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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019

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&l;/p&g;&l;blockquote&g;Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.&q; – Apple shareholder, Warren Buffett&l;/blockquote&g;

Today is a special day for Apple shareholders, and a celebration of capitalism. The world&s;s first trillion dollar company.

Of course, it is just a number. What&s;s so important about crossing&a;nbsp;a threshold from $999,999,999 to $1 trillion, anyway? Several things make it important.

Most obvious – it&s;s a first.&a;nbsp;How fitting that a company so dedicated to being first; that is&a;mdash;to being innovative,&a;nbsp;is the first to eclipse&a;nbsp;the trillion dollar mark.

The&a;nbsp;second&a;nbsp;reason is because&a;nbsp;we derive meaning from numbers. Not just the numbers themselves, but from how we associate them to time. Whether it&s;s birthdays, calendar years, or even market capitalization, numbers provide context. Goal posts, if you will.&a;nbsp;Chapter markers, in&a;nbsp;the evolving story of life.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: MediWound Ltd.(MDWD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    After looking at this week’s penny stock gainers, we’ll give you that leg up with one of our top-rated penny stocks from our proprietary stock ranking system…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price (March 26) Last Week’s Gain
    Cartesian Inc. (OTCMKTS: CRTN) $0.39 170.69%
    Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX) $8.76 135.90%
    iFresh Inc. (Nasdaq: IFMK) $8.25 64.64%
    China Auto Logistics Inc. (Nasdaq: CALI) $4.68 47.43%
    National American University Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: NAUH) $1.20 39.29%
    Document Security Systems Inc. (NYSE: DSS) $1.58 33.91%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $0.77 33.90%
    CareDx Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA) $7.49 29.88%
    Mediwound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD) $5.10 26.51%
    New York & Co. Inc. (NYSE: NWY) $3.37 26.35%

    Don’t Miss This Shot at a $78,000 Windfall: This tiny firm is about to make the entire world wire-free. As its game-changing technology revolutionizes the global power structure, its stock could hand investors a massive return. Learn more…

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mediwound (NASDAQ: MDWD) and True Drinks (OTCMKTS:TRUU) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: CNB Financial Corporation(CCNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of CNB Financial (NASDAQ:CCNE) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Thursday morning.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on CCNE. ValuEngine cut shares of CNB Financial from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of CNB Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, June 14th. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of CNB Financial in a report on Tuesday, April 17th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods assumed coverage on shares of CNB Financial in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. They issued a market perform rating and a $35.00 price target for the company. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $31.50.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of CNB Financial (NASDAQ:CCNE) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.

    Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on CCNE. Boenning Scattergood reissued a buy rating and set a $29.50 price target on shares of CNB Financial in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Zacks Investment Research lowered CNB Financial from a buy rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. ValuEngine raised CNB Financial from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on CNB Financial in a research report on Tuesday, April 10th. They set a market perform rating and a $35.00 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $31.50.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    While it’s true that P&G is less risky than many other stocks, again there are simply better options for investors concerned about wealth preservation or income.Berkshire Hathaway(NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), for example, is a classic example of a well-diversified company that has successfully weathered many economic downturns. Elsewhere, utility stockConsolidated Edison(NYSE:ED) has risen alongside the market over the last 10 years and has offered a better yield than P&G most of that time.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) is not your traditional company. Not by a long shot. The conglomerate run by Warren Buffett and team has two classes of stock and many investors consider it as so diversified that its returns should now simply mirror the stock market or other simple index-performance metrics. That said, this is Buffett’s company and he wants to grow the book value per share for shareholders faster than the overall market.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    In the days leading up to Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) annual meeting in early May 2018, Warren Buffett announced that Berkshire had purchased about 75 million additional shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) recently held its annual meeting, which included hours of shareholder Q&A with CEO Warren Buffett and his right-hand man Charlie Munger. While Buffett is obviously the star of the show, Munger is known for his matter-of-fact quotes on issues that are important to the company’s investors.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Independent Bank Corporation(IBCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Independent Bank (NASDAQ:IBCP) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

