Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: National Bankshares, Inc.(NKSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub cut shares of National Bankshares (NASDAQ:NKSH) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note published on Thursday morning.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Farmers Capital Bank (NASDAQ: NKSH) and National Bankshares (NASDAQ:NKSH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    National Bankshares (NASDAQ:NKSH) and Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.(FOMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by HC Wainwright in a report issued on Wednesday, MarketBeat reports. They currently have a $14.00 price objective on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $12.00. HC Wainwright’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 122.22% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 48.1562748121044 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 45.4298608245084 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 47.5479155329096 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: FOMX) shares were last seen up early on Wednesday after the company announced a solid performance in its late-stage trial for moderate-to-severe acne.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HC Wainwright set a $11.00 price target on Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) in a research note released on Tuesday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    REX BKCM ETF (NYSE Arca: BKC)

    Date of inception: May 16 Assets under management: $6.4 million Number of holdings: 34 Top five: Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE ADR: TSM), Global Unichip Corp., GMO Internet Inc., SVB Financial Group (NYSE: SIVB), Overstock.com Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTK) Expense ratio: 0.88% Gain/Loss year to date: +3.53% NAV: $25.62

    The newest blockchain ETF may have the most aggressive strategy. It aims to invest in companies actually part of the blockchain ecosystem. That includes not just companies building blockchain-based software solutions, but companies that promote adoption of cryptocurrencies as well as crypto miners.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Maltese Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor purchased 46,400 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $11,136,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hingham Institution for Savings (NASDAQ:HIFS) and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.’s (NASDAQ: CHKP) short interest decreased to 8.45 million shares from the previous 9.69 million. Shares were trading at $113.57, in a 52-week range of $93.76 to $120.81.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) had a great July. The cybersecurity specialist was propped up by an analyst upgrade and a second-quarter earnings beat, and news that it is going to double its share repurchase program also boosted investor confidence. But a closer look at how the company has been performing over the past few quarters makes it clear that it is not getting its priorities right, and could end up a laggard in the cybersecurity market compared to the likes of Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP)

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Hovnanian Enterprises Inc(HOVNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News stories about HOVNAN 1000 DS REP 1 SRS A PRF (NASDAQ:HOVNP) have trended positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HOVNAN 1000 DS REP 1 SRS A PRF earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 46.0490974987129 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Aphria Inc. (APHQF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Should Aurora actually buy MedReleaf, there could be considerable pressure on Canopy to make an acquisition of its own. One obvious target to buy would be Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF), which has roughly the same market cap as MedReleaf. But would this acquisition make sense for Canopy Growth? I think it could.  

  • [By ]

    A list of marijuana stocks to watch wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include Aphria (OTCQB:APHQF). Among the top cannabis companies getting involved in large M&A’s, this company has completed its own fair share of transactions.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    However, the past week and change have turned that cannabis frown upside down. Since their close on Aug. 14, 2018, and through their close on Friday Aug. 24, here’s how a handful of the largest pot stocks have performed:

    Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE:CGC): up 83% Aurora Cannabis: up 61% Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF): up 61% Tilray: up 81% Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON): up 76%

    Why such a dramatic surge in valuation in less than two weeks? The way I see it, there have been three catalysts.

  • [By ]

    Supply Agreement: To be announced. Top contenders include Canopy (OTCPK:TWMJF), Aurora (OTCQX:ACBFF), Aphria (OTCQB:APHQF). Would also include MedReleaf (OTCPK:MEDFF), Cronos Group (CRON), and CannTrust (OTC:CNTTF).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Toll Brothers Inc.(TOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Toll Brothers have outperformed its industry over the past three months. Estimates have also been trending upward for the current year over the past 30 days. Robust economy, improving demographics and financial health of its affluent customer base bode well for Toll Brothers. Also, lack of competition in the luxury new home market is expected to drive growth for Toll Brothers as it enjoys greater pricing power than other homebuilding companies. Solid growth in revenues (up 23%) and deliveries (up 16%) in fiscal 2018, following a gain of 12% and 17%, respectively, in fiscal 2017, reflects the health of the luxury new home market. However, escalating building material and labor costs that are proving to be a drag on margins. Again, high mortgage rates dilute the demand for new homes as mortgage loans become expensive.”

  • [By Anders Bylund, Timothy Green, and Dan Caplinger]

    But it’s not always easy to find these high-growth opportunities. That’s why we asked for some help from your fellow investors here at The Motley Fool. Our panelists believe that International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), and Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) are primed to double your investment in relatively short order.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on T-Mobile US (TMUS) , Lennar (LEN) , Toll Brothers (TOL) , Tyson Foods (TSN) , JB Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) and International Paper (IP) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reichardt also suggests four builders that have the edge in that market: D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI). LGI Homes Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH), NVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR) and Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH). Below is a quick summary of each, along with a look at three larger (by market cap) builders: Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN), Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) and PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Toll Brothers (TOL)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mizuho set a $46.00 price target on Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) in a report released on Friday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the construction company’s stock.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Carnival Corporation(CUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    GasLog (NYSE: GLOG) and Carnival (NYSE:CUK) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation and risk.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) opened sharply lower on Thursday after the company posting mixed financial results. The world’s largest cruise line operator came through with a solid fiscal third quarter, but once again we see weak guidance weighing on the stock. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) is kicking off the new trading week with disappointing financial results, sending the stock to fresh 52-week lows on Monday. The world’s largest cruise ship operator posted its fiscal second-quarter results ahead of the market open. The quarter itself was solid, but weak guidance scared investors worried about looming softness and cost controls. 

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Lakeland Financial Corporation(LKFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) and Civista Bancshares (NASDAQ:CIVB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. lifted its position in shares of Lakeland Financial Co. (NASDAQ:LKFN) by 3.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 878,934 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 30,687 shares during the quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. owned approximately 3.48% of Lakeland Financial worth $40,634,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Lakeland Financial (LKFN)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Lakeland Financial (LKFN)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) and Live Oak Bancshares (NASDAQ:LOB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Career Education Corporation(CECO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Career Education (NASDAQ: CECO) and Chegg (NYSE:CHGG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $16.60 and last traded at $16.55, with a volume of 19843 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $16.52.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of for-profit higher education specialist Career Education (NASDAQ:CECO) rose as much as 27.1% higher on Thursday morning, thanks to a strong fourth-quarter earnings report. As of 2 p.m. EST, the stock had cooled down to a 20.5% gain.

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