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Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019

Zee Entertainment Enterprises share price fell more than 2 percent on Friday after global brokerage house Macquarie slashed target price on the stock on rising uncertainty.

While maintaining Outperform call on the stock, the research house slashed target price to Rs 615 from Rs 675 per share as valuations are expected to be lower than peak till it comes out unscathed from digital disruption.

It has lowered its FY20 target multiple also to 31x from 34x to factor in rising uncertainty.

Macquarie said Zee5 is banking on its aggressive originals & movies strategy and marketing intensity will pick starting July as it is launched in Asia-Pacific and Europe. “We expect Zee5 to almost breakeven in the financial year-ending March 2021.”

At 12:22 hours IST, the stock price was quoting at Rs 521.05, down Rs 12.40, or 2.32 percent on the BSE.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation(ACFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Atlantic Coast Financial (NASDAQ: ACFC) and People’s United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH (OTCMKTS:SCYT) and Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Thursday morning.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray upped their Q3 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Brookline Bancorp in a research report issued on Thursday, May 3rd. Piper Jaffray analyst M. Breese now anticipates that the bank will post earnings of $0.28 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.27. Piper Jaffray has a “Hold” rating and a $16.50 price objective on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Brookline Bancorp’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.29 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.08 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.29 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.30 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.18 EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ: BRKL) and People's United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded down 2.8% against the dollar during the one day period ending at 21:00 PM Eastern on May 31st. One StarChain token can now be bought for about $0.0729 or 0.00000971 BTC on exchanges. StarChain has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $2.12 million worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last seven days, StarChain has traded down 18.5% against the dollar.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded 13% higher against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on June 3rd. StarChain has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and approximately $3.20 million worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. One StarChain token can currently be purchased for about $0.0814 or 0.00001057 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. In the last seven days, StarChain has traded 1.2% lower against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bailard Inc. reduced its stake in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC) by 14.7% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 8,100 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,400 shares during the period. Bailard Inc.’s holdings in Stewart Information Services were worth $335,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Argo Group (NASDAQ: AGII) and Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Hot Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cathay General Bancorp(CATY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Allianz Asset Management GmbH boosted its stake in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) by 461.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 28,806 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 23,672 shares during the quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH’s holdings in Cathay General Bancorp were worth $1,152,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Aurora Investment Counsel bought a new position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 43,515 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $1,803,000. Aurora Investment Counsel owned 0.05% of Cathay General Bancorp as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies reduced their Q4 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Cathay General Bancorp in a research report issued on Wednesday, July 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst M. Clark now anticipates that the bank will post earnings of $0.76 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.79. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Cathay General Bancorp’s Q3 2019 earnings at $0.89 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.90 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $3.50 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.89 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.89 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $3.65 EPS.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now

Brokerages expect IAMGOLD Corp (NYSE:IAG) (TSE:IMG) to announce $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Zero analysts have provided estimates for IAMGOLD’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.01 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.05. IAMGOLD reported earnings of $0.07 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 57.1%. The business is expected to issue its next earnings results on Tuesday, November 6th.

On average, analysts expect that IAMGOLD will report full year earnings of $0.17 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.13 to $0.23. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post earnings of $0.19 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.11 to $0.33. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow IAMGOLD.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    The challenges facing EUFN may indicate the ETF will be challenged to deliver compelling risk-reward for investors. EUFN's three-year standard deviation is 18.23 percent, or more than 500 basis points above the same metric on the iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSE: IYF).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Adams Natural Resources Fund (NYSE:PEO) has trended somewhat negative recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Adams Natural Resources Fund earned a coverage optimism score of -0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.0521373671292 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: PS Business Parks Inc.(PSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PS Business Parks (NYSE: PSB) and Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance (NYSE:ARI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Peoples Bancorp Inc.(PEBO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ:PEBO) and Financial Institutions (NASDAQ:FISI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ:PEBO) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Friday.

