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Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019

CCUR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCUR) major shareholder Julian D. Singer bought 2,175 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 18th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $5.31 per share, for a total transaction of $11,549.25. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s stock are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

CCUR traded down $0.45, hitting $4.85, during midday trading on Tuesday, Marketbeat.com reports. CCUR Holdings, Inc. has a 12 month low of $4.62 and a 12 month high of $6.95.

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CCUR announced that its board has approved a stock repurchase program on Monday, March 5th that authorizes the company to buyback 1,000,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the technology company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Four Stocks to Watch Today: DIS, JASO, AAPL, GOOGL
    Shares of The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) are in focus thanks to a record-breaking weekend for its Pixar division. The company’s film “Incredibles 2” collected a staggering $180 million during its first weekend in the domestic box office. The massive windfall is the largest opening weekend for an animated film and easily topped the studios previous record for “Finding Dory” ($135.1 million). The e-commerce wars are heating up in China. This morning, Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) – the owner of Google – announced it would purchase a $550 million stake in com Inc. (Nasdaq: JD), a Chinese e-commerce firm and primary rival to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) announced it has inked a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original content for the company’s television division. The deal is the largest content partnership in Apple’s history. The company is trying to compete with rivals Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), and Time Warner Inc.’s (NYSE: TMX) HBO division. Winfrey is expected to create new shows and to appear on screen. “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” the company said in a statement. Look for an earnings report from JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: JASO). Wall Street expects the renewable energy giant will report earnings per share of $0.02 on top of $593 million in revenue.

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  • [By Rich Smith]

    Fearing that prospects for the solar industry are dimming, yesterday analysts at Roth Capital bailed on the solar industry wholesale, downgrading shares of Hanwha Q Cells, JA Solar Holdings (NASDAQ:JASO), and ReneSola to sell. This morning, Merrill Lynch showed signs it’s planning to join the rush to the exits as well, downgrading American solar manufacturer First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) to neutral.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Now is the time to act. Get out in front of the green wave, and own this stock. It’s legal. The recommendation is free. And you have the opportunity to become a “Marijuana Millionaire” with very little risk. Here’s the pick.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday
    Tariffs are overshadowing the start of earnings season. This week, a variety of Wall Street banks, consumer goods, and airline companies report for the previous quarter. While profits are expected to remain strong, the outlook for the rest of the year is expected to take into account the impact of tariffs on global trade. This is likely to weigh on investor sentiment. According to a report from real estate giant REIS Inc., mall vacancies have hit a six-year high at 8.6% last quarter. The fall of brick-and-mortar stores has been fueled by the rise of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), which continues to see its stock surge to new highs. It’s not too late to get in on Amazon at a fraction of the cost of today’s shares. We’ll show you how… right here. Speaking of Amazon, the e-commerce giant recently made a big splash in the pharmacy benefits business after its purchase of online benefits provider PillPack. This purchase has many analysts convinced that Amazon is about to do to pharmacies what it has done to malls over the last decade. And while Amazon is going to be a major player in the drug-delivery business in the future, there is one stock that is going to stave off any further attack from Amazon and the delivery business. Best of all, this stock has an incredible VQScore, and it’s trading at a huge discount.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: HOG, TM, TWTR
    A number of companies are reporting that earnings could have a dramatic impact on their future balance sheets. That’s especially true in the transportation business. Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) has said the tariffs will cost up to $100 million per year and add $2,200 per vehicle. Now, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) has said the tariffs wi

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Green Brick Partners, Inc.(GRBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    M/I Homes (NASDAQ: GRBK) and Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Warren Buffett has often said in interviews and annual letters to shareholders that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) won’t be a hostile acquirer. That is, it won’t fight to buy a business its owners or management don’t want to sell. But that policy apparently doesn’t apply when Berkshire is acting as seller rather than a buyer.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Savvy investors look forward to the last month of winter every year, because it’s when Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett issues his annual letter to Berkshire’s shareholders. The missive comes alongside the insurance giant’s full-year financial results, and investors inevitably look at how Berkshire has done as a gauge for the health of the overall market.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Every week on Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel, CFP, each discuss one stock that’s on their radar. This week, Moser tells listeners why Amalgamated Bank (NASDAQ:AMAL) has found itself on his watchlist, and Frankel explains why the next few months could be very interesting for Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B).

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Every year, Warren Buffett and his partner at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B), Charlie Munger, invite shareholders, Wall Street Analysts, and the media to convene in Omaha, Nebraska for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    We recently got an updated snapshot of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) portfolio, and learned that Warren Buffett and his team put billions of dollars to work in the second quarter.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Chemical Financial Corporation(CHFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chemical Financial (NASDAQ: CHFC) and Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media stories about Chemical Financial (NASDAQ:CHFC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Chemical Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the bank an impact score of 45.6707430515367 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Envestnet Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in Chemical Financial Co. (NASDAQ:CHFC) by 60.8% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 16,192 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,123 shares during the period. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Chemical Financial were worth $884,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Dupont Capital Management Corp purchased a new stake in Chemical Financial Co. (NASDAQ:CHFC) in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 7,013 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $257,000.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks For 2019

What happened

Shares of Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG) gained 19.9% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what

The company reported first-quarter results on April 26, sending share prices nearly 12% higher the next day. Rogers saw 27% year-over-year sales growth and 79% higher earnings, leaving analyst estimates far behind in both cases.

A Rogers engineer, hard at work on next-generation battery materials. Image source: Rogers.

