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Hot Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Not all defense firms are doing well in 2016. But Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is on our list ofbest tech stocksto watch. Not only does this defense giant have hundreds of millions in current missile systems contracts with the U.S. government, but it is also on the forefront of one of the world’s most pressing issues – cybersecurity.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    If you’re looking for one of thebest investments today, it’s hard to beat Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN). It doesn’t matter if the market is up or down, defense spending continues to increase. In the past year, global annual defense spending hit $1.6 trillion, and this is considered to be an industry that is likely to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Key holdings in ITA include…

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.

    As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Two of Keith’s favorite Unstoppable Trend stocks are Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) and Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX). RTN and BDX are leaders in the Unstoppable Trends of defense and demographics, respectively.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) deploys its expertise in defense systems, government electronics, and information technology.

    RTN’s biggest and most profitable sectors are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Raytheon (RTN)  is the third-largest defense contractor in the U.S. and the largest missile maker in the world. The company’s engineering expertise continues to be coveted by America’s top brass and allies around the world.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Telefonica SA(TEF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Hot Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation(RL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hanesbrands was just one of many retail companies that got shellacked this week. Under Armour (UAA) tumbled 29% after missing earnings forecasts and cutting its guidance, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) plunged 21% after its earnings missed the Street consensus, and Ralph Lauren (RL) plummeted 13% after its CEO stepped down.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Amazon has been a growing pain in the neck for low-price retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) for some time, but even high-end specialty stores like Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) have struggled now that Amazon has crept into their sector.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The sidewalks outside stores like Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Ralph Lauren (RL) , Gap (GPS) , Prada, Abercrombie & Fitch (AF) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Harry Winston are now lined with metal barricades. The strip commands some of the highest retail rents in the world, with the average annual rent being $3500 per square foot.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Times are tough for Ralph Lauren (RL). Profit and sales are fallingat theiconic clothingcompany, and investors who bet on a turnaround havelost their shirts on the stock. Adding to its troubles,CEO StefanLarsson is departingfollowing a creative clash with the companys namesake and founder.

    Pessimism, meanwhile, appears to be on the rise.

    According to a report by the financial analytics company S3 Partners, short interest in Ralph Lauren has risen since the start of the year, hitting historical levels. And while that short position is expected to keep expanding, bearish sentiments could turn on a dime.

    Ihor Dusaniwsky at S3 Partners writes:

    RL short interest levels, already at historical highs today, should continue to grow if the recent trend continues, but having made almost 23% in 2016 and 14% in 2017, short sellers may be quick to cover their positions and lock in profits if RLs stock price turns against them.

    Short interest in Ralph Lauren fell in 2016 as the stock price fella nd shorts covered positions, netting a return of 22.6%. So far this year, however, the short position as increased $226 million, or 38% to $815 million as of this morning, according to the S3 report.

    Its a profitable day for those short sellers. Todays 11% decline Ralph Laurens stock price on an $815 million short position has added $90 million to the short sellers collective bottom line.

    Ralph Lauren is down 11.5% in recent market actions to $77.26 a after earlier falling as low as $76.86 a share. Thats the lowest price for the stock since 2010.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) just became the latest company to fall victim to the “Retail Ice Age.”

    The 50-year-old American icon announced it shuttered its flagship store at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in New York City on Tuesday (April 4). It will also close 50 other retail locations by the end of the fiscal year.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    ConocoPhillips (COP) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: COP.

    Urban Outfitters (URBN) was downgraded to market perform at William Blair. Continued comp-store sales pressure is pushing out the timeline for a potential recovery, Blair said. 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) also abandoned its leases in the Chukchi Sea earlier this year. It paid $506 million for the 98 leases off Alaska’s northern coast in 2008 and had plans to drill its first exploratory well in 2014 but dropped those ambitions due to regulatory uncertainty. It has also since decided to exit deepwater exploration altogether after drilling a string of dry holes in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Angola, and the Canadian Atlantic, Instead, ConocoPhillips plans to focus its future development efforts on lower-risk onshore shale development.

