Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

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With earnings season in the rear-view and the end of the first quarter looming, you&a;rsquo;re probably asking yourself &l;i&g;one thing&l;/i&g; right now&a;hellip;

&a;hellip; just how good is the stock market?

I&a;rsquo;ll give you the answer (which I think you&a;rsquo;ll like) in a moment.

Then I&a;rsquo;ll show you 2 funds whose portfolios are packed with familiar stocks, including &l;b&g;Apple&l;/b&g;. Both funds are poised for strong gains in 2018 while handing you fat cash payouts up to 8.8%!

&l;b&g;Finding Bargains in a Surprising Place&l;/b&g;

First, if you&a;rsquo;re like most folks, you might feel queasy about &l;i&g;any&l;/i&g; stocks&a;mdash;including &a;ldquo;reliable&a;rdquo; blue chips&a;mdash;after the stomach-churning drops we suffered in February.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Two Harbors Investments Corp(TWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HL Financial Services LLC purchased a new position in shares of Two Harbors Investment (NYSE:TWO) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund purchased 53,436 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $821,000.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Two Harbors Investment (NYSE:TWO) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Investors acquired 701 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 835% compared to the average volume of 75 call options.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Mortgage real estate investment trust CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS) announced today that it had agreed to be acquired by fellow mortgage REIT Two Harbors Investment (NYSE:TWO).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.(CCRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN) and StarTek (NYSE:SRT) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

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    Activist investor Glenn Welling of Engaged Capital LLC, the insurgent investor agitating for changes at TiVo, Rent-a-Center, on Tuesday, May 15, revealed new positions in Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (PETX) , Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (CCRN)  and Finisar Corp. (FNSR)

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN) has received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the thirteen ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $14.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (PK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Park Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:PK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $31.73 and last traded at $31.48, with a volume of 47117 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $31.37.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Park Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:PK)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at Boenning Scattergood in a research note issued on Monday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    HNA Group secures potential bidders for NH Hotel Group stake (hotelmanagement.net) Reliant Investment Management, LLC Buys Palo Alto Networks Inc, Sells Facebook Inc, Park Hotels & Resorts Inc … (gurufocus.com) Park Hotels & Resorts (PK) Price Target Raised to $34.00 at Barclays (americanbankingnews.com) Park Hotels & Resorts (PK) Coverage Initiated by Analysts at Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Park Hotels & Resorts (PK) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $694.44 Million (americanbankingnews.com)

    Several brokerages have weighed in on PK. ValuEngine downgraded Park Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Barclays increased their price target on Park Hotels & Resorts from $31.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday. Jefferies Group began coverage on Park Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Thursday. They set a “buy” rating and a $37.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Park Hotels & Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Saturday, May 12th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Park Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Monday, May 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.85.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Park Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:PK) reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Monday after Barclays raised their price target on the stock from $31.00 to $34.00. Barclays currently has an overweight rating on the stock. Park Hotels & Resorts traded as low as $32.62 and last traded at $32.35, with a volume of 183771 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $32.56.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lantronix, Inc.(LTRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Lantronix (NASDAQ:LTRX) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $3.24 and last traded at $3.20, with a volume of 2090 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $3.21.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Echelon (NASDAQ: ELON) and Lantronix (NASDAQ:LTRX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS INC(UVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UVE) CEO Sean P. Downes sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.77, for a total transaction of $715,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,479,141 shares in the company, valued at $52,908,873.57. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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    Should You Buy Universal Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:UVE) At US$035.15? (finance.yahoo.com) Analyzing Universal Insurance (UVE) and Infinity Property and Casualty (IPCC) (americanbankingnews.com) Why Fundamental Investors Love Universal Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:UVE) (finance.yahoo.com) Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UVE) Stock Under Examination Week Performance is -3.2876713 (stocknewscaller.com)

