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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019

Nordea (OTCPK:NRBAY) is, for those unfamiliar, the biggest pan-Nordic banking group, having market shares of 15-30% in each of the four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. According to Global Financial Magazine, Nordea was ranked as the 29th safest bank globally in 2017. The ranking was based on the long-term foreign currency ratings issued by Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service.

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Another indicator of its safe-haven status is the fact that Nordeas junior subordinated bonds, or the so-called CoCos, are trading at just a 3.4% yield. For comparison, JPMorgans (JPM) CoCos are trading at a 5.5% yield.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: SM Energy Company(SM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    SM Energy (NYSE:SM) – Equities research analysts at Seaport Global Securities lifted their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of SM Energy in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 23rd. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Kelly now anticipates that the energy company will post earnings per share of ($0.08) for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of ($0.09). Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for SM Energy’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.00 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.06 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.00 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.06 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.35 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.48 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.89 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of oil producers Laredo Petroleum (NYSE:LPI) and SM Energy (NYSE:SM), as well as units ofGolar LNG Partners LP (NASDAQ:GMLP), an MLPthat owns liquified natural gas carriers and floating storage and regasification units, all declined by double digits by Friday afternoon. Lower oil prices weighed on the first two, while an analyst downgrade was the culprit in the latter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Castle Brands, Inc.(ROX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Castle Brands (NYSEAMERICAN:ROX) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 6,422,984 shares, a decrease of 5.8% from the April 30th total of 6,815,151 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 169,266 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 37.9 days. Currently, 7.2% of the company’s stock are sold short.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Jagged Peak Energy Inc. (JAG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR Class A (NYSE: RDS.A) and Jagged Peak Energy (NYSE:JAG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Jagged Peak Energy (NYSE:JAG) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Thursday morning.

    Several other brokerages have also recently issued reports on JAG. Zacks Investment Research raised Jagged Peak Energy from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, May 5th. Jefferies Financial Group set a $13.00 target price on Jagged Peak Energy and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday. Stifel Nicolaus set a $19.00 target price on Jagged Peak Energy and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their target price on Jagged Peak Energy from $17.00 to $15.00 and set an overweight rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 22nd. Finally, Citigroup cut their target price on Jagged Peak Energy from $21.00 to $16.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, March 27th. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Jagged Peak Energy currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $16.12.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Jagged Peak Energy (JAG) Raised to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com) Jagged Peak Energy (JAG) Upgraded to “Hold” by ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com) Jagged Peak Energy (JAG) Set to Announce Earnings on Thursday (americanbankingnews.com) Insider Selling: Jagged Peak Energy Inc (JAG) CFO Sells 50,000 Shares of Stock (americanbankingnews.com) Jagged Peak Energy Inc (JAG) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)

    Jagged Peak Energy stock opened at $14.25 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.35, a quick ratio of 0.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22. Jagged Peak Energy has a 1-year low of $11.21 and a 1-year high of $16.55. The company has a market capitalization of $2,993.81, a P/E ratio of 54.81 and a beta of -1.13.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.45 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion.
    Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $2.65 billion.
    Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $556.81 million.
    Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $383.37 million.
    Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $880.89 million.
    Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $396.25 million.
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $73.23 million.
    Amdocs Limited (NYSE: DOX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.95 per share on revenue of $980.50 million.
    Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $220.14 million.
    Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $210.01 million.
    TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $198.62 million.
    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE: RBA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $153.87 million.
    Uniti Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $247.16 million.
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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    JAGGED PEAK ENERGY INC. (NYSE:JAG) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 11, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Callaway Golf Company(ELY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) insider Alex Mitchell Boezeman sold 47,012 shares of Callaway Golf stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.19, for a total value of $808,136.28. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 107,512 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,848,131.28. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Fox Run Management L.L.C. trimmed its holdings in Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) by 42.4% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 29,001 shares of the company’s stock after selling 21,329 shares during the period. Fox Run Management L.L.C.’s holdings in Callaway Golf were worth $550,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Granite Springs Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY) by 7.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 72,500 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 5,000 shares during the quarter. Granite Springs Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Callaway Golf were worth $1,186,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MetLife Investment Advisors LLC trimmed its position in Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) by 14.2% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 40,056 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,650 shares during the quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Callaway Golf were worth $655,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk looked dead tired and in need of a sandwich in a new CBS interview that filled up Twitter feeds over the weekend. It’s great to see Musk allegedly sleeping in an office on the production floor – not many CEOs of companies with a market cap of more than $50 billion would do the same in an effort to drive desired performance.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    The new electric trucks, a tractor-trailer and a smaller truck for deliveries, will take advantage of the battery-electric technology being developed by Freightliner’s corporate parent, Daimler AG (NASDAQOTH:DDAIF), as it prepares to do battle with Silicon Valley upstart Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA).

