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Youngevity International YGYID Stock News

Youngevity International Inc (NASDAQ: YGYI) is having yet another in a string of strong days in the market today after announcing the opening of operations in Colombia. Today, we’ll talk about the news, why it’s such a positive for YGYI, what we’re seeing from the stock today, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





YGYI Launches Operations In Colombia

As mentioned above, Youngevity International has had a string of strong trading sessions after recently announcing that it has opened operations in Colombia. In the press release, YGYI said that it has identified the company as one of the primary direct selling markets in Latin America. The expansion will be led by Country Manager, Angela Sierra under the supervision of Susana Azócar, Director of Sales and Operations for Latin America. In a statement, Luke Taffuri, VP of International Sales & Operations, had the following to offer:

“I’ve worked with Angela Sierra for the past 10 years, and I’m excited that her experience and skill set are available for this launch… The ability to acquire experienced and seasoned executives that can get up to speed quickly is a strong advantage of Youngevity’s acquisition strategy.”




Why This Is Such Big News

At the end of the day, opening operations in Colombia is great news for YGYI and its investors. After all, the company is setting up a 4,520 square foot headquarters in Bogotá, the capital of the nation that is considered to be a direct selling hub for Latin America. Ultimately, the opening of operations in the region will likely expand revenue and earnings in a big way, while creating strong economic opportunities for many in the region.

What We’re Seeing From YGYI

At the end of the day, investors continue to push the value of Youngevity International to the top as excitement builds surrounding the operations in Colombia. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. Currently (1:13), YGYI is trading at $5.42 per share after a gain of $0.16 per share or 3.13% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on YGYI. In particular, we’re interested in following the progress they make in Colombia and throughout Latin America. We’ll also be watching the continued and robust growth of CLR Roasters and others within the company’s impressive line of brands.

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Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc HMNY Stock News

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) is having a rough day in the market today. However, with recent news surrounding the company being overwhelmingly positive, many are asking if now is the time to buy the dip. Today, we’ll talk about the recent news surrounding the stock, what we’re seeing from HMNY today, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





HMNY Has Released Some Great News Recently

Recently, Helios and Matheson Analytics has received quite a bit of mainstream coverage, leading to the occasional spike in the value of the stock. About a month ago, we saw one of these spikes when HMNY announced that MoviePass had surpassed its 1 millionth subscriber!

Less than 30 days later, the stock spiked yet again as news broke that the company had grown to more than 1.5 million subscribers.

A couple of days later, more news broke. In an interview, the CEO of HMNY and the CEO of MoviePass were featured in an interview where they mentioned that not only will they consider getting into the blockchain space, but they have been considering it for more than a year now.




The Value Proposition Surrounding Helios And Matheson Analytics

At the end of the day, the big debate surrounding Helios and Matheson Analytics has to do with their value proposition. The idea here is that MoviePass is going to send the company to the top. However, there are some inherent issues here. MoviePass costs subscribers just $9.95 per month and gives them the ability to go to the movie theater whenever they’d like. The problem is that MoviePass is paying the full cost of a movie ticket every time subscribers use their passes.

Nonetheless, while the nay sayers have pointed a finger at the idea that MoviePass could generate a large loss if subscribers use it too much, HMNY argues that they are not seeing the true value here. The true value of MoviePass according to the company is the value of marketing and data. Ultimately, the bulls argue that HMNY and MoviePass could revive the entire film industry. In fact, leading figures seem to be getting on board as they see true value in what MoviePass is doing.

What We’re Seeing From The Stock Today

While Helios and Matheson Analytics has released quite a bit of news as of late, and it has all been positive, the stock seems to be taking a bit of a break today. Unfortunately, it is trading downward. As is just about always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the fall. Currently (1:02), HMNY is trading at $7.33 per share after a loss of $0.31 per share or 4.11% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on HMNY. In particular, we’re interested in following the story surrounding MoviePass and following the progress on turning the data acquired into profit through the service. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Energizer Holdings Inc ENR Stock News

Energizer Holdings Inc (NYSE: ENR) and Spectrum Brands, Inc. (NYSE: SPB) are both having a strong day in the market today, and for good reason. The company’s announced a deal that will benefit both sides. Today, we’ll talk about the deal, what we’re seeing from ENR and SPB, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





ENR And SPB Head Up On Asset Purchase Agreement

As mentioned above, Energizer and Spectrum Brands are both having a relatively strong day in the market today. The gains come after the companies issued press releases, informing investors that they have entered into a definitive agreement.   

In the release, ENR and SPB said that Spectrum Brands will sell its Global Battery and Lighting Business to Energizer. ENR will pay a total of $3.0 billion in cash. In a statement, Andreas Rouve, CEO at SPB, had the following to offer:




“Through this transaction, we are making progress towards repositioning ourselves with an increased focus on our remaining business of Hardware & Home Improvement, Global Auto Care and Pet, Home & Garden. We are focusing our portfolio to strengthen our business and drive long-term growth and shareholder value.

Our global battery business is a true reflection of Spectrum Brands’ strengths – a portfolio of well-known and widely trusted brands driven by a culture of innovation and by passionate people to generate consistent results… We are pleased to be selling to owners who can deliver the necessary resources and market expertise, and provide strong support for our people and the business’ future growth plans.”

What We’re Seeing From The Stocks

As investors, one of the first things that we learn when we start to dabble in the market is that the news causes movements. So, it only makes sense that with such positive news, both Energizer Holdings and Spectrum Brands are finding their way up in the market today. Currently (12:28), ENR is trading at $58.73 per share after a gain of $7.11 per share or 13.77% while SPB trades at $123.02 per share after a gain of $2.54 per share or 2.11% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on both ENR and SPB. In particular, we’re interested in following ENR to see what they do with the newly acquired assets while watching SPB to follow their restructuring and refocusing plans in improving their core businesses. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow both stories and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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First Majestic Silver Corp. AG Stock News

First Majestic Silver Corp. (NYSE: AG) is having an overwhelmingly strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. The company announced production results for the fourth quarter and full year, leading to excitement among investors. Today, we’ll talk about the news, what we’re seeing from AG, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





AG Gains Big On Production Update

As mentioned above, First Majestic Silver is having an incredibly strong time in the market today after the company issued a press release announcing fourth quarter and full year 2017 production results. The release also included production and cost guidance for 2018. It is expected that production costs will be released on February 28th with the company’s full year and fourth quarter 2017 financial results.

In the press release, AG said that production in 2017 reached a total of 16.2 million equivalent ounces of silver. That represents a 13% decrease of 2016 but is in line with the company’s guidance of 15.7 to 16.6 million silver equivalent ounces.




In the PR, AG said that total production consisted of 9.7 million ounces of silver, 62,991 ounces of gold, 24.5 million pounds of lead and 3.9 million pounds of zinc. As far as silver production in particular, the company’s production fell 3% below the company’s guidance of 10.0 to 10.6 million ounces of silver. However, with improved production in other areas, the total came in line with expectations.

In the press release, First Majestic Silver said that total production in the fourth quarter came to 4.1 million equivalent ounces of silver. This figure included 2.3 million ounces of silver, 17,344 ounces of gold, 4.3 million pounds of lead and 1.3 million pounds of zinc. In a statement, Keith Neumeyer, President and CEO at AG, had the following to offer:

“Santa Elena and San Martin were the star performers in 2017. In 2018, we expect higher grades, throughputs and recoveries to improve the operations at La Encantada, La Parrilla, La Guitarra and Del Toro due to the concerted investments in exploration and development that commenced in late 2016. In addition, the acquisition of the San Dimas mine comes at a great time with all our other operations benefiting simultaneously from increased investments. As a result, the business will benefit from improved operating margins, increased cash flows and greater economies of scale into the coming quarters.”

What We’re Seeing From The Stock

As investors, one of the first things that we learn is that the news moves the market. With the news released by First Majestic Silver Corp being so positive, it only makes sense that we’re seeing strong gains in the value of the stock today. Currently (12:05), AG is trading at $7.26 per share after a gain of $0.47 per share or 6.93% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on AG. In particular, we’re interested in following the company’s growth in production and fruits of recent investments and development. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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My Size Inc MYSZ Stock News

My Size, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYSZ) is having an overwhelmingly strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. The company announced that it has had meetings with major retailers, leading to excitement among investors. Today, we’ll talk about the news, what we’re seeing from the stock, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to MYSZ ahead.





MYSZ Gains On Meetings With Major Retailers

As mentioned above, My Size is having an incredibly strong day in the market today after announcing that it attended NRF 2018. At the conference, the company says that it held high-level meetings with retailers who are interested in evaluating and adopting My Size’s MySizeIDTM body measurement technology.  




In the release, MYSZ stressed the importance of the NRF conference, which it calls, “Retail’s Big Show.” Ultimately, the event offers networking opportunities as well as a glimpse of the latest technologies and solutions for retailers. In a statement, Ronen Luzon, CEO at MYSZ, had the following to offer:

“Coming off a hugely successful unveiling of MySizeID at CES last week, we are continuing the momentum this week with more meetings and presentations at NRF 2018. NRF has a reputation for being the most prominent retail trade show to unveil new transformative technologies in the retail industry. We believe that My Size’s platform technology, and particularly MySizeID, can help solve the costly challenge of size and fit, and therefore can significantly improve the economics of the e-retail apparel industry.

