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Watch List: Four Stocks Moving Right Now

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If you’re into my free Profit Takeover e-letter, then you know I’m all about “asymmetrical returns.” “What are ‘asymmetrical returns?'” I can hear you ask.

Well, very simply, it means only taking a position in a stock or trade if it has a skewed risk/reward profile. That’s “skewed” as in skewed our way, taking unusually low risk for a shot at banking extremely high returns.

There are plenty of traders, and I speak from long experience here, that would risk $1 for a chance to make $1. On the surface, that doesn’t seem so bad; it even seems like it makes good sense. And, sure, if everything goes right, it can pay off OK.

I also speak from experience when I say there’s a much better way, where every dollar you risk can potentially return $2, or $5, or even $10 – 200%, 500%, 1,000% gains. Those are asymmetrical returns.

They’re not all that hard to find, either. I bring several to my readers every week, and we’ve had a shot at 110%, 107%, 132%, and more.

Now I’ve got four stocks and some promising trading ideas I want to share with you today…

Here Are the Stocks and Trades I’m Looking At

Here’s where I think the week’s best chances for asymmetrical returns are.

Vinco Ventures Inc. (NASDAQ: BBIG) is the new meme stock on the block, up 211% over the past five days. It’s a textbook short squeeze – stock volume, option volume, implied volatility, and share price are all increasing.

But folks, remember, like all meme stocks, this is a stock you trade, not a stock you invest in.

Perficient Inc. (NASDAQ: PRFT) is a stock that wasn’t on my radar until my colleague, Olivia Voz, host of “Money Morning LIVE,” did a volume profile on the stock last week.

Shares are up over 8% in the past five days, and like BBIG, this one’s got the making of a short squeeze. But be careful – because when this stock does turn around, it’s not going to happen slowly. This thing could flip on you quickly, like ripping off a band-aid – “up the stairs, down the elevator.”

Sundial Growers Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDL) is a pot stock through and through. It’s found its way onto my watch list after a series of short pops and squeezes. Right now, it’s only about $0.77, and it’s a name I’m interested in adding to my portfolio.

If you want to go the option route instead, I’d look at the October $1 call for about $0.07. This is the quintessential asymmetrical return play: It’s a dirt-cheap trade, and it will quadruple if SNDL goes to $1.30.

Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) reported great Q2 earnings this month, and I’m not surprised – my wife has probably kept this cosmetic chain up herself! She can’t walk in there without walking out with a wallet that’s about $200 lighter.

Traders seemed to fade the earnings on this one – and then, they bought the earnings fade. Go figure. From here, I see the stock going higher, and I’m looking at the October $390 calls for about $15.

Now, believe it or not, $15 qualifies as “expensive” in my book, but you can cut your risk by as much as one-third by selling the $420 calls against it, creating a call spread for about $10.

What can I say? Cheap is good – very good. Some of the biggest profit potential on the market can be had for a fraction of the price of the biggest marquee companies – stocks that can cost anywhere from under a buck to less than $10. Incredibly, it’s like they’re blacklisted; you don’t hear much at all about this rare class of stocks. I know one Wall Street firm that’s basically prohibited its brokers from offering these shares to customers. That doesn’t change the fact that exceptional, top performers here have seen 2,953%… 4,801%… 12,754%… even 22,207% in less than a year. My friend Shah Gilani has more on these right here…

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10 Stocks That Could Surprise in 2018

The U.S. stock markets hit the jackpot in 2017, with all the major indexes up significantly — the S&P 500 gained 19% over the past year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was up an impressive 28% — making year-end assessments by investors a very happy occasion.

Amazingly, the U.S, markets ranked 39th out of 47 countries in 2017, making this past year a relative stinker compared to the rest of the world’s stocks.

Why the “down” year?

It’s possible that investors have figured out that U.S. stocks are overvalued relative to stocks in other countries. So, while U.S. markets underperformed on a comparable basis, it can always be worse, as Canada demonstrates.

In 2017, Canadian stocks gained just 6% on the year with energy companies providing a significant headwind to better performance. Here in the U.S., the major indexes are much less dependent on energy stocks, hence the higher returns.

