Best Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019

Icon Plc (NASDAQ:ICLR) – Stock analysts at KeyCorp increased their Q4 2018 earnings estimates for Icon in a research note issued on Sunday, June 17th. KeyCorp analyst D. Hooker now forecasts that the medical research company will earn $1.59 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $1.58. KeyCorp currently has a “Overweight” rating and a $152.00 price target on the stock.

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Icon (NASDAQ:ICLR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 3rd. The medical research company reported $1.42 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.41 by $0.01. Icon had a net margin of 14.80% and a return on equity of 26.56%. The company had revenue of $620.13 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $562.61 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.29 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 43.6% on a year-over-year basis.

Best Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: WellCare Helath Plans Inc.(WCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Renaissance Technologies LLC trimmed its position in shares of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) by 4.4% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 1,393,400 shares of the company’s stock after selling 63,600 shares during the quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC’s holdings in WellCare Health Plans were worth $343,111,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Federated Investors Inc. PA lessened its holdings in WellCare (NYSE:WCG) by 17.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 50,260 shares of the company’s stock after selling 10,275 shares during the period. Federated Investors Inc. PA owned about 0.11% of WellCare worth $9,732,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    WellCare Health Plans (NYSE:WCG) had its target price hoisted by Argus from $265.00 to $360.00 in a research note published on Friday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System increased its holdings in WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) by 7.5% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 66,119 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,630 shares during the quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System owned about 0.13% of WellCare Health Plans worth $15,610,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Best Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: PACCAR Inc.(PCAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    KBC Group NV increased its position in shares of Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR) by 9.2% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 92,983 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 7,832 shares during the quarter. KBC Group NV’s holdings in Paccar were worth $6,153,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D bought a new position in shares of Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR) in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund bought 160,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,587,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    New York State Teachers Retirement System decreased its position in shares of Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR) by 0.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 535,919 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,577 shares during the period. New York State Teachers Retirement System owned about 0.15% of Paccar worth $35,462,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Schroder Investment Management Group raised its stake in PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR) by 934.2% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 869,356 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 785,295 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group’s holdings in PACCAR were worth $53,935,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Bloomin' Brands, Inc.(BLMN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN) and Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Thursday was a volatile day on Wall Street, as major stock indexes lost a lot of ground early in the day but then rebounded to finished mixed. Gains for the Nasdaq Composite came even as Dow Jones Industrial Average fell modestly, and although investors spent much of the session trying to parse through the implications of the latest economic report on retail sales, earnings played a key role in moving many well-known stocks. Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), and Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ:BLMN) were among the top performers. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Jennison Associates LLC raised its position in shares of Bloomin’ Brands Inc (NASDAQ:BLMN) by 15.7% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 59,634 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,083 shares during the quarter. Jennison Associates LLC owned 0.06% of Bloomin’ Brands worth $1,199,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Equities research analysts expect Bloomin’ Brands Inc (NASDAQ:BLMN) to report earnings per share of $0.08 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Five analysts have made estimates for Bloomin’ Brands’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.12 and the lowest is $0.05. Bloomin’ Brands reported earnings of $0.12 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 33.3%. The business is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Friday, November 2nd.

  • [By John Ballard]

    The restaurant industry has had a rough few years. Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ:BLMN), owner of Outback Steakhouse, and Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), owner of Chili’s Grill and Bar, were hit particularly hard by traffic trends. Some of this can be attributed to shifts in consumer behavior, as diners more than ever are demanding faster service and quality food preparation. 

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