Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

Our favorite holding period is forever. — Warren Buffett

Forever is an awfully long time. Heck, the average holding period for stocks isn’t even one year anymore, since the advent of online trading, computer-driven high-speed trading, and steadily falling brokerage costs. But even with so much of a shift toward short-term trading, the most-effective way for individual investors to get the best returns remains the simplest: Buy great companies and hold them as long as possible. 

Owning stocks that pay a dividend can make it much easier to hold on to them, particularly if they have the ability to steadily increase the payout and solid prospects to grow the business. To help find the best long-term dividend stocks out there, we asked three of our Motley Fool investors for a little help. They came back with Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI), AES Corp (NYSE:AES), and Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ:CTRE). 

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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), likewise, said it would stick with its $2.3 billion drilling budget, which is enough money to grow oil and gas production in the U.S. by 25% to 30% versus last year. Because of that capital discipline, Marathon is on pace to produce more than $500 million in excess cash this year, and that’s assuming crude averages $60 a barrel.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Melrose Industries (LON:MRO) had its price target upped by Numis Securities from GBX 250 ($3.39) to GBX 280 ($3.80) in a research report report published on Monday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The second expansion track the company took was the acquisition of a 70% interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project from Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). The company paid CA$12.74 billion ($9.9 billion) in cash and stock for this world-class oil sands mining asset, which was less than the cost of building a similar project. The sale enabled Shell and Marathon to get some cash to pay down debt, while the transaction added two mines to Canadian Natural Resources’ portfolio that have the capacity to produce 280,000 BPD. In addition, the company picked up a stake in a 100,000 BPD expansion project and acquired several other oil sands leases from Shell and Marathon, two of which were producing an average of 13,800 BPD.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Saudi Aramco’s valuation, however, isn’t the only one that would benefit from a pop in the price of crude. Many oil producers in the U.S. restructured their operations to run on $50 oil, so if the Saudi strategy is successful, these oil companies would produce a gusher of cash flow, which could fuel high-octane gains for investors. While that rise would likely lift the entire sector, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) could outperform in that scenario.

  • [By Zacks]

    Oil production is surging in Canada but producers are far from happy as their profit margin is sinking and they are striving to stay competitive with their U.S. counterparts. While upstream companies like Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) and others are enjoying the shale boom and rebound in prices in the United States, their Canadian counterparts like Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVE) and others are thinking of reducing production. The primary reason behind this is the shortage of pipelines in the country. In short, pipeline construction in Canada has failed to keep pace with rising domestic oil production – the heavier sour variety churned out of the oil sands –  resulting in infrastructural bottlenecks. This has also forced producers to give away their products at a discounted rate.

Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated(RBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barrington Research reissued their hold rating on shares of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE:RBA) (TSE:RBA) in a report published on Thursday. Barrington Research also issued estimates for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.20 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.23 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.51 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.25 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $0.46 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.45 EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (RBA)

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers Inc  (NYSE:RBA)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 01, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc (NYSE:RBA) (TSE:RBA) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the fifteen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $35.50.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc (TSE:RBA) (NYSE:RBA) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Financial Group raised their FY2018 EPS estimates for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in a research note issued to investors on Monday, August 13th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst S. Volkmann now expects that the company will earn $1.50 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $1.28. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ FY2019 earnings at $1.76 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.95 EPS.

Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SZKMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Suzuki Motor Corp. [TYO: 7269] (OTCPK:SZKMY) (OTCPK:SZKMF)

    On September 7 The Times of India reported: “Suzuki to start testing electric vehicle prototypes in India. Suzuki would launch EVs in India around 2020 in cooperation.”

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NII (NASDAQ: NIHD) and U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong (OTCMKTS:HTHKY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    United States Cellular Corporation  (NYSE:USM)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Union Pacific’s (NYSE:UNP) new “Unified Plan 2020” calls for the implementation of precision scheduled railroading principles, which refers to a broader concept known more simply in the rail industry as “scheduled railroading.” In its Sept. 17 press release describing its revamped operating plan, the company summed up the changes it will put in place as follows: 

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Shares of Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP) gained 15.1% in January, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after a strong fourth-quarter performance gave investors confidence the railroad is on track to deliver in 2019.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-six ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $148.44.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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    Union Pacific to close downtown DeKalb railroad crossing (daily-chronicle.com) Union Pacific ordered to flag traffic at Monroe County crossing with history of failing gates (lacrossetribune.com) Union Pacific Reaches Analyst Target Price (forbes.com) Does Union Pacific’s Free Cash Flow Suggest a Rise in 2018? (finance.yahoo.com) Union Pacific Co. (UNP) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $5.53 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)

    Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. TD Securities lowered their price target on Union Pacific from $155.00 to $150.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Friday, January 26th. UBS lowered their price target on Union Pacific from $164.00 to $162.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Seaport Global Securities lowered Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Loop Capital boosted their price target on Union Pacific from $137.00 to $145.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Union Pacific presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $138.95.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Reilly Financial Advisors LLC lifted its position in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 0.9% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 92,617 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 859 shares during the quarter. Union Pacific accounts for approximately 1.7% of Reilly Financial Advisors LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 13th largest position. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $12,451,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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