Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

April 24, 2018: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but soon sank to losses and just kept falling throughout the trading session. The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds finally topped 3% early this morning and combined with lackluster earnings and cautious guidance from some blue chippers, stocks never had a chance to fly higher. Home prices rose sharply again and sales of new homes also posted a solid gain.

WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $67.70 a barrel, down 1.4% for the day. June gold added about 0.7% on the day to settle at $1,333.00. Equities were headed for a lower close about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded down 2.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 1.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 2.04%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTK8) for May delivery traded at $9,410, up about 6% on the CBOE after opening at $8,970 this morning. The digital currency’s trading range for the day was $8,940 to $9,450.

The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded down 6.99% at $200.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $192.36 to $259.77. Volume was about four times the daily average of around 2.7 million shares. The company reported so-so results this morning and lowered earnings guidance.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNT) were up 13.6% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday after the wireless networking products specialist announced better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter 2018 results.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) reported earnings for the third time since going public, and Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) jumped after announcing higher sales and improving profits.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Ubiquiti Networks(NASDAQ:UBNT)announced fiscal third-quarter 2018 results early Thursday, highlighting strong demand from its Enterprise Technology product lines and a large new share-repurchase plan. Shares of the wireless networking technology company climbed 11% Thursday when all was said and done.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT), down 14 percent, and Magnachip Semiconductor Corp (NYSE: MX), down 12 percent.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) will share its latest quarterly earnings first thing Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.25 in EPS and $3.25 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $175.94, in a 52-week range of $115.55 to $183.73. The consensus analyst target is $196.12.

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     This is a stock to own for the long term. It has an excellent long-term track record. Management just announced another dividend increase and more share repurchases.

    Earnings growth in 2016 is expected to accelerate over the performance in 2015. The big credit card brands are institutional favorites.

    MasterCard Incorporated’s (NYSE:MA) sales and earnings growth have been quite consistent over the years.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. boosted its stake in Mastercard (NYSE:MA) by 0.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 2,838,638 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 17,865 shares during the period. Mastercard accounts for approximately 0.6% of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 29th largest position. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Mastercard were worth $497,216,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: COUP)
    Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX) in New York

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

    1-800-Flowers.com, Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS)
    Cicso Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO)

    Tuesday

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