Given the perception U.S. stocks are overvalued, how does one make money in 2018?

Buy several of these ten stocks that lost 20% or more in 2017.  My bet is that, like the Dogs of the Dow, they will surprise in 2018.

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It’s interesting that John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), stepped down toward the end of 2017. Yet, Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UAA) CEO and founder Kevin Plank had no such plans despite delivering a lump of coal in shareholders’ stockings.

Plank deservedly is on a list of “Worst CEOs” of the past year with Under Armour’s stock losing half of its value.

In early February, I suggested that Plank should move aside, hiring a more experienced direct-to-consumer retail executive who understands how to sell in an omnichannel world.

A couple of months later I proposed that Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) should join forces to deliver a more balanced business regarding men’s and women’s customer bases.

Personally, I believe both of these ideas are both valid. Furthermore, I see Lululemon’s CEO, Laurent Potdevin, as the perfect person to lead the merged organization.

Regardless of whether these two things come to fruition, I believe Under Armour can bounce back in 2018. 

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Newell Brands (NWL)

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Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) lost 29% in 2017 as it struggled to integrate the Jarden acquisition into its own business. This past year was the stock’s first significant annual loss since 2008 when it saw a drop of 59% due to the economic crisis.

Investors expected that the integration of Jarden would deliver sales growth and higher profits and neither of these has yet to materialize.

Its five-year restructuring process to save $1.3 billion by 2021 has saved $410 million through the end of Q2 2017. Although it’s going as planned, debt levels are still relatively high at $10.2 billion or 65% of its market cap. The company is on track to reduce its leverage ratio to 3.5 times or less by the end of 2019.

Newell has become home to a lot of brands that don’t have the scale to compete in a global world. Moving to four operating segments: Live, Learn, Work and Play, I see the company fine-tuning its focus in 2018 and beyond.

Newell stock hasn’t been this low since 2014. The transformation might be messy, but 2018 should see it turn the corner.

However, if you don’t have 2-3 years to wait for it to complete the restructuring, you’re best to look elsewhere.   

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The bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us in 2017 says all you need to know about Mattel, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAT) past year. Therefore, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most investors that Mattel stock lost 41% of its value in 2017 and now sits 67% below its five-year high of $48.48.

Mattel’s situation has deteriorated to the point that it suspended its dividend in October to save cash and keep the business on a stronger financial footing. It also intends to look to boost its gross margin by focusing on fewer product offerings while cutting staff to lower its operating expenses.

While it’s tempting to look to a Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) buyout to save the day, it’s very likely that Mattel’s going to have to innovate its way out of the mess it currently finds itself.

None of its major segments are growing, unlike with Hasbro, which has weathered the Toys “R” Us storm far better than Mattel. That said, Mattel’s long-term debt is still only 34% of its market cap which isn’t outrageous for a company its size. 

Don’t get me wrong, buying Mattel is a speculative buy at this point. I would wait for the company to announce its Q4 2017 earnings at the end of January before considering a purchase because it’s entirely possible it will test single digits before bottoming.

With Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, it has got a reasonable shot at a turnaround. 

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If it weren’t for bad luck, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), would have no luck at all.

I can remember how some analysts and investors were chastising Chipotle for going overboard on food preparation procedures after its E.coli outbreak a couple of years ago. 2017’s revisit of food safety concerns put the brakes on any chance for a recovery of its stock price which lost 23% in the past year.

Kyle Woodley, a former InvestorPlace editor and very astute investor, recently picked CMG as his “Best stock for 2018” suggesting profits and revenues are growing far more than most investors realize, and while his pick is speculative given the company’s history, the upside seems higher than the downside at this point.

I have to give former CEO and co-founder Steve Ells credit for stepping down in November as Chipotle’s chief executive. It’s never easy to admit that you’re not the one to lead your baby back from the wilderness, but shareholders ought to be thankful that Ells could see that a leadership change was necessary.

Who Chipotle hires as the man or woman to lead the company is critical to bouncing back in 2018. I think the board will make a smart choice with Ells’ input and it will be off to the races.   

