Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018

Ford (F) is one of the best examples of a pain trade. Light weight vehicle sales have been down for quite a while and the stock kept underperforming despite a major fundamentally backed stock market rally. However, the stock started rallying after truck sales accelerated and industry sentiment changed. In this article, I want to elaborate on this and explain why we are entering the next stage of this pain trade instead of what some might call a total annihilation of consumer stocks.

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The All Important C-Word

I’ve discussed it plenty of times: the importance of credit growth. Credit growth and consumer strength are the very core of the consumer business cycle. The very cycle that pushes Ford to new highs during bull markets and crushes it when things get ugly.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Exelixis, Inc.(EXEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) saw its shares make a handy gain on Wednesday after the company was tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA has approved Cabometyx (cabozantinib) tablets for the expanded indication of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    The 11 ETF fee cuts unveiled by Vanguard include a significant portion of the issuer's fixed income lineup. All of the following saw annual fees reduced to 0.07 percent from 0.1 percent:

    Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSE: EDV). Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (NYSE: BIV). Vanguard Intmdte Tm Govt Bd ETF (NASDAQ: VGIT). Vanguard Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCLT). Vanguard Lg Term Govt Bd ETF (NASDAQ: VGLT). Vanguard Mortgage Bkd Sects ETF (NASDAQ: VMBS).

    and the Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCSH).

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Euro FX(P)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Internet radio stockPandora Media Inc (NYSE: P) reported Q1 2017 earnings after yesterdays market close plus announced a $150 million strategic investment from KKR and announced theimplementation ofcertain governance changes and confirmed an ongoing strategic review fueling speculationfor a sale. Q1 revenue was rose 6% to$316.0 million as advertising revenue rose 1% to$223.3 million duringthe seasonally weakest advertising quarter. Total subscribers increased from 3.93 million in Q1 2016 to 4.71 million in Q1 2017 with subscription and other revenue up 19% to $64.9 millionand ticketing service revenuerose 25% to$27.8 million. The GAAP net loss was $132.3 million versus a net loss of $115.1 million and the Company ended with $203.0 million in cash and investments versus $243.3 million at the end of the prior quarter.The Founder/CEO commented:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    IVP wasn’t the only heavy hitter in the round, either. Also participating were Draper Associates, headed by Tim Draper, as well as Greylock Partners, which put money behind Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Airbnb, and Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P).

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    In the streaming-music industry,PandoraMedia(NYSE:P) shares took off as the company lifted its fourth-quarter guidance and said that it added more subscribers than projected.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Celestica, Inc.(CLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of mid caps Jabil Circuit and Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) along with small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) and Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newslettersuggestion as the next breakout stock, all performing well recently as the tech stocks they supply outperform:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM), a previous Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) newsletter suggestion as the next breakout stock, andmid cap Flextronics International being bigger winners compared with the also good performance of mid cap Jabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) and small cap Celestica Inc (NYSE: CLS):

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