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Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019

By Bob Iaccino

The following originally appeared on Nadex

This was one heck of a central bank week. Starting on Tuesday we had official meetings of the U.S. FOMC, the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of England (BOE), the Swiss National Bank (SNB), and the Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway). This was a filling buffet for hungry Fed watchers and they did not disappoint in that they said virtually nothing new to upset the stomach of the markets. Given the current state of global economies, central bankers want to be hawkish. They want their respective economies to be strong, they want to reach their inflation targets and they want to normalize interest rates. But they run the risk of trigger recessions and they want to avoid this most of all. Let's go down the list and find the doves.

The U.S. FOMC and Janet Yellen began the week by hiking rates 25 basis points, the fourth rate hike in this cycle, and left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth. Isn't that being hawkish? Well, if it is the U.S. 10-year note wasn't listening. Since Wednesday morning, yields have fallen from 2.461% to a post-announcement low of 2.346% late Thursday night. In her press conference, Janet Yellen continued to assert that the low inflation (which we saw on display again in the CPI figures released Wednesday morning) are transitory. They want to reach their inflation targets.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Guaranty Bancorp(GBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    For the details of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=PATRIOT+FINANCIAL+PARTNERS+GP%2C+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 27.82% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,891,767 shares, 23.36% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.22%Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 347,069 shares, 14.02% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 1,048,980 shares, 11.07% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 16.01%MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 sha

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: 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 Chris Lange]

    While most people get their content online in an increasingly digital world, we shouldnt forget where most of it came from the movie theater. While Netflix, Hulu and HBO are cleaning up with their streaming services and content, the newest content is consistently at the theater. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is looking to take advantage of this idea with its newest offering to its customers.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Cinemark by 73.2% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,081,823 shares of the company’s stock worth $211,768,000 after buying an additional 2,570,923 shares in the last quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 88.0% during the fourth quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC now owns 2,859,216 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,558,000 after buying an additional 1,338,000 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 2,312,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $80,533,000 after buying an additional 42,982 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in Cinemark by 4.0% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,728,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $60,187,000 after buying an additional 66,700 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Cinemark by 3.4% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,334,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $48,310,000 after buying an additional 43,606 shares in the last quarter. 94.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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  • [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 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: American States Water Company(AWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    On Tuesday, analysts at Brean Capital upgraded American States Water Co (AWR), as they now believe the shares have reached an attractive entry point.

    The analysts upgraded AWR from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $28. This price target suggests an 11% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $25.22.

    Brean Capital analyst Michael Gaugler said, “The shares have fallen to a price level that we now consider attractive, and our sum-of-the-parts valuation indicates fair value is $28 based on our 2014 EPS forecasts. We recommend investors begin accumulating positions under the $25.50 price level to allow sufficient (10%) upside (excluding dividends) to our target price.”

    “We acknowledge that the current environment for utility stocks in terms of interest rate impacts is less than ideal. However, we note the shares of AWR (and our other utility coverage names) have traded at higher P/E multiples when the general level of interest rates was much higher. We see the impact of higher rates as short term and negligible, particularly when we look closely at AWR’s ability to continue to raise its dividend payout versus the peer group by using free cash flow from the ASUS business,” Gaugler added.

    American States Water shares were up 72 cents, or 2.85%, during early morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 8% year-to-date.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Adeptus Health Inc.(ADPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Adeptus Health Inc (NASDAQ: ADPT) shares dropped 66 percent to $9.09 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 EBITDA outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Adeptus Health Inc (NYSE: ADPT) were down around 30 percent to $1.30. Medical Properties Trust disclosed that it has agreed in principle with Deerfield Management to restructuring in bankruptcy to Adeptus Health.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.

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Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Any investor, even those with low paying jobs, can grow their wealth over the longer term due to compounding interest, Cramer explained during his daily "Mad Money" show recently. Taking just $100 and investing it in the S&P 500 index or its related ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), at an average return of 10 percent gives investors "additional money off of last year's profits."

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) plunged 1.2 percent on the news, although it's worth noting that the markets had traded near these values Wednesday before riding a Thursday rally.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Since the beginning of 2017, the NIFTY has outperformed both the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) and SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA), with each seeing respective increases of 12.6 percent, 6 percent and 4.9 percent.

4 Smart Retirement Buys for 7.2% Dividends and Big Gains

Today I’m going to show you 4 funds that, when put together, give you a juicy 7.2% dividend yield.

