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Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019

European stocks on Friday pulled back after scoring their best session in a month, with bank shares under pressure and as investors prepare for the U.S. to ramp-up its trade dispute with China.

How markets are performing

The broader Stoxx Europe 600 Index
SXXP, -0.36%
fell 0.2% to 392.30, topped by the consumer goods and industrial sectors. But the financial, oil and gas and telecom sectors moved lower. On Thursday, the pan-European index jumped 1.2%, its best gain since April 5, FactSet data showed, driven largely by a tumble in the euro.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust(BUI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) announced a monthly dividend on Monday, October 1st, NASDAQ reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.121 per share by the real estate investment trust on Wednesday, October 31st. This represents a $1.45 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.26%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 12th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media stories about Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.3004100251897 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) declared a monthly dividend on Wednesday, August 1st, NASDAQ reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 15th will be given a dividend of 0.121 per share by the real estate investment trust on Friday, August 31st. This represents a $1.45 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 14th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst (NYSE:BUI) by 23.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 41,436 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 7,911 shares during the quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. owned approximately 0.24% of Blackrock Utlts Infra&Pwr Oprtnt Trst worth $829,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.(INN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Innova (INN) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the NeoScrypt hashing algorithm. It was first traded on October 19th, 2017. Innova’s total supply is 4,032,857 coins and its circulating supply is 3,282,857 coins. Innova’s official website is innovacoin.info. Innova’s official Twitter account is @InnovaCoin.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan trimmed its stake in shares of Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN) by 29.1% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 29,520 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 12,110 shares during the period. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan’s holdings in Summit Hotel Properties were worth $422,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Critical Elements Corporation (CRECF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The following 6 companies are on the bench for the index:

    Advantage Lithium (OTCQX:AVLIF) Argosy Minerals (OTCPK:ARYMF) Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) Critical Elements (OTCQX:CRECF) NEO Lithium (OTCQX:NTTHF) Wealth Minerals (OTCQX:WMLLF)

    “Bench” is a sports analogy meaning that one or more of them could be added in the future if one of the above companies becomes a producer, is acquired, or the market capitalization (“cap”) of one or more of the index holdings falls significantly below that of one or more companies on the bench.

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    Other juniors include: Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [TSXV:AAL], AIS Resources [TSXV:AIS] (OTCQB:AISSF), American Lithium Corp. [TSX-V: LI] (OTCQB:LIACF), Argentina Lithium and Energy Corp. [TSXV:LIT] (OTCQB:PNXLF), Argosy Minerals [ASX:AGY] (OTC:ARYMF), AVZ Minerals [ASX:AVZ] (OTC:AZZVF), Bacanora Minerals [TSXV:BCN] [AIM:BCN] [GR:1BQ] (OTC:BCRMF), Birimian Ltd [ASX:BGS] (OTC:EEYMF), Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] [GR:F12] (OTCQX:CRECF), Dajin Resources [TSXV:DJI] (OTCPK:DJIFF), Enigri (private), Eramet (EN Paris:ERA) (OTCPK:ERMAY), European Metals Holdings [ASX:EMH] [AIM:EMH] [GR:E861] (OTC:ERPNF), Far Resources [CSE:FAT] (OTCPK:FRRSF), Force Commodities [ASX:4CE], Kidman Resources [ASX:KDR] [GR:6KR], Latin Resources Ltd [ASX: LRS] (OTC:LAXXF), Lithium Australia [ASX:LIT] (OTC:LMMFF), Lithium Power International [ASX:LPI] (OTC:LTHHF), LSC Lithium [TSXV:LSC] (OTC:LSSCF), MetalsTech [ASX:MTC], MGX Minerals [CSE:XMG] (OTC:MGXMF), Millennial Lithium Corp. [TSXV:ML] (OTCQB:MLNLF), Neo Lithium [TSXV:NLC] (OTC:NTTHF), NRG Metals Inc. [TSXV:NGZ] (OTCQB:NRGMF), Nemaska Lithium [TSX:NMX] [GR:NOT] (OTCQX:NMKEF), North American Lithium (private), Piedmont Lithium [ASX:PLL] (OTC:PLLLY), Prospect Resources [ASX:PSC], Sayona Mining [ASX:SYA] (OTCPK:DMNXF), Savannah Resources [LSE:SAV], Standard Lithium [TSXV:SLL] (OTC:STLHF), and Wealth Minerals [TSXV:WML] (OTCQB:WMLLF).

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.(WASH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:WASH) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report published on Tuesday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:WASH) hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $60.60 and last traded at $60.15, with a volume of 256 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $60.15.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Widely regarded research firm J.D. Power has released its 2018 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. Overall customer satisfaction grew again. Among the traditional carriers rated, Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) finished first and Continental Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE: UAL) flagship airline finished last.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research note released on Wednesday.

    Other analysts have also issued reports about the company. Stifel Nicolaus lowered their target price on Alaska Air Group from $110.00 to $100.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Citigroup reduced their price target on Alaska Air Group from $69.00 to $68.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research report on Monday, June 18th. Buckingham Research reduced their price target on Alaska Air Group from $86.00 to $84.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research report on Friday, July 27th. ValuEngine upgraded Alaska Air Group from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Finally, Imperial Capital reduced their price target on Alaska Air Group from $65.00 to $62.00 and set an inline rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, June 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $78.77.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) 2016 acquisition of Virgin America set off a chain reaction that dramatically intensified competition among airlines in California. Alaska Airlines started the process by launching dozens of new California routes, with a particular emphasis on routes from the Bay Area, which was Virgin America’s primary stronghold.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Over the past two years, rising fuel prices and fare wars in parts of the U.S. have combined to put pressure on many airlines’ profitability. Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) has been one of the hardest-hit companies.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Cancer Genetics, Inc.(CGIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ:CGIX) was the recipient of a significant drop in short interest in the month of May. As of May 31st, there was short interest totalling 565,972 shares, a drop of 38.5% from the May 15th total of 919,865 shares. Approximately 2.5% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 207,962 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.7 days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cancer Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGIX) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.13 per share on revenue of $8.20 million.

    Sypris Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYPR) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $20.35 million.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ:CGIX) shares were up 11.5% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $1.30 and last traded at $1.26. Approximately 511,599 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 51% from the average daily volume of 338,528 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.13.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    OpGen (NASDAQ: OPGN) and Cancer Genetics (NASDAQ:CGIX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: LSI Industries Inc.(LYTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) CEO Ronald D. Brown acquired 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $5.30 per share, with a total value of $26,500.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at $26,500. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) Director John K. Morgan purchased 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 20th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $3.27 per share, with a total value of $32,700.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 35,880 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $117,327.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Terra Nitrogen (NYSE:TNH) have been trending somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Terra Nitrogen earned a news impact score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.8553415416776 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Evogene (NASDAQ: EVGN) and Terra Nitrogen (NYSE:TNH) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Improving business travel demand during the first quarter drove Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) to update its outlook earlier this month. Those travel trends turned out to be stronger than even its more optimistic expectations, helping the company to deliver results that were above the updated forecast. Because of that, the company is even more encouraged about what lies ahead in 2018.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB)

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Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2019: Blackrock Health Sciences Trust(BME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of BME traded up $0.60 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $40.92. The company had a trading volume of 34,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 35,130. Blackrock Health Sciences Trust has a 52 week low of $32.00 and a 52 week high of $44.00.

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    About Blackrock Health Sciences Trust

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of B&M European Value Retail SA (LON:BME) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the sixteen research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 451.36 ($5.88).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of B&M European Value Retail SA (LON:BME) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the sixteen ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 442.92 ($5.90).

Hot Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now

The U.S. House subcommittee on environment heard testimony on April 13 with that would eliminate the Obama-era Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) and replace it with higher octane gasoline. This may be counter-intuitive, but the auto industry is getting behind the idea.

Most gasoline sold in the United States today has an octane rating between 87 and 94. For consumers, the higher the octane rating the higher the cost. The price differential between regular and premium gasoline has jumped in recent years to around 50 cents a gallon or even more. If the only gasoline available were rated at 95 octane and cost, say, 50 cents or even 25 cents a gallon more than regular gasoline now costs, there would be a lot of unhappy American drivers.