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  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

Hot Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Investors looking for brighter prospects should consider two other blue-chip giants, 3M (NYSE:MMM) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Both are exposed to the consumer goods industry, but also get significant chunks of sales and profits from faster-growing segments.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2018

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There’s no way around it: the S&P 500 now has a P/E ratio of more than 26 going into the first earnings season of 2017, and even the “safest” bets are starting to look scary.

Unless we see massive profit growth all around, there’s a real risk this bull market is going to stutter—or worse.

So where do you go for value? It’s getting harder than ever, but there is one corner of the market that got way ahead of the S&P 500 and has since taken a step back. I’m talking about real estate investment trusts (REITs).

And now, there are three REITs that combined provide over 9% in income with over 200% average dividend coverage. That means they could double their payouts and still generate enough cash to cover them.

Plus, these stocks are out of favor, making them relatively cheap compared to their peers and the overheated broader market.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2018: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Not all defense firms are doing well in 2016. But Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is on our list ofbest tech stocksto watch. Not only does this defense giant have hundreds of millions in current missile systems contracts with the U.S. government, but it is also on the forefront of one of the world’s most pressing issues – cybersecurity.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Our No. 2 pick, Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), is involved in engineering technology for defense systems, government electronics, and information technology. Its largest and most profitable segments are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Key holdings in ITA include…

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.

    As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Raytheon (RTN)  is the third-largest defense contractor in the U.S. and the largest missile maker in the world. The company’s engineering expertise continues to be coveted by America’s top brass and allies around the world.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been one of the pot-election winners that benefitted from the so-called “trump Bump” due to higher military spending ambitions. It turns out that the hype behind higher defense spending is giving this military equipment giant confidence to boost its dividend handily.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Defense contractor Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) beat expectations last week, reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.89 compared to an expected $1.76. That’s still a 20% drop from $2.38 in the same quarter last year. But here’s what’s important to understand: It’s not as bad as it looks.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington’s problems may not end at the water’s surface, either. While it’s the principal contractor building the Ford-class carriers, Huntington will cooperate with peer shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build the new Columbia class of ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the current Ohio class (and up until recently, it was commonly called the “Ohio Replacement Class”).

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was last trading at $173.21 versus a Merrill Lynch price objective of $200.00 for the company. That implies a gain of 15% if Merrill Lynch is right, and then there is the 1.8% dividend yield to consider for total return investors. General Dynamics has a consensus analyst target price of $186.06 and a 52-week range of $121.61 to $180.09.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2018: Scana Corporation(SCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was SCANA Corp. (NYSE: SCG) which traded down over 6% at $42.38. The stocks 52-week range is $41.15 to $74.99. Volume was over 3.5 million versus the daily average of 2.2 million shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE: GNE), down 3 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), down 2 percent, and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 2 percent.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2018: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telekomunikasi Indones (Prsr)Tbk PT-ADR (NYSE: TLK), down 4 percent, and China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHA) down 2 percent.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2018: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion.
    ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion.
    McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share.
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million.
    Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million.
    Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

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    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Paychex shares rose 1.10 percent to close at $56.14 on Wednesday.
    Wall Street expects Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. Micron shares rose 0.76 percent to $13.29 in after-hours trading.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter and issued a weak outlook. Pier 1 Imports shares dropped 6.07 percent to $5.11 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) to have earned $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion in the latest quarter. McCormick shares fell 0.59 percent to $102.10 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $751.20 million.

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Wednesday.

    Paychex posted Q3 earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $795.8 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $799.0 million.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Wednesday brings earnings from General Mills (GIS) , which will likely be disappointing, Paychex (PAYX) , which will likely be good, and an analyst meeting from Cisco Systems (CSCO) , which needs to show investors it still has more growth ahead.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now

Planet Fitness’ (NYSE:PLNT) special dividend is a yield trap. The one-time $2.78 per share payout equates to an 11% yield at $25 per share, which seems like a shareholder-friendly payout, until you realize that the dividend was funded, not by cash, but by an enormous debt addition which destroyed the company’s balance sheet overnight and brought PLNT’s debt per share to $7.29. ($718.45 million debt 梅 98.58 million shares outstanding = $7.29 debt per share.)