Now what

Rogers shares have now gained 72% over the last 52 weeks, trading steadily near all-time highs. The maker of specialized materials used in battery systems and wireless antennas has consistently delivered solid earnings surprises over the last three years, often coupled with equally strong revenue wins.

This company is poised to continue making a killing in several emerging markets, including the Internet of Things and automotive computing. Best of all, Rogers is winning competitive contracts without resorting to pricing discounts. Trailing operating margins have increased from 12.4% to 14.2% over the last four quarters. In other words, clients are choosing Rogers over rival materials providers for other reasons than low prices, such as product quality and dependable ordering and delivery processes.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    In 1980, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s (NYSE: BRK.A) stock stood at $300 a share, and people thought that was impossibly high. By 1990, a single share would set you back $9,000. That was $50,000 a share by 2000. Today, Berkshire trades at a jaw-dropping $317,850.00 per share.

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    News of Buffett’s big buy, amid worries on Wall Street over iPhone demand, comes ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s  (BRK.A) annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, May 5. To be sure, Buffett appears to be loving Action Alerts PLUS holding Apple’s mix of recurring service revenue, cheap valuation (the stock is stupid cheap) and increasing generosity with its capital return plans. Just this week, Apple silenced the growing number of bears with a solid earnings beat and a shiny new $100 billion stock buyback plan. Berkshire, the billionaire’s holding conglomerate, revealed in February that it hiked its stake in Apple by a whopping 23% to 165.3 million shares during the fourth quarter.

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    Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) shareholder meeting is over. It looks like NetJets is doing just fine.

    What U.S. recession?

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    On Saturday, May 5th, chairman and CEO Warren Buffett and vice chairman Charlie Munger will lead Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) (BRK.B) annual meeting. The event takes place in Omaha, Neb. and draws an enormous crowd. This year, the company expects about 40,000 attendees.

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    In 2014, Buffett called bitcoin a “mirage.” Back then, bitcoin was being sold for about $600. Before the Berkshire (BRK.A) (BRK.B) meeting on Saturday, bitcoin was nearing $10,000. 

Top 5 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Officemax Incorporated(OMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shivom (CURRENCY:OMX) traded 3.2% higher against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 23:00 PM E.T. on September 13th. One Shivom token can currently be purchased for about $0.0069 or 0.00000105 BTC on popular exchanges including Kucoin, CoinBene, Coinsuper and DDEX. During the last week, Shivom has traded 3.3% lower against the US dollar. Shivom has a total market capitalization of $3.93 million and $74,531.00 worth of Shivom was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shivom (CURRENCY:OMX) traded down 12.7% against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 13:00 PM E.T. on September 26th. Shivom has a market cap of $3.56 million and approximately $42,709.00 worth of Shivom was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last seven days, Shivom has traded down 8.3% against the U.S. dollar. One Shivom token can now be purchased for $0.0062 or 0.00000095 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinBene, Kucoin, Coinsuper and IDEX.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks For 2019: NVR Inc.(NVR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reichardt also suggests four builders that have the edge in that market: D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI). LGI Homes Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH), NVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR) and Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH). Below is a quick summary of each, along with a look at three larger (by market cap) builders: Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN), Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) and PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NVR (NYSE: NVR) and LGI Homes (NASDAQ:LGIH) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Next week is big for housing numbers. March existing home sales figures are scheduled for  Monday and new home sales for March along with the February S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index on Tuesday. As for homebuilders, Pulte Group, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) is scheduled to report  Q1 results Tuesday, and D.R. Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI) is scheduled to report fiscal Q2 numbers on Thursday. The industry already has seen strong Q1 results from Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN), and housing starts and building permits in March rose more than expected. These results, as well as those and the economic data from next week could provide clues for the industry going forward. After NVR, Inc. (NYSE: NVR) reports results this morning, Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) releases its Q1 results April 25. We’ll have to wait until next month for some of the other homebuilders, as well as from home improvement companies Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW), before we get a more complete snapshot of the housing market.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ:MITL) (TSE:MNW) has been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the eight research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, three have issued a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.58.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Mitel Networks (NASDAQ:MITL) (TSE:MNW) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    GAM Holding AG bought a new position in shares of Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ:MITL) (TSE:MNW) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 245,367 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock, valued at approximately $2,692,000. GAM Holding AG owned approximately 0.20% of Mitel Networks at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Green Brick Partners, Inc.(GRBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    M/I Homes (NASDAQ: GRBK) and Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now

The surprise comeback of Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s former prime minister who once imposed capital controls, is likely to halt a rally in Asia’s best-performing currency amid concerns pro-growth reforms will give way to populist campaign promises.

The ringgit may initially slide to the psychological level of 4 per dollar, although the size of its decline will depend on the level of clarity about the new government’s policies, according to Bank of Singapore. ING Groep NV cut its year-end forecast to 4.05 from 3.84 after the vote, citing lingering political uncertainty.

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Mahathir Mohamad on May 10.

Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

“The first significant resistance is at four,” said Sim Moh Siong, a currency strategist at Bank of Singapore. “We’ll need to see how smooth the power transition is given that this result is historic in nature. Following the transition, we also need to see how the government reconciles the key policy differences.”

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) , controlled by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A) and the private equity firm 3G Capital, has struggled like many companies in the consumer packaged goods sector. Yet, fresh from a quarter that beat estimates on Wednesday, May 2, it may be best for Berkshire Hathaway to hold the stock.