It turns out that the cheapest way for automakers to improve a vehicle’s mileage rating and reduce its carbon emissions is to adjust the engine to run at higher compression ratios. That boosts efficiency (mileage) by using more of the energy in gasoline. Raising the octane level at which an engine runs most efficiently is much cheaper than developing new multi-gear transmissions or variable compression turbo-charged engines such as the new VC-Turbo from Nissan.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Earnest Partners LLC decreased its stake in Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) by 25.1% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 19,476 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,521 shares during the quarter. Earnest Partners LLC’s holdings in Barclays were worth $195,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

  • [By Zacks]

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

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Well, Money Morning Special Situations Strategist Tim Melvin has broken these secrets out of the vault of the Smart Money managers. And he’s sharing the Max Wealth secrets for free right here.

    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, GE, ARNC
    Shares of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) continue to face pressure thanks to the Twitter feed of CEO Elon Musk. Shares slumped 7% on Friday as traders reacted negatively to Musk’s criticism of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and his $20 million settlement with the agency. Shareholders have even take directly to Twitter to beg Musk not to send out tweets and criticizing him for failing to look out for their financial interests. “If you put as much effort into improving operating efficiency as you do tweeting, you might have a fighting cash at profitability,” typed one user. Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) rose by 2.8% after the firm received a surprise endorsement from Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS). The British investment bank suggested that the stock could pop as high as $20 per share on higher expectations for new CEO Larry Culp. The company’s analyst said that most of the bad news and expectations are already baked into the stock and that General Electric could experience a turnaround. The analyst’s 12-month outlook pegs GE stock at $16 per share (from this morning’s $13.56). Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) shares jumped 3.7% on takeover speculation this morning. Multiple media outlets are stating that various private equity giants and investment firms are engaging in a bidding war to purchase the producer of aluminum products. The list of suitors includes Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX), Carlyle Group LP (NYSE: CG), Onex Corp., and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Look for earnings reports today from USA Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT). While today’s report isn’t that newsworthy, keep in mind that earnings season kicks off this week. On Friday, look for reports from some of America’s top banks, including JPM

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) saw unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors purchased 6,210 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 2,424% compared to the typical volume of 246 put options.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

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

Hot Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: LSI Industries Inc.(LYTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) CEO Ronald D. Brown acquired 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $5.30 per share, with a total value of $26,500.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at $26,500. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cedar Fair, L.P.(FUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cedar Fair Entertainment (NYSE:FUN) announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 2nd, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Monday, June 4th will be given a dividend of 0.89 per share on Friday, June 15th. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.34%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 1st.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Heading into its fourth-quarter earnings report, investors had modest expectations for Cedar Fair’s (NYSE:FUN) business. The regional theme park operator stumbled during the peak summer months, which raised the prospect of declining attendance in 2018 following several years of record results.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    The country’s two largest theme park operators have already checked in with their holiday-quarter results, and now it’s time to see how the leading regional amusement park players are doing. Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN) reports its latest financials on Wednesday morning. Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX) follows with its earnings release the next morning.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this clip from Motley Fool Money, Motley Fool contributors Ron Gross, Andy Cross, and Jason Moser share a stock on their radar this week. Tune in and find out why Cedar Fair LP (NYSE:FUN), Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW), and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) are so exciting.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN) reported first-quarter financial results on May 2. The amusement park master limited partnership is enjoying strong early-season sales, and management is confident that it will hit its annual distribution growth targets.

10 Stocks to Short as China Hits Back

U.S. equity markets have been much choppier so far in 2018, to say the least. Volatility has doubled. February saw the first market correction in two years. And since then, U.S. stocks have swung back and forth, with a number of big one-day moves along the way.

One of the more recent catalysts of the market’s nervousness has been an increasing fear of a trade war. What started with tariffs on imported aluminum and steel could end … well, anywhere. Given that the U.S. and China alone traded over $650 billion in goods and services, a tit-for-tat escalation could hurt both economies. And should other countries get involved, the worldwide impact could be severe.

All that said, the market hasn’t exactly plunged so far. And I tend to agree with James Brumely, who on this site called from some much-needed perspective on the confrontation. Trade alone isn’t a reason to flee the U.S. equity market, and it isn’t enough of a reason, alone, to sell or short a specific stock. Stocks like Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) are obvious short targets, but they have already have sold off, and perhaps too far.

But for these 10 stocks, trade fears add to an already-existing short case. For investors who see trade war risk as a real possibility, all 10 can provide hedges against long positions, or aggressive short bets. And for investors more sanguine on a tariff battle, there’s still enough reason elsewhere to at least consider taking a short position.

