Top 5 Safest Stocks For 2018

U.S. stock-market indexes closed at records Friday, led by gains for technology shares as investors looked past a weaker-than-expected May jobs report.

The S&P 500 index
SPX, +0.37%
closed up 9.01 points, or 0.4%, at a record 2,349.07, after touching an intraday record at 2,440.23. Tech, with a 1% rise, was the top performing sector. Energy shares finished down 1.2%, largely following oil prices. Financials stocks were another area of weakness on Wall Street, with the sector trading 0.4% lower.

Top 5 Safest Stocks For 2018: NVIDIA Corporation(NVDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Patalon III]

    When we first brought graphics chip giant Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) to your attention back in June 2013, we told you this company was more than just a gaming stock.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    The first part of the above statement is crucial as a Market Realistpost highlights “even modest share gains in the market” could significantly increase AMDs revenue. And AMD is most likely to gain PC market share from Intel with Ryzen CPUs as they are disruptive in certain aspects. Also, AMD does hold an advantage over Intel and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)in the APU space as the above research points out:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and issued a strong sales forecast for the current quarter on Tuesday.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    The stock market is expensive going into 2017, with the S&P 500 trading for 26 times earnings compared to a historical average of around 15. With bargains few and far between, valuations of some top-notch companies have been pushed up to levels that introduce far more risk than investors seem to realize. Both NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) are fantastic companies, but their stocks could burn investors in 2017.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

    NVIDIA reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.13 per share on revenue of $2.17 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.10 billion.

Top 5 Safest Stocks For 2018: Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.(CWEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Noble Energy (NBL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after purchasing Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI) for $2.7 billion.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Noble Energygained 7.1% to $40.05, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to2,267.89.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

Top 5 Safest Stocks For 2018: Fortive Corporation (FTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last year at this time, we said we can only hope for a bit more growth, and at least bottoming for many of those stubborn energy/commodity/industrial end markets, less FX headwind, pricing support and cost reduction plus smart capital deployment, be it M&A, Capex, and/or buybacks/dividends that might actually lead to stock outperformance. In fact, we did get a bit more growth and many of the stubborn end markets appear to have bottomed, while most of those other items also did play out. The stocks under our coverage outperformed the S&P (which was up >10% itself) by more than 14% on average, led byIngersoll-Rand (+37%),Rockwell Automation (+31%),Eaton (+30%) and Fortive (FTV) (+26%) with Allegion (ALLE) (-2%) andGeneral Electric (+2%) the worst performing.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) was started as Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets.

    Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James.

Top 5 Safest Stocks For 2018: Chimerix, Inc.(CMRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    The lead product candidate from Chimerix (CMRX) is brincidofovir (CMX001), a nucleotide analog.

    The drug is in Phase III clinical trials for the prevention of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients and in kidney transplant recipients, as well as to treat adenovirus infection in allogeneic HCT patients.

Top 5 Safest Stocks For 2018: Coffee Holding Co., Inc.(JVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Farmer Brothers Co shows an outstanding outperformance while large capStarbucks Corporation has been flat for more than a year and both iPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return SM Index ETN and small cap Coffee Holding Co, Inc (NASDAQ: JVA) have underperformed:

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