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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

If you bought this time last year,Centurylink Inc.(NYSE:CTL)andPattern Energy Group Inc.(NASDAQ:PEGI)haven’t exactly been great investments, with share prices down 33% and 19%, respectively, while theS&P 500(SNPINDEX:^GSPC)has gained 15%. Even when we factor in dividends, they lost investors money while the market delivered more than 17% in total returns.

And while it’s important to remember that stocks can be volatile over the short term, it’s not fun watching your stocks lose value while the market goes up so much. But sometimes where the market sees weakness, there’s actually opportunity. And I think that’s the case with both of these stocks today.

Betting against the market can be risky, but there’s often greater reward. Image source: Getty Images.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc.(PLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PlexCoin (CURRENCY:PLX) traded 1.5% higher against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 13:00 PM Eastern on June 19th. PlexCoin has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of PlexCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last week, PlexCoin has traded up 9.7% against the US dollar. One PlexCoin token can currently be purchased for $0.0067 or 0.00000099 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and Cryptopia.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    PlexCoin (CURRENCY:PLX) traded up 3.9% against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 19:00 PM ET on June 1st. In the last week, PlexCoin has traded down 26% against the U.S. dollar. One PlexCoin token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0095 or 0.00000126 BTC on major exchanges including Cryptopia and CoinExchange. PlexCoin has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and approximately $27.00 worth of PlexCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc.(MTSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its position in MACOM Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:MTSI) by 4.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 235,430 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,600 shares during the quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado owned about 0.37% of MACOM Technology Solutions worth $3,908,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd acquired a new position in shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 42,276 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $702,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd owned approximately 0.07% of MACOM Technology Solutions at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MACOM Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:MTSI) had its target price raised by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $18.00 to $22.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the semiconductor company’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price would suggest a potential downside of 7.95% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) were down 5.6% on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $23.84 and last traded at $24.15. Approximately 1,031,600 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 18% from the average daily volume of 1,262,816 shares. The stock had previously closed at $25.58.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    US Bancorp DE increased its holdings in shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) by 116.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 13,658 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after buying an additional 7,339 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in MACOM Technology Solutions were worth $227,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) released its fiscal second-quarter financial results early on Monday. The company said that it had $0.68 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.36 billion in revenue. That compared with consensus estimates of $0.60 in EPS on revenue of $4.32 billion. And in the same period of last year, Carnival said it had EPS of $0.52 and $3.94 billion in revenue.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) fell on news of the impact of tariffs, and Carnival (NYSE:CCL) dropped after issuing a weak outlook.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) which fell about 8% to $589.53. The stocks 52-week range is $56.95 to $72.70. Volume was about 16.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.9 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) traded down about 1.2% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $56.45 after closing Monday at $57.15. The stock’s 52-week high is $72.70. Volume totaled around 3.5 million, roughly 15% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival(NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)is kicking off the new trading week with disappointing financial results, sending the stock to fresh 52-week lows on Monday. The world’s largest cruise ship operator posted its fiscal second-quarter results ahead of the market open. The quarter itself was solid, but weak guidance scared investors worried about looming softness and cost controls.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Euronet Worldwide Inc.(EEFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ: EEFT) and Payment Data Systems (NASDAQ:PYDS) are both finance 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.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Euronet Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs. It has a $94 price target, which compares with the consensus target across Wall Street of $105.29. The stock ended trading on Friday at $85.98.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    These companies run the gamut from video games to e-commerce to search engines and more, but what all of them have in common is huge long-term potential. And what’s a game with no points? David checks back in on the five-stock set he picked shortly after Brexit was announced — Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG), Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN), Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ:EEFT), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). Did this tiny portfolio beat the market’s 26% gain in the last few years? Tune in and find out.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and seven have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $107.14.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Golfsmith International Holdings Inc.(GOLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Acushnet (NYSE:GOLF) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a hold rating.

    Hudbay Minerals (NYSE:HBM) (TSE:HBM) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a sell rating.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DA Davidson reissued their hold rating on shares of Acushnet (NYSE:GOLF) in a research note published on Monday.

    A number of other research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Morgan Stanley reiterated an overweight rating on shares of Acushnet in a report on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Acushnet from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a buy rating and issued a $26.00 price objective on shares of Acushnet in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Compass Point lowered shares of Acushnet from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $24.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, March 19th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated an overweight rating on shares of Acushnet in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $23.40.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019

Now that the cloud of uncertainty has been removed from the global oil markets, prices can start to move higher. This is good news for McDermott International (NYSE:MDR). The stock was already performing well due to the strong order backlog, wide geographical presence and healthy relations with customers. McDermott’s ability to provide services from design to execution has allowed it to perform better than almost all of its peers in the oilfield services sector. Now that the oil market is finally moving towards sustained recovery, investment in new projects should increase. This should make companies like McDermott International very happy.

