Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

If you are a dividend investor, the current low interest rate environment has probably been very frustrating. There are high yielding stocks around, of course, but they’re often backed by struggling and/or financially weak companies. Investing in dividend stocks for the long-term means finding the right mix of yield, financial strength, and long-term opportunity.

If you’re looking for healthy, long-term dividend stocks, there are three names that should be on your watch list: integrated oil giant ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), food maker Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), and senior housing owner Welltower Inc. (NYSE:WELL). Here’s a quick rundown on each.

1. Down but not out

Exxon has some issues to deal with, which has caused investors to push the company’s shares lower even as stronger performing peers have seen notable stock gains. But now the oil giant’s yield is up over 4%, toward the high end of its historical range. And its price to tangible book value is lower than it has been since the 1980s. The company looks like it’s trading at value levels today.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: BB&T Corporation(BBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. boosted its stake in shares of BB&T (NYSE:BBT) by 1.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 197,093 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,323 shares during the quarter. BB&T accounts for approximately 2.0% of Richard C. Young & CO. LTD.’s portfolio, making the stock its 18th largest holding. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD.’s holdings in BB&T were worth $10,257,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BB&T (NYSE:BBT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The insurance provider reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.85 billion. BB&T had a net margin of 21.63% and a return on equity of 10.38%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.46 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that BB&T will post 4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BB&T (NYSE:BBT) insider William Rufus Yates sold 16,279 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.20, for a total transaction of $882,321.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 42,101 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,281,874.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, and Dan Caplinger]

    But investors can do even better by selecting the very best banks the market has to offer. Below, three Fool.com contributors make the case for whyBB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)are worthy additions to your portfolio.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kelly Services Inc.(KELYA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media stories about Kelly Services, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:KELYA) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kelly Services, Inc. Class A earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 46.7275014360744 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 296.07 percent to close at $1.25 on Monday after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares gained 19.59 percent to close at $2.93.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) rose 18.39 percent to close at $2.64 on Monday.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $2.55.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares jumped 14.9 percent to close at $2.39.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) climbed 13.96 percent to close at $4.49.
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) shares rose 13.55 percent to close at $4.61 on Monday.
    Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) surged 13.09 percent to close at $5.01.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) gained 12.9 percent to close at $49.28. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 12.83 percent to close at $3.43.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) jumped 12.52 percent to close at $57.86 on Reports that it has reached a deal with Fox for Its 'Smackdown Live' program.
    Eastman Kodak Company (NASDAQ: KODK) rose 12.38 percent to close at $5.90.
    NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) climbed 11.94 percent to close at $26.44. NuCana appointed Dr. Cyrille Leperlier to its Board as an independent non-executive Director.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 11.83 percent to close at $3.97 on Monday.
    Huami Corporation (NYSE: HMI) shares jumped 11.27 percent to close at $10.17 following Q1 results.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 9.55 percent to close at $7.34.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 8.56 percent to close at $7.86 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the de
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares jumped 113.5 percent to $0.6737 after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares rose 35.34 percent to close at $3.32.
    Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTW) shares gained 30.36 percent to $3.65.
    Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XTNT) shares jumped 25.6 percent to $7.4701 after the company disclosed that it has received the FDA clearance for InTice™-C Porous Titanium Cervical Interbody System.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares surged 20 percent to $2.495.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) surged 17.04 percent to $2.61.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 15 percent to $8.32 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the development of next generation interactive educational activities.
    Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) gained 15 percent to $3.39.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 13.7 percent to $49.64. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    FRONTEO, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEO) shares rose 11.8 percent to $20.956.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares jumped 11.1 percent to $3.38.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) rose 10.6 percent to $7.41.
    NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) shares gained 9 percent to $2.32.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) rose 7.6 percent to $24.19. Northcoast Research upgraded Kelly Services from Neutral to Buy.
    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $33.70. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
    Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX) gained 5.5 percent to $32.56. KeyBanc upgraded Alteryx from Sector Weight to Overweight.
    Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Engineers Gate Manager LP bought a new position in Kelly Services (NASDAQ:KELYA) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm bought 18,436 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $535,000.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: St. Jude Medical, Inc.(STJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of St. James’s Place (LON:STJ) to a buy rating in a research report released on Thursday. They currently have GBX 1,430 ($19.19) target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of GBX 1,310 ($17.58).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about St Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. St Jude Medical earned a coverage optimism score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the medical technology company an impact score of 46.7237518599623 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Just Energy Group, Inc.(JE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    But as great as CNSL looks, our next stock offers even better upside…

    Best Dividend Stocks for Growth, No. 2: Just Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: JE)

    Just Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq: JE) is a Canadian electrical power company that primarily uses low-cost natural gas.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Just Energy Group Inc (NYSE:JE) (TSE:JE) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $6.53.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News articles about Just Energy Group (NYSE:JE) (TSE:JE) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Just Energy Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.690499827081 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: BancFirst Corporation(BANF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday.

    BANF has been the subject of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BancFirst from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, April 23rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BancFirst from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a hold rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of BancFirst in a research report on Friday, April 20th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Naturally, the herd of investors piled into expensive stocks like MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

    But there are better bets out there…

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    As 2018 unfolds, revenues in the Cotai Strip continue to grow. Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) is winning significant market share with its newer Wynn Palace resort, where revenue was up 47.2% in the first quarter. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) is holding its own with its four Cotai resorts: They are achieving similar growth rates to the 20.5% of Macau’s gaming market overall. So if Wynn is taking market share, and Las Vegas Sands is holding steady, at least one of the other four concessionaires has to be losing ground. And by the looks of its recent first-quarter earnings release, Melco Resorts is one of the losers.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

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