Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sempra Energy(SRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Sempra Energy’s (NYSE:SRE) acquisition of Oncor was a bit of a coup on Wall Street, as it was able to outbid Berkshire Hathaway for the Texas utility. The victory didn’t come cheap, though, as Sempra had to cough up $9.5 billion and take on quite a bit of debt in the process of completing the deal. Even though the company sees immense potential in the purchase and the growth opportunities that come with it, shares of Sempra have been mostly flat for the past year.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) was downgraded by Wells Fargo & Co to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday.

    Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, March 28th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday. TheStreet upgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Monday, May 7th. Scotiabank upgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Argus upgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 21st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Sempra Energy presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $120.70.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    As for individual stocks, Sempra Energy(NYSE:SRE) soared as an activist investor stepped in, while Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) gained on news of a potential takeover.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) took off on Monday, rising more than 15% at 10:30 a.m. EDT after leading shareholders Elliot Management and Bluescape Resources publicly pressed the company to undertake a strategic review.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Randgold Resources Limited(GOLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Nonetheless, there are many smaller players with slick investor presentations making promises of big rewards. That could sound intriguing if you’ve caught the gold bug, but it’s important to remember the risks involved when investing in the industry. Luckily, some gold stocks come with big red flags and flashing red lights. Here’s why investors might want to avoid Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL), Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO), and Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Agenus Inc.(AGEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Shares of AGEN traded down $0.10 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $2.70. 6,890,759 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,149,867. The firm has a market capitalization of $280.80 million, a P/E ratio of -2.20 and a beta of 1.70. Agenus has a 12-month low of $2.70 and a 12-month high of $6.19. The company has a current ratio of 2.16, a quick ratio of 2.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.11.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Agenus (NASDAQ:AGEN) dropped 9.8% during trading on Monday following a dissappointing earnings announcement. The stock traded as low as $3.30 and last traded at $3.32. Approximately 2,421,286 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 53% from the average daily volume of 1,586,724 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.68.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Agenus (NASDAQ:AGEN) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Harnessing the power of the immune system to fight cancer is a big deal and Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) looks like a great way to follow the trend. This stock trades like a small-cap biotech, but a couple of candidates coming through its pipeline could help push annual revenue past the $1 billion mark. Plus, by this time next year, the company could have half a dozen or so new candidates in clinical trials.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Eli Lilly and Company(LLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Eli Lilly and Co.s (NYSE: LLY) short interest decreased to 9.66 million shares from the previous 10.53 million. The stock was trading at $80.09. The 52-week range is $73.69 to $89.09.

  • [By ]

    Pharmaceutical stocks joined the party Wednesday after Trump dredged up drug pricing concerns during his State of the Union address. Every major drug manufacturer retreated yesterday. Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY) led the way lower with a decline of more than 5%. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) werent far behind with losses of 3%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Eli Lilly and Co.s (NYSE: LLY) short interest increased to 12.81 million shares from the previous 12.57 million. The stock was trading at $85.16. The 52-week range is $73.69 to $89.09.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) is set to report its most recent results Tuesday morning as well. The analysts consensus estimates are $1.14 in EPS on revenue of $5.49 billion. Shares were changing hands at $79.06 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $90.80, and the 52-week range is $73.69 to $89.09.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Entercom Communications Corporation(ETM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of radio broadcasting company Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) were slammed on Tuesday, falling as much as 24.1%. At the time of this writing, shares are down about 19%.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) saw unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors acquired 31,151 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 1,443% compared to the typical volume of 2,019 call options.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Entercomm Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a Pennsylvania-based broadcasting and radio network corporation that was founded in 1968.

    The company owns 235 radio stations across 48 media markets and is the second-largest radio company in the United States. The company began its digital marketing arm in 2014 and announced the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media the same year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) shares dropped 18 percent to $8.75 following Q1 earnings.

    Shares of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) were down 17 percent to $18.505 after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Keeley Teton Advisors LLC increased its stake in Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE:ETM) by 64.5% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 202,992 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 79,580 shares during the quarter. Keeley Teton Advisors LLC owned approximately 0.15% of Entercom Communications worth $1,959,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) was downgraded by research analysts at Noble Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

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