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Best Growth Stocks For 2019

They are the building blocks of our daily stuff, from sports shoes to computer keyboards, created when oil and natural gas molecules are split, or cracked, to produce ethylene, propylene and other chemicals.

The science may be esoteric, but petrochemicals are big business in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, and they’re poised for further growth. Energy producers view these compounds increasingly as a key to unlocking more profit from each barrel of crude they pump.

Just last month, Abu Dhabi and Qatar each announced plans for new plants. In April, Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s biggest crude exporter also known as Saudi Aramco, teamed up with Total SA for a $5 billion facility in the kingdom and signaled its intention to invest in the U.S. Arab oil producers in the Gulf are boosting capacity at home and abroad to secure sales in a business that McKinsey and Co. estimates will drive 70 percent of the growth in demand for oil through 2035.

Crude producers can earn $15 a barrel by refining their output and an extra $30 on top of that by converting it into petrochemicals, with oil at $65 a barrel, according to Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, secretary-general of the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association, or GPCA. These economics make further expansion into the industry “highly likely by all the regional players.”

Best Growth Stocks For 2019: Duff & Phelps Utilities Income, Inc.(DNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. lifted its holdings in DNP Select Income Fund Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:DNP) by 108.1% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 17,485 shares of the investment management company’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,084 shares during the period. Stratos Wealth Partners LTD.’s holdings in DNP Select Income Fund Inc. Common Stock were worth $180,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Best Growth Stocks For 2019: China Cord Blood Corporation(CO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Global Cord Blood (NYSE:CO) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 27, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ: AMR) and Global Cord Blood (NYSE:CO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Global Cord Blood (NYSE: CO) and Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ:AMR) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Global Cord Blood Corp (NYSE:CO) dropped 5.8% during mid-day trading on Wednesday after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly earnings. The stock traded as low as $9.05 and last traded at $9.34. Approximately 677,976 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 222% from the average daily volume of 210,845 shares. The stock had previously closed at $9.92.

Best Growth Stocks For 2019: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Dow was flat this morning as major banks report earnings. Shares of JPMorgan Chaseadded nearly 1% after the company reported a record Q2 profit. The company also reported stronger results from its trading division, which likely benefited from recent market volatility. Its earnings per share of $2.29 was $0.07 above the average estimate of $2.22. China’s trade surplus against the United States hit a new record in June. Many economists are concerned that this news could cause U.S. President Donald Trump to escalate his tariff battle with China. Earlier this week, President Trump threatened to hit another $200 billion in Chinese goods with a 10% tariff. Trump has demanded that China cut down on its surplus. One of the biggest issues formarijuanacompanies right now is setting up a bank account. Because cannabis is still illegal under federal law, banks are afraid of federal crackdowns. That means a marijuana dispensary can’t deposit cash or take out a loan to help grow its business. However, that could soon change… Today, we take you into what could be one of the biggest breaks in the legal marijuana business. Check it out here.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: C, BLK, TGT
    Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) were on the move after the investment bank reported earnings before the bell. The bank reported a stunning 16% jump in quarterly profits for the second quarter. The firm cited the recent tax law, increased fees, and better banking business in Mexico. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.63. That figure easily beat average expectations of $1.56 per share. It’s worth noting that the bank’s income tax provision declined by $351 million thanks to tax reform. This will likely ignite Democratic Senators who are critical of Wall Street. Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) pushed higher Friday thanks to an upgrade from investment research firm Keefe, Bruyette and Woods Inc. The upgrade from “market perform” to “outperform” came after analysts sa

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Freicoin (FRC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the
    SHA-256 hashing algorithm. It launched on December 21st, 2012. Freicoin’s total supply is 100,000,000 coins and its circulating supply is 31,000,264 coins. Freicoin’s official Twitter account is @Freicoin and its Facebook page is accessible here. Freicoin’s official website is freico.in. Freicoin’s official message board is freicoinalliance.com.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    MUFG Americas Holdings Corp lessened its position in shares of First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) by 19.4% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 13,956 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 3,360 shares during the period. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp’s holdings in First Republic Bank were worth $1,292,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now

Paddy Power Betfair Plc agreed to combine its U.S. unit with closely held website FanDuel, as the Irish bookmaker seeks to gain from an expected rise in sports betting following a Supreme Court ruling this month.

