An early cheerleader for bitcoin has announced it’s pulling the plug on the digital currency.
Leading online payments company Stripe said it will stop processing bitcoin transactions in April.
Stripe, which works with more than 100,000 businesses around the world, said it made the decision because huge volatility in bitcoin’s price has made it pretty impractical for making and receiving payments.
“Bitcoin has evolved to become better-suited to being an asset than being a means of exchange,” Stripe executive Tom Karlo wrote in a company blog post Tuesday.
Stripe’s withdrawal of support comes on the back of bitcoin’s wild ride over the last year or so.
Over the course of 2017, its price surged from under $1,000 to more than $19,000 at one point. It’s plunged back to around $10,000 during tumultuous trading this month.
Experts say that the violent swings make bitcoin less useful as a currency and more of a vehicle for speculators to bet on its future value.
Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Orocobre Limited (OROCF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].
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The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.
Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) which traded down about 5% at $57.67. The stocks 52-week range is $37.43 to $64.06. Volume was 16.5 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 3 million.
- [By Michael A. Robinson]
Tech Wealth Gem No. 3
The First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (Nasdaq: SKYY) is after a massive market. According to Statista.com, cloud computing has grown at a 16% yearly clip in the past five years. And Gartner Group says that $111 billion in tech spending was earmarked for the cloud in 2016 – a number that will hit $216 billion by 2020. Its holdings include Amazon, NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), and Netflix.com Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). Trading at just $38, SKYY has a 0.6% expense ratio. Last year, the fund gained nearly 20%; it’s up 7.4% since we first looked at it earlier this year, and it’s averaged profits of 15.4% over the past five years.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $120.89 billion before the opening bell. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.26 percent to $89.60 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.50 percent to $56.05 in after-hours trading.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday. Cisco shares gained 5.83 percent to $36.10 in the after-hours trading session.
After the closing bell, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares gained 1.61 percent to $51.60 in after-hours trading.
Analysts are expecting Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) to have earned $0.86 per share on revenue of $3.23 billion in the latest quarter. Viacom will release earnings before the markets open. Viacom shares gained 0.29 percent to close at $24.61 on Wednesday.
NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance. NetApp shares climbed 11.41 percent to $51.05 in the after-hours trading session.
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- [By Lee Jackson]
NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) was added to US 1 list earlier this yearand has been on big run since last fall.The company provides software, systems and services to manage and store computer data worldwide. It offers flash; flash arrays that support data management; hybrid arrays to deploy the speed of flash storage; hybrid cloud; ONTAP cloud storage data management service; NetApp cloud sync hybrid data management software as a service; NetApp private storage for cloud; and AltaVault cloud-integrated solutions.
Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.(HASI)
- [By Lee Jackson]
This is another solid value at current levels. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc. (NYSE: HASI) is a specialty finance company that directly originates debt and equity investments for sustainable infrastructure projects. The companys projects focus on products that increase energy efficiency, offer cleaner energy sources and efficiently use natural resources.
Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ARNA)
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap obesity drug stock Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc (NASDAQ: ARNA) is scheduled for after the market closes onTuesday (March 14th). Last June,Arena Pharmaceuticals announced a strategic shifting of priorities to emphasize its proprietary clinical stage pipeline and the implementation of additional cost reductions to streamline the organization to support its development programs. Among the actions to be taken is the layoff of 73% of the companys workforce which will cost approximately $6.1 million.
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Arena Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARNA) has completed Phase 2 evaluation of its Ralinepag program for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The drug was granted orphan status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014 which brings faster case review and increased patent protection.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) posted a new 52-week low of $1.20 on Tuesday, down about 19% compared with Monday’s closing price of $1.48. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.16. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company priced a secondary offering of 60 million shares at $1.15 per share, a path guaranteed to enrage existing investors.
- [By Keith Speights]
Eisai partnered with Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA) several years ago on obesity drug Belviq. The drug won U.S. regulatory approval in 2012, but sales have been underwhelming. As a result, Arena sold Belviq to Eisai earlier this year.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.09 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA), down 6 percent, and Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER), down 5 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) were down around 18 percent to $1.22. Arena Pharmaceuticals priced its 60 million share offering at $1.15 per share.
Top 5 Value Stocks To Own Right Now: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)
- [By Daniel B. Kline]
Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) has seen its plan to become a bigger player in the pay television and internet space hit a major roadblock.
The company completed its $10.54 billion purchase of Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) wireline business in California, Texas, and Florida (CTF) in April. That deal gave it approximately 3.3 million voice connections, 2.1 million broadband connections, and 1.2 million FiOS video subscribers. Essentially, that was enough to turn a regional player into a national company.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped 4.8% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $2.78 after closing at $2.92 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.85. Volume was nearly double the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company missed estimates badly on Monday, and its dividend yield has climbed to 14.33%. Look out below if that is cut.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Frontier Communications (FTR) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today.
Frontier Communicationsdropped 4.7% to $2.41, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,365.45.
Why did Frontier sink today? There’s no news that I’ve been able to find, so let’s blame the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to hike interest rates tomorrow. Frontier is primarily known for paying a hefty dividend–it now tops 17%–and dividends tend to fall out of favor when interest rates rise. (Utilities, however, dropped just 0.1% today, so maybe that theory is bunk.)
Frontier Communications was the biggest loser last week when it dropped 5.1% after getting cut toNeutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch. It was a string of events that began with Frontier’s earnings on Feb. 28, earnings that led Wells Fargo to opine that the company was still a “show me story.”
Frontier Communications’ market capitalization fell to $2.8 billion today from $3 billion yesterday. It reported a net lossof $376 million on sales of $8.9 billion in 2016.
- [By Steve Symington, Travis Hoium, and Keith Noonan]
So with the aim of offering a few concrete examples to that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each discuss a high-risk dividend stock investors should probably avoid. Read on to see why they chose Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B).