Stocks slipped today as the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded in its narrowest single-day range since 2014.
The S&P 500 dropped 0.3% to 2,265.18 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 32.66 points, or 0.2% to 19,941.96. The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.2% to 5,471.43.
The Dow traded in a 44.60 point range today, the smallest since Nov. 26, 2014. Has Christmas already started?
With so little news, it’s worth considering other, less, well, newsy things. Like, remember when it was easy to find stocks with dividends higher than the 10-year Treasury note? Not anymore, says Wells Fargo’s Stuart Freeman and Scott Wren. They explain:
A few months ago, more than 200 of the individual companies within the S&P 500 Index had carried dividend yields that exceeded the yield of the 10-year Treasury note. Currently, just over 100 of the 500 S&P 500 Index companies carry dividend yields that exceed the 2.59 percent yield of the 10-year Treasury note. How has this happened? It has resulted from the positive movement in stocks (resulting in lower dividend yields) and the upward move in the 10-year Treasury yield since early July.
Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
The six companies that met the criterion are:
Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.
- [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]
With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
In Canada, for example, the company and its partners Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) came up dry in their initial exploration attempts in the Shelburne Basin offshore Nova Scotia. The first noncommercial well forced Suncor Energy to write off 105 million Canadian dollars ($78.7 million) for its 20% stake in the well. Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips recorded a total of $187 million of dry hole expenses in Canada last year after it wrote off two wells.
Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.(AEIS)
- [By Nelson Hem]
While short sellers shied away from many of the leading solar stocks between the January 15 and January 29 settlement dates, two companies in particular led that trend. The number of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEIS) and Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) shares sold short shrank by more than 10 percent by the end of the month.
Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: FibroGen, Inc(FGEN)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.
Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Prima BioMed Ltd(PBMD)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Prima Biomed (NASDAQ: PBMD) dropped 38.17% to $1.45 after the company reported top-line analysis of CVac Phase 2 trial.
Tower Group International (NASDAQ: TWGP) plummeted 24.31% to $10.49. Tower Group announced its plans to release its Q2 results during the week of October 7, 2013. FBR Capital downgraded the stock from Outperform to Market Perform.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Prima Biomed (NASDAQ: PBMD) shares dipped 38.59% to touch a new 52-week low of $1.44 after the company reported top-line analysis of CVac Phase 2 trial.
Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: U.S. Geothermal Inc.(HTM)
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap geothermal stock U.S. Geothermal Inc (NYSEMKT: HTM) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (March 9th). In early February, U.S. Geothermalprovided an update on its development and expansion projects with the CEO commenting: