There’s no way around it: the S&P 500 now has a P/E ratio of more than 26 going into the first earnings season of 2017, and even the “safest” bets are starting to look scary.
Unless we see massive profit growth all around, there’s a real risk this bull market is going to stutter—or worse.
So where do you go for value? It’s getting harder than ever, but there is one corner of the market that got way ahead of the S&P 500 and has since taken a step back. I’m talking about real estate investment trusts (REITs).
And now, there are three REITs that combined provide over 9% in income with over 200% average dividend coverage. That means they could double their payouts and still generate enough cash to cover them.
Plus, these stocks are out of favor, making them relatively cheap compared to their peers and the overheated broader market.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co)(ABC)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
AmerisourceBergen (ABC) sprinted to the top of the S&P 500 after releasing Street-beating earnings this morning.
Shares of AmerisourceBergen jumped 8.8% to $$75.96 today, while the S&P 500 dropped fell 0.7% to 2,097.94.
Leerink’s David Larsen and Matt Dellelo traces today’s big gain to Amerisource’s big drop following McKesson’s (MCK) earnings last week:
This morningAmerisourceBergen reported adjusted EPS of $1.30, which was well ahead of Leerink/consensus of $1.22/$1.22. The quality of the beat appears decent, with some pressure in gross margin, completely offset by lower SG&A costs. Given the dramatic reduction in guidance provided byMcKesson (MP), investors had been very cautious heading into the quarter. We are pleased to see that F2017 EPS guidance of $5.63-$5.88 brackets Leerink/consensus estimates of $5.85/$5.82. Brand inflation is now expected to be in the +7-9% range from 10% previously, and F2017 is expected to be back-half loaded. Our first impression of the quarter is that the print and guide are good and there will likely be a relief rally in the shares.
AmerisourceBergen’s market capitalization rose to $18.1 billion from $16.6 billion yesterday.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Alphabit (CURRENCY:ABC) traded down 14.2% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on April 11th. Alphabit has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $999.00 worth of Alphabit was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Alphabit token can now be purchased for about $33.91 or 0.00489408 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including C-CEX and Cryptopia. In the last week, Alphabit has traded up 2.4% against the US dollar.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)
- [By Rich Duprey]
As gaming regulators around the country and the world delve into the misconduct allegations against Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) founder and former CEO Steve Wynn, the casino operator has said it is definitely considering renaming the Wynn Boston Harbor resort — its building in Everett, Massachusetts — to ensure it can retain its license to operate the casino. The time may have come when the entire company needs a rebranding.
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) which traded down roughly 9% at $163.45. The stocks 52-week range is $92.67 to $203.63. Volume was about 26 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.2 million.
- [By Jason Hall, Travis Hoium, and Brian Feroldi]
In our ongoing search for just such quality growth stocks, we asked three of our contributors to pick out ones they think have high growth potential from here, and tell us why. They gave us a unique retailer that’s carving out a huge following in Duluth Holdings(NASDAQ:DLTH), a recovering fast-casual dining darling inChipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and a gaming and resorts giant,Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).
- [By Chris Lange]
Wynn Resorts Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN) shares suffered an incredible loss over the course of 2014 and well into 2015. The stock still is at about half of its peak value from back in 2014. However ithas made a solid run in 2017 (up 35%) so far, and more investors are coming around to the idea. Also many analysts have taken away their negative ratings over the past few months, but now Wynn has a new street-high analyst target from an independent research firm.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
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- [By Paul Ausick]
ArQule Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) dropped about 23% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.13 after closing at $1.47 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.17. Volume was about 15 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The biopharmaceutical company said this morning that a phase 3 trial of a cancer drug did not meet the primary endpoint of improving overall survival.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Actuant Corporation(ATU)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million. Actuant shares dropped 3.73 percent to close at $22.98 yesterday.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million.
Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.
Best Safest Stocks For 2018: Sack Lunch Productions (SAKL)
- [By James E. Brumley]
Tuesday morning, Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) posted its results for the third quarter (ending September 30th) of the year. They were as strong as you might suspect, with the top line rolling in at $5.35 million, and $142,983 of that turning into net income. That top and bottom line were actually down a bit from the year-ago comparables, though investors should bear in mind that the third quarter of last year was an unusually tough comparison of $6.02 million in sales, and income of $688,845. That was a true breakout quarter for the company’s signature event – Slide the City – and many participants may have come simply to see what it was. The follow-up year (this year), SAKL may not have had the same curiosity factor compelling people to attend.
Sack Lunch Productions, for the unfamiliar, it’s the name behind event-oriented businesses called Slide the City, Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and most recently, the Trike Riot. Those are a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide, a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and a tricycle riding course for kids of all ages and sizes. The events aren’t just fun – they’re FUN!
They’re also surprisingly profitable. While attendance and per-participant revenue varies, with the average revenue of $30 per participant being at the low end of the scale ( as is the average event attendance of 2500), gross revenue of $75,000 per event is a low-end expectation…
… not that SAKL hasn’t done some more number crunching of its own. This year, it expects to host roughly 250 events and drive $17 million worth of revenue per event, up about 80% from 2015’s top line. Some of those are being put on by Sack Lunch Productions itself, while others are being hosted by franchisees. Whatever the case, that works out to average revenue of $72,000 per event, with the franchised ones being low-cost to no-cost events for SAKL.
Regardless, the trend is an impressive one, all