Planet Fitness also trades at 28.8 EV/EBIT. Comparable companies in the health/fitness industry averaged only 13 EV/EBIT. Even accounting for PLNT’s annual average of 31.3% EBITDA growth over the past 4 years (which may not carry forward at the same rate into future years), PLNT is fairly worth at most, 13 EV/EBIT, or $6.70 per share. This implies 73.2% downside from the current price of $25 per share.

Special Dividend is Useless – $10,000 investment can still deteriorate to $3,792, even with dividend.

If you buy 400 shares of Planet Fitness at $25 per share ($10,000 investment), the $2.78 dividend will increase the value of your investment to $11,112. But if the stock subsequently corrects and trades at $6.70 or 13 EV/EBIT, your investment, even with the dividend, would now only be worth $3,792. That’s a $7,320 loss of principle, even with the dividend accounted for.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Key holdings in ITA include…

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.

    As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Raytheon (RTN)  is the third-largest defense contractor in the U.S. and the largest missile maker in the world. The company’s engineering expertise continues to be coveted by America’s top brass and allies around the world.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    If you’re looking for one of thebest investments today, it’s hard to beat Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN). It doesn’t matter if the market is up or down, defense spending continues to increase. In the past year, global annual defense spending hit $1.6 trillion, and this is considered to be an industry that is likely to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On one particularly big news day, April 28, the DSCA announced that it has notified Congress of no fewer than seven separate pending arms sales that it plans to push through. These deals are aiming to sell:

    110 radar-seeking air-to-ground “HARM” missiles to Australia, generating sales of $137.6 million for prime contractors Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN). Four P-8A Poseidonsubmarine-hunting jet aircraft to New Zealand — a $1.46 billion payday for Boeing (NYSE:BA). 13 76 mm cannonfor installation aboard Israeli Navy SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR 6 Missile Patrol Boats at a purchase price of $440 million. (Italian firm Leonardo S.p.a.’s DRS North America subsidiary will be the contractor on that one.) Nine Bell 429light utility helicopters to Slovakia, yielding sales of $150 million for Textron (NYSE:TXT). And five CH-47D Chinookhelicopters, sold out of U.S. government surplus to Greece for $80 million.

    Also included in the DSCA’s list of pending contracts are two directed toward the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, specifically:

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Defense contractor Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) beat expectations last week, reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.89 compared to an expected $1.76. That’s still a 20% drop from $2.38 in the same quarter last year. But here’s what’s important to understand: It’s not as bad as it looks.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Phillips 66 is a multi-national company headquartered in Westchase, Houston. It was spun off from ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) in 1917.

    Stock Return (Since 2012): 144.1 percent.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Things have improved handily from a year ago in the energy sector. Still, even with a pro-energy White House, things are far from perfect in the oil and gas sector. Now ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is delivering great news to its shareholders.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Oil exploration is a risky business. Not only does it cost a lot of money, but the odds of drilling a dry hole are very high. Just ask ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), which recorded $432 million of deepwater dry hole costs last year. It’s a problem the company is working to address by stepping away from deepwater exploration so that it can deliver steadier returns for investors.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In the case of these three stocks, however, it may be worth taking a gamble. Our contributors think catalysts at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-B), and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) can get them back to their winning ways. Read on to find out if these down-and-out stocks are right for your portfolio.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in their 60’s should start to favor low-risk stocks that offer up big dividend payouts. Below are three stocks — Waste Management (NYSE:WM), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Welltower (NYSE:HCN) — that perfectly fit that description.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) was started at Hold with a $120 price target at Aegis Capital. The consensus price target is $115.55, and the 52-week range is $87.30 to $120.44. Shares closed on Thursday at $116.30.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Telefonica SA(TEF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: 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 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million.

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) released fiscal second-quarter 2017 results on Monday that easily exceeded expectations, highlighting broad-based organic growth and solid contributions from its recently acquired businesses.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Paychex shares rose 1.10 percent to close at $56.14 on Wednesday.
    Wall Street expects Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. Micron shares rose 0.76 percent to $13.29 in after-hours trading.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter and issued a weak outlook. Pier 1 Imports shares dropped 6.07 percent to $5.11 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) to have earned $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion in the latest quarter. McCormick shares fell 0.59 percent to $102.10 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion.
    ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion.
    McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share.
    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million.
    Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million.
    Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Wednesday brings earnings from General Mills (GIS) , which will likely be disappointing, Paychex (PAYX) , which will likely be good, and an analyst meeting from Cisco Systems (CSCO) , which needs to show investors it still has more growth ahead.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $751.20 million.

