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Stocks to Watch Today: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), Micron Technology Inc. (MU), Rite Aid Corp. (RAD)

A flurry of economic data is due today (Thursday), yet earnings are the key driver of today's stocks to watch.

Today's three top stocks to watch include Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY), Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), and Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD).

Here's what's moving the trio of stocks to watch today...


The Best Defense Stocks to Buy Now

The three best defense stocks to buy will rise in 2017.

That's because they're a part of a massive $2 trillion annual trend that will guarantee their future growth.

Here's what we mean...

Global Markets

World Stock Markets Mostly Up as U.S. Dollar Backs Off At Week's End

Global equity markets were mostly firmer overnight as the U.S. dollar index has paused after streaking to a 13-year high on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei stock index hit a new high for the year on Friday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward firmer openings when the New York day session begins.

The greenback received a big boost late this week by a U.S. interest rate hike on Wednesday that was accompanied by a surprisingly hawkish tone on monetary policy from the Federal Reserve.


How to Play Trump's On-the-Fly Tech Summits

Trump has had a fraught relationship with Silicon Valley – plenty of tech's heaviest hitters voted the other way in the November election. But each side needs the other; Trump needs those companies at work in the economy, and he needs them to repatriate the multibillion-dollar cash hoard they have parked offshore. 

On the other hand, Silicon Valley needs a deep pool of highly educated talent, and it wants to recruit both here in the United States and worldwide through the H1B visa system. It's concerned Trump's immigration policies might throttle that talent pipeline.

So the two sides are talking. Chiefs like Tim Cook, Larry Page, Satya Nadella, and Sheryl Sandberg have all met Trump in New York, and there are more meetings scheduled.

Investors love that the two sides are talking, but our Chief Investment Strategist, Keith Fitz-Gerald, cautions that not every big tech company will see the same benefit from this silicon détente. Some are smarter buys than others; some may lose out in the new administration. This is what he had to say to FOX Business' "Varney & Co."


The 3 Top Defense Stocks for 2017

The three top defense stocks now are poised to rise in 2017.

That's because they're part of the massive, global military industrial complex, which countries spend huge portions of their gross domestic product to maintain.

Check out our three defense stock picks now...


Why GE Stock Is "Massively Overlooked" and You Can't Afford to Ignore It

General Electric has created a revolutionary software that is going to a have huge impact on the world – and investors.

This top stock picker, William Patalon, III, shares with you how to profit from GE stock now.

As an investor, you can't afford to miss this...


Why Proteon Therapeutics Stock Just Crashed

Proteon Therapeutics stock crashed 70.71% to $2.90 in pre-market trading today after the company said a phrase 3 trail of its chronic kidney disease treatment failed to meet the primary endpoint.

The trial results mark a major setback for the biotech company.

Here are the details...


The Five Most-Hated Companies of 2016

Our "most-hated companies 2016" list includes companies who lied, poisoned, and took advantage of consumers just like you.

We picked the worst of the worst. Check out our list of the most-hated companies of 2016...


Lockheed Martin (LMT) Stock Will Rebound Despite Trump’s Comments

Lockheed Martin (LMT) stock fell today after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the company's F-35 program.

While many investors are panicking about today's drop, this decline is a short-term blip.

LMT will rebound despite Trump's comments...


One of the Best Defense Stocks to Watch Now

One of the best defense stocks to watch now promises investors steady long-term returns. Already this year, it's up more than 20%.

We see this stock continuing its outstanding run in 2017, especially under a hawkish President Trump, who has vowed to boost military spending.

Check out this defense stock now...