Best Medical Stocks For 2018

SAN FRANCISCO A new tech start-up wants to be the Uber of health care.

Concierge Key Health is building an app that would let consumers schedule access, on-demand, to general practitioners and top-tier physicians in specialized fields such as orthopedics, cardiology and brain surgery.

When the app launches in the fall, patients in a dozen cities including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and Washington, D.C. will have the ability to book appointments from a pool of 1,500 specialists for urgent care and hospital concierge clinics.

“We want to create an Uber-like service nationwide,” says Concierge Key Health CEO Robert Grant, an entrepreneur who has extensive experience in the medical field. “One of the biggest challenges in health care is no one thinks of the patient experience and yet we pay as much for health care as anything else.”

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: TRC Companies Inc.(TRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $7.53. TRC posted Q4 earnings of $0.20 per share on revenue of $132.3 million.

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Geo Group Inc (The)(GEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) was trading up 7.8% at $20.97 shortly before Monday’s closing bell. GEO Group Inc. (NYSE: GEO) was up 2.2% at $31.29.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Height Securities said in a note that the recent drama surrounding Sessions, known as a friend to the industry, has scared the wits out of investors in Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) and The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    If a potential Trump impeachment appears to be progressing, traders should watch for potential buying opportunities in the following places:

    U.S. companies with primarily domestic exposure and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY).
    Bank stocks and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLF).
    Prison stocks Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) and The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO).
    Energy and coal stocks, including the Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSE: KOL).

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Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid capSouthern chicken restaurant stock Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc (NASDAQ: CBRL) reported Q3 earnings before the market opened this morning.Total revenue was flat at $700.4 million as comparable store restaurant sales decreased 0.4% as a 2.1% decline in comparable store restaurant traffic was partially offset by a 1.7% increase in average check. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 1.6% andcomparable store retail sales decreased 4.7% from the prior year quarter. Comparable store restaurant traffic, average check and comparable store restaurant sales and retail sales for the fiscal months of February, March, and April and the third quarter were as follows:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid capSouthern chicken restaurant stock Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc (NASDAQ: CBRL) reportedearnings for fiscal Q1 2018 (ended October 27, 2017) before the market opened with results topping Wall Street expectations. Total revenue rose 0.1%to $710.4 million as comparable store restaurant sales increased 0.2%, including a 2.0% increase in average check partially offset by a 1.8% decrease in store traffic. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 2.2% whilecomparable store retail sales decreased 3.6% from the prior year quarter. The Company opened two new Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations during the quarter, bringing the store count to 651 combined Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations at quarter-end. Net income was $46.380 million versus net income of $48.355 million. Earnings per diluted share were $1.92, compared to diluted EPS of $2.01 in the prior year first quarter with the Company estimating that hurricanes Harvey and Irma reduced first quarter diluted EPS by approximately $0.07.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.

    The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.

    Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.

    Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”

    For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.

    Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.

    For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.

    Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) to have earned $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million in the latest quarter. Cracker Barrel shares gained 0.67 percent to $152.50 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ: CBRL) shares tumbled 2.50 percent to $104.32 after the company reported a 1.1% drop in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and issued a downbeat Q1 forecast.

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Nord Anglia Education, Inc.(NORD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nord Anglia Education Inc (NASDAQ: NORD) shares shot up 19 percent to $32.83 after the company agreed to be acquired for $32.50 per share in cash.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international school stock Nord Anglia Education Inc (NYSE: NORD):

Best Medical Stocks For 2018: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yes, Coca-Cola (KO) announced a CEO swap last week, but that has nothing to do with Morgan Stanley’s decision to cut Coca-Cola to Equal Weight from Overweight. Morgan Stanley analyst Dara Mohsenian and team explain what did:

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    We view Coke valuation as fair here, given topline challenges, with results limited by secular health/wellness challenges in developed markets and by weak macros in emerging markets. We also are even more cautious on large cap multinationals in general, given direct and indirect impacts from a Trump administration: 1) less favorable relative tax benefits from policy changes than domestic centric manufacturers, 2) the indirect impact of a strengthening US dollar, and 3) lower leverage to a potential US macro recovery from greater fiscal spending (which will have less impact on defensive large cap staples). Our downgrade is not related to the recent CEO change. We view James Quincey favorably, and we expect (and encourage) him to push harder on the favorable strategic changes Coke announced in October 2014.

    No matter. Shares of Coca-Cola have advanced 0.2% to $41.62 at 12:36 p.m. today.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    This is a mature company with brands youd recognize Nabisco, Oreo, Cadbury, and Trident gum, among others. Its certainly not a young startup conserving every free dollar to invest in future growth. So Mondelez should, at a minimum, yield as much as The Coca-Cola Co (KO) or PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) which yield 3.1% and 2.8%, respectively. Mondelezs 1.8% yield looks downright parsimonious by comparison.

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