Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018

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When blue chips get too popular – like the five I’m going to show you today – these “safe stocks” can actually be dangerous to continue holding in your portfolio.

The problem with blue-chip stocks? Call it the “Curse of the Dow.” The Curse says a stock that joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average will essentially hit a wall, underperforming in the ensuing months compared to how it performed before ascension. It’s not perfect, but it’s close – since 1999, 15 of 16 stocks that have joined the Dow have averaged 1% gains over the next six months, but averaged 11% gains in the six months before inclusion.

Why? There are a few factors, but one of the most prevailing is that by the point a stock has joined the Dow, it’s typically nearing the end of its growth ramp and reaching the slower-growth “mature” part of the business cycle.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.(CFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Citizens Financial (CFG) was downgraded to neutral from outperform at Wedbush. The valuation is less attractive, based on a $31 price target, Wedbush said. 

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed a large call options volume in Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG). Around 13,000 contracts of the April 40 calls were traded in the first half of the trading session.

  • [By ]

    Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG) reports $152 billion in assets and a higher concentration of branches in the Northeast, but has a strong market share of 12% in its top ten metropolitan areas. Business is nearly evenly split between consumer lending (45%) and commercial loans (55%) and a technology investment program is driving a target for up to $60 million in cost savings by the end of 2018.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) which traded down 6.8% at $34.57. The stocks 52-week range is $18.34 to $39.75. Volume was 9.6 million versus the daily average of 5.0 million shares.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Telefonica SA(TEF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Vaalco Energy Inc(EGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

    B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own For 2018: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Friday. Revenues were $815.6 million versus $789.4 million. Progressive Leasing’s revenue in the second quarter of 2017 increased 25.1% to $373.5 million, revenue for DAMI was $8.5 million versus$5.3 million and overall revenues for the Aaron’s Business decreased 10.7% to $433.6 million. Same store revenues decreased 8.1% during the second quarter of 2017 and customer count on a same store basis was down 4.8%. Company-operated Aaron’s stores had 932,000 customersas ofJune 30, 2017, a 7.2% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $36.3 million versus $38.5 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

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