Paddy Power will own 61 percent of the combined business after contributing its U.S. assets and $158 million of cash, the Dublin-based company said Wednesday in a statement. That ownership could increase to 80 percent after three years and 100 percent after five years through call and put options.

“We are excited to add FanDuel to the group’s portfolio of leading sports brands,” Peter Jackson, chief executive officer of Paddy Power, said in the statement. “This combination creates the industry’s largest online business in the U.S., with a large sports-focused customer base and an extensive nationwide footprint.”

It’s the first of a possible wave of deals involving betting companies in the U.S. after a Supreme Court decision May 14 that struck down the federal law which had barred single-game gambling in most of the country. Shares of U.S. casino companies and bookmakers rallied on anticipation of the decision, which means that sports betting could begin in a matter of weeks in casinos and racetracks in New Jersey, the state that had instigated the legal fight to introduce sports betting.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.(CFR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR) by 2.8% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 5,251,719 shares of the bank’s stock after acquiring an additional 140,956 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. owned about 8.23% of Cullen/Frost Bankers worth $557,051,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Anders Bylund, Jason Hall, Danny Vena, Jordan Wathen, and Brian Feroldi]

    In that spirit, we asked a few of our Motley Fool investors what they see as the best investment ideas at the start of July, 2018. They were quick to suggest Chinese e-commerce giantBaidu(NASDAQ:BIDU), coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), clean energy specialist TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), semiconductor veteran Intel, (NASDAQ:INTC), and Texan bankCullen/Frost Bankers(NYSE:CFR).

Top Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Freicoin (CURRENCY:FRC) traded down 19.6% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on June 7th. One Freicoin coin can now be purchased for about $0.0069 or 0.00000090 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. Freicoin has a total market cap of $214,550.00 and $25.00 worth of Freicoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. Over the last seven days, Freicoin has traded 15.6% higher against the dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mackay Shields LLC bought a new stake in First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 12,402 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $1,149,000.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 13, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Republic Bank (FRC)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Freicoin (FRC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the
    SHA-256 hashing algorithm. It launched on December 21st, 2012. Freicoin’s total supply is 100,000,000 coins and its circulating supply is 31,000,264 coins. Freicoin’s official Twitter account is @Freicoin and its Facebook page is accessible here. Freicoin’s official website is freico.in. Freicoin’s official message board is freicoinalliance.com.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: BancFirst Corporation(BANF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday.

    BANF has been the subject of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BancFirst from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, April 23rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BancFirst from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a hold rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of BancFirst in a research report on Friday, April 20th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc.(PLAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, RH (NYSE:RH)jumped on strong profit growth and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) rose after reporting first-quarter results and announcing plans for expanding its offering of exclusive virtual reality titles.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The week ahead will likely bring more volatility, particularly for shareholders ofDave & Buster’s(NASDAQ:PLAY), H&R Block(NYSE:HRB), and Michaels(NASDAQ:MIK)as each of these companies is set to announce quarterly earnings results over the next few days. Let’s look at a few key trends to watch for in the reports.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Summit Trail Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:PLAY) by 54.2% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 39,012 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 13,710 shares during the quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC’s holdings in Dave & Buster’s Entertainment were worth $1,257,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Dave & Buster’s(NASDAQ:PLAY) will announce its first-quarter results after the market closes on Monday, June 11. The report should attract plenty of investor attention since it’s the restaurant chain’s first earnings update following a difficult fiscal 2017. While Dave & Buster’s growing store base helped it set records on both its top and bottom lines last year, sales shrank at its existing locations, and profitability declined.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Shares of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) are up over 16% as of this writing on the back of better-than-expected first-quarter 2018 results reported June 11. That sentence deserves an asterisk, though, as both same-restaurant sales and entertainment sales declined once again. This is in spite of an overall restaurant industry that is beginning to show signs of recovery, which leaves this chain with some questions in need of answers.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019

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Pretend you’re Warren Buffett. You’re in your 80s. You’re worth over $70 billion. Obviously your children will receive a huge inheritance.

