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Hot Penny Stocks To Watch If You’re Looking For Epicenter Stocks To Buy

Should You Buy Epicenter Penny Stocks Right Now?
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What Epicenter Stocks Are On Your List Right Now?

In this article, we’re going to discuss some penny stocks that fall under the “epicenter” category. Let’s first begin by defining a few things.

What Are Epicenter Stocks?

Epicenter stocks are shares of companies that were hit hardest by the global pandemic in 2020 but could potentially recover the strongest in an economic reopening. It was originally coined by Tom Lee of the market research firm, Fundstrat. Lee has explained that the epicenter theme will be the one to watch in 2021. He said that people need to keep in mind that institutional investors weren’t risk-on. Furthermore, epicenter stocks or cyclicals have proven to be “un-killable,” with companies managing operating leverage for future value. Lee thinks the multiples on epicenter stocks “could surprise” the market.

What Are Penny Stocks?

Going a bit further in developing a basis for this article, knowing what penny stocks are could set a tone for the epicenter trade, in my opinion. Penny stocks are defined as shares of companies trading below $5. The unique part about penny stocks today is that many are still those with underlying companies that had never traded below $5 before the pandemic. With the case of epicenter penny stocks, there could be a few key tailwinds to consider as multiple catalysts could play a role with some of these companies this year.

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So, with these definitions down, are epicenter penny stocks ones to buy right now, or is this “just a fad”? According to Lee and others who believe in the broader “reopening trade,” this may be less of a fad and more of a trend to watch closely. With vaccine distribution going on right now, countries have already begun lessening the requirements for things like social distancing and group gatherings.

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Meanwhile, the “Reddit Army” has helped give confidence to retail traders in 2021. Many of the companies that have become targets of retail trader frenzies have somewhat of an underlying “epicenter” focus. Look at companies like Express, Nokia, and even GameStop, and they all have potential benefits if economies fully reopen.

Epicenter Penny Stocks To Watch

Epicenter Penny Stocks To Buy [or sell] #1: New Age Inc.

If New Age seems familiar, that’s because it probably is. The company was one of the early players in CBD-infused beverages during the early hype in marijuana stocks. Since then, however, the company has focused on evolving its model to become an omnichannel operator. Focusing on building brands, New Age has built its healthy products brands through a series of mergers, acquisitions, and licensing deals.

This month, the company expanded on this with a letter of intent to acquire Japan-based Aliven Inc. Tokyo-based Aliven is an eCommerce and direct selling company with anticipated to bing annualized net revenue of $20 million to New Age’s group of brands. Aliven sells everything from skincare infused with cultured stem cells to infrared technology products for increasing blood flow.

“We had good growth in Q4 2020 in Japan, NewAge’s largest market. Now, with the addition of Aliven we believe we can accelerate our pace. We expect to fully integrate Aliven into NewAge, and envision imminent cross pollination of our products, including our NONI+CBD Shots where we have first mover advantage in Japan.”

Joseph Wadsworth, NewAge President for Japan and North Asia
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#2: Hall Of Fame Resorts

Travel and leisure stocks could be a big benefactor of the reopening of global economies. However, as I’ve said several times before, the makeup of the “new normal” will likely be a hybrid of pandemic-era trends mixed with pre-pandemic norms. In this sense, entertainment is likely to be one of these hybrids. Where live entertainment was a mondane practice, the pandemic saw digital entertainment become the go-to. With this also came digital gaming, an increase in things like sports betting, and other virtual means of entertainment.

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Hall Of Fame Resorts has a multi-pronged approach for this. First, the company operates destination assets. In particular, its building Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls. This is right near the site of the NFL Hall of Fame (if you couldn’t guess by the company’s name). Hotels, interactive media areas, etc. are all planned for this build.

Outside of this, Hall Of Fame is also getting into things like fantasy football, which it aims to launch ahead of the 2021 football season. However, in light of the reopening trade, the focus could be on the company’s plan for taking advantage of pent up demand for live events.

“Having already hosted multiple larger sporting tournaments at their National Youth Football and Sports Complex, the Company has many more scheduled over the course of the year.”

President and CEO Michael Crawford, Hall of Fame Resorts Q4 & Full Year 2020 Business Update
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#3: Neptune Wellness

Retail doesn’t have to extend only to traditional models. The rise in cannabis legalization and awareness has seen many of these companies designated as “essential” during the pandemic. Neptune Wellness focuses on natural, plant-based lifestyle products, including cannabis.

The stock had been down in the dumps after reporting its fiscal Q3 2021 results last month. Neptune missed on EPS, and sales were down from a year-ago period. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to make a note of right now. Neptune acquired a controlling interest in Sprout Foods in February. This deal opened the company’s model to the organic, plant-based baby food and toddler snack industry.

