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General Electric was blasted on Wednesday by workers, retirees and shareholders bemoaning the downfall of the company they love.

At its annual meeting, GE (GE) got an earful from employees and investors who pleaded with management to right the ship after a disastrous year.

“I believe it was arrogance and a series of bad business decisions,” former employee Bill Freeda said. “Our board of directors clearly has been AWOL.”

Another shareholder said: “GE, which was once one of the preeminent companies in the world the bluest of blue chips is now an embarrassment.”

The past 12 months has been one of the darkest periods in GE’s 126-year history. A cash crisis, brought on by years of bad deal-making, forced GE to cut its dividend in half and lay off thousands of workers. GE’s stock price has crashed by 50%, and calls to kick it out of the Dow have grown louder.

Despite the deep criticism of past and current GE leaders, the company’s nominees to the board were all elected on Wednesday. None of the shareholder proposals calling for reform were adopted, though one pushing for splitting the CEO and chairman roles received strong support.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Winnebago’s total backlog increased by 36% against the comparable prior year quarter, to $193.1 million. Competitor Thor Industries’ (NYSE:THO) quarterly earnings, reported earlier this month, revealed a backlog reduction of 18%. Although Thor’s management presented a credible argumentthat the organization’s backlog reduction is due to increased production capability, its shareholders nonetheless have worried over demand trends. Winnebago’s own backlog growth provides a more positive data point for those taking stock of the larger RV industry.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Somerset Trust Co purchased a new position in shares of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund purchased 3,352 shares of the construction company’s stock, valued at approximately $326,000.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Another metric that bodes well for Winnebago is its total backlog; this increased by a healthy 36% compared to the prior year, to $193.1 million. That 36% increase looks even better when you consider that competitor Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) reported an 18% decline in its backlog during its recent quarterly conference call — although Thor Industries offered an explanation for the reduction.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Brokerages expect Tahoe Resources Inc (NYSE:TAHO) (TSE:THO) to announce earnings of $0.02 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Zero analysts have made estimates for Tahoe Resources’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.04 and the lowest is ($0.01). Tahoe Resources reported earnings per share of $0.11 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 81.8%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 14th.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.(GWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Genesee & Wyoming Inc (NYSE:GWR) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twelve brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $82.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Piermont Capital Management Inc. decreased its position in Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) by 8.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 9,850 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 890 shares during the quarter. Piermont Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Genesee & Wyoming were worth $697,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: MannKind Corporation(MNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of MannKind Corp. (NASDAQ: MNKD) shares short decreased to 32.53 million. The previous reading was 35.96 million. The stock was last seen at $1.75, in a 52-week range of $1.01 to $6.96.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    There haven’t been many positive catalysts for MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) in a few months. The stock is down significantly so far in 2018 after starting off with some nice gains. But there was at least a chance for some good news when the company reported its first-quarter results after the market closed on Wednesday.

  • [By George Budwell]

    MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD), the maker of the inhaled insulin product Afrezza, had yet another bad month in April. Specifically, the biotech’s shares lost a quarter of their value last month,according toS&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    MannKind : Additional Positive Afrezza Clinical Data from STAT Study To Be Presented at ADA 78th Scientific Sessions (4-traders.com) MannKind (MNKD) Announces Additional Positive Afrezza Clinical Data from STAT Study to Be Presented at ADA (streetinsider.com) Type 1 Diabetes Market Therapeutic Pipeline, H1 2018 Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Preventive Technologies (expertherald.com) Sotagliflozin in Conjunction with Insulin for Type 1 Diabetes Reduces Average Blood Glucose Levels (prnewswire.com) Additional Positive Afrezza庐 Clinical Data from STAT Study To Be Presented at ADA 78th Scientific Sessions (finance.yahoo.com)

    MannKind traded down $0.04, hitting $1.92, during trading on Wednesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. 156,307 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,990,746. The firm has a market cap of $282.85 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.70 and a beta of 2.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.39, a current ratio of 0.43 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.43. MannKind has a 1 year low of $1.09 and a 1 year high of $6.96.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund(ADRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index (NASDAQ:ADRE) declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, June 18th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Tuesday, June 19th will be given a dividend of 0.2285 per share on Tuesday, July 31st. This represents a $0.91 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.15%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, June 18th. This is a positive change from BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.00851.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

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    Panama City, Fla. (AP) — A man suspected of trading wild bursts of gunfire with officers during a long standoff in the Florida Panhandle was found dead Tuesday in a gasoline-soaked apartment after an armored vehicle approached, authorities said.

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    San Francisco (AP) — A U.S. judge who held a hearing about climate change that received widespread attention ruled Monday that Congress and the president were best suited to address the contribution of fossil fuels to global warming, throwing out lawsuits that sought to hold big oil companies liable for the Earth's changing environment.

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    Las Vegas (AP) — "Pawn Stars" patriarch, Richard Benjamin Harrison, who was known as "The Old Man," has died at age 77.

    Gold & Silver Pawn's Facebook page posted Monday that Harrison was surrounded by "loving family" this past weekend and died peacefully.

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    Putrajaya, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government will sell much of the huge stash of jewelry and luxury goods, including diamond necklaces, tiaras and designer handbags that were seized in a money-laundering probe of former leader Najib Razak, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told The Associated Press on Friday.

