Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019

Stocks couldn’t shake off early losses and all three major indexes ended lower on Thursday.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 210.79 points, or 1.17%, to 17830.76. The S&P 500 Index fell 19.34 points, or 0.92%, to 2075.81. The Nasdaq slid 57.85 points, or 1.19%, to 4805.29.

Blue chips were dragged down by Apple (AAPL): Just days after its disappointing earnings, billionaire Carl Icahn said he no longer has a stake in the stock.

From a data standpoint, First quarter gross domestic product grew 0.5%, below economists’ expectations, overshadowing an upbeat jobs report that saw unemployment fall to a four-decade low.

Stifel’s Lindsey Piegza writes that this could push out any interest rate hikes:

From a policy standpoint, should the U.S. economy post meaningful improvement between now and June, assuming the Fed’s concerns surrounding international “risks” are not reignited, policy makers appear well positioned to announce the second rate hike in less than two months’ time.  Of course, following this morning’s disappointing GDP report, it’s difficult to imagine a marked improvement in the economy over the next two months.  More likely, the combination of stagnant economic conditions, a still-restrained consumer, and ongoing concerns regarding risks of contagion from developments abroad – whether directly identified in the statement or not – will make it increasingly difficult for the Fed to raise rates once in the remaining nine months of 2016, if at all.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc.(CNOB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media headlines about Center Bancorp (NASDAQ:CNOB) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Center Bancorp earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.8586921520597 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CNOB) has been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Perficient, Inc.(PRFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Systematic Financial Management LP boosted its position in shares of Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) by 388.7% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 302,431 shares of the digital transformation consultancy’s stock after acquiring an additional 240,541 shares during the period. Systematic Financial Management LP owned about 0.87% of Perficient worth $7,975,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    KBC Group NV grew its stake in shares of Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) by 101.2% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 44,147 shares of the digital transformation consultancy’s stock after purchasing an additional 22,210 shares during the period. KBC Group NV’s holdings in Perficient were worth $1,164,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Perficient (NASDAQ:PRFT) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Ventas, Inc.(VTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    My timing, however, isn’t always so good, and I sometimes get in too early. But owning a great dividend-paying company at a fair price is better than owning a bad company at any price. Which is why I’m happy to have bought U.S. utility giant The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) and healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR). And I’ll be just as happy if they fall further from here.

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    Shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) are under pressure after another government took action on the social media giant’s data policies. German regulators announced yesterday that they would limit the company’s ability to collect and combine consumer data and target advertising across all of its services. This ruling could make it far more difficult for the firm if it integrates the messaging platforms of Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) are in focus after news broke that it shifted its modem chip engineering team from its supply chain to its internal hardware group. Reuters suggests that it is aiming to develop modem chips in-house after years of buying them from companies like Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC). Such a change could bolster company profits in a big way in the future. Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald argues that Apple stock is a bargain right now. It’s just one of several that tap into the unstoppable investment trends that can make you very rich. Learn more right here. On Monday (Feb. 4), Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced it was acquiring Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL), a battery and ultra-capacitor company. This might seem like a typical acquisition where a larger company scales its output by buying a smaller competitor. This is a much different move… On Friday, look for earnings reports from Arconic Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNC), Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS), Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), and Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR).
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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Gabelli Dividend(GDV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    The Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust (NYSE:GDV) declared a monthly dividend on Friday, August 24th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Friday, December 7th will be paid a dividend of 0.11 per share by the financial services provider on Friday, December 14th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.52%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 6th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media headlines about Gabelli Dividend & Income (NYSE:GDV) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Gabelli Dividend & Income earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.1795768072103 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Commonwealth Equity Services LLC reduced its position in shares of The Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust (NYSE:GDV) by 13.9% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 39,968 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,472 shares during the quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC’s holdings in The Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust were worth $902,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Lydall, Inc.(LDL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Gentherm (NASDAQ: THRM) and Lydall (NYSE:LDL) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

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  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Shares of Lydall (NYSE:LDL), a global manufacturer of specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical (primarily in vehicles) and filtration/separation markets, jumped as high as 11.9% Tuesday morning after the company released fourth-quarter results.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: BB&T Corporation(BBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bridgewater Associates LP reduced its stake in BB&T Co. (NYSE:BBT) by 29.6% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 20,930 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 8,789 shares during the period. Bridgewater Associates LP’s holdings in BB&T were worth $1,056,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State Treasurer State of Michigan decreased its holdings in BB&T (NYSE:BBT) by 1.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 228,861 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 2,400 shares during the quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan’s holdings in BB&T were worth $11,910,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BB&T (NYSE:BBT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The insurance provider reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.85 billion. BB&T had a net margin of 21.63% and a return on equity of 10.38%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.46 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that BB&T will post 4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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