And that’s just the start. In addition to giving you $595 per month in income for every $100,000 invested, this “instant” 4-fund portfolio gives you diversification that limits your risk of losing cash in a market downturn.

4 Smart Retirement Buys for 7.2% Dividends and Big GainsSource: Shutterstock

Oh, and there is capital gains upside here for you, too.

The reason for that upside is that all of these funds are trading at a pretty big discount to their net asset value (NAV).

Let me explain.

Each of these picks is a “closed-end fund,” a unique type of fund that has a few key advantages over more familiar mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. A big one is that CEFs can—and very often do—trade on the market at a price that is below the actual market price of all of the assets inside the CEF.

How is this possible?

It boils down to this: CEFs set how many shares are in the fund when they do an initial public offering and don’t release new shares in the future. That weird mechanism means funds will often trade for less than their NAV—and those discounts can be really big.

Which brings me to…

“Instant Portfolio” Pick #1: A Real Estate Titan With a 7.9% Dividend

Every real estate developer, landlord and house flipper’s dream is to get their hands on a property that’s selling for 17% below its actual market value. But those deals are hard to come by.

In CEF land, however, they’re easy to get.

All you need to do is buy shares in the RMR Real Estate Income Fund (NYSEAMERICAN:RIF), a CEF that’s been around since 2005 and not only survived the bursting of the 2008–09 real estate bubble but has also been paying out massive dividend checks ever since.

And right now, RIF is paying out a 7.9% yield.

The fund’s portfolio makes this possible. RIF owns shares in some of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the world—basically companies whose sole purpose is to buy, manage and rent out real estate.

And since RIF’s portfolio is diversified across 125 REITs, shareholders are getting a slice of literally thousands of properties in all kinds of sectors: retail outlets, assisted-living facilities, offices and even data centers for cloud-computing companies.

And here’s why you want to buy now:

A Big Sale Ending Soon

Notice how the fund’s discount to its NAV has gone off a cliff in recent years—but it’s starting to recover? The current 16.7% discount is a bargain that may end soon thanks to a pile-in back into CEFs. That makes this one a fund to consider now—because buying at this point could set you up for 25% capital gains while this fund’s discount disappears.

“Instant Portfolio” Pick #2: Peace of Mind and a Tax-Free 5.7% Payout

The Nuveen Quality Municipal Income Fund (NYSE:NAD) is not only a great option because of its 5.7% dividend yield but also because of the diversification and low volatility it provides.

Let me explain by comparing this fund to the S&P 500, which we will do with the benchmark SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY). In 2017, the stock market famously saw extremely low volatility, steady gains and little fear, which resulted in stocks climbing up and up, with few corrections.

Then 2018 happened.

Fear Is Back!

The orange line here represents volatility in price changes over the last month for SPY, and you can see how the line fell sharply and stayed low throughout 2017.

But this is an aberration. Big spikes, like we saw in 2015 and 2016, are the norm—moments when the market goes into a panic and starts selling shares. The blue line, however, represents the volatility we saw with NAD, a fund with bonds from as diverse places as Utah and New York.

Although the fund’s price swings did accelerate a bit in late 2016, after Donald Trump was elected president (and the market worried about how his tax plans would affect municipal bonds), the blue line stays pretty quiet all the time.

There’s a reason for this: municipal bond values do not go up and down a lot. That means buying NAD gets you steady income without big paper losses when the market freaks out.

That’s why you need to diversify your portfolio so you aren’t forced to sell when the market collapses. With NAD, you can hedge against a market downturn by diversifying beyond stocks and into these low-volatility, high-quality municipal bonds.

And if you’re worried about missing out on gains, don’t be. Here are NAD’s total returns over the last decade:

Strong Gains in a Safe Haven

A 6.8% average annual return from a fund with such low risk shouldn’t be possible. But here it is.

“Instant Portfolio” Pick #3: A 7.1% Dividend From Top-Quality Stocks

Of course, we still need stocks in our portfolio so we can profit from the good times in the stock market—and I see many of those still to come. As I wrote in a March 8 article, stocks are set for a good year, thanks to rising earnings and a better economic environment, and we want to be part of that.

That’s why you should take a serious look at the AGIC Equity and Convertible Income Fund (NYSE:NIE).