    IBCP has been the topic of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Independent Bank from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, February 28th. ValuEngine raised Independent Bank from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. Boenning Scattergood reissued a hold rating on shares of Independent Bank in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. Finally, Hovde Group set a $26.00 price objective on Independent Bank and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Independent Bank presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $25.25.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Provident Financial Services, Inc(PFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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    Head-To-Head Review: Provident Financial (PROV) versus Provident Financial Services (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Head-To-Head Contrast: Territorial Bancorp (TBNK) & Provident Financial Services (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Q3 2018 EPS Estimates for Provident Financial Services, Inc. Decreased by Piper Jaffray (PFS) (americanbankingnews.com) Provident Financial Services, Inc. (PFS) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of research analysts have issued reports on PFS shares. Sandler O’Neill raised shares of Provident Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Provident Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Provident Financial Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Provident Financial Services in a research report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, Piper Jaffray reissued a “hold” rating and set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Provident Financial Services in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Provident Financial Services currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.42.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Provident Financial Services (NYSE: PFS) and Dime Community Bancshares (NASDAQ:DCOM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Provident Financial Services (NYSE: PFS) and BCB Bancorp (NASDAQ:BCBP) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Clifton Bancorp (NASDAQ: CSBK) and Provident Financial Services (NYSE:PFS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $27.88.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Ability Inc.(ABIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Inseego (NASDAQ: INSG) and Ability (NASDAQ:ABIL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    XG Technology (NASDAQ: XGTI) and Ability (NASDAQ:ABIL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM) fell 16.1 percent to $23.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 13 percent to $18.00 in pre-market trading after declining 37.37 percent on Friday.
    Ability Inc. (NASDAQ: ABIL) shares fell 7.1 percent to $2.61 in pre-market trading.
    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) shares fell 6.4 percent to $133.00 in pre-market trading. International Flavors & Fragrances reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and agreed to acquire Frutarom for $7.1 billion.
    BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE: BHP) fell 6.8 percent to $45.00 in pre-market trading.
    Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE: SBGL) fell 6.4 percent to $3.23 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.27 percent on Friday.
    Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) fell 5.9 percent to $66.52 in pre-market trading after declining 1.15 percent on Friday.
    DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) shares fell 4 percent to $48.00 in pre-market trading. DENTSPLY SIRONA reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.45 per share on sales of $956.1 million. The company updated its 2018 adjusted earnings guidance to $2.55 to 2.65 per share

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Federal Signal Corporation(FSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Prudential Financial Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Federal Signal Co. (NYSE:FSS) by 63.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 234,061 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after purchasing an additional 90,560 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in Federal Signal were worth $5,154,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    OppenheimerFunds Inc. lowered its holdings in shares of Federal Signal Co. (NYSE:FSS) by 14.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 33,592 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after selling 5,741 shares during the period. OppenheimerFunds Inc.’s holdings in Federal Signal were worth $739,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News stories about Federal Signal (NYSE:FSS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Federal Signal earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the conglomerate an impact score of 45.1967635640765 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Boot Barn Holdings, Inc.(BOOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $163.65 million.

