best shares to invest in

Our Top Pick for 2017 for conservative or income-oriented investors is an investment management firm that focuses on alternative strategies, explains George Putnam, editor of The Turnaround Letter. 

Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) is known for its contrarian approach with many of its products concentrating on distressed assets and turnaround situations.

The company is very well managed, and its disciplined risk control has proven itself over the years. 

Fee-related products provide a steady base of income, yet what produces its real long-term value are the profits it generates from illiquid and complicated investments in distressed bonds, real estate and other alternative assets. 

Unfortunately, these profits can be quite lumpy, depending on when these investments are liquidated. 

Another source of value: Oaktree holds a 20% stake in DoubleLine Capital, the highly successful bond manager with over $100 billion in assets (Oaktree bought their stake years ago at a bargain price). 

best shares to invest in: Yum! Brands, Inc.(YUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    While its closest rivals Domino’s (NYSE:DPZ) and Papa John’s (NASDAQ:PZZA) have steadily delivered impressive growth in the United States Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) Pizza Hut has struggled.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Yet pizza seems to be where real innovation is happening, because it’s not just Domino’s that has found success with digital technology, but Pizza Hut is alsobecoming a leader in showing just how far merchants can take artificial intelligence.The Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) pizza chain is still in the midst of a turnaround like the one Domino’s needed a few years back, and it is counting on technology to do it.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    There has been a major movement toward antibiotic-free meat in fast-food restaurants in recent years. While a number of restaurants have switched to antibiotic-free chicken, McDonald’s and other restaurants are dragging their heels in switching to antibiotic-free pork and beef. Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM)’s KFC franchise is the latest chain to pledge to switch to antibiotic-free chicken.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    As a tiebreaker, Cramer turned to Yum Brands (YUM) , where Pizza Hut also saw some softness, but was able to eek out an increase in gross margins.

    Pizza delivery is the ultimate stay-at-home economy play, Cramer said, but clearly the rising tide is not lifting all boats, and only Domino’s is able to buck the trend with its superior technology initiatives.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    McDonald’s is a fast-food service restaurant with more than 36 thousand restaurants in around 100 countries. With a market cap of $100 billion, the company has the largest position in the fast-food industry in the U.S., with Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) being its closest competitor. The company sells burgers, fries and sandwiches with the vision of providing great taste, modern choices and real ingredients. McDonald’s is constantly trying to find new ways to strengthen the nutritional profile of its menu items while maintaining taste.

best shares to invest in: Medivation Inc.(MDVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Reports suggest that Gilead Sciences (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) have joined the bidding process forMedivation (MDVN), one that already includes (maybe) Amgen (AMGN), and of course Sanofi (SNY), which is trying to throw out Medivation’s board. Of the three biotech giants, Citigroup’s Robyn Karnauskas and team argue that Amgen is best positioned to win the battle. They explain why:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) Aug16 52.5 Puts: 10000 @ ASK $1.70: 10k traded vs 335 OI: Earnings 7/26 $54.94 Ref
    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN) Jul16 345 Puts: 949 @ ASK $8.70: 1003 traded vs 55 OI: Earnings 8/2 $360.20 Ref
    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) Fri 6/24 47.0 Puts (Wkly) Sweep: 689 @ ASK $1.12: 3758 traded vs 136 OI: Earnings 8/4 $46.69 Ref
    Medivation Inc (NASDAQ: MDVN) Sep16 55.0 Puts: 4000 @ Above Ask! $3.40: 5303 traded vs 716 OI: Earnings 8/4 $59.44 Ref
    Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ: EXPD) Aug16 47.0 Puts Sweep: 950 @ ASK $1.35: 973 traded vs 381 OI: Earnings 8/2 $48.15 Ref

    Posted-In: Huge Put PurchasesNews Options Markets

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Bloomberg reported that Sanofi (SNY) had made a bid for Medivation (MDVN) but had been rebuffed, while noting that other companies–perhaps Gilead Sciences (GILD), Amgen (AMGN) or AstraZeneca (AZN)?–were also on the prowl. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Peter Lawson explains why Medivation might be biotech’s most wanted:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Macro considerations have continued to weigh on stocks whenever they’ve shown signs of life and consensus estimates for many of the large cap companies have been declining. With the sector’s underperformance, the delta in the average PEG ratio for biotech growth companies (excluding Medivation (MDVN)) compared to non-biotech growth companies is slightly wider than it’s been for most of the year. As such, we remain constructive on the sector. That said, while valuations are attractive on a relative basis, there remains some uncertainty for the group and we would not be surprised to see the volatility continue…

best shares to invest in: Strayer Education, Inc.(STRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell by 1.21 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA), down 13 percent, and MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ: MGPI), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $86.60. Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA) and Capella Education agreed to an all-stock merger. Capella Education also posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

best shares to invest in: Magal Security Systems Ltd.(MAGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Magal Security Systems (MAGS) is an Israeli company whose stock trades in the US. The company specializes in “smart fences” that protect large geographic areas, power plants, military bases, prisons, and building complexes against unwanted intrusions.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, industrial shares fell by 0.04 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE: UN), down 8 percent, and Magal Security Systems Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: MAGS), down 6 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Israel based small capMagal Security Systems Ltd (NASDAQ: MAGS)was established in 1965 as a branch of the Israeli Aerospace Industry focused on developing smart fences for security. It was floated and privatized15years later and hadanIPO on NASDAQ on 1993. Today, Magal Security Systems is a leading international provider of solutions and products for physical and video security solutions, as well as site management. MAGS offers comprehensive integrated solutions for critical sites, managed by Fortis4G the Companys4th generation, cutting-edge PSIM (Physical Security Information Management system). The solutions leveragea broad portfolio of homegrown PIDS (Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems), advanced VMS (Video Management Software) with native IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) Security solutions.

best shares to invest in: CVR Refining, LP(CVRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.

    Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013
    Valero (NYSE: VLO  ) $12.27 $9.26
    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX  ) $13.67 $9.88
    HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC  ) $24.00 $20.28
    CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR  ) $28.08 $20.30

    Source: Company Earnings releases

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CVR Refining LP (NYSE: CVRR) were down 11 percent to $10.00. Velocity Midstream Partners and CVR Refining disclosed the execution of agreements related to the construction of a crude oil pipeline from the SCOOP play in Central Oklahoma to CVR's Wynnewood refinery.

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