Best Growth Stocks For 2019

After a brutal two months for all things retail, especially those in the athletic footwear space, the long awaited Nike (NYSE:NKE) earnings have just been reported and they have some extreme implications for names like Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) and The Finish Line (FINL). I have opined that Nike is a buy in that past the closer it gets to $50, and have been buying Foot Locker since it fell well under $60, and completing my position in the mid-$40s. That said, does my buy call hold water for Nike? Let us turn to the earnings, where we see that Nike just delivered a pretty strong quarter.

What do I mean? Well, Nike just reported a Q4 that was a positive surprise, not unlike some other niche companies that have reported thus far. Let us remember that consensus estimates for Nike were to report revenues of $8.63 billion, earnings of $0.50 and gross profit margin of 44.3%.This is the benchmark. This quarter should have seen some benefits of the so-called delayed tax refunds that many companies cited in their Q1 reports. Well, with its strong name brand and sales strategy, this was another decent quarter. It wasn’t perfect, but it was truly solid. Diluted earnings per share were up 22% year-over-year and beat by a whopping $0.10, coming in at $0.6. Continued strong international momentum drove better revenues and expenses were once again well managed. The revenue growth was clear. Revenues rose 5% year-over-year to $8.7 billion and up 7% in constant dollars. This figure met expectations of the Street. It was a solid performance, but we need to dig further.

Best Growth Stocks For 2019: ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS(ETP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    That, by itself, doesn’t mean their dividends are on solid ground. However, Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) deserves a closer look. Like many master limited partnerships (MLPs), it has pulled back over the past week because of a new ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates tariffs on interstate pipelines.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen research firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $23.60.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After lots of analysis and discussion, Energy Transfer Equity recently announced that it has agreed to merge with its MLP Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) in a $27 billion deal that will create a nearly $100 billion energy infrastructure behemoth. In addition to increasing the size and scale of the company, several other reasons were highlighted by CFO Tom Long about why the company is happy to finally be able to announce this transaction: 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Because Magellan Midstream Partners has lived within its means over the past five years, the average number of units it has outstanding is up less than 1%. Contrast that with rivals Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL) and Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP), which have a much more aggressive approach to financing growth because they typically pay out virtually all their cash flow to investors each quarter. That forced both to issue a boatload of new equity and debt to fund acquisitions and expansion projects. As a result, Buckeye’s outstanding unit count has surged 41%, while Energy Transfer’s is up a jaw-dropping 120% over the past five years.

Best Growth Stocks For 2019: Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc.(IRWD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IRWD) and GTX (NASDAQ:GTXI) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

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    Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc  (NASDAQ:IRWD)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After reporting fourth-quarter financial results that were better than expected on both the top and bottom line and updating investors on its plans to split into two companies, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IRWD) surged 11.7% higher today.

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Best Growth Stocks For 2019: YPF Sociedad Anonima(YPF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    YPF (NYSE:YPF) and HollyFrontier (NYSE:HFC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Rich Smith]

    YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) produces oil and gas — and also lives in Buenos Aires.

    And Mercadolibre (NASDAQ:MELI) — probably the best-known name on this list — is the Latin American equivalent of eBay here in the U.S. And yes, you guessed it — Mercadolibre is headquartered in Buenos Aires as well.

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