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    In the end, it was another boring Buffett weekend — the gatherings just don’t pack the same educational and news punch they once did. Using media terms, Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) Buffett has become overexposed.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    This morning, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans to cut costs and improve healthcare for their combined 1.1 million global employees by forming a partnership to provide healthcare services.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Transglobe Energy Corp(TGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Atlas Energy Group (OTCMKTS: ATLS) and Transglobe Energy (NASDAQ:TGA) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about TransGlobe Energy (NASDAQ:TGA) (TSE:TGL) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. TransGlobe Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.8745142486822 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares jumped 113.5 percent to $0.6737 after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares rose 35.34 percent to close at $3.32.
    Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTW) shares gained 30.36 percent to $3.65.
    Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XTNT) shares jumped 25.6 percent to $7.4701 after the company disclosed that it has received the FDA clearance for InTice™-C Porous Titanium Cervical Interbody System.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares surged 20 percent to $2.495.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) surged 17.04 percent to $2.61.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 15 percent to $8.32 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the development of next generation interactive educational activities.
    Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) gained 15 percent to $3.39.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 13.7 percent to $49.64. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    FRONTEO, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEO) shares rose 11.8 percent to $20.956.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares jumped 11.1 percent to $3.38.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) rose 10.6 percent to $7.41.
    NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) shares gained 9 percent to $2.32.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) rose 7.6 percent to $24.19. Northcoast Research upgraded Kelly Services from Neutral to Buy.
    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $33.70. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
    Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX) gained 5.5 percent to $32.56. KeyBanc upgraded Alteryx from Sector Weight to Overweight.
    Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
  • [By Max Byerly]

    According to Zacks, “TransGlobe Energy Corporation (TGA) is an oil exploration and production company. It is a Calgary-based, growth-oriented oil and gas exploration and development company. TransGlobe is dedicated on improving productivity through promoting good oilfield development and exploitation practices including the implementation of industry leading secondary and tertiary recovery methods as well as improvements to production and transportation infrastructure. The Company conducts its operations through the Arab Republic of Egypt segment. It is primarily engaged in oil exploration, development, production and the acquisition of properties. TransGlobe Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas liquids in Egypt and Canada. It holds working interests in West Gharib, West Bakr, North West Gharib, South West Gharib, South East Gharib, South Ghazalat, South Alamein, and North West Sitra production sharing contracts. “

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 296.07 percent to close at $1.25 on Monday after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposed to register the company's ContraPest for sale and use in California.
    AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAVS) shares gained 19.59 percent to close at $2.93.
    TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: TGA) rose 18.39 percent to close at $2.64 on Monday.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $2.55.
    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) shares jumped 14.9 percent to close at $2.39.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) climbed 13.96 percent to close at $4.49.
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) shares rose 13.55 percent to close at $4.61 on Monday.
    Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) surged 13.09 percent to close at $5.01.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) gained 12.9 percent to close at $49.28. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 12.83 percent to close at $3.43.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) jumped 12.52 percent to close at $57.86 on Reports that it has reached a deal with Fox for Its 'Smackdown Live' program.
    Eastman Kodak Company (NASDAQ: KODK) rose 12.38 percent to close at $5.90.
    NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) climbed 11.94 percent to close at $26.44. NuCana appointed Dr. Cyrille Leperlier to its Board as an independent non-executive Director.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 11.83 percent to close at $3.97 on Monday.
    Huami Corporation (NYSE: HMI) shares jumped 11.27 percent to close at $10.17 following Q1 results.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 9.55 percent to close at $7.34.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 8.56 percent to close at $7.86 after the company announced an exclusive partnership with Multi Touch Interactives to strengthen the de

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Brady Corporation(BRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Brady (NYSE: BRC) and PlayAGS (NYSE:AGS) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.73 billion.
    McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $3.56 per share on revenue of $51.25 billion.
    Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.39 per share on revenue of $8.00 billion.
    Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.39 billion.
    Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $291.47 million.
    Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $841.75 million.
    The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $6.86 billion.
    Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.61 per share on revenue of $8.05 billion.
    58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $372.49 million.
    Luxoft Holding, Inc. (NYSE: LXFT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $228.53 million.
    The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $916.73 million.
    StealthGas Inc. (NASDAQ: GASS) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $37.75 million.
    Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: THR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $96.24 million.
    Tuniu Corporation (NASDAQ: TOUR) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $76.72 million.

     

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pioneer Floating Rate Trust(PHD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Pioneer Floating Rate Trust (NYSE:PHD) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pioneer Floating Rate Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the investment management company an impact score of 46.8710327510951 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Best Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Osisko Mining (TSE:OSK) Director Robert Wares purchased 10,000 shares of Osisko Mining stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 15th. The shares were bought at an average price of C$2.06 per share, with a total value of C$20,600.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Penn Capital Management Co. Inc. increased its position in shares of Oshkosh Co. (NYSE:OSK) by 23.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 71,497 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 13,533 shares during the quarter. Penn Capital Management Co. Inc. owned about 0.10% of Oshkosh worth $5,693,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now

Russ Kaplan is a money manager and newsletter advisor who focuses on buying value-oriented stocks with a multi-year investment horizon; here’s his top idea for conservative investors over the coming year.

One of the most under appreciated stocks on Wall Street is Apple (APPL). The stock is among the bluest of blue chips.

Apple has a financial rating of A++. On every measure we see — such as price/earning ratio — Apple is undervalued.