Not only does NIE pay a 7.1% dividend, but it also has an enviable portfolio full of winners, such as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Visa Inc (NYSE:V). NIE is able to turn big gains from these stocks into steady income for shareholders. That’s why the fund has been able to deliver this massive 9.8% average annualized return over the last decade:

Strong and Steady Returns

The fund also makes its dividend safer with convertible bonds. Let me explain.

In addition to shares in the best companies in the world, NIE also buys and trades a group of unique bonds that smaller and riskier companies issue. These “convertible bonds” are a kind of debt with a special agreement that, if the company’s stock rises to a certain level, the bonds will turn into common stock.

NIE buys these convertibles because it gets them a reliable income stream from these companies and the potential upside of owning actual shares in the firm. The fund has a long track record of using these to secure its dividend and provide more capital gains upside for shareholders.

And despite its amazing track record, NIE is selling at a 10.4% discount! That’s why it’s time to buy now.

“Instant Portfolio” Pick #4: A Rock-Steady Corporate-Bond CEF With a 7.3% Dividend

Speaking of bonds, we should also add some corporate bonds to our “instant” portfolio. Not only can we get a 7.3% dividend by doing this with the Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunity Fund (NYSE:HYI), but we can also dip our toes in this asset class at a massive 10.2% discount.

And now is clearly the time for HYI to shine.

That’s because the market has turned its back on this fund for too long, despite the recent improvements management has made. Specifically, HYI has focused more on companies that are on the cusp of getting credit upgrades that will raise the value of their bonds. Just take a look at how its discount to NAV has trended over the last few years:

The Discounts Just Get Bigger

The market has sold off HYI in a big way, sending it from an 8% premium to NAV to an 11.2% discount.

And there was a good reason for that back in the mid-2010’s: HYI was not doing well. Its total return was about 17.5% from mid-2010 to 2014, which isn’t great and definitely lagged the S&P 500 over the same period (SPY rose 65% during that same timeframe).

But that’s been changing. Take a look at this chart.

Gains Accelerating for HYI

HYI is up 25% from the beginning of 2016, and its strong gains are just getting started. Why? Because, again, the economy is improving—which means the credit quality of the bonds HYI holds is starting to go up. That increases demand for them, resulting in higher prices on the market and profits for HYI shareholders.

Exposed: The “Billionaires Only” 7.6%+ Dividends You Can Buy NOW

Here’s something else you may not know about CEFs: some of the world’s richest billionaires have been quietly cashing in on them for years.

I’m talking about financial titans like Bill Gates, Bill Ackman and Jeffrey Gundlach, the legendary “Bond God.”

Then there’s Boaz Weinstein, who made a fortune betting against the ridiculous trades of JPMorgan’s so-called “London Whale” back in 2012.

In 2017, Weinstein dropped a cool billion into—you guessed it—CEFs.

Here’s what he had to say about the big profits waiting to be made from these funds:

“You go into it hoping the discount will narrow on its own, but one of the nicest points about this investment is that while you wait, you earn an above-average yield, given the discounted price.”

He also called CEFs “a rare corner of the market where retail investors can get an edge over institutions.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

And now is your chance to grab your share of the profits from this exclusive corner of the market.

The 4 CEFs I just told you about are a great start. But right now I’m pounding the table on 4 OTHER funds throwing off fatter average dividends—7.6% as I write—and one of these unsung cash machines even pays an amazing (and growing!) 8.1%.

Better yet, all 4 trade at even more outrageous discounts to NAV, putting you well on your way to 20%+ GAINS in the next 12 months! Throw in that 7.6% average dividend and you’re looking at a fast 28%+ gain here—with a big chunk of that in CASH!

Returns like these are common in the CEF space. No wonder billionaires like Weinstein, Gates and others have silently flocked to them.

Your opportunity to join this “billionaire’s club” through the 4 very best funds in the space is open now. But the weird discounts on these stout 7.6%+ payers are already starting to slam shut, so you need to make your move!

Don’t miss out. Simply CLICK HERE and I’ll give you the names, ticker symbols, buy-under prices and my complete analysis on all 4 of these 7.6%+ dividend payers now.

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9 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for 2018

When was the last time that small-cap stocks outperformed the S&P 500 Index? Take a guess? Any guess? It wasn’t as long ago as you might think. The answer is 2016.

According to Morningstar, the iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWM) had an annual total return of 22% last year, almost double the 12% total return of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY).

So far this year, the SPY is beating the proxy for small-cap stocks by almost 800 basis points. Over the past decade, however, IWM bested SPY on six occasions, suggesting good things do come in small packages.

