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The Federal Reserve&a;rsquo;s increased aggression over the past couple of years has finally come home to roost. The yield on the 10-year Treasury recently rocketed above 2.8% &a;ndash; a four-year high &a;ndash; while the 30-year cleared the 3% mark.
That&a;rsquo;s bad news for investors in many traditional dividend-paying blue chips.
The 10-year T-note might as well have been a &a;ldquo;high-yield&a;rdquo; savings account the past few years, offering almost laughable income of less than 1.4% as recently as 2016. That kind of environment gives investors &a;ldquo;yield goggles,&a;rdquo; making even no-growth stocks look attractive as long as they&a;rsquo;re paying out near 3%.
Just look at the performance of the &l;b&g;Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR &l;/b&g;&a;ndash; a collection of companies such as &l;b&g;Procter &a;amp; Gamble&l;/b&g; and &l;b&g;Coca-Cola&l;/b&g; &a;ndash; against the 10-year Treasury rate. While the XLP has broadly grown, it&a;rsquo;s strongest when the T-note&a;rsquo;s yield is in decline, and the fund typically stagnates or declines when the Treasury begins to deliver more income.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)
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In his “No-Huddle Offense” segment, Cramer celebrated the annual Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) shareholder weekend by taking a quick peek at Warren Buffett’s five largest holdings.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Hudson Technologies, Inc.(HDSN)
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Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDSN) traded up 20.3% during trading on Thursday following insider buying activity. The company traded as high as $2.73 and last traded at $2.61. 2,803,817 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 473% from the average session volume of 488,999 shares. The stock had previously closed at $2.17.
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Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
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Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
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Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
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Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
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Sawtooth Solutions LLC boosted its holdings in shares of iShares Core U.S. Credit Bond ETF (NASDAQ:CRED) by 24.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 230,300 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 44,773 shares during the quarter. iShares Core U.S. Credit Bond ETF makes up 2.2% of Sawtooth Solutions LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 10th largest position. Sawtooth Solutions LLC’s holdings in iShares Core U.S. Credit Bond ETF were worth $25,096,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pacific Mercantile Bancorp(PMBC)
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