Another highlight of this deal was that this was a portfolio investment of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Investment funds managed by MSEC will become a major shareholder in Neptune and partner with the company to grow Sprout within Neptune’s brand portfolio of consumer product goods.

This week Neptune launched a second brand in its cannabis portfolio. The company entered into a letter of intent with Société québécoise du cannabis, the province’s sole legal retailer for recreational cannabis, for the sale of Neptune’s new cannabis brand, PanHash. This complements the company’s MoodRing cannabis brand and increases Neptune’s cannabis footprint in its affordable product offerings in Canada.

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#4: Tuniu Corp.

Similar to Hall Of Fame Resorts, Tuniu could be in the spotlight as tourism begins returning. This isn’t a North American-focused company. But it does have exposure to the global travel industry. In this case, Tuniu is a China-based online travel company. It offers things like packaged tours and travel-related services. Most of its business is through its Tuniu website.

The company doesn’t release many updates. However, we can see that Tuniu has made several leadership changes this year. This included appointing new directors to the company. One of them, Jiangtao Liu, also came with the closing of transactions contemplated under a share purchase agreement between subsidiaries of Inc. as well as Caissa Sega Tourism Culture Development Group Co., Ltd last November.

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With a return of tourism, in general, as well as the potential for renewed U.S.-China trade talks, it will be interesting to see what happens next with TOUR stock.

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#5: Chico’s FAS

Traditional retail has also gotten a bit of a facelift thanks to the pandemic. Where a vast majority of companies had a “brick-and-mortar-first” model, lockdowns forced these companies to adapt or die. Many evidently ended up failing, but others were able to weather the storm much better. The ones that did take up a brick-and-click model or, at the very least, began building the framework of an eCommerce platform.

Chico’s FAS is one of the companies that has made it out of 2020 alive. Unscathed? No, but that hasn’t meant it hadn’t been one to ignore. In fact, since the start of the year, CHS stock has combed from around $1.50 to highs this week of over $3.60. Chico’s pointed out in its year-end filing that its ability to invest in things to make it a “digital-first” organization helped drive higher consumer engagement and a year-over-year digital sales increase of 17.5%, led by its Soma Brand digital sales increase of 72%.

In its most recent update, Chico’s brand, White House Black Market, entered a partnership with Ladies Who Launch. The nonprofit has a mission to empower women entrepreneurs.

Kimberly Grabel, SVP of Marketing, Chico’s FAS, Inc., said, “We design fashion to allow women to express themselves and feel empowered in both their career and personal lives. Our customers are strong, confident, powerful women who are dedicated to supporting other women and helping them find success. Partnering with Ladies Who Launch is a natural extension and further showcases our ongoing commitment to this mission.”

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Delivering aid during war is tricky − here’s what to know about what Gaza relief operations may face

The politics of delivering aid in war zones are messy, the ethics fraught and the logistics daunting. But getting everything right is essential − and…




Palestinians on the outskirts of Gaza City walk by buildings destroyed by Israeli bombardment on Oct. 20, 2023. AP Photo/Ali Mahmoud

The 2.2 million people who live in Gaza are facing economic isolation and experiencing incessant bombardment. Their supplies of essential resources, including food and water, are quickly dwindling.

In response, U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged US$100 million in humanitarian assistance for the citizens of Gaza.

As a scholar of peace and conflict economics who served as a World Bank consultant during the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel, I believe that Biden’s promise raises fundamental questions regarding the delivery of humanitarian aid in a war zone. Political constraints, ethical quandaries and the need to protect the security of aid workers and local communities always make it a logistical nightmare.

In this specific predicament, U.S. officials have to choose a strategy to deliver the aid without the perception of benefiting Hamas, a group the U.S. and Israel both classify as a terrorist organization.


When aiding people in war zones, you can’t just send money, a development strategy called “cash transfers” that has become increasingly popular due to its efficiency. Sending money can boost the supply of locally produced goods and services and help people on the ground pay for what they need most. But injecting cash into an economy so completely cut off from the world would only stoke inflation.

So the aid must consist of goods that have to be brought into Gaza, and services provided by people working as part of an aid mission. Humanitarian aid can include food and water; health, sanitation and hygiene supplies and services; and tents and other materials for shelter and settlement.

Due to the closure of the border with Israel, aid can arrive in Gaza only via the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, will likely turn to its longtime partner on the ground, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, to serve as supply depots and distribute goods. That agency, originally founded in 1949 as a temporary measure until a two-state solution could be found, serves in effect as a parallel yet unelected government for Palestinian refugees.

USAID will likely want to tap into UNRWA’s network of 284 schools – many of which are now transformed into humanitarian shelters housing two-thirds of the estimated 1 million people displaced by Israeli airstrikes – and 22 hospitals to expedite distribution.