Should the Trump tax plan get passed, small-cap stocks should benefit significantly from the fact they generate a significant portion of their revenue domestically where they’ll be taxed at 20% instead of the old rate of 35%.

Large-cap stocks might have gotten an edge up in 2017, but the coming year is looking good for smaller companies. Here are my nine small-cap stocks to own in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: RMR Group (RMR) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rmrmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

RMR Group Inc (NASDAQ:RMR) is an alternative asset manager based in Newton, Massachusetts, that primarily handles the day-to-day operations of four REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH), Select Income REIT (NASDAQ:SIR) and Government Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:GOV).

These four REITs have no employees and are managed by RMR. No matter what happens to REITs due to higher interest rates, etc., short of bankruptcy, RMR gets paid to manage $28 billion of commercial real estate assets.

In April 2016, I called GOV one of the five best REITs to own that broke the mold by being unconventional. In the case of GOV, it was owning and managing government office space. At the time of my article, it owned 10.7 million square feet of office space over 71 properties with 93% of the space rented to government agencies.

As a result of its October 2017 acquisition of First Potomac Realty Trust, GOV now owns 24.9 million square feet of office space.

Also, it owns 28% of SIR, one of the other REITs managed by RMR. It’s a little incestuous, I’ll grant you, but it’s a great way to separate fee-generating revenue from income-generating revenue.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Callaway Golf (ELY) Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/elymsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Call me crazy, but I believe golf is ready for a mini-comeback given the NFL appears to be slowly imploding due to multiple factors including an ownership base that seems oblivious to the fact Roger Goodell is highly overpaid.

It might be hard to believe, but Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) is finishing off a third consecutive year with ELY stock in positive territory for the year, up 32% year to date through Dec. 11. The company’s been making under-the-radar acquisitions in 2017 that will position it for future growth.

In January, it paid $76 million for Ogio International Inc., a golf-bag manufacturer. Then in August, it acquired TravisMathew, a high-end lifestyle apparel brand that it can extend beyond the golf course, for $126 million.

At the end of October, Callaway announced healthy third-quarter 2017 results that included much stronger profits and revenue growth across all segments and regions.

I see a fourth consecutive year of strong returns for ELY stock.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Fox Factory (FOXF) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/foxfmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Whether you’re a motocross rider or someone who just enjoys offroading with your ATV, the shocks you put on your vehicle can make all the difference in the comfort and quality of your ride.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:FOXF) has been manufacturing shock absorbers for powered and non-powered vehicles since 1974. FOXF went public in August 2013 at $15 a share.

FOXF stock started off slowly after its IPO, never getting more than two or three dollars above $15 until July 2016 when investors started to take notice. Since then, it’s more than doubled in price and is up 43% year to date through Dec. 11.

On Dec. 1, Fox Factory announced that it was buying 80% of the Tuscany Motor Company for $53.4 million and the option to acquire the remaining 20% in the future. While Tuscany only adds $41 million in revenue, it gives the company a new platform on which to expand its aftermarket business.

If you want a dressed up F-150 truck, Tuscany can help you out.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Buckle (BKE)

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There are stock recommendations and then there are gut feels. Putting Buckle Inc (NYSE:BKE) on this list of small-cap stocks, it fits under the latter category.

I was once a big believer in its stock recommending it as recently as January 2016. However, in that article, I did admit it wasn’t performing too well and would require a patient investor to ride out the downturn. Somewhere along the way, Buckle fell out of favor with shoppers, and its financial situation went from great to just good.

On Dec. 5, Buckle announced it would pay a $1.75 special cash dividend to shareholders of record as of Jan. 12, 2018, in addition to the regular 25-cent dividend. That’s $7.47 in special cash dividends the company’s paid out over the past five years. Of course, considering its stock is down 5% annually over the same period, it only cushions the blow.

With comps still in negative territory but margins improving, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say 2018 is the year this small-cap stock delivers the goods.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Viad (VVI) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vvimsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

In September, I recommended Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) as one of two stocks to buy whose market cap was lower than GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO). Since then, VVI is down 2% versus a 24% decline for GPRO.

While VVI has yet to come to life, I have reason to believe 2018 will be a good year for its stock.

First, in November, Viad’s travel experience business announced that it would expand its FlyOver virtual flight concept that began with FlyOver Canada by acquiring 55% of Iceland’s Esja Attractions. Iceland continues to be one of the world’s greatest tourism destinations; this new attraction will drive further growth in its Pursuit segment.

