Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018

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Asian stocks were mixed on Monday after finance ministers from the G-7 nations gathered in Japan over the weekend. According to The Wall Street Journal, officials at the meeting have not come to an agreement on "how to address slack in the global economy."

"The market doesn't like an impasse," WSJ quoted Andrew Sullivan, managing director at Haitong International in Hong Kong of saying on the progress at the G-7. "A lot of people are sitting on the sidelines."

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(RIGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIGL) shares dropped 22 percent to $2.52 after the company reported results from the second FIT Phase 3 study for fostamatinib. The company disclosed that the study did not meet primary endpoint.

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: iShares US Regional Banks (IAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    If you’re not comfortable with a single stock, I understand. In that case, consider a regional banking ETF like iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca:IAT), which holds positions in 54 regional banks around the country. You won’t get quite the pop of an individual acquisition but, chances are, you won’t lose out either.

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Masco Corporation(MAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Masco (MAS) : “I like Masco. We have a housing shortage and that’s good for Masco.”

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Goldman Sachs (GS) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) , Ecolab (ECL) , PTC (PTC) , Arista Networks (ANET) , U.S. Concrete (USCR) and Masco (MAS) .


    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .


    Now, while Home Depot (HD) didn’t take off on these figures, Whirlpool (WHR) jumped more than four points. My take? Home Depot becomes a stock to put on your radar screen as we bounce around Dow 20,000. I am partial to Masco (MAS) , the kitchen and bath company, too, off these numbers.

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    Masco (MAS) fell some 4% Thursday, which means we can add it to the list of many, many stocks that experienced unusual call activity that ultimately turned out to be absolutely non-predictive of future gains.

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Friday.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) – $0.2350 dividend, 2.9183 percent yield
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) – $0.4500 dividend, 2.6758 percent yield
    PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – $0.0900 dividend, 1.7078 percent yield
    Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) – $0.3200 dividend, 3.0851 percent yield
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) – $0.6800 dividend, 4.1756 percent yield
    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE: HPP) – $0.2000 dividend, 2.36

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: The Charles Schwab Corporation(SCHW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Back in 2009, Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) fired the first shot in the battle of the brokerage companies when it introduced commission-free ETFs to investors. The move ignited a movement among brokers to come up with ETF partnerships, some offering their own funds, while others made deals with existing ETF providers to offer their funds at no commission.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Equifax In Montreal
    LendingTree, Inc (NASDAQ: TREE)
    Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: IOVA)
    The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) business update call

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The ongoing trade rift between the United States and China continues to plague international markets. Despite reports that both countries are working behind the scenes to prevent additional detrimental trade policies, both countries recently proposed tens of billions in new tariffs on one another. The United States has accused China of widespread intellectual property theft, while China has accused the United States of unfair trade practices, including price manipulation in the agricultural industry. This morning, it’s worth noting that proposed tariffs on U.S. business jets will likely not provide a competitive advantage to foreign competition. Reuters reports that Chinese aviation executives do not see the layer of protectionism as a way to bolster the nation’s local market. Check back to Money Morning today for more insight on how the ongoing trade war could affect your investments.
    Finally, investors will continue to monitor ongoing developments in Washington around the presidency of Donald Trump. The White House has asked a federal judge to block prosecutors from reviewing any files seized from his lawyer’s office during a raid by the FBI last week. The agency seized a trove of documents from lawyer Michael Cohen’s office as part of an investigation into a payment of hush money. The spat between the White House and the FBI continues a day after former FBI Director James Comey called Trump “morally unfit to be president.”
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    Shares of Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) added nearly 1% after the nation’s largest bank by deposits topped Wall Street earning expectations. The financial institution leads a busy day of earnings reports on Wall Street and hopes to keep its positive momentum from previous quarters. The firm reported earnings per share of $0.62 on top of $23.27 billion in revenue. That topped expectations of $0.59 on top of $22.91 billion thanks to strong growth in its consumer loan business and the r

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Vanguard's latest fee cuts answer two such moves this year, including one this month, by rival BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and one fee reduction announcement by Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW).

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: InterOil Corporation(IOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    On the production side of things, XOM continues to dive head-first into natural gas production and shipping. The fuel promises to be one of the primary ways we generate electricity in the future, and smart mega-buys such as XTO and InterOil Corporation (IOC) have made Exxon one of the worlds biggest players in nat gas.

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Power Solutions International, Inc.(PSIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brent Slava]

    Power Solutions International Inc (NASDAQ: PSIX) shares plunged as much as 30 percent Tuesday on a report the company would be delisting from Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ).

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Kronos Worldwide Inc(KRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: KRO) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.13 per share on revenue of $308.50 million.

    Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.67 per share on revenue of $122.91 million.

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Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Infinera Corporation(INFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investing in the tech sector can be tricky. Competition tends to be fierce, which makes it difficult to stay one step ahead. Two companies that have a strong history of maintaining their edge are Skyworks Solutions(NASDAQ:SWKS)and Infinera(NASDAQ:INFN). Both of these businesses have been taking market share in their industries for years, which is impressive. But which of these two tech companies is the better investment today? Let’s review the bull thesis for each company so we can make an informed decision.

  • [By Tracey Ryniec]

    Infinera isn’t in a glamorous part of the technology business, as it provides fiber optic connection gear, but as companies like Amazon and Facebook need and use ever more data, it’s Infinera which paves the way. Earnings are expected to grow 31% in 2016. 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $11.92 after the company reported stronger-than-expected Q4 results.

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  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    What a year 2016 was for Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) shareholders. The stock plunged over 50% last year, as its multiyear run of accelerating 20%-30% growth rates ground to a halt. The story changed from that of a high-growth technology company riding the secular trend of exploding data and bandwidth needs to one of stagnating revenues, profits turning to losses, increased competition, and end customers pausing investments in optical networks.

Top 10 Stocks To Own For 2018: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019

Peter Krauth

As expected, the gold price has struggled to regain the $1,300 level last week, but it won’t stay below that price for long…

After reaching a monthly high of $1,305 on Friday, Oct. 13, the metal fell 1.8% last week to close at $1,281 on Friday, Oct. 20.

Sentiment toward gold prices is badly bruised as stocks continue to make new highs, causing interest in precious metals to wane. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at new record highs every trading session last week, gaining 1.9% over the five-day period.

Although the U.S. dollar has been mostly sideways for the past month, it has regained some strength in the past week. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) – which tracks the dollar against the euro, Swiss franc, and other currencies – is up from 93.09 on Oct. 13 to 93.90 today (Monday, Oct. 23).

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Pilot Gold Inc (PLGTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Wesdome Gold (OTC:WDOFF) is confirming the potential of its Kiena Deeps discovery with the latest batch of drill results from this venue. Itinerant Musings subscribers who joined us in this trade will be pleased. Treasury Metals (OTC:TSRMF) needs to find more underground ore to justify a construction decision of its Goliath gold project, and it’s doing just that as reported in the latest news release and explained in this article. NuLegacy Gold (OTCQX:NULGF) finally announced results from the twin hole of the Avocado discovery. A detailed discussion will be forthcoming for Itinerant Musings subscribers shortly. Pilot Gold (OTCPK:PLGTF) is making progress at its Goldstrike project in Utah. The latest set of results confirmed the Peg Leg and Covington targets as valid targets for further drilling. Arizona Mining (OTC:WLDVF) is countering controversy by releasing more drill results, and reporting the discovery of Taylor Deeps. The roller coaster continues.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Golden Star Resources Ltd(GSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Golden Star (NYSEMKT: GSS) is a gold mining and exploration company, and operates gold mines in Ghana, West Africa. GSS is up 396% YTD after it announced in July that it had begun pre-commercial production of gold in an underground mine in Ghana. GSS is trading at $0.825 per share on Monday intraday.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Deutsche Boerse (OTCMKTS: DBOEY) and CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

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    CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) is the world’s largest and most diverse futures exchange group, operating in four segments — the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange.

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    Sure, I will invest more in certain high-confidence picks than others, but without going overboard. This might limit the impact from a triple-digit winner in my High-Yield Investing portfolio, such as CME Group (Nasdaq: CME), where we are showing a 156% gain at last count, but it will also soften the blow from a laggard.

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    My pick this week has created a faster, more centralized marketplace for bond traders… and it’s led by a guy who once worked the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Better yet, recently passed regulations could force traders’ hands in joining this new system.

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    Market Exchanges like the CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) have just started allowing trading in bitcoin futures and could attract an entirely new type of retail user as well as allowing institutional clients access to the bitcoin theme. Exchanges make their money on transactional volume, so a bursting of the bitcoin bubble wouldn’t necessarily mean weakness for shares.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: NEW GOLD INC.(NGD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 2.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $2.35. Shares closed at $2.42 on Friday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 5.8 million shares. The gold mining company had no news.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, sending major market benchmarks lower by more than half a percentage point. The Dow lost its grip on the 20,000 mark in the wake of concerns about economic growth and new U.S. immigration policy, and some believe that the broader geopolitical climate could have a negative impact on global commerce that in turn could start affecting multinational corporations’ business prospects. In addition, bad news from some individual companies weighed on the markets, and Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and New Gold (NYSEMKT:NGD) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 3.8% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.28. Shares closed at $2.37 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 5.9 million shares. The company had no specific news.

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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Lower; Philip Morris Shares Fall Following Q1 Results

Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.04 percent to 24,758.25 while the NASDAQ declined 0.33 percent to 7,271.07. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.23 percent to 2,702.53.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Thursday morning, the financial shares climbed 0.81 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), up 6 percent, and Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI), up 7 percent.

In trading on Thursday, consumer staples shares fell 2.78 percent.

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Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) shares fell around 15 percent after the company reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter, while revenue missed estimates.

The company said it earned $1 per share in the first quarter on revenue of $6.9 billion versus expectations of $0.90 per share on revenue of $6.99 billion.

Philip Morris raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $5.20-$5.35 per share to $5.25-$5.40 per share.

Equities Trading UP

OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) shares shot up 15 percent to $2.41. OpGen completed rapid testing clinical trial in Colombia and expanded international operations.

