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Yahoo BusinessJul 09, 2020
Top Analysts Say These 2 Stocks Are Their ‘Top Picks'
The surge in stocks has investors hoping that the general bullish market sentiment we've experienced since the end of March may still be with us; there was some worry in June as the markets appeared to hit a plateau. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks, as the S&P tests its 3,200 resistance levels.The best advice for stock pickers right now: stay selective. There are still compelling investing opportunities out there if you know where to look. Investors can find interesting stock choices by following some of Wall Street's top analysts. These are the analysts with the sharpest stock picking ability — and we can use their price targets as a key indication of how far these stocks can climb in the coming months.With this in mind, we've used the TipRanks database to highlight two such stocks; each has received ‘top pick' status from a 5-star analyst. Here are the details.Avid Technology (AVID)We start in the technology sector, with Avid, a Massachusetts-based multimedia tech company specializing in digital non-linear editing systems for audio and video. The company's video and audio editing software are held in high regard, as are its music notation products. The company's flagship product is Media Composer, which got its start in the Apple Mac segment. Avid has expanded since then, and in May announced a five-year working agreement with Microsoft Azure.Avid tackled the coronavirus economic crisis head-on, with a $40 million cost savings plan put in place to help mitigate the business effects of the pandemic. The company wa

MarketWatchJul 09, 2020
Key Words: Biden charges Trump's pandemic focus is the Dow and the Nasdaq, ‘not you'
Joe Biden on Thursday charged Donald Trump with putting the stock market above ordinary Americans, blasting the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as he laid out a new economic plan.

Forbes HeadlinesJul 09, 2020
California Reports Highest-Ever Coronavirus Death Toll Since The Pandemic Began
149 people died of the coronavirus on Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom said.

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Yahoo BusinessJul 09, 2020
Why Livongo Health's Stock Is Trading Higher Today
Livongo Health (NASDAQ: LVGO) shares are trading higher on Thursday on continued strength after the company on Tuesday raised second-quarter sales guidance.Additionally, an Accenture survey showed that many patients are intended to continue using virtual care services after the coronavirus pandemic ends.Livongo Health provides a data science and technology-enabled platform for the detection of diabetes. Its additional solutions include Livongo for Hypertension, Livongo for Prediabetes and Weight Management, and Livongo for Behavioral Health by myStrength.The company's clients comprise of employers, health plans, government entities, and labor unions. Its operations are primarily located in the U.S.Livongo Health shares were trading up 12.06% at $108.50 at the time of publication on Thursday. The stock has a 52-week high of $108.87 and a 52-week low of $15.12.Related Links:Livongo Health Shares Open Well Above IPO PriceLivongo Health IPO: What You Need To KnowSee more from Benzinga * Why Livongo Health's Stock Is Trading Higher Today * Why Livongo Health's Stock Is Trading Higher Today(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.


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Yahoo BusinessJul 09, 2020
Costco June Sales Beat Estimates As Shoppers Go Online; Top Analyst Raises PT
Costco's (COST) comparable sales rose 11.5% in June fueled by e-commerce revenue growth.Analysts had estimated an advance of about 4.2% in comparable sales for the five weeks ended July 5. E-commerce sales were up almost 86% during the reported period. On a geographical breakdown comparable sales advanced 11% in the U.S., 8.4% in Canada, and 18% in other global markets.In the 44 weeks ended July 5, the food retail chain reported net sales of $136.37 billion, an increase of 8.1% year-on-year. Costco had in recent months suffered from a sales drop as stay-at-home orders and social distancing restrictions have led to a traffic decline at its warehouses, while e-commerce revenue didn't offset the trend during the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.Shares gained 1.4% to $320.65 in Thursday's pre-market trading. The stock is currently up 7.6% year-to-date.Following the sales data, five-star analyst Rupesh Parikh at Oppenheimer ramped up the stock's price target to $355 (12% upside potential) from $335 and maintained a Buy rating, saying that shares have lagged since the March market lows, but that he sees the potential for a catch up trade from here."We are lifting our forecasts and reiterate our top pick status to reflect the stronger than expected June results," Parikh wrote in a note to investors. "A special dividend is also increasingly likely in 2021 following the recent debt issuance."The analyst views Costco as both an attractive shorter-term beneficiary of money flows
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