Stocks to Short: Wynn Resorts (WYNN) Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN) Stock Gets Hit by the Fundamentals, Not #MeToo Source: Aurlmas via Flickr (Modified)

To be sure, it would take a tremendous escalation for trade issues to hit Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). So at the moment, the risk of WYNN getting caught in the crossfire of a U.S.-China confrontation looks slim.

That said, the risk also could be enormous. Wynn’s concession in Macau expires in 2022. If China truly wanted to take a scalp, Wynn, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) all could potentially be at risk of being replaced.

Even a lesser action like adding additional concessions to the additional six in Macau could have a significant competitive impact on revenue and profits. And Wynn would be most at risk in this scenario, as it generates the greatest share of its earnings in Macau relative to its two other U.S.-based counterparts.

Again, that is a doomsday — and still relatively unlikely — scenario. But even some re-pricing of that risk could hit Wynn stock. And that’s not the company’s only problem in the region. As the Macau Daily Times (an English-language paper) reported, the sexual harassment allegations surrounding former CEO Steve Wynn present a risk to the company’s concession renewal.

Steve Wynn’s complete exit from the company may ameliorate that problem. But there’s also the risk that a trade war could hit the Chinese economy — and slow the stream of high rollers visiting Wynn’s properties in the enclave and driving baccarat profits on the Vegas Strip.

Add to that the possibility of a sale of its unfinished Massachusetts property and even rumors of a tie-up with MGM aren’t likely to keep WYNN afloat. And if any of the negative scenarios here actually play out, Wynn stock easily could tumble 20% or more.

Stocks to Short: RBC Bearings (ROLL) Stocks to Short: RBC Bearings (ROLL)Source: Shutterstock

The short case for RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL) in this environment has a couple of different aspects. The first is that the company is a major supplier to the aerospace industry, which drives roughly two-thirds of revenue. So with Boeing stock one of the biggest victims of trade war fears, ROLL should have similar exposure of its own.

The second is that RBC has a good deal of exposure to steel prices, which could hit its margins. Normally, RBC has been able to pass increases along to customers, but Boeing and others may not pay up if it has its own margin concerns to worry about. The other one-third of ROLL revenue comes from industrial companies in construction and mining, oil and gas, heavy truck and rail, among other sectors. Those customers, too, could feel some pain from higher tariffs, and rising costs, making pass-through pricing difficult in that segment as well.

Meanwhile, ROLL hasn’t taken much of a hit yet and it looks rather expensive. While BA stock trades at less than 20x forward EPS, ROLL is at a whopping 26x. Profit growth really hasn’t been that impressive the last few years; instead, investors are pricing in what the company expects to be a strong performance starting in the second half of this year. But if margin pressure gets in the way – and RBC already has disappointed on that front in the past – growth will disappoint, and that premium multiple will come down.

RBC doesn’t have much of a short interest — barely 1% of the float — and it has held its valuation for some time. But the chart of late looks weaker, and if trade fears do ramp up, ROLL seems likely to head down.

Stocks to Short: Harley-Davidson (HOG) Stocks to Short: Harley-Davidson (HOG)Source: Crysis Rubel via Flickr (Modified)

Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:HOG) already was a heavy short target before the events of the last few weeks. That’s still the case, with almost 15% of the float sold short. And those shorts are winning, with HOG down nearly 17% YTD after a disappointing Q4 earnings report in late January.

I wrote ahead of that report that Harley-Davidson was riding into irrelevance, and I still believe that to be the case. Sales are stagnant even in a growing economy. The idea that millennials are going to buy loud, unsafe Harleys strikes me as somewhere between overly optimistic and delusional. To be fair, Harley-Davidson has struggled with the strong dollar, but even as the yen has strengthened, competitors like Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (OTCMKTS:YAMHF) are having success.

Trade concerns only add to an already-solid short case here, even with HOG trading at a ‘cheap’ 11x forward EPS multiple.

Harley-Davidson has admitted it could see a “significant impact” on sales in the case of rising tariffs. The European Union already has targeted the company in response to the initial steel and aluminum tariffs. HOG stock didn’t need any more bad news, but considering its debt, higher input costs, and lower sales, there’s a combination for a very severe downturn in Harley-Davidson stock, particularly if trade wars escalate.

