Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now

We’re halfway through 2018 already. We investors may want to take a mid-year look at our portfolios, rebalancing and introducing new ideas. The tax year will end before you know it, so it’s a good idea to stay on top of your nest egg long before December rolls around.

In that spirit, we asked a few of our Motley Fool investors what they see as the best investment ideas at the start of July, 2018. They were quick to suggest Chinese e-commerce giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), clean energy specialist TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), semiconductor veteran Intel, (NASDAQ:INTC), and Texan bank Cullen/Frost Bankers (NYSE:CFR).

Read on for all the juicy details on these timely investment ideas.

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Look beyond our borders

Danny Vena (Baidu): As a whole, U.S. investors tend to focus on domestic companies, but in doing so miss out on significant international opportunities. This is especially true of China, which is a walled garden when it comes to internet-related services, and as a result, U.S. companies will never achieve the level of popularity or penetration that homegrown businesses realize in the Middle Kingdom.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pioneer Floating Rate Trust(PHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Pioneer Floating Rate Trust (NYSE:PHD) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pioneer Floating Rate Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the investment management company an impact score of 46.8710327510951 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media stories about Pioneer Floating Rate Trust (NYSE:PHD) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Pioneer Floating Rate Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the investment management company an impact score of 45.2372665895122 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bridgeline Digital, Inc.(BLIN )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    Zacks: Bridgeline Digital Inc (BLIN) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Bridgeline Digital Shares Shoot Ahead on New Customer (baystreet.ca) Bridgeline Digital sees shares soar after its web analytics software welcomes a new user (proactiveinvestors.com) Procurement Services Provider Chooses the Bridgeline Unbound Insights Product for Web Analytics Solution (finance.yahoo.com)

    BLIN traded down $0.12 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $1.04. 455,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 548,370. The company has a current ratio of 0.98, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. Bridgeline Digital has a 12-month low of $0.79 and a 12-month high of $4.45. The company has a market cap of $4.92 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -4.33 and a beta of 0.14.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Here are the top performers from last week…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: STAF) $2.58 96.35%
    IZEA Inc. (Nasdaq: IZEA) $1.65 85.19%
    ShiftPixy Inc. (Nasdaq: PIXY) $3.35 78.38%
    MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq: MTSL) $3.31 41.07%
    IsoRay Inc. (NYSE: ISR) $0.60 38.64%
    TransGlobe Energy Corp. (Nasdaq: TGA) $3.74 37.76%
    Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCMKTS: ATNM) $0.27 26.31%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $1.56 24.58%
    Bridgeline Digital Inc. (Nasdaq: BLIN) $1.51 24.51%
    Cel-Sci Corp. (NYSE: CVM) $0.91 24.03%

    While these penny stocks generated strong returns last week, they’re unlikely to produce the same level of profit again anytime soon.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bridgeline Digital (BLIN)

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Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Trinity Biotech plc(TRIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wedbush Securities Inc. lowered its holdings in Trinity Biotech plc (NASDAQ:TRIB) by 27.4% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 11,820 shares of the company’s stock after selling 4,450 shares during the period. Wedbush Securities Inc.’s holdings in Trinity Biotech were worth $27,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Trinity Biotech (NASDAQ: TRIB) and Neogen (NASDAQ:NEOG) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Trinity Biotech (NASDAQ: TRIB) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Diagnostic substances” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Trinity Biotech to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Imperial Oil Limited(IMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Citadel Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Imperial Oil Ltd (NYSEAMERICAN:IMO) (TSE:IMO) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 44,728 shares of the energy company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,487,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Imperial Oil Ltd (NYSEAMERICAN:IMO) (TSE:IMO) saw a significant increase in short interest during the month of June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 11,491,321 shares, an increase of 1.1% from the May 31st total of 11,363,187 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 400,912 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 28.7 days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Swiss National Bank cut its position in shares of Imperial Oil (NYSEAMERICAN:IMO) (TSE:IMO) by 6.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 1,066,300 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 76,100 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank owned approximately 0.13% of Imperial Oil worth $28,203,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Maxwell Technologies, Inc.(MXWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:MXWL) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $7.25.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Electric-car company Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is acquiring battery technology company Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) in an all-stock transaction valued at $218 million, Maxwell announced in a press release on Monday. 

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Maxwell Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the electronics maker an impact score of 46.3845155482228 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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    Maxwell Technologies prices public offering (seekingalpha.com) Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) Commences 6M Share Public Offering of Common Stock (streetinsider.com) Maxwell Announces Pricing of Upsized Public Offering of Common Stock (finance.yahoo.com) Maxwell Technologies -14.9% on Q2 misses, downside guidance (seekingalpha.com) Maxwell (MXWL) Q2 Loss Wider Than Expected, Revenues Miss (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research analysts have commented on the company. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $7.00 target price on shares of Maxwell Technologies in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Oppenheimer cut their target price on Maxwell Technologies from $7.00 to $6.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Canaccord Genuity assumed coverage on Maxwell Technologies in a report on Friday, August 3rd. They set a “hold” rating and a $5.00 target price on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded Maxwell Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, July 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Maxwell Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 24th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $6.10.

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