It would not surprise me if a former McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) executive were at the top of the list.

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At the end of November, I suggested that investors consider buying Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SBH) after dropping $3 in a month. Since then it’s up 18% and should the overall markets continue moving higher early in 2018, I expect SBH stock to do the same.

Sally Beauty’s stock lost 29% in 2017, the company’s third consecutive year of negative returns; it hadn’t had a breakout year since 2013 when it gained 28%. It is due.

Remember, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), one of specialty retail’s shining stars, also had a negative year in 2017. The coming year ought to be better for both companies.

While the jury is still out on whether the company can reignite sales, the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% should deliver about 36 cents per share in additional earnings.

The company’s biggest weakness has always been its level of debt — $1.8 billion or 75% of its market cap — so I’d look for some indication from SBH management that it is planning to deleverage its balance sheet.

If it does that, given its free cash flow generation, the sky’s the limit for its stock.

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It wasn’t a good year for Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NYSE:BBBY), down 44% in 2017. For that matter, it hasn’t been a good decade, losing 2% annually for long-time shareholders.

Eventually, the tide’s got to turn, doesn’t it?

Well, probably not if it keeps delivering woefully poor earnings results like Q3 2017. On December 20, it announced that sales were flat year over year at $3 billion, earnings per share were virtually halved from 85 cents a year earlier to 44 cents this year and comparable sales decreased marginally by 0.3%.

Despite the deterioration in its earnings, the company still generates significant free cash flow. It currently is valued at four times operating cash flow, its lowest level at any time in the past decade and less than half its industry peers.

Yes, the various banners it operates under have seen attrition in both gross and operating margins, yet it’s still expected to earn $3 per share in fiscal 2017.

At seven times earnings, there might not be a better value play than BBBY at the moment.

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Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT) is an owner of retail real estate focusing entirely on outlet centers. It owns 40 outlet centers in 22 states and another four in Canada. Together, these 44 outlet centers provide 15.3 million square feet for retailers to lease.

Interestingly, the company estimates that there are only 70 million square feet of quality outlet space in the U.S., suggesting Tanger has close to 20% of the country’s leasable outlet space.

That’s what Warren Buffett would call a wide-moat.

Conservatively financed, it has grown its enterprise value by 7.5% annually on a compounded basis since 2005. Also, it’s a prominent grower of its dividend, belonging to the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrat Index. In the past three years, it has grown its dividend by 12% annually.

Tanger is an income investor’s dream stock.

Since going public in 1993, it’s never had an occupancy rate lower than 96%, providing investors with considerable comfort that cash flow isn’t going to disappear overnight.

As CEO Steven Tanger likes to say:

“In good times people love a bargain, and in tough times, people need a bargain.”

That’s what makes its business model so strong.

Trading at levels not seen since 2011, I like SKT’s chances in 2018.

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I recommended Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) stock on two occasions in 2017.

The first time was in August when I picked Acuity Brands and seven other stocks whose share prices added up to $2,000. Although Acuity is known for its lighting solutions, the company is making a big push into the Internet of Things and while it’s early in that expansion, I can see it being just as successful.

In fiscal 2017 (August 31 year-end), Acuity earned $7.43 per share, 12% higher than a year earlier. With very little debt and steady free cash flow, it has the financial flexibility to drive future growth.

At the end of November, I suggested investors buy its stock on the dip around $160. It has since climbed 10% and is poised to move higher in 2018 on strengthening margins.

Long-term, Acuity might be one of the best stocks to buy on a significant downturn in its stock price.

Stocks That Will Surprise in 2018: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP)

 

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Like a lot of oil-related businesses, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) had a dreadful year, down 23%, erasing a significant portion of the gains it made in 2016.

The operator of natural gas pipelines and storage facilities — in 2016, it transported 2.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and liquids — has been on a roller coaster ride the past few years. If oil and gas prices don’t remain where they currently are, investors can expect continued volatility in its stock price.