There are some differentiating factors that give McDermott International an advantage over its peers. Most important of these factors is strong relations with national oil companies. Historically, it has been a challenge for foreign companies to have healthy relationships with national oil companies in Middle East. Not for McDermott International. In fact, deep relations with these companies has been the key driver behind growing backlog and healthy revenue even in the last two years. Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, accounts for more than 25% of its total revenue. In normal circumstances, such high exposure to one customer will be taken as a negative and a potential threat. However, McDermott’s ability to maintain relationship with customers and extract more revenue from the same customer has allowed it to sail without any problem. It is the company’s capacity to offer full suite of services that has made it indispensable to its customers in the Middle East. Maintaining such a strong position in one of the most volatile regions in the world is a credit to the management’s ability.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) released its fiscal second-quarter financial results early on Monday. The company said that it had $0.68 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.36 billion in revenue. That compared with consensus estimates of $0.60 in EPS on revenue of $4.32 billion. And in the same period of last year, Carnival said it had EPS of $0.52 and $3.94 billion in revenue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) dropped about 4.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $60.50. Shares closed at $63.34 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $72.70. Analysts at Morgan Stanley issued a warning that cruise line stocks were headed for a slow fourth quarter this year.

  • [By ]

    Charles Russell, managing partner at Massif Capital (June 14) — Said to short shares of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) given ample evidence suggesting global demand is unlikely to keep pace with cruise ship capacity between now and 2025. The company would be forced to raise ticket prices on price-sensitive consumers by more than 8% a year to keep pace with its current valuation, and "there is no precedent to suggest that is possible." Russell estimated that NCLH has intrinsic value of less than $26 per share, implying downside of at least 50%. Note that cruise line peer Carnival Corp. (CCL), which has exposure to China, reports earnings later this morning.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal first-quarter report is scheduled for Thursday. The consensus forecast is $0.43 in EPS on $4.11 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $66.91 apiece. The consensus price target is $76.94, and the 52-week range is $57.09 to $72.70.

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    Four Stocks to Watch Today: CCL, HOG, GE, AMZN
    Harley Davidson (NYSE: HOG) has weighed in on U.S. trade policy. The company said over the weekend that European Union tariffs could fuel an uptick in prices by at least $2,200 per unit. However, the company said in a statement that it does not plan to raise prices as a result. Instead, the firm plans to shift its production intended for EU sales out of the United States.
    General Electric (NYSE: GE) is on the verge of selling its industrial division to private equity giant Advent Capital for $3 billion. According to reports, Advent beat out Cummins in a bidding war for the lucrative industrial engine group.
    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is ramping up its Prime grocery store sales. The company’s Whole Foods savings program has expanded nationwide. After a brief trial period in Florida, Prime members can now access deals in every state. It’s bad news for grocery rivals as Amazon continues to expand.
    Look for an earnings report from Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL). Wall Street analysts project that the cruise line will report earnings per share (EPS) of $0.60 on top of $4.33 billion in revenue.
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Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Federated Investors Inc. PA cut its position in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) by 71.5% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 20,286 shares of the company’s stock after selling 51,010 shares during the quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA’s holdings in Sanderson Farms were worth $2,415,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $111.75.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.73 billion.
    McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $3.56 per share on revenue of $51.25 billion.
    Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.39 per share on revenue of $8.00 billion.
    Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.39 billion.
    Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $291.47 million.
    Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $841.75 million.
    The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $6.86 billion.
    Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.61 per share on revenue of $8.05 billion.
    58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $372.49 million.
    Luxoft Holding, Inc. (NYSE: LXFT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $228.53 million.
    The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $916.73 million.
    StealthGas Inc. (NASDAQ: GASS) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $37.75 million.
    Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: THR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $96.24 million.
    Tuniu Corporation (NASDAQ: TOUR) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $76.72 million.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) fell 50.3 percent to $6.17 in pre-market trading after the company received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA. The FDA declined to approve the company’s New Drug Application for IV meloxicam.
    Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL) shares fell 16.5 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after the company announced Q4 results.
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) fell 16.5 percent to $5.20 in pre-market trading after reporting pricing of public offering of common stock.
    Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP (NYSE: WMLP) fell 11 percent to $3.49 in pre-market trading after surging 194.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) shares fell 11 percent to $13.45 in pre-market trading. Petrobras announced plans to lower the cost of diesel by 10 percent.
    Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) shares fell 9.4 percent to $97 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
    Zealand Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: ZEAL) fell 6.9 percent to $15.55 in pre-market trading after rising 2.71 percent on Wednesday.
    L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) shares fell 6.7 percent to $31.76 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. The company issued weak second quarter and FY18 earnings guidance.
    ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RETO) shares fell 5.9 percent to $4.78 in pre-market trading.
    Qiwi plc (NASDAQ: QIWI) fell 5.9 percent to $17.52 in pre-market trading.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) fell 5 percent to $13.25 in pre-market trading after reporting a proposed offering of common stock.
    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) shares fell 4.3 percent to $72.66 in pre-market trading. Best Buy reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) fell 4.1 percent to $64.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the consumer staples shares surged 0.17 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CV Sciences, Inc. (OTC: CVSI), up 6 percent, and Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) up 5 percent.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: iShares Morningstar Large-Cap Growth (JKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    iShares Morningstar Large Growth (NYSEARCA:JKE) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, June 26th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 27th will be paid a dividend of 0.3796 per share on Monday, July 2nd. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.87%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 26th. This is a boost from iShares Morningstar Large Growth’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.34.

Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: EP Energy Corporation(EPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy shares rose 2.39 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE), up 18 percent, and Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) up 23 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares rose 2.37 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE), up 24 percent, and Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) up 24 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy shares climbed 1.48 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included SeaDrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL), up 15 percent, and EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE), up 15 percent.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

President and CEO of Lasalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) Michael D Barnello bought 19,398 shares of LHO on 03/02/2018 at an average price of $24.65 a share. The total cost of this purchase was $478,161.

LaSalle Hotel Properties is a real estate investment trust. It is engaged in buying, owing, redeveloping and leasing mainly upscale and luxury full-service hotels located in convention, resort and urban business markets. LaSalle Hotel Properties has a market cap of $2.83 billion; its shares were traded at around $25.00 with a P/E ratio of 16.37 and P/S ratio of 2.69. The dividend yield of LaSalle Hotel Properties stocks is 7.19%. LaSalle Hotel Properties had annual average EBITDA growth of 3.20% over the past five years.

CEO Recent Trades:

President and CEO Michael D Barnello bought 19,398 shares of LHO stock on 03/02/2018 at the average price of $24.65. The price of the stock has increased by 1.42% since.

For the complete insider trading history of LHO, click here

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was an up-and-down day for the stock market, which lost substantial ground early in the day only to climb back toward the unchanged mark by the end of the session. A slight rise for the Dow Jones Industrials led to yet another record-high close, and although other major market benchmarks weren’t quite as lofty, they nevertheless finished with only modest losses on the day. Generally favorable news and sentiment helped the market bounce back during the day, but some stocks still finished lower. Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX), Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GBT), and Nautilus (NYSE:NLS) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lincoln National Corporation(LNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) also had the man at the top selling stock last week. Dennis Glass, the CEO of this insurance and retirement focused company, sold a block of 75,000 shares at between $71.00 and $71.28 apiece. The total for the sale was posted at $5 million. Shares closed Friday at $71.69, in a 52-week rangeof $34.16 to $73.71. The consensus price target is $73.17.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    * The market bent yesterday but today it stabilized. (A good showing, all things being considered–but in no way decisive going forward).
    * Gold +$5/oz.
    * Crude oil +$0.50 and the rise is taking up some energy stocks.
    * The Russell returned to the spotlight.
    * Life insurance–particularly Lincoln National (LNC) (on an upgrade). Hartford Financial Services (HIG) gets a small lift.
    * Retail returned from the depths. The standouts–L Brands (LB) , Kohl’s (KSS) , Bed Bath (BBBY) , Nordstrom (JWN) and Gap (GPS) .
    * Ag equipment–after an analyst upgrade yesterday.
    * Brokerages.
    * Homebuilders catch a bid.
    * Day one of the Masters Golf Tournament.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) reported solid earnings on Tuesday and ultimately closed the day out higher, winning the admiration of a few analysts. Deutsche Bank raised its price target to $70 from $61. Stifel raised its price target slightly to $80 from $79, and SunTrust Robinson Humphreyraised its target to $84 from $72. Wedbush also raised its price target, to $71 from $65. Shares of Carnival traded on Wednesday at $68.22, with a consensus analyst price target of $74.08 and a 52-week trading range of $51.70 to $69.89.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.15 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $65.95. The consensus price target is $72.98, and the 52-week trading range is $50.77 to $69.89.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SORL Auto Parts Inc.(SORL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
    Sorl Auto
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) was down, falling around 8 percent to $3.68. Greenridge Global downgraded SORL Auto Parts from Buy to Hold.

