Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

A huge tech fund backed by Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank is nearing its target of raising $100 billion.

Investors have now committed $93 billion to the SoftBank Vision Fund, and the rest of the money should be raised in the next six months, the fund said in a statement.

It will focus on investments of more than $100 million in technology businesses of the future.

“Technology has the potential to address the biggest challenges and risks facing humanity today,” SoftBank (SFTBF) CEO Masayoshi Son said in the statement. “The businesses working to solve these problems will require patient long-term capital and visionary strategic investment partners with the resources to nurture their success.”

Saudi Arabia is the biggest investor, having previously committed $45 billion from its public investment fund. The kingdom hopes its participation will help drive the diversification of its economy away from oil.

SoftBank is pitching in $28 billion while United Arab Emirates’ sovereign wealth fund Mubadala has pledged $15 billion, and Apple (AAPL, Tech30) $1 billion. Other investors already committed include Qualcomm (QCOM, Tech30), Taiwan’s Foxconn and Sharp (SHCAY) of Japan.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%


    For the details of David Swensen’s stock buys and sells, go to

    These are the top 5 holdings of David SwensenJBG SMITH Properties (JBGS) – 5,145,068 shares, 40.61% of the total portfolio. New PositionAntero Midstream GP LP (AMGP) – 5,769,780 shares, 27.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.89%Antero Resources Corp (AR) – 3,674,487 shares, 16.87% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 6.35%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 967,022 shares, 15.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 61.75%iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) – 0 shares, 0% of the


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    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,641,300 shares, 34.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.79%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,003,200 shares, 20.97% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 34.15%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 2,800,100 shares, 15.78% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 170.34%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 1,659,000 shares, 15.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 937,000 shares, 6.48% of the total po


    Meanwhile, international stocks look better than U.S. stocks. The iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA) is an ETF that offers international exposure to developed countries in Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.

    Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Lowe’s Companies Inc.(LOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    That’s why many investors shop among the short list ofDividend Aristocrats, which are companies that boast an unbroken streak of at least 25 years of consecutive payout raises. A few members of that elite group have fallen out of favor recently and could represent solid long-term buys. Below, we’ll look at the prospects for market-beating returns fromCoca-Cola(NYSE:KO),Target(NYSE:TGT), andLowe’s(NYSE:LOW).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Lowes Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is expected to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $1.02 in EPS and $16.58 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $80.22. The consensus price target is $85.68, and the 52-week range is $67.77 to $86.25.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Lowes(LOW) soared on Wednesday after reporting fourth-quarter earnings, making it the best performer in the S&P 500.

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    Today the shares are lower, but RBC Capital Markets’Scot Ciccarelli writes that the quarter’s strength supports more gains ahead.

    Ciccarelli and his team reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock and raised their price target $7, to $90, writing that the sales trends are positive and the macro backdrop, including a robust housing and construction sector, remains supportive for Lowe’s. They still preferHome Depot(HD), saying it provides more consistent execution, but are upbeat about Lowe’s ability to keep climbing.

    Details from their note about Lowe’s upbeat same-store sales:

    Lowes monthly comps were very healthy, up 4.7%, 6.3% and 4.2% (Nov-Jan), compared to Home Depots 6.0%, 8.0%, 5.1%. Both comp ticket (+4%) and transaction growth (+1.1%) contributed to the comp after stalling in recent quarters (2Q and 3Q traffic growth were sub-1%). Further, 2-year transaction comps (which we view as the run-rate) improved to ~4.7% in 4Q from 3Qs 3.0% and 2Qs 1.3%. Comps in all regions and nearly all product categories were positive, and the Pro continued to comp above company average. Big-ticket was also strong (+9%), driven by categories such as Appliances, Kitchen and Lawn & Garden.

    Lowe’s is down down 0.9% to $80.70 in recent trading, although it’s up 13.5% since the start of the year.


    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Insulet Corporation(PODD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Shares of Insulet Corporation(NASDAQ:PODD), a medical device company primarily focused on diabetes,rose by as much as 11% in afternoon trading on Friday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows MannKind Corporation having once been a highflyerwhile the performance of large cap insulin and diabetes stockNovo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO) has fallen off and small cap Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD) has actually performed better:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows MannKind Corporation peaking in 2014 before falling below the more steady performance of diabetes or insulin stocks like large cap Novo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO) and small cap Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD):

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) had its executive chairman selling stock last week. Jon Huntsman parted with 600,000 shares, and the share priceranged from $17.25 to $17.27. The total for the trade was posted at $10 million.The company manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The stock traded Friday at $18.10, so some left on that table as well.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Venator Materials PLC is a maker of titanium dioxide pigments and additives. The company is being spun out of Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) and plans to offer 22.7 million shares in an expected price range of $20 to $21, raising $465 million at an implied market cap of $2.18 billion. Underwriters include Citi, Goldman Sachs, BofA/Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Moelis & Company, HSBC Corp., Nomura Securities, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Academy Securities, and Commerzbank Capital. Shares are scheduled to price Wednesday and begin trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VNTR.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

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