Shares of Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTS) got a boost, shooting up 9 percent to $6.20 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $12.03 following the announcement of FDA approval for PMA supplement.

Equities Trading DOWN

Aceto Corporation (NYSE: ACET) shares dropped 60 percent to $2.985 following announcement of financial challenges. The company has suspended further guidance and is evaluating strategic alternatives. Aceto also expects reduction in dividend moving forward. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.

Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) were down 40 percent to $2.29 after pricing public share offering.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) was down, falling around 29 percent to $2.30. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a Q4 loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $395.77 million.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.16 percent to $68.58 while gold traded down 0.21 percent to $1,350.70.

Silver traded up 0.42 percent Thursday to $17.32, while copper fell 1.10 percent to $3.1465.


European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.05 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.01 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.14 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX fell 0.30 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.04 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.10 percent.


Initial jobless claims declined 1,000 to 232,000 for the latest week.

The Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index rose 1 point to a reading of 23.2 for April.

The index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3 percent for March.

The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester is set to speak in Pittsburgh at 6:45 p.m. ET.

Heres a simmering worry for the corporate bond market

Investors should keep an eye on the growing size of the lowest-rated swath of the investment-grade corporate bond market.

The attractiveness of investment-grade bonds chiefly comes from the healthier finances of the issuers, but excessive leverage could raise alarm bells for bondholders.

That will remain a simmering worry at this stage in the cycle as the start of year 10 of the expansion soon arrives, said analysts at CreditSights.

The amount of BBB-rated debt linked to benchmark corporate credit indexes neared $3 trillion in April 2018, according to CreditSights, for a cumulative value that exceeds the annual economic output of the United Kingdom, the worlds fifth-largest economy. By another yardstick, that amount is also 50% larger than the whole U.S. investment-grade market back in mid-2007, a time when a buildup of debt was blamed for exacerbating the damage induced by the financial crisis.

CreditSights The market for BBB-rated debt has mushroomed

See: Heres why default rates are subdued even as corporate debt levels hit records

Ratings firms S&P and Fitch both consider BBB debt the lowest investment-grade classification. Bonds rated below BBB are speculative grade and face a more limited audience of potential buyers, shunned by some large institutional buyers including pension funds.

The ballooning of BBB-rated debt as a share of the overall investment-grade bond market comes as U.S. corporations heap debt onto their already leveraged balance sheets. The outstanding value of BBB-rated debt is around 42.2% of the entire investment grade market, comparing with 26.1% in 2007. The ratio of nonfinancial corporate debt to gross domestic product in the U.S. rose to 45.2% in 2017, slightly shy of the 45.3% seen in 2007.

Rising debt levels appear to be ringing some alarm bells. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Fund Manager Survey for April showed that a record net 33% of equity-focused money managers said corporate balance sheets carried too much debt.

Bank of America Merill Lynch Investors have paid growing attention to corporate leverage

The danger is that an end to what is currently the second longest economic expansion since World War II could see companies struggle to meet interest payments. That could prompt ratings firms to cut a BBB-rated bonds rating and push it down into the realm of high-yield or junk debt, prompting investors restricted to buying investment-grade bonds to unload holdings of such fallen angels.

Markets are very late-cycle, an environment that is often not friendly to credit and where the margin for error is naturally lower, said Adam Richmond, head of U.S. credit strategy at Morgan Stanley.

Coupled with the worries about thinning liquidity in the corporate debt market as a result of the Volcker rule, which has dissuaded dealers from carrying large inventories of corporate paper, analysts said the selloff could be fiercer than anticipated if investors turn sour on this swath of corporate paper.

See: Markets are on collision course for disaster, says Guggenheims Minerd

But many bond investors seem unfazed by these mounting concerns, mostly content to bask in what some market participants have dubbed a Goldilocks environment. Despite the rapid growth of corporate debt loads, strong economic growth and solid earnings have kept their debt piles manageable.

The International Monetary Fund expects U.S. growth for 2018 to hit 2.9% and 2.7% in 2019. Corporate earnings are estimated to grow 17.1% for S&P 500 firms
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in the first quarter of 2018, thanks to a weak dollar and tax cuts, according to FactSet data.

While the first three months of the year saw high-grade bonds experience the heaviest quarterly selling for a first quarter since 2008 as risky assets, including stocks, sold off, BBB-grade debt outperformed their higher rated brethren.

The excess returns for investment-grade bond returns stood at a negative 0.68% in the first quarter of 2018, comparing with a 0.54% in BBB-rated debt over the same period. Excess returns reflect how much a corporate bonds yield has shifted against Treasurys, a widening credit spread means the bond has a negative excess return.

That still left the spread between BBB bonds and equivalent Treasurys at a relatively low 1.38 percentage points on April 17, well below the five-year average of 1.81 percentage points, according to the ICE BofAML U.S. Corporate BBB Index.

The fact is with the underlying fundamentals of the economy, corporate balance sheets remain favorable, said Craig Bishop, lead strategist for the U.S. fixed income group for RBC Wealth Management. We dont see a widespread capitulation in ratings.