectronics, scientific research and government programs and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and instrumentation markets.

Commercial Lasers and Components

The CLC segments primary markets include materials processing, OEM components and instrumentation and microelectronics.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of several fiber-optic networking stocks rose at least 12% in February, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Fiber lasers manufacturer IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) led the pack with a 16.6% gain. Long-haul networking expert Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN)added 16.1%, laser and optics specialist Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) rose 12.6%, and optoelectronic components maker II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI) posted an 11.9% return.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: Sotheby's(BID)

Sothebys operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, jewelry, wine, and collectibles in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, Switzerland, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Agency and Finance. The Agency segment accepts property on consignment; and matches buyers and sellers of authenticated fine art, decorative art, jewelry, wine, and collectibles through the auction or private sale process. It is also involved in the sale of artworks; and operation of an auction house for investment-quality automobiles. The Finance segment offers art-related financing services to various collectors and art dealers. This segment provides secured loans, including advances secured by consigned property to borrowers who are contractually committed to sell the property in the near term; and general purpose term loans secured by property not presently intended for sale. The company is also involve d in the retail wine operations; licensing Sothebys International Realty and related trademarks; and licensing its Sothebys brand name for use in connection with the art auction business in Australia, and art education n services in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sothebys was founded in 1744 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF(FV)

Firestone Ventures Inc. (Firestone) is a Canada-based exploration company. The Company is engaged in exploring zinc, silver and lead in certain property interests in Guatemala. Firestone’s mineral properties include Torlon Hill Zinc-Lead-Silver project and other properties in Guatemala. The Company’s Torlon Hill Zinc-Lead-Silver project is located in Guatemala. The project consists of the Torlon Hill, which is owned by the Company. The Company’s other properties in Guatemala include Quetzal project, La Luna project and Rome project. The Quetzal project is located in the Coban zinc-lead-silver belt. The La Luna project is located on the San Joaquin concession, 80 kilometers north of Guatemala City. The Rome project is located on the Nova concession in central Guatemala near the city of Coban. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Envestnet Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NASDAQ:FV) by 3.7% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 106,289 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 3,752 shares during the quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF were worth $3,132,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The companys apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Its accessories consist of handbags, clutches, wallets, shoes, belts, hats, scarves, sunglasses, watches, and hair accessories; and gifts include fragrances, candles, bath and body, home accessories, books, wall art, nail polish, and miscellaneous items. As of March 23, 2016, the company operated 626 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also sells its products through its Website at francescas.com. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $3.50.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) fell 8.3% during mid-day trading on Wednesday following a dissappointing earnings announcement. The stock traded as low as $3.80 and last traded at $3.54. 74,559 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 93% from the average session volume of 1,082,174 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.86.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofFrancesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) were tumbling today after the mall-based specialty retailer posted another underwhelming earnings report, this one for the second quarter. Shares of the chain, which sells apparel, jewelry, and accessories, was trading down 31.8% as of 11:06 a.m. EDT after the company missed analyst estimates across the board and lowered its full-year outlook.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: PetroChina Company Limited(PTR)

PetroChina Company Limited, incorporated on November 5, 1999, is an oil and gas producer and distributor. The Company’s segments are Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development, production and sale of crude oil and natural gas; the refining of crude oil and petroleum products; the production and sale of basic and derivative chemical products, and other chemical products; the marketing and trading of refined products, the transmission of natural gas, crude oil and refined products, and the sale of natural gas.

Exploration and Production

The Company’s Exploration and Production segment is engaged in the exploration, development, production and marketing of crude oil and natural gas. The total area to which the Company has the exploration and mining right of oil and natural gas (including coalbed methane) is approximately 358.1 million acres, in which the area under exploration right is approximately 329.8 million acres and the area under mining right is over 28.3 million acres. The net number of wells under drilling is approximately 380. The Company produces approximately 8,520 million barrels of proved reserves of crude oil, over 77,520 billion cubic feet of proved reserves of natural gas, approximately 6,190 million barrels of proved developed reserves of crude oil and over 40,400 billion cubic feet of proved developed reserves of natural gas.

