Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now

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.

Coming into Wednesday’s first-quarter financial report, PRA Group investors were prepared for declines in earnings and almost no sales growth. The debt collection specialist took the expected bottom-line hit, but rising revenue was encouraging for those looking for signs of strength from the company.

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PRA Group starts 2018 strong

PRA Group’s first-quarter results were mixed. The company did well on the revenue front, seeing its top line rise 8% to $223.2 million. Net income attributable to PRA shareholders dropped more than 55% to $21.1 million, but much of that was due to a one-time gain in the year-ago quarter, and earnings per share of $0.47 were still far better than the consensus forecast among investors for just $0.35 per share.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC(CQH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Also, after grappling with the issue for several quarters, management was finally able to finalize a deal to acquire the remaining shares outstanding in Cheniere Energy Partners Holdings (NYSEMKT:CQH). Management made an initial offer to acquire the subsidiary holding company back in 2016 as a way to simplify its corporate structure, but it was hung up in a conflicts committee with the board for some time. The new deal is now finalized and set to close this quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEAMERICAN:CQH) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $30.88.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: LNG) has agreed to acquire all publicly traded shares that it does not already own in Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSEAMERICAN: CQH) for $30.93 per share in Cheniere Energy stock. The transaction is expected to be tax-free to Cheniere Holdings shareholders. The proposed acquisition was first announced on May 17.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Aperio Group LLC trimmed its stake in shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 0.8% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 209,611 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 1,732 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC owned 0.06% of Paychex worth $12,910,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its stake in Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 3.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 583,975 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 18,717 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. owned approximately 0.16% of Paychex worth $39,917,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) has its fiscal first-quarter report scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus forecast is $0.65 in EPS on $850.4 million in revenue. Shares were last trading at $73.65. The consensus price target is $69.40, and the 52-week range is $59.34 to $75.73.

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    “For many other stocks, such as gaming (EA, TTWO) and IT services ( (PAYX) , (GPN) ), regulatory risks for Facebook may not necessarily pose a risk to their core business models,” writes Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin. “We expect correlations for these stocks would likely revert to historical averages and present potential buying opportunities given their underperformance since March.”

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Extra Space Storage Inc(EXR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board reduced its stake in shares of Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR) by 5.9% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 8,819 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 552 shares during the quarter. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board’s holdings in Extra Space Storage were worth $770,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR) by 3.9% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 914,548 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 34,022 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc’s holdings in Extra Space Storage were worth $79,895,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. trimmed its position in Extra Space Storage, Inc. (NYSE:EXR) by 14.7% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 666,525 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 115,000 shares during the period. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V.’s holdings in Extra Space Storage were worth $66,525,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Just Energy Group, Inc.(JE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Just Energy Group Inc (NYSE:JE) (TSE:JE) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, September 4th, NASDAQ reports. Stockholders of record on Saturday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.096 per share by the utilities provider on Friday, September 28th. This represents a $0.38 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 12.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 13th.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canada-based Just Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: JE) is a global energy firm. Its customer base totals 4.5 million, served by JE’s affiliates Commerce Energy, Hudson Energy, and Tara Energy throughout 13 states in the United States and six Canadian provinces.

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    JE traded down $0.04 on Tuesday, hitting $3.65. The company had a trading volume of 188,786 shares, compared to its average volume of 274,492. Just Energy Group has a 1-year low of $3.53 and a 1-year high of $5.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.83, a quick ratio of 1.23 and a current ratio of 1.25. The firm has a market cap of $549.06 million, a P/E ratio of 3.09 and a beta of 0.75.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Just Energy Group (TSE:JE) (NYSE:JE) was downgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating. They currently have C$5.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of C$5.50.

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    Best Dividend Stocks for Growth, No. 2: Just Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: JE)

    Just Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq: JE) is a Canadian electrical power company that primarily uses low-cost natural gas.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Natural Gas Services Group, Inc.(NGS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $20.41 and last traded at $20.60, with a volume of 302 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $20.93.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) CEO Stephen Charles Taylor sold 1,306 shares of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.51, for a total value of $29,398.06. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 319,982 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,202,794.82. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 10th. The oil and gas company reported $0.02 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.02. The business had revenue of $14.72 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $17.32 million. Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock had a net margin of 31.19% and a return on equity of 0.60%. equities analysts expect that Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock will post 0.3 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:NGS) – Stock analysts at Imperial Capital dropped their FY2019 EPS estimates for Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Common Stock in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, July 18th. Imperial Capital analyst J. Wangler now forecasts that the oil and gas company will post earnings per share of $0.51 for the year, down from their previous estimate of $0.52.

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