However, lower corporate and personal income taxes could result in a more buoyant economy. When people and businesses are more confident, they spend more money. Often, that spending comes in the form of automobile travel, which could put upward pressure on oil prices due to increased demand.

For those who aren’t so sure that oil and gas prices can go any higher, you might want to invest in Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), a holding company run by the Tisch family, which own 51% of Boardwalk’s stock.

Over the past five years, Loews’ stock has significantly outperformed BWP — 4% annually vs. -9% — although neither did anywhere close to the S&P 500.

In June 2017, I suggested that Loews take BWP private. Perhaps it will happen in 2018.

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This last one must be considered the “Hail Mary” of the bunch. I don’t like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) as a business or a stock because it’s squandered so much shareholder goodwill over the past 20 years by being the worst kind of industrial conglomerate, one that’s afraid of taking chances and is stuck in some time warp.

CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer, someone I generally respect, recently apologized to his loyal viewers for continuing to recommend GE stock despite its ongoing slide.

Cramer feels like GE could get it together under new CEO John Flannery. Therefore, he’s still not recommending investors sell the stock. I’m not as convinced. I believe GE’s business could be permanently broken.

In August, I predicted that GE stock would remain in the $20s for the foreseeable future. Since then, GE’s stock has dropped almost 30% on news the company’s problems are bigger than first thought.

That said, any obvious signs of life from GE as we make our way through 2018, should be good for a 5%-10% boost in its share price, perhaps more.

At these prices, GE could very well surprise in 2018.

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

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The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade

Last year, InvestorPlace contributor Dan Burrows highlighted the 10 best-performing S&P 500 stocks of the past decade. The most important lesson one finds studying these high-flying stocks is that patience wins out over all other attributes of a successful investor.

A classic example of how true this is involves the Fidelity Magellan Fund (MUTF:FMAGX), the large mutual fund made famous by portfolio manager Peter Lynch. Lynch ran the fund for 13 years from 1977 until 1990, growing it from $20 million to $14 billion before stepping aside.

Fidelity studied the returns of Fidelity Magellan unitholders over those 13 years to see how they did compared to the legendary portfolio manager. While Lynch managed to achieve a 29% annual return over this period, the average investor lost money.

Patience would have served those investors well, as the ups and downs of the stock market shook them out of their positions — and in doing so, deprived them of millions of dollars in profits. A $10,000 investment in 1977 held until 1990 was worth $273,947 by the end of that 13-year period.

I’m not Peter Lynch, but I can say with some confidence that the examples to follow are the 10 best stocks to buy for the next decade.

Let’s take a look.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Amazon (AMZN) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Amazon (AMZN)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/amznmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Via Amazon

Not only is Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO and founder Jeff Bezos a great chief executive, but Amazon has its hands in so many pies — including a very profitable cloud business that generates almost $1 billion in annual operating income — that it’s hard to fathom just how big Amazon could be a decade from now.

While Amazon’s AWS cloud business is a big deal, Amazon Prime is the service that delivers the goods when it comes to building the foundation for AMZN stock. More than 100 million people subscribe to Amazon Prime at $99 per year.

It’s not the $9.9 billion in annual subscription revenue that matters, but the amount each of those subscribers spends on other Amazon products. Statistics show that 76% of Amazon Prime members spend more than they did before paying the annual $99 fee.

That’s what you call “pulling power,” and it’s a big reason why AMZN stock will be a winner for the long haul.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-78×43.jpg78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/buffmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you bought Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ:BUFF) at its July 2015 IPO price of $20 and you’re still holding it, you’ve made money — barely.

The pet food maker has been on a wild ride since going public almost two years ago. It opened with a first-day return of 36%, but proceeded to fall from $28 to $16 in the span of a couple months, only to gain most of that back by its one-year anniversary.

However, BUFF is an explosive stock lying in wait.

Blue Buffalo is investing $150 million-$170 million in 2017 to expand its manufacturing capacity so that it can accommodate further growth beyond 6% of the $28 billion U.S. pet food market.

In 2016, its adjusted earnings-per-share increased 27.2% to 79 cents; it expects that number to increase by as much as 19% in 2017 to between 91 and 94 cents-per-share.

