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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019

November 30, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.8% at 2,647.55. The DJIA closed up 1.4% at 24,272.56. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.7% at 6,873.97.

Thursday was an absolutely incredible day for broadU.S. markets. The Dow again cruised to new highs closing above the 24,000 mark for the first time ever and the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high as well. Crude oil started out positive but faded over the course of the day. The S&P 500 sectors were practically all positive in the session. The best performing sectors were consumer staples, industrials, and energy, up 0.9%, 1.6% and 1.5%, respectively. The worst performing sector was real estate up only 0.1%.

Crude oil was relatively flat at $57.28.

Gold was down 0.7% at $1,277.70.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) which traded down about 6% at $27.76. The stocks 52-week range is $23.87 to $30.96. Volume was 32 million versus the daily average of 5.7 million shares.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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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 Neha Chamaria, Rich Smith, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    So when we asked some of our contributors to name such “boring” dividend stocks that they vouch for and believe are great picks for income investors, they came up with three really interesting names from two different industries for you to consider: Toronto Dominion Bank(NYSE:TD),H&R Block(NYSE:HRB), and NextEra Energy, Inc.(NYSE:NEE).

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    SunPower signed a 125 MW supply agreement with NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) to provide its P-Series modules to the developer between June and October of this year. There wasn’t any disclosure about whether the deal included the Oasis tracking system or any design services, but even if it’s just a panel supply agreement, it would be a positive sign.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    New Jersey Resources Corp.(NJR) announced on Tuesday that it will raise its quarterly dividend rate by 5%.

    The new quarterly dividend rate will be 42 cents per share, up 2 cents from the prior 40 cents per share rate. Annually, the dividend rate will now be $1.68 per share. The new rate will be effective with the dividend payable October 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 23, 2013.

    Commenting on the increase, Chairman and CEO Laurence M. Downes noted “Our shareowners look to us year after year for consistent financial performance and a competitive return on their investment.he action taken today by our board of directors allows us to increase our dividend for the 20th time in the last 18 years. This is an acknowledgement of our team’s unwavering focus to provide exceptional value for our customers and shareowners.”

    New Jersey Resources shares traded 0.06% lower during Tuesday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 5.90%.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018

Source: ThinkstockNovember 29, 2017: The S&P 500 closed relatively flat at 2,626.03. The DJIA closed up 0.4% at 23,940.24. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 1.3% at 6,824.34.

Wednesday was a mixed day for U.S. broad markets in general. While the Dow cruised to new highs and even closer to the 24,000 mark, the Nasdaq took a big step back and gave back all of its gains and then some after tech stocks took a dive. Crude oil took a step back again on Wednesday. The S&P 500 sectors were practically all positive in the session with a couple of exceptions. The best performing sectors were financials, industrials, and energy, up 1.7%, 0.9% and 0.6%, respectively. The worst performing sectors were technology and real estate down 2.2% and 0.2%, respectively.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Limelight Networks Inc.(LLNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Frontline Ltd.(FRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO) is projected to post a loss in the second quarter, translating to a zero dividend, Credit Suisse said in a Tuesday note. Notwithstanding the negative opinion, the shares of the company were up in reaction to the possibility of a deal being struck.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares surged 1.23 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO), up 5 percent, and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), up 6 percent.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    So what is it that’s supporting DHT’s stock price in the face of sliding shipping rates for crude oil, retreating revenue, and plunging profits? Well, for one thing, rival tanker companyFrontline (NYSE:FRO) made an unsolicited bid to acquire DHT last week, offering to pay $475 million for the company. (DHT is currently valued at $460 million.)

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Synacor, Inc.(SYNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.42. Synacor priced 5.715 million shares at $3.50 per share.

    Shares of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN) were down around 15 percent to $13.65 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $30.00 million.

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Culp, Inc.(CFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our analysis around past CEO transitions shows that in the absence of an inherited bubble, or milked portfolio, both of which are factually absent here when looking at the numbers, balance sheet matters ((Danaher (DHR)) from Culp (CFI) to Joyce/3M (MMM) from Buckley to Thulin), and here incoming CEO Adamczyk has a bazooka at his disposal, a dramatic differentiator. With these resources, stepping away from the 10% EPS growth target would be unnecessarily conservative, and a major misstep early on, as we see plenty of smart ways to enhance long term growth while at the same time maintaining earnings visibility, the most important determinant of a premium multiple in this sector. Honeywell is our top pick.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: AAON Inc.(AAON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aaon Inc. (AAON) is an Oklahoma-based, family-owned and operated firm, with 23.54% insider ownership. It is an excellent business to own for the long term.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Broadwind Energy Inc.(BWEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Three of the most popular wind energy stocks today are Broadwind Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: BWEN), Gamesa Corporaci贸n Tecnol贸gica SA (OTCMKTS: GCTAF), and Nordex SE (ETR: NDX1).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday’s regular session.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Rockwell Automation, Inc.(ROK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Blaming the unwillingness of its target even to discuss a buyout, Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) on Tuesday announced that it has withdrawn its unsolicited offer to acquire Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) for $225 a share in a deal valued at nearly $30 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bernstein’s Steven Winoker looks back at 2016 for the industrial stocks he covers–Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Rockwell Automation (ROK), Eaton (ETN), and General Electric (GE) among them–and contemplates what 2017 might hold:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week: Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (NYSE: CFR), Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL).

