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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.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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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.

  • [By ]

    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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    Analysts Expect Methode Electronics (MEI) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $242.88 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Methode Electronics (MEI) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Analysts Anticipate Methode Electronics (MEI) Will Post Earnings of $0.74 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Commit To Buy Methode Electronics At $35, Earn 5.8% Annualized Using Options (nasdaq.com)

    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.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Methode Electronics (NYSE:MEI) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 21, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

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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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    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.

  • [By ]

    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.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    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.

  • [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.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    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.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    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.

  • [By ]

    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.

  • [By ]

    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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    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.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    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.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    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.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI)

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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.

Pile of coins with small hourglass in the middle.

Image source: Getty Images.

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.

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Toward the end of trading Wednesday, the Dow traded down 0.35 percent to 18,388.83 while the NASDAQ declined 0.25 percent to 5,209.89. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.36 percent to 2,168.24.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Wednesday afternoon, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.10 percent..

In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.72 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ: CLNE), down 5 percent, and Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Axcelis Technologies Inc.(ACLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    3. Axcelis Technologies (Nasdaq: ACLS)
    It is the technical price pattern that first caught my eye with this $800 million market cap small cap. Shares dropped to a $22.00 low in mid-February but have since been slowly and steadily moving higher toward resistance at both the 50- and 200-day SMAs. In and of itself, this is not enough impetus to get long. However, when combined with the fundamental picture, a compelling long thesis emerges.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Comerica Securities Inc. acquired a new stake in Cabot Oil & Gas Co. (NYSE:COG) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 103,688 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,486,000.

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    Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG) has a strong position in the Marcellus Shale, a low-cost region for natural gas production that puts the company’s break-even around $2.00 per mcf against spot prices around $2.80 per mcf. The company owns the rights to an additional 3,000 drilling locations within its undeveloped footprint which gives it the potential to increase output easily.

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    The hot list:

    Align Technology (ALGN) (+22% revenue growth estimate) Amazon (AMZN) (+22%) Autodesk (ADSK) (+27%) Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) (+34%) Concho Resources (CXO) (+30%) Facebook (FB) (+27%) Netflix (NFLX) (+25%) Pentair (PNR) (+22%) Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) (+22)

    “Firms with high revenue growth should outperform the S&P 500 during the next 12 months as the index climbs by 6% to our target of 2875,” says Kostin. 

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc.(AHH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. (NYSE: AHH) is a vertically integrated, self-managed REIT developing, building, acquiring and managing high-quality, institutional-grade office, retail and multifamily properties. Investors receive a 5.78% yield. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $12.66 to $16.01 and were recently seen at $13.85. The consensus price target is set at $15.17.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: NetSol Technologies Inc.(NTWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) gained 34.5 percent to $4.52 after the company announced it would proceed with Phase 3 development of GR-MD-02 for NASH Cirrhosis following the FDA meeting.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares rose 21.9 percent to $8.1063.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares surged 16 percent to $15.65.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares jumped 15.5 percent to $3.6263 after the company disclosed that its application for Medicare codes received favorable preliminary decision.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) rose 13.7 percent to $10.12.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) gained 13.7 percent to $4.6743.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares gained 12.2 percent to $35.34 as optical sector is seeing strength following President Trump's announcement that he would work with China related to ZTE Corp.
    Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) shares rose 11.3 percent to $35.17. Jefferies upgraded Tailored Brands from Hold to Buy.
    Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA) jumped 10.6 percent to $2.875.
    Federated National Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNHC) shares rose 10.6 percent to $20.29. Raymond James upgraded Federated National Holding from Outperform to Strong Buy.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) climbed 10.2 percent to $15.15. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) shares climbed 10.1 percent to $3.16. Stein Mart is expected to release Q1 earnings on May 23.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 9.7 percent to $108.60 after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restar