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    Paris (AP) — Floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris on Saturday, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Deutsche Bank AG boosted its holdings in Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp (NYSE:AP) by 117.3% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 19,599 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,578 shares during the quarter. Deutsche Bank AG’s holdings in Ampco-Pittsburgh were worth $242,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Valspar Corporation (VAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Valorbit (CURRENCY:VAL) traded up 0% against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on June 18th. One Valorbit coin can now be bought for approximately $0.0001 or 0.00000001 BTC on popular exchanges. Valorbit has a total market capitalization of $537,598.00 and $0.00 worth of Valorbit was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last week, Valorbit has traded 5.8% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Valorbit (CURRENCY:VAL) traded 0% higher against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 11:00 AM Eastern on June 9th. One Valorbit coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.0001 or 0.00000001 BTC on exchanges. Valorbit has a market cap of $537,598.00 and $0.00 worth of Valorbit was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. In the last seven days, Valorbit has traded up 5.8% against the dollar.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Facebook Inc. (FB) shares were up 1% in premarket trading following two days of testimony by CEO Mark Zuckerberg in front of U.S. lawmakers. Over the course of Zuckerberg’s 11 hours of congressional testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday, Facebook’s market cap increased by about $17.3 billion – or roughly $1.57 billion an hour, according to TheStreet’s Francesca Fontana.

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    For example, Facebook Inc. (Nadsaq: FB) opened to the public at $42.05 per share in May 2012, and now it trades for $179.67.

    That’s a staggering 327% return in six years.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) results were much better than expected. That is bad news for companies that rely on internet advertising for some or all of their revenue. Along with Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google, they hold 56% of the U.S. online ad market.

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    China’s President Xi Jinping did his part to support the bull market in stocks via a conciliatory trade speech on Monday night, and now embattled Facebook (FB)  founder Mark Zuckerberg has to follow course. By now, seemingly ever pundit and journalist has weighed in how the camera-averse Zuckerberg will perform over the next two days in front of savage lawmakers. So there isn’t much new to add until we watch him sit down and do battle. But one gets the sense that lawmakers won’t have any clue what to truly ask Zuck in the attempt to send his stock price down the tubes again (because they would secretly love nothing better than to hit Zuck in his digital wallet, naturally). Sure, they may get under his notoriously thin skin, but investors worried about a full-on stock price rout should rest somewhat easy. The Facebooks evolution that is well underway, and which is being accelerated post the Cambridge Analytica debacle, will over time erode the company’s highly lucrative business model. You probably won’t see any evidence of the derision in the first-quarter results or perhaps even the rest of 2018. It’s happening as we speak though, and should be something Zuck reflects in 2019 profit guidance (which should be issued) at some point later this year. In the meantime, enjoy the great theater and tread easily with Facebook’s stock off the March mini-rally. Better trades into this spectacle if you haven’t put them on already: big data business plays such as Dropbox (DBX) , Salesforce (CRM) , and Action Alerts PLUS holdings Microsoft (MSFT) and Nvidia (NVDA) .   

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Make no mistake. Each member of the FANG Plus group is a great company. We’re talking Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) – plus Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The move comes two months after Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) issued a similar policy. The search giant will be altering its Google AdWords and other policies, which would “restrict the advertisement of Contracts for Difference, rolling spot forex, and financial spread betting.”

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: American Software, Inc.(AMSWA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    American Software (NASDAQ:AMSWA) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 21, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET

    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Cowen Group, Inc.(COWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Cowen Group (NASDAQ:COWN) in the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund bought 13,196 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $180,000.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    According to a new note published this past week by investment firm Cowen (NASDAQ:COWN), the total cannabis market could generate as much as $75 billion in gross annual sales by 2030, up from a previous forecast of $50 billion by 2026.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cowen Inc Class A (NASDAQ:COWN) Director Peter A. Cohen sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.23, for a total transaction of $76,150.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 698,095 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,631,986.85. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: AGL Resources, Inc.(GAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Gas (CURRENCY:GAS) traded 12.9% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM ET on July 2nd. Gas has a market cap of $117.83 million and approximately $5.75 million worth of Gas was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Gas token can now be bought for approximately $11.63 or 0.00175551 BTC on exchanges including Cobinhood, Koinex, DragonEX and Binance. Over the last week, Gas has traded 10.4% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Gas (CURRENCY:GAS) traded down 0.2% against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 21:00 PM E.T. on May 19th. Over the last seven days, Gas has traded 10.8% lower against the U.S. dollar. Gas has a total market capitalization of $228.89 million and $5.00 million worth of Gas was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Gas token can currently be bought for $22.60 or 0.00274789 BTC on major exchanges including Abucoins, OKEx, Bitbns and Coinnest.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now


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Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.(RARE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:RARE) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Monday.

    A number of other brokerages have also recently weighed in on RARE. JPMorgan Chase restated an overweight rating and issued a $66.00 price objective (down from $68.00) on shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. Evercore ISI upgraded shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical from an in-line rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Stifel Nicolaus restated a buy rating and issued a $74.00 price objective (down from $85.00) on shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Finally, Wedbush reiterated a positive rating and set a $71.00 target price (up from $64.00) on shares of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical in a research note on Wednesday, April 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and sixteen have issued a buy rating to the company. Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $69.76.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: RARE) is expected to report Phase 2 data from all its tumor-induced osteomalacia patients. Shares of Ultragenyx closed Friday at $76.87, in a 52-week range of $41.67 to $86.10 and with a consensus analyst target of $68.74.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Burosumab Improves Outcomes in Children with XLH in Phase 2 Trial (raredr.com) RARE Stock Is on the Verge of Breaking Out Toward Higher Prices (profitconfidential.com) Burosumab may benefit children with X-linked hypophosphatemia (medicalxpress.com) A Look Inside the Quant Data For Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NasdaqGS:RARE) (parkcitycaller.com) Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (RARE)- Stock in the Trader’s Radar (nasdaqfortune.com)

    A number of research firms have recently weighed in on RARE. ValuEngine raised Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday. BidaskClub raised Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Saturday, May 19th. Barclays raised Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $62.00 to $74.00 in a report on Friday, May 11th. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical in a report on Thursday, May 10th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $63.00 target price for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, seventeen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $70.06.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ:RARE) Director Matthew K. Fust sold 6,319 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.00, for a total value of $454,968.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,750 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $630,000. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    A Genentech alumnus, Conner was previously vice president of clinical science at Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:RARE), a biotech that has successfully developed therapies for rare and ultrarare diseases. Prior to that, he was senior medical director at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRN), another biotech company that’s successfully developed drugs for rare diseases.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rice Midstream Partners LP(RMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) and Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Investor Expectations to Drive Momentum within Balchem, Beacon Roofing Supply, Rice Midstream Partners LP, LTC Properties, Ubiquiti Networks, and 1st Source Discovering Underlying Factors of Influence (finance.yahoo.com) Rice Midstream Partners (RMP) Rating Lowered to Strong Sell at ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Brokerages Expect Rice Midstream Partners (RMP) to Announce $0.40 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Rice Midstream: 1Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com) Rice Midstream Partners (RMP) Announces $0.30 Dividend (americanbankingnews.com)

    RMP stock opened at $17.88 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,871.10, a P/E ratio of 10.63, a P/E/G ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.17. Rice Midstream Partners has a 52 week low of $16.87 and a 52 week high of $26.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 2.91 and a quick ratio of 2.91.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TC PIPELINES LP Common Stock (NYSE: TRP) and Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Unilever PLC(UL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    How this lid materializes is rarely explained or dwelt upon. At any rate, I do like the cliche for its flexibility as a metaphor for other disciplines — the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, for example. Several CPG companies, including Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL), have recently found a lid on their pricing baskets: a constraint on their ability to push through price increases on goods sold through retail channels.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News coverage about Unilever (NYSE:UL) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 47.0118624662366 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Isaac Pino, CPA]

    Dollar Shave Club, bought by Unilever (NYSE:UL) in 2016, offers membership as low as $5. Again, the margins may be thin on the products — just like at Costco — but that’s made up by what hopefully becomes a longer, deeper relationship with the customer.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sandy Spring Bank increased its position in shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) by 627.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 3,820 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,295 shares during the period. Sandy Spring Bank’s holdings in Unilever were worth $212,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    LPL Financial LLC reduced its holdings in shares of UNILEVER N.V. Common Stock (NYSE:UL) by 1.0% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 92,190 shares of the company’s stock after selling 906 shares during the quarter. LPL Financial LLC’s holdings in UNILEVER N.V. Common Stock were worth $5,122,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franklin Financial Network, Inc.(FSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Franklin Financial Network Inc. (NYSE: FSB) was downgraded to sell from neutral at Compass Point. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $30.30 to $42.65. The consensus price target for the company across Wall Street is $37.80. The stock closed Monday at $39.40, a rise of more than 5%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) was downgraded by research analysts at Compass Point from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Franklin Financial Network Inc (NYSE:FSB) was the target of a significant growth in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 836,831 shares, a growth of 66.9% from the May 31st total of 501,425 shares. Approximately 6.4% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 392,524 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.1 days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Best High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), the world’s largest social media site, with 2.20 billion monthly active users (MAUs), is “very serious” about launching its own cryptocurrency, according to CNBC.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Momentum from Facebook.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) stronger-than-expected earnings, reported after the market closed yesterday, helped equities futures, which were pointing to a higher open for all three of the main U.S. indices. Investors seemed to cheer as the tech giant beat expectations despite the data handling issue. Eyes will turn to the Seattle area later today as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) report earnings after the bell.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) guidance calls for big spending increases to continue investing in the business. In this segment fromIndustry Focus: Tech, Motley Fool analyst Dylan Lewis and senior tech specialist Evan Niu, CFA,discuss the guidance from the company’s most recent quarterly call, and what investors should expect in the future.

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    Facebook Inc. (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before Congress again Wednesday morning.

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing began at 10 a.m. April 11, entitled “Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data.” Tuesday, Zuckerberg faced two Senate committees and answered a gauntlet of questions over the course of six hours about Cambridge Analytica, data privacy and possible regulation of the social media giant.

The Bear Case for Apple Inc. Stock: An In-Depth Look

There’s a seeming contradiction when it comes to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple stock now sits just off an all-time high. Last Thursday, its market capitalization hit $934 billion — the highest ever for a U.S. company. The iPhone is the most profitable product ever created — and it’s driven huge returns in AAPL stock, which has nearly tripled over the past five years and risen 600%+ over the past decade.

