good stock to invest in now

Below is a look at the 30 largest publicly traded US stocks (based on market cap). As shown, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) sits at the top by a wide margin after posting a 22% YTD gain thus far in 2017. The stock is currently 7% above its 50-day moving average and less than 1% from its all-time high. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B), and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) round out the top five, and all have market caps greater than $400 billion. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is less than half a billion in market cap away from Facebook, leaving AMZN in the #6 spot. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), which was the largest company in the world for many years until Apple eclipsed it, now ranks as the eighth largest company in the US. Even Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is now bigger than XOM.

Along with Berkshire, two additional Financial sector stocks rank in the top 10. JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) rank #9 and #10.

Like Exxon, another company that used to sit at the top of this list is General Electric (NYSE:GE). With a market cap of $258 billion, GE doesn’t even crack the top 10 at this point. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is yet another name that used to sit at or near the top, but now the company is only the 15th largest company in the US. Remarkably, online retail giant Amazon.com has a market cap that is nearly double the size of Wal-Mart. There’s no better example of “Death by Amazon” than that.

good stock to invest in now: White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.(WTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Most Expensive Stocks No. 6: White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd.
    The sixth most expensive stock you can buy is Bermuda-based White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM). The insurance company currently trades at $826.04 a share.

good stock to invest in now: Brown & Brown, Inc.(BRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

good stock to invest in now: Ultra Petroleum Corp.(UPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By STOCKPICKR]

    As energy commodity prices have sold off in recent months, so too have the E&P stocks that pull those resources out of the ground. And Ultra Petroleum (UPL) has been no exception. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out why this stock looks toxic here — the setup in shares of Ultra Petroleum is about as simple as they get.

    UPL is bouncing its way lower in a textbook downtrending channel, a price setup that’s formed by a pair of parallel trendlines that have kept UPL range-bound since April. The price channel in UPL identifies the high-probability range for shares to stay within, and so, with shares pressing up against resistance for the eighth time since this price channel kicked off, it makes sense to be a seller on the next bounce lower.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

good stock to invest in now: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

good stock to invest in now: Canadian Pacific Railway Limited(CP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Railroad operator CSX may not have risen as sharply as Alcoa over the past few months, but it has also been steadily rising. It got a big boost this month when the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP) Hunter Harrison resigned his position and was said to be teaming up with activist investor Paul Hilal to take on CSX, causing the railroad’s stock to surge 23% on the news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A strange turn of events has sent shares of CSX (CSX)–and other railroads, including Union Pacific (UNP) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)–soaring today. It all started when Hunter Harrison announced that he would leave Canadian Pacific ahead of schedule to team up with activist investor for the turnaround of another railway company. That company is thought to be CSX.

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