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares jumped 26.5 percent to $6.9042. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares climbed 17.4 percent to $3.11. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BDL) shares jumped 17 percent to $27.97 following Q2 results. Flanigan's Enterprises posted Q2 earnings of $0.75 per share on sales of $29.456 million.
    Borqs Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRQS) rose 15.8 percent to $8.05 after reporting Q1 results.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) jumped 15.3 percent to $82.75. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 15.1 percent to $6.33.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) rose 13.8 percent to $6.27.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) gained 12.8 percent to $5.98. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on Enphase Energy with a Buy rating.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares surged 12.1 percent to $21.68 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) climbed 11.6 percent to $2.399.
    Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHPI) surged 11.4 percent to $3.0643.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) gained 11.1 percent to $24.40 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) rose 10.9 percent to $3.16.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) gained 10.1 percent to $11.71 after reporting Q1 results.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) climbed 7.9 percent to $2.61 following Q2 results.
    The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) gained 7.6 percent to $2.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX) rose 7.3 percent to $0.8798 after the company was granted a patent approval. The clinical-st
  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    That only makes it more important to be selective about the stocks you choose to own. Even under more difficult market conditions, some stocks have continued to push sharply higher. HollyFrontier (NYSE:HFC), Boot Barn Holdings (NYSE:BOOT), and Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT) have each tripled since this time last year, and bullish shareholders think that there could be further gains in store for the three companies if some key things keep going right.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares climbed 31.68 percent to close at $7.19 on Wednesday. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares gained 24.15 percent to close at $3.29. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) shares surged 24 percent to close at $6.82.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 20.25 percent to close at $4.87.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) shares surged 18.42 percent to close at $22.50
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) rose 16.15 percent to close at $83.34. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTIE) shares jumped 16.07 percent to close at $10.62.
    Bilibili Inc. (NASDAQ: BILI) rose 16.04 percent to close at $14.11.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) gained 14.88 percent to close at $6.33.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) rose 13.96 percent to close at $5.55.
    Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) jumped 13.88 percent to close at $67.27 on Wednesday.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) jumped 12.59 percent to close at $11.98 after reporting Q1 results.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) rose 12.01 percent to close at $5.13.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) gained 11.93 percent to close at $3.19.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) climbed 11.66 percent to close at $24.52 on Wednesday after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) rose 10.83 percent to close at $33.17 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and lifted guidance.
    ChemoCentryx, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCXI) gained 9.36 percent to close at $12.50. Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage on ChemoCentryx with a Buy rating.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX)
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap western and work-related footwear/apparel retailerBoot Barn Holdings (NYSE: BOOT) reported fiscal Q3 2018 earnings asthe Company was the4th most shorted stock on theNYSE last September and still has elevatedshort interest of 37.26% according to Highshortinterest.com. Net sales increased 12.7% to $224.7 million due to an increase of 5.2% in same store sales, the sales contribution from seven new stores opened over the past twelve months and the four stores acquired from Woods Boots, and sales from the Country Outfitter site that was acquired in February 2017. Net income was $20.1 million versus $10.5 million, cash stood at$19.1 million at the end of the year and total net debt was $182.9 million. Forfiscal Q4 ending March 31, 2018, the Company expects:

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Insmed, Inc.(INSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $25.72. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.

    Equities Trading DOWN

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $25.57. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.

    Equities Trading DOWN

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: New York & Company Inc.(NWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cache (OTCMKTS: CACH) and New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Monday.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    After looking at this week’s penny stock gainers, we’ll give you that leg up with one of our top-rated penny stocks from our proprietary stock ranking system…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price (March 26) Last Week’s Gain
    Cartesian Inc. (OTCMKTS: CRTN) $0.39 170.69%
    Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX) $8.76 135.90%
    iFresh Inc. (Nasdaq: IFMK) $8.25 64.64%
    China Auto Logistics Inc. (Nasdaq: CALI) $4.68 47.43%
    National American University Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: NAUH) $1.20 39.29%
    Document Security Systems Inc. (NYSE: DSS) $1.58 33.91%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $0.77 33.90%
    CareDx Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA) $7.49 29.88%
    Mediwound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD) $5.10 26.51%
    New York & Co. Inc. (NYSE: NWY) $3.37 26.35%

    Don’t Miss This Shot at a $78,000 Windfall: This tiny firm is about to make the entire world wire-free. As its game-changing technology revolutionizes the global power structure, its stock could hand investors a massive return. Learn more…

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    New York & Company (NYSE:NWY) will announce its earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, May 24th.

    New York & Company (NYSE:NWY) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 22nd. The specialty retailer reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter. New York & Company had a return on equity of 7.97% and a net margin of 0.61%. The company had revenue of $278.71 million for the quarter. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.06) earnings per share.

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.

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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.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018

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The US government balance sheet features $80 trillion to $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities. This amount stems from future entitlement program burdens that are, in effect, government promises.

No one is going to vote to reduce their entitlements. (Well, other than the very well-off, who dont actually need those entitlements.)

