Best Safest Stocks For 2019

Things aren’t going to script right now in the financial sector. It’s a widely established fact (based on years of historical evidence) that banks and other lenders typically prosper when interest rates are rising. In previous rate-tightening cycles, the financial sector was usually among the market’s top performers.

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Best Safest Stocks For 2019: NIC Inc.(EGOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note published on Friday morning.

    Several other research firms also recently commented on EGOV. Zacks Investment Research downgraded NIC from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. ValuEngine downgraded NIC from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Barrington Research restated a hold rating on shares of NIC in a report on Monday, April 30th. TheStreet downgraded NIC from a b- rating to a c rating in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Loop Capital decreased their price objective on NIC to $14.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $18.33.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $18.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. NIC earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the software maker an impact score of 44.2220263592641 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the ten research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $18.00.

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation(WMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Western Asset Mortgage Capit (NYSE:WMC) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc.(AIMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AIMT) is looking for Phase 3 data for in its Palisade trial of AR101 in February. Specifically, this trial is looking to treat peanut allergies. Shares closed most recently at $36.18, with a consensus price target of $57.38 and a 52-week range of $15.97 to $40.65.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AIMT) is looking for Phase 3 data for in its Palisade trial of AR101 in February. Specifically, this trial is looking to treat peanut allergies. Shares closed trading most recently at $37.13, with a consensus price target of $55.50 and a 52-week range of $15.97 to $40.65.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Ingersoll-Rand (IR) , The Blackstone Group (BX) , Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) , FMC Corp (FMC) , Nike (NKE) , Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) and Aimmune Therapeutics (AIMT) .

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AIMT) is looking for Phase 3 data for in its Palisade trial of AR101 in February. Specifically, this trial is looking to treat peanut allergies. Shares closed trading most recently at $37.20, with a consensus price target of $57.11 and a 52-week range of $15.97 to $40.65.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Aimmune Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AIMT)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating reissued by research analysts at Wedbush in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. They currently have a $72.00 target price on the biotechnology company’s stock. Wedbush’s price objective points to a potential upside of 117.59% from the company’s previous close.

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Infinity Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INFI) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report published on Saturday morning.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI)

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) shares made a healthy gain early on Tuesday after the firm announced a collaboration with Arcus Biosciences Inc. (NYSE: RCUS). These two companies have entered into a clinical collaboration to evaluate two triple combination therapies in selected tumor types that typically show minimal response to checkpoint inhibition monotherapy.

Best Safest Stocks For 2019: Royal Dutch Shell PLC(RDS.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Much of Wall Street will tell you to stick with the oil industry giants – companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) or Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE: RDS.A).

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