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Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now

ValuEngine downgraded shares of National Commerce (NASDAQ:NCOM) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report released on Thursday.

NCOM has been the subject of several other reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of National Commerce from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report on Thursday, May 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of National Commerce from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $53.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. Finally, Stephens reiterated a hold rating and set a $48.00 target price on shares of National Commerce in a research report on Thursday, July 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $48.67.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Century Casinos, Inc.(CNTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Century Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNTY) traded down 9.7% during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $6.46 and last traded at $6.48. 845,612 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 658% from the average session volume of 111,531 shares. The stock had previously closed at $7.18.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News headlines about Century Casinos (NASDAQ:CNTY) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Century Casinos earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 45.6738306029486 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Century Casinos (NASDAQ: CNTY) is one of 31 public companies in the “Hotels & motels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Century Casinos to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News stories about Century Casinos (NASDAQ:CNTY) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Century Casinos earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 47.2296807992345 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: iShares Intermediate Credit Bond (CIU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Sei Investments Co. lowered its position in iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF (NASDAQ:CIU) by 44.0% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,507 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,185 shares during the quarter. Sei Investments Co.’s holdings in iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF were worth $160,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    For the details of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=ARKANSAS+FINANCIAL+GROUP%2C+INC.

    These are the top 5 holdings of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) – 239,571 shares, 25.69% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.73%iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 277,760 shares, 23.14% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.52%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 400,939 shares, 18.49% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.16%iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF (CIU) – 229,423 shares, 10.93% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.93%Vanguard Mid-Cap (VO) – 82,652 shares, 5.66% of the total p

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    For the details of Allianz Investment Management LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Allianz+Investment+Management+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Allianz Investment Management LLCiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond (LQD) – 3,271,938 shares, 72.31% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 54.10%SPDR Portfolio Intermediate Term Corporate Bond (SPIB) – 2,000,000 shares, 12.63% of the total portfolio. New PositioniShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF (CIU) – 618,046 shares, 12.48% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 757.25%Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 88,000 shares, 1.3% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 35.38%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 65,470 shares, 1.28% of the total portfolio. New Purchase: SPDR

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Netease.com Inc.(NTES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    For comparison, Tencent (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY) and NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES), the two biggest names in Chinese mobile games, trade at about 9 times and 3 times this year’s sales, respectively. Out of the ten highest-grossing Android games in China (according to Newzoo’s April numbers), Tencent and its subsidiaries published six of the titles, while NetEase published three. The only game which didn’t come from those two publishers was 4399’s Dream Journey. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It’s been a rough year for NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) shareholders. The Chinese online gaming pioneer hit another 52-week low last week. The stock begins this week trading 48% off the all-time highs it set just nine months ago. 

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) recently tumbled after the Chinese tech company posted mixed first-quarter numbers. Its revenue rose 4% annually to 14.2 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), which beat estimates by $120 million. Unfortunately, its non-GAAP net income plunged 69% to 1.34 billion yuan ($213 million), or $1.61 per diluted ADS (American depositary share) — which missed estimates by 36 cents.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) traded down 0.3% during mid-day trading on Friday after Barclays lowered their price target on the stock to $255.00. Barclays currently has an equal weight rating on the stock. NetEase traded as low as $240.07 and last traded at $246.86. 481,395 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 60% from the average session volume of 1,205,109 shares. The stock had previously closed at $246.16.

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Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust(PMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Headlines about Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust (NYSE:PMO) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.534048831996 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News coverage about Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust (NYSE:PMO) has trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust earned a coverage optimism score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.4937566813447 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 5 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Warren Buffett is famous for the strong track record he’s put up for Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B). When you look at Buffett’s holdings, you’ll find that banking giant Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is one of his largest positions, with more than $25 billion invested in the company. That amounts to almost 10% of Wells Fargo’s outstanding shares, demonstrating Buffett’s belief in the bank’s prospects.