Map of Gaza and its neighbors
Gaza is a self-governing Palestinian territory. The narrow piece of land is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Israel and Egypt. PeterHermesFurian/iStock via Getty Images Plus


Prior to the Trump administration, the U.S. was typically the largest single provider of aid to the West Bank and Gaza. USAID administers the lion’s share of it.

Since Biden took office, total yearly U.S. assistance for the Palestinian territories has totaled around $150 million, restored from just $8 million in 2020 under the Trump administration. During the Obama administration, however, the U.S. was providing more aid to the territories than it is now, with $1 billion disbursed in the 2013 fiscal year.

But the White House needs Congress to approve this assistance – a process that requires the House of Representatives to elect a new speaker and then for lawmakers to approve aid to Gaza once that happens.


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency is a U.N. organization. It’s not run by Hamas, unlike, for instance, the Gaza Ministry of Health. However, Hamas has frequently undermined UNRWA’s efforts and diverted international aid for military purposes.

Hamas has repeatedly used UNRWA schools as rocket depots. They have repeatedly tunneled beneath UNRWA schools. They have dismantled European Union-funded water pipes to use as rocket fuselages. And even since the most recent violence broke out, the UNRWA has accused Hamas of stealing fuel and food from its Gaza premises.

Humanitarian aid professionals regularly have to contend with these trade-offs when deciding to what extent they can work with governments and local authorities that commit violent acts. They need to do so in exchange for the access required to help civilians under their control.

Similarly, Biden has had to make concessions to Israel while brokering for the freedom to send humanitarian aid to Gaza. For example, he has assured Israel that if any of the aid is diverted by Hamas, the operation will cease.

This promise may have been politically necessary. But if Biden already believes Hamas to be uncaring about civilian welfare, he may not expect the group to refrain from taking what they can.

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What can be done to protect the security of humanitarian aid operations that take place in the midst of dangerous conflicts?

Under International Humanitarian Law, local authorities have the primary responsibility for ensuring the delivery of aid – even when they aren’t carrying out that task. To increase the chances that the local authorities will not attack them, aid groups can give “humanitarian notification” and voluntarily alert the local government as to where they will be operating.

Hamas has repeatedly flouted international norms and laws. So the question of if and how the aid convoy will be protected looms large.

Under the current agreement between the U.S., Israel and Egypt, the convoy will raise the U.N. flag. International inspectors will make sure no weapons are on board the vehicles before crossing over from Arish, Egypt, to Rafah, a city located on the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt.

The aid convoy will likely cross without militarized security. This puts it at some danger of diversion once inside Gaza. But whether the aid convoy is attacked, seized or left alone, the Biden administration will have demonstrated its willingness to attempt a humanitarian relief operation. In this sense, a relatively small first convoy bearing water, medical supplies and food, among other items, serves as a test balloon for a sustained operation to follow soon after.

If the U.S. were to provide the humanitarian convoy a military escort, by contrast, Hamas could see its presence as a provocation. Washington’s support for Israel is so strong that the U.S. could potentially be judged as a party in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

In that case, the presence of U.S. armed forces might provoke attacks on Gaza-bound aid convoys by Hamas and Islamic jihad fighters that otherwise would not have occurred. Combined with the mobilization of two U.S. Navy carrier groups in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, I’d be concerned that such a move might also stoke regional anger. It would undermine the Biden administration’s attempts to cool the situation.

On U.N.-approved missions, aid delivery may be secured by third-party peacekeepers – meaning, in this case, personnel who are neither Israeli nor Palestinian – with the U.N. Security Council’s blessing. In this case, tragically, it’s unlikely that such a resolution could conceivably pass such a vote, much less quickly enough to make a difference.

Topher L. McDougal does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

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Diagnosis and management of postoperative wound infections in the head and neck region

“The majority of wound infections often manifest themselves immediately postoperatively, so close followup should take place […]” Credit: 2023 Barbarewicz…



“The majority of wound infections often manifest themselves immediately postoperatively, so close followup should take place […]”

Credit: 2023 Barbarewicz et al.

“The majority of wound infections often manifest themselves immediately postoperatively, so close followup should take place […]”

BUFFALO, NY- October 20, 2023 – A new research perspective was published in Oncoscience (Volume 10) on October 4, 2023, entitled, “Diagnosis and management of postoperative wound infections in the head and neck region.”

In everyday clinical practice at a department for oral and maxillofacial surgery, a large number of surgical procedures in the head and neck region take place under both outpatient and inpatient conditions. The basis of every surgical intervention is the patient’s consent to the respective procedure. Particular attention is drawn to the general and operation-specific risks. 