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.

    Equities Trading DOWN

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: ONEOK Inc.(OKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now

In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a great deal of strength in the stock market during the past month. But the rebound isnt coming from the market leaders of the past several years. The high-flying growth stocks, especially in the tech sector, and the petroleum and resource stocks that once enjoyed great popularity have let many people down in recent months.

See Also: 8 Great Dividend Stocks for Retirees

What is holding up well are the mundane stocks that many consider too boring to own, such as food, utilities, and other consumer staples that represent the needs rather than the wants of the population. These are just the type of stocks that we have always highlighted in relation to dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs), a form of investing that was created out of the strength of well-known consumer brands companies like Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Kimberly-Clark, along with diversified industrials like 3M Company, Boeing and Raytheon. Even in the oil sector, the size and resources of Exxon Mobil make it stand out in sharp contrast to the master limited partnerships (MLPs) that have been decimated.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million.

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) released fiscal second-quarter 2017 results on Monday that easily exceeded expectations, highlighting broad-based organic growth and solid contributions from its recently acquired businesses.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million. Nordson shares gained 0.88 percent to close at $75.74 on Friday.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Investors Real Estate Trust(IRET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    This is not how things were supposed to work out. Last week, AK Steel rivals Nucor (NYSE:NUE) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) both delivered earnings reports that were generally well received, encouraging some analysts (Macquarie Capital, I’m talking to you) to clamber out on a limb and predict good things for every steelmaker in sight.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Steel Dynamics outperforming peers large cap Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) and mid cap United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) along with Market Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEARCA: SLX):

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) was raised to Buy from Neutral on Monday. Nucor was last seen trading up 1.5% at $55.73. It has a 52-week range of $44.81 to $68.00 and has a consensus analyst price target of $69.83.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) which rose 3.6% to $57.35. The stocks 52-week range is $45.30 to $68.00. Volume was 4.6 million compared to its average volume of 2.3 million.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telekomunikasi Indones (Prsr)Tbk PT-ADR (NYSE: TLK), down 4 percent, and China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHA) down 2 percent.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $699.23 million.

    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $4.55 billion.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    24/7 Wall St. covers many of the top analyst upgrades and downgrades each morning of the week. The downgrade brigade included a Credit Suisse report on Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) that effectively gave the movie cinema chain the equivalent of a “Sell” rating. It was actually a negative view on the entire movie chain sector.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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
  • [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.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Two of Keith’s favorite Unstoppable Trend stocks are Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) and Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX). RTN and BDX are leaders in the Unstoppable Trends of defense and demographics, respectively.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) deploys its expertise in defense systems, government electronics, and information technology.

    RTN’s biggest and most profitable sectors are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    If you’re looking for one of thebest investments today, it’s hard to beat Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN). It doesn’t matter if the market is up or down, defense spending continues to increase. In the past year, global annual defense spending hit $1.6 trillion, and this is considered to be an industry that is likely to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Raytheon (RTN)  is the third-largest defense contractor in the U.S. and the largest missile maker in the world. The company’s engineering expertise continues to be coveted by America’s top brass and allies around the world.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On one particularly big news day, April 28, the DSCA announced that it has notified Congress of no fewer than seven separate pending arms sales that it plans to push through. These deals are aiming to sell:

    110 radar-seeking air-to-ground “HARM” missiles to Australia, generating sales of $137.6 million for prime contractors Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN). Four P-8A Poseidonsubmarine-hunting jet aircraft to New Zealand — a $1.46 billion payday for Boeing (NYSE:BA). 13 76 mm cannonfor installation aboard Israeli Navy SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR 6 Missile Patrol Boats at a purchase price of $440 million. (Italian firm Leonardo S.p.a.’s DRS North America subsidiary will be the contractor on that one.) Nine Bell 429light utility helicopters to Slovakia, yielding sales of $150 million for Textron (NYSE:TXT). And five CH-47D Chinookhelicopters, sold out of U.S. government surplus to Greece for $80 million.