  • [By John Rosevear]

    While it may be a while before consumers adopt electric vehicles in huge numbers, the trucking industry is very interested in the technology’s potential to cut fuel costs while greatly reducing emissions. It’s a market that Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been hoping to enter — but as of right now, it looks like Freightliner is ahead of the Silicon Valley upstart’s big-truck effort.

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    In November 2016, Tesla Inc.  (TSLA) received shareholder approval to acquire SolarCity.

    The two companies originally agreed on a $2.6 billion buyout price in August and when the books officially closed in November, Tesla took on almost $3 billion in SolarCity debt.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Accomplishing this goal requires multiple incremental advances, none of which are “rocket science” according to Musk. For example:

    Utilizing Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) battery packs and Tesla electric motors to power the borer and “muck trains,” instead of using diesel engines (which fill tunnels with noxious fumes) or high-voltage electrical power lines (which weigh a ton). Installing a passing lane so that trains carrying away dug-out waste can operate in the same tunnel that a boring machine is digging. Transforming that waste — which companies ordinarily pay to have hauled away and dumped in a landfill — into a useful commercial product, such as bricks, that can be sold for revenue, and/or into structural supports to shore up the tunnel. Installing those structural supports along a tunnel as it is dug, to permit continuous digging.

    Accomplishing this last goal alone, says Musk, could triple or quadruple the speed of digging. Eliminating the cost of waste (“muck”) removal, meanwhile, could cut construction costs by 15% to 20%.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    In addition to Home Depot, Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) fell more than 2.5% yesterday after Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) cut its price target from $376 to $291. The bank cited Tesla’s pending reorganization as a major reason for the cut. It also noted that the firm is facing technical and fundamental hurdles. Here’s more on why Tesla is struggling to make money.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VLKAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    May saw two amazing deals for different reasons. The Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) 40 billion Euros battery supply deal was truly staggering yet seems almost ignored by investors in the EV metals market. It seems to me investors don’t yet understand the impact of a 40 billion Euro deal and how that will spread down the line to help fund the junior EV metal miners. Then, the Nemaska Lithium deal raising a massive C$400m restored my faith that investors can see the potential for the sector. Finally, the large lithium producers continue to deliver large lithium profit increases year on year, helped along with rising lithium contract prices. An aMAYzing month after all.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    German auto giant Volkswagen AG (NASDAQOTH:VLKAY) said that it will launch its own urban car-sharing service, starting next year in Germany and rolling out worldwide in 2020. It’s similar to existing services, but with a twist: The new service’s cars will be 100% electric.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Porsche is a small company by auto-industry standards. But because it’s a subsidiary of global giant Volkswagen AG (NASDAQOTH:VLKAY), Porsche’s elite engineering team can develop expensive advanced technology that it might not otherwise be able to afford to put into production.

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    That’s good news for the industry as a whole — ranging from Tesla to General Motors Co.  (GM) , Ford Motor Co.  (F) , Volkswagen (VLKAY) and others.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Penumbra, Inc.(PEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Penumbra (NYSE:PEN) Director Bridget O’rourke purchased 700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 25th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $156.40 per share, for a total transaction of $109,480.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Penumbra (NYSE:PEN) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.08, Fidelity Earnings reports. Penumbra had a return on equity of 1.15% and a net margin of 3.65%. The business had revenue of $102.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $90.98 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.10) earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 40.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN) insider James Robert Pray sold 8,125 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.34, for a total value of $1,124,012.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 1,578 shares in the company, valued at $218,300.52. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Amazon is reportedly testing its own ad product that will show display ads on other publishers’ websites to draw consumers back to Amazon. The e-commerce giant previously purchased product listing ads from the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)subsidiary on behalf of its advertising customers. Now, it’ll sell these new ads directly to advertisers instead of acting as an intermediary with Google.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Incredibly, Instagram’s user base is catching up with YouTube. The Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) property was originally launched in 2005 and now has roughly1.8 billion monthly active users (MAUs). Instagram was launched in 2010 and recently hit 1 billion MAUs.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    When it comes to mobile payments, most people likely think ofApple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Pay or Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Pay. However, a recent eMarketer studyfound that Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) actually has the top proximity mobile payment app in the United States.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Lincoln National Corporation(LNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    State of Alaska Department of Revenue lifted its position in Lincoln National Co. (NYSE:LNC) by 41.5% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 52,312 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 15,335 shares during the quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue’s holdings in Lincoln National were worth $3,255,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Traders purchased shares of Lincoln National Co. (NYSE:LNC) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $47.59 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $34.03 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $13.56 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Lincoln National had the 32nd highest net in-flow for the day. Lincoln National traded down ($0.84) for the day and closed at $68.05