Unfunded pension liabilities at the state and local have swollen to roughly $4$6 trillion in the United States. And that may be understating the severity of the problem.

Kentucky Is an Example of How Severe This Problem Is

Its easy to cite Illinois or New Jersey, but lets look at a state like Kentucky.

The State of Kentucky released a remarkably candid self-appraisal of their pension liability issues earlier this year. If you optimistically (and unrealistically) assume between 6.75%7.5% compounded returns for the future, Kentucky still ends up $33 billion underfunded.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) had a director at the enterprise cloud-based solutions provider selling stock last week. Frederic Luddy sold a total of 101,500 sharesat $76.84 apiece. The total for the sale was $7,799,376. The consensus price target is $93.41, and shares were trading last Friday at $76.02.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    You’d be hard pressed to find a quieter tech leader than ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW).

    That’s likely because hardly anyone pays attention to IT services companies besides their customers. After all, the digital “plumbing” found in corporate campuses and skyscrapers is not as exciting as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies… or flying cars.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Stocks are up across the board since the presidential election, boosting the value of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) stock portfolio, but few stocks have rallied as much as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC).

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My take: With none other than Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) also investing in airlines and singing their praises as of late, Gerstner stuck the landing with his United pitch. There’s a definite case to be made that industry conditions have changed for the better, much like they did for the railroads starting more than a decade ago. United may not be the best of the bunch, but you’d do well to take a very close look at the industry. If Gerstner is right, there are multi-bagger opportunities looking down at you from up above.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), in addition to its dozens of businesses, also owns a portfolio of 47 different common stocks, many of which were hand-selected by Buffett himself. And, many of these stocks pay dividends. In fact, from all of the stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio, the company is generating more than $6,700 in dividend income every minute.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: McDermott International, Inc.(MDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    McDermott International Inc. (NYSE: MDR) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and lifted its 2016 earnings outlook. McDermott shares jumped 8.45 percent to $4.43 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The exact date Theravance Biopharma Inc. (TBPH) intends to release a phase 3 update on COPD treatment Revefenacin isnt known. The company simply said in a prior communication with the market it would be sharing an interim look at the trials progress sometime in early Q4.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 7 percent, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) down 6 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Morrison has led Campbell Soup since August 2011 and has worked in the food business for more than 30 years, including at Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Nabisco, Nestle SA (ADR) (OTC: NSRGY) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP).

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of consumer-products company Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) increased as much as 7.4% on Wednesday on speculation thatKraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC)could acquire the company. Colgate stock finished the trading day up about 5.7%.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Berkshire’s largest holding, by far, in a public company is Kraft Heinz (NSDQ:KHC). It’s holding value is about $28.5 billion, about 20% of the total holding of all the 48 companies in Berkshire Hathaway’s public companies portfolio. Moreover, Berkshire owns a stake of 26.6% in the company. As such, the performance of KHC’s stock will have a significant influence on Berkshire’s future results.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) said it would divest its 145-year-old margarine and spreads business, part of a broad restructuring in the wake of a spurned takeover approach by Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC): Link

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).

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    Kraft Heinzgained 11% to $96.65 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,351.16. Unilever jumped 14% to $48.53.

    Bernstein’s Ali Dibadj considers Kraft Heinz’s offer for Unilver:

    The initial offer, which was rejected, provided an +18% premium to Unilever’s share price, while deals across the space typically go for roughly ~30%. While we have always speculated that Kraft-Heinz might go after Unilever’s Food business, today marks an interesting development as it has chosen to pursue the entire business, which is roughly ~60% HPC and ~40% Food. Key categories include laundry detergent, deodorant, and shampoo in HPC and ice cream, sauces/spreads, and tea in Food. Unilever’s business also has broad global exposure. Some have suggested that KHC may spin off Unilever’s HPC business. However, we believe this is unlikely to happen initially, as it makes up the majority of the business (~60% sales and EBIT) and has a more attractive growth profile compared to Food.