Refining and Chemicals

The Company’s Refining and Chemicals segment is engaged in the refining of crude oil and petroleum products, production and marketing of primary petrochemical products, and derivative petrochemical products and other chemical products. The Company has processed approximately 998.1 million barrels of crude oil.

Marketing

The Company’s Marketing segment is engaged in the marketing of refined products and trading business. The total number of service stations oper! ated by the Company is approximately 20,710.

Natural Gas and Pipeline

The Company’s Natural Gas and Pipeline segment is engaged in the transmission of natural gas, crude oil and refined products and the sale of natural gas. The Company’s domestic oil and gas pipelines measured a total length of approximately 77,610 kilometers, consisting of over 48,620 kilometers of natural gas pipelines, approximately 18,890 kilometers of crude oil pipelines and over 10,090 kilometers of refined product pipelines.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The project has been in the works for seven years but was put on hold when oil and LNG prices plunged during the recent energy market downturn. However, with those markets improving and demand for LNG growing at a brisk pace, Shell and its partners are moving forward with the project. PetroChina (NYSE: PTR),China’s largest natural gas producer, recently approved investing $3.46 billion for its 15% share of the project, following a similar approval from Korea Gas Corp. for its 5% stake. Meanwhile, Shell (40%), Malaysia’s Petronas (25%), and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp.(15%) appear set to announce their approvals this week, according to Bloomberg. That would enable them to start construction on the project next year, putting them on track to complete the first phase by 2023.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    The following table highlights the 10 biggest energy companies by market capitalization. Some of these companies operate upstream, midstream, and downstream businesses, but all of them derive the majority of their revenue from upstream operations.

    Rank Company Market Cap

    1 ExxonMobil $348 billion
    2 Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) $286 billion
    3 Chevron (NYSE:CVX) $223 billion
    4 Petrochina Co. Ltd. (NYSE:PTR) $218 billion
    5 Total SA (NYSE:TOT) $163 billion
    6 BP Plc (NYSE:BP) $143 billion
    7 China Petroleum (NYSE:SNP) $107 billion
    8 Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) $89 billion
    9 ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) $84 billion
    10 Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE:SLB) $84 billion

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance on Sept. 13, 2018.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Gabelli Funds LLC lessened its holdings in shares of PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) by 34.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 3,800 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 2,000 shares during the quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC’s holdings in PetroChina were worth $290,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: Patrick Industries, Inc.(PATK)

Patrick Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes building products and materials for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, and industrial markets in the United States and Canada. Its Manufacturing segment manufactures and fabricates decorative vinyl and paper laminated panels; fabricated aluminum products; wrapped vinyl, paper, and hardwood profile moldings; solid surface, granite, and quartz countertops; cabinet doors and components; hardwood furniture; fiberglass bath and shower surrounds and fixtures; fiberglass marine helms; fiberglass and plastic component products; slide-out trim and fascia; interior passage doors; RV paintings; softwoods lumber; simulated wood and stone products; slotwall panels and components; and others. It also offers custom fabrication, edge-banding, drilling, boring, and cut-to-size services. The companys Distribution segment distributes pre-finished wall and ceiling panels, drywall and drywall finishing products, electronics, wiring products, electrical and plumbing products, cement siding products, fiber reinforced polyester products, interior passage doors, roofing products, laminate and ceramic flooring products, shower doors, furniture, fireplaces and surrounds, interior and exterior lighting products, and others. The company markets its products under the Adorn, Custom Vinyls, Patrick Distribution, AIA Countertops, Quest Audio Video, Interior Components Plus, Gravure Ink, Praxis Group, Infinity Graphics, D茅cor Manufacturing, Gustafson Lighting, Creative Wood Designs, Middlebury Hardwood Products, Frontline Manufacturing, Premier Concepts, West Side Furniture, Precision Painting, Carrera Custom Painting, Millennium Paint, Foremost Fabricators, PolyDyn3, Charleston, Better Way Products, SCI, North American, and Decorative Dynamics brand names. Patrick Industries, Inc. offers its products through a network of manufacturing and distribution centers. The company was founded in 1959 and is based in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: HMS Holdings Corp(HMSY)