NRF participants come from 95 countries, including 18,000 retailers. We believe our smartphone-based sizing solution is a valuable tool for a significant number of attendees.”

How The Stock Reacted To The News

One of the first things that we learn as investors is that the news moves the market. In this particular case, the news proved to be overwhelmingly positive. As a result, we’re seeing excitement among investors who are sending My Size screaming for the top. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. Currently (11:45), MYSZ is trading at $2.65 per share after a gain of $0.51 per share or 23.83% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on MYSZ. In particular, we’re interested in following the story surrounding the company’s continued growth among retailers with their MySizeID platform. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Infosys Ltd ADR INFY Stock News

Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE: INFY) is having an overwhelmingly strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. The company announced the launch of a unique new store, leading to excitement among investors and sending the stock toward the top. Today, we’ll talk about the news, what we’re seeing from INFY, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





INFY Gains On The Launch Of The Infosys Business Assurance Store

As mentioned above, Infosys is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session this morning. The company issued a press release early this morning, announcing the launch of the Infosys Business Assurance Store.

In the release, INFY said that the new store is a knowledge-based solution with a repository of more than 1 million test assets across various industry domains, technologies, products and packages. The system also aids in continuous testing and minimizes dependency on subject matter experts.




Ultimately, INFY says that the store helps clients drive greater operational efficiencies and accelerate business agility through improved test design. This is done through the use of machine learning tools for traceability, knowledge clustering and optimization.

The company said that clients can access the solution through the Infosys Quality Assurance Workbench, which is an artificial intelligence-based platform built for supporting all leading digital technologies such as MObile, Internet of Things, and Cloud among others. In a statement, Ravi Kumar S, President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at INFY, had the following to offer:

“Testing has taken a paradigm shift from being an end-of-lifecycle activity to managing user experience in the digital landscape. This solution is about expediting testing and utilizing test cases, built through our years of experience in delivering agility to our customers’ businesses. Infosys Business Assurance Store is an endeavor to bring in transformation and fuel automation in the testing space and this solution is testimony of our deep experience of over 15 years.”

What We’re Seeing From The Stock

As investors, one of the first things that we learn is that the news moves the market. So, with such positive news out of Infosys, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing strong gains in the value of the stock. At the moment (11:22), INFY is trading at $17.76 per share after a gain of $0.95 per share or 5.65% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on INFY. In particular, we’re interested in following the story surrounding the Infosys Business Assurance Store and excited to see the revenue that it generates. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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The9 Limited (ADR) NCTY Stock News

The9 Limited (ADR) (NASDAQ: NCTY) is having an overwhelmingly strong start to the trading session this morning after the company announced news surrounding the blockchain. As we’ve seen with various others, including RCON and SPI, who just released blockchain news today as well, the stock is soaring. Today, we’ll talk about the news, what we’re seeing from NCTY, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





NCTY Gains On Blockchain News

As mentioned above, The9 Limited is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session this morning after announcing that its wholly owned subsidiary, The9 Singapore Pte. Ltd., has signed a partnership agreement with Gingkoo Technology Company Limited.

In the release, NCTY said that it will provide blockchain technology product development services and offshore offering, investing and financing services to enterprises all over the world. Through the agreement, Gingkoo Technology will provide full support of the technical team and support to enhance The9’s technical resources in the blockchain space.




With the world of blockchain growing quickly, NCTY intends on providing global enterprises with a full range of customized services for blockchain related projects. The company said these services will include research and development support as well as offshore investing and finance deals designed to help enterprises building up the blockchain technology ecosystem.

What We’re Seeing From The Stock

One of the first things that we learn when we start to dabble in the world of investing is that the news moves the market. In particular, news surrounding the blockchain has led to some massive movements as of late. So, it’s no surprise that with NCTY releasing news surrounding the blockchain, we’re seeing strong gains in the value of the stock. As is normally the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (11:04), NCTY is trading at $1.40 per share after a gain of $0.40 per share or 40.00% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on NCTY. In particular, we’re interested in following the company’s work in the blockchain space and excited to see the new innovations as they become available. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Spi Energy Co Ltd (ADR) SPI Stock News

Spi Energy Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: SPI) is having an overwhelmingly positive day in the market today, and for good reason. The company announced news with regard to the blockchain, and like what we’ve seen with RCON, DPW, LFIN and others, blockchain news causes some serious excitement among investors. Today, we’ll talk about the news, what we’re seeing from the stock, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





SPI Soars On Blockchain News

As mentioned above, Spi Energy is having a strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. In a press release issued early this morning, SPI announced that it has established a blockchain-based infrastructure application division.

SPI said that the new blockchain-based infrastructure application division will be based in Palo Alto, California. The new division will explore blockchain-based infrastructure and e-commerce applications in global presence.