    A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on UVE shares. ValuEngine cut shares of Universal Insurance from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $35.00 target price on shares of Universal Insurance and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 10th.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    As for individual stocks, GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) extended Friday’s gains amid optimism for the action camera and drone specialist’s ongoing turnaround, while shares of Universal Insurance Holdings (NYSE:UVE) rallied on news of the waning storm in Florida.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Stifel Financial Corp increased its holdings in shares of Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UVE) by 6.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 41,592 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,510 shares during the quarter. Stifel Financial Corp owned 0.12% of Universal Insurance worth $1,317,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: CompX International Inc.(CIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CI Financial Corp (TSE:CIX)’s share price hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as C$23.92 and last traded at C$23.92, with a volume of 138823 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at C$24.14.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CI Financial (TSE:CIX) will issue its quarterly earnings data before the market opens on Thursday, May 10th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of C$0.63 per share for the quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Israel Chemicals Shs(ICL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Israel Chemicals (NYSE: ICL) and Evogene (NASDAQ:EVGN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group issued their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Israel Chemicals in a research note issued on Monday, May 14th. Jefferies Group analyst L. Alexander forecasts that the basic materials company will post earnings of $0.09 per share for the quarter. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Israel Chemicals’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.11 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.10 EPS.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Canon, Inc.(CAJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    I think of Magento as one the many “stealth” companies out there. Instead of dealing with consumers itself, the Campbell, Calif.-based company develops and markets software to corporate clients to build and run their web stores and to handle online purchases, shipping, and returns. Magento also helps merchants sell products through social media ads. Its customers include Canon Inc. (NYSE ADR: CAJ) and Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ricoh (OTCMKTS: RICOY) and Canon (NYSE:CAJ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Canon (CAJ) versus Ricoh (RICOY) Head to Head Review (americanbankingnews.com) Everybody loves everybody on Canon-McMillan’s state semifinalist baseball team (msn.com) New imagePRESS Print Servers Powered by Fiery Technology Drive Production Efficiency and Outstanding Image Quality (finance.yahoo.com) Canon tackles flare with new 70-200mm f/2.8, adds serious stabilization to f/4 (digitaltrends.com) Toyotsugu Kuwamura To Retire From Canon U.S.A., Inc. (finance.yahoo.com)

    CAJ has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Canon from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, April 6th. ValuEngine cut Canon from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 24th.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.(SHOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) shares surged 20.6 percent to $6.39. WBB Securities upgraded Melinta Therapeutics from Hold to Speculative Buy.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) shares climbed 17.2 percent to $30.87 after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) shares rose 15.2 percent to $28.804 after the company declared a special one-time cash dividend of $14.97 per ADS.
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) gained 15 percent to $53.35 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) surged 14.2 percent to $2.625.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 13 percent to $5.12 after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) gained 12.8 percent to $16.97 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.
    Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE: LOMA) shares rose 12 percent to $12.94.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) shares rose 12 percent to $5.07.
    Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) climbed 11.4 percent to $43.50.
    Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB) gained 11.3 percent to $24.7000.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 9.7 percent to $19.64.
    Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYG) climbed 9 percent to $7.90.
    Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) gained 7.9 percent to $38.82 after Citron reversed previously bearish position on the stock.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares jumped 7.3 percent to $3.55.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 3.5 percent to $107.27 after reporting better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) was down, falling around 29 percent to $2.30. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a Q4 loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $395.77 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) was down, falling around 29 percent to $2.30. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a Q4 loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $395.77 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) was down, falling around 29 percent to $2.30. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a Q4 loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $395.77 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: TriMas Corporation(TRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) and Shiloh Industries (NASDAQ:SHLO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of TriMas (NASDAQ:TRS) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note published on Thursday morning.

    TRS has been the subject of several other research reports. BMO Capital Markets started coverage on TriMas in a research note on Tuesday, April 3rd. They issued an outperform rating and a $33.00 price objective for the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an overweight rating and issued a $32.00 price objective (down previously from $33.00) on shares of TriMas in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut TriMas from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $29.33.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of TriMas Co. (NASDAQ:TRS) hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $28.95 and last traded at $28.20, with a volume of 1202 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $28.60.

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