With the death of its founder, investors were skeptical about new leadership, but Tim Cook has done an excellent job. He owns over one million shares of the stock.

Apple is constantly developing new products such as the Apple watch and this is not done as a short-term item being rushed onto the market.

Rather, the company takes a long-term perspective and views its product introductions as something that will constantly be improved over the years.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Investors certainly haven’t been ignoring such challenges in recent years, as IBM’s 5-year chart makes clear. But after seeing Big Blue mostly sit out a massive 2-year tech rally, and after seeing Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)   unload nearly all of its IBM shares, it looks like markets are now even less forgiving of bad news than before.

  • [By ]

    Watch TheStreet’s interview with Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey below. No doubt billionaire Warren Buffett (who is Coke’s largest shareholder through Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) has inspired him through the years.

  • [By ]

    There aren’t a lot of tech companies that one can imagine Warren Buffett and the rest of Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) investment team taking a close look at, given their investment philosophy. But exceptions do exist.

  • [By ]

    News of Buffett’s big buy, amid worries on Wall Street over iPhone demand, comes ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s  (BRK.A) annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, May 5. To be sure, Buffett appears to be loving Action Alerts PLUS holding Apple’s mix of recurring service revenue, cheap valuation (the stock is stupid cheap) and increasing generosity with its capital return plans. Just this week, Apple silenced the growing number of bears with a solid earnings beat and a shiny new $100 billion stock buyback plan. Berkshire, the billionaire’s holding conglomerate, revealed in February that it hiked its stake in Apple by a whopping 23% to 165.3 million shares during the fourth quarter.

  • [By ]

    In the end, it was another boring Buffett weekend — the gatherings just don’t pack the same educational and news punch they once did. Using media terms, Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) Buffett has become overexposed.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of US Foods (NYSE:USFD) from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a report published on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. The brokerage currently has $43.00 price objective on the stock.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Matthew Frankel, and George Budwell]

    We asked three Motley Fool investors to identify a stock they felt was absurdly cheap compared to its prospects, and they picked Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE:SKT), and US Foods Holdings(NYSE:USFD). Let’s find out why these companies represent unusual opportunities that we might not see again.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE:USFD) reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $35.82 and last traded at $35.76, with a volume of 54880 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $35.43.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE:USFD)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low on Monday . The stock traded as low as $37.08 and last traded at $36.81, with a volume of 151249 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $36.45.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion before the opening bell. Discovery shares rose 0.47 percent to $23.50 in pre-market trading.
    Analysts expect Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion after the closing bell. Marriott shares gained 0.08 percent to $136.75 in pre-market trading.
    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. Veeco Instruments shares surged 14.04 percent to $19.50 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion. DISH shares gained 1.53 percent to close at $33.90 on Monday.
    Analysts are expecting US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) to have earned $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion in the latest quarter. US Foods will release earnings before the markets open. US Foods shares rose 0.57 percent to close at $33.72 on Monday.
    Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) disclosed that its CFO Andrew Vollero will leave the company and Amazon.com's VP Of Finance Tim Sloan will assume the role. Snap shares gained 1.3 percent to $10.88 in pre-market trading.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc.(BFAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. grew its stake in Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE:BFAM) by 29.1% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 653,678 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 147,464 shares during the quarter. Carillon Tower Advisers Inc.’s holdings in Bright Horizons Family Solutions were worth $44,386,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Key Square Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE:BFAM) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund bought 100,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,972,000. Bright Horizons Family Solutions makes up about 1.1% of Key Square Capital Management LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 21st biggest position.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM)

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: New York & Company Inc.(NWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Monday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    New York & Company (NYSE:NWY) will announce its earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, May 24th.

    New York & Company (NYSE:NWY) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 22nd. The specialty retailer reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter. New York & Company had a return on equity of 7.97% and a net margin of 0.61%. The company had revenue of $278.71 million for the quarter. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.06) earnings per share.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cache (OTCMKTS: CACH) and New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on New York & Company (NWY)

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Hanesbrands (HBI)

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wall Street started the week on a muted note on Monday, as major benchmarks generally closed slightly down. Much of the attention among investors was on the bond market, where 10-year Treasury yields rose as high as 2.99%, signaling to some the possibility of much higher financing costs that could punish companies that overextended their balance sheets with debt when rates were much lower. Yet some individual companies had good news that sent their shares higher. McDermott International (NYSE:MDR), Box (NYSE:BOX), and Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Chris Johnson]

    My second play is on a stock that is currently open in Seismic Profits Alert. Its on apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI). Unlike TRIP, Hanes is lagging XLY in 2018 performance, having gained less than 5% this year.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Saia Inc.(SAIA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mesirow Financial Investment Management Equity Management trimmed its position in Saia (NASDAQ:SAIA) by 45.8% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 162,955 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 137,962 shares during the period. Mesirow Financial Investment Management Equity Management owned about 0.63% of Saia worth $12,246,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department trimmed its holdings in Saia Inc (NASDAQ:SAIA) by 9.5% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 17,868 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 1,877 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in Saia were worth $1,343,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Saia (NASDAQ:SAIA) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

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The Federal Reserve&a;rsquo;s increased aggression over the past couple of years has finally come home to roost. The yield on the 10-year Treasury recently rocketed above 2.8% &a;ndash; a four-year high &a;ndash; while the 30-year cleared the 3% mark.