And yet Apple stock remains cheap. Dirt-cheap, it would seem. At these all-time highs, AAPL still is valued at a little over 14x FY19 (ending September) consensus EPS estimates. The figure is even lower when considering Apple’s huge cash balance.

The S&P 500 as a whole trades at more than 17x forward earnings, according to data compiled by Birinyi Associates. In other words, the world’s most valuable company, and the world’s most profitable company — ever — trades at a discount to the overall stock market. How can that be?

But looking closely at Apple’s financials and its outlook, there are good reasons why AAPL stock looks so cheap. Apple is the world’s most valuable company — and it’s also one of the most analyzed. The cheap multiple here isn’t due to the market not paying attention. Real risks lie ahead for Apple.

Given the importance of AAPL stock to the market as a whole, investors of all stripes need to understand those risks. And even AAPL bulls should understand who’s on the other side of the trade — and what the downside could be in AAPL stock.

How Cheap is Apple Stock?

At the moment, AAPL stock trades at about 16.5x consensus EPS for fiscal 2018. That’s a relatively cheap multiple — but it’s even cheaper considering the company still has about $31 per share in net cash, roughly one-sixth of its market capitalization. Backing out that cash, Apple stock trades at what seems like a ridiculously low multiple: 13.8x earnings.

It’s a number that seems like an outlier, particularly among large-cap tech. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL,GOOG), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) all trade at at least 20x 2018 earnings, even backing out their own net cash balances. And of course Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) trade at nose-bleed valuations (80x forward earnings for AMZN, 71x for NFLX).

Simply applying a 20x earnings multiple — still below most of its large-cap tech rivals, which by the way all make much less money than Apple — would value AAPL stock at about $260, 38% higher than current levels. Even the 24x multiple (again, excluding net cash) assigned to Microsoft stock doesn’t seem particularly out of line for Apple. It’s not as if Microsoft is a growth juggernaut. In fact, the Street projects Apple to grow revenue faster than Microsoft in their respective fiscal years. 24x earnings plus the $31 per share in cash would value Apple stock at over $300, 62% higher than current levels.

AAPL stock isn’t just being treated by the market as an average stock. It’s being valued well below the average stock, and sharply less than its similarly well-known and widely-owned tech peers. And this isn’t a new development: Apple’s forward P/E actually is toward the higher end of its multi-year range. AAPL on several occasions has traded below 12x forward earnings — a multiple that suggests its business actually is headed for a decline.

Why? Why is the market acting as if Apple’s earnings growth is going to come to an end?

4 Big Risks for Apple Stock: Source: Oaxis

Risk #1: The Commoditization Risk

There are a number of reasons why investors are skeptical toward Apple’s long-term growth prospects. Most notably, the company remains reliant on the iPhone. And the history of tech hardware shows that eventually even the best products eventually become commoditized.

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It happened to IBM (NYSE:IBM) in mainframes. It happened to Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DVMT) and HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) in PCs — after the Windows operating system helped end Apple’s early leadership in that category. BlackBerry Ltd (NYSE:BB) once was the world’s leader in smartphones; its stock has fallen more than 90% from its June 2008 peak.

All of these companies were victims of commoditization (though all four, notably BlackBerry, also have their share of self-inflicted wounds as well). As hardware products improve, incremental upgrades become less compelling — lengthening replacement cycles. Meanwhile, low-cost competitors inevitably enter with a “good enough” product, undercutting pricing — and margins.

In fact, commoditization already has hit Apple — on multiple fronts. The iPad was introduced in 2010, and basically created the tablet category. It was a massive hit. Revenue neared $5 billion in fiscal 2010 – in less than nine months. By fiscal 2012, sales had exploded to $31 billion — 20% of Apple’s total revenue. But less than three years after its launch, the iPad already had peaked. With cheaper Android alternatives proliferating, iPad revenue would fall 40% over the next four years.

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A worse fate has befallen the iPod. A decade ago, that product drove over $9 billion in revenue. Apple no longer breaks out revenue from the product, but the company now sells just a single model. All of the iPod’s features are built into the iPhone. And consumers can buy a product roughly equal to last decade’s iPods in memory and performance for just a few dollars.

The qualitative driver behind the bear case for AAPL stock is based on the idea that eventually, competition and time come for even the best hardware products. And that process may already have begun for the iPhone as well.

Risk #2: Apple Stock’s iPhone Reliance

The launch of the iPhone X has received intense scrutiny from the media and investors for months now. Reports of potential delays raised initial fears. Concerns about demand seemingly were assuaged by a better-than-expected fiscal Q2 earnings report that has pushed AAPL stock to its new highs.

The focus on the X makes sense. The world’s most valuable company remains heavily reliant on the iPhone.

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62% of Apple’s total fiscal 2017 revenue came from the iPhone, per figures from the 10-K. That proportion has risen to two-thirds through the first half of fiscal 2018.

So the seemingly endless discussion of the prospects for the iPhone X aren’t a matter of investors and analysts having nothing better to do. If the iPhone starts to decline, Apple almost certainly follows. And in fact, the iPhone is showing signs of weakness.

