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best shares to invest in today

This past year was a very good one for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The blue-chip index saw 25 of its 30 stocks post share price gains for 2017, and the index closed the year up more than 24%.

There were two big winners in 2017 and three more stocks that posted very solid gains above 40%:

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 89% Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up 68.9% Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 46.1% Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), up 46.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up 42.9%.

A stronger global economy contributed to the fortunes of at least two of these firms. while lower U.S. unemployment and improving wages helped the more consumer oriented companies post their gains.

Boeing

This aerospace and defense giant simply defied gravity in 2017. The stock’s upward trajectory started early and didn’t let up for the entire year. The company will end the year with net new orders of more than 850 and operating cash flow north of $12 billion. The big question, of course, is can the company keep it up through 2018? Could Boeing’s stock price actually nearly double again? That does not seem possible, but the company appears poised for another very good year.

best shares to invest in today: ITT Corporation(ITT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

best shares to invest in today: Dynavax Technologies Corporation(DVAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares shot up 73 percent to $15.99 as the company announced that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-1 in support of the company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B. RBC Capital upgraded Dynavax from Sector Perform to Outperform.

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    The same is true for Dynavax Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: DVAX). A quick Night Trade of DVAX would’ve netted a whopping 230% in just a few months – and this can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $6.88 after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.

best shares to invest in today: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

best shares to invest in today: Golfsmith International Holdings Inc.(GOLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap golf equipment stockAcushnet Holdings Corp (NYSE: GOLF):

    Acushnet Holdings has been on our watchlist for a while too, but it’s only been in the past few days we’ve seen the cracks start to appear.

best shares to invest in today: Headwaters Incorporated(HW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Building products provider Headwaters (HW) said Sunday that it has agreed to be acquired by Australian construction materials supplier Boral for $24.25 per share, or $2.6 billion, in cash.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Headwaters (HW) , EnergySolutions (ES) , Western Refining (WNR) and Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP) .

    No-Huddle Offense

best shares to invest in today: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Some money managers are indeed preparing for Armageddon, expecting a thin summer trading season to usher in the bear. But Cramer said that, ultimately, what happens in Washington has little impact on the earnings of stocks like Walmart (WMT) , Coca-Cola (KO) or Citigroup (C) . It also has no correlation to the 17.8% move in Nvidia (NVDA) , nor the 12.8% jump in Electronic Arts (EA) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    So we find ourselves in the position we have for most of this year: positive on the market averages but less confident in what stocks to buy. While banks have clearly been the flavor of the day we have generally avoided those names. Both Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) are only now hitting six year highs and we have never advocated chasing winners. Meanwhile the staid, safe defensive stocks (value) like P&G (PG), Coke (KO), and Philip Morris (PM) are lagging. The dichotomy might be illustrated by retailers where Best Buy has been roaring while Gap Stores has been tanking…

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Bharara’s office also secured major settlements with some of the country’s biggest banks, including Citibank (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) . In 2014, it reached a $1.2 billion agreement with Toyota (TM) over unintended acceleration by its cars.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup (C) has declined0.5% to$58.09 after its earnings topped the Street consensus but its sales fell shortof analyst expectations.

    United Continental Holdings (UAL) has dropped 1.7% to$72.50 despite beating earnings and revenue forecasts.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    But here’s the thing: One of those banks, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), just rose 14.3% in a four-week period, leaving Money Morning Options Trading Specialist Tom Gentile to wonder, “how much better can they do?”

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now

I believe the European financial market contains too much risk, and one should rather invest in the American financial system because it has a lot more upward potential. I wrote that in one of my latest articles. However, there is one exception to my statement: UBS Group (NYSE:UBS). The Swiss banking group is especially strong in investment banking and asset management and will probably outperform the sector this year.

Why UBS is the exception

There are numerous reasons as to why I believe UBS Group has more potential than the rest of the European banking sector. Firstly, UBS has some making up to do in stock price. The European financial sector declined -3.7% over the last 12 months, while UBS Group declined even further to -13.36%. The main reason behind this steeper-than-average drop is the company missing its earnings in the first quarter of 2016. Ever since, their stock price has not recovered as fast as the rest of the market. This has led us to believe that UBS is slightly undervalued in comparison with the sector.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: SunTrust Banks, Inc.(STI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry
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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Headwaters Incorporated(HW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Building products provider Headwaters (HW) said Sunday that it has agreed to be acquired by Australian construction materials supplier Boral for $24.25 per share, or $2.6 billion, in cash.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Headwaters (HW) , EnergySolutions (ES) , Western Refining (WNR) and Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP) .

    No-Huddle Offense

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: UNITIL Corporation(UTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares tumbled by 1.21 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP), down 3 percent, and Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 3 percent.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: EP Energy Corporation(EPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    EP Energy Corp. (NYSE: EPE) posted a new 52-week low of $1.85 Tuesday, down nearly 22% after closing at $2.37 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.49. Volume was about 3.2 million, around 5 times the daily average of around 600,000. The oil and gas exploration and production firm has launched an exchange program extending the maturity date to 2024 on $1.2 billion in 9.375% notes due in 2020.

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22%
    Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39%
    Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45%
    Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91%
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20%
    Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90%
    Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79%
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79%
    SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38%
    Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: (SIOLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    China Life (NYSE:LFC) holds a 44 percent stake in China Guangfa Bank and a 30 percent stake in Sino-Ocean Group (OTCPK:SIOLF). Foresea owns large stakes in Gree Electric Appliances and China Vanke. If they are forced to sell their stakes, the Chinese stock market could see a sudden downturn.