That&a;rsquo;s bad news for investors in many traditional dividend-paying blue chips.

The 10-year T-note might as well have been a &a;ldquo;high-yield&a;rdquo; savings account the past few years, offering almost laughable income of less than 1.4% as recently as 2016. That kind of environment gives investors &a;ldquo;yield goggles,&a;rdquo; making even no-growth stocks look attractive as long as they&a;rsquo;re paying out near 3%.

Just look at the performance of the &l;b&g;Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR &l;/b&g;&a;ndash; a collection of companies such as &l;b&g;Procter &a;amp; Gamble&l;/b&g; and &l;b&g;Coca-Cola&l;/b&g; &a;ndash; against the 10-year Treasury rate. While the XLP has broadly grown, it&a;rsquo;s strongest when the T-note&a;rsquo;s yield is in decline, and the fund typically stagnates or declines when the Treasury begins to deliver more income.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(BRK.A)

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    In 2014, Buffett called bitcoin a “mirage.” Back then, bitcoin was being sold for about $600. Before the Berkshire (BRK.A) (BRK.B) meeting on Saturday, bitcoin was nearing $10,000. 

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    The broader markets are seeing a ‘halo’ effect on Monday from Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) CEO Warren Buffett’s commentary, according to TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer.

  • [By ]

    Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) annual meeting on Saturday lacked its usual big headlines, except for Warren Buffett’s bestie Charlie Munger shooting back at Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk for his dislike of corporate moats. Musk responded to Munger’s criticism via Twitter. 

  • [By ]

    Many on Wall Street that hold healthcare stocks are freaking out about Amazon’s looming entry into the space via a tie-up with Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) . And that fear of a healthcare world with pressured profit margins and talent defections to Amazon’s Seattle HQ is captured on two fronts.

  • [By ]

    In his “No-Huddle Offense” segment, Cramer celebrated the annual Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)    (BRK.B) shareholder weekend by taking a quick peek at Warren Buffett’s five largest holdings.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Hudson Technologies, Inc.(HDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDSN) traded up 20.3% during trading on Thursday following insider buying activity. The company traded as high as $2.73 and last traded at $2.61. 2,803,817 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 473% from the average session volume of 488,999 shares. The stock had previously closed at $2.17.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) rose 18.9 percent to $2.58.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares gained 17.8 percent to $22.8009.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares gained 17.5 percent to $21.07 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) gained 14.5 percent to $34.27 following Q1 results.
    Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares climbed 13.9 percent to $14.16 after announcing Q1 results.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) gained 13.2 percent to $2.91 after an amended 13D filing from Steel Partners Holdings shows a raised stake in the company from 6.99 million shares to 29.98 million shares, or a 17.8 percent stake.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) gained 13.1
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Plexus Corp.(PLXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Plexus (PLXS)

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Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Credo Petroleum Corporation(CRED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pacific Mercantile Bancorp(PMBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    PNC Financial Services (NYSE: PNC) and Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Blount International, Inc.(BLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bloom (CURRENCY:BLT) traded 6.6% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 16:00 PM ET on May 20th. Bloom has a market cap of $27.92 million and $265,036.00 worth of Bloom was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Bloom token can currently be bought for $0.58 or 0.00006858 BTC on major exchanges including Bibox, IDEX, Radar Relay and TOPBTC. During the last week, Bloom has traded 20.6% lower against the U.S. dollar.

Berkshire Hathaway Lost $1.1 Billion in the First Quarter — or Did It?

Thanks to new accounting rules, Berkshire Hathaway’s(NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) record first-quarter operating profit looks like a $1.1 billion loss. Confused? In this Industry Focus: Financials clip, Michael Douglass and Matt Frankel break down Berkshire’s first-quarter numbers for you.

A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on May 7, 2018.

Michael Douglass: The first thing we’re going to talk about today is the fact that Berkshire actually reported a loss in earnings in the documentation leading up to the conference.

Matt Frankel: Yeah. Buffett said in his letter this year, about three months ago, that shareholders shouldn’t pay much attention to Berkshire’s earnings going forward. Basically, there’s an accounting change now that requires what they call unrealized gains on investments, meaning stocks they haven’t sold yet, to be included in earnings figures. As most listeners know, the stock market did not have a great first quarter to 2018. This was especially true for some of Buffett’s stocks. Wells Fargo had a particularly bad time. Coca-Cola, Kraft Heinz are all doing pretty poorly. This made Berkshire look like they lost over $1 billion, when in reality, their operating earnings, which is the earnings that are actually being generated by its businesses, grew to a record high level, up almost 50% year over year. It was actually about a $5 billion profit, and the change in value of the company’s stock portfolio made it look like a loss.

Buffett had some comments. He reiterated his point that investors should not be too concerned with any one quarter’s or even any one year’s earnings, just because it includes figures from investments that Berkshire hasn’t sold yet, and for all we know, has no plans to sell any time soon.

Douglass: Right. And one of the key things to really think about here is that a lot of people, I think, look at companies on a fairly general view, they look really at just top and bottom line numbers — so, revenue and earnings per share, or revenue and net income, or something like that. Particularly when the stock market goes south, and you see someone’s net income go down, their earnings per share go down, then you get a little bit nervous about that company. The thing with Berkshire is, you’re really not going to want to watch that when the stock market goes down because they’re absolutely going to show really terrible earnings per share. But that’s going to be because of all of these investments weighing down what’s fundamentally a very strong business.