Over the past five years, Blue Buffalo has more than doubled its revenues, from $523.0 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion in 2016, while growing net income from $65.5 million to $130.2 million in the same period.

People will continue to spend more on healthy food in the coming decade, and that includes for their pets. Blue Buffalo is ready to capture more of those gains, and BUFF shareholders will benefit as a result.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Apple (AAPL) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Apple (AAPL)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

You can say what you want about the iPhone maker’s best days being behind it, but I have a feeling Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will continue to create products people want to buy for years to come.

What they are, I couldn’t tell you.

What I do know is that Apple will continue to generate a huge amount of free cash flow — $52.5 billion in the trailing 12 months through Dec. 31, 2016 — to reward shareholders for their patience and loyalty.

AAPL currently converts 71.7% of its EBITDA into free cash flow, which is pretty darn close to the 77.7% conversion rate of Amazon — a company known for doing a good job converting cash.

The most recent rumor on Wall Street has Apple and Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) hooking up to form a media and tech conglomerate. While speculative in nature, the combination would provide Apple with a few more avenues to generate ideas for new products.

At this point, while I like Disney, I’d say it needs Apple more than Apple needs it.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/brkmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Warren Buffett is 87 years old. Eventually, he’s going to step out of the game. The argument is that his departure will create a panic that will send Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) stock spiraling downward.

Personally, I don’t subscribe to that theory.

Businesses — whether it be a huge holding company like Buffett’s or something much less grandiose — are valued by calculating the present value of its future cash flows. Berkshire Hathaway’s are significant.

Another way is to value a business is to look at the sum of all its parts.

Berkshire Hathaway owns hundreds of businesses; each of these firms, if sold at auction, would be worth more than the current stock price would seem to reflect. If Buffett moved on and the company was broken up in a prudent manner over an extended period, Berkshire Hathaway investors would benefit greatly from such a process.

The best part of Berkshire Hathaway? You get a quasi-mutual fund with a diversified group of holdings and no management fees.

That’s the best kind of buy-and-hold investment.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Ulta Beauty (ULTA)

 

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Ulta Beauty (ULTA)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-300×150.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-768×384.jpg 768w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-60×30.jpg 60w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-200×100.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-400×200.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-116×58.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-100×50.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-78×39.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-800×400.jpg 800w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ultamsn-170×85.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 950px) 100vw, 950px” />Source: Shutterstock

The retail industry is in a free fall at the moment, yet Illinois-based Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) is busy growing its network of stores — which currently number 974 — by 100 per year. It expects to build out its brick-and-mortar footprint to 1,700 stores over the next decade.

Ulta’s business model provides a shopping experience that is unique in a beauty market where no one firm controls a big chunk of market share, not even Sephora. In fact, Ulta controls just 4% of the $127 billion U.S. beauty market despite having almost $5 billion in annual revenue.

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With consumer confidence growing, Ulta stands a good chance over the next decade of bumping this number significantly higher. ULTA shares might be expensive at 30 times earnings, but that’s the price you pay to own the best.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Sherwin-Williams (SHW) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Sherwin-Williams (SHW)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/shwmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Ulta Beauty helps women with their beauty needs; Sherwin-Williams Co (NYSE:SHW) does the same for houses and businesses around the world.

What’s the one thing real estate professionals suggest you should do when selling your home? Give it a fresh coat of paint. It’s the most cost-effective improvement you can make to bring in better offers.

Sherwin-Williams originally tried to buy Mexican paint company Comex in 2014, but it was beaten out by PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG). More than two years later, it’s in the homestretch of closing its $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corp (NYSE:VAL), which will significantly improve its position in the coatings business outside North America.

Over the past decade, SHW has achieved a return of more than 600%, significantly greater than the S&P 500’s 82% climb in that same period.

If any stock can repeat this kind of performance over the next decade, Sherwin-Williams has to be at the top of the list.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Kraft Heinz (KHC) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Kraft Heinz (KHC)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/khcmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width:728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Earlier this year, the management of Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC) put quite the scare into the 169,000 Unilever plc (ADR) (NYSE:UL) employees with a potential $143 billion offer to buy the company. Fortunately (for employees), Unilever’s management told the Brazilians — 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway control KHC — to take a hike.