    Kraft Heinz’s market capitalization rose to $117.7 billion today from $106.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $4.2 billion on sales of $26.5 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.(FBHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday’s regular session.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Ternium S.A.(TX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Ternium SA (NYSE:TX) jumped on Wednesday: up more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST. While the steelmaker reported weaker-than-expected earnings after the closing bell yesterday, it provided optimistic guidance and announced a compelling acquisition.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018

Applied Materials’ (NASDAQ:AMAT) stock is a good investment right now for both value and growth investors, especially with the recent price dip. In the past two weeks, the market has fallen quite a bit with the Nasdaq leading the fall. There was a minor correction in the markets which resulted in the Nasdaq being pummeled. However, I believe that while there is a shining gem in the Nasdaq which was already undervalued even before the sell off we experienced. Last month, I gave Applied Materials’ stock a strong buy rating after they posted another record shattering quarter. The stock rallied afterwards but has given back all of it’s gains since their second quarter earnings beat. The tech selloff has created a great opportunity for investors to buy into a undervalued and high growth company.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: BioAmber Inc.(BIOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    BioAmber (BIOA) is a sustainable chemicals company. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, resins, food additives and personal care products.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    While companies with lower-priced shares are often riskier than those with higher prices, some companies trading under $5 per share have intriguing potential. Investors searching for overlooked growth opportunities should consider industrial biotech BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), pharmaceutical services company Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), and one-trick-pony biopharma Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares dropped 19 percent to $2.55. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Datawatch Corporation(DWCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ: DWCH) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $8.10 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.(WASH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Toro Company (The)(TTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) is one of my favorite small-caps for medium- to long-term investors. Selling specialized equipment for turf management and other industries, Toro is a proven winner that has provided very consistent growth in sales and earnings over the years.

    It’s not the fastest growing small-cap business, but it pays a decent dividend and has a loyal customer base in the golf course and contractor markets.

    Toro is now offering sprinkler refit equipment for water-starved jurisdictions like California. This company’s share price performance has been exemplary.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In his “Homework” segment, Cramer followed up on a few stocks that had stumped him during earlier shows. He said that he’s taking a pass on Toro (TTC) , a stock that’s just off its highs and trades at a premium to rival Deere & Company (DE) .

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Graham Corporation(GHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $23.54 million.

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Allstate Corporation (The)(ALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Wells Fargo analysts see a number of upside catalysts for The Allstate Corporation (ALL), plus a positive trend for automobile insurers as a whole. As such, the analysts upgraded the insurance provider on Thursday.

    The analysts upgraded ALL from “Market Perform” to “Outperform” and boosted its valuation range from $48-$52 to $58-$62. This new valuation range suggests a 16% to 24% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $50.11.

    “We are upgrading the shares of Allstate to Outperform from Market Perform on the basis of several fundamental reasons unique to the company as well as several positive, emerging structural trends for auto insurers in general,” Wells Fargo analyst John Hall stated. “We do not believe that the market has yet paid for potential unit growth within Allstate’s branded standard book of auto insurance, something we envision occurring over the next 6-12 months.”

    As for some of the positive personal auto insurance sector trends, Hall noted, “These would include shifting demographics toward a safer driving population mix (more old drivers and fewer young drivers), changing driving habits particularly among millennials, a safer U.S. personal auto fleet, rising car sales pointing to positive symbol shift as well as industry conditions encouraging market share consolidation.”

    Wells Fargo boosted Allstate’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.62 to $4.85 and 2014 EPS estimates from $4.85 to $5.20.

    Allstate shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading on Thursday. The stock is up 24.74% year-to-date.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

    Image source: Getty Images.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Credit Suisse reported on Thursday that it has raised its estimates on insurance company The Allstate Corporation (ALL).

    The firm has raised its price target on ALL to $62. This price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $52.23. Analysts currently have an “Outperform” rating on ALL.

    Credit Suisse has also boosted estimates on ALL as its management is increasing returns.

    Allstate shares were up 32 cents, or 0.62%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 30% YTD.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.(SCAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

  • [By kiplinger]

     Old National Bancorp (ONB) is a 181-year-old financial institution with 195 branches, mainly in the Midwest. The stock, which is still down by about one-third from its prerecession high, trades at just 13 times projected 2016 earnings and yields an attractive 3.4%. If interest rates ever rise, the bank should benefit from a widening spread between its cost of funds and the interest rates borrowers pay.

