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Hot Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019

If you’re itching to start investing in the stock market, who could blame you? It’s where Warren Buffett and countless others have made much of their money, and it’s just about the best way to build wealth over the long term. But hold your horses: First use these six questions as a checklist to make sure you can afford to invest.

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1. Do you have $25 or more?

Let’s start with an easy question. Do you have some extra dollars? You might think you need a lot, as a single share of Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway recently cost $162 — or $243,000! — depending on the class of shares. Amazon.com shares, meanwhile, were recently near $800 a pop, while Priceline Group shares topped $1,500 each. Gobs of companies trade at much lower stock prices, though — often below $100.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: EPR Properties(EPR)

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    Stocks to Watch Today: KHC, HD, JWN, M, AAPL
    Kraft Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC) is still licking its wounds after an abysmal earnings report on Thursday and a weak 2019 outlook. The consumer goods giant is looking to reshape its business as consumer tastes continue to evolve. According to reports, the firm – backed heavily by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) – is considering a deal to sell its Maxwell House brand. Warren Buffett is also affecting shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Although AAPL stock added 0.4% in pre-market hours, Buffett said he would not purchase more shares of the company stock at these levels. However, should AAPL stock pull back in the near future, the “Oracle of Omaha” would consider purchasing more. Earnings season may be winding down, but concerns about the U.S. brick-and-mortar retail industry are always high. This week, Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN), and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) will report earnings from the holiday quarter. Look for earnings reports from American States Water Co. (NYSE: AWR), Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR), Etsy Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY), Life Storage Inc. (NYSE: LSI), Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS), Oneok Inc. (NYSE: OKE), Potbelly Corp. (NASDAQ: PBPB), Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE: APTS), Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII), Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE: SHAK), and Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC).

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcription]

    EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 7,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.97, for a total transaction of $489,790.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc.(NXST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST) and Liberty Media Formula One Series C (NASDAQ:FWONK) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Nexstar Media Group Inc (NXST) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Nexstar Media Group Inc (NXST) Insider Sells $11,956.50 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com) Nexstar Media Group (NXST) Cut to “Hold” at Noble Financial (americanbankingnews.com) Nexstar Media Group Inc to Post Q3 2018 Earnings of $1.94 Per Share, Barrington Research Forecasts (NXST) (americanbankingnews.com) Get Active Home Medical and Mobility (wdtn.com)

    Shares of NXST opened at $81.40 on Thursday. Nexstar Media Group has a 52-week low of $56.65 and a 52-week high of $89.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.59, a quick ratio of 2.43 and a current ratio of 2.43. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.57 billion, a PE ratio of 20.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.61 and a beta of 1.88.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Nexstar Media Group Inc (NASDAQ:NXST) insider Andrew Alford sold 150 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.71, for a total transaction of $11,956.50. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 1,520 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $121,159.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Hot Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.(GILT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILT) and Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ:CRNT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub cut shares of Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILT) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report published on Saturday.

    Separately, TheStreet raised Gilat Satellite Networks from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report on Thursday, August 30th.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: EZCORP, Inc.(EZPW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    EZCORP (NASDAQ: EZPW) and Zagg (NASDAQ:ZAGG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Van Hulzen Asset Management LLC grew its stake in EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 22.1% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 24,015 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,347 shares during the quarter. Van Hulzen Asset Management LLC’s holdings in EZCORP were worth $186,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News headlines about EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. EZCORP earned a news impact score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.6717362487943 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on EZCORP (EZPW)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased its position in shares of EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 25.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,230,426 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 417,887 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. owned about 2.26% of EZCORP worth $16,241,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Reaves Utility Income Fund(UTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Liberum Capital restated their buy rating on shares of UNITE Group (LON:UTG) in a research note released on Friday morning.

    UTG has been the topic of a number of other reports. Peel Hunt restated a buy rating and issued a GBX 870 ($11.58) price target on shares of UNITE Group in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of UNITE Group from GBX 710 ($9.45) to GBX 850 ($11.32) and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. Numis Securities restated a restricted rating and issued a GBX 892 ($11.88) price target on shares of UNITE Group in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of UNITE Group from GBX 850 ($11.32) to GBX 900 ($11.98) and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 862.83 ($11.49).

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    Or they can opt for a closed-end fund (CEF), like Wells Fargo Utilities and High Income Fund (NYSE: ERH) or Reaves Utility Income Fund (NYSE: UTG). Both deliver yields much higher than the 3.6% yield of XLU. Most recently, ERH was yielding 7.2% and UTG was yielding 6.7% thanks to the use of leverage.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of UNITE Group plc (LON:UTG) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the six brokerages that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 878.75 ($11.45).