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Blocklancer (CURRENCY:LNC) traded 2.6% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 16:00 PM E.T. on June 11th. In the last week, Blocklancer has traded down 23.6% against the dollar. One Blocklancer token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.0065 or 0.00000097 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including EtherDelta (ForkDelta), IDEX, DDEX and Sistemkoin. Blocklancer has a total market capitalization of $784,675.00 and approximately $2,777.00 worth of Blocklancer was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Stifel Financial Corp reduced its holdings in shares of Lincoln National Co. (NYSE:LNC) by 1.9% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 41,119 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 783 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in Lincoln National were worth $3,003,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Element Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Lincoln National Co. (NYSE:LNC) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 24,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,779,000.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Trinity Place Holdings Inc.(TPHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Trinity Place Holdings (NYSEAMERICAN:TPHS) major shareholder Marcato Capital Management Lp sold 9,104 shares of Trinity Place stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $7.02, for a total value of $63,910.08. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Major shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Best Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018

A few days ago, an article about Nike (NYSE:NKE) argued that “Nike’s shares aren’t priced to buy.” The reasoning was that “Nike is, at best, fairly valued. And it certainly isn’t trading hands at fire-sale prices.” The question is: should you expect (and wait for) fire-sales prices? Most value investors know the maxim that it is better to buy a great business at a fair price than to buy a mediocre business at low price. We think that Nike is a great business at a fair price. We have been waiting for Nike’s price to come down for a long time and meanwhile, we have sold PUT options, though unfortunately these options have never been exercised (but we cashed-in premiums). Today, we bought the stock.

Reasons to avoid the stock

We invest with a long-term view and therefore we ask long-term questions:

Has the management of Nike changed its strategy? Is Nike’s long-term strategy ultimately going to fail? Is there anything that can or has damaged the Nike brand?

Of course, competition is there, but is there any industry where there is no long-term competition? Under Armour (NYSE:UAA), Adidas (OTCQX:ADDDF), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) are all good companies, but they have always been there. Under Armour and Lululemon are perceived as new entrants, but they were actually founded 20 years ago (in 1996 and 1998), Adidas is almost a century old, while Nike is “only” 52-years old. So, what has changed? These industries move in waves, but the quality of the Nike brand, its management, and innovation have been a constant. In sum, if your answer to any of the previous questions is YES, then you should reconsider our investment thesis. If it is NO, then we can move on to the next paragraph.

Best Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) – “We expect modestly below-consensus results driven by
    downtime and the ramp costs at Fort Hills. We still see a robust second-half 2018 and 2019 free cash flow story and would recommend investors look through any near-term
    noise.”

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    I don’t know if you have noticed, but oil prices have been on the rise lately, which has done miraculous things for the bottom lines at oil and gas companies. The same can be said for Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), which was able to post a rather healthy earnings per share number considering one of its major oil sands facilities was shut down in the most recent quarter.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Reuben Gregg Brewer, and Travis Hoium]

    Clearly, investors should be at least looking at stocks in this industry, so we asked three of our investing contributors to each highlight a great company in the industry to help you get started. Here’s why they picked Baker Hughes, a GE Company (NYSE:BHGE), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), and Total (NYSE:TOT).

Best Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Fidelity Southern Corporation(LION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Fidelity Southern (NASDAQ:LION) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

Best Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

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    But what should investors do with the stocks of Facebook, Amazon and Tesla (TSLA) , three market darlings that fell out of favor this month? Cramer weighed in with his opinions.

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    Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk looked dead tired and in need of a sandwich in a new CBS interview that filled up Twitter feeds over the weekend. It’s great to see Musk allegedly sleeping in an office on the production floor – not many CEOs of companies with a market cap of more than $50 billion would do the same in an effort to drive desired performance.

