Best Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now


One day many years ago, I found myself stuck in traffic and noticed a peculiar sign. It said something about the construction that was going on — the very thing that was hampering my commute.

It said all this construction was being funded by a bond. This was before I had ever started my career in finance, so bonds were an unfamiliar thing. But when I began my investment career, I soon realized that I could actually invest in these things. And the more I learned, the more I was ecstatic.

After all, If you can’t beat ’em, might as well make money off them…

You see, these types of bonds have a name — general obligation bonds — a type of municipal, or “muni” bond for short. These bonds are used for everything from helping fund road construction to building schools, bridges, water infrastructure and other public buildings. As I became more familiar with municipal bonds, I quickly became a fan. In fact, in my experience, muni-bonds are one of the safest ways for investors to earn income in today’s market — while also beating the tax man. (More on that in a moment.)

Best Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Guaranty Bancorp(GBNK)


Guaranty Bancorp (the “Company”) is a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (the “BHC Act”) and headquartered in Colorado. The Company’s principal business is to serve as a holding company for our bank subsidiary, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company referred to as “Guaranty Bank” or “Bank”.

References to the “Company”, “us”, “we” and “our” refer to Guaranty Bancorp on a consolidated basis. References to “Guaranty Bancorp” or to the “holding company” refer to the parent company on a stand-alone basis.


At December 31, 2015, we had total assets of $2.4 billion, net loans of $1.8 billion, deposits of $1.8 billion and stockholders’ equity of $221.6 million, and we operated 26 branches and two investment management firms in Colorado through our bank subsidiary, Guaranty Bank.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) and County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $34.63.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) – Analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies lifted their Q3 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Guaranty Bancorp in a report released on Thursday, August 9th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst B. Rabatin now expects that the financial services provider will post earnings per share of $0.48 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.46. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a “Hold” rating and a $32.50 target price on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Guaranty Bancorp’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.50 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.93 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.50 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.51 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.53 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.55 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.09 EPS.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund, Inc.(CIK)


Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund, Inc. (the Fund), incorporated on February 11, 1987, is a diversified closed-end investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek current income through investment primarily in debt securities. The Fund will invest at least 75% of its total assets in fixed-income securities, such as bonds, debentures and preferred stock. Most of the Fund’s portfolio is invested in United States high-yield corporate debt, with some exposure to sovereign or corporate debt of developing countries. The Fund may invest up to 10% of its total assets in securities, which are not readily marketable, including those that are restricted as to disposition under securities law (restricted securities).


The Fund may invest in securities of foreign countries and governments. The Fund invests in various industries, including aerospace/defense, apparel/textiles, building materials, chemicals, electronics, forestry and paper, health services, media (cable), packaging, restaurants and software/services. Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC (Credit Suisse) serves as investment advisor of the Fund. Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited (Credit Suisse U.K.), an affiliate of Credit Suisse, serves as the sub-investment advisor of the Fund. BBH&Co. provides administrative and custodial services to the Fund.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Credit Suisse AM Inc Fund Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:CIK) announced a monthly dividend on Wednesday, June 27th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 11th will be given a dividend of 0.0225 per share on Tuesday, July 17th. This represents a $0.27 annualized dividend and a yield of 8.57%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, July 10th. This is an increase from Credit Suisse AM Inc Fund’s previous monthly dividend of $0.02.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund, Inc.(MNP)


Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund Inc. (the Fund), incorporated on November 24, 1992, is a diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek a high level of current income, which is exempt from federal income taxes, consistent with the preservation of capital. As a secondary investment objective, the Fund seeks to enhance portfolio value by purchasing tax exempt securities that may appreciate in value relative to other similar obligations in the marketplace. The Fund invests primarily in investment-grade municipal bonds. Its portfolio also includes short-term investments. In July 2007, the Fund announced the completion of its merger with Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund II Inc.


Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund Inc. invests in sectors, such as education, hospitals, transportation, utilities, water and sewer, electric and pollution control. Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (LMPFA) is the Fund’s investment manager. Its sub-advisor is Western Asset Management Company (Western Asset). Both of these companies are subsidiaries of Legg Mason, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Fiera Capital Corp grew its holdings in shares of Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd Inc (NYSE:MNP) by 46.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 196,895 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 62,761 shares during the quarter. Fiera Capital Corp’s holdings in Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd were worth $2,780,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd (NYSE:MNP) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd earned a media sentiment score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.9266470312802 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Shire plc(SHPG)


Shire plc and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as either “Shire”, or the “Company”) is fast-becoming a leading biotech company, focusing on developing and marketing innovative medicines for patients with rare diseases and other select conditions.

The Company has grown both organically and through acquisition, completing a series of major transactions that have brought therapeutic, geographic and pipeline growth and diversification. The Company will continue to conduct its own research and development (“R&D”), focused on rare diseases, as well as evaluate companies, products and pipeline opportunities that offer a strategic fit and have the potential to deliver value to all of the Company’s stakeholders: patients, physicians, policy makers, payers, investors and employees.


Strategy

Shire’s purpose is to enable people with life altering conditions to lead better lives.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Shire PLC (NASDAQ:SHPG) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the seventeen research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $208.25.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

    Titan International (NYSE:TWI) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Shire Plc. (Nasdaq: SHPG) is an international biotech firm that specializes in developing treatments for rare diseases and chronic conditions.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shire PLC (NASDAQ:SHPG) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the twenty ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and twelve have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $206.80.

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