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now

(Author Note: This is article #8 of a series of 10 articles on undervalued value stocks I will be releasing over the next two months to form my 2020 investment portfolio; comments and feedback welcomed!)

#7: Alaska Air

Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) is the holding company of Alaska Airlines (Alaska), Virgin America Inc., Horizon Air (Horizon) and other business units. The Company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional and Horizon and operate in major air hubs in the western and eastern US.

Investment Thesis

As major airliners have enjoyed the fruits of higher travel spending habits alongside cheaper fairs and increased revenues, Alaska Air has underperformed other airlines as woes regarding the integration of their merger with Virgin America and their organic expansion efforts came into question. As most major airlines have risen substantially in 2017, Alaska Air lost over 17% of their value in the past fiscal year.

However, as the integration of Virgin America and the administrative consolidation that followed is proving fruitful as sales expand high single digit, net income headwinds seize to effect EPS and revenue per mile increases with new organic growth measures like route expansion and pricing effectiveness.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: State Auto Financial Corporation(STFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note issued on Friday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    State Auto Financial (NASDAQ: STFC) and Atlas Financial (NASDAQ:AFH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ancora Advisors LLC trimmed its position in shares of State Auto Financial Corp (NASDAQ:STFC) by 18.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 29,977 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 6,762 shares during the period. Ancora Advisors LLC owned about 0.07% of State Auto Financial worth $856,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    W. R. Berkley (NYSE: WRB) and State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Cord Blood Corporation(CO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ: AMR) and Global Cord Blood (NYSE:CO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Global Cord Blood (NYSE:CO) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 27, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Global Cord Blood Corp (NYSE:CO) dropped 5.8% during mid-day trading on Wednesday after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly earnings. The stock traded as low as $9.05 and last traded at $9.34. Approximately 677,976 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 222% from the average daily volume of 210,845 shares. The stock had previously closed at $9.92.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Global Cord Blood (NYSE: CO) and Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ:AMR) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Xinyuan Real Estate Co Ltd(XIN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mixin (XIN) is a proof-of-stake (PoS) token that uses the SHA256 hashing algorithm. It launched on October 2nd, 2017. Mixin’s total supply is 1,000,000 tokens and its circulating supply is 438,115 tokens. Mixin’s official message board is mixin.one/logs. Mixin’s official Twitter account is @XIN_Foundation and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for Mixin is mixin.one.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (NYSE:XIN) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 30th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 11th will be given a dividend of 0.05 per share by the financial services provider on Friday, June 22nd. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.74%.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: EPR Properties(EPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on EPR Properties (EPR)

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

    We asked three Motley Fool investors to identify an investment that gives income investors room for capital appreciation while also paving the way for continued income generation. Check out why EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), and Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM) fit the bill.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AeroCentury Corp.(ACY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AeroCentury (NYSEAMERICAN:ACY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “AeroCentury Corp. was formed to acquire JetFleet Aircraft, L.P. and JetFleet Aircraft II, L.P., in a statutory merger. The company is an operating lessor and finance company which specializes in leasing used turboprop aircraft and engines. The company’s aircraft and engines are on lease to regional airlines and commercial users in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., South America and Europe. (PRESS RELEASE) “

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TheStreet downgraded shares of AeroCentury (NYSEAMERICAN:ACY) from a b rating to a c rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

    Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AeroCentury from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th.

10 Dividend Stocks to Buy in May

For the past few years, it has been slim pickings for dividend investors. High yields have been hard to find, and what opportunities did appear to exist, such as in the energy sector, often led to sizable losses that more than erased the seemingly attractive dividend yields.

However, the main problem for yield investors — low interest rates — is starting to resolve itself. The 10-year treasury yield has now doubled since its low. The Donald Trump presidency is bringing hopes of faster economic growth and higher inflation, thus powering up interest rates. New Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell seems committed to a gradual but firm path toward higher rates going forward.

This has caused big declines for REITs (real estate investment trusts) and defensive stocks that yield-focused investors tend to gravitate toward. This dynamic has set up some outstanding bargains for dividend investors in May. The market rarely stops at fair value during a correction, some of these 10 stocks are tipping well into deep value territory. Let’s get started.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil (XOM) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil (XOM)Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 4.3%

In 2015, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) bottomed out at $72 share as the price of oil crashed. With oil reaching a nadir of $27 per barrel, investors couldn’t see a bright future for big oil companies. Fast forward, and oil is now up around $70 per barrel. Investors have rewarded XOM stock by moving it up from $72 up to $76. That’s right, with oil nearly tripling, XOM stock is up less than 10%.