Kraft Heinz is going to make another acquisition, most likely this year. And when it does, the first thing the Brazilians are going to do is trim the fat. (Read this article about Tim Hortons to understand their cost-cutting ruthlessness.) That’s going to mean the loss of a lot of jobs.

While that’s terrible for the people on the receiving end of the pink slips, it’s been proven by 3G Capital time and again to significantly increase the bottom line. Shareholders definitely will win as Kraft Heinz guts PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) or some other vulnerable target.

I’m of two minds when it comes to 3G Capital’s blitzkrieg management style: On the one hand, people suffer greatly from these job cuts. On the other, I wonder whether those jobs should have been created in the first place.

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If you can live with this kind of management ruthlessness, KHC is a great business to own, because people will always have to eat.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Five Below (FIVE) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Five Below (FIVE)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-73×40.jpg 73w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-250×137.jpg 250w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-160×88.jpg 160w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-100×55.jpg 100w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fivemsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)

Teen discount clothing chain Five Below Inc (NASDAQ:FIVE) saw same-store sales increase by 2% in fiscal 2016. That might not seem like a lot, but when you have retailers going out of business left and right, Jim Cramer is right to rave about this stock.

In today’s retail, you either want to be in the discount or luxury businesses … but not in the deadly middle.

Five Below has a plan to grow revenues and earnings by 20% every year until 2020 and beyond. In 2016, revenues and earnings grew 20.2% and 24.5%, respectively, to $1 billion and $71.8 million respectively.

In 2017, FIVE expects to open 100 new stores, bringing the total across the country to more than 600. Five Below sees 2,000 stores open in the U.S. at some point in the future. While it seems like an ambitious goal given how many stores are closing these days, Five Below has a very talented management team led by CEO Joel Anderson, whose previous job was CEO of Walmart.com.

At prices $5 or below, Five Below delivers a concept that’s unique to teen and pre-teen customers. And it should deliver plenty of returns over the next 10 years.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Cracker Barrel (CBRL) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: Cracker Barrel (CBRL)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cbrlmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Over the past decade, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) has doubled the performance of the S&P 500 by delivering consistent results. Its return on invested capital in 2006 was 8%; today, it’s 14%, well above the restaurant industry average of 9%.

CBRL’s unique restaurant/retail concept generates approximately 80% of its revenue from its restaurants, with its retail shop the remaining 20%. The average store throws off revenue of $4.6 million. The retail business generates sales per square foot of $440 and 50% gross margins.

On April 17, Cracker Barrel opened its first store on the West Coast in Tualatin, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. It plans to open three more locations in the Portland area. Expect continued growth out west in coming years.

Cracker Barrel features a strong female presence in upper management, representing what a modern progressive American company is supposed to look like at the top. Good on them … and good for you, because that kind of diversity will pay off in spades.

Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: ResMed (RMD) Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade: ResMed (RMD)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/rmdmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Who knew that sleep apnea paid so well?

ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD) manufactures medical devices and provides cloud-based software applications for medical professionals to treat and manage sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Treating 2 million patients daily, ResMed has become good at reducing healthcare costs by minimizing the effects of chronic disease.

Good businesses make and save people and companies money. ResMed does both.

Over the past decade, ResMed has delivered an annual return to shareholders of 11.9%, 478 basis points greater than the S&P 500. Year-to-date, RMD is up 40% and on its way to its fourth year of gains in the past five.

According to a recent study, 26% of adults have sleep apnea — a disorder that can wreak havoc on a person’s heart, not to mention a marriage due to both partners’ lack of sleep. My dad died as a result of COPD, a disease that effects more than 200 million people worldwide and costs the healthcare system more than $50 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

ResMed has growth opportunities in Latin America, Eastern Europe and China and India — all huge markets that will keep it busy for the next decade and beyond.

Of all the stocks to buy for the next decade, ResMed is my pick for most reliable given the markets it serves.

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

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