Not so fast.

Warren’s view on inherited wealth has always been that he will give his children “enough money so they would feel they can do anything but not so much that they could do nothing.” So, for example, he gave his son Peter enough money to pay off some equipment loans for his music business as well as the mortgage on his $194,000 home. (At the same time, though, he has heavily endowed his children’s independent charitable foundations, in 2006 giving each $1 billion to pursue their own philanthropic goals.)

Granted, you may not have the assets Buffett has accumulated. (Who does?)  But still: the amount of money you leave your children can have a major impact on their lives, both positively and negatively, and so can the manner in which you leave it. Buffett’s goal is to ensure his children live engaged and productive lives. Your goals may be different, and a variety of estate planning tools can help you achieve those goals.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN) and WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

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

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) traded down about 5.2% Friday and posted a new 52-week low of $4.00 after closing Thursday at $4.22. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.75. Volume was around 21 million, about 10% below the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company had no specific news.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of MoviePass majority ownerHelios and Matheson Analytics (NASDAQ:HMNY) have plunged today, down by 23% as of 11:30 a.m. EDT, after the company saidit had closed a previously announced capital raise, while acknowledging that it had received a formal notice of delisting from the Nasdaq. The decline follows yesterday’s drop.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap analytics stock Helios and Matheson Analytics (NASDAQ: HMNY) is thethird most shorted stock on the NASDAQ with short interest of 54.30% according to Highshortinterest.com. Helios and Matheson Analytics is a provider of information technology services and solutions, offering a range of technology platforms focusing on big data, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, social listening, and consumer-centric technology. The Company owns a majority interest in MoviePass Inc., the nation’s premier movie-theater subscription service.Other holdings include RedZone Map, a safety and navigation app for iOS and Android users, and a community-based ecosystem that features a socially empowered safety map app that enhances mobile GPS navigation using advanced proprietary technology.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares jumped 17 percent to $3.65.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares rose 13.5 percent to $11.70.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) gained 11.6 percent to $6.75 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares jumped 11.2 percent to $14.95. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares gained 11 percent to $2.2199.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) surged 10.8 percent to $4.50.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) rose 10.1 percent to $3.39.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) climbed 9.6 percent to $32.10. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares jumped 9.1 percent to $25.66. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 8.4 percent to $75.65 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Command Security Corporation (NYSE: MOC) shares gained 6.4 percent to $3.0960 after the company disclosed a $23 million five-year contract with LaGuardia Gateway Partners for LaGuardia Airport New Central Terminal Building.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 6.2 percent to $2.41 after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.7 percent to $69.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) gained 4.9 percent to $18.035. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Hanesbrands from Hold to Buy.
    M
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) were down 40 percent to $2.29 after pricing public share offering.

