Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — “The last shall be first” is not only a powerful nugget of theological wisdom; it’s also good investment advice.

Consider the worst-performing stock in the 30-member Dow Jones Industrial Average
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in 2015: Wal-Mart
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The retailer’s shares produced a dividend-adjusted loss of 26.6% in 2015, but, with two trading days left for the year, is up 16.4% in 2016, handily beating the broader market.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In the healthcare world, one of those has to be the impressive quarterly report from Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG). The company increased its revenue by 25%, and accelerated its sales of the da Vinci robotic surgical systems that made it famous. But it’s not just the expensive hardware that is allowing it to prosper — it’s that every machine needs a steady supply of the disposable instruments and accessories used during its procedures. The Fools consider the recent numbers, the outlook, and the investment thesis for Intuitive Surgical stock. But in the, say, anti-healthcare space, cigarette slinger Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) took a big hit as demand slackened in major foreign markets. Sales of its e-cig devices are also not growing the way management had hoped.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Investors in Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) know the script by now. The company forecasts solid — but not heady — procedure growth. When the end of the quarter comes, not only does it exceed expectations, but it also sells significantly more daVinci systems than it did the year before.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJan. 24, 2019 4:30 p.m. ET

    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: The Swatch Group AG (SWGAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    EAGLE POINT Cr/COM (OTCMKTS: SWGAY) and SWATCH Grp AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:SWGAY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    SWATCH Grp AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:SWGAY) was downgraded by analysts at UBS Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday, The Fly reports.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: T-Mobile US, Inc.(TMUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    With T-Mobile’s (NASDAQ:TMUS) shares down 15% over the past 12 months, the market is presenting investors with an entry point. That’s because there are a number of catalysts that could help the wireless carrier rebound to new highs in the coming year. Specifically, here are three reasons why you may want to consider buying T-Mobile stock today.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Verizon saw service revenue tank after T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) started its Un-carrier initiatives, including unbundling installment plans and service contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans. The moves, combined with Sprint’s (NYSE:S) aggressive pricing, put pressure on the larger competitor to follow suit and make some customer-friendly changes in order to prevent subscriber losses. Those measures coupled with limited subscriber growth led to a decline in wireless service revenue.

  • [By Jamal Carnette, CFA]

    Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the wireless industry since the smartphone is the proposed T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE:S) merger. According to The Wall Street Journal, T-Mobile is paying $26 billion for the Kansas-based provider if shareholders and regulators allow it.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) also saw a mid-month golden cross, which was its second one this year. The company recently admitted that up to 3 million of its customers were affected by a data breach. Yet its shares are up more than 8% year to date, on last look. Here too analysts recommend holding the shares.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Shares of Sprint climbed 17% in the wake of news that the telecom company might once again be in talks to get an acquisition bid from rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US (NASDAQ:TMUS). The on-again, off-again deal has been in the works for years without having made progress, but the realities of needing to address the huge costs of upgrading to new 5G network standards poses a substantial competitive obstacle that could make a combination more rewarding. Antitrust concerns will remain intact, especially given that a Sprint/T-Mobile merger would reduce the number of major carriers in the U.S. market to just three. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal, and investors seem to have at least some confidence that a deal might get done.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Before the markets open, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion. Bristol-Myers shares rose 0.95 percent to $52.25 in after-hours trading.
    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) reported weaker-than-expected earnings

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Amazon is working to reduce shipping expenses by moving more of its logistics and deliveries in-house with Amazon Air and a homegrown network of delivery service providers. On the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call, CFO Brian Olsavsky provided some additional details about how Amazon manages its shipments between its own network and partners including FedEx (NYSE:FDX) and UPS (NYSE:UPS).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Not included in the count are 100,000 jobs that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS), Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Scott Price told The Street his company plans to add this year. Neither UPS nor Amazon has officially announced 2018 holiday hiring plans, but assuming that Amazon plans to hire at least as many as it hired last year, the total could quickly rise to 560,000.

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