Unit sales peaked in 2015 at 231.2 million. Over the past twelve months, the figure is about 6% lower, at 217.2 million. And in fact, iPhone revenue has declined over that period as well, by about 1%. The strong dollar has been a headwind — constant-currency revenue almost certainly is positive — but what growth Apple is grinding out comes from pricing.

So the bear case for Apple stock starts to become a bit more clear. The iPhone is driving 60%+ of revenue. Increasingly, it looks as if unit sales may already have peaked. The X, then, is a test case for whether Apple can continue its growth by increasing prices – which the entire history of hardware suggests should be impossible to do forever.

That’s why the Street was seemingly so negative on AAPL heading into the report. Weakness in the X suggested the end of revenue growth for the iPhone — for good. And it’s why the better-than-expected numbers on that front in Q2 have led Apple stock to bounce back so sharply. Despite the ecosystem it has built, and despite its other offerings, Apple stock still comes down to the iPhone.

Risk #3: The Rest of Apple

The reliance on the iPhone is magnified by the fact that the rest of Apple’s business has growth challenges of its own. As I pointed out last year, from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2016, non-iPhone revenue barely moved. iPad growth was offset by declines in the iPod and the Mac line. As the Apple Watch came online, the iPad started to fade.

Apple is making some progress of late. According to SEC filings, non-iPhone revenue rose 11% in fiscal 2017, and another 14% in the first half of FY18. Still, hardware represents an issue beyond the iPhone as well. iPad revenue actually has risen through the first half of fiscal 2018 — somewhat surprisingly. Mac sales rose a sharp 13% in 2017 — but declined over the previous four years and are down again in the first six months of this year.

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Looking forward, growth in tablets, desktops, and laptops seems likely to be muted at best. Indeed, given longer replacement cycles, declines wouldn’t be a surprise.

The only two potential growth categories are Services and Other Products. There’s a reason why CEO Tim Cook has targeted $50 billion in services revenue by 2021, up from roughly $30 billion in FY17. Other Products — a category which includes Apple Watch, Beats, the iPod, Apple TV, and the recently released HomePod — has posted consistent double-digit growth since 2015.

But the concern is that those businesses simply aren’t that big. Combined, they generated about 20% of the company’s revenue over the past twelve months. Even assuming the Services business hits its $50 billion target, and is valued at an aggressive 4x revenue, it still would drive barely 20% of the value of Apple stock.

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Apple Watch has been a success — it’s the clear leader in smartwatches, and its growth has sent shares of rival Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) plunging. Yet the product is not even big enough for Apple to break out its contribution. It just doesn’t materially change the company-wide financials.

This is the flip side of the iPhone’s success. It has made Apple so big, and so valuable, that what would be a massive hit for any other company simply doesn’t even move the needle.

The distribution of revenue by product seems to support the bear case that Apple’s growth will end at some point relatively soon. 60%+ of sales come from the iPhone. Unless pricing can go to $1,199 and beyond in perpetuity, revenue from that product is going to peak at some point. Another ~18% of revenue comes from the Mac lines and the iPad. Both of which are in clearly flattish long-term trends that could turn negative. Services and Other Products, then, are going to have to offset any weakness in iPhones on their own.  That’s a big ask given that their contribution to revenue is less than one-third that of the iPhone.

Risk #4: International Concerns

The breakdown of revenue by country, meanwhile, raises its own set of concerns.

42% of sales come from the Americas, the majority of that from the U.S. Apple continues to drive growth in that region, with a 12% increase in sales in FY17 followed by 13% growth in the first half. Still, the core concerns about iPhone growth would seem to apply heavily to the U.S. market, particularly with the end of subsidies from carriers like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).

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Sales in the company’s Europe segment continue to rise — though that business also includes the Middle East, Africa, and the key Indian market. On the Continent, Apple has lost share in the four largest markets. It’s in developed markets where the commoditization concerns are likely to have the most impact. And in terms of unit sales, the iPhone already has started to stumble there.

Meanwhile, Apple could miss out on the two key developing markets.

Revenue in Greater China dropped 24% between 2015 and 2017. Strong performance in that region admittedly has been a big piece of good news this year. Sales have grown 15% through the first two quarters. But Apple still is losing share in that market to lower-priced in-country competitors. Additionally, trade war concerns are mounting. And at almost 20% of total sales, China is too important for Apple to lose.

In India, meanwhile, a twice-raised import tax makes the iPhone prohibitive. That leaves Apple mostly on the outside looking into the one of the world’s most important markets.

Looking geographically, then, an investor can see the risk to Apple’s revenue. The iPhone has to at least hold sales flat. But that will be a challenge in developed markets. And developing markets aren’t driving the growth needed. And it’s not as if consumers in those markets don’t have phones. They do. They just don’t have iPhones, and even the growing middle classes may not be able to afford them.

Combining the Risks for Apple Stock

Tying all the risks together for Apple creates a model in which revenue is currently at a peak — and earnings likely are as well. The iPhone drives 60%+ of revenue, and its unit sales may already have peaked. That figure has risen just 0.4% year-over-year so far in 2018 — and over the last four quarters remains below fiscal 2015 levels.