  • [By ]

    At this rate, ‘Jolt’ will become nothing more than a morning Tesla (TSLA) blog that so happens to be delivered straight to your email inbox. Keeping up with the daily news flow on Elon Musk’s car creation is becoming darn near impossible. There is around-the-clock speculation on production goals. People hop into chat rooms to complain about Model 3 build quality and factory working conditions. Musk always looms large on Twitter. There are YouTube videos of people passing parking lots filled with just produced Model 3s.

  • [By ]

    Perhaps it’s maneuvering in a traffic jam or maybe it’s engaging Autopilot on a Tesla Inc (TSLA) Model S. (Although, this program has been basting in controversy as of late).

Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) Stake Lowered by D.A. Davidson & CO.

D.A. Davidson & CO. trimmed its holdings in shares of Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) by 26.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 2,624 shares of the electric vehicle producer’s stock after selling 966 shares during the period. D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings in Tesla were worth $698,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in TSLA. Truewealth LLC bought a new stake in shares of Tesla during the 4th quarter worth $102,000. Jacobi Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Tesla by 154.4% during the 1st quarter. Jacobi Capital Management LLC now owns 430 shares of the electric vehicle producer’s stock worth $109,000 after purchasing an additional 261 shares during the period. Avestar Capital LLC bought a new stake in shares of Tesla during the 4th quarter worth $144,000. Dynamic Advisor Solutions LLC bought a new stake in shares of Tesla during the 1st quarter worth $201,000. Finally, FDx Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Tesla during the 4th quarter worth $203,000. Institutional investors own 57.92% of the company’s stock.

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In other Tesla news, CEO Elon Musk acquired 33,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 7th. The stock was bought at an average price of $298.50 per share, with a total value of $9,850,500.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, VP Eric Branderiz sold 401 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $353.50, for a total value of $141,753.50. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,248 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $441,168. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 3,728 shares of company stock valued at $1,172,762 in the last three months. 22.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Shares of NASDAQ TSLA opened at $286.48 on Thursday. Tesla, Inc. has a 12 month low of $281.73 and a 12 month high of $286.71. The company has a quick ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.65. The stock has a market cap of $49.57 billion, a PE ratio of -24.95 and a beta of 1.11.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 2nd. The electric vehicle producer reported ($3.35) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($2.40) by ($0.95). Tesla had a negative return on equity of 40.72% and a negative net margin of 18.77%. The business had revenue of $3.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.30 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted ($1.33) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 26.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Tesla, Inc. will post -10.94 EPS for the current year.

A number of research firms have recently commented on TSLA. BidaskClub upgraded Tesla from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Vetr lowered Tesla from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $341.15 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, February 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Tesla from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 20th. KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Tesla in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $379.00 price objective on Tesla and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Thirteen research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Tesla currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $301.70.

Tesla Profile

Tesla, Inc designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles, and energy generation and storage systems in the United States, China, Norway, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Automotive, and Energy Generation and Storage. The Automotive segment offers sedans and sport utility vehicles.

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Vivint Solar Is Already Falling Behind in Energy Storage

Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) has spent the past year cleaning up its house in residential solar after the company’s sale to SunEdison fell through. Now, operations are steadily improving. Vivint has also been one of the beneficiaries of Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) decision to shrink its solar business, and it has made a relatively quick transition to selling solar systems rather than financing them and then leasing to customers. That’s the good news.

What hasn’t been going so well for the company is its launch of energy-storage products. A partnership with Mercedes-Benz recently went up in smoke after the automaker decided to focus its efforts on large-scale installations, and its effort to go head to head against Tesla’s Powerwall apparently hasn’t been as successful as the company had expected. This leaves Vivint Solar without its key energy storage partner, and no obvious path to becoming a leader in the rapidly growing energy-storage market.

LG Chem energy storage system in a garage.

LG Chem energy storage system in a garage. Image source: Vivint Solar.

Mercedes-Benz abandons Vivint Solar

In May 2017, Vivint Solar and Mercedes-Benz forged an alliance to bring energy storage to the residential solar market. Mercedes-Benz’ supplied the battery units; each one had a 2.5 kW-hr capacity, and up to eight could be strung together in a storage system, enough to power the average U.S. home for about 16 hours.

Now, the two companies are going their separate ways. Vivint Solar has already replaced Mercedes-Benz’ batteries with LG Chem batteries on its website, but Greentech Media is reporting that LG batteries are only available in Utah, and won’t be rolled out to larger markets like California until later this year.