Secondly, acquisitions its GES exhibition business made in 2017, have yet to deliver upon the synergies and cost savings originally expected. However, CEO Steve Moster did say in the Q3 2017 earnings release that the addition of higher-margin services to its offerings is driving top- and bottom-line profits.

VVI stock has done well the past six years with not a single year of declines. With all that it’s doing to grow the travel side of its business, I see that streak continuing in 2018.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: PetMed Express (PETS)

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It seems that controversy seems to follow PetMed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS), America’s largest pet pharmacy.

In the summer, PETS faced troubling allegations from short sellers that it was marketing painkillers meant for animals to humans. Its stock tanked down to the mid-$30s before recovering in the fall on strong earnings.

This isn’t the first time the company’s faced controversy. In the past, it’s had a rocky relationship with the veterinary community who believe PetMed Express is trying to undermine their businesses through lower prices and misleading advertising.

I don’t think PETS will ever escape the focus of investors because once you’re targeted as a good short, you can never scare them away except by delivering strong results as it did in Q2 2017.

Historically, PETS has delivered strong returns, and as long as it continues to boost the order value per customer — $85 in Q2 2017, $3 more than a year earlier — I don’t see why it can’t produce another year of appreciation.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: iRobot (IRBT) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irbtmsn-1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) owns an impressive 64% of the global robotic vacuum cleaner market. Recently, I saw an ad for the Shark ION ROBOT vacuum, an indication that although the competition is mounting, it also legitimizes the entire robotic vacuum industry.

I can remember when investors were hypercritical of iRobot because it wasn’t expanding its business further into the military arena. You want to talk about competitive, just try getting a contract with the federal government. It takes deep pockets and even deeper patience.

In May, I called IRBT on of the best growth stocks to buy, in part because it had fully recovered from its troubles stemming from its defense-related business which it dumped in 2016. The fact is, iRobot’s become a fan of short sellers, and that’s made its stock seriously volatile. And that’s a good thing when it comes to small-cap stocks.

In July, IRBT stock was trading over $105; today, it’s around $70. I believe it will continue to grow its main product at a reasonable pace while it figures out the next great thing to diversify its revenue streams.

In the meantime, you might want to continue to buy on weakness. In 2018, given its strong robotic patents, iRobot could be a good acquisition candidate.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: WisdomTree Investments (WETF)

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Don’t look now but WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) is shaking up upper management.

Probably the biggest news from the organizational changes WETF is making is that board member Jarrett Lilien is stepping down to join day-to-day operations as Executive Vice President in charge of Emerging Technologies. Lilien was COO of E*Trade Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ETFC) between 2003 and 2008.

The ETF asset manager is probably best known for its WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEARCA:DXJ) which is the second-largest Japan-focused ETF in the U.S. with $9.5 billion in assets.

Although DXJ is its highest-profile ETF, it has 12 ETFs with more than $1 billion in assets and considerably more with $100 million or more, making it the seventh-largest ETF provider in the U.S.

While it’s had a tough time grabbing market share in the Canadian ETF market, which it entered in July 2016, its partnership with Canadian online broker Questrade should help make a dent. The company’s aware that it needs to go global and the organizational changes are meant to address this need.

I see its stock above $20 by the end of 2018, 2019 at the latest.

Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in 2018: Oxford Industries (OXM) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/oxmmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

The apparel manufacturer and retailer’s bounced back nicely after a down year in 2016.

Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE:OXM) owns a trio of apparel brands: Tommy Bahama, Lily Pulitzer and Southern Tide, which it acquired in April 2016 for $85 million.

If you’re not familiar with Southern Tide, it has a nice big fish as its logo, doing its best to keep up with polo players and crocodiles.

On Dec. 5, OXM announced its Q3 2017 results and they were solid. Furthermore, it expects fiscal 2017 earnings on an adjusted basis to be as high as $3.38 a share on $1.1 billion in sales.

Highlights in 2017 include Lily Pulitzer delivering solid operating margins through the first nine months — 22.7% versus 6.6% for Tommy Bahama, its biggest brand by sales — and its latest acquisition becoming profitable on the year.

With the help of Southern Tide growth over the next 2-3 years, I could see OXM stock hitting $100 in 2018.