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Vanguard Mega Cap Value ETF (MGV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Three of Vanguard's mega-cap equity ETFs now sport annual expense ratios of 0.07 percent, down from 0.09 percent. Those ETFs are the Vanguard Mega Cap ETF (NYSE: MGC), Vanguard Mega Cap 300 Growth Index ETF (NYSE: MGK) and the Vanguard Mega Cap Value Index ETF (NYSE: MGV).

Top 10 Performing Stocks For 2018: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Wearable devices are quickly becoming mainstream technology, with smartwatches and fitness trackers leading the way. You’d never know that based on the performance of traditional watchmaker Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL) as the company is struggling to adapt to the changing times.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Fossil Group(NASDAQ:FOSL) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings reports.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ: FOSL) was down, falling around 21 percent to $14.32 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and issued a weak outlook for the second quarter.

international stock markets

Things were looking up for Caterpillar (CAT)–and then the Fed’s came a knockin’.

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Shares of Caterpillar had returned 7.1 percent so far this year–and 47% over the last 12 months–as optimism about the state of the global economy pushed its shares higher. But Caterpillar’s shares are tumbling this afternoon after reports that its offices in Peoria, Ill. and elsewhere were raided by Federal officers today.

The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Tangel reports:

Agents from the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the U.S. Department of Commerce participated in the searches, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorneys office for the Central District of Illinois.

The U.S. attorneys spokeswoman said agents were at Caterpillar locations in Peoria, East Peoria and Morton, Ill. No arrests were made, the spokeswoman said.

international stock markets: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

international stock markets: Chevron Corporation(CVX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Here is a preview of the offerings set between June 27 and June 30.

    11 IPOs This Week Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (ATXI) will issue 5 million shares between $5 and $7 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. A Fortress Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: FBIO) subsidiary, the pharmaceutical acquires, develops and commercializes products for in-hospital use, such as its post-operative palliative. Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. (ESQ) will issue more than 2.36 shares between $14 and $16 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. The business-focused commercial bank has two locations in New York and Florida. Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. (MRSN) will issue 5 million shares between $14 and $16 Wednesday on the Nasdaq. The clinical-stage pharmaceutical specializes in immunoconjugate therapies targeting diverse forms of cancer. TPG Pace Holdings Corp. (TPGHU) will issue 40 million shares at $10 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Formed by TPG, the firm acquires relevant businesses and stocks across industries, from health care and digital media to real estate and energy. Aileron Therapeutics Inc (ALRN) will issue 3.75 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the Nasdaq. The biopharmaceutical firm targets suppressor proteins to halt tumor progression. Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (APRN) will issue 30 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the NYSE. The meal-kit service delivers pre-portioned ingredients directly to the consumer. Byline Bancorp, Inc. (BY) will issue 5.7 million shares between $19 and $21 Thursday on the NYSE. The century-old commercial bank has more than 50 branches in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas with offices nationwide. Dova Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(DOVA) will issue more than 4.06 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the Nasdaq. As a clinical-stage company, Dova acquires, develops and commercializes drug candidates for rare diseases. Tintri, Inc. (TNTR) will issue 8.7 million shares between $10.50 and $12.50 Thursday on the Nasdaq. With cloud management software, all-flash stor

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) traded up 1.44% at $108.90. The stock’s 52-week range is $92.25 to $119.00. Volume was about 10% above the daily average of around 6.2 million shares. The integrated oil & gas company had no specific news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Despite continued turnaround activity in the first quarter, the company’s chemicals joint venture with Chevron (NYSE:CVX) was one of the key drivers of its improving results. Garland noted that the joint venture “had solid results on strong demand and improved margins.” The O&P business was particularly robust, delivering $161 million in adjusted earnings, up 53.3% versus the fourth quarter thanks to improved margins, higher volumes, and lower costs.

international stock markets: Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.(CCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    The agreement between the two companies allows Azincourt to option up to 70% of the East Preston property located in the Athabasca Basin. Home to Cameco’s (TSX:CCO) McArthur River uranium mine, the Athabasca Basin is considered one of the richest sources of uranium in the world, with many uranium deposits hosting grades substantially higher than the world average grade. The area has been a hotbed for energy metal investors over the past few years, due to significant high grade uranium discoveries by large cap mining companies.

international stock markets: Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited(CCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday,our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap China basedhealthcare equipment and management services stock Concord Medical Services Holdings Ltd (NYSE: CCM):

international stock markets: EQT Midstream Partners, LP(EQM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Not only does Jana consider the deal price overvalued, but it looks to redirect EQT’s focus to a breakup of pipeline operations to transform the core company into an exploration & production firm. The pipelines already trade publicly under EQT Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: EQM) and EQT GP Holdings LP (NYSE: EQGP).

