Tuesday, February 17, 2015

5 Best Stocks Under $5 This Week: BLDP, ANTH, ARO, PRSS, BXE

“5 Best Under $5 This Week” is a new weekly feature intended to pinpoint smaller stocks that have recently shown outstanding performance — and that, because of recent positive events, seem likely to continue to outperform going forward.
The stocks highlighted in this article have been among the top stocks below $5 for the week ending Feb. 13, and whose big gains have been accompanied by increased and heavy volume.
Let’s take a look at five of these recent high flyers, their current prices and their performance over the past five days (in parenthesis):

Best Stocks Under $5: Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (BLDP)

2/13/15 Closing Price: $2.66 (+55%)
Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:BLDP) is a fuel cell manufacturer that announced a new $80 million deal with Volkswagen AG (ADR) (OTCMKTS:VLKAY) this week for the “transfer of auto-related fuel cell intellectual property.” In addition, an engineering services contract between the two companies was extended for another two years. BLDP stock shot up like a rocket on the news. (more)

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Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE: AGO)

Assured Guaranty Ltd. provides credit protection products to public finance, infrastructure, and structured finance markets in the United States and internationally. It offers insurance that protects holders of debt instruments and other monetary obligations from defaults in scheduled payments, including scheduled interest and principal payments. The company insures various securities, including bonds issued by the United States state or municipal governmental authorities; notes issued to finance international infrastructure projects; and asset-backed securities issued by special purpose entities. It also insures and reinsures various types of the United States public finance obligations, such as general obligation, tax-backed, municipal utility, transportation, healthcare, higher education, housing revenue, infrastructure, investor-owned utility, and other public finance bonds; and various types of non-United States public finance obligations comprising infrastructure finance, regulated utilities, pooled infrastructure, and other public finance obligations.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Assured (NYSE: AGO) below with added notations:
1-year chart of Assured (NYSE: AGO)
AGO has had a wild ride this year. During the swings the stock has reached the $26.50 (blue) mark several times only to end up eventually pulling back down. If AGO can retest the $26.50 level once more the stock may finally look to break through it. A close above that resistance would also constitute a new 52-week high.

The Tale of the Tape: AGO has a 52-week resistance at $26.50. The possible long position on the stock would be on a breakout above that level with a stop placed under it.
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John Williams Odds High Hyperinflation Begins in 2015

John Williams, of ShadowStats.com, says the Fed has given a false sense of security but did not fix the problems that led to the last meltdown. Williams warns, “People say everything is fine again—nonsense. You had a panic in 2008. . . . The system was on the brink of collapse. The Fed and the federal government did everything in their power to prevent it. They pushed things into the future, but they didn’t do anything of substance to address the underlying problems.” So, are we going to have another panic? Williams says, “Yes, and that is the type of thing that can break at any time, and you just don’t have the options you had in 2008 for buying time into the future.” Williams adds, “The odds are high you are going to see the beginnings of hyperinflation this year.”
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10 cheap energy stocks that could soar up to 202%

Where do you think the price of oil is headed?
There’s quite a difference of opinion among investors, analysts and pundits. On Monday, Citigroup analyst Edward Morse said the recent rally for oil looked more like a “head-fake than a sustainable turning point,” and said oil could drop to as low as $20 a barrel before it turns around.
The price for West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery CLH5, +2.81% rose as much as 2.8% to $52.65 on Friday.
The International Energy Agency said Tuesday it expected Brent crude oil to average $55 a barrel this year, with the average price climbing to $60 in 2016 and eventually to $73 in 2020. (more)

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US Weekly Economic Calendar

time (et) report period ACTUAL forecast previous
  None scheduled
Presidents' Day
8:30 am Empire state index Feb.   9.0 10.0
10 am Home builders' index Feb.   59 57
8:30 am Producer price index Jan.   -0.5% -0.3%
8:30 am Housing starts Jan.   1.07 mln 1.06 mln
9:15 am Industrial production Jan.   0.4% -0.1%
9:15 am Capacity utilization Jan.   79.9% 79.7%
2 pm FOMC minutes        
8:30 am Weekly jobless claims Feb. 12
290,000 304,000
10 am Philly Fed Feb.   8.0 6.3
10 am Leading indicators Jan.   -- 0.5%
9:45 am Markit flash PMI Feb.   -- 53.9
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