Stocks to Short: Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) Stocks to Short: Cloud Peak Energy (CLD)Source: Via Stock Snap

President Trump has made no secret of his desire to help coal companies, and he has already taken steps toward that goal. But a battle with China very well may do more harm than good — and impact coal stocks like Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD).

It’s China whose demand actually has driven higher U.S. coal exports of late. But China could pull the rug out on that growth. China clearly has targeted Trump’s base in its initial response — and that could lead to either tariffs on coal and/or a pivot to other suppliers like Australia and Indonesia.

As the weakest publicly traded producer, that makes CLD worth a look from the short side. Cloud Peak is reliant on thermal coal, unlike, say, Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ARCH), whose coking coal is used in steel production. Demand for thermal coal (used for power production) is in a long-term decline both in the U.S. and abroad, no matter how the Administration tries to help.

Heading into 2018, Cloud Peak was expecting a ~20% increase in exports in 2018 — without that demand, sales and profits are likely to fall. The stock already has fallen 44% just since mid-January, as investor sentiment clearly has turned negative.

Adjusted EBITDA was stable in 2017 after a significant decline the year before – but a rebound looks unlikely. With a concerning high debt load, and borrowing costs of 12%, there’s a potential for a restructuring down the line. (Both Arch and Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) have recently emerged from bankruptcy themselves.) Any pressure from a trade war could accelerate that timeline — and provide 100% return to a short.

Stocks to Short: LSI Industries (LYTS) Stocks to Short: LSI Industries (LYTS)Source: Shutterstock

Admittedly, LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) is an out-of-the-box short here. The case for shorting LYTS perhaps isn’t quite as strong, and comes down more to a potential trade ahead of the company’s first quarter report later this month.

But LSI, who manufactures lighting and signage for retail companies (among them gas stations), does have exposure to trade fears in a number of ways. The first is in terms of input cost inflation. Per the company’s 10-K, raw materials account for 60% of the company’s cost of sales. And the cost of those raw materials already is rising — climbing 5-6% in fiscal 2017, with inflation continuing into calendar 2018.

So far, LSI has been able to offset those hikes with internal improvements. Indeed, LYTS stock soared after a strong fiscal Q2 report in January. But the pressure may be rising. And with China a major manufacturer of LED lighting, tariffs could disrupt that supply chain for LSI as well.

At the same time, the overall lighting market remains weak. And retrofitting spend may come down further if LSI customers see reason to be nervous about the broader economy. With LYTS trading at a mid-teen EBITDA multiple, the combination of slowing (or negative) revenue growth and higher costs could lead to an ugly fiscal Q3. And it could send LYTS down big, particularly if that EBITDA margin drops toward 10-12x.

Stocks to Short: Callaway Golf (ELY) Stocks to Short: Callaway Golf (ELY)Source: Shutterstock

Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) is another short based on the thesis that raw material costs will rise. Callaway obviously has substantial sensitivity to metal prices — steel in particular — which could affect margins.

And that would be a problem for Callaway, because its sales growth simply isn’t that torrid. The company expects just 2-3% revenue growth in 2018, outside of help from a recent acquisition. Callaway has done a phenomenal job of late taking market share, including in golf balls, but flat end markets suggest any pricing pressure could be an issue long-term.

Meanwhile, ELY stock is hardly cheap, trading at roughly 25x the midpoint of 2018 EPS guidance. Add to that potential pressure in the Chinese market itself – Asia ex-Japan drove 6% of 2017 sales – and there’s a case to make a quick buck on the short side from ELY. Moderate EPS growth projections just a bit and cut the EPS multiple down to a still-hefty 20-22x and Callaway stock drops as much as 20%.

Stocks to Short: PolyOne (POL) Stocks to Short: PolyOne (POL)Source: Via LyondellBasell

Keeping with the input cost theme, PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL) may be an under-the-radar victim of tariffs. The specialty chemical manufacturer already is struggling with pricing pressure, leading to weakness coming out of its Q4 earnings report in January. China’s initial tariff list included 44 chemicals, which raised alarms in the petrochemical industry served by PolyOne.

So far, PolyOne has been able to offset the pricing pressure, with 2017 the company’s eighth straight year of adjusted EPS growth. But a multi-year economic recovery has helped, and consensus expectations of 15% EPS growth this year look too high.