Frankel: Right. This accounting change affects all companies, but there’s no other companies — that I know of, at least — with $180 billion stock portfolio. This is really a Berkshire-specific accounting change, in many ways.

Douglass: Yes. And I would say, maybe, Markel. I mean, they don’t have a $180 billion portfolio, but they have a fair amount, and a lot of their stocks are fairly high-flying tech names. Markel is, in many ways, structured very similarly to Berkshire. It’s not nearly the scale. It’s also from my hometown, Glen Allen, Virginia. Anyways, the point is, it’s structured similarly, so you would probably see a similar issue for them.

But, yeah, this is just something that’s going to really affect these two companies, I’d say, going forward. It’s just something you’re going to have to keep in mind, particularly when the stock market swoons or goes up. You’re really going to want to look at that underlying business performance and strip out the investment side of it.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

Readers who pay close attention to our annual rankings of the top-performing mutual funds may be forgiven if they exper颅ience a sense of d茅j vu with our March 2016 issue. Yes, we did publish mutual-fund rankings in our September 2015 issue. But weve decided to move our annual winners list from September to the March issue so we can base it on returns as of December 31. (On Kiplinger.com, we continue to update the rankings of top-performing mutual funds in 11 categories with new data every month.) Its fair to say that most people focus more on returns through the end of the year than they do on figures through June 30, says ex颅ecutive editor Manny Schiffres, who supervises our investing coverage.

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What a difference half a year makes. Between the September and March issues, the winners over longer time periods remained fairly stable. But adding six months of new data and subtracting six months of old numbers shook up the one-year results. Particularly affected were sector funds. In Sept颅ember, health care funds occupied the top spot in each time period, and health care still dominates the three- and five-year returns. But there has been a shift in the one-year rankings, where youll now find technology funds, financial-services funds and even a retailing-sector fund.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation(SNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Permian Basin pipeline project includes an investment by China’s state-controlled China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE: SNP), aka Sinopec. Other partners in the project include ArcLight Capital and Freepoint Commodities LLC. The deal also includes an expansion to oil storage facilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where recent hurricanes have caused so much damage. The project still requires approval from both countries governments.’

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.(OHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (NYSE: OHI) dropped about 2.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $26.43 after closing at $27.14 on Friday. The 52-week high is $35.14. Volume was around 5.3 million, more than double the daily average of around 2.3 million. The healthcare REIT had now specific news.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware purchased a new stake in Omega Healthcare (NYSE:OHI) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor purchased 26,527 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $717,000.

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    3. Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B): Last, it would be a shame to overlook the conglomerate built by the world’s greatest investor himself, Warren Buffett. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, Buffett has built up a portfolio of enduring subsidiaries and stock holdings poised to stand the test of time. Under Berkshire’s ownership are built-to-last subsidiaries like Geico, Duracell, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. And some of Berkshire’s largest stock holdings include iconic businesses like Coca-Cola, American Express, and Wells Fargo.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Warren Buffett has often said in interviews and annual letters to shareholders that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) won’t be a hostile acquirer. That is, it won’t fight to buy a business its owners or management don’t want to sell. But that policy apparently doesn’t apply when Berkshire is acting as seller rather than a buyer.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett has always been a skeptic of cryptocurrencies, and he didn’t pull any punches when it comes to bitcoin at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting over the weekend. Buffett called bitcoin “probably rat poison squared,” and he clarified that stance further in an interview with CNBC.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Famed investor Warren Buffett has continued his buying spree of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock recently. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) (NYSE:BRK-A) loaded up an astounding 75 million shares of the tech giant during the first calendar quarter of 2018, bringing the conglomerate’s total stake in Apple to more than 240 million shares.Buffett’s bullishness on Apple has been particularly evident over the last two quarters, with Berkshire accumulating an additional 106.2 million shares during this period.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Since famed investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) (NYSE:BRK-A) began buying Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock in early 2016, the conglomerate has continued to load up on shares. Berkshire has purchased so many Apple shares that the tech giant became Berkshire’s largest equity holding last year.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    On the surface, American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE:AEP) is a pretty simple business to understand — it generates and distributes electricity. But when you dig under the surface a little, you start to see that its business has changed materially in recent years. More important, AEP is now positioned to take advantage of industry shifts taking place in the power sector. Here’s how AEP makes most of its money and why its prospects for slow and steady growth are so strong.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
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  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE: AEP) shares were recently up 2.5% at $64.93, with a 52-week range of $62.69 to $78.07 and a consensus price target of $74.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stephens Inc. AR decreased its position in American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) by 10.9% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 38,738 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 4,742 shares during the quarter. Stephens Inc. AR’s holdings in American Electric Power were worth $2,657,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in with Nick Akins, chairman, president and CEO of American Electric Power (AEP) , the utility that just posted a two-cents-a-share earnings miss, but reiterated their full-year guidance. Shares of American Electric Power are down 5.1% for the year but yield 3.6%.

Bitcoin Prices Hold Above $9,000 Despite Warren Buffett’s “Rat Poison” Comment

Bitcoin prices held above $9,000 this morning, as crypto enthusiasts have largely shrugged off statements by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) CEO Warren Buffett.

The “Oracle of Omaha” didn’t mince words by describing Bitcoin as “probably rat poison squared” during an interview Saturday with CNBC.

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Buffett argued that Bitcoin fails to provide any cash-generating returns. He also suggested that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies would “come to bad endings.”