    Also included in the DSCA’s list of pending contracts are two directed toward the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, specifically:

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: TAL International Group Inc.(TAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Instead of buying TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE: TAL), Cramer would buy Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA).

    Cramer thinks Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL) is going to have a good quarter, because Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) posted a good one, and they have similar business models.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Microchip Technology (MCHP) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks got clobbered.

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    Shares of Microchip Technology tumbled 7.5% to $61.23 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.4% to 2,191.08. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) fell 4.8% to $52.29, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 4.8% to $67.68.

    Today’s slaughter comes two days after Microchip Technology narrowed its third-quarter guidance. Stifel’s Kevin Cassidy and team had the details:

    Microchip upwardly revised its December ending quarter…Non-GAAP EPS guidance was updated to $0.87 – $0.94 compared to $0.85 – $0.95 previously…The According to management, the upside is coming from better than expected integration of recent acquisitions. Management pointed out that significant gross margin improvements may be recognized as the inventory of higher cost products from the now closed Micrel fab is depleted. We have revised our revenue and non-GAAP earnings estimates and increased our 12-month target price to $70.

    Microchip Technology’s market capitalization fell to $13.2 billion from $14.3 billion yesterday. It report net income of $324 million on sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018

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Fee-obsessed investors continue to pile into exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Dont follow them.

Because theres anothermuch less populargroup of funds that will hand you much better returns (and double the dividend payouts). And swapping your ETFs for them is easy.

Im talking about closed-end funds (CEFs). (If youre not familiar with CEFs, click here to check out a primer I recently wrote on them.)

Now even though I just said CEFs are less popular than ETFs, that doesnt mean theyre totally ignored. The truth is, theyre getting more attention from investors of late, for reasons Ill dive into in just a moment.

First, lets look at how the five main sectors of the CEF market, which I track in my CEF Insider service, are performing this year:

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: TransAlta Renewables Inc. (TRSWF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    TransAlta Renewables (OTC:TRSWF) (RNW CA) is a good comp, and trades at 12.3x EBITDA. Similar to NYLD, they own renewables as well as a few gas-fired power plants. The yield on RNW is similar to NYLD at 6.0%. The only real difference is that RNW is less levered (mid-3s on a debt/EBITDA basis), but has clearly overpaid for certain assets in order to help the parent (TransAlta Corp. ticker TA in Canada) to delever.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Terex Corporation(TEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ever walk past a construction site? It’s hard not to be enthralled by all the heavy construction machinery moving things around. With the world’s developing economies still building at a relatively fast pace and developing economies, like the United States, in desperate need of upgrading their aging infrastructure, the companies behind that construction machinery could be just as exciting as a construction site in the years ahead. Which is why Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), and Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) are three of the top construction machinery stocks to look at right now.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Terex (TEX) had surged 32% as of the close of trading last Thursday–but dropped 14% the next day after China’s Zoomlion announced that it wouldn’t be pursuing a purchase of the U.S. crane maker after all. In the aftermath of the scuttled deal, Morgan Stanley’s Mili Pothiwala and Nigel Coe cut Terex to Equal Weight from Overweight:

    Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News

    On Friday morning, Zoomlion announced it had terminated its bid for its proposed acquisition of Terex for $31/ share. This was a clear negative for Terex shares, which traded down ~15% on Friday to $20, given the absence of an event-driven catalyst (following the sale of MHPS to Konecranes, which we assume will be completed). However, we think that the stock’s current discount to the Machinery group on a P/E basis (20%+) is justified, given a still challenged underlying operating environment for the RemainCo, as well as historically uneven company execution – both of which return to the forefront of the investment debate following the removal of the M&A bull case.

    To which all we can say is: Oops.