The U.S. market is saturated. Estimates suggest that on a unit basis, the U.S. drives about one-third of iPhone sales. China is the second-largest market — and has been negative over the past few years. Add in weakness in large European markets and something in the range of two-thirds of iPhone revenue — thus ~40% of Apple’s total revenue — is at risk of declining if and when Apple no longer can hike prices so aggressively.

Another 20% or so comes from developing markets where the iPhone is falling behind. Apple did post record first-half sales in India, according to the Q2 conference call — but most estimates suggest its presence in that country is small. The iPhone is #1 in China, according to the same call, but in a fragmented market, and revenue has been falling even accounting for currency headwinds.

20% of overall revenue is derived from the iPad and Mac lines, which are unlikely to grow much, if at all, going forward. The last 20% comes from Services and Other Products.

And so the calculation here becomes clear. Apple’s low-teen P/E and P/FCF multiples imply that the company’s growth is about done. But from a revenue standpoint, that’s potentially right.

Barring an acceleration in iPhone sales in China and/or India, the Services and Other Products business have to grow faster than the developed market iPhone business declines. But those businesses combined are half the size. So they’d need to grow twice as fast to account for iPhone declines.

The Bearish Scenario for Apple Stock

Understanding the distribution of revenue across products and geographies highlights the bearish scenario for Apple stock. Here’s how it could happen:

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In developed markets, the iPhone has peaked. The X launch becomes the last major release that drives real buzz — and pricing power. Unit sales fall double-digits in 2019, in line with past performance after major launches. (iPhone unit sales fell 8% worldwide in FY16, for instance.)

Developing markets can’t pick up the slack. In Africa, and the Middle East, iPhone sales grow, but off a small base. Import taxes continue to drive Indian customers to in-country manufacturers as the government intended. Trade war rhetoric and low-cost competitors mean sales in China fall off in FY19 after a rebound year driven by the X.

Apple raises its prices modestly. But a shift to lower-priced models, particularly overseas, leads average selling prices downward. (This, too, is what happened in fiscal 2016: iPhone revenue fell 12%.) iPhone revenue drops from a record $160 billion in fiscal 2018 to $140 billion in fiscal 2019.

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Now, the narrative has changed. iPhone sales in both units and dollars are below their levels from four years ago. Apple breaks out Watch revenue for the first time: it has risen from ~$7 billion in FY19 to $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020. Investors point out that the figure is roughly 4% of Apple’s total sales.

The Services business is growing nicely — still at a double-digit pace — but slowing iPhone unit sales suggest little growth in the user count driving that revenue. A renewed decline in the iPad offsets modest growth in Mac sales. Apple’s overall revenue falls 5% in fiscal 2019 — and investors start asking how the decline will be reversed.

Again, this scenario is one in which most things go wrong for Apple. And I’d argue it’s more likely to occur (if it does) in fiscal 2021 than fiscal 2019. But it’s hardly based on outlandish assumptions.

Developed market iPhone revenues are going to turn south at some point. To offset those losses will require growth elsewhere. Services seems the most likely candidate — but even double-digit growth there only adds 2-3 points to the overall growth rate. The iPhone either needs better performance in developing markets — or the Watch, AirPods, and/or HomePod have to be multi-year winners.

A Cyclical Business

Some version of that bear case has surrounded Apple stock for years now. And, on occasion, it has gained some traction. In late 2012, Apple stock broke $700 (it has since split 7-for-1) for the first time. Within a matter of months, it had lost over 40% of its value. (iPad sales surprisingly turned south and investors worried the iPhone wouldn’t pick up the slack.) In 2015, cyclical worries again hit the stock. AAPL stock dropped about 35% over the next 15 months.

And it’s not just a matter of perception, either. Apple’s earnings have grown, but hardly in a consistent manner. Net income dipped between 2012 and 2014 before jumping in 2015. It fell again over the next two years, before heading to what seems likely to be a new peak in 2018.

It’s easy at the moment to assume AAPL bears (myself included) simply have been wrong the whole time. Apple stock is at an all-time high. The X looks set to perform better than skeptics believed. Services is growing nicely, and diversifying Apple away for the hardware business. Long-time (and well-respected) Apple analyst Gene Munster argued this month that we have entered a new “Apple story”. But investors need to remember that bulls thought the same in 2012 and 2015 as well.

Does The Bear Case Hold Water?

Admittedly, I’ve been proven wrong on Apple stock. And I’m not sure the bear case is that compelling at this point.

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I do see long-term risk to the iPhone, but there’s also a scenario where Apple can offset any declines in that product. Services, Watch, and maybe AirPods and the HomePod can pick up some of the slack. Apple’s immense cash hoard is setting up a windfall for shareholders, as I wrote back in January. Even ~zero revenue growth likely leads to some profit growth, given that gross margins in the Service segment are higher than those in hardware categories. At 14x earnings, ‘some’ profit growth is enough to justify the current valuation.

Apple’s performance so far in 2018 also has undercut the bear case. I wrote after the Q2 report that even a skeptic like myself had to be impressed. The growth in China so far this year is important. So is the performance of the X. The Services business, as Munster pointed out, is becoming a bigger part of the narrative as it becomes a larger part of revenue. And somewhat quietly, margin pressures from a stronger U.S. dollar and higher memory prices are starting to reverse in Apple’s favor.

Still, from a long-term perspective, I do believe the bill is going to come due for Apple at some point.