It’s likely that more than one fatal flaw contributed to thepartnership’s collapse. The requirements an automaker has for an electric vehicle battery don’t entirely translate to what’s needed for one being installed in the home, so there could have been some issues with fit. Also, its batteries individually had far less capacity than Tesla’s 14 kW-hr Powerwall 2. Finally, Vivint Solar was relatively opaque on pricing, but Electrek has reported that the cost of a Mercedes-Benz energy storage system was between $5,000 and $13,000, which may not have been a compelling deal compared to the Powerwall, priced at $5,900 plus installation.

Replacing Mercedes-Benz batteries with LG Chem should help lower costs and bring a company more focused on what the home market needs in energy storage, so there are some positives to bringing LG Chem onboard and it’s probably the right move short-term. But it doesn’t help at all with differentiating Vivint Solar’s product in the marketplace. LG Chem is also partnering with the biggest residential solar installer in the U.S.,Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN), meaning Vivint Solar is only catching up to, not surpassing, the competition.

The next big growth market in residential energy

How Vivint Solar fares in the energy storage business could be key to its future prospects. Despite being small potatoes today, solar plus storage installations are expected to grow into a huge market within the next five years, and solar installers will be the primary sales point for those systems. According to GTM Research, just 16.7 megawatts (MW) of residential energy storage was installed in 2017 — that figure is forecast to explode to around 1,000 MW in 2023. In dollar figures, the residential energy storage market is expected to surpass $1 billion by 2022.

Solar installers are the best-positioned players to sell and install home energy storage. If Vivint Solar doesn’t get its strategy right, it could be left in the dust.

What I worry about from an investment perspective is that Vivint Solar is commoditizing itself. It already installs commodity solar panels and inverters; loan financing is a commodity being done by third parties; and now, energy storage systems (at least the ones it’s offering) look like a commodity as well. It’s hard to build a sustainably profitable business when your products are exactly the same as those of many of your rivals. But that’s the situation Vivint Solar finds itself in today.

More Big Companies Beat Projections, But Wall Street Appears To Still Struggle

Companies keep churning out impressive earnings, but the market doesn’t seem to give them much credit. Instead, fear and caution remain the watchwords as the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) enters Wednesday on a five-session losing streak.

Morning Earnings Wrap

Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) became the latest member of the $DJI 30 to smash Wall Street analysts’ projections early Wednesday, firing up earnings per share of $3.64 vs. analysts’ consensus of $2.56. Revenue of $23.38 billion was more than $1 billion ahead of the $22.2 billion analysts had expected, and the company also raised its outlook. Strength in the commercial air division helped BA project a healthy sales picture.

Also on the earnings front, Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) topped analysts’ earnings projections and reported the second profitable quarter in the company’s history. It also handed out some bullish guidance and said daily active users grew 10 percent. The tech reporting season continues after the close when Facebook (FB) presents its Q1 results and tomorrow with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).

It’s unclear whether any of the earnings momentum will spill into stocks today as the futures market came under pressure before the opening bell. Stocks overseas followed the U.S. lower after Tuesday’s big sell-off, with a key European index down about 1 percent.

Market Psychology Ruling the Day?

The hunt for 3 percent ended Tuesday as the 10-year yield reached that benchmark level. Soon after, stocks started to take a beating and sharply reversed early gains. At one point, the $DJI stumbled more than 600 points before recovering about one-third of those losses by the end of the day. Concerns about higher borrowing costs and rising commodity prices may be playing into the pressure.

Wall Street also appears to be grappling with a few psychological issues. Most notably, there’s trepidation around that 3 percent yield number, which didn’t hold for long Tuesday but remains within close range.  It definitely seems to be hurting the home builders, whose shares sold off despite strong housing and consumer confidence data this week. The fear is that some people might hear about higher rates and decide not to buy a house after all. Home builders are dealing with something that’s more of a psychological factor than a reality factor, as “3 percent” was made out to be the boogeyman of the markets. Historically, though, it’s not all that high.

Another psychological element is the idea touted by some analysts about earnings starting to peak. This might have been exacerbated by Dow component Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) post-earnings conference call in which executives described the Q1 as a “high water mark.” Despite what some analysts called “phenomenal” earnings from the big machine maker, CAT shares fell more than 6 percent. Here we see the power of a conference call. This stock was higher before the call, but the remark led to immediate selling as some investors seemed to interpret the language as CAT saying it can’t get any better than this. However, the remark might not have come out as the company had intended.

More proof that one negative metric can hold back a big company’s stock surfaced with Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Tuesday. Though the company reported a powerful quarter, the stock got stuffed as investors and analysts seemed focused more on higher-than-expected capital expenditures.