With that in mind, both Buffett and Berkshire Vice Chair Charlie Munger have been wrong about Bitcoin in the past. Back in 2014, Buffett called Bitcoin a “mirage” at a time when it was trading at just $600 per coin.

Here is a recap of the top five cryptocurrencies by market cap as of 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Cryptocurrency Market Cap Price Change (24h)
Bitcoin (BTC) $156,255,321,420 $9,179.61 -1.64%
Ethereum (ETH) $73,072,431,326 $735.81 +1.46%
Ripple (XRP) $31,856,626,339 $0.81 -1.09%
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $26,999,099,327 $1,577.36 -2.52%
EOS $15,385,387,211 $18.25 +1.53%

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Money MorningCryptocurrency Insight of the Day

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That’s a question a lot of our readers who are just getting into cryptocurrencies have been asking Money Morning.

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The Top Cryptocurrency Stories for Tuesday
Rumors emerged that Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which owns the New York Stock Exchange, is working on its own Bitcoin trading platform. The announcement comes just days after Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) announced it was launching its own trading desk for Bitcoin. An ICE exchange would be the latest step toward the institutionalization of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Not everyone is happy about Goldman Sachs’ entry into the Bitcoin market. Some analysts are concerned that Goldman and other banks are conspiring to “manipulate” Bitcoin prices before blockchain technology kills off traditional banking. Investors recall that Goldman has a history of allegedly manipulating the markets, from the price of silver to the rigging of LIBOR rates. We have to use the word allegedly, because it has never admitted guilt despite paying massive settlements to the U.S. government.
Finally, we did have one big surprise in the cryptocurrency markets worth reporting. On May 7, a meeting reportedly took place with officials from the SEC and CFTC to discuss regulations around Ethereum. However, several researchers and investors have criticized The Wall Street Journal for reporting about the meeting, saying that it never transpired.
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Apple Inc. Results Show Importance of Services Revenue to Face Challenges

One of the strong points of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) second-quarter earnings was its Services division. Once again, Apple Services revenue was up, this time by 31% year-over-year. However, a closer look reveals some challenges on the horizon if services like Apple Music and the App Store are going to help take the pressure off iPhone sales in driving future AAPL stock growth.

CEO Tim Cook had this to say about his company’s stronger-than-expected performance: “We’re thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth in iPhone, Services and Wearables.”

That Apple Services revenue is worth spiking out. It increased 31% year-over-year. Services is the second-largest division in AAPL, with nearly $9.2 billion revenue for the quarter –more than double what the company made selling iPads. We’ve been pointing out for more than a year that as the smartphone market matures and iPhone sales level out, Apple Services revenue is increasingly important to the bottom line –and to the performance of AAPL stock.

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Services like the App Store, Apple Music, AppleCare, Apple Pay and iCloud storage provide ongoing revenue based on AAPL’s existing pool of iPhone, iPad and Mac users. The revenue isn’t cyclical and doesn’t require convincing someone to buy a $999 iPhone X. And the sustained growth of that Apple Services revenue shows the potential for it to help keep investors on board as the iPhone mad money begins to dry up.

But as pointed out by Reuters’ Stephen Nellis, there are challenges facing this division.

Services Revenue Does Not Guarantee Profit Margins

One of the reasons the iPhone has pushed AAPL stock so high isn’t just the revenue from iPhone sales, it’s the profit margins the company makes on these smartphones. The iPhone X is estimated to have a profit margin of over 60%. Company wide, Apple reported margins of 38.3%. But within the Services division, the margin levels are mixed and likely lower than that average.

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For example, the App Store is considered a higher margin source of Apple Services revenue. AAPL collects 30% of the price of apps and 15% of App Store subscriptions that extend beyond one year. That’s well below the 38.3% average. While iCloud storage likely has margins that are considerably higher than that average, Apple Music likely makes much less. Reuters points out that Apple Music’s primary streaming music competitor Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:SPOT) reported 20% margins for 2017.

Growing Competition, Maturing Business Lines

In addition to lacking the consistently high profit margins of hardware sales, many sources of Apple Services revenue face increased competition and maturing markets.

App Store revenue is projected to continue growing, but at more modest rates compared to the days when iPhone adoption was on fire and new users loaded up on apps. Apple Music has a way to go yet before the streaming music market begins to level off, but it also faces increased competition from the likes of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), which has been posting impressive growth rates.

Reuters points out that competition not only means the potential for slowing sales, it puts pressure on Apple to spend more to stay competitive — such as the $1 billion it’s projecting to spend this year developing original video content. Higher expenditures can eat into those margins even more.

That’s not to say that Apple Services revenue isn’t going to continue the recent trend of being increasingly important to the company. However, the future impact of the division’s performance on AAPL stock may be tempered by growth that doesn’t keep up with Q2’s 31% rate, and the likelihood of lower profit margins than Apple hardware pulls in.

Meanwhile, Warren Buffett heartily endorsed AAPL stock at this past weekend’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) annual meeting, revealing to CNBC that Berkshire bought an whopping 75 million shares of Apple during the first quarter. That adds to the 165.3 million shares Berkshire already owned at the end of 2017, making it one of Apple’s largest shareholders, according to CNBC.

Following on from Apple’s news of a new $100 billion stock buyback program, Buffett told meeting attendees: “From our standpoint we would love to see Apple go down in price.” “We very much approve of them repurchasing shares.”