Every hardware manufacturer has lost its technological advantage eventually. And I do believe the bear case merits consideration — even from ardent Apple bulls. There’s a reason why Apple stock looks cheap, and why it’s looked cheap for years. While the company may be able to grind out earnings growth, and upside in Apple stock, going forward, the long-term risks to the business model suggest that Apple stock never will get a market-level earnings multiple again.

As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any sec

2018’s Biggest Stock Market Winners so Far

After a nearly perfect 2017 that saw big gains happen alongside mitigated volatility, the stock market hasn’t been able to replicate that success in early 2018.

Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is essentially flat. More than that, at one point in late January, the S&P 500 was up nearly 8% on the year. By the beginning of February, it was down 1% on the year.

In other words, the stock market of 2018 has looked very little like the stock market of 2017. Big gains have been replaced with sideways trading. And volatility has once again reared its ugly head.

But the broad market’s struggles don’t apply to every stock.

Thus far in 2018, the stock market has had some pretty big winners. And by big, I mean big. The market’s best-performing stocks have staged huge rallies of 50% and up thus far in 2018.

With that in mind, here are a few of the stock market’s biggest winners so far in 2018.

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Best-Performing Stocks #1: Netflix (NFLX) Netflix NFLX stock Source: via Netflix

Nothing seems to knock secular growth giant Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) off its horse.

The other FANG names have struggled some in 2018. Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has been hit with data leak and personal privacy concerns. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is struggling to keep its margins up during a big investment period. Even Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has felt pressure recently due to regulatory threats.

But Netflix has faced zero meaningful threats so far in 2018. Meanwhile, the company continues to report strong beat-and-raise quarters that blow out expectations on every key metric from revenue to margins to earnings to subscribers.

That is why NFLX stock is up 70% year-to-date.

At this point, it seems that Netflix has reached escape velocity and is marching towards becoming the world’s biggest entertainment company. The Netflix streaming service just has such a powerful value prop (only $10-$15 per month for a seemingly unlimited library of exclusive content) relative to alternative entertainment options that global adoption at this point seem likes a question of when, not if.

That said, buyers should beware of valuation on Netflix stock at current levels.

I know that sounds silly for a stock that has done nothing but soar over the past several years, but even under bullish modeling assumptions of global domination and huge margin ramp, I still think the stock is only worth about $290.

Thus, at $320, it feels like the stock price has sprinted ahead of fundamentals in the near-term. In other words, if you want to buy this top-performing stock, it won’t hurt to wait for a meaningful pullback. 

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Best-Performing Stocks #2: Fossil Group Inc (FOSL) Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL) Source: Joe King via Flickr (Modified)

Not many people would guess this, but struggling traditional watch giant Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL) has actually outperformed streaming TV giant Netflix so far in 2018.

And its not because Netflix has struggled. Netflix stock is up 70% year-to-date. Fossil stock? It’s up 90%.

What is happening under the hood? Fossil is morphing into one of Wall Street’s most powerful turnaround stories.

For several quarters, Fossil fell victim to the smartwatch trend which destroyed the traditional watch market. Fossil’s core watch business tumbled. Sales got sliced. Margins were crushed. Net profits turned into net losses. And Fossil stock dropped from $130 to $5.

Yes, that is right. Fossil stock went from $130 to $5.

Seem overdone? It was.

Fossil wasn’t just laying idle as the smartwatch market killed its traditional watch business. They invested big into developing hybrid smartwatches, which are essentially the result of traditional watch fashion converging with smartwatch technology. Last quarter, FOSL gave the market signs that these hybrid smartwatches are starting to gain serious traction.

This momentum should persist.

Apple Watch won’t entirely dominate the smartwatch market. Instead, there will be multiple players in the smartwatch market, and one of the bigger players will be the company that most successfully integrates traditional watch fashion with smartwatch technology. Right now, Fossil is doing that best. Considering Fossil is the traditional watch giant, it is also pretty likely that Fossil continues to be the best at this for several years to come.

Meanwhile, Fossil stock is still at just $19. Again, this used to be a $130 stock. Therefore, it is pretty easy to conclude that if the smartwatch business continues to scale, Fossil stock still has a lot of room to run higher.

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Best-Performing Stocks #3: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) cmg stock Source: Shutterstock

The comeback in Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) has finally arrived. After the company hired a new CEO (who they stole from Taco Bell) and reported pretty good first quarter numbers, CMG stock has taken off and not looked back.

Year-to-date, CMG stock is up nearly 50%. And that includes a big drop in mid-February on bad Q4 numbers. Since then, CMG stock is up nearly 70%.

I was a vocal bear turned vocal bull on CMG stock. I hated the stock on the way down because it felt like health food trends had moved on from CMG and towards poke and superfood bowls. But then the tide started turning. Chipotle stores started filling up again, and the new CEO gave me faith that a Taco Bell-like turnaround was coming to Chipotle (that means targeted advertising, store redesigns, and menu innovations).

That said, after this blistering 70% rally off its 2018 low, CMG stock looks maxed out. The company faces a lot of competition in the quick casual restaurant space. Poke and superfood bowls are still very popular. Meanwhile, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is actually reinventing themselves to be somewhat healthy with fresh beef patties and “Better Chicken” offerings (maybe not entirely healthy, but at least healthier than before).