Now, Exxon has some problems of its own. Ex-CEO Rex Tillerson’s controversial time over at the State Department brought unneeded publicity to his former employer. Exxon’s major development efforts are seeing mixed results. And the company’s big bet on natural gas years ago continues to underwhelm as natural gas prices stay low.

But don’t get too caught in the weeds. Exxon Mobil is the dominant American oil company. It has a storied history of dividend increases, a powerful balance sheet and unmatched scale. XOM stock has rarely yielded more than 4%, and when it has, investors have fared well buying at that level. The 16x forward price-to-earnings ratio and big pop in 2018 earnings favor buyers here as well.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Kraft Heinz (KHC) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Kraft Heinz (KHC)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 4.5%

The party sure ended quickly for Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC). Just a couple years ago, 3G and Warren Buffett took control of the food giant. Those superstar investors were expected to lead Kraft Heinz to consolidate the global food industry in the same way 3G’s Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (NYSE:BUD) has reshaped the beer industry. But it hasn’t happened. Kraft Heinz has failed to make another big merger. More importantly, its organic sales growth has dried up.

Investors have punished the company. Its superstar investors and management aside, KHC stock has gone moldy; the stock is down from over $90 to $55 over the past two years. And it’s understandable why investors are irritated.

At the end of the day though, one of the world’s leading food companies is now selling at 6x trailing and 14x forward earnings with a 4.5% dividend yield. Just two years ago, investors were scrambling to buy these sorts of giant food companies at more than 20x earnings and less than a 3% dividend.

Now, at far better prices, people are selling as fast as they can. Take advantage of the herd and load the pantry with this 4.5% dividend payer.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hershey (HSY) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hershey (HSY)Source: mhiguera via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Kraft Heinz is far from the only food company that should be on dividend investors’ radars now. The sector is deeply out of favor, leading to numerous opportunities. Next up is Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY).

For a summary, this storied brand is by far the leading chocolate seller in the United States and one of only two with meaningful market share. This has practically given the company a license to print money with fat profit margins and stable sales volume over the years.

HSY stock is down as of late due to higher cocoa prices and the broader sector sell-off. This stuff doesn’t matter in the long-term though. And speaking of the long-term, The Hershey Foundation safeguards investors’ interests here, keeping management focused on building a long-term global chocolate and snacks empire rather than playing short-term EPS games. The current nearly 3% dividend yield is the second highest over the past 30 years of Hershey’s history; it only paid more during the financial crisis. As such, don’t expect HSY stock to stay this cheap for long.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hormel Foods (HRL) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Hormel Foods (HRL)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)

Dividend Yield: 2.1%

Unlike the previous two food companies, Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL) has comparatively been on a roll. Its stock has avoided the broader foods sell-off. It is flat for 2018 and up 20% from last fall’s low. That said, HRL stock is still deeply undervalued here at $35.

The company, known for its iconic SPAM brand, has quietly repositioned itself as a millennial powerhouse. The company caught onto the low-carb movement early, stocking up on products targeting protein and healthier eating. Recent acquisitions include a major guacamole brand, organic nut butters, natural/hormone free deli meats and protein drinks. The company also has a partnership with Mexico’s Herdez to distribute that country’s most popular salsa to the fast-growing Mexican-American community.

In recent years, Dividend Kings such as Hormel (50 or more years of consecutive dividend hikes) traded at a huge premium. HRL stock hit as high as 30x earnings in 2016, and has had a median P/E ratio over 20 in recent years. It’s down to 18x forward earnings now, representing a much more attractive entry point.

Skeptics will claim the 2.1% dividend yield is too low. But management has averaged 18% dividend hikes over the past five years — that yield compounds fast. And with EPS up 26 out of the past 30 years, you could hardly find a more consistent growth and income stock.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Altria Group (MO) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Altria Group (MO)Source: Peyri Herrera via Flickr (Modified)

Dividend Yield: 5%

Let’s head to the checkout aisle of the grocery store now. It’s time for cigarettes and beer. Altria Group (NYSE:MO) stock has gotten punished lately following threats of more FDA regulation along with a big earnings miss at Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM).

