best shares to invest in today

This past year was a very good one for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The blue-chip index saw 25 of its 30 stocks post share price gains for 2017, and the index closed the year up more than 24%.

There were two big winners in 2017 and three more stocks that posted very solid gains above 40%:

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 89% Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up 68.9% Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 46.1% Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), up 46.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up 42.9%.

A stronger global economy contributed to the fortunes of at least two of these firms. while lower U.S. unemployment and improving wages helped the more consumer oriented companies post their gains.

Boeing

This aerospace and defense giant simply defied gravity in 2017. The stock’s upward trajectory started early and didn’t let up for the entire year. The company will end the year with net new orders of more than 850 and operating cash flow north of $12 billion. The big question, of course, is can the company keep it up through 2018? Could Boeing’s stock price actually nearly double again? That does not seem possible, but the company appears poised for another very good year.

best shares to invest in today: ITT Corporation(ITT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

best shares to invest in today: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    The same is true for Dynavax Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: DVAX). A quick Night Trade of DVAX would’ve netted a whopping 230% in just a few months – and this can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

best shares to invest in today: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

best shares to invest in today: Golfsmith International Holdings Inc.(GOLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap golf equipment stockAcushnet Holdings Corp (NYSE: GOLF):

    Acushnet Holdings has been on our watchlist for a while too, but it’s only been in the past few days we’ve seen the cracks start to appear.

best shares to invest in today: Headwaters Incorporated(HW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Building products provider Headwaters (HW) said Sunday that it has agreed to be acquired by Australian construction materials supplier Boral for $24.25 per share, or $2.6 billion, in cash.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Headwaters (HW) , EnergySolutions (ES) , Western Refining (WNR) and Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP) .

    No-Huddle Offense

best shares to invest in today: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Some money managers are indeed preparing for Armageddon, expecting a thin summer trading season to usher in the bear. But Cramer said that, ultimately, what happens in Washington has little impact on the earnings of stocks like Walmart (WMT) , Coca-Cola (KO) or Citigroup (C) . It also has no correlation to the 17.8% move in Nvidia (NVDA) , nor the 12.8% jump in Electronic Arts (EA) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    So we find ourselves in the position we have for most of this year: positive on the market averages but less confident in what stocks to buy. While banks have clearly been the flavor of the day we have generally avoided those names. Both Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) are only now hitting six year highs and we have never advocated chasing winners. Meanwhile the staid, safe defensive stocks (value) like P&G (PG), Coke (KO), and Philip Morris (PM) are lagging. The dichotomy might be illustrated by retailers where Best Buy has been roaring while Gap Stores has been tanking…

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Bharara’s office also secured major settlements with some of the country’s biggest banks, including Citibank (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) . In 2014, it reached a $1.2 billion agreement with Toyota (TM) over unintended acceleration by its cars.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup (C) has declined0.5% to$58.09 after its earnings topped the Street consensus but its sales fell shortof analyst expectations.

    United Continental Holdings (UAL) has dropped 1.7% to$72.50 despite beating earnings and revenue forecasts.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    But here’s the thing: One of those banks, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), just rose 14.3% in a four-week period, leaving Money Morning Options Trading Specialist Tom Gentile to wonder, “how much better can they do?”

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