    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) was down, falling around 29 percent to $2.30. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a Q4 loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $395.77 million.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.82 per share and $538.49 million in revenue. Shares ended last week at $14.51, in a 52-week range of $5.50 to $18.44. The consensus analyst target is $13.00.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose about 5% to $20.56. The stocks 52-week range is $5.50 to $20.65. Volume was 1.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.1 million.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    President Trump will announce today if he will pull the United States out of the Obama-era nuclear deal. Trump wants European members of the treaty to amend certain issues regarding Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity. Energy stocks and oil prices had been rising on speculation that Trump would slap Iran again with economic sanctions, disrupting the region’s oil production. Comcast Corp.(Nasdaq: CMCSA) is currently working to obtain enough capital to purchase certain assets of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The ability to raise capital would allow Comcast to replace Disney’s $52 billion bid for the many of Fox’s key businesses. Markets are reacting to a speech made this morning by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. During a speech in Zurich, Switzerland, Powell said that rising U.S. interest rates would not have a significant impact on emerging markets and foreign stock markets. This has long been a concern for other nations as the U.S. dollar rises and American bonds become more attractive to international investors.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: DIS, C, SNAP
    The Walt DisneyCo.(NYSE: DIS) will lead another busy day of earnings reports today. Investors will be exploring the impact of recent price hikes at the company’s theme parks, as well as the ongoing concerns about cable cutting and how this trend affects ESPN. Markets anticipate that the company will report earnings per share of $1.68 on top of $14.23 billion in revenue. Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) are on the move. The uptick came after activist investor ValueAct announced a $1.2 billion stake in the investment bank. Citigroup shares were up 1.2% in pre-market hours. Shares of Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) gained 1% in pre-market hours. The owner of social media giant Snapchat said that its CFO Drew Vollero will step down next week. The executive will be replaced by a financial executive at Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Snap continues to face incredible pressures after the f

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc.(STAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Staffing 360 Solutions (NASDAQ: STAF) and ADECCO Grp AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:AHEXY) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    MUFG Americas Holdings Corp lessened its position in shares of First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) by 19.4% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 13,956 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 3,360 shares during the period. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp’s holdings in First Republic Bank were worth $1,292,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Commerce Bank lessened its stake in shares of First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) by 76.8% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 56,614 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 187,752 shares during the period. Commerce Bank’s holdings in First Republic Bank were worth $5,243,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    California Public Employees Retirement System lowered its position in shares of First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) by 2.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 348,984 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 9,363 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System’s holdings in First Republic Bank were worth $32,319,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Financial Stocks To Own For 2019

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That&a;rsquo;s when the Senate passed the legislation the House of Representatives did in mid-December. The RAISE Act &a;mdash; which aims to help relatives and partners who provide medical, household and financial assistance to loved ones &a;mdash;is now on its way to the White House for President Trump&a;rsquo;s signature.

Best Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
    PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
    First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
    First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.

     

Best Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: AquaVenture Holdings Limited (WAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    There were six IPOs scheduled for this week (five yesterday and one today) with small cap Aquaventure Holdings LLC (NYSE: WAAS) appearing set to end the week with shares above their IPO debut price. AquaVenture Holdings is a global leader in water purification solutions and a pioneer in providing Water-as-a-Service (WAAS), generating recurring revenue from the deployment of advanced water filtration, sanitization, purification and desalination technologies. Through its subsidiaries,the Companyserves over 40,000 customers and delivers seven billion gallons of clean water each year.

Best Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Telecom Italia S.P.A.(TI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.29 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE: TI), down 4 percent, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 3 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018

We spoke with the company Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) in late June and we fell in love all over again. As an analyst who lives and dies by working through the earnings model to figure out earnings numbers it doesn’t get much better than Nvidia. The Street has been low, is currently low, and probably is still very low on the coming quarters as well. On a simple PE valuation with no fancy numbers we’re about to show you how this stock can easily be another double from here in the next 12 months.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.

    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Originally a rural telecom, CenturyLink (CTL) has grown via acquisitions to become a major provider of broadband, voice, video, and data.

    It now provides services residential and business customers over a 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000 mile international network.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) which rose over 8% to $15.88. The stocks 52-week range is $13.16 to $27.61. Volume was over 25 million compared to its average volume of 14.6 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: FIRST REPUBLIC BANK(FRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related WFC Why Bank ETFs Fell On Friday Despite Decent Earnings Phil's Stock World: Funtime Friday Earnings Season Starts Today Rising Book Values and Margins of Safety (GuruFocus)
    Related C Earnings Preview: Financial Giants BAC, GS, And MS Report Q2 Results This Week Why Bank ETFs Fell On Friday Despite Decent Earnings Palo Capital, Inc. Buys Citigroup Inc, Schlumberger, NetApp Inc, Sells Citrix Systems Inc, … (GuruFocus) Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
    PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
    First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
    First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Spark Therapeutics, Inc.(ONCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONCE) were down 36 percent to $47.08 on preliminary SPK-8011 trial data.

