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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019

Our Top Pick for income investors for 2017 is a preferred stock issued by a  bank that we consider one of the best-run in the country, asserts Jack Adamo, editor of Insider’s Plus.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) is one of the banks in which Warren Buffett has had a large stake for a long time. It has a preferred stock I’ve watched for a long time.

I recommend buying the U.S. Bancorp Fixed/Floating Depositary Shares Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock A (USB-A).

Despite the security of its preferred status, we get inflation protection because the dividend is the higher of 3.5% or the Three-Month LIBOR rate, plus 1.02%.

LIBOR is currently 0.9971%, so the shares pay the 3.5% minimum coupon, but with the shares trading at $870, the stock yields 4.0%.

The shares are redeemable at $1000 face value at any time. Redemption at face value would give us about a 15% bonus from the current price.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Goldfield Corporation (The)(GV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Just before Thanksgiving, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested buying small cap electrical infrastructure stockGoldfield Corp (NYSEMKT:GV):

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: ClubCorp Holdings, Inc.(MYCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of ClubCorp Holdings Inc. (NYSE:MYCC) jumped 15.7% Thursday after reports stating the private golf and country-club specialist is considering strategic alternatives.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: NeuroMetrix Inc.(NURO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    NeuroMetrix (NURO) makes and markets wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices. Cash per share is $1.37, with the stock selling more than 20% below that.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    One thing that Best Buy does need to be aware of, however, is its lack of appeal to millennials, Sargent said. According to Magid data, only 35% of consumers between the ages 20 to 26 shop at Best Buy, compared to 50% at Amazon and 41% at Walmart Stores, Inc. (WMT) . 

  • [By ]

    In fact, were already seeing this theme play out. While Amazon shares streak to new highs, WalMart (NYSE:WMT) isnt too far behind. WMT is up nearly 45% year-to-date, thanks in part to its strategic acquisition of online shopping hub Jet.com.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) traded up 1.03% at $75.61. The stock’s 52-week range is $65.28 to $80.47. Volume was less than 65% below the daily average of around 8.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Hey, Walmart (WMT) , want to shake up a sector just as Amazon (AMZN) did last month when it announced its bid for Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) ?

    Then make a bold move that will enhance your reach, pump up your brand and widen your footprint with a fresh group of shoppers.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.(SRPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $47.52 following the announcement of positive results in its study for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After surveying 30 neurologists, Baird’s Brian Skorney and Neena Bitritto-Garg contend that the Street might be underestimating sales of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) Exondys 51 treatment for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They explain why:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet some stocks didn’t participate in the rally, instead contending with negative news of their own. Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES), GOL Lineas Aereas Inteligentes (NYSE:GOL), and Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT) 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 Ben Levisohn]

    Skorney’s namesVertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX),Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), and Curis (CRIS) his top biotech picks for 2017, while Ulz chosesBioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) andParatek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK).

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Will healthinsurers pay for Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) Exondys 51?

    Thats a question that several analysts have weighed on today. It appears that payors are still actively evaluating and reevaluating coverage of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug Exondys 51.

    Approved by the FDA in September, the drug has met with widespread pushback from insurers like Anthem (ANTM), Humana (HUM) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH) amid concerns about its efficacy. So while Sareptas share price has more than doubled over the past 12 months, it has made a sharp retreat, falling 50% to just under $32 a share since hitting a record high $63.73 a share in late September.

    But Cowen analyst Ritu Baral says the tide maybe turning, arguing that coverage denials wont be permanent.

    As SRPT management and our Neuromuscular Disease panelist indicated to us at our recent Healthcare Conference, payor discussions are continuing regarding Exondys 51 with manageable, increasingly positive feedback. Of the major plans we have seen coverage policies released for, only Anthem (including Blue Cross Blue Shield) had previously denied coverage of Exondys, though patients could petition for coverage via a standard appeal process (see further below). Based on their February Specialty Pharmacy Medical Management Prior Authorization Drug List, it appears Anthem will add Exondys 51 to its prior auth list as of 5/1. We think this is encouraging and indicative of the evolving payor landscape surrounding Exondys 51 and more broadly, DMD. Anthem’s pick-up, together with those such as United, which started coverage on 2/1, support the idea of accelerating new patient starts, suggested by SRPT last week at our Healthcare Conference.

    …But Coverage Denials Persist (For Now), Especially Among Non-Ambulatory Patients. While we think the overwhelming majority of amenable patients will eventually be covered for Exondys 51, we do note several social media anecdote

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Last week’s shock ban on India’s two biggest banknotes came at a particularly bad time for anyone getting married.

The country’s wedding season reaches its peak this month and next, and most are paid for in cash. Tough limits on withdrawals of new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes were causing havoc.

Now there’s relief for millions of happy couples: The government on Thursday relaxed those limits for people with a wedding in the family. They will be allowed a one-time withdrawal of 250,000 rupees ($3,700) — more than 10 times the current weekly limit of 24,000.

“It can be withdrawn either from the account of the father or the mother… or those who are getting married,” Shaktikanta Das, a senior official in the finance ministry, said in a statement.