What We’re Seeing From The Stock

One of the first things that we learn as investors is that the news moves the market. As we’ve seen from RCON, DPW, and LFIN recently, blockchain related news tends to cause extreme excitement among investors, sending securities surging for the top. So, it’s no surprise that this is what we’re seeing from Spi Energy today. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (10:42), SPI is trading at $1.00 per share after a gain of $0.36 per share or 57.46% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on SPI. In particular, we’re interested in following the company’s work with regard to the blockchain and excited to see the fruits of their labor down the road. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Recon Technology, Ltd. RCON Stock News

Recon Technology, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RCON) is having an overwhelmingly strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. The company announced news with regard to the blockchain. As we’ve seen from DPW, LFIN, and others that have announced blockchain news recently, RCON is flying. Today, we’ll talk about the news, what we’re seeing from the stock, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





RCON Gains On Blockchain News

As mentioned above, Recon Technology is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session this morning after releasing news with regard to the blockchain. In a press release issued early this morning, the company announced that it has signed a two-year joint development term sheet with Future Gas Station Technology, Ltd., also known as FGS. Under the development term sheet, the two companies will jointly develop an integrated blockchain-based mobile shopping system for use in gas stations.




In the release, RCON said that FGS will be in charge of developing the system. At the same time, Tecon Technology will be providing the resources needed, including funding, to support personnel, risk and compliance management advice. In a statement, Mr. Yin Shenping, CEO at RCON, had the following to offer:

“We’re glad to cooperate further with FGS to explore the effective use of blockchain technology in our business… We are excited about the opportunities such technology provides us to adapt to consumer behaviors to better meet their needs and improve efficiency and profitability in our customers’ stores. We believe development this of blockchain technology will benefit both Recon and FGS.”

The above statement was followed up by Mr. Song Yang, founder of FGS. Here’s what he had to say about the development agreement with RCON:

“We have been enjoying rapid business development since Recon’s investment in us in December 2017. Our platform has been implemented by more than 150 gas stations, and we have added approximately 10 gas stations daily since January 1, 2018. Since we launched our mobile app DT Refuel, it has been downloaded more than 80,000 times, with approximately 93% of downloaders activating the application and more than 86% of active users purchasing goods through the app. App downloads have been driven by QR code and in-store promotions. As a result of increased adoption and usage rates of the DT Refuel app, we have seen recent daily sales through the app reach RMB 1.6 million and we expect average app sales to reach RMB 90 million in the next three months.”

What We’re Seeing From The Stock

One of the first things that we learn when we start to invest is that the news moves the market. In particular, news surrounding the blockchain has led to massive gains recently. So, it’s no surprise that that’s exactly what we’re seeing from RCON. The stock is definitely making a run for the top. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (10:20), RCON is trading at $4.40 per share after a gain of $2.70 per share or 158.06% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on RCON. In particular, we’re interested in following the company’s work with regard to this development partnership and the blockchain-driven product it creates. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc HAWK Stock News

Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. The company issued a press release early this morning, informing investors of buyout news. Today, we’ll talk about the buyout, what we’re seeing from the stock, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to HAWK ahead.





HAWK Soars On Buyout News

As mentioned above, Blackhawk Network Holdings is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session today after announcing buyout news. In a press release issued by the company early this morning, HAWK announced that Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners have agreed to acquire the company in an all-cash transaction with a total price of approximately $3.5 billion.




If this buyout goes through, HAWK shareholders will receive $45.25 per share in cash upon the closing of the transaction. This price represents a 24% premium over the closing price of the stock on January 12, 2018, which was $36.50. In a statement, Bill Tauscher, Executive Chairman of HAWK, had the following to offer:

“After a thorough assessment, the Board has determined that this transaction represents a compelling outcome for our stockholders, customers and employees. It recognizes the value of Blackhawk’s prospects while providing stockholders with an immediate cash value at a substantial premium.”

The above statement was followed up by Talbott Roche, President and CEO at Blackhawk. Here’s what he had to offer:

“This transaction delivers immediate benefits and significant value to our stockholders… Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners bring the long-term focus, financial resources and technology expertise that can enable us to accelerate growth initiatives globally and research the company’s full potential.”

What We’re Seeing From The Stock

As investors, one of the first things that we learn is that the news moves the market. The truth is that there are few bits of news that have the ability to move the market quite like acquisition news. So, with HAWK releasing news that it will be acquired, it only makes sense that we’re seeing strong gains in the value of the stock today. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (10:01), HAWK is trading at $44.95 per share after a gain of $8.45 per share or 23.15% thus far today.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on HAWK. In particular, we’re interested in following the acquisition story as the transaction isn’t closed quite yet. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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