As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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For the first time in five years, Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) is finally competitive with both Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA). The company, as we will see, is on its way to releasing new processors this week that will bring itself to the forefront of the chip market. These new releases, combined with the rapid growth of the markets AMD operates in, makes the company, as we will see, a rapidly growing chip giant and a strong investment at the present time.


Advanced Micro Devices is a chip maker with a $10.68 billion market cap that has long been seen as a tiny competitor to both Intel, a computer processing unit (CPU) maker with a market cap of $174.12 billion, and Nvidia, a graphic processing unit (GPU) maker with a market cap of $53.37 billion. The company was originally formed in 1969 but spun off its fab operations in 2009 into GlobalFoundries. Since then, the company has focused on its CPU and GPU creation and sale operations.

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share tips: Nordic American Offshore Ltd(NAO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) dropped about 2.8% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.05 after closing at $1.08 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.69. Volume was about 4 times the daily average of around 490,000 shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) shares dropped 39 percent to $1.245. Nordic American Offshore priced its upsized offering of 40 million shares at $1.25 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) dropped nearly 49% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.05 after closing at $2.05 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.69. Volume was more than 100 times the daily average of around 90,000 shares. The company priced a secondary offering of 40 million shares at just $1.25 per share this morning.

share tips: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Warren Buffett famously told investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Dedicated followers of that mantra would probably dismiss Chinese online media giant SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) — which rallied 120% over the past 12 months to a six-year high — as a “greedy” play.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA), which has a stake in Weibo, also tumbled.

    Weibo confirmed that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China or SAPPRFT has ordered local authorities to take measures to suspend audio and video services of some internet companies.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    It was quickly followed by two other Chinese social media sites: SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) and Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO).

    Weibo Responds

    Weibo issued a press release later in the day saying it would cooperate with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

share tips: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Passive ETFs continuing to top active rivals is not all about the performance of U.S. stocks this year. Yes, the S&P 500 is up 5.5 percent year-to-date, but that is not a jaw-dropping performance. Much of the ongoing out-performance of passive ETFs over active counterparts this year is attributable to fees. Just look at the rock-bottom fees on ETFs such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) and the iShares S&P 500 Core ETF (NYSE: IVV).


    A good way to play this is by buying the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA), which tracks the Dow Industrials. We add that the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) would be a good bet as well.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While the U.S. stock market certainly hasn’t reacted positively to news of escalating international conflicts, its negative reaction has been relatively muted so far. The S&P 500 was up 1.0 percent last week, and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) was down less than 0.1 percent since the U.S. Syrian bombing began.


    For the details of CTC LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CTC+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of CTC LLCAmazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 117,395 shares, 56.18% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 112.15%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 248,205 shares, 29.37% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 164.41%SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) – 178,671 shares, 10.37% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 206.87%Netflix Inc (NFLX) – 55,505 shares, 4.08% of the total portfolio. New PositionPowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) – 0 shares, 0% of the total por

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    Since so many managed stock funds can’t beat the S&P 500, it makes good sense to just invest in an S&P 500 index fund. Even billionaire Warren Buffett, known for his investing brilliance, endorses that idea. He saysthat in his will, he offers these instructions for the money left for his wife: “Put 10% of the cash in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. (I suggest Vanguard’s.)” You can do so through many index funds from many fund companies — just be sure to choose one with low fees, as there are very low fees to be found. A particularly easy way to invest in the S&P 500 is through an exchange-traded fund (ETF) such as theSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust(NYSEMKT:SPY). ETFs work much like stocks, letting you buy as many or as few shares as you want throughout the trading day. A SPY share recently traded for about $238 per share, sported a dividend yield of close to 2%, and chargedjust 0.1% in annual fees.

share tips: National Steel Corporation(SID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed by 1.52 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), and Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: CMT).

9 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Every Investor

As we close out 2017, it’s good to remind ourselves of what worked, and what didn’t. This past year, though, makes this introspective exercise rather tricky. Although Wall Street early on forecasted a rough 2017, the end result was quite the opposite. Benchmark indices hit all-time records, while most sectors witnessed tremendous optimism. Who needs dividend stocks at a time like this?

This also means that inferior investment strategies were masked by secular bullishness. The new year may not be as forgiving, which is why I’m recommending investors to get selective. Fortunately, with dividend stocks, you don’t have to feel pressured into always picking winners.

At its core, choosing the right dividend stocks to buy is about options. Although picking high-flying growth companies is the sexiest endeavor, it isn’t always the smartest. With passive-income yielding firms, you get the potential for making capital gains, and also residual payouts to bolster your position. During a down period, dividends can also help you ride out the storm.

