Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018

The top penny stocks for January all climbed at least 60% last month, with the top penny stock posting gains of 170%.

We’re bringing these penny stocks to your attention now, because they could continue their strong performance this month.

Every week, we publish a new top penny stocks list that tracks the best-performing penny stocks on the Nasdaq and NYSEMKT. As a reminder, these lists should only be used as a tracking feature. Although many of these stocks consistently post double- and triple-digit gains, we don’t recommend them as stocks to buy. Penny stock investing can be risky, and these stocks should only be considered after extensive research. We’d never recommend penny stocks as a blanket investment when discussing individual winners.

As a bonus this week, we’re sharing with readers a free, 90-page marijuana investment report. This report is full of solid penny stock investments that we’ve researched for you. What’s more, these stocks are a part of an industry that’s projected to grow to $35 billion by 2020.

Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    NRG Energygained 4.5% to $12.85 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    In a note released on Dec. 15, Morgan Stanley’sStephen Byrd and team summarized the reasoning behind their overweight rating on NRG:

    NRG Energy (NRG, Overweight, $21 PT) FCF/Equity yield of ~35% and balanced upside from diversified market exposure, higher PJM capacity prices, fleet optimization, and debt reduction. NRG’s generation plus retail matching strategy is an underappreciated source of value, and provides stable cash flow despite current depressed power prices in Texas.

    NRG Energy’s market capitalization rose to $4.1 billion today from $3.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $6.4 billion on sales of $15 billion in 2015.

    NRG Energy was the Biggest Loser on Nov. 10, and the Hot Stock on Nov. 4.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) which rose over 5% to $22.20. The stocks 52-week range is $9.84 to $23.36. Volume was over 35 million compared to its average volume of 5.8 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) has gained 2.1% to $18.49 after getting raise to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.

Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018: Investors Real Estate Trust(IRET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018: QC Holdings Inc.(QCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    QC Holdings (NASDAQ: QCCO) shares tumbled 2.58% to reach a new 52-week low of $2.27. QC Holdings’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is 0.60%.

    NewLead Holdings (NASDAQ: NEWL) shares dipped 6.56% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.08 after the company completed the acquisition of titles in the Viking Mine located in Kentucky, USA.

Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported Q2 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning as shares still have elevated short interest of 27.73% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu that have probably subsided. Net sales were $802.0 million versus $692.1million while net income was $66.9 million versus net income of $47.6 million. Overall market prices for poultry products were higher during the second quarter compared with the same period last year while market prices for chicken products sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively strong during the quarter and continue to reflect good demand. The earnings release noted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 33.50% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart does show Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation is back to 2015 bottom levels while large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) peaked last year andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) seems to have becometrapped below a resistance level that it may be poised to break out from:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q3 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Net sales were $931.9 million versus $728.0 million and net incomewas $115.8 million versusnet income of $54.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The earnings release noted that compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, market prices for chickens sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively flat at levels that reflect a good supply and demand balance. Compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, jumbo boneless breast meat prices were higher by approximately 24.8%, the average market price for bulk leg quarters increased approximately 15.9%, and jumbo wing prices were higher by 40.2%. The Company’s average feed cost per pound of poultry products processed decreased 0.32 cents per pound, or 1.3%, compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation having performed better over the longer term than large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM):

Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018: Brocade Communications Systems Inc.(BRCD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) and Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD) disclosed a definitive deal through which the former would acquire the latter for $12.75 a share in cash. This would translate into a valuation of about $5.9 billion, including $0.4 billion of net debt.

Top Penny Stocks To Buy For 2018: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

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