Top Medical Stocks For 2019

Quorum Health (NYSE: QHC) and Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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85.3% of Quorum Health shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Quorum Health shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Tenet Healthcare shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Quorum Health and Tenet Healthcare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quorum Health -9.14% -46.79% -2.65%
Tenet Healthcare -2.90% 23.13% 0.71%

Analyst Recommendations

Top Medical Stocks For 2019: Vera Bradley Inc.(VRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tandy Leather Factory (NASDAQ: TLF) and Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are cheering a major development in efforts to fix the ongoing trade conflict between the United States and China. According to Reuters, Chinese telecom giant ZTE has signed an agreement to get back into business with its American partners. The agreement will lift a ban by the U.S. Commerce Department that prevented China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment from buying from U.S. suppliers. This is a major development, and one that signals progress among trade officials from both nations. There are now more job openings in the United States than available workers. This is the first time that the Department of Labor has documented this phenomenon. There are 6.7 million openings compared to the 6.4 million workers available to fill those positions. As a result, U.S. companies have been forced to increase compensation in order to attract talent. All of the positive economic development could come to a screeching halt should the U.S. experience the largest labor strike in a decade. Reports indicate that the Teamsters and the United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) are on a collision course that could result in a general strike. The union has announced that 260,000 UPS employees have authorized a strike should both sides fail to reach a labor deal by August 1. UPS is responsible for the transport of 6% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $13.30 and last traded at $13.16, with a volume of 54803 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $12.72.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its holdings in shares of Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) by 25.0% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 29,830 shares of the textile maker’s stock after acquiring an additional 5,966 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Vera Bradley were worth $363,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top Medical Stocks For 2019: Unilever NV(UN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Unilever NV (ADR) ADR (NYSE: UN) procures sustainable oils such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil for a host of its consumer products such as Hellmann's mayonnaise. It remains to be seen how the U.S.-China standoff will hurt its margins.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ETRADE Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in Unilever (NYSE:UN) by 20.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,787 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 4,767 shares during the period. ETRADE Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Unilever were worth $1,567,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By ]

    A company like Procter & Gamble, Unilever NV (UN) , CVS Health Corp. (CVS) or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) might be interested in the Pfizer business, said Anthony Chambers, a director in the life sciences practice of consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

Top Medical Stocks For 2019: FBR & Co(FBRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media headlines about FBR & Co (NASDAQ:FBRC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FBR & Co earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.0509600232626 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Top Medical Stocks For 2019: TrueBlue Inc.(TBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and three have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $27.50.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    American Century Companies Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) by 24.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 95,307 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 18,680 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. owned approximately 0.23% of Trueblue worth $2,468,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its stake in Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) by 21.2% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 137,178 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 23,951 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Trueblue were worth $3,553,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Trueblue (NYSE:TBI) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Trueblue earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45.3296498009881 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top Medical Stocks For 2019: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn (NYSE:TLK) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Macquarie from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Telekomunikasi Indonesia (NYSE:TLK), the largest telecommunications company in Indonesia, reported first-quarter results on Tuesday, May 2. Top-line sales rose modestly in the first quarter thanks to higher wireless subscriber counts and a healthy broadband business, but those upsides had to overcome a substantial headwind from a mass exodus of old-school wireline subscribers.

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