HMS Holdings Corp., incorporated on October 4, 2002, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in the United States healthcare insurance benefit cost containment marketplace. The Company provides coordination of benefits services to government, and private healthcare payers and sponsors. Its payment integrity services ensure that healthcare claims billed are accurate and appropriate.

The Company offers services to state Medicaid agencies, government health agencies and health plans, including Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and group and individual health lines of business; government and private employers, and other healthcare payers and sponsors, including child support agencies. The Company serves approximately 45 state Medicaid programs and the District of Columbia, and government health agencies, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It also provides services to approximately 250 health plans and supports their multiple lines of business. It additionally serves as a subcontractor for certain business outsourcing and technology firms.

The Company’s coordination of benefits offering to customers consists of services that draw principally upon information management and data mining techniques. The Company’s services are applicable to the federal, state and commercial health plans, and address errors across the payment continuum, from an individual’s enrollment in a program before any medical service is rendered, to pre-payment review of a claim by a payer, through recovery audit where discovery of an improper payment is made. The Company’s services also address the spectrum of payment errors, from eligibility and coordination of benefits errors, to the identification and investigation of potential fraud, and extend to various claim types. The Company’s range of services includes coordination of benefits services, payment integrity services and eligibility verification se! rvices. The Company provides cost avoidance services, in which it provides insurance coverage information that is used by government-sponsored payers to coordinate benefits for incoming claims. For Medicaid agencies, the Company also provides estate recovery services to identify and recover Medicaid expenditures from the estates of deceased Medicaid members in accordance with state policies.

The Company provides services to assist customers in identifying other third-party insurance and recovering medical expenses where a member is involved in a casualty or tort incident. For Medicaid agencies, it provides estate recovery services to identify and recover Medicaid expenditures from the estates of deceased Medicaid members in accordance with state policies. The Company’s payment integrity services are designed to verify that medical services are utilized, billed and paid. The Company’s payment integrity services combine data analytics, clinical expertise and technology to identify improper payments on both a pre-payment and post-payment basis; identify and recover overpayments or underpayments; detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse, and identify process improvements. The Company’s eligibility verification services include asset and income verification, premium assistance, dependent eligibility audits and other verification solutions. The Company provides its products and services under contracts or sub-contracts that contain various fee structures, including contingency fee and fixed fee arrangements.

The Company competes with Optum, Inc., Public Consulting Group, Inc., Emdeon Inc., HP, Xerox, CGI Federal, Inc., Cotiviti, Performant Financial Corp., Cognosante, Myers & Stauffer LC, Verisk Health, Inc. and LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    GW&K Investment Management LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) by 0.4% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 329,094 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 1,347 shares during the quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC owned about 0.39% of HMS worth $9,257,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “Cigna Investments Inc. New Raises Position in HMS Holdings Corp (HMSY)” was originally reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are reading this piece on another website, it was stolen and republished in violation of US & international trademark & copyright laws. The correct version of this piece can be accessed at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/4158664/cigna-investments-inc-new-raises-position-in-hms-holdings-corp-hmsy.html.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: First Business Financial Services Inc.(FBIZ)