But don’t mistake these yields as “boring” strategies. Like any investment class, you can dial up the risk for the chance of greater rewards. This is why picking the most appropriate dividends stocks to buy is so important: no one knows your investment style better than you!

The following ideas are broken down into three sections: stable, mid-level and high-yield (speculative). Each section has something to offer, depending on how much risk you’re willing to take.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you love stable dividend stocks, you love Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It is the powerhouse brands of powerhouse brands. Better yet, JNJ is levered toward the ultimate in secular industries: healthcare. Separated among consumer-level products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, JNJ is one of the most respected companies in the world.

Currently, Johnson & Johnson’s dividend yield is 2.4%. Given the strength of its global business, that dividend is rock solid. But what people may not immediately appreciate is that JNJ can also surprise people in the capital markets. For instance, year-to-date, shares are up over 21%. To put that into perspective, the benchmark SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) is just under 18%.

Critically for the conservative investor, JNJ rarely loses. Between 1970 to the end of 2016, annual returns average almost 15%. Moreover, JNJ only hit red ink 13 times, meaning that 72% of the time, you can expect shares to win.

In our business, that’s as close to a sure thing as you’re gonna get!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

I’ll admit that I wasn’t thrilled about putting Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) into my dividend stocks to buy list. You’ll recall that WFC was embroiled in a major controversy that shocked the entire financial and business community. Essentially, the banking giant admitted to creating more than two million fake accounts to meet ambitious sales targets.

It made me sick and I’m not the only one. But eventually, people get over this stuff, perhaps resigned to the fact that the major conglomerates always win. I’ve even made the argument that Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX) — yes, that Equifax — will be forgiven. As cynical as it may sound, what good will being angry do for any of us?

It stinks that the ultra-rich get away with bloody murder. From a financial perspective, though, WFC is an opportunity. Despite giving long-term holders seasickness, WFC stayed the course. If the current positive momentum remains, shares will end the year in the black. Wells Fargo isn’t going anywhere.

Most importantly, WFC spits out the biggest dividend yield among the “big four” at nearly 2.7%. That may be the price of forgiveness!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) xom stock exxon stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Again, on the surface level, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is a strange name to put on a best dividend stocks list. Energy is hardly the most consistent sector. More to the point, XOM has been on the wrong end of a market shake-up. Since the oil collapse of 2014, XOM has at best been treading water against prior highs.

But the flipside to this bearish argument is that in practical ways, energy is the most consistent sector possible. When people hit the switch, they expect the lights to turn on. Similarly, when they go to the gasoline station, they expect to fill their tanks. Without XOM and its ilk, none of these things would occur. A societal breakdown could commence.

In all seriousness, investors should be encouraged by Exxon Mobil’s response to the oil market downturn. They and the remaining survivors have revamped their operations and rid themselves of unproductive assets. Today, XOM and the oil community are leaner, meaner, and better prepared for whatever lies ahead.

In other words, XOM has proven its resilience. As a conservative investor, you can buy that 3.7% yield with confidence.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Duke Energy Corp (DUK) Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you’re a real numbers guy, you’ll want to pay attention to Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK). Based on a quantitative model that our own Louis Navellier developed, DUK is one of the best dividend stocks to buy right now. Mixing in commonly-used metrics (ie. earnings momentum) as well propriety methods, DUK appears primed for a stellar new year.

I, on the other hand, prefer to keep it simple if there’s no real need to complicate things. Here’s what I’m looking at: since the tech bubble and the 2008 financial crisis, DUK has steadily rewarded investors with few hiccups. This year, DUK is set to return more than 13% should its technical momentum hold.

All indications suggest that Duke Energy can keep the good times flowing into next year. As it stands, the company is the seventh-largest electric utility company in the U.S. Furthermore, management has retired many of its coal power plants, instead focusing on natural gas and cleaner energy sources.

Currently, DUK stock yields slightly more than 4%. Although slightly riskier than your conservative dividend play, Duke Energy has the right balance between stability and income.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: AT&T Inc. (T) AT&T T stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-73×40.jpg 73w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-250×137.jpg 250w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-160×88.jpg 160w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-91×50.jpg 91w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

I have to say that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) disappointed me this year in the capital markets. Typically, AT&T is like clockwork — more often than not, you know what you’re getting. This year was the anomaly. On a YTD basis, T stock dropped like a rock, currently down 14%.