  • [By ]

    Like most investors, Warren Buffett didn’t have a great first quarter. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) gained less than 1% through the end of March. That was enough to beat the S&P 500 index, but I doubt Buffett broke out his ukelele to strum and celebrate.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Some might argue that holding cash and waiting for a more favorable time to invest sounds like market timing, but consider that Buffet is following his own advice. At the end of the second quarter of 2018, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) had over $111 billion in cash on the books. That doesn’t mean the company has stopped buying stock altogether — Buffett added to his position in Apple again — but being patient and waiting for a good value is prudent after a decade-long bull run.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Timothy Green, and Danny Vena]

    Knowing that, we asked a team of Motley Fool contributors to highlight a stock that they think is a better bet than bitcoin from here, and they came up with Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B), PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), and HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY). 

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2019

Over the past few years, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) has accumulated quite a bit of cash on its balance sheet. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, Berkshire reported a total of $108.6 billion in cash — far more than the $30 billion CEO Warren Buffett recently said he would prefer.

This leaves almost $80 billion in excess capital, and Buffett has said that he’s having a tough time finding companies to acquire, which is by far his preferred way to use Berkshire’s money. This raises the question, “What is Warren Buffett looking for?” While some of Berkshire’s acquisition-evaluation process is a trade secret, we do have a pretty good idea of how Buffett determines what businesses he’s interested in.

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Berkshire’s basic criteria

In Berkshire Hathaway’s 2017 annual report, there’s a list of six basic criteria that the company looks for in potential acquisition targets. And they need to meet all six.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2019: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Semtech Co. (NASDAQ:SMTC) VP Marc Pegulu sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.85, for a total value of $24,425.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 15,453 shares in the company, valued at $754,879.05. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Semtech Co. (NASDAQ:SMTC) – Investment analysts at Oppenheimer issued their Q3 2020 earnings estimates for shares of Semtech in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, May 31st. Oppenheimer analyst R. Schafer anticipates that the semiconductor company will post earnings per share of $0.45 for the quarter. Oppenheimer currently has a “Outperform” rating and a $50.00 price target on the stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Semtech’s Q4 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Semtech Co. (NASDAQ:SMTC) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $51.40 and last traded at $50.15, with a volume of 11595 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.10.

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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2019: ING Group, N.V.(ING)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ING Groep (NYSE: ING) and GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Banco Macro SA ADR Class B (NYSE: BMA) and ING Groep (NYSE:ING) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Iungo (CURRENCY:ING) traded down 8.3% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM Eastern on June 10th. Iungo has a market capitalization of $2.67 million and approximately $190,723.00 worth of Iungo was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Iungo token can now be purchased for about $0.0667 or 0.00000916 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including YoBit, IDEX and Kucoin. Over the last week, Iungo has traded 17.7% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ING Groep (NYSE: ING) and OVERSEA-CHINESE/ADR (OTCMKTS:OVCHY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2019: Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc(HMNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell by nearly 33% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.43 after closing at $2.11 on Monday. The 52-week high is $38.86. Volume of about 21 million was more than three times the daily average of about 6.6 million. The company said in an SEC filing this morning that it needs to raise more cash to prop up its MoviePass business.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell about 8.2% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.45 after closing at $0.49 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $38.86. Volume of more than 18 million was about 80% above the daily average of about 10.3 million. The company that owns MoviePass had no specific news again today, but shares continue to sink on their own.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) dropped about 33% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.30. Shares closed at $0.45 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $38.86. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 16 million. Theater owner AMC launched a competitive program to Helios’s MoviePass.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 15.3 percent to $2.41 in pre-market trading after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 10.7 percent to $117.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) rose 10.6 percent to $35.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 10.2 percent to $12.12 in pre-market trading after climbing 86.76 percent on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 7 percent to $6.42 in pre-market trading on reports that the company has made progress on merger talks with T-Mobile.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose 6.9 percent to $1,621.95 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter. The company sees second quarter operating income of $1.1 billion – $1.9 billion and sales of $51 billion – $54 billion.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 5.5 percent to $7.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.49 percent on Thursday.
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) rose 5.3 percent to $55.86 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also raised its FY18 sales outlook.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) rose 5.3 percent to $21.00 in pre-market trading.
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) shares rose 5.1 percent to $4.75 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) rose 5 percent to $20.24 in pre-market trading.
    Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) rose 4.5 percent to $249.50 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) rose 4.3 percent to $311 in pre-market trading. Charter is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
    SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) shares rose 3.9 pe
  • [By Leo Sun]

    But as the U.S. market remains stuck in neutral, Chinese tech stocks have thrived, sparked by impressive growth figures and their detachment from U.S.-centered issues. Let’s examine three stocks in that industry which have already rallied more than 30% this month — Baozun (NASDAQ:BZUN), Weibo (NASDAQ:WB), and SINA (NASDAQ:SINA).

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) and Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) have both tumbled this year, mainly due to escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. Yet their sell-offs seem overdone, since both tech companies are well insulated from a potential trade war.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Eagle Global Advisors LLC decreased its position in Sina Corp (NASDAQ:SINA) by 1.8% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 84,875 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 1,595 shares during the period. Eagle Global Advisors LLC owned about 0.12% of Sina worth $8,850,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) recently held its annual meeting, and not surprisingly, CEO and Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger didn’t exactly have kind words to say about bitcoin (BTC-USD) and other cryptocurrencies.

  • [By Jason Hall, Sean Williams, and Jordan Wathen]

    One of the best ways for investors to juice their returns is to take advantage of the market’s propensity to occasionally overlook a great company and put it on sale. Three current examples: LGI Homes Inc(NASDAQ:LGIH),Cardinal Health Inc(NYSE:CAH), andBerkshire Hathaway Inc(NYSE:BRK-B)(NYSE:BRK-A). So far this year, investors have turned away,run away, and forgotten about these wonderful companies that should make for excellent long-term investments going forward.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    In the mold of a young Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), Boston Omaha (NASDAQ:BOMN) is a small conglomerate designed to generate attractive long-term returns through the consistent acquisition of undervalued assets. Its current businesses include insurance, real estate, and advertising, and the company plans to expand within these areas and others via both acquisitions and organic growth.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    When asked about the most important things he looks for in an annual report at a couple of shareholder meetings years ago, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett’s answers focused around two general themes — and neither one had to do with analyzing the company’s financials.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman, Rich Smith, and John Bromels]

    It’s easy to see why Warren Buffett, the founder and CEO ofBerkshire Hathaway(NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) is one of the most admired investors in the world. He’s made early investors in Berkshire millionaires thanks to his investing and business prowess, and his homespun aphorisms have taught many of us key lessons about investing and money management.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    At Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) 2002 annual meeting, Warren Buffett was asked whether great investors are born or made. Buffett replied that he wasn’t sure how much of being a great investor was innate and how much could be learned, but he did discuss some qualities all great investors should have.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019

L Brands (LB) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the parent company of Victoria’s Secret reported a 10% drop in same-store sales.

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L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.

RBC analystsBrian Tunick andKate Fitzsimons attributed L Brand’s big move to a short squeeze. They explain:

Bottom line, with the stock recently hitting a 52 week low yesterday, the 10% squeeze were seeing in the shares is likely reflective of the better-than-feared trade rather than long-only buyers stepping in. The reality is that LBs fundamentals are still challenged (down 10% comps are nothing to throw a party for), with the overhang on LB shares related to how much of the damage is self-inflicted (7% category exit headwind called out this month) vs. a tough mall traffic environment. Net/net, we remain neutral on LB shares given the lack of top line visibility as LB executes these category exits, with April and 2Q17s merch margin commentary ones to watch for signals that weve rounded the bottom.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Drug pricing controversies, increased generic competition for blockbuster drugs, and the recent merger between retail giant CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and insurance company Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) have weakened returns for shareholders.
    In addition, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced a joint venture to enter the health insurance industry.

  • [By ]

    Watch TheStreet’s interview with Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey below. No doubt billionaire Warren Buffett (who is Coke’s largest shareholder through Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has inspired him through the years.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Align Technology (ALGN) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   (BRK.B) , Criticare Systems Inc.  (CMD) , Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) , IAC Interactive (IAC) and CoreSite Realty (COR) .

  • [By ]

    Investors certainly haven’t been ignoring such challenges in recent years, as IBM’s 5-year chart makes clear. But after seeing Big Blue mostly sit out a massive 2-year tech rally, and after seeing Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   unload nearly all of its IBM shares, it looks like markets are now even less forgiving of bad news than before.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Carlsberg A/S (CABGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) and Carlsberg (OTCMKTS:CABGY) are both large-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Loews Corporation(L)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    It’s not just that its general partner Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) has the ability to do so, It appears that both Boardwalk and Loews are seriously considering this option. Here’s Horton again on the call:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, units of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners rose 5%. The master limited partnership has seen its value consistently erode over the past year, but there’s been speculation in the last several months that controlling shareholder Loews (NYSE:L)could choose to buy out the limited partnership units. Some investors have been pleased at the idea of possibly getting a quick bump from recent low share prices, but longer-term unitholders aren’t thrilled about having held on this long only to have Loews buy them out at a bargain price. It’s unclear which side will win out, but today’s move at least makes it clear that investors are paying attention.

  • [By ]

    But now, with Schultz stepping back from his beloved company, the task of the righting the ship will fall to Johnson, who took over as a CEO just over a year ago. Schultz, who had already transitioned away from running the coffee chain’s day-to-day operations, announced earlier this month he'd be leaving the company, fueling speculation he could be gearing up for a political career. Veteran retailing executive Myron Ullman is taking over as the new head of the board as Schultz departs.

    #lazy-img-328688168:before{padding-top:69.82421875%;}Schultz (L) hands Johnson the key to the original Starbucks store during the annual shareholders’ meeting on March 22, 2017 in Seattle.Photographer: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

    While Schultz had been trying to expand the Seattle company’s premium business, dubbed Reserve, along with Italian bakery Princi, analysts have speculated that these may be put on the back burner under the new leadership. The company is also facing a resurgent McDonald’s, which has been advertising $2 cold-brew coffees, along with other steep discounts from fast-food rivals.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Methode Electronics, Inc.(MEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Methode Electronics (NYSE:MEI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

    MEI has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Methode Electronics from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, February 24th. Robert W. Baird reissued an outperform rating and set a $51.00 target price (up previously from $48.00) on shares of Methode Electronics in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, TheStreet lowered Methode Electronics from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $48.75.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    Shares of Methode Electronics opened at $41.75 on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. Methode Electronics has a 12-month low of $41.85 and a 12-month high of $42.60. The company has a market capitalization of $1.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.88 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 4.03 and a quick ratio of 3.47.

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Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019

This is a guest contribution from The Financial Canadian

It is rare to find an investment that is both relatively safe and offers tremendous upside potential.

What if I told you that there was a smaller Canadian version of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) that has both of these characteristics?

The company I’m talking about is Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (OTCPK:FRFHF) It is a diversified insurance provider with a significant portfolio of common stock investments.

This post will examine the investment prospects of Fairfax in detail.

FFH – Business Overview

Fairfax (TSE:FFH) is a diversified insurance company with headquarters in Toronto, Canada. The present management has been in control of Fairfax since September of 1985.

Fairfax’s operations are divided into two segments: insurance and investment management.

Its insurance operations include a variety of wholly-owned subsidiaries that are operated on a decentralized basis. Many of these wholly-owned subsidiaries are large in their own right, including Northbridge, Odyssey Re, Crum & Forster, Zenith National, and Brit Insurance (the newest addition to the Fairfax family).

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

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    News of Buffett’s big buy, amid worries on Wall Street over iPhone demand, comes ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s  (BRK.A) annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, May 5. To be sure, Buffett appears to be loving Action Alerts PLUS holding Apple’s mix of recurring service revenue, cheap valuation (the stock is stupid cheap) and increasing generosity with its capital return plans. Just this week, Apple silenced the growing number of bears with a solid earnings beat and a shiny new $100 billion stock buyback plan. Berkshire, the billionaire’s holding conglomerate, revealed in February that it hiked its stake in Apple by a whopping 23% to 165.3 million shares during the fourth quarter.

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    There aren’t a lot of tech companies that one can imagine Warren Buffett and the rest of Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) investment team taking a close look at, given their investment philosophy. But exceptions do exist.

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    This morning, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans to cut costs and improve healthcare for their combined 1.1 million global employees by forming a partnership to provide healthcare services.

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    Investors certainly haven’t been ignoring such challenges in recent years, as IBM’s 5-year chart makes clear. But after seeing Big Blue mostly sit out a massive 2-year tech rally, and after seeing Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   unload nearly all of its IBM shares, it looks like markets are now even less forgiving of bad news than before.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

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    The company’s position at the top of the streaming music heap may be in jeopardy, however, as significant competition is coming along and gaining traction. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently revealed that its music service has surpassed 40 million paying customers, gaining 4 million new subscribers in the past two months alone.

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    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung have settled a long-running intellectual property battle. According to The Wall Street Journal:

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. have quietly settled a dispute over Apples design patents, putting an end to a costly, yearslong fight that tested some of the central claims of design theft and patent infringement.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Anxiety was high going into Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest financial report. Rumors of a failed “supercycle” and the pending death of the iPhone X had investors wondering how bad iPhone sales would be. Expectations continued to decline as reports of weakness from Apple suppliers kicked the unease into high gear.

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    So whether it’s Twitter (TWTR) , up 11.4%, or Apple (AAPL) or Nvidia (NVDA) , the FANG stocks have an effect on all of them, Cramer concluded, and best of all, they are all totally unaffected by a looming trade war with China.

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    Though not without blemishes, Google’s report is (in the views of this observer) fairly encouraging overall, given that shares went into earnings trading at reasonable multiples for a company with Google’s growth rates and competitive positioning in several highly valuable markets. Here are key takeaways from the Q1 report and subsequent earnings call:

    Google emphatically put to rest any concerns that its mobile search and YouTube ad momentum was about to meaningfully slow. Paid ad clicks on Google’s own sites and apps (they include video ad views that technically aren’t “clicks”) rose 59% annually, outpacing Q4’s 48% growth. This more than offset a 19% drop in cost per click (slightly worse than Q4’s 16% drop), the result of mobile search and YouTube ad prices being lower on average than PC search ad prices. CFO Ruth Porat noted mobile search was once more the largest driver behind Google’s ad growth, and both Porat and CEO Sundar Pichai sounded upbeat about search ad trends. Though there have been worries about Amazon.com’s (AMZN) impact on Google Search, both due to the growth of Amazon’s ad business and the tendency of Amazon shoppers to go straight to its site/apps, Google Search remains a one-of-a-kind online marketing vehicle — including for many businesses that are either competing against Amazon or operate in an industry that Amazon isn’t involved in. And like Amazon, Facebook (FB)  and others, Google is benefiting from the steady shift of advertising dollars towards online channels. TAC — the ad revenue-sharing payments Google makes to the likes of phone OEMs, carriers and publishers — remains a real headwind. For the second quarter in a row, it equaled 24% of Google’s ad revenue versus 22% a year earlier. Moreover, Porat forecast TAC’s share of ad revenue on Google’s own sites and apps (13% in Q1) will continue rising, albeit at a slower pace starting in Q2. A revamped search ad revenue-sharing deal with Apple (AAPL)  is believ

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own For 2019: First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.(FMBI)

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    Media coverage about First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Midwest Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6144382724963 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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    First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $26.92 and last traded at $26.74, with a volume of 58961 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $26.22.

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    Bancorp Bank (NASDAQ: TBBK) and First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

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3 Stocks I'm Never Selling

Warren Buffett has said that his “favorite holding period is forever,” and I generally invest with that same philosophy in mind.I don’t think I’ll keep each and every stock I own forever — after all, there are plenty of valid reasons to sell stocks, and there’s no way of knowing how a company or its industry will change in the future.

