Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), a drug maker focused on rare diseases, ended Thursday at the top of the list of the best performing stocks in the S&P 500 index.

The shares climbed almost 3.3%, or $3.78, to close at $118.35, compared to the S&P 500, which fell almost 16 points, or 0.7% to end at 2,328.95.

Its been a rough two years for Alexion. Since mid-2015, when the stock traded above $200, shares have tumbled on worries about the durability of its main drug Soliris, political furor over high drug prices, and the abrupt departure of two top executives amid an investigation into sales practices.

The shares are down more than 3% since the start of 2017.

Solaris sales will be a focus next week when Alexion reports first quarter financial results. Earlier today, Barclays reiterated an overweight rating on the stock and a $115 price target, but raised its 2018 and 2019 earnings estimates, arguing that rivals are unlikely to significantly challenge either Solaris or the experimental drug ALXN1210.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    That’s why Krauth predicts the price of gold will hit $1,400 by the end of the year. Many analysts from banks likeCredit SuisseGroup AG (NYSE ADR: CS) even see gold going as high as $1,500.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    The federal government’s largesse isn’t restricted to U.S.-based companies, either. Foreign companies, including foreign banks, are also welcome. Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS) got $225.1 billion, and UBS Group AG (NYSE: UBS) got $249.1 billion.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The head underwriters for the ZTO IPO are Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Also working on the deal are China Renaissance, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Euro/Yen(EJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

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