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oil States International Inc.(OIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) is one of 14 public companies in the “Oil & gas field machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Oil States International to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS) rallied on Thursday, risingmore than 14% by 2:45 p.m. EDT, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter results.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: B. Riley Financial, Inc.(RILY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Standard General L.P.National CineMedia Inc (NCMI) – 12,576,000 shares, 60.53% of the total portfolio. New PositionTime Inc (TIME) – 3,181,424 shares, 29.62% of the total portfolio. Turning Point Brands Inc (TPB) – 305,319 shares, 3.58% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 189.90%CafePress Inc (PRSS) – 2,500,000 shares, 3.12% of the total portfolio. New PositionB. Riley Financial Inc (RILY) – 167,736 shares, 1.97% of the total portfoli

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Taseko Mines Limited(TGB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Taseko Mines (NYSEAMERICAN:TGB) (TSE:TKO) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Stantec Inc(STN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stantec (TSE:STN) (NYSE:STN) has received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is C$36.50.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: MINDBODY, Inc.(MB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Mindbody(NASDAQ:MB)reported first-quarter 2018 financial results after the market close on Tuesday. The online platform provider for the fitness, wellness, and beauty services industries posted revenue growth of 28% and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.06, versus a loss of $0.03 in the year-ago period.

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Running a small business is tough. Competing against larger competitors with deep pockets is a constant challenge on a shoestring budget. Four companies making it easier for small businesses thrive are Q2 Holdings (NYSE:QTWO), Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Square (NYSE:SQ) and Mindbody (NASDAQ:MB). These fast-growing tech companies provide cloud-based platforms that handle key functions for small businesses at a low cost, and their shareholders are enjoying the results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) fell 26 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its third quarter and issued weak Q4 guidance.
    Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE) shares fell 12.5 percent to $16.15 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and lowered its FY18 sales forecast.
    MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) fell 11.7 percent to $38.65 in pre-market trading following mixed Q1 results.
    Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) fell 10 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 miss.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares fell 10 percent to $31.63 in pre-market trading after reporting a Q1 earnings miss at 28 cents per share, 5 cents below estimates.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) fell 7.7 percent to $49.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) fell 6.1 percent to $22.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) fell 5.3 percent to $31.1604 in pre-market trading after announcing a 15 million share common stock secondary offering.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) shares fell 4.7 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat Q1 earnings

  • [By Chris Lange]

    MindBody, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) reported its fourth quarter results after the markets closed on Wednesday. The company said that it had $0.03 in EPS on $49.7 million in revenue. The consensus estimates were looking for $0.01 in EPS and $48.9 million in revenue. Analysts had this to say about MindBody after earnings:

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Mindbody (NASDAQ:MB) has been busy with acquisitions in the last three years, scooping up five different wellness-focused tech companies. These buyouts have helped enhance and extend Mindbody’s platform for small business owners to run their salons, spas, fitness studios, and integrated health facilities.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    For example, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) are hunting for a visionary CEO for their healthcare initiative. The three companies are teaming up to reinvent healthcare, to improve outcomes and cut costs. Warren Buffett recently told investors that getting the right CEO in place for this initiative is critical, and arguably, Bush has the chops to succeed in that role.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) reported a first-quarter net loss of $1.138 billion, a sharp contrast to the net profit of more than $4 billion it reported in the same quarter last year.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Warren Buffett has often said in interviews and annual letters to shareholders that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) won’t be a hostile acquirer. That is, it won’t fight to buy a business its owners or management don’t want to sell. But that policy apparently doesn’t apply when Berkshire is acting as seller rather than a buyer.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett once again blasted bitcoin at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting. On Monday morning, Buffett told CNBC that investors who are buying “nonproductive assets” like cryptocurrencies are betting that “the next person is going to pay you more because they’re even more excited about another person coming along.” On Saturday, Buffett called bitcoin “rat poison squared.”

  • [By Chris Neiger, Danny Vena, and Jordan Wathen]

    Finally, legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett revealed that his company had purchased a massive 75 million Apple shares last quarter, adding to its already impressive haul of 165 million shares — bringing its ownership of Apple to about 5%.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    After years of criticizing airline stocks (he once referred to them as a “death trap for investors”), Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) bought the big four airlines –Southwest(NYSE: LUV), Delta(NYSE: DAL), American Airlines(NASDAQ: AAL), and United(NYSE: UAL)–last year. Buffett was asked about it at the Berkshire Hathaway meeting, and he shared his reasoning. Here’s our summary of that.