Best Dividend Stocks For 2018

Reliance Steel (RS) has been a reliable force in my portfolio for a long time. The story is pretty straightforward. The company is a long-term consolidator in a fragmented industry and applies conservative financial management to deal with the fluctuations, which it experiences in end markets, despite a diversified customer base.

Shares have recently hit a record high after a very strong 2017 results and prospects for another record year in 2018, making me a happy holder of the stock.

Nearly 80 Years Of Consolidation

Reliance Steel has been founded in 1939, and since 1994, investors have had the opportunity to share in its continued success. That success has been great as shares traded around split-adjusted prices of just $2 at the time of the IPO, which means that investors have increased their investment by a factor of 50 times in less than 25 years. In fact, the annual dividend today is equivalent to the levels at which shares traded at after the company went public.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company is a huge Internet of Things benefactor. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.

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    Though concerns have been raised that the analog and MCU markets are at risk of seeing an inventory correction (they haven’t had a major one in a while), given signs of excessive ordering and stretched lead times, TI and STMicro’s numbers suggest conditions remain good for now. That’s particularly true in industrial and auto markets where trends such as factory automation, ADAS adoption and electric/hybrid car sales are boosting chip demand. Several other analog/MCU firms, including Microchip (MCHP) , ON Semiconductor (ON) , Maxim Integrated (MXIM) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) , will be reporting soon.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Microchip Technology (MCHP) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks got clobbered.

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    Shares of Microchip Technology tumbled 7.5% to $61.23 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.4% to 2,191.08. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) fell 4.8% to $52.29, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 4.8% to $67.68.

    Today’s slaughter comes two days after Microchip Technology narrowed its third-quarter guidance. Stifel’s Kevin Cassidy and team had the details:

    Microchip upwardly revised its December ending quarter…Non-GAAP EPS guidance was updated to $0.87 – $0.94 compared to $0.85 – $0.95 previously…The According to management, the upside is coming from better than expected integration of recent acquisitions. Management pointed out that significant gross margin improvements may be recognized as the inventory of higher cost products from the now closed Micrel fab is depleted. We have revised our revenue and non-GAAP earnings estimates and increased our 12-month target price to $70.

    Microchip Technology’s market capitalization fell to $13.2 billion from $14.3 billion yesterday. It report net income of $324 million on sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telekomunikasi Indones (Prsr)Tbk PT-ADR (NYSE: TLK), down 4 percent, and China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHA) down 2 percent.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: Investors Real Estate Trust(IRET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

    Trending Hot Stock’s Analysis Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) (thestockgem.com) Royal Bank of Canada Raises Amphenol (APH) Price Target to $80.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Analyst Earnings Forecasts Summary: Amphenol Corporation’s (APH) (getstocksnews.com) Global Medical Pressure Sensors Market 2018 Manufacturers- Amphenol, Honeywell, NXP+Freescale and TE … (themobileherald.com) What’s Better? Amphenol Corporation (APH) Buy or Sell (nasdaqfortune.com)

    A number of research firms have issued reports on APH. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Amphenol from $87.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine raised shares of Amphenol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $82.00) on shares of Amphenol in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Amphenol in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Amphenol has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $92.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greenleaf Trust reduced its holdings in Amphenol (NYSE:APH) by 4.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 17,234 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after selling 714 shares during the period. Greenleaf Trust’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $1,484,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
    First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
    More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
    Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
    For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
    There are many more, but those are just a
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

    Get Laboratory Corp. of America alerts:

    Stock Traders Buy Large Volume of Laboratory Corp. of America Put Options (LH) (americanbankingnews.com) Credit Suisse Group Lowers Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Wednesday (americanbankingnews.com) Can LaunchPad Aid LabCorp's (LH) Covance Arm in Q1 Earnings? (finance.yahoo.com) As Laboratory Corp Of America Holdings (LH) Shares Rose, Shareholder Veritas Investment Management Llp … (djzplanet.com)

    LH has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and set a $204.00 price target (up from $180.00) on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Laboratory Corp. of America from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Mizuho set a $178.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $183.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $189.19.

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