    Athenex Inc (NASDAQ: ATNX) was down, falling around 13 percent to $13.95. Almirall and Athenex reported a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize KX2-391 in the U.S. and Europe.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long again on small cap gene therapy stock Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE):

    Financially, Spark Therapeutics has over $300M in cash on the books and no debt to speak of yet, which equates to a share price of just over four times cash. The Company has generated over $20M in revenue for the trailing twelve months, and although the Company is expected to continue to lose money for the next few years, any strong clinical data that hits the tape could rocket shares of ONCE overnight, just like we’ve seen with so many others over the years.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) dropped 44% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $41.06 after closing at $73.38 on Friday. The 52-week high is $91.75. Volume was around 13.5 million, nearly 30 times the daily average of about 480,000. The company’s hemophilia A drug posted disappointing trial results.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Spark Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) saw its shares take a big step back on Monday after the firm reported less than favorable results at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. Analysts have taken this opportunity to weigh in on the stock:

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 0.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $21.41 after closing at $21.53 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about a third the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    If a stock falls hard, particularly one with a durable name in its industry, it could be an opportunity to pick up shares on the cheap. But sometimes, a stock trades at a discount for a very good reason, so let’s take a look at Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI), and Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) to see if they are good values at these lower prices — or just value traps.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 5.9% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.50 after closing at $22.86 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume of about 31 million was more than 7 times the daily average of 4.5 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) had its short interest increase to 2.63 million shares from the previous 2.36 million. The stock closed Friday at $305.20, within a 52-week range of $223.02 to $333.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Biogen (BIIB) has dropped 2.2% to $286.16 after getting cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink, and to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Biogen (BIIB)

    Biogen discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Breakups have the potential to create a lot of value. Just look at what Biogen (BIIB) did with its hemophilia franchise. Spun out as Bioverativ (BIVV) , shares started trading earlier this year. The stock has climbed some 23% on seemingly no news, Cramer noted.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down nearly 4% at $329.58. The stocks 52-week range is $244.28 to $348.84. Volume was 1.2 million matching the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Flowers Foods, Inc.(FLO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Consumers across the nation know Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO) from its Wonder bread, Tastykake snack cakes, and Nature’s Own bakery brands. Yet the truly novel thing about Flowers is how it has done such a good job of building up a national presence in an industry that is typically dominated by local competition. Coming into Monday’s fourth-quarter financial report, Flowers investors were hoping to see at least some growth in sales and earnings, but the bakery company wasn’t able to deliver the pace of expansion that most shareholders really want to see.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2018: Gogo Inc.(GOGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small capin-flight WiFi stockGogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onMonday (February 27th). Last summer, American Airlines did a deal with rival ViaSat, Inc (NASDAQ: VSAT) to provide Internet access on about 100 new Boeing jets. To add to the turbulence, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a B3 Corporate Family Rating, a B3-PD Probability of Default Rating and a SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating to Gogo Inc plus assigned a B2 (LGD3) rating to the Company’s $500 senior secured note offering (after a planned sale of $525 millionin junk bonds fell through). The Ratings Action noted:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) were up 18.3% as of 1:30 p.m. EST Monday after the in-flight connectivity specialist announced stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter 2016 results.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) had a director purchasing a total of 300,000 shares at $9.69 per share. The total for the purchase was posted at $3 million.Gogo provides communications services to the commercial and business aviation markets in the United States and internationally. Itsstock was trading on Friday at $8.85.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday started the new week on a positive note, as the stock market once again recovered from early declines to post advances. The Dow Jones Industrials extended its string of record closes to 12 consecutive days in the wake of favorable comments from Warren Buffett about the valuation of the market. Moves within the Trump administration to transfer spending to the Defense Department also bolstered the overall market mood. In addition, good news from certain companies helped to sustain positive sentiment overall, and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN), and Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $10.85 after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.