Best Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now

As promised, natural gas pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) returned to growth mode in 2018. Overall, the company hauled in $1.247 billion ($0.56 per share) of distributable cash flow during the first quarter, which was 3% higher than the year-ago period, and beat its forecast.

Those strong results, when combined with an improving financial profile, enabled Kinder Morgan to follow through with its promise to boost its dividend by 60% this year.

Kinder Morgan Inc. results: The raw numbers

In millions of dollars. Data source: Kinder Morgan Inc. Chart by author.

What happened with Kinder Morgan this quarter? 

Recently completed expansion projects and higher oil prices fueled improving results.

Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline segment delivered a strong performance in the first quarter, with earnings rising 6% year over year. Fueling that increase was the impact of colder weather (which drove up gas demand), an improvement in drilling activities thanks to better pricing and recent projects placed into service. Overall, natural gas transportation volumes rose 10% versus the prior year. Carbon dioxide segment earnings improved 7% due to higher commodity prices and a 5% hike in oil production. Product pipeline earnings edged up 1% due to increased contributions from two pipeline systems, which more than offset weakness on another one. Earnings in the terminals segment slipped 2% even though volumes went up 5% thanks to recently completed storage capacity expansions. Lower rates on some of the company’s existing tankers and falling storage tank utilization in several locations offset the positive impact from its growth projects.  Contributions from Kinder Morgan Canada Limited’s (TSX:KML) Trans Mountain Pipeline jumped 7% year over year due to how the company capitalized costs for that pipeline’s expansion project.

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Best Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    That’s not to say it was a quiet day for every stock on the market. With earnings season ramping up, brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) served as an exercise in contrast as investors reacted to their respective quarterly reports.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainment tripling in value before falling back while small cap upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant owner RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK) began taking off in 2016 and small cap Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) is being acquired by Arby’s Restaurant Group:

Best Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Right now, it’s time for that yearly review of the ones he picked to honor the month, and also the briefly famous pregnant giraffe: five companies, and the first letters of their tickers spelled out A-P-R-I-L. They were Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ:AAXN), Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacific (NYSE:PAC), ResMed (NYSE:RMD), Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG), and Live Nation (NYSE:LYV).

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) rose 31.1% in the first half of 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The maker of the da Vinci line of robotic surgery tools crushed Wall Street’s expectations in both of the earnings reports that were presented in this six-month span.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp lessened its stake in shares of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) by 16.3% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 13,900 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock after selling 2,700 shares during the quarter. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp’s holdings in Intuitive Surgical were worth $6,651,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    The VISE acronym stands for:

    Visa (NYSE:V) Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA)

    Each of these four companies brings clear-cut competitive advantages to the table that should allow it to handily outperform the broader market (and the FANG stocks).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Robotic surgery pioneer Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) has been a big winner, up 38% since the beginning of the year. Two companies that haven’t been so fortunate are footwear maker Skechers (NYSE:SKX) and flooring retailer Tile Shop Holdings (NASDAQ:TTS), which have fallen 18% and 13% year to date, respectively. Here are some key metrics to watch when these companies report earnings in July.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday. The medical equipment provider reported $2.76 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.48 by $0.28, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The company had revenue of $909.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $877.43 million. Intuitive Surgical had a return on equity of 20.72% and a net margin of 23.25%. Intuitive Surgical’s quarterly revenue was up 19.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $5.95 earnings per share.

Best Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MediBloc [QRC20] (MED) is a proof-of-work (PoW) token that uses the HybridScryptHash256 hashing algorithm. It was first traded on January 3rd, 2014. MediBloc [QRC20]’s total supply is 4,097,545,844 tokens and its circulating supply is 2,966,384,100 tokens. MediBloc [QRC20]’s official website is medibloc.org/en. MediBloc [QRC20]’s official Twitter account is @MEDDevTeam. The official message board for MediBloc [QRC20] is medium.com/@MediBloc. The Reddit community for MediBloc [QRC20] is /r/MediBloc and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Meanwhile, Medifast’s (NYSE:MED) share price has tripled since the beginning of March. Medifast’s second-quarter operating results showcased a 55% increase in sales and an 84% improvement in year-over-year adjusted earnings per share. A substantial increase in Optavia-branded products sold, along with a big jump in active earning coaches, drove results. The company also substantially lifted its full-year sales and profit guidance (close to 20% at the midpoint for both measures). 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MediBloc (CURRENCY:MED) traded 6.8% lower against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 15:00 PM Eastern on May 27th. MediBloc has a total market cap of $73.40 million and $743,880.00 worth of MediBloc was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One MediBloc token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.0247 or 0.00000339 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Bibox, Gate.io and Coinrail. During the last seven days, MediBloc has traded 8.3% higher against the dollar.

Best Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter, but issued weak sales outlook for the third quarter.
    Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Comparable-store sales rose 0.6 percent.
    Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) disclosed a 7.2 million common stock offering.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Crude oil prices continue to remain in focus after Brent crude hit $80.00 per barrel. The benchmark crude touched $80.00, as markets are concerned about the impact renewed Iranian sanctions will have on global supply. French oil giant Total announced Wednesday that it was abandoning a gas project in Iran after failing to obtain a waiver from the Trump administration to do business in Iran. The sanctions are expected to decline global output at a time that OPEC is already working diligently to push oil prices higher by containing excessive global production.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: JCP, BABA, F, KR
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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) shares pulled back on Tuesday after the department store chain announced its sales projections for the next five years. Ultimately its targets were not up to par with what Wall Street had in mind.

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