    It’s a favorite of David Dreman, author of the classic 1980 book Contrarian Investment Strategy. His philosophy: “We believe that the markets are not perfectly efficient.” Some stocks, in other words, are judged by the market to be cheaper than their actual worth.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Since the beginning of 2016, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) has seen the value of the seven bank stocks in its investment portfolio increase by $5.6 billion, or 10.8%.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    With the stock trading so much higher recently, is it still a buy? This is a good question, particularly following legendary investor Warren Buffett’s recent move to load up on Apple, making it Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-B) (NYSE:BRK-A) second-largest equity holding.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    I’ve said before that if I could only own one stock, it would have to be Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B).

    Image Source: The Motley Fool.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: TheStreet, Inc.(TST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

  • [By Steven Goldberg]

    Launched in August 2001, Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio has been a centerpiece of the financial advice offered by TheStreet.com. The website belongs to TheStreet, Inc. (TST), a publicly traded company that Cramer co-founded in 1996. PLUS Portfolio subscribers, who pay $15 a month, always get the recommendations before Cramer buys them for the portfolio, the Wharton paper reports. Likewise, subscribers get Cramers picks before he airs them on Mad Money.

Companies That Offer Additional Benefits For Shareholders

Usually, when I talk about equity ownership, I’m going on and on about wealth creation, passive income streams, financial freedom, yahdayahdayahda. I’m always harping on valuations and buying stock at a discount. Well, in this piece, I’ll discuss another benefit of owning certain equities: the discounts on the goods and services that certain companies offer their shareholders. Not every company in the market offers shareholder rewards outside of the usual realm of dividends and buybacks, but there are a select few that give shareholders added rewards. From discounts on travel, tissues, and tools, to cheaper insurance rates and even bottles of wine, investors in the seven companies listed below have the opportunity to receive unique shareholder benefits.

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

Berkshire Hathaway is one of the few positions that I own that doesn’t contribute to my income stream. Even though it doesn’t pay a dividend, Berkshire is one of my favorite defensive holdings. And although Mr. Buffett and Co. aren’t lining my pockets with cash directly, being a Berkshire shareholder does come with numerous added benefits (outside of the astronomical historical returns that Berkshire has provided long-term investors). Due to the conglomerate nature of this business, Berkshire’s shareholders are owners of a wide variety of businesses. During the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, investors are able to reap the rewards of this exposure with discounts across many of the merchants that Berkshire owns. But, if you’re not interested in traveling to the heartland (which I would suggest, I’ve been to Omaha before and it’s great!), one easy way to get a shareholder benefit is to call your GEICO agent. We insure our cars with GEICO and received a discount on our coverage. It wasn’t massive, but every little bit helps, right?

Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE:CCL)

Investors who own 100 shares of CCL, which will cost you ~$6,500 at current share prices, are offered discount credits when booking cruises with the company.

Source: Carnival Benefits Page

I’ve considered going on a cruise several times before. Assuming I bought 100 shares, getting a $100 credit for a weeklong cruise is like a 1.5% dividend (on top of CCL’s current ~2.4% yield). CCL is solid dividend grower. Although the company doesn’t have a long annual dividend increase streak due to the very cyclical nature of its business which relies heavily on consumer disposable income, the company’s dividend has posted a 9.6% CAGR since 1999, and after freezing its dividend in 2012, 2013, and 2014, CCL has rewarded shareholders with three consecutive years of double-digit increases.

Right now, trading for less than 16x 2018 EPS expectations, CCL appears to be trading with a reasonable valuation. Obviously making a $6,500 investment just to save a few hundred bucks on a cruise isn’t a justifiable investment thesis, but then again, if you’re an avid cruise goer and you’re looking to add some cyclical, consumer discretionary exposure to your portfolio, I think CCL is worth a look because of the money it will save you on your travels combined with the likelihood of capital appreciation and dividend growth benefitting from the strong demand we’ve been seeing for travel in recent years.