Here, too, there’s a case for a combination effect of both lower margins and lower sales. And while POL isn’t particularly expensive at 15x forward EPS, the cyclical nature of the space generally leads to low multiples. It’s not hard to see POL stumbling at some point this year, which at least could send the stock back toward the mid-30s range at which it traded last year — roughly 20% downside from current levels.

Stocks to Short: Campbell’s Soup (CPB) Stocks to Short: Campbell's Soup (CPB)Source: Meal Makeover Moms via Flickr (Modified)

As I’ve written several times in the past, I don’t particularly like the CPG (consumer packaged goods) space. Within that space, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) looks like one of the weakest offerings – and an attractive short on its own.

Indeed, 12% of CPB’s float already is sold short. And with the stock down by one-third from 2016 levels, the shorts have been right so far. I don’t think that trade is over yet, either.

Campbell’s is the most indebted among major food companies. Investors were unimpressed with the company’s expensive acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance, and soup sales are falling. CPB may look cheap on an EPS basis, but including the debt its EV/EBITDA multiple still is in line with faster-growing companies. And that debt could pressure the stock if Campbell’s can’t execute a turnaround over the next couple of quarters.

On top of all of that, Campbell’s aluminum prices are going to rise – as the company itself has said. And with little room for the company to raise prices in a brutal grocery space, that could further pressure margins.

More broadly, Campbell Soup hardly seems a good business at the moment. It’s a low-growth giant at a time when smaller, nimbler companies are winning in food. All told, CPB still looks like a short. And to hedge that short, investors can go long J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM), which has a few of the same category risks and much, much better rewards.

Stocks to Short: Tiffany (TIF) Tiffany & Co. (TIF) Stock Looks Risky at These Elevated Levels Source: Shutterstock

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) could have a very real problem if a trade war escalates. Growth already is pretty tepid, with the company’s Q4 sales and full-year outlook both disappointing investors last month. TIF stock still looks reasonably expensive, at 22.5x the midpoint of that EPS guidance. As both Luke Lango and Will Healy argued on this site, Tiffany already looked like an avoid at best.

The company is struggling with its engagement ring business. Millennials aren’t interested. But the company’s one clear growth engine was…China. China represented roughly 60% of the company’s Asia-Pacific sales in 2017, according to the 10-K. That’s about 16% of the company’s total sales. And the Asia-Pacific region was the one bright spot in terms of 2017 sales, with 8% constant-currency growth, most of which came from China.

Take that growth driver away – whether through tariffs, regulation, or anti-American sentiment from Chinese customers – and Tiffany starts to look a low-growth dinosaur. And that’s not a profile that is going to garner a 20x+ EPS multiple. TIF stock has bounced largely on turnaround hopes and the growth opportunity in Asia. If one of those two pillars of the bull case crumbles, Tiffany stock is going to do the same.

Stocks to Short: La-Z-Boy (LZB) Stocks to Short: La-Z-Boy (LZB)Source: Shuttershock

The entire consumer furniture space, including La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB) has been choppy at best for years now. And that’s a pretty significant concern. Given a strong U.S. economy and a solid (if not roaring) housing market, profit growth should be much more impressive than it has been, particularly the past few years.

That’s particularly true for LZB, whose 4-4-5 strategy has involved buying licensed stores and building out new locations. Yet increased marketing costs and higher raw material prices have pressured margins, and LZB shares really haven’t moved for about four years now.

The short case for LZB is that potential trade pressure will be just enough to tip earnings negative – and push the stock down into the mid-20s, at least. La-Z-Boy imports from Chinese suppliers; it could face cost inflation there. Steel prices could hurt. So could polyurethane (used for foam) if chemical tariffs are expanded.

Meanwhile, La-Z-Boy will struggle to take pricing. Wayfair Inc (NYSE:W) is competing on price (and losing money in the process). Smaller rivals Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:BSET) and Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ:HOFT) both have cited success in the motion upholstery category – the most important for La-Z-Boy.

With no debt on the balance sheet, LZB isn’t likely to plunge. But investors looking for a quick double-digit return on trade fears, or a weak fiscal Q4 report in June, should consider shorting or selling calls in LZB.

As of this writing, Vince Martin is long shares of Hooker Furniture Corporation, and has no positions in any other securities mentioned.

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