Particularly in the case of soft tissue procedures in the facial region, bleeding, secondary bleeding, scarring and infection of the surgical area are among the most common complications/risks, depending on the respective procedure. In their new perspective, researchers Filip Barbarewicz, Kai-Olaf Henkel and Florian Dudde from Army Hospital Hamburg in Germany discuss the diagnosis and management of postoperative infections in the head and neck region.

“In order to minimize the wound infections/surgical site infections, aseptic operating conditions with maximum sterility are required.”

Furthermore, depending on the extent of the surgical procedure and the patient‘s previous illnesses, peri- and/or postoperative antibiotics should be considered in order to avoid postoperative surgical site infection. Abscesses, cellulitis, phlegmone and (depending on the location of the procedure) empyema are among the most common postoperative infections in the respective surgical area. The main pathogens of these infections are staphylococci, although mixed (germ) patterns are also possible. 

“Risk factors for the development of a postoperative surgical site infection include, in particular, increased age, smoking, multiple comorbidities and/or systemic diseases (e.g., diabetes mellitus type II) as well as congenital and/ or acquired immune deficiency [10, 11].”


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Correspondence to: Florian Dudde


Keywords: surgical site infection, head and neck surgery


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Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Makes the Poor Pay for the Rich

A year after the Supreme Court struck down President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, he presented a new scheme to the Department of Education…



A year after the Supreme Court struck down President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, he presented a new scheme to the Department of Education on Tuesday. While it is less aggressive than the prior plan, this proposal would cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, doing more harm than good. 

As the legendary economist Milton Friedman noted, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” 

Higher education in America is costly, and this “forgiveness” would make it worse. 

Signing up for potentially life-long student loans at a young age is too normalized. At the same time, not enough borrowers can secure jobs that offer adequate financial support to pay off these massive loans upon graduation or leaving college. These issues demand serious attention. But “erasing” student loans, as well-intentioned as it may be, is not the panacea Americans have been led to believe.

Upon closer examination, the President’s forgiveness plan creates winners and losers, ultimately benefiting higher-income earners the most. In reality, this plan amounts to wealth redistribution. To quote another top economist, Thomas Sowell described this clearly: “There are no solutions, only trade-offs.” 

Forgiving student loans is not the end of the road but the beginning of a trade-off for a rising federal fiscal crisis and soaring college tuition. 

When the federal government uses taxpayer funds to give student loans, it charges an interest rate to account for the cost of the loan. To say that all borrowers no longer have to pay would mean taxpayers lose along with those who pay for it and those who have been paying or have paid off their student loans.

According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, student debt forgiveness could cost at least $360 billion. 

Let’s consider that there will be 168 million tax returns filed this year. A simple calculation suggests that student loan forgiveness could add around $2,000 yearly in taxes per taxpayer, based on the CRFB’s central estimate. 

Clearly, nothing is free, and the burden of student loan forgiveness will be shifted to taxpayers.

One notable feature of this plan is that forgiveness is unavailable to individuals earning over $125,000 annually. In practice, this means that six-figure earners could have their debts partially paid off by lower-income tax filers who might not have even pursued higher education. This skewed allocation of resources is a sharp departure from progressive policy.

Data show that half of Americans are already frustrated with “Bidenomics.” 

Inflation remains high, affordable housing is a distant dream, and wages fail to keep up with soaring inflation. Introducing the potential of an additional $2,000 annual tax burden at least for those already struggling, mainly to subsidize high-income earners, adds insult to injury.

Furthermore, it’s vital to recognize that the burden of unpaid student loans should not fall on low-income earners or Americans who did not attend college. Incentives play a crucial role in influencing markets. 

By removing the incentive for student loan borrowers to repay their debts, we may encourage more individuals to pursue higher education and accumulate debt without the intention of paying it back. After all, why would they when it can be written off through higher taxes for everyone?

The ripple effect of this plan could be far-reaching. 

It may make college more accessible for some, opening the floodgates for students and the need for universities to expand and hire more staff, leading to even higher college tuition. This perverse incentive will set a precedent that will create a cycle of soaring tuition, which would counteract the original goal of making higher education more affordable.

While the intention behind President Biden’s student loan forgiveness may appear noble (in likelihood, it is a rent-seeking move), the results may prove detrimental to our nation’s economic stability and fairness. And if the debt is monetized, more inflation will result.

Forgiving student loans will exacerbate existing problems, with the brunt of the burden falling on lower-income Americans. Instead of improving the situation, it will likely create an intricate web of financial consequences, indirectly affecting the very people it aims to help. But that is the result of most government programs with good intentions.



Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is president of Ginn Economic Consulting, chief economist or senior fellow at multiple state thinks across the country, host of the Let People Prosper Show, and previously the associate director for economic policy of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, 2019-20. Follow him on @VanceGinn.


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