Best Safest Stocks For 2019

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

  • [By Chris Lange]

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

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  • [By Chris Lange]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Alexander Bird]

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

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) has always been a tough one for me. On the one hand, the company has been a great performer over the long-term, but it’s been stuck in a multi-year lull.

In a way, it sort of reminds me of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS). I touched on this fact a few weeks ago with Disney, in that it was disappointing for recent investors but over the last five years or more, it was still a big winner. In that time frame, Starbucks has been a better operator, but that hasn’t prevented shares from being hit.

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Despite this lull, I still consider SBUX a Future Blue Chip holding of mine and the reasoning is simple. Analysts still expect SBUX to grow revenue 11% this year and almost 10% in 2019. Criticism aside, this is still pretty impressive. On the earnings front, estimates call for more than 20% growth this year followed by just 12.5% growth in 2019.

Still, double-digit earnings and revenue growth is nothing to scoff at, even if the company isn’t churning out the types of numbers it did in the past. Admittedly, it would more encouraging if SBUX could get a U.S. comparable-store sales result north of 5%.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) released its fiscal first-quarter results after the markets closed on Wednesday. Despite decent quarterly results, it wasnt enough to offset especially weak guidance. By the looks of it, the rest of 2018 wont be any easier for this retailer.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    L Brands (NYSE:LB) had its target price decreased by MKM Partners to $38.00 in a research note published on Friday. MKM Partners currently has a neutral rating on the specialty retailer’s stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.73 billion before the opening bell. Best Buy shares rose 0.07 percent to $76.00 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $3.54 billion. Ross Stores shares gained 0.12 percent to $82.71 in after-hours trading.
    Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance. Williams-Sonoma shares climbed 14.88 percent to $56.50 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.39 per share on revenue of $8.00 billion. Medtronic shares rose 1.08 percent to $86.18 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) to have earned $3.56 per share on revenue of $51.25 billion in the latest quarter. McKesson will release earnings before the markets open. McKesson shares gained 0.27 percent to close at $146.83 on Wednesday.
    L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. The company issued weak second quarter and FY18 earnings guidance. L Brands shares dropped 4.85 percent to $32.40 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which traded down about 12% at $50.97. The stocks 52-week range is $35.00 to $64.91. Volume was just over 20 million versus the daily average of about 4 million shares.

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    1. L Brands (NYSE: LB)
    This female-focused retailer is leading the retail apocalypse. Shares have been crushed this year by plunging over 40% in the last four months. Already suffering from the overall retail malaise, L Brands exasperated the downside by issuing weak guidance at the end of 2017. Combined with analyst downgrades, the stock only collapsed under the pressure.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) was maintained as Overweight at Morgan Stanley and assigned a price target of $56 (versus a $35.22 close).

    Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) was maintained as Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley and assigned a price target of $95 (versus an $86.99 close).

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation(CDE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Franco Nevada (NYSE: FNV) and Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    There’s no way to sugarcoat it:2017 was not a particularly good year for shareholders of silver and gold miner Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE:CDE). When it comes to investing, though, you need to balance the past with the future, and this miner’s efforts in 2017 look like they will set up a much better long-term future. Here’s why precious metals investors should be taking a closer look at Coeur Mining, but probably shouldn’t rush to pull the trigger.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: NIC Inc.(EGOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated(RBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE:RBA) (TSE:RBA) announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, May 10th, Zacks reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 30th will be paid a dividend of 0.17 per share by the business services provider on Wednesday, June 20th. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.05%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 29th.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc (NYSE:RBA) (TSE:RBA) – Analysts at Jefferies Group boosted their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in a report issued on Monday, April 9th. Jefferies Group analyst S. Volkmann now expects that the business services provider will earn $0.39 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.37. Jefferies Group has a “Hold” rating and a $30.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.16 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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    Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $220.14 million.
    Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $210.01 million.
    TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $198.62 million.
    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE: RBA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $153.87 million.
    Uniti Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $247.16 million.
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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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