Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018

Although physical gold has been hailed as a great long-term investment and hedge against inflation, the best gold miner to invest in can offer even better returns than the precious metal itself. Gold mining stocks are outperforming the spot price of gold so far in 2017 by a wide margin.

Video3 Catalysts That Will Boost Gold Prices in 2017

Gold prices are currently up 6.3% this year to $1,223.90 per ounce. On the other hand, the Gold Bugs Index (HUI) – which tracks the price of gold mining stocks – is up 6.5% over the same period. While that’s not a huge outperformance, we expect one gold miner in particular to skyrocket over the next year.

In fact, analysts see shares of this company rising 55.5% to $22 per share by May 2018. That’s a huge profit you can’t miss this year.

Here’s the biggest reason we’re bullish on our gold mining pick – and therefore bullish on gold prices – in 2017…

1 Reason Why Gold Prices Will Keep Heading Higher in 2017

According toMoney MorningResource Specialist Peter Krauth,the price of gold could rise 14.4% to $1,400 by the end of the year. The biggest reason we’re so bullish is steadily rising inflation.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intrexon Corporation(XON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Wu]

    GE recently doubled down on its oil and gas business after merging it with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) and took a majority 62.5% stake in the merged entity. The merged entity is now the second-largest oil services business and will help GE take full advantage of increased oil and gas production under the new administration.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    The Oil and gas business represents a significant part of GE’s operations. Oil and gas segment revenues of $9.5 billion accounted for 10.5% of the company’s total revenues in the first nine months of 2016. In the same period in 2015, the segment’s revenues were much higher at $12.1 billion, 14.5% of GE’s total revenues for that period. In one of my previous articles about GE, I suggested that GE’s decision to combine its oil and gas business with one of the world’s leading oilfield services companies Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI)is a smart move. Meanwhile, Brent crude oil price has climbed 20% from the beginning of 2016 to $55.45 per barrel, and WTI crude oil price has increased 17.5% to $52.37 per barrel in the same period. As such, the U.S. rig count has started to recover, and oil and gas producers have begun to increase their capital spending. According to Baker Hughes, the average U.S. rig count for December 2016 increased by 54 from the prior month to 634 rigs. This development will benefit GE in the current quarter and much more after the merger with Baker Hughes.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Perceptron, Inc.(PRCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) shares shot up 14 percent to $7.23. Perceptron reported Q2 earnings of $0.27 per share on revenue of $21.75 million.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2018: Xylem Inc.(XYL)

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.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Technology and Industrials are our favorite ways to buy cyclical MO. Specifically, we see the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) as an attractive pre-breakout idea and a likely candidate to lead the S&Ps secular advance over the coming years. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Accenture (ACN), Broadcom (AVGO), Microsoft , Texas Instruments (TXN),Visa (V),Yahoo! (YHOO). We also recommend buying the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) which is reversing its year-long downtrend and in position for new highs over the coming months, in our view. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), 3M, Southwest Airlines (LUV), Xylem (XYL). Underlined stocks are fundamentally-rated Outperform at Oppenheimer.

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