As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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5 Key Takeaways From Berkshire Hathaways Annual Meeting

Every company holds an annual meeting, but few compare toBerkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B). Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger spend hours giving frank answers to questions about topics ranging from Berkshire’s many businesses to their views on politics, making it one of the only meetings that even non-shareholders tune into.

There were five things that stood out at the annual meeting as topics every Berkshire shareholder and follower should know about.

1. Berkshire’s investment edge is enduring

There are many investment companies that can write billion-dollar checks, but few can lend credibility quite like Berkshire. During the 2008 financial crisis and thereafter, companies including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and even Harley-Davidson turned to Buffett to get access to cash and credibility at a time when they needed it most. Buffett said that he thinks of this as an advantage that rests with Berkshire, not his own personal brand, saying that, “I think the reputation of Berkshire being a good home for companies… I don’t think that’s dependent on me and Charlie.”

Berkshire’s practice of being a buy-and-hold investor makes it a better fit for acquiring privately held companies, where the sellers may view their legacy as being more important than getting the highest possible price.

Buffett noted that Ted Weschler and Todd Combs, portfolio managers who oversee more than $25 billion of capital for Berkshire, have already been instrumental in sourcing and negotiating deals on the company’s behalf.

Warren Buffett.

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2. Berkshire’s insurance moat is widening

Though Berkshire’s non-insurance operating businesses now make up the majority of its earnings power, its insurance companies are more than a rounding error. In fact, of all its businesses, its insurers may have the most formidable moat to insulate them from competition.

Buffett said that Berkshire is in a better position than any other insurer when it comes to digesting large insurance losses, making it a go-to place for large and complex risks. This was proven true last year when Berkshire signed a $10.2 billion reinsurance deal with AIG. Buffett called that policy “a world’s record and one we won’t come close to repeating” in his most recent letter to shareholders.

But Berkshire’s competitive advantage in insurance isn’t limited to the big and unusual.At the annual meeting, the Oracle of Omaha described GEICO as one of its best insurance businesses, saying that:

GEICO is a jewel. It’s an incredible company. It’s saving its customers probably $4 [billion] to $5 billion a year against what they would be paying otherwise.

He later added that approximately 13% of American households have a policy with GEICO, up from less than 3% of households when Berkshire acquired the company in 1995. In typical fashion, Munger succinctly described GEICO as “never really bad and now it’s really good.”

3. Berkshire is sticking with Wells Fargo

Buffett and Munger have held up Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC) as one of the greatest banks in the country ever since Berkshire took a stake back in 1989. Berkshire owns about 10% of the bank often described as “America’s largest community bank,” making it the second-largest holding in the holding company’s stock portfolio.

But Wells Fargo’s recent scandals — opening accounts customers didn’t authorize, charging for insurance its customers didn’t need, among others — have tarnished its reputation. Many investors worry that the bank’s earnings power is diminished, given that its fee-based businesses that fueled its outsize profits were at the center of the scandals. Buffett doesn’t view Wells as being any worse after the scandals than before. In fact, he argued that it may be better off when the dust finally settles.

“I see no reason to think that Wells Fargo — going forward — is other than a very, very large well-run bank that had an episode of its history. GEICO came out stronger, American Express came out stronger,” Buffett said, referring to each company’s performance after large missteps in their corporate histories.

“All the big banks have had troubles of one sort or another and I see no reason why Wells Fargo as a company, from both an investment standpoint and a moral standpoint going forward, is in any way inferior to the other big banks with which it competes,” he said.

Of course, investors may dismiss Buffett’s upbeat tone as talking his book. Berkshire has a $28 billion stake in the San Francisco-based institution, but given he’sone of thegreatest bank-stock investors, ignoring his opinion outright would be folly.

4. Shareholders shouldn’t count on a dividend

Berkshire ended the first quarter with $108.6 billion in cash. Buffett prefers to keep $20 billion in cash around as a “rainy day fund” forinsurance losses, implying that his company had about $88.6 billion of excess cash it could use for acquisitions, stock buybacks, or dividends. When asked at the annual meeting whether Berkshire had any plans to start distributing cash to shareholders, Buffett said that if it were to happen, he would prefer stock buybacks to dividends.

The legendary investor noted that shareholders had previously indicated they weren’t in a hurry to collect dividend checks. He said that “the B shares voted 47 to 1 against” dividends when it was put up for a vote at the annual meeting just a few years ago.

Buffett doesn’t expect that cash will sit around forever, adding that “we won’t always be in a world of low interest rates or high private-market prices” for businesses.

5. Berkshire loves the boring and unremarkable

One of the most important questions at the annual meeting came from an 8 year old, who asked about Berkshire’s changing investment philosophy. She pointed out that Buffett historically acquired businesses that didn’t need continuous large investments to grow. In the last decade, though, Buffett has made major investments in capital-intensive businesses, including railroad and utilities companies.

Buffett characterized the change as a simple matter of scale — there aren’t many large capital-light businesses at prices Berkshire finds attractive. Munger said the utilities and railroad businesses produced “very satisfactory” returns, adding that he wished Berkshire “had two more just like them.” Buffett agreed.

Though the utilities and railroad businesses are unlikely to produce extraordinary results, they allow Berkshire to put billions of dollars to work at a nearly guaranteed rate of return. Compared to the alternative — hoarding excess cash in low-yielding government debt — Buffett and Munger see utilities and railroads as much better places to put Berkshire’s billions.