We’re halfway through 2018 already. We investors may want to take a mid-year look at our portfolios, rebalancing and introducing new ideas. The tax year will end before you know it, so it’s a good idea to stay on top of your nest egg long before December rolls around.
In that spirit, we asked a few of our Motley Fool investors what they see as the best investment ideas at the start of July, 2018. They were quick to suggest Chinese e-commerce giantBaidu(NASDAQ:BIDU), coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), clean energy specialist TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), semiconductor veteran Intel, (NASDAQ:INTC), and Texan bankCullen/Frost Bankers(NYSE:CFR).
Read on for all the juicy details on these timely investment ideas.
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Look beyond our borders
Danny Vena (Baidu): As a whole, U.S. investors tend to focus on domestic companies, but in doing so miss out on significant international opportunities. This is especially true of China, which is a walled garden when it comes to internet-related services, and as a result, U.S. companies will never achieve the level of popularity or penetration that homegrown businesses realize in the Middle Kingdom.
Hot Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Vascular Biogenics Ltd.(VBLT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RETO) fell 9.3 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading.
ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) shares fell 8.5 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.53 percent on Thursday.
Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) fell 7.5 percent to $47.10 in pre-market trading. Nordstrom reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Comparable-store sales rose 0.6 percent.
Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) shares fell 6 percent to $263.00 in pre-market trading. Baidu disclosed that its COO Qi Lu will step down in July 2018.
Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares fell 5.6 percent to $8.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.88 percent on Thursday.
Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) fell 5 percent to $51.30 in pre-market trading. Applied Materials reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter, but issued weak sales outlook for the third quarter.
Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) fell 5 percent to $7.61 in pre-market trading after rising 11.40 percent on Thursday.
Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $255.77 in pre-market trading.
Vascular Biogenics Ltd (NASDAQ: VBLT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter earnings miss.
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) fell 3.3 percent to $37.60 in pre-market trading. Campbell Soup reported upbeat Q3 earnings, but sales missed estimates. The company also lowered its FY18 outlook.
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD) shares fell 2.7 percent to $17.65 in pre-market trading after reporting a 7.2 million common stock offering
- [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.2 per share on revenue of $2.63 billion.
Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion.
The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million.
Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU) is expected to report quarterly loss at $1.35 per share on revenue of $193.67 million.
Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $296.76 million.
KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $306.72 million.
Vascular Biogenics Ltd. (NASDAQ: VBLT) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.21 per share.
Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE: TOO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $272.04 million.
Albireo Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALBO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.77 per share on revenue of $31.32 million.
Hot Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Credo Petroleum Corporation(CRED)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Verify (CURRENCY:CRED) traded up 16.6% against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 22:00 PM Eastern on July 3rd. Verify has a total market capitalization of $1.20 million and $2,751.00 worth of Verify was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Verify token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0885 or 0.00001370 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including EtherDelta (ForkDelta), COSS, CoinFalcon and YoBit. In the last seven days, Verify has traded 27.1% higher against the US dollar.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Sawtooth Solutions LLC boosted its holdings in shares of iShares Core U.S. Credit Bond ETF (NASDAQ:CRED) by 24.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 230,300 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 44,773 shares during the quarter. iShares Core U.S. Credit Bond ETF makes up 2.2% of Sawtooth Solutions LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 10th largest position. Sawtooth Solutions LLC’s holdings in iShares Core U.S. Credit Bond ETF were worth $25,096,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Hot Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund(IGR)
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CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund (NYSE: IGR)
A long time StreetAuthority staple, mainly in the Daily Paycheck portfolio, IGR is considered a core real estate fund. As the “global” in its name implies, the fund takes a broad approach, with just 41% of the fund’s holdings allocated to U.S. REITs. Property-type diversification is also broad with just a 24% allocation to the worrisome retail sector. Shares trade at a nearly 12% discount to their net asset value (NAV) at around $7.80 with a yield approaching 7.7%.