The "P" and the "E" in P/E

What it all comes down to is a certain level of confusion, which could hang around for a while. There seems to be a repricing of equities going on and despite this being an incredible earnings season so far, stock prices keep going down. The price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple remains a key factor to watch. “E” keeps getting higher and “P” keeps getting lower. People just don’t seem to be inclined to pay the same “P” any longer. It’s unclear where this might go, and sometimes these things take six to 12 months to sort themselves out. We’re right in the middle of it now.

Anyone looking for a silver lining might want to check out how VIX, the market’s most closely watched volatility indicator, acted during the last hours of the day. If you look closely, you’d see that it pulled back a bit in the last part of the session from intraday highs above 19.

Next Up: Autos

Attention could shift to the automotive sector when Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) reports after the close today and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) issues results before the open Thursday. There’s a truckload (pardon the expression) of things to consider ahead of not just these two behemoths but also Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), which according to the company’s web site reports May 2.

First, Ford is embarking on a huge program to save $14 billion, but, like all car companies, faces pressure to ignite its research and development (R&D) efforts to keep up with advances in electric and autonomous cars. At this point, F, which has lower margins than GM, is actually spending more money on R&D than its Detroit counterpart. Anyone who’s long F should consider listening to the company’s earnings call to see if there’s more clarity on where those savings might come from, and what they’re going to chop if it’s not R&D. At this point, one school of thought suggests that F is spending too much and not getting enough bang for its buck, but perhaps we’ll learn more Wednesday.

A question for GM, and maybe the U.S. auto industry as a whole, is what’s happening in China. Not long ago, 50 percent of GM’s revenue came from China, but now that’s below 40 percent. The company has closed some plants there. Is the Chinese market not growing at the pace we thought, or is Buick getting less popular over there? It seems unlikely that the latter would be true, so perhaps there’s something about the former that GM might address in its call, and, if that’s the case, might be something other U.S. car companies also have to address.

TSLA doesn’t report until next week, but there may be questions for the company about its own R&D after an analyst note came out recently speculating about TSLA’s development costs. Some analysts doubt if TSLA can achieve the Model 3 production it’s promised in the time frame the company has forecast. TSLA announced two temporary Model 3 plant shutdowns last week but said the shutdowns had been planned.

Though TSLA’s cars don’t need it, crude oil comes under a microscope this week as President Trump holds meetings in the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron. The Iran nuclear agreement is a key topic.

chart_4_251.jpg FIGURE 1: HOW THINGS CHANGE. The tech sector (candlestick) and financial sector (purple line), mapped here over the last year, led the charge through much of 2017 and right into the first month of 2018. Since then, these two former leaders have seemed to lose their way, and that’s one possible reason the market lacks direction.  Data source: S&P Dow Jones Indices. Chart source: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade. For illustrative purposes only. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Buyers Pay Up in Chicago

Some call Chicago, “The most American city.” That may or may not be the case, but the city’s real estate market in March seemed to reflect some of the broader American trends in housing. Existing home prices rose more than 5 percent nationwide last month, and in the city of Chicago prices hit an all-time high median of $314,000, according to Illinois Association of Realtors. That was up more than 6 percent from a year earlier. However, total sales around the country fell more than 1 percent year-over-year, and Chicago’s market also saw less turnover, with the number of sales falling more than 10 percent. In sum, Chicago seemed to be a microcosm of a housing market characterized by rising prices and falling supplies. That might sound like a good opportunity for home builders, but rising mortgage rates raise question marks.

ECB Up Next

One thing that’s arguably helped hold back U.S. yields is lower yields in Europe and Japan. However, the European Central Bank (ECB) has been removing some stimulus and meets again this week. An update is due Thursday morning. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) seems inclined to stay put with its current accommodation, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told CNBC in a recent interview, saying “risks are skewed to the downside” in Japan’s economy. 

GDP Time Already?

Earnings grab most of the headlines this week, but don’t forget to watch Friday for the government’s first read on Q1 gross domestic product. The report is due out before the opening bell and could give investors a sense of whether the economy continued its solid run that started in Q2 of last year. The consensus among analysts is that things slowed down a bit between January and March, to around 2.1 percent, Briefing.com said. That’s down from the final Q4 read of 2.9 percent, which marked the third-consecutive quarter of growth around 3 percent. Typically, GDP is closely watched but doesn’t tend to move the market unless it comes in well above or below expected levels. The government does get two more cracks at the ball, so this isn’t the final word.

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