These issues have put MO stock well into value territory. It’s down 21% so far year-to-date. The forward P/E ratio has dipped down to 12x. Analysts see earnings compounding at 10% per year over the next five years. That seems optimistic given its industry and the current regulatory environment. But when you start at that level of earnings and a 5% dividend yield, it’s not hard to get good overall returns on a stock regardless of how fast it grows.

Altria also owns a 10% stake in the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser Busch. That amounts to a $15 billion position, which throws off plenty of cash for Altria, thanks to Anheuser Busch’s own sporty 4.6% dividend yield.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Texas Instruments (TXN) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Texas Instruments (TXN)Source: VEX Robotics via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 2.4%

Income investors often overlook tech stocks. That’s a mistake. With the rapid speed with which the economy is modernizing, even yield-seekers should own a few technology plays. Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) is the perfect sort of hybrid stock for more conservative investors.

TXN stock yields 2.4%, versus the S&P 500 at 1.9%. Along with the higher yield, you also get faster growth. Texas Instruments has specialized in niche analog semiconductor chips needed for thousands of specific applications. Its patent library is huge, and unlike more commodity semiconductor companies, Texas Instruments has a more durable set of product lines. In other words, it doesn’t live or die based on the latest iPhone model.

Back to the yield angle, Texas Instruments has raised its dividend every year dating back to 2003. It has managed an impressive 21% compounded dividend growth rate over the past five years. That starting 2.4% dividend yield compounds at a blistering speed.

And while TXN stock isn’t precisely cheap at 29x trailing and 18x forward earnings, you could pay far more for other tech companies with less exciting growth prospects. Analysts see earnings growing 13% per year through 2023.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: EPR Properties (EPR) Dividend Stocks to Buy: EPR Properties (EPR)Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 7.8%

Along with consumer staples, investors have also been dumping their REITs. The general reason is the same: interest rates are going up, so high yield stocks lose their appeal in comparison to bonds. The selling has been indiscriminate, with little attention paid to what in particular is being dumped. While many REITs were overvalued in previous years and deserve their recent haircuts, here are two that should stand apart from their sector.

EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) is an interesting, diversified REIT. It has acquired a bunch of non-traditional rental assets in fields as varied as educational facilities, movie theaters, water parks, and Peak Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:SKIS) ski resort facilities. A bunch of generic offices or shopping centers, this is not.

There are a couple of things that make EPR exciting for a yield investor. First, it is continuing to grow its cash flow — something that many REITs are no longer able to do given rising interest rates and weakness in many of the shopping and office based REITs. On top of that, EPR’s dividend is up to 7.8%. And, EPR pays it out monthly, leading to a dependable frequent-paying high-yielder with a varied mix of properties.

The stock is on sale; it’s down 24% over the past year.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Public Storage (PSA) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Public Storage (PSA)Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 3.9%

Our other REIT for May is Public Storage (NYSE:PSA). The company is famous for its bright orange-painted self storage units across North America. Its top-tier management team has built Public Storage into the nation’s leader in the space and one of the most successful publicly-traded REITs in the U.S. over the past 25 years.

Importantly, given the changing interest rate environment, Public Storage has a compelling tactical advantage. It has relatively little debt. It has an “A” credit rating, making it one of just a handful of REITs rated that highly. Additionally, it is primarily funded by preferred stock at interest rates in the 5% range that never mature. This means that regardless of how high interest rates may go, Public Storage can keep paying 5% for its capital and never be subject to refinancing it at a higher cost. This is potentially a huge advantage depending on how far this cycle goes.

On top of that, Public Storage is unusually efficient for compounding among REITs. Management prioritizes growth over the dividend. The stock yields just 4% – and historically has often only been in the 3s. However, in addition to large dividend hikes, management also does plenty for the share price. PSA stock is a quadruple since the 2009 lows, far outpacing most other blue chip REITs. For growth and income investors, PSA stock is a perfect blend of the two forces.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Walgreens Boots Alliance PBM Stocks Have Much to Fear from Buffett, JPMorgan, Amazon VentureSource: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 2.6%

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NYSE:WBA) is another Dividend Aristocrat that has been thrown to the curb. The potential overhaul of the health care system, threats from Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), and a bunch of game-changing health care industry mergers have investors worried. That’s their loss though.

WBA stock has now increased its dividend 42 years in a row. The starting yield, at 2.6%, isn’t a game-changer. But the consistent hikes make it a solid long-term performer. Investors are preoccupied with potential near-term problems, but earnings are continuing to grow; WBA stock is now trading at just 9.9x forward earnings. At some point, the price is simply too low. WBA stock goes higher in coming quarters, and you get a respectable dividend as well.