First Business Financial Services, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for First Business Bank and First Business Bank ? Milwaukee that provide commercial banking products and services to small and medium size businesses, business owners, executives, professionals, and high net worth individuals in Wisconsin. It offers various deposits, such as demand deposits, NOW accounts, money markets accounts, and certificates of deposits. The company?s product lines include commercial and consumer treasury management services, commercial lending, commercial real estate lending, equipment financing, and personal loans, as well as various deposit accounts, such as demand deposits, NOW accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also offers trust and investment services, as well as secured lines of credit and term loans on equipment and real estate assets to manufacturers and wholesale distribution companies in the United States. In addition, the company is involved in financing general equipment, as well as holding and liquidating real estate and other assets acquired through foreclosure or other legal proceedings. It has three loan production offices in the northeast region of Wisconsin to serve Appleton, Oshkosh, and Green Bay, as well as their surrounding areas. The company was founded in 1909 and is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Bancshares (NASDAQ: IBOC) and First Business Financial Services (NASDAQ:FBIZ) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: China Life Insurance Company Limited(LFC)

China Life Insurance Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a life insurance company in the Peoples Republic of China. The company operates through Life Insurance Business, Health Insurance Business, Accident Insurance Business, and Other Business segments. It offers individual and group life, annuity, accident, health, and pension insurance products, as well as related reinsurance products. The company also manages and utilizes proprietary funds, acts as agent or trustee for asset management business, and provides related consulting services; provides financial, and asset and fund management services; and invests in retirement properties. It sells its products through agents, direct sales representatives, dedicated and non-dedicated agencies, and intermediary bancassurance outlets. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Beijing, China. China Life Insurance Company Limited is a subsidiary of China Life Insurance (Group) Company.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    China Life Insurance Co Ltd (NYSE:LFC) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the twelve ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.85.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    OLD Mut PLC/ADR (NYSE: LFC) and China Life Insurance (NYSE:LFC) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2021: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Conn’s, Inc. (Conn’s), incorporated on January 15, 2003, is a specialty retailer that offers a selection of consumer goods and related services in addition to a credit solution for its core credit constrained consumers. The Company operates through two segments: retail and credit. Its product offerings include furniture and mattresses, home appliances, consumer electronics and home office products. Its credit offering provides financing solutions to credit constrained consumers having limited banking options. It operates in approximately nine regional distribution centers located in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont, El Paso and McAllen, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado and Charlotte, North Carolina; over 10 smaller cross-dock facilities, and approximately 20 stores with cross-dock facilities. The Company operates its business through its retail stores and Website.

Retail

The Company operates approximately 100 retail stores located in over 10 states. Its primary retail product categories include Furniture and mattress, including furniture and related accessories for the living room, dining room and bedroom, as well as both traditional and specialty mattresses, and offers such brands as Franklin, Catnapper, Serta, Sealy and Tempur-Pedic; Home appliance, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and ranges, and offers such brands as Samsung, LG, General Electric and Frigidaire; Consumer electronics, including liquid-crystal-display (LED), organic LED (OLED), Ultra high definition (HD) and Internet-ready televisions, Blu-ray players, home theater and portable audio equipment, and offers such brands as Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sony, Haier, Monster, Sanus and Bose, and Home office, including computers, printers and accessories, and offers such brands as HP, Samsung, LG and Dell. Its retail stores operate under the Conn’s (Conn’s HomePlus) name with all of its stores providing products and services to a common customer group.

Credit

The Company’s credit segment provides short- and medium-term financing for its retail customers. The Company makes various payment options available to its customers based on a review of their credit worthiness, including for customers with credit scores that are approximately 650, it offers special low or no-interest financing program on select products through a Conn’s branded revolving credit card from Synchrony Bank or it may offer an in-house financing program; for customers with credit scores that are between 550 and 650, it offers in-house financing program, which is a fixed term and fixed payment installment contract, and for customers that do not qualify for its credit programs, it offers a rent-to-own payment option through AcceptanceNow.

The Company competes with Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, Sam’s Club, Costco, Best Buy, Rooms To Go, hhgregg, Mattress Firm, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Aaron’s and Rent-A-Center.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ:CONN) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $36.80.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wall Street analysts expect Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ:CONN) to announce $384.69 million in sales for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for Conn’s’ earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $388.79 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $381.46 million. Conn’s reported sales of $373.17 million in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 3.1%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, December 6th.