Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced Medicare Part B premiums for 2018, and the base premium stays the same as this year at $134 a month, but a lot actually changes. For 70% of Social Security recipients who have been paying an artificially low $109 a month, theyll see a big jump to the $134 a month level. Also, many high earnersstarting at $133,500 for a single–will face higher high-income surcharges.  Part B (the base and the surcharge) covers doctors and outpatient services.

The backdrop to the premium jump for the 70% of folks is that the Social Security Administration announced a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2018 last month. The average benefit for a retired worker will rise by $27 a month to $1,404 in 2018. Many recipients will find most or all of their increase eaten up by the jump in the Medicare Part B premiums deducted from their monthly Social Security checks. A hold harmless provision (no increase in Medicare premiums can reduce a Social Security recipients net monthly check) kept their premiums in check before.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) on Friday posted total November U.S. sales of 245,387 vehicles, a decrease of 2.9% compared with November 2016. Retail deliveries dropped 0.1% in the month to 197,340 units, and fleet deliveries rose to 19.6% for the month. Fleet sales now account for 19.4% of 2017 sales.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) launched its own version of the electric car recently. The Chevy Bolt is available across the country at a price of $37,495. After federal tax credits, that figure falls to $29,995.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Ironically, one of the biggest catalysts for Tesla stock has been Elon Musk’s nomination to President Donald Trump’s business advisory board. According to Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, “Elon Musk has an important line of communication to Donald Trump,” which is a big development for the company. Just after the election, one of the biggest fears for Tesla stockholders was that theTrump administration would roll back environmental regulations and encourage coal and oil production. However, a couple of weeks after the elections, the narrative completely changed with Tesla emerging as the poster boy of “US manufacturing”, one of the main focuses of the current administration. Unlike its rivals such as Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) Tesla makes almost all of its cars and solar energy products inside the US. According to Bloomberg, the company is likely to be the biggest gainer if the border tax is imposed.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexis Xydias]

    Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Perhaps the largest ETF dedicated to tracking French stocks should be getting more attention. In a year in which ETFs tracking the PIIGS economies are struggling, EWQ has been solid. The France ETF's 2.7 percent year-to-date gain is slightly ahead of the comparable Germany ETF and more than twice as good as the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK).

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Still, there are instances of limited appetite for diversified Europe ETFs, particularly those with significant U.K. exposure. The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) hasn't added (or lost) any capital since June 20. That ETF devotes 31.4 percent of its weight to U.K. stocks.

  • [By Tom Aspray, Senior Editor,]

    The US stock market is still leading with the Spyder Trust (SPY) up 18.6%, while the European markets (VGK) are now up close to 10% for the year, as they have gotten a nice boost in the past three weeks.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Here is a dichotomy. Global small-caps are performing admirably. The WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSE: DFE) is an example of a Europe ETF that is defying some unfavorable trends. DFE is down 3.5 percent year-to-date. That sounds bad, but it is far better than what investors have been treated to with diversified, large-cap Europe ETFs. The Vanguard Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) and the iShares Europe ETF (NYSE: IEV) are down an average of 5.3 percent this year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Alphatec Holdings, Inc.(ATEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) were down around 25 percent to $2.00 as the company reported an $18.9 million private placement.

    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) was down, falling around 15 percent to $0.872. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Geopark Ltd(GPRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    As a service to our readers, we’ve put together a list of 10 cheap oil stocks under $5. Here are the stocks, share prices, and year-to-date (YTD) returns for each:

    Vallourec Sp (OTCMKTS ADR: VLOWY); $1.42; +13.6% YTDIthaca Energy Inc. (TSE: IAE); $1.93; +14.5% YTDSandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE: PER); $3.45; +16.95% YTDGeopark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK); $5.06; +17.4% YTDGastar Exploration Inc. (NYSEMKT: GST); $1.89; +22.26% YTDAscent Resources Plc. (LON: AST); $2.11; +25.53% YTDErin Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT: ERN); $3.94; +29.1% YTDChesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE: CHKR); $3.25; +38.3% YTDSouthcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE: SXE); $2.27; +68.15% YTDBonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI); $2.27; +122.55% YTD

    This list of oil stocks contains some highly speculative plays, so we can’t recommend buying them.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin]


    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
    Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
    Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
    Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
    Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
    Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
    Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: RetailMeNot, Inc.(SALE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RetailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ: SALE) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $8.42. RetailMeNot announced after Thursday’s close it has entered into an agreement to acquire GiftCard Zen, a secondary marketplace for gift cards. The company reported preliminary Q1 revenue of $54 million to $54.5 million and FY16 revenue of $228 million to $241 million.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, RetailMeNot (NASDAQ:SALE) and SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU) attracted heavy investor interest following merger and acquisition news.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Heartware International, Inc.(HTWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    4. HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR) – The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Medtronic for $58 per share in cash two weeks ago. Prior to that the stock had been trading just above $30. 

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Valhi Inc.(VHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.

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