  • [By WWW.INVESTOPEDIA.COM]

    Companies in the oil storage business can take advantage of what is known as contango, which is when forward prices are higher than current prices, allowing the purchase of cheap oil to be stored and sold at a later date while securing income using derivatives. Five companies that appear to be in a good position to take advantage of reduced oil storage capacity are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP), Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EDP), Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP), Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL) and EQT Midstream Partners (NYSE: EQM).

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With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

Image source: Getty Images.

The Dividend Aristocrat: AT&T

AT&T’s forward yield of 4.8% is much higher than the S&P 500’s 2.1% yield, and it’s comfortably supported by a payout ratio of 81%. It spent 72% of its free cash flow over the past 12 months on dividends. AT&T has hiked its dividend annually for over three decades, surpassing the 25-year threshold for becoming a Dividend Aristocrat.

In addition to being a rock-solid income play, AT&T is becoming a growth play again with its acquisition of DirecTV and proposed takeover of Time Warner. Bundling its pay TV, wireless, and broadband internet services together gives the telco giant tremendous leverage in delivering media content across multiple platforms — especially if it excludes that content from data charges across its own networks.

stock mutual funds: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

stock mutual funds: Lockheed Martin Corporation(LMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The second dividend stock on our list is defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT). While its dividend yield is not as spectacular as Arlington’s, it pays investors $2 every quarter for each share they own. That’s good for a 2.5% dividend yield, which still beats 10-year Treasuries and does not even include LMT’s growth potential.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    As we’ve learned with Boeing (BA) , Lockheed Martin (LMT) , General Motors (GM) and countless others, the correct response is to start buying.

    This is not the first time Trump has been critical of drugmakers and drug pricing. But the fact remains that to make any substantive changes, the President will need Congress, and Congress’ track record against drug companies clearly shows that this is a battle that cannot be won.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Let’s start with Lockheed Martin (LMT) , Boeing (BA) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) .

    As major manufacturers of combat jets and military planes, these three U.S.-based behemoths monopolize the global military aircraft business. They are mega-cap blue chips that are positioned to reap the lion’s share of the spoils.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

stock mutual funds: Paradise, Inc. (PARF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Paradise Inc. (OTCPK:PARF)

    This company is focused on producing candied fruit, which is the basic ingredient of fruitcakes a dessert popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US. They also produce their own plastic containers for these. While this product might not be wildly popular or its demand increasing, the company has a commanding portion of the market share (as mentioned by the management) and its sales have been stable and the company is able to be profitable.

stock mutual funds: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.

stock mutual funds: Liberty Interactive Corporation(QVCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    QVC (QVCA) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $25 price target. The company can turn its sales around and deserves a higher multiple, analysts said. 

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Beijing offered Manila what Washington Couldn’t

Investors do not like flip-flops by country leaders. They raise political risks.

That’s why Philippines’ financial markets sold off shortly after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte flip-flopped on the country’s South China Sea policy.

Last July Philippines and its close ally, the U.S., scored a big victory against China. An international arbitration ruling ruled that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea.

Yet Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte stunned the global community and financial markets by siding with China on the dispute, and seeking a “divorce” from the U.S.

(Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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3-Month Performance

trading strategies: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

trading strategies: 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
    Related MORN One Of The World's Most Powerful Women, Fidelity Personal Investing President Kathleen Murphy, To Tell Her Story At The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards The 2017 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Will Include An 'Unprecedented Group' Of Judges Morningstar Packs Conference Lineup For Financial Advisors (Investor’s Business Daily) Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    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).

trading strategies: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million. ReneSola shares gained 2.50 percent to close at $1.23 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million.

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 9.76 percent to $1.35 in pre-market trading. ReneSola reported Q1 earnings of $0.06 per share on revenue of $260.7 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

trading strategies: Legacy Reserves LP(LGCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ: ORIG) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy shares surged around 1.85 percent in trading on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY), Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), and Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW).

trading strategies: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.(AFOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.47 after the company agreed to be acquired by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $18.50 per share.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares rose 7.21% to $21.70. The volume of Alliance Fiber Optic Products shares traded was 397% higher than normal. Alliance Fiber Optic lifted its Q3 revenue outlook.