Its another record day for big U.S. stock indices. The Dow closed above 19,000 for the first time ever, and the other major benchmarks all ended at new record highs for the second straight day.
The Dow closed up 67.22 points, or 0.35%, at 19,023.87.The Blue Chip index broke through 19,000for the first time ever earlier in the trading session.
Elsewhere, S&P 500 ended with a gain of 4.66 points, or 0.22%, closing at 2,202.88 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 17.49 points, or 0.33%, to close at 5,386.35.
Also hitting record highs, the small-cap focused Russell 2000 closed at 1,330.90, a gain of 8.66 points, or 0.66, while the S&P Midcap 400 index climbed 10.48 points, or 1.3% to end the day at 816.982.
Dollar Tree (DLTR) soared 8.2% to close at $88.69 after the discount store chain provided upbeat guidance for the current quarter, and same-store sales fared better than expected in the latest period.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Diageo plc(DEO)
- [By Leo Sun]
Retirees should generally invest in companies with wide moats and solid dividends. In a previous article, I noted that AT&T and Unilever were easy-to-understand companies that were ideal for most retirement portfolios. Today, I’ll add two more companies to that list — alcoholic beverage giants Diageo (NYSE:DEO) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).
- [By Mark Fritz]
Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF.B): Hold.
Price Target: $46.00.
Davide Campari Milano SpA (ADR) (OTC: DVDCY): Buy.
Price Target: 7.40 euros.
Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO): Hold.
Price Target: 25.50 pounds.
PERNOD RICARD EUR1.55 (OTC: PDRDF): Hold.
Price Target: 98 euros.
REMY COINTREAU EUR1.60 (OTC: REMYF): Hold.
Price Target: 99 euros.
The authors relied on U.S. Census data, industry sources and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Given this less than favorable outlook, the analysts downgrade Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO)’s stock rating from Buy to Hold with a price target on the U.K.-listed stock of GBP25.50.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF(VGSH)
- [By Donald van Deventer]
Shorter-duration Treasury Exchange-Traded Funds: (SHY), (SHV), (IEI), (BIL), (TUZ), (FIVZ), (DTUL), (VGSH), (DTUS), (DFVS), (DFVL), (SST), (ISTB), (TBZ).
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )
- [By Lisa Levin]
ChannelAdvisor Corp (NASDAQ: ECOM) shares dropped 24 percent to $10.85 following Q4 results. ChannelAdvisor reported Q4 net income of $5.8 million on revenue of $31.8 million.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc.(CRVP)
- [By Peter Graham]
Meanwhile, small capCrystal Rock Holdings (NYSEAMEX: CRVP) is the largest independent home and office distributor of its kind in the United States -marketing water, coffee and other home and office refreshment products throughout the Northeast through its subsidiary Crystal Rock LLC.The Companybottles and distributes natural spring water under the Vermont Pure庐 brand, purified water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock庐 label andits own Cool Beans庐 coffee. The majority of sales are derived froman extensive route distribution system throughout the Northeast United States. Specifically, the Company sells major brands in three and five gallon bottles to homes and offices throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. In addition, Crystal Rock庐 is distributed in southern New England and upstate and western New York while Vermont Pure is primarily distributed throughout northern New England and upstate New York and secondarily in southern New England.