Best Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has made an incredible run over the course of 2017, but is its momentum slowing as we get deeper in this holiday season?

Over the course of November, Amazon notched a gain of roughly 6.5%. While this is a solid gain for the month, and with the markets reaching higher highs, some investors want more bang for their buck. Granted this is outperforming the broad markets as well, but with all the hype around e-commerce going into this holiday season, theres more to be desired.

An alternative to Amazon would be Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), which saw its shares jump over 11% in November alone, although most of this was on the back of a strong earnings report. And what made this earnings report so special was that e-commerce sales exploded year over year.

Comparatively, Walmart is gaining ground now, but Amazon has been in the lead for some time. Walmart shares are up about 41% this year while Amazon shares are sitting on a 57% gain year to date.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Murphy Oil Corporation(MUR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Tristan Liu]

    Murphy USA (MUSA) first caught my attention after Southeastern Asset Management acquired a massive stake ($668mm) in its former parent company Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) in Q1 2013. One thing about Murphy Oil Corporation I noticed after an initial glance through their 10-K and annual report was its ownership of a valuable fuel and convenience retailer segment with high ROIC, valuable real estate, low CAPEX requirements, and relatively decent growth prospects that was under-followed and whose underlying value was concealed by the parent company’s core production and exploration business.

  • [By Joshua Bondy]

    Murphy Oil (NYSE: MUR  ) has already spun off its US retail operations into Murphy Oil USAandis exploring the possibility of spinning off its U.K. refining operations. Divesting its refineries will help direct excess cash to developing new fields.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, it was all about oil afterOPEC “reached an understanding” on capping oil production. And that made Murphy Oil (MUR) the hottest stock in the S&P 500.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

  • [By Matt Egan]

    Before Tuesday, Big Oil’s credit ratings had been left largely intact by S&P. But with oil sinking back to $30 a barrel, the ratings firm took action by downgrading Chevron (CVX), EOG Resources (EOG), Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN), Hess (HES), Marathon Oil (MRO), Murphy Oil (MUR), Continental Resources (CLR) and Southwestern Energy (SWN).

Best Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: KNOT Offshore Partners LP(KNOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    If I Could Only Choose One…
    Of all the double-digit yielders in my screening universe, Knot Offshore Partners (NYSE: KNOP) has the strongest coverage ratio. The company is currently distributing annual payments of $2.08 per share, and the average earnings estimate for next year is $2.51 per share — for a comfortable coverage ratio of 121% ($2.51/$2.08).

Best Performing Stocks To Buy For 2018: Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc.(SVVC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Hibah Yousuf]

    Similarly, Twitter is also the biggest holding in the Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC). With just over 1 million shares of the social media platform, Twitter represents nearly 11% of the total portfolio as of mid-year. Shares of Firsthand Technology Value jumped more than 6% Friday.

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