Best Safest Stocks For 2019

1. Blame the bonds: The normally boring bond market is causing serious drama on Wall Street.

An avalanche of selling sent the Dow and S&P 500 careening 5% lower last week, one of the stock market’s worst weeks since the 2008 financial crisis.

The culprit: Rapidly rising bond yields are alarming investors who got hooked on a decade of low interest rates.

So what’s going on here? And why the focus on the bond market?

Modern financial markets function on the belief that U.S. government debt is the safest investment on the planet.

Knowing how much they can earn from “risk-free” Treasury bonds allows investors to determine the cost of stocks and other riskier assets. Treasuries serve as the benchmark for all other forms of credit, from junk bonds to mortgages.

“The 10-year Treasury sets the price for every asset in the world,” said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual.

That means the surge in the 10-year yield — from 2.4% earlier this year to about 2.8% now — has increased the cost of money generally.

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Avangrid, Inc.(AGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in shares of Avangrid Inc (NYSE:AGR) by 19.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 51,490 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,300 shares during the quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Avangrid were worth $2,632,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new position in Avangrid (NYSE:AGR) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 5,457 shares of the utilities provider’s stock, valued at approximately $279,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Martingale Asset Management L P grew its holdings in Avangrid Inc (NYSE:AGR) by 62.3% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 24,500 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 9,400 shares during the quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P’s holdings in Avangrid were worth $1,297,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) and Avangrid (NYSE:AGR) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Just off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright brothers made their pioneering flight, the renewable energy subsidiary of Avangrid (NYSE:AGR) is planning a 1,500-megawatt project on a 122,000-acre site. 

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Best Safest Stocks For 2019: T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.(TROW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 2.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 402,221 shares of the asset manager’s stock after purchasing an additional 7,746 shares during the quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. owned approximately 0.17% of T. Rowe Price Group worth $43,428,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) which fell about 5% to $107.70. The stock’s 52-week range is $81.77 to $127.43. Volume was about 2.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

  • [By ]

    T Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW) — It has been a tough stretch for many money managers, as investors siphon assets away from traditional mutual funds and deposit them in passive exchange-traded funds (ETFs). But T. Rowe Price bucked the trend and attracted $2.7 billion in net inflows last quarter, raising its assets under management (AUM) to $1.08 trillion.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW), which manages mutual funds and manages assets globally under the same T. Rowe Price name, has seen its shares rise 2% in the past week and rise 14% year to date. Its market cap is about $29 billion.

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about St Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. St Jude Medical earned a coverage optimism score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the medical technology company an impact score of 46.7237518599623 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Press coverage about St Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) has trended positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. St Jude Medical earned a news sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the medical technology company an impact score of 47.0517782357178 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of St. James’s Place (LON:STJ) to a buy rating in a research report released on Thursday. They currently have GBX 1,430 ($19.19) target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of GBX 1,310 ($17.58).

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Engility Holdings, Inc.(EGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) and Engility (NYSE:EGL) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of defense contractor Engility (NYSE:EGL), the billion-dollar provider of cyber, IT, engineering, and integration services to the U.S. government, are on a tear this morning. For this, you can thank the intrepid reporters from Reuters, who gave Engility stock an immediate popularity upgrade when they broke the story last night that the company could be in talks to be acquired.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On Monday, SAIC (NYSE:SAIC), which collected $4.4 billion in revenue last year providing engineering and IT services to various branches of the U.S. government, announced a “definitive agreement” to acquire fellow government IT contractor Engility (NYSE:EGL) and its $1.9 billion revenue stream for $1.6 billion, plus $900 million in assumed debt. (And let’s give credit where it’s due — Reuters predicted this acquisition, and Vertical Research upgraded Engility because of it, two months ago).

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) surged 73.3 percent to $3.90.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) shares gained 51 percent to $33.1365. The nano-cap low-float stock skyrocketed over 1,300 percent on Wednesday on no company specific news which would support the surge. The move higher is consistent with what was seen in other low-float stocks over the past few months.
    Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI) shares jumped 34 percent to $3.00.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares rose 28.2 percent to $4.51 after gaining 9.32 percent on Wednesday.
    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares jumped 27.8 percent to $21.40 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 20.5 percent to $8.920 after climbing 107.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Xspand Products Lab Inc (NASDAQ: XSPL) gained 19.5 percent to $ 5.97. Xspand Products priced its IPO at $5 per share.
    YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) rose 18.9 percent to $10.035 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) gained 18.3 percent to $3.0177. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to report Q1 results on May 15.
    MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG) rose 18.1 percent to $35.85 after the company posted strong Q1 earnings.
    Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC) shares jumped 16 percent to $30.75 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTMI) gained 13.7 percent to $16.53 after reporting Q1 results.
    Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT) shares surged 12 percent to $40.06 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) rose 11.8 percent to $40.93 following Q1 results.
    Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL) surged 11.2 percent to $27.36. Engility reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNL) rose 10.7 percent to $19.10 following Q1 results.
    Logitech International S.A. (NASDAQ: LOGI)

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Natural Gas Services Group, Inc.(NGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 10th. The oil and gas company reported $0.02 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.02. The business had revenue of $14.72 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $17.32 million. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock had a net margin of 31.19% and a return on equity of 0.60%. equities analysts expect that Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock will post 0.3 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) CEO Stephen Charles Taylor sold 1,306 shares of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.51, for a total value of $29,398.06. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 319,982 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,202,794.82. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) – Stock analysts at Imperial Capital dropped their FY2019 EPS estimates for Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, July 18th. Imperial Capital analyst J. Wangler now forecasts that the oil and gas company will post earnings per share of $0.51 for the year, down from their previous estimate of $0.52.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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