    Several other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on PEBO. Boenning Scattergood reissued a hold rating on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. Hovde Group set a $39.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $37.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reissued a hold rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Peoples Bancorp has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $38.00.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cathay General Bancorp(CATY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Allianz Asset Management GmbH boosted its stake in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) by 461.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 28,806 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 23,672 shares during the quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH’s holdings in Cathay General Bancorp were worth $1,152,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This stock has had a solid 2018 and is a top pick at Deutsche Bank. CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options. CME brings buyers and sellers together through its Globex electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    His picks aren’t fly-by-night companies, or small biotech firms on the brink of bankruptcy. He looks for superior companies that readers can buy and hold onto for the long run. For instance, Jimmy has held CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) since August 2014, and it’s rewarded him and his subscribers a total return of more than 190%, easily beating the S&P 500’s 39% over the same time period. And there’s plenty of other stocks in the portfolio with a similar story.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]

    Last week, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) acquired £4.3 billion ($5.8 billion) worth of Irish residential mortgage loans from Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE: LYG). The portfolio comprises around 27,000 mortgages, originated between 2004 and 2010. Of the total loans acquired, nearly £300 million are impaired.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Barclays (NYSE:BCS) and First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors are becoming increasingly bullish about BTC, as financial institutions like Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) become more interested in entering the cryptocurrency market.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Some of this sentiment has been fueled by optimism that UK investment bank Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) is looking to open a cryptocurrency trading desk in the months ahead.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is teaming up with investment banking giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) to develop and launch a new co-branded credit card next year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This would replace the tech giant’s current partnership with Barclays (NYSE:BCS), and would be issued under the Apple Pay brand name.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation(ACFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Atlantic Coast Financial (NASDAQ: ACFC) and People’s United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Shore Bancshares Inc(SHBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    LSV Asset Management increased its stake in Shore Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:SHBI) by 134.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 157,489 shares of the bank’s stock after acquiring an additional 90,289 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Shore Bancshares were worth $2,970,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Shore Bancshares (NASDAQ:SHBI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive 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 negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Shore Bancshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.3784121307224 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media coverage about Shore Bancshares (NASDAQ:SHBI) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Shore Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 47.376414932679 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 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Colony Bankcorp Inc.(CBAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Colony Bankcorp (NASDAQ:CBAN) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Colony Bankcorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.0420470648687 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Colony Bankcorp (NASDAQ:CBAN) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Colony Bankcorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.3992787299045 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media headlines about Colony Bankcorp (NASDAQ:CBAN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Colony Bankcorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5935973221915 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Best Financial Stocks For 2019

Nearly every business Balchem(NASDAQ:BCPC) is in has seen strong growth in 2018, and that’s driving the company’s financial results higher. Fracking is seeing the biggest growth, but human and animal health continue to be great businesses for the company.

Here’s a look at the details of the first-quarter earnings report.

Image source: Getty Images.

Balchem: The raw numbers

Metric Q1 2018 Q1 2017 Year-Over-Year Change

Sales $161.4 million $137.7 million 17.2%
Net income $19.3 million $15.5 million 24.7%
Diluted EPS $0.60 $0.48 25%

Data source: Balchem Q1 2018 earnings release.

What happened with Balchem this quarter?

The headline numbers were great for Balchem in the first quarter, and segment results showed widespread growth:

Best Financial Stocks For 2019: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Zacks Investment Research Lowers Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Financial wellness program popularity rises among employers, up 63 percentage points in two years (markets.financialcontent.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Prudential (PUK) Reduced by Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Jefferies Group Weighs in on Prudential’s FY2020 Earnings (PUK) (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Prudential (NYSE:PUK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Prudential from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $57.00.

Best Financial Stocks For 2019: Topdanmark A/S (TOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TopCoin (CURRENCY:TOP) traded down 15.4% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 7:00 AM E.T. on June 21st. During the last seven days, TopCoin has traded up 4% against the dollar. TopCoin has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $123.00 worth of TopCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One TopCoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0010 or 0.00000015 BTC on popular exchanges.

Best Financial Stocks For 2019: Cathay General Bancorp(CATY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Allianz Asset Management GmbH boosted its stake in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) by 461.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 28,806 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 23,672 shares during the quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH’s holdings in Cathay General Bancorp were worth $1,152,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Best Financial Stocks For 2019: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), plagued by a long list of banking rule violations and hundreds of millions of dollars in government penalties, has launched a new marketing campaign:

  • [By Chris Johnson]

    Between this Friday and next Wednesday, we’ll see a who’s who of big banks step into the earnings confessional, including the likes of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Meanwhile, big banks like Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Citigroup (NYSE:C) combined for more than $83 billion in buybacks after they passed the Fed’s stress test with flying colors. Wells Fargo topped the list, with $24.5 billion in announced buybacksfollowed by JPMorgan Chase’s $20.7 billion, Bank of America’s $20.6 billion, and Citigroup’s $17.6 billion in repurchases not far behind.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) short interest shrank to 31.68 million shares from the previous reading of 35.77 million. Shares were trading at $52.10, within a 52-week range of $49.27 to $66.31.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are cheering a major development in efforts to fix the ongoing trade conflict between the United States and China. According to Reuters, Chinese telecom giant ZTE has signed an agreement to get back into business with its American partners. The agreement will lift a ban by the U.S. Commerce Department that prevented China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment from buying from U.S. suppliers. This is a major development, and one that signals progress among trade officials from both nations. There are now more job openings in the United States than available workers. This is the first time that the Department of Labor has documented this phenomenon. There are 6.7 million openings compared to the 6.4 million workers available to fill those positions. As a result, U.S. companies have been forced to increase compensation in order to attract talent. All of the positive economic development could come to a screeching halt should the U.S. experience the largest labor strike in a decade. Reports indicate that the Teamsters and the United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) are on a collision course that could result in a general strike. The union has announced that 260,000 UPS employees have authorized a strike should both sides fail to reach a labor deal by August 1. UPS is responsible for the transport of 6% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, NOG, WFC
    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) investors remain committed to giving Chairman Elon Musk more of their money. On Tuesday, shareholders struck down proposals that would have removed Musk from the chairman role and shaken up the board of directors. Both proposals failed. At the same shareholder event, Musk announced plans for Tesla to open a production facility in Shanghai and projected that his firm will likely produce 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June. In deal news, defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOG) has won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase rocket moto

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

In a junior sector that has become quite a stock-picker’s market over the past nine months, I find some of the safest and lowest risk opportunities come when a company is undergoing a major change. Atlantic Gold (OTCPK:SPVEF) was one such idea I highlighted last year, as the company was set to transform itself into Canada’s newest junior gold producer. The stock has since moved from US$0.60 to US$1.40 and the re-rating I expect has nearly come to fruition. A company with a similar profile that I’ve had my eye on was Harte Gold (OTCPK:HRTFF), but the stock got well ahead of itself earlier this year and I exited my position. Since that time the stock has spent the last six months consolidating and finally looks it may be ready to resume the new uptrend it began earlier this year.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX) – Stock analysts at William Blair lifted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Blackstone Group in a report issued on Monday, June 4th. William Blair analyst C. Shutler now expects that the asset manager will post earnings of $0.66 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.65. William Blair also issued estimates for Blackstone Group’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.70 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.73 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $27.51 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Gramercy Property Trust stock soared 15.5% in the wake of the real estate investment trust (REIT) getting a buyout bid from a would-be acquirer. A fund run by institutional investment giant Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) announced that it would pay $27.50 per share in cash for Gramercy, putting the total value of the company at $7.6 billion. Coming on the heels of another deal in the sector, those following REITs are pleased to see buying interest even in the face of rising interest rates, which would ordinarily depress valuations. If all goes well, Blackstone hopes to close on the Gramercy deal sometime during the second half of the year.

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    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 296.07 percent to close at $1.25 on Monday after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
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    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) rose 18.39 percent to close at $2.64 on Monday.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $2.55.
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