Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019

L Brands (LB) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the parent company of Victoria’s Secret reported a 10% drop in same-store sales.

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L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.

RBC analystsBrian Tunick andKate Fitzsimons attributed L Brand’s big move to a short squeeze. They explain:

Bottom line, with the stock recently hitting a 52 week low yesterday, the 10% squeeze were seeing in the shares is likely reflective of the better-than-feared trade rather than long-only buyers stepping in. The reality is that LBs fundamentals are still challenged (down 10% comps are nothing to throw a party for), with the overhang on LB shares related to how much of the damage is self-inflicted (7% category exit headwind called out this month) vs. a tough mall traffic environment. Net/net, we remain neutral on LB shares given the lack of top line visibility as LB executes these category exits, with April and 2Q17s merch margin commentary ones to watch for signals that weve rounded the bottom.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Drug pricing controversies, increased generic competition for blockbuster drugs, and the recent merger between retail giant CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and insurance company Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) have weakened returns for shareholders.
    In addition, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced a joint venture to enter the health insurance industry.

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    Watch TheStreet’s interview with Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey below. No doubt billionaire Warren Buffett (who is Coke’s largest shareholder through Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has inspired him through the years.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Align Technology (ALGN) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   (BRK.B) , Criticare Systems Inc.  (CMD) , Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) , IAC Interactive (IAC) and CoreSite Realty (COR) .

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    Investors certainly haven’t been ignoring such challenges in recent years, as IBM’s 5-year chart makes clear. But after seeing Big Blue mostly sit out a massive 2-year tech rally, and after seeing Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   unload nearly all of its IBM shares, it looks like markets are now even less forgiving of bad news than before.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Carlsberg A/S (CABGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) and Carlsberg (OTCMKTS:CABGY) are both large-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Loews Corporation(L)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    It’s not just that its general partner Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) has the ability to do so, It appears that both Boardwalk and Loews are seriously considering this option. Here’s Horton again on the call:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, units of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners rose 5%. The master limited partnership has seen its value consistently erode over the past year, but there’s been speculation in the last several months that controlling shareholder Loews (NYSE:L)could choose to buy out the limited partnership units. Some investors have been pleased at the idea of possibly getting a quick bump from recent low share prices, but longer-term unitholders aren’t thrilled about having held on this long only to have Loews buy them out at a bargain price. It’s unclear which side will win out, but today’s move at least makes it clear that investors are paying attention.

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    But now, with Schultz stepping back from his beloved company, the task of the righting the ship will fall to Johnson, who took over as a CEO just over a year ago. Schultz, who had already transitioned away from running the coffee chain’s day-to-day operations, announced earlier this month he'd be leaving the company, fueling speculation he could be gearing up for a political career. Veteran retailing executive Myron Ullman is taking over as the new head of the board as Schultz departs.

    #lazy-img-328688168:before{padding-top:69.82421875%;}Schultz (L) hands Johnson the key to the original Starbucks store during the annual shareholders’ meeting on March 22, 2017 in Seattle.Photographer: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

    While Schultz had been trying to expand the Seattle company’s premium business, dubbed Reserve, along with Italian bakery Princi, analysts have speculated that these may be put on the back burner under the new leadership. The company is also facing a resurgent McDonald’s, which has been advertising $2 cold-brew coffees, along with other steep discounts from fast-food rivals.

Top Performing Stocks To Own For 2019: Methode Electronics, Inc.(MEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Methode Electronics (NYSE:MEI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

    MEI has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Methode Electronics from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, February 24th. Robert W. Baird reissued an outperform rating and set a $51.00 target price (up previously from $48.00) on shares of Methode Electronics in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, TheStreet lowered Methode Electronics from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $48.75.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    Analysts Expect Methode Electronics (MEI) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $242.88 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Methode Electronics (MEI) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Analysts Anticipate Methode Electronics (MEI) Will Post Earnings of $0.74 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Commit To Buy Methode Electronics At $35, Earn 5.8% Annualized Using Options (nasdaq.com)

    Shares of Methode Electronics opened at $41.75 on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. Methode Electronics has a 12-month low of $41.85 and a 12-month high of $42.60. The company has a market capitalization of $1.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.88 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 4.03 and a quick ratio of 3.47.

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