The catch? Only one withdrawal per family will be allowed, and officials will require the person making it to sign a declaration to that effect.

India witnesses a sharp spike in the number of weddings every November and December, a period Hindus believe is a good time to get married. An estimated 10 million weddings take place in India every year, and they tend to be elaborate affairs often costing thousands of dollars.

where to invest money: Goldfield Corporation (The)(GV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Just before Thanksgiving, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested buying small cap electrical infrastructure stockGoldfield Corp (NYSEMKT:GV):

where to invest money: Graham Corporation(GHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $23.54 million.

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

where to invest money: One Horizon Group, Inc.(OHGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11

where to invest money: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

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    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) 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 Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

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Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Newcastle Investment Corporation(NCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap debt and golf course REITNewcastle Investment Corp (NYSE: NCT):

    this isn’t apt to become a huge winner, but it’s a high-odds winner.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE: NCT) also had a director buying shares this past week. Wesley Edens picked up1 million shares of the stock at a price of $4.37. The total for the trade was posted at $4,370,000. The consensus price target for the stock is $4.50.The company invests in and manages real estate related and other investments. Its stock ended the weekat $4.31.

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Goldfield Corporation (The)(GV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Just before Thanksgiving, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested buying small cap electrical infrastructure stockGoldfield Corp (NYSEMKT:GV):

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: StarTek, Inc.(SRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Just before Thanksgiving, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap business process outsourcing (BPO) stock StarTek, Inc (NYSE: SRT):

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    With that much revenue at stake, what are the best gaming stocks for investors in 2017? Several companies have exhibited impressive performance over the past several years, and that trend is likely to continue. Top choices in the space includeActivision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    In February 2016, King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING) was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) for $5.9 billion.

    A technical chart for Glu Mobile shows a November reversal with shares back above a key resistance or support level:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    NetEase with its focus on mobile is well positioned to capture the mobile advertising services business in China. As mentioned in the earnings call, its advertising business is in for steady growth. The Mobile News App will be a key growth driver. Also, the games released in partnership with Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI)(Blizzard Entertainments) have been a huge hit. To quote from the earnings call: “Overwatch also established a new sales record in the category of buy-to-play PC-client games in mainland China, with more than five million copies sold by the end of December since its late May release.” In 2017, expansion packs of existing games and some new ones are expected which could also become ahuge hit among the Chinese gamers. This really bodes well for NetEase since licensed games such as Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch was also one of the prime reasons for the growth in online game services gross profit in 2016.

  • [By John Ballard]

    Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI) CEO Bobby Kotick has a special knack for producing games that draw a mass audience. Throughout his tenure, Activision has consistently produced genre leading games.

  • [By John Ballard]

    On its latest conference call, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) confirmed that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare fell short of expectations, yet the company turned in a great quarter. The top video game publisher posted growth in revenue and earnings, and increased its annual dividend by 15%.

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Washington Federal, Inc.(WAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

    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.

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Shares of Facebook Inc. have gained nearly 20% in 2017. Given the recent management commentary, is FB stock still a good buy?
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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has quickly gone on to become one of the biggest technology companies of our time. Shares of the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant have tucked on gains of nearly 20% in the year-to-date. The strong rally in FB stock, combined with recent management commentary on heightened investments and lower profit margins, could force prospective investors to wait on the sidelines. However, FB stock could be on a bull run based on its strong fundamentals and current growth expectations. Evaluating the stock using a DCF model shows that the Facebook stock provides a big ‘margin of safety’ even at the latest closing price of $137.72 per share.

stock market hours: Goldfield Corporation (The)(GV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Just before Thanksgiving, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested buying small cap electrical infrastructure stockGoldfield Corp (NYSEMKT:GV):

stock market hours: Banner Corporation(BANR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

stock market hours: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) saw its shares rocket up by 30.2% to $12.21 on 79.5 million shares on Wednesday. That represents almost 4 times normal trading volume. Whiting Petroleum has a total market cap of $3.5 billion. The company has a consensus analyst price target of $11.39 and a 52-week trading range of $3.35 to $16.62.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

stock market hours: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) which jumped 6.8% to $84.93. The stocks 52-week range is $59.72 to $87.99. Volume was 5.19 million which is well above the daily average of around 2.09 million shares.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the month, LogMeIn announced the completion of its merger with Citrix Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS) GetGo, Inc subsidiary.

    In late October, LogMeIn reported 22% third quarter revenue growth to $85.1 million and GAAP net loss was $0.7 million compared to a GAAP net income of $5.6 million. LogMeIn will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2016 following the close of market on February 28.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn Resortsgained 4.8% to $104.30 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,373.47. At 2:45, Wynn was easily the top performing stock in the S&P 500, only to be surpassed by Citrix’s (CTXS) late day surge.

stock market hours: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Grifols SA (GRFS)

    Paulsons fourth largest holding is in Grifols SA where he holds on to 19,786,279 shares of the companys stock. His position in the company represents 4% of his total portfolio and 5.76% of the companys shares outstanding.