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    1. Sorl Auto Parts (Nasdaq: SORL)
    Shares of this Chinese automobile brake and safety equipment maker are setting up to be an ideal breakout candidate. Sorl supplies automobile brakes and safety equipment to over 75 original equipment manufacturers, most of them in China.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares shot up 19 percent to $7.15 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter and raised its FY17 outlook. The company reported Q3 EPS of 44 cents, up from 17 cents in the same quarter of last year. The company reported sales of $101.33 million, up from $63.7 million in the same quarter of last year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares were also up, gaining 33 percent to $6.02 after the company reported strong Q1 results and raised its FY17 sales guidance.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is rated as a Hold with a new price target of $24. The EPS estimate has been cut from $0.60 to $0.47 for 2017, and the 2018 estimate has been increased from $0.70 to $1.19. Shares closed at $22.36 on Friday in a 52-week range of $19.77 to $25.74. The consensus 12-month price target is $28.72.

  • [By David Sterman]

    Take Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG(link is external)) as an example. As I noted earlier this month(link is external), Cabot’s current drilling plans are expected to lead to a big spike in output over the next few years. The company’s executives decided to plow ahead with development plans, even as rivals were retrenching. The fact that natural gas prices have risen more than 10% in the past three weeks simply underscores the wisdom of that strategy, and could lead to rising sales and profit estimates. 

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An annuity analysis tool maker has finally released two major new comparative illustration tools, after a development process that lasted for more than a decade.

Cannex Financial Exchanges Ltd. says the new tools can help advisors show clients how annuities from multiple carriers might perform in a wide range of scenarios.

The Cannex VA Analysis system illustrates how variable annuities might perform, and the Cannex FIA Analysis system illustrates how indexed annuities might perform, the company says.

The systems can illustrate what might happen to the guaranteed portions of contracts and riders.

The systems can also show what might happen to the performance of annuity components with returns linked to the performance of variable annuity separate accounts or investment index benchmarks, according to Cannex.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: (LVMUY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Diane Alter]

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    CES Companies to Watch, No. 3: Carnival (NYSE: CCL)

    Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE: CCL) announced Wednesday at CES 2017 that it will give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands – which can also be worn as a pendant or necklace. The device can be used to unlock their room, purchase food, and to pay toplay games such as blackjack.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    How about individual stories? Tuesday I was pleasantly surprised by the commentary on both the Darden (DRI) and Carnival (CCL) calls. Weekend dining and lunch were very strong for Darden, parent of Olive Garden, even though CEO Gene Lee acknowledged that it’s competing against “new necessities today, whether smartphones, whether it’s your cable bill, your Netflix bill. I mean, they have increased significantly over the years.” Hmm, is there any wonder why takeout pizza is so strong? Makes me want to buy both Darden and Domino’s (DPZ) .

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday morning. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.15 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $65.95. The consensus price target is $72.98, and the 52-week trading range is $50.77 to $69.89.

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    That’s not to say the consumer never leaves the house, but when they do, they shop for their homes at Home Depot (HD) and Home Goods, the TJX Stores (TJX) chain that’s knocking it out of the park. The consumer is also visiting theme parks like Six Flags (SIX) and Walt Disney (DIS) and they’re also going on Carnival Cruises (CCL) .

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nordic American Tankers Limited(NAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 4.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $2.58 after closing at $2.71 on Friday. Volume was around 2.8 million, more than double the daily average of around 2.3 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter this morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) posted a new 52-week low of $2.68 Wednesday, down about 27% after closing at $3.67 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $9.32. Volume was about 20.3 million, more than 20 times the daily average of around 940,000 shares. The company announced priced a sale of $110 million in new shares at $2.75 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 2.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.49 after closing at $2.55 on Tuesday. Volume was around 2.8 million, about double the daily average of around 1.4 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter Tuesday morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program. The explanation did not sell any better today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) dropped about 3% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.51 after closing at $2.59 on Monday. Volume was around 2.8 million, about double the daily average of around 1.4 million. The firm sent shareholders a letter Monday morning explaining the shipper’s recapitalization program. Apparently the explanation did not sit well.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Credit Acceptance Corporation(CACC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ: CACC) shares are down more than 5.1 percent on Friday after Bloomberg reported that the Federal Trade Commission has requested information from the company regarding its use of ignition kill switches and GPS systems in debt collection.

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.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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