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs

Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL)

If you’re interested in a cruise, this list is getting better and better for you. Carnival isn’t the only cruise company offering shareholder benefits, Royal Caribbean Cruises offers a program that essentially mirrors Carnival’s. However, since RCL’s share price is currently north of $121/share, it will cost you a bit more money to purchase the 100 shares necessary to qualify for this company’s benefit program.

With that said, from a dividend growth standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than the 53.6% five-year dividend growth rate that RCL currently boasts. RCL currently trades for ~16.5x 2018 expected EPS, meaning that the market is putting a slightly higher premium on RCL than the much larger CCL. RCL’s growth has been and looks to continue to be higher than CCL’s, indicating that this smaller and more nimble cruise line carrying a premium valuation relative to its peers is likely warranted.

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs

Norwegian Cruise Line (NASDAQ:NCLH)

Source: NCLH Benefits Page

Norwegian Cruise Line doesn’t pay a shareholder dividend, but it does offer a shareholder benefits package very similar to both CCL’s and RCL’s. 100 shares of NCLH will come with the cheapest price due to its $55 share price. What’s more, even though NCLH isn’t a dividend growth company, it has produced outstanding growth in recent years and appears to the the cheapest major cruise line on the market, selling for just 11.7x 2018 expected EPS.

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs

3M Company (NYSE:MMM)

It should come as no surprise to investors that 3M, known for its 59-year annual dividend increase streak, is also generous when it comes to alternative shareholder benefits. I’d also heard that MMM offers a holiday gift box for shareholders and employees, but even though I’ve been a shareholder for a couple of years now, I’ve never ordered one before. I contacted MMM’s investor relations team and was quickly sent a link to buy the holiday gift box as well as a promo code for the correct pricing. This year’s box cost is $26 (within the contiguous U.S.; it’s $34 if you live in Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico) and contains 18 3M items. The contents of these boxes come to MMM shareholders at a discount to retail value. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out exactly which 18 items come in the box when doing my research, but all in all, I assume that an annual 3M holiday box order will go a long way towards covering regular home chores/repairs at a friendly discount.

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB)

KMB is another dividend aristocrat that offers investors a holiday themed basket of goods at a discounted price. Unfortunately, it’s too late to claim 2017’s basket, but shareholders who’re interested in cheap tissue and diapers should check back in with KMB’s investor relations team in the fall/early winter next year.

Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ:WVVI)

In the last piece I wrote, I talked about my love for Vermont playing a role in my purchase of Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) due to its recent purchase of Stowe Mountain Resort. Well, Willamette Valley Vineyards is another company that I have an emotional draw to. The Willamette Valley brings back fond memories of my wife’s professional running career and the 2012 Olympic Trials that were held in Eugene, Oregon. That was an amazing week, and without a doubt, that is a special area of the country. What’s more, I have a background in vineyard management and I’m a believer in the long-term viability of this industry.

Willamette is an interesting small-cap. The company owns a handful of vineyards across Oregon and seems to be doing a good job of using its profits to reinvest back into its vineyards and expand. This isn’t the type of company that I usually consider buying, but the idea of owning a vineyard is a romantic notion (especially for someone who has a history of managing the grapes). But you don’t have to be a former farmer to be interested in buying shares of this company. I imagine that wine lovers would also like the idea of exposure to the industry within their portfolios, not to mention the fact that WVVI offers a 25% discount to shareholders on its products (which includes several bottles with scores above 90 by Wine Enthusiast).

Obviously, a discount on wine isn’t a good enough reason to buy equity in a company alone, but I think WVVI is at least worth a look for investors interested in this benefit and increasing their domestic small-cap exposure.

Conclusion

As always I look forward to your feedback. I’m sure that I’ve missed a company or two that also offered generous benefits outside of the typical realm of dividends and buybacks. I’d certainly appreciate any feedback and suggestions for stocks to add to this list for next year. Best wishes all!

Disclosure: I am/we are long BRK.B, MMM, KMB.

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