Plus, margins will remain under pressure into the foreseeable future thanks to wage hikes.

Overall, then, if you put the current turnaround euphoria in context with the broader picture of a rebounding food chain in an only increasingly competitive QSR space, it is easy to see that CMG stock may have sprinted ahead of fundamentals in the near-term. Indeed, by my numbers, any price tag over $400 seems a little overdone here and now.

As such, while Chipotle has been one of the best-performing stocks so far in 2018, I expect gains from here through the rest of the year to be largely muted.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB, GOOG, AMZ

3 Teen Stocks to Keep On Your Radar

Sometimes, Wall Street writes off the stuff that teenagers love as irrelevant because, well, teenagers don’t have any money. Thus, their financial impact is relatively muted.

But that stance seems to lack scope.

While teenagers are today’s broke consumers, they are also tomorrow’s big spenders. Eventually, they grow up, they get jobs, they have salaries, and their spending fuels the economy.

Therefore, if the teenage demographic is in love with your product today when they don’t have any money, that doesn’t mean much. But if that love persists into tomorrow when they do have money, then that is very meaningful.

With that in mind, here are three stocks behind the products and brands that teenagers are in love with.

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Teen Stocks to Buy: Adidas (ADDYY) Source: Shutterstock

Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) is the king of the athletic retail market and has been so for the past two decades.

But the kids don’t like Nike as much as they used to. Instead, the hottest brand in athletic retail right now is Adidas (OTCMKTS:ADDYY). Don’t believe me? Just look at the numbers.

In Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual Taking Stock With Teens survey, Adidas has seen its mind-share consistently grow over the past several years while Nike’s mind-share has slipped. In the most recent Spring 2018 survey, Nike’s mind-share continued to drop while Adidas’ mind-share hit a new peak.

Also, 5 years ago Nike used to be searched on the internet more than twice as much as Adidas, according to Google Trends. Today, Nike’s relative search interest lead has dwindled to under 40%.

Not surprisingly, NPD has also found that Adidas shoes are finally starting to sell on par with Nike shoes. For the first time in memory, Adidas had two shoes crack the top-10 selling sneakers list in 2017.

If you look at what is driving this upswing in popularity, you’ll understand why Adidas still has more room to run. The company has leveraged celebrity endorsements in connection with athlete endorsements to pivot from being a performance brand with niche appeal to being a lifestyle brand with mass appeal.

While Nike and others are trying to catch up, they are simply way behind Adidas in terms of lifestyle coolness. Plus, if the brand adds high-profile rapper Drake to its line-up of celebrity endorsers, then Adidas will be nearly untouchable in the lifestyle category.

ADDYY stock has had quite a run as its millennial popularity has surged. But that run has paused briefly. Given underlying trends in the athletic retail market, it looks like its only a matter of time before the rally resumes.

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Teen Stocks to Buy: Snap (SNAP) The Snapchat Versus Instagram War Is Bad News for SNAP StockSource: Shutterstock

All the Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) bulls went into hiding after the company’s most recent earnings report. And with good reason.

The quarter was awful. Revenue growth decelerated and is expected to decelerate meaningfully again next quarter. User growth is next to nothing considering how small the platform is. Profitability remains a massive question mark.

But beyond the headline financial mess, management did say that average time spent on the platform remained in excess of 30 minutes per day. That is a big number. It’s bigger than any other social media platform outside of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).

Who is on Snapchat 30 minutes per day? Almost exclusively teens. According to Piper Jaffray’s Taking Stock With Teens survey, Snapchat is the most popular social media app among teenagers by a mile (45% mind-share versus 26% for second-place Instagram, 9% for third-place Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and 8% for fourth-place Facebook).

Thus, Snapchat remains a high-engagement platform for the teenage demographic. As such, while pipeline dreams of world domination and 500 million-plus users have been washed away, the company’s core value proposition of offering deep engagement within a specific demographic remains solid.

Consequently, advertisers seeking max engagement among teenagers will flock to the platform en masse, meaning that the outlook for SNAP stock going forward isn’t as dour as everyone makes it out to be.

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Teen Stocks to Buy: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) Source: Shutterstock

Another big winner in the teenage demographic is Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX).

The death of cable isn’t exaggerated among the teenager demographic. According to research from Trendera, U.S. teens watch twice as much Netflix as cable TV. Results from Piper Jaffray’s Spring 2018 Taking Stock With Teens survey corroborate this finding, with Netflix’s mind-share at nearly 40% and cable TV’s mind-share at 20%.

That is pretty wild to think about. Eight years ago, Netflix streaming wasn’t even its own business.

Now, teens are consuming Netflix twice as much as cable TV.

Netflix knows this. That is why a whole bunch of their original productions has been centered on teenagers — Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, Everything Sucks and Alexa & Katie.

In other words, Netflix is creating content that will only strengthen their leadership position among teenagers. Therefore, they capture the all-important teenager demographic, make those teenagers fall in love with the Netflix offering and then keep them as subscribers for life.

It is a brilliant plan that has worked out well so far (just look at NFLX stock), and will continue to work out over the next several years. So long as Netflix continues to offer an array of quality originals for just $10-15 per month, the company will continue to dominate the entertainment industry, subscriber numbers will continue to impress, and Netflix’s stock will continue to head higher.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long