Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019

Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) recent announcement that it would eliminate plastic straws from its restaurants by 2020 elicited a collective shrug from Wall Street as the stock ticked up 2% on average volume on an up day for the market, but the decision could be an important catalyst for the coffee king at a time when it desperately needs one.

Starbucks shares recently sank to a three-year low after the company said in June it would close 150 underperforming U.S. stores this year, and cut its global same-store sales growth forecast to 1% for the current quarter.  That news followed longtime chief Howard Schultz’s decision to step down as chairman just months after he relinquished the CEO title to Kevin Johnson. The company is still trying to repair damage to its reputation from an embarrassing racial-bias episode in Philadelphia in April that led to calls for boycotts of the coffee chain. Starbucks responded by closing all its U.S. stores simultaneously for an afternoon of mandatory racial-bias education for all employees.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Apollo Investment Corporation(AINV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Worldpay notes 18% spike in Champions League final betting (sbcnews.co.uk) SumUp card reader review (startups.co.uk) ARE ANALYSTS TURNING CRITICAL?: SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI), Worldpay, Inc., (NYSE: WP) (globalexportlines.com) Payments Landscape: Market 2018 Global Analysis By Key Players – Worldpay, PayPal, Braintree, Amazon Payments … (digitaljournal.com) Thrashing Stocks: Apollo Investment Corporation, (NASDAQ: AINV), Worldpay, Inc., (NYSE: WP) (globalexportlines.com)

    Worldpay traded down $0.18, hitting $79.10, on Friday, according to MarketBeat Ratings. 2,141,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,513,670. The company has a current ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74. Worldpay has a 1-year low of $59.10 and a 1-year high of $85.53. The stock has a market cap of $14.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.52, a PEG ratio of 1.47 and a beta of 0.60.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Income investors are always on the lookout for investments that will produce ample income, and it’s hard to find companies that do better right now than business development companies. BDCs like Main Street Capital (NYSE:MAIN) and Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) make investments in different types of businesses, often providing capital through either debt or equity financing. Because BDCs often elect the favorable tax status of regulated investment companies, they have to distribute the vast majority of their taxable income to their shareholders, and that produces the impressive yields that both Main Street and Apollo give their investors.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Monday morning.

    A number of other equities research analysts also recently commented on the company. TheStreet upgraded Apollo Investment from a c rating to a b- rating in a research report on Friday, June 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Apollo Investment from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $6.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 12th. ValuEngine downgraded Apollo Investment from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $6.00 price objective on shares of Apollo Investment in a research report on Monday, May 21st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $6.34.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp.(ESP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Espey Manufacturing & Electronics Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:ESP) CFO David A. Oneil sold 1,778 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.12, for a total value of $57,109.36. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 10,222 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $328,330.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Espers (CURRENCY:ESP) traded up 5.2% against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 7:00 AM Eastern on May 28th. Espers has a market capitalization of $6.27 million and approximately $8,492.00 worth of Espers was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Espers coin can now be bought for about $0.0003 or 0.00000004 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Livecoin and CoinExchange. During the last seven days, Espers has traded down 26.2% against the US dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Espey Manufacturing & Electronics Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:ESP) announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, September 13th, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 24th will be given a dividend of 0.25 per share on Monday, October 1st. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 21st.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Espers (ESP) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the HMQ1725 hashing algorithm. It was first traded on April 28th, 2016. Espers’ total supply is 21,802,827,290 coins. The Reddit community for Espers is /r/esperscoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Espers’ official Twitter account is @CryptoCoderz and its Facebook page is accessible here. Espers’ official website is espers.io.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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    VUZI LOSS NOTICE: Rosen Law Firm Reminds Vuzix Corporation Investors of Important Deadline In Class Action – VUZI (finance.yahoo.com) SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Vuzix Corporation of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline – VUZI (finance.yahoo.com) Deadline Alert: Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Reminds Investors of the Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit Against Vuzix Corporation (VUZI) (businesswire.com) Vuzix Corp (VUZI) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. Reminds Investors That Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against MEDNAX, Farmland Partners, and Vuzix and Encourages Investors to Contact the Firm (feeds.benzinga.com)

    Several brokerages have recently commented on VUZI. ValuEngine raised shares of Vuzix from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Vuzix from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Chardan Capital set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Vuzix and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $9.08.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Saratoga Investment Corp(SAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Headlines about Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. 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. Saratoga Investment earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4912059514825 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

    A number of other analysts have also issued reports on the stock. National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $24.00 price target (up from $23.00) on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Saratoga Investment from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, B. Riley initiated coverage on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. They set a buy rating and a $23.50 price target on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Saratoga Investment presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $24.38.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE:SAR) – Equities research analysts at B. Riley dropped their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for shares of Saratoga Investment in a report issued on Thursday, August 23rd. B. Riley analyst T. Hayes now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.54 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $0.55. B. Riley also issued estimates for Saratoga Investment’s Q2 2020 earnings at $0.58 EPS.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (TUSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Mammoth Energy Services Inc (NASDAQ:TUSK) has received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the thirteen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $38.50.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Mammoth Energy Services (NASDAQ:TUSK) hit a new 52-week high and low on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $35.94 and last traded at $34.62, with a volume of 20978 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $34.58.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mammoth Energy Services (NASDAQ: TUSK) and North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Mammoth Energy Services Inc (NASDAQ:TUSK) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Financial Group cut their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Mammoth Energy Services in a report issued on Wednesday, October 3rd. Jefferies Financial Group analyst B. Handler now expects that the energy company will earn $1.07 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $1.14. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Mammoth Energy Services’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.97 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.93 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.91 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.93 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.87 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $3.65 EPS, FY2021 earnings at $2.20 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $2.20 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUSK) shares shot up 19 percent to $37.06. Mammoth Energy’s subsidiary Cobra signed a new $900 million contract to finish the restoration of critical electrical services and support the initial phase of reconstruction of the electrical utility system in Puerto Rico.

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