    Shares of Terex have dropped 0.5% to $20.78

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, Terex (TEX) announced that it would sell its ports business to Konecranes for $1.3 billion. Today, Baird’s Mircea Dobre and Joseph Grabowski upgraded Terex to Outperform from Neutral, arguing that the sale makes a takeover by China’s Zoomlion that much easier. They explain:

    Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News

    The sale of MHPS to Konecranes is a positive catalyst on multiple fronts: shareholders got an attractive multiple for what historically has been a challenged business with further upside possible given 25% equity ownership in Konecranes, execution risk is diminished as new CEO can focus on operational improvement without the effort required to integrate the Terex and Konecranes businesses, and finally, the MHPS sale makes it easier for Zoomlion to acquire remaining Terex.

    While our upgrade is not reliant on Zoomlion acquiring Terex, the MHPS transaction could make a firm Zoomlion offer more likely.

    At the margin, a Zoomlion deal appears easier to get done: 1) the remaining businesses fit better with Zoomlions existing product portfolio of construction equipment, cranes, and various commercial and municipal equipment, 2) given the attractive terms of the MHPS sale, the funding hurdle required to acquire Terex is lowered, 3) many of the CFIUS issues center around national security concerns regarding the nations ports, no longer a concern given MHPS sale.

    Dobre and Grabowski also raised their price target on Terex to $30, up from $24. With Terex off 0.1% at $24.88 today, that leaves 21% upside in the stock to Baird’s target.

    In February, I wrote about Chinese demand for U.S. companies, including Terex.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Capella Education Company(CPLA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $86.60. Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA) and Capella Education agreed to an all-stock merger. Capella Education also posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: TOP Ships Inc.(TOPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) posted a new 52-week low of $0.49 on Tuesday, down about 0.6% compared with Monday’s closing price of $0.52. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.40. Volume was about 4 times the daily average of around 2.8 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) posted a new 52-week low of $0.70 on Thursday, down about 19% compared with Wednesday’s closing price of $0.86. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.40. Volume was about double the daily average of around 2.2 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related HTGM Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline HTG Molecular Diagnostics Completes Initial Technical Feasibility Testing with QIAGEN … (GuruFocus)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 50 Points; Micron Shares Jump Following Strong Earnings Report Mid-Day Market Update: ZAIS Group Gains Following Q4 Results; Xenon Pharmaceuticals Shares Decline Zais Group reports Q4 results (Seeking Alpha)
    HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM) shares climbed 204.1 percent to $11.95 after surging 83.64 percent on Thursday. HTG Molecular Diagnostics reported a Q4 loss of $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.5 million.
    ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) shares surged 52.6 percent to $3.45. ZAIS Group reported Q4 earnings of $0.29 per share on revenue of $16.73 million.
    Global Brokerage Inc (NASDAQ: GLBR) shares jumped 24.3 percent to $2.30.
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Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Our No. 2 pick, Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), is involved in engineering technology for defense systems, government electronics, and information technology. Its largest and most profitable segments are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).

  • [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.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Key holdings in ITA include…

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.

    As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) deploys its expertise in defense systems, government electronics, and information technology.

    RTN’s biggest and most profitable sectors are Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Missile Systems (MS).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    If you’re looking for one of thebest investments today, it’s hard to beat Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN). It doesn’t matter if the market is up or down, defense spending continues to increase. In the past year, global annual defense spending hit $1.6 trillion, and this is considered to be an industry that is likely to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On one particularly big news day, April 28, the DSCA announced that it has notified Congress of no fewer than seven separate pending arms sales that it plans to push through. These deals are aiming to sell:

    110 radar-seeking air-to-ground “HARM” missiles to Australia, generating sales of $137.6 million for prime contractors Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN). Four P-8A Poseidonsubmarine-hunting jet aircraft to New Zealand — a $1.46 billion payday for Boeing (NYSE:BA). 13 76 mm cannonfor installation aboard Israeli Navy SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR 6 Missile Patrol Boats at a purchase price of $440 million. (Italian firm Leonardo S.p.a.’s DRS North America subsidiary will be the contractor on that one.) Nine Bell 429light utility helicopters to Slovakia, yielding sales of $150 million for Textron (NYSE:TXT). And five CH-47D Chinookhelicopters, sold out of U.S. government surplus to Greece for $80 million.

    Also included in the DSCA’s list of pending contracts are two directed toward the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, specifically: