Top 10 Stocks For 2018

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The US government balance sheet features $80 trillion to $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities. This amount stems from future entitlement program burdens that are, in effect, government promises.

No one is going to vote to reduce their entitlements. (Well, other than the very well-off, who dont actually need those entitlements.)

Unfunded pension liabilities at the state and local have swollen to roughly $4$6 trillion in the United States. And that may be understating the severity of the problem.

Kentucky Is an Example of How Severe This Problem Is

Its easy to cite Illinois or New Jersey, but lets look at a state like Kentucky.

The State of Kentucky released a remarkably candid self-appraisal of their pension liability issues earlier this year. If you optimistically (and unrealistically) assume between 6.75%7.5% compounded returns for the future, Kentucky still ends up $33 billion underfunded.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) had a director at the enterprise cloud-based solutions provider selling stock last week. Frederic Luddy sold a total of 101,500 sharesat $76.84 apiece. The total for the sale was $7,799,376. The consensus price target is $93.41, and shares were trading last Friday at $76.02.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    You’d be hard pressed to find a quieter tech leader than ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW).

    That’s likely because hardly anyone pays attention to IT services companies besides their customers. After all, the digital “plumbing” found in corporate campuses and skyscrapers is not as exciting as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies… or flying cars.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Stocks are up across the board since the presidential election, boosting the value of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) stock portfolio, but few stocks have rallied as much as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC).

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My take: With none other than Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) also investing in airlines and singing their praises as of late, Gerstner stuck the landing with his United pitch. There’s a definite case to be made that industry conditions have changed for the better, much like they did for the railroads starting more than a decade ago. United may not be the best of the bunch, but you’d do well to take a very close look at the industry. If Gerstner is right, there are multi-bagger opportunities looking down at you from up above.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), in addition to its dozens of businesses, also owns a portfolio of 47 different common stocks, many of which were hand-selected by Buffett himself. And, many of these stocks pay dividends. In fact, from all of the stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio, the company is generating more than $6,700 in dividend income every minute.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: McDermott International, Inc.(MDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    McDermott International Inc. (NYSE: MDR) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and lifted its 2016 earnings outlook. McDermott shares jumped 8.45 percent to $4.43 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The exact date Theravance Biopharma Inc. (TBPH) intends to release a phase 3 update on COPD treatment Revefenacin isnt known. The company simply said in a prior communication with the market it would be sharing an interim look at the trials progress sometime in early Q4.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 0.13 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc (NYSE: PEO), down 4 percent, and Old Point Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: OPOF) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Myers Industries, Inc.(MYE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 7 percent, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) down 6 percent.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Morrison has led Campbell Soup since August 2011 and has worked in the food business for more than 30 years, including at Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Nabisco, Nestle SA (ADR) (OTC: NSRGY) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP).

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of consumer-products company Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) increased as much as 7.4% on Wednesday on speculation thatKraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC)could acquire the company. Colgate stock finished the trading day up about 5.7%.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Berkshire’s largest holding, by far, in a public company is Kraft Heinz (NSDQ:KHC). It’s holding value is about $28.5 billion, about 20% of the total holding of all the 48 companies in Berkshire Hathaway’s public companies portfolio. Moreover, Berkshire owns a stake of 26.6% in the company. As such, the performance of KHC’s stock will have a significant influence on Berkshire’s future results.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) said it would divest its 145-year-old margarine and spreads business, part of a broad restructuring in the wake of a spurned takeover approach by Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC): Link

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).

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    Kraft Heinzgained 11% to $96.65 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,351.16. Unilever jumped 14% to $48.53.

    Bernstein’s Ali Dibadj considers Kraft Heinz’s offer for Unilver:

    The initial offer, which was rejected, provided an +18% premium to Unilever’s share price, while deals across the space typically go for roughly ~30%. While we have always speculated that Kraft-Heinz might go after Unilever’s Food business, today marks an interesting development as it has chosen to pursue the entire business, which is roughly ~60% HPC and ~40% Food. Key categories include laundry detergent, deodorant, and shampoo in HPC and ice cream, sauces/spreads, and tea in Food. Unilever’s business also has broad global exposure. Some have suggested that KHC may spin off Unilever’s HPC business. However, we believe this is unlikely to happen initially, as it makes up the majority of the business (~60% sales and EBIT) and has a more attractive growth profile compared to Food.

    Kraft Heinz’s market capitalization rose to $117.7 billion today from $106.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $4.2 billion on sales of $26.5 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.(FBHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday’s regular session.

Top 10 Stocks For 2018: Ternium S.A.(TX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Ternium SA (NYSE:TX) jumped on Wednesday: up more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST. While the steelmaker reported weaker-than-expected earnings after the closing bell yesterday, it provided optimistic guidance and announced a compelling acquisition.

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