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Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Finally, it’s hard to discuss healthcare dividends without mentioning Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). This isn’t the cheapest company on this list, but given its unmatchable range of products and powerhouse brands, JNJ is the ultimate sleep-well-at-night stock.

At 23x trailing earnings and 15x forward, JNJ stock is getting back to the range where it’s starting to look like a good value. The stock reached $147 in January but is down to $124 now, and sits just a few bucks above its 52-week low. Some concerns are due to its drug development division; biotech has been having a choppy 2018.

Overall though, Johnson & Johnson has been good for 55 consecutive annual dividend increases, and at a 2.9% starting yield, the payout is high enough to make this blue chip worth picking up in May.

At the time of writing, the author owned XOM, KHC, HSY, HRL, EPR, TXN, WBA, and JNJ stock. You can reach him on Tw

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018

ConforMIS (NASDAQ:CFMS) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “ConforMIS, Inc. is a medical technology company which develops, manufacture and sells joint replacement implants. The Company’s iFit technology platform consists of iFit Design, iFit Printing and iFit Just-in-Time Delivery. It operates primarily in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. The Company serves orthopedic surgeons, hospitals and other medical facilities and patients. ConforMIS, Inc. is based in Bedford, United States. “

Several other research analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. BTIG Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price target on shares of ConforMIS in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. JPMorgan Chase downgraded shares of ConforMIS from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Oppenheimer reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of ConforMIS in a report on Thursday, March 22nd. Cowen assumed coverage on shares of ConforMIS in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $4.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Canaccord Genuity upgraded shares of ConforMIS from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. ConforMIS currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $4.29.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) dropped about 1.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $30.44 after closing at $30.95 on Friday. Volume was around 4.1 million about 10% below the daily average of around 4.6 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.74 after closing Tuesday at $30.76. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.2 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.11 after closing Wednesday at $31.59. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 9.6 million, more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.81 after closing Friday at $31.13. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.5 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc(HMNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) is an information technology company that provides its clients predictive analytics. The company uses big data for most of its software and operates within the financial services, insurance, and healthcare industries. HMNY is up 278% YTD after it announced a strategic merger with a GPS application company, called RedZone Maps. RedZone is known for mapping crime in major cities. News of the merger sent HMNY climbing over 1,000% from $1.11 per share to $13.75 per share over the course of a week. The stock has since fallen to $5.23 per share as of Monday intraday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The subscription service is controlled by Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY), which owns about 81% of MoviePass stock.

    MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate.
    Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA.
    Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents.
    Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash.
    TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone.
    Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale.
    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA.
    Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday.
    Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares dropped 32 percent to $6.87 after the company reported a common stock offering. The size of the offering was not disclosed. The company said that proceeds from the offering and warrants will be used to increase the company’s ownership stake in MoviePass.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap analytics stock Helios and Matheson Analytics (NASDAQ: HMNY) is thethird most shorted stock on the NASDAQ with short interest of 54.30% according to Highshortinterest.com. Helios and Matheson Analytics is a provider of information technology services and solutions, offering a range of technology platforms focusing on big data, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, social listening, and consumer-centric technology. The Company owns a majority interest in MoviePass Inc., the nation’s premier movie-theater subscription service.Other holdings include RedZone Map, a safety and navigation app for iOS and Android users, and a community-based ecosystem that features a socially empowered safety map app that enhances mobile GPS navigation using advanced proprietary technology.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: EPR Properties(EPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate EPR PROPERTIES as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 11.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES reported lower earnings of $2.78 versus $3.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.91 versus $2.78).

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company’s bottom line, improving the earnings per share.

     

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.(CHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motif Investing]

    The most heavily weighted names in the motif are China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), Aibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU), India's HDFC Bank (NYSE: HDB) and Russia's Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT).

  • [By David Goodboy]

    Rumors are that Apple will use this opportunity to announce the long-awaited deal with China Mobile (NYSE: CHL), which is the world's largest cellphone carrier with more than 700 million active users. Clearly, there are impediments in the way, but the potential for a lower-priced iPhone for this market means strong possibilities remain. This deal would be a major upside catalyst for Apple shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), down 3 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 1.5 percent.

Top Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Emerson Radio Corporation(MSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Emerson Radio (MSN) is a marketer of consumer electronic products and various housewares.

    The company has about $1.91 in cash per share, yet sells for less than half that amount. The stock trades at 7.5 times forward earnings. The company is debt free.