Although you have to have a short memory in the investment markets, I took the AT&T’s implosion personally. Investment-performance aggregator TipRanks honored me with “top blogger” status, and used my bullishness toward T stock in their feature article. Unfortunately, Wall Street had other plans and took my blue-chip baby down.

No matter. Keep in mind that between 1984 through 2016, AT&T’s annual returns average more than 13%. More importantly, during this time, T stock has only lost eight times out of 33. When this year is over, the statistic will likely be nine times out of 34. Even in that case, AT&T is a winner 73.5% of the time.

Like the aforementioned JNJ, at this rate, T stock is practically a sure thing. The only difference is the reward. AT&T offers a whopping 5.36% dividend yield!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Welltower Inc (HCN) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: sima dimitric via Flickr

I cannot wait for the current batch of young millennials to turn 40. Each generation has its fair share of youthful idiocy; however, I think millennials, particularly those in their mid-twenties, take the cake. The way that so many of them conduct themselves, you’d think that they honestly believe they will never age.

The news flash that everyone else knows instinctively is that time stops for no one. With that harsh reality in mind, I bring to you Welltower Inc (NYSE:HCN). HCN is a real estate investment trust specializing in senior care and facilities. Even if you’re one of the young Millennials that sees no use for Welltower, you still might put your parents into one of their centers.

Joking aside, I can think of no other business where revenues are virtually guaranteed, save for a funeral home. Although Welltower’s market performance has been a little choppy, in the long haul, HCN has been a steady investment. In the trailing ten years, shares have gained nearly 48%.

Of course, we can’t forget the dividend yields, which for HCN stands at 5.26%.

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Moving on to the speculative side of dividend stocks, we have Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX). If you were to simply assess BX based on this year’s performance alone, Blackstone wouldn’t seem at all risky. On a YTD basis, BX gained nearly 19%, making it one of the top performers on this list.

Typically, strong capital returns and high yields don’t go together. With a dividend yield of 7.2%, Blackstone’s passive income is right around the same as an average mutual fund. So what gives?

Let’s just say that BX will probably never make the list of best “feel good” stocks. The financial firm has been involved in a number of controversies, ranging from scandalous real-estate practices to shadow banking. For conservative-leaning voters, Blackstone has troubling ties to key Democrats.

Additionally, BX is a “make money at any cost” type of organization. Their profiteering activities in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) amid its “Blackfish” controversy is a perfect example.

But hey, who said Wall Street was a friendly place?

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I will tell you straight up that anything involving brick-and-mortar retail is a risky game. Earlier this year, I cautioned my readers about investing in retail REITs. With overall declining foot-traffic, the physical retail space doesn’t have the appeal it once did. Of course, the most important factor is e-commerce. Why sit in traffic and wait in lines when you can shop conveniently at Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)?

The flipside to this argument is that some retail sectors that Amazon has trouble impacting exist. For instance, most people find it more convenient to size their clothing at a physical apparel shop than guessing online. In addition, some store brands offer better pricing or a better experience than Amazon. Think Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) and Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY).

A retail REIT that focuses on strong brands just might have a chance, hence Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM). KIM features multiple properties running highly-demanded store brands. Moreover, a good chunk of their properties are located in lucrative markets.

Will it be enough to overcome the risk to the entire sector? I’m not so sure, which helps explain Kimco’s 6% dividend yield. Nevertheless, if you’re a believer, KIM gives you a solid opportunity.

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Thanks to the abundance of consumer-level technologies, traditional industries face obsolescence. A decade ago, if you needed to go to the airport, you essentially had to call a cab. Now, with ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, you can request a similar service conveniently through your smartphone.

A similar upheaval may occur in the hotel industry, thanks to apps like Airbnb. To survive in this rough-and-tumble sector, you need a fresh approach. Sotherly Hotels Inc (NASDAQ:SOHO) just might have the magic formula. Centered largely in the southern region of the U.S., SOHO provides an authentic, unique experience for its guests.

Apparently, most Millennials want brands to be more authentic, and that fits SOHO to a T. Visit any of their locations, and you feel like a welcomed member of a community, not some room number. Plus, former NFL star Herschel Walker sits on the board of directors: that’s just downright awesome!

But will any of this matter for investors? Again, it’s a tough call given so many changes in the hospitality and services sector. Still, with a 6.5% dividend yield, SOHO is worth a second look.

As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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