Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — “The last shall be first” is not only a powerful nugget of theological wisdom; it’s also good investment advice.

Consider the worst-performing stock in the 30-member Dow Jones Industrial Average
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in 2015: Wal-Mart
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The retailer’s shares produced a dividend-adjusted loss of 26.6% in 2015, but, with two trading days left for the year, is up 16.4% in 2016, handily beating the broader market.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc.(ALEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. lifted its stake in Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX) by 11.8% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 70,449 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 7,414 shares during the period. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Alexander & Baldwin were worth $1,656,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 27, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE:ALEX) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The financial services provider reported $0.66 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.42, Briefing.com reports. The business had revenue of $113.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $121.25 million. Alexander & Baldwin had a net margin of 60.48% and a return on equity of 7.02%. The firm’s revenue was up 21.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.14 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Republic Investment Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX) during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund bought 9,172 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $216,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans boosted its stake in shares of Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX) by 126.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 40,553 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 22,606 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans owned 0.06% of Alexander & Baldwin worth $938,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Compass Diversified Holdings(CODI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Purple Innovation (NYSE: CODI) and Compass Diversified (NYSE:CODI) are both small-cap unclassified companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Canadian marijuana producer Tilray is jumping into the U.S. hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) oil market in a big way, buying Manitoba Harvest from Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI) in a cash-and-stock deal worth up to 419 million Canadian dollars. Shares of Tilray bounced 5.3% on the news and those of Compass rose 2.7%.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Schroder Investment Management Group grew its stake in Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI) by 3.2% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 1,097,576 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 33,776 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group owned approximately 1.83% of Compass Diversified worth $18,000,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: PRA Group, Inc.(PRAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Like many businesses, debt collection is a cyclical industry, and as a major player in that industry, PRA Group (NASDAQ:PRAA) is subject to the ups and downs of the economy. During good times, there aren’t as many nonperforming loans for PRA Group to collect on. Only when times get tough do default rates move higher, spurring many creditors to turn their collections over to PRA.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Pra Group Inc (NASDAQ:PRAA) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $35.00.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Collecting unpaid debts is a big business, and although there are many small players in the industry, some relatively large companies have sought to build scale in order to be as efficient as possible. PRA Group (NASDAQ:PRAA) has become a leader in debt collection, but what’s especially surprising is that even in a strong economy featuring low unemployment rates and steadily rising wage growth, the company has started to see some favorable trends in its collection activity.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Pra Group Inc (NASDAQ:PRAA) by 2.4% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 346,196 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,211 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc.’s holdings in Pra Group were worth $13,155,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sotheby's(BID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market isn’t the only way that people get rich. The market for high-end art and collectibles draws a loyal crowd of the well-to-do, and the ups and downs of art prices are often even more volatile than stocks. By looking at the performance of companies like venerable auction house Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID), you can get some valuable insight into the thought process that art collectors have and glean clues about their willingness to pay top dollar for some of the most famous works of art in history.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 28, 2019 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Gladstone Capital Corporation(GLAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Van ECK Associates Corp lifted its position in shares of Gladstone Capital Co. (NASDAQ:GLAD) by 2.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 202,100 shares of the investment management company’s stock after buying an additional 5,304 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp owned about 0.73% of Gladstone Capital worth $1,819,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Gladstone Capital (NASDAQ:GLAD) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday morning.

    A number of other brokerages have also issued reports on GLAD. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Gladstone Capital from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $11.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $8.00 target price on shares of Gladstone Capital in a research report on Monday, August 6th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Gladstone Capital from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 16th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Gladstone Capital from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Gladstone Capital has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $9.47.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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