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Editor’s note: This interview first appeared in Human Capital, a newsletter by Washington Bureau Chief Melanie Waddell about the people who shape the financial regulatory space. Melanie writes:

“I just had to speak with Massachusetts Securities Regulator William Galvin this week about the action his office took last week against Scottrade for violating the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule – the first state action of its kind. There’s been some debate among ERISA attorneys about whether the Massachusetts action was indeed directly related to DOL rule infractions. Galvin’s take: It most certainly was.”

As Massachusetts secretary of state, William Galvin oversees the state’s securities division and is considered one of the most active state securities regulators when it comes to cracking down on financial wrongdoing (though he begs to differ). A graduate of Boston College, he received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and has served a stint as the state’s acting governor.

Best Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Saul Centers, Inc.(BFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Best Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) is shrinking. The on-the-go coffee-and-doughnut chain announced quarterly results this past week that included a rare drop in sales at its existing locations.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    If nothing else, Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) investors should give CEO Nigel Travis credit for ever being the optimist. Despite lower same-store sales in the first quarter indicating that a streamlined menu offering fewer types of doughnuts didn’t help, Travis remains confident things will pick up as the year progresses.

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    Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) had little time to celebrate its better than expected first-quarter on Thursday as headlines erupted early that noted short-seller Jim Chanos has bet against the company. Chanos said in a TV interview that he has been short shares of Dunkin’ and Burger King/Tim Horton’s owner Restaurant Brands International (QSR) for about a year. Chanos’ main contention: valuations for the two fast-food heavyweights are too high and he thinks it’s better for restaurants to own their own real estate, rather than franchise. 

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    Dunkin Brands (DNKN) : “I’m a holder of Dunkin. Below $60 I’d be a buyer.”

    Univar (UNVR) : “The chemical stocks are getting crushed. Let it come in. “

Best Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Noble Energy Inc.(NBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) – Jefferies Group lifted their FY2018 earnings estimates for Noble Energy in a report issued on Thursday, May 3rd. Jefferies Group analyst M. Lear now forecasts that the oil and gas development company will earn $0.88 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $0.87. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $40.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Noble Energy’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.15 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.52 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Victory Capital Management Inc. trimmed its stake in Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) by 0.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 2,009,700 shares of the oil and gas development company’s stock after selling 4,440 shares during the quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. owned approximately 0.41% of Noble Energy worth $60,894,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gartner, Inc.(IT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Steve Symington]

    Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) announced better-than-expected first-quarter 2018 results on Tuesday, detailing double-digit percentage growth led by strong demand for its market-leading research-and-advisory services. The company also modestly reduced its full-year guidance, but only to reflect the impact of recent divestitures.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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