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Bitcoin prices surged this week as an overwhelming majority of miners, the computer operators who maintain its network, backed a software upgrade that will boost the speed of processing transactions, likely averting a split that could have resulted in multiple versions of the digital currency.

Through an online voting mechanism, miners representing 99% of the cryptocurrencys computing power, backed a new piece of software, known as Segregated Witness, or SegWit, that would boost bitcoins processing power without altering the underlying software, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

recommended stocks to invest in: B. Riley Financial, Inc.(RILY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    This unusual microcap operating as a FINRA-licensed broker-dealer and an independent investment bank is setting up to be an ideal buying opportunity.

recommended stocks to invest in: Alliance Data Systems Corporation(ADS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: ADS) which jumped 8.3% to $260.56. The stocks 52-week range is $185.02 to $263.40. Volume was roughly 1.2 million which is above the daily average of around 606,000 shares.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Alliance Data Systems (ADS) was the worst performer in the S&P 500 Tuesday.

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    ADS shares fell $9.32, or 3.8%, to $238.32, compared to the S&P 500, which fell 3.38 points, or 0.14%, to 2353.78.

    The shares were hurt by a bearish note from Oppenheimer: Analysts Ben Chittenden and Dominick Gabriele initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating and a $185 price target.

    Details from the note:

    Long investors seem generally to believe that the profitability of ADS’s capital-light/data-driven/tech-based businesses (Epsilon/LoyaltyOne) will turn relatively soon and that EPS will be driven by more than just the card business. The logical conclusion is the multiple should be FinTech-based. We think it’s just as easy to make the case that, while ADS had a first-mover advantage on data-driven, SKU-level analytics, competitive advantage is diminishing and the profitability of these businesses will likely take longer to turn (and likely not return to historical levels). Thus, earnings will continue to be driven by the balance sheet-intensive card business (our ’18E EPS is 6% below consensus) and should be valued as such, we think.

    Advanced Micro Devices(AMD) was the worst performer in the S&P 500 yesterday.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alliance Data Systems (ADS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating the Street’s earnings and revenue expectations.

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    Alliance Data Systemsgained 8.3% to $260.62, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 2,355.84.

    Evercore ISI’s David Togut and team argue that Alliance Data Systems is “checking the right boxes.” They explain:

    ADS’ 1Q/17 earnings reinforced our conviction that net charge offs will stabilize at the end of this year, driving accelerating earnings growth in 2018. Card Services surpassed our revenue and EBITDA forecasts fueled by an 80 basis point increase in gross card yield thanks to rising interest rates. Epsilon’s revenue growth accelerated to 7% from a 1% decline in 4Q/16 driven by double digit growth in Automotive, Agency and digital CRM plus an easy comparison. LoyaltyOne revenue and EBITDA fell below our estimates given soft results from AIR MILES, which is adjusting its value proposition after the Ontario Legislature last December eliminated the expiration date on AIR MILES. Overall, ADS remains on track to generate double-digit adjusted EBITDA and EPS gains in 2017, and in 2018 to accelerate EPS growth to the mid-teens given slowing headwinds from delinquencies plus operating leverage from stabilizing net charge-off rates.

    Alliance Data Systems’ market capitalization rose to $14.6 billion today from $13.5 billion yesterday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: ADS) which traded down 3.9% at $238.00. The stocks 52-week range is $185.02 to $254.94. Volume was 1.6 million versus the daily average of 577,000 shares.

recommended stocks to invest in: Globe Specialty Metals Inc.(GSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But there are still plenty of factors that are preventing stocks overall from mounting stronger gains, including nervousness about geopolitical issues as well as weaker parts of the global economy. Nevertheless, some stocks posted strong gains, and Puma Biotechnology (NASDAQ:PBYI), Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI), and Ferroglobe (NASDAQ:GSM) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $10.17 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.

    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) shares were also up, gaining 37 percent to $51.75 as briefing documents for Wednesday Advisory Committee meeting are published to the FDA website. The documents showed that neratinib performed better than Roche's trastuzumab in I-SPY2 trial, particularly in subgroup of patients that were HRc negative. The briefing docs also showed that study 3004 met prespecified primary efficacy endpoint.

recommended stocks to invest in: International Paper Company(IP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    International Paper Co. (IP) is the largest containerboard maker in the world. And lest you think theres no growth in this old-line industry, IP supplies 50% of Amazon.com, Inc.s (AMZN) need for cardboard boxes.

recommended stocks to invest in: Icahn Enterprises L.P.(IEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 140,524,155 shares, 36.12% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.10%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 14.29% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 7.75% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 7.17% of the total portfolio. PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) – 31,5

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 129,999,050 shares, 34.82% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.30%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 13.32% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 8.08% of the total portfolio. Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (FDML) – 138,590,141 shares, 6.39% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 6.05

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 129,999,050 shares, 34.82% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.30%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 13.32% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 8.08% of the total portfolio. Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (FDML) – 138,590,141 shares, 6.39% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 6.05

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Carl Icahn’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn

    These are the top 5 holdings of Carl IcahnIcahn Enterprises LP (IEP) – 140,524,155 shares, 36.12% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.10%American International Group Inc (AIG) – 45,644,982 shares, 14.29% of the total portfolio. Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) – 32,680,490 shares, 7.75% of the total portfolio. CVR Energy Inc (CVI) – 71,198,718 shares, 7.17% of the total portfolio. PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) – 31,5

recommended stocks to invest in: Digital Ally Inc.(DGLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap police body cam stockDigital Ally, Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY) reportedQ3 2017 earnings after the market closed on Tuesday. Media generated police controversies have helpedpolice body cam players like Digital Ally,theclosest thing to a pure play police body cam stock. However, Digital Ally and body cam competitor Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ: AAXN), formerly known as TASER International, Inc (NASDAQ: TASR), have also been embroiled in messy patent infringement lawsuits.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares shot up 35 percent to $4.25 after the company reported “significant victory” in its legal battle with Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ: AAXN). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review (IPR) of Digital Ally’s ‘452 patent, one of four IPRs Axon submitted in an attempt to invalidate Digital Ally’s lawsuit. Axon received a favorable PTO ruling on the ‘292 patent, the original point of dispute, in June.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) shares shot up 33 percent to $4.20 after the company reported “significant victory” in its legal battle with Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ: AAXN). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review (IPR) of Digital Ally’s ‘452 patent, one of four IPRs Axon submitted in an attempt to invalidate Digital Ally’s lawsuit. Axon received a favorable PTO ruling on the ‘292 patent, the original point of dispute, in June.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap police body cam stockDigital Ally, Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened today. Total Q1 revenue increased 19% to approximately $5.2 million primarily due to the large commercial order received in the first quarter 2017 from AMR for DVM-250 event recorders with FleetVU and asset tracking service. The AMR contract was for 1,550 DVM-250 systems as well as FleetVU manager cloud storage and system implementation, most of which were delivered in first quarter 2017 and had a positive impact on revenues. The net loss was $2,032,955 versus a net loss of $2,313,125.