2017 was a banner year. The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 rallied 19.4% year-to-date, and it did so without so much as a hiccup. We’re now heading into the ninth year of this bull market, and at 3,219 days and a 300%-plus total return since the market bottomed in March 2009 this is the second-longest and strongest bull market in history. (Number one is the bull market of the 1990s, which lasted 4,494 days and returned 582%.)
Here at Maximum Profit, we booked some solid gains and are sitting on many more. And while you’ll likely hear the old saying, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” we want to be on the boats that are rising faster than the rest. That’s the purpose of the Maximum Profit system. So, yes, the large majority of stocks did rise with the overall market in 2017. However, we were able to jump on the ones that were leading the pack.
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We booked a 26% gain on Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) in just seven months — more than doubling the S&P’s 11% return over the same time frame. Idexx Laboratories (Nasdaq: IDXX) provided us with a nice 39% return in 11 months, versus the market’s 14% return.
penny stock research: Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC)
- [By R. Chandrasekaran]
Some of the outperforming stocks:
NVDIA Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) trading up about 5.7 percent with a range between $69.50 and $71.72.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is gaining about 4 percent. The stock ranged between $770.94 and $787.73.
Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) is gaining about 3.3 percent with the stock trading between $56.10 and $58.01.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is adding about 3 percent with the stock ranging $59.78-$60.52.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is gaining about 2.9 percent with the stock trading between $792.90 and $805.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is adding approximately 2.9 percent with shares trading in the range of $34.15-$34.60.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is gaining about 2.8 percent as the stock traded between $30.61 and $31.05.
Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) is adding about 2.8 percent with the shares traded in the range of $75.41-$77.00
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Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
penny stock research: Raytheon Company(RTN)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Raytheon (RTN) is the third-largest defense contractor in the U.S. and the largest missile maker in the world. The company’s engineering expertise continues to be coveted by America’s top brass and allies around the world.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
Our No. 2 pick, Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), is involved in engineering technology for defense systems, government electronics, and information technology. Its largest and most profitable segments are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).
- [By Stephen Mack]
Defense contractor Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) beat expectations last week, reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.89 compared to an expected $1.76. That’s still a 20% drop from $2.38 in the same quarter last year. But here’s what’s important to understand: It’s not as bad as it looks.
- [By Michael A. Robinson]
Key holdings in ITA include…
Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.
As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.
penny stock research: SBA Communications Corporation(SBAC)
- [By Paul R. La Monica]
And the infrastructure fund has stakes in cell phone tower owners Crown Castle (CCI) and SBA Communications (SBAC), as well as giant British gas and electric utility National Grid (NGG).
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian shared with the viewers an options trading idea in SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SBAC). He noticed big call options volume in the name and he thinks it would be a good idea to get a long position.
penny stock research: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.