Having said that, here are three stocks in my portfolio that I couldn’t see myself selling anytime soon.

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Company (Symbol)

Industry

Recent Share Price

Dividend Yield

Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD)

Banking

$58.76

3.6%

Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE:HHC)

Real Estate Development

$131.74

None

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B)

Conglomerate

$199.77

None

Data source: TD Ameritrade. Prices and yields as of 5/14/18.

A rock-solid bank with lots of room to grow

I own a few bank stocks in my portfolio, but I’ve referred to Toronto-Dominion Bank as my favorite. The Canada-based bank, which is the sixth-largest bank in North America, has a massive presence north of the border, a large and growing U.S. consumer banking operation, and a 40% stake in popular online brokerage TD Ameritrade.

Like most big Canadian banks, TD has a great track record of responsible risk management and growth. This is why TD made it through the financial crisis largely unscathed, relative to its U.S. peer group, and never had to cut its dividend, which it has paid since 1857.

TD’s earnings have grown by 17% over the past year, and thanks to rising interest rates, there should be much more room to grow. Plus, TD has one of the highest credit ratings in the banking industry and has been named “Safest Bank in North America,” by Global Finance magazine.

Perhaps my favorite thing about TD Bank is its growth potential, which I consider to be the best among the big North American banks. While TD likely has limited room to grow in Canada, keep in mind that the bank has lots of untapped potential in the U.S., currently mostly on the East Coast.

TD has done an excellent job of growing, both organically and through acquisitions, and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. The bottom line is that TD Bank is an excellent combination of great risk management, rising dividends, and growth potential.

A different kind of real-estate play

As of this writing, Howard Hughes Corporation is my single largest stock investment. And, it is unlike any other real-estate stock I own, or even write about. While there is obviously more to Howard Hughes’ business model than I can discuss in a paragraph or two, here’s the simplified version.

Howard Hughes isn’t a real-estate investment trust. The company’s primary business consists of master-planned communities, or MPCs, which are essentially large plots of land that are developed into extensive communities with lots of amenities.

Here’s how it works. Howard Hughes Corporation sells land in its MPCs to homebuilders, who construct residential neighborhoods. This creates demand for properties such as office buildings, retail stores, etc., which Howard Hughes builds and uses to generate rental income. The addition of these amenities makes the remaining residential land more valuable, so the company sells more land to homebuilders at a higher price. And the cycle repeats…

This is why Howard Hughes isn’t structured as a REIT. The company feels that its business model will produce far superior returns for shareholders if all profits are reinvested back into the business to create more value-adding assets. Howard Hughes’ management has some pretty big plans for the company’s existing MPCs, as well as for some other assets like a Chicago office high-rise, so I’m extremely excited to see what the coming decades have in store for the companies.

If I could only own one stock…

I’ve said many times before that if I could only own one stock in my portfolio, Berkshire Hathaway would be it.

Berkshire is actually a conglomerate of more than 60 businesses, with massive operations in insurance (GEICO, General Re), railroads (BNSF), real estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Service), consumer goods (Duracell), and more. The company also has a closely followed stock portfolio worth nearly $200 billion that includes large positions in Apple, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, American Express, and dozens of other stocks.

Berkshire’s business model is simple yet effective. Its businesses and stock investments generate capital, which can then be used to acquire additional businesses and to make more investments. And who is picking those investments? Legendary investors Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, and Berkshire’s two other investment managers who will eventually take their place.

While Berkshire is an excellent stock to buy anytime, now could be an especially smart time to consider Berkshire. After ending 2017 with more than $116 million in cash, and Buffett and Munger visibly frustrated over the lack of attractive ways to deploy its capital, the company’s cash balance went down during the first quarter for the first time in a while. In short, it looks like Berkshire is starting to have some success with deploying its capital, so it could be a smart time to get in before Berkshire figures out how to put even more of its cash to work and boosts its profit potential by billions.