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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Community Co. (NASDAQ:FCCO) – Analysts at FIG Partners upped their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for shares of First Community in a research note issued on Thursday, July 19th. FIG Partners analyst B. Martin now forecasts that the bank will post earnings of $0.40 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.39. FIG Partners also issued estimates for First Community’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.38 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.52 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.39 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.60 EPS.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Advent Claymore Convertible Securities and Income Fund(AVK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Advent Claymore Convertible Sec & Inc Fd (NYSE:AVK) VP Tony Huang bought 2,066 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 5th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $15.66 per share, for a total transaction of $32,353.56. Following the completion of the acquisition, the vice president now directly owns 7,100 shares in the company, valued at $111,186. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Advent Claymore Convertible Sec & Inc Fd (NYSE:AVK) insider Tracy V. Maitland purchased 50,000 shares of Advent Claymore Convertible Sec & Inc Fd stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 6th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $15.68 per share, for a total transaction of $784,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 12,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $188,160. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Saba Capital Management L.P. lessened its stake in Advent Claymore Convertible Sec & Inc Fd (NYSE:AVK) by 91.1% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 25,101 shares of the investment management company’s stock after selling 255,542 shares during the period. Saba Capital Management L.P. owned 0.11% of Advent Claymore Convertible Sec & Inc Fd worth $384,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Rex Energy Corporation(REXX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News stories about Rex Energy (NASDAQ:REXX) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rex Energy earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 45.4610840717308 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Entree Gold Inc(EGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Primo Water Corporation(PRMW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Primo Water (Nasdaq: PRMW) provides multi-gallon purified bottled water, self-service refill water, and water dispensers in the United States and Canada. This could be a great company to keep in mind for the future, but for now, I just don’t see many game-changing qualities in its profile.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Without straying too far outside its soft-drink category, Coca-Cola might consider New Age Beverages Corp. (NASDAQ: NBEV) or Primo Water Corp. (NASDAQ: PRMW). The former specializes in healthy, ready-to-drink beverages, such as energy and rehydration drinks, and it has a market cap of around $60 million. The latter offers water in multi-gallon bottles, and it has a market cap of less than $800 million.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Primo Water Corp. (NASDAQ: PRMW) was started with an Outperform rating at William Blair. BMO Capital Markets maintained its Market Perform rating but the price target was raised to $16 from $15.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Virtusa Corporation(VRTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sei Investments Co. reduced its stake in Virtusa Co. (NASDAQ:VRTU) by 5.5% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 21,835 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after selling 1,275 shares during the period. Sei Investments Co.’s holdings in Virtusa were worth $1,058,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Virtusa Co. (NASDAQ:VRTU) by 105.7% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 280,742 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 144,258 shares during the period. Voya Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Virtusa were worth $13,666,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $279.85 million.

    Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $24.02 million.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Virtusa (NASDAQ:VRTU) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks issued their Q1 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Virtusa in a report released on Wednesday, May 16th. SunTrust Banks analyst F. Atkins expects that the information technology services provider will post earnings of $0.33 per share for the quarter. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Hold” rating on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Virtusa’s Q2 2020 earnings at $0.46 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.56 EPS and Q4 2020 earnings at $0.60 EPS.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Retail stocks are in focus after the U.S. Census Bureau released monthly sales figures before the bell Tuesday. The bureau said that retail sales increased by 0.3% in April, a figure that matched trade expectations. Markets had expected consumer spending to increase, however home improvement sales were not the major factor that most expected. This was evident from The Home Depot’s earnings report. Markets are increasingly optimistic over U.S. trade negotiations with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s No. 1 economic advisor will visit the United States this week to continue the nation’s dialogue with America. In addition, roughly 100 companies and trade associations will be sounding off to the Trump administration about the potential impact of tariffs in the Chinese markets.
    Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, AMZN, GS
    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is in focus thanks to tax policy in Seattle. On Monday, the Seattle’s City Council passed a bill that will tax Amazon and 131 other companies $275 per employee each year in order to create a fund to address homelessness in the Seattle. The tax is half what was originally proposed and remains a contentious issue for Amazon, which is the city’s biggest employer. Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) is sounding the alarm about the state of the markets. The company warned that the U.S. budget deficit is increasing while America’s unemployment rate is falling. This hasn’t occurred since the World War II. The bank believes that the combination of the two could cause the Fed to spike interest rates in the near future. This comes at a time when the Fed has already lost control of interest rates. Look for additional earnings reports from Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE: EXP), Bitauto Holding Ltd. (Nasdaq: BITA), Virtusa Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTU), Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), and Kamada Ltd. (Nasdaq: KMDA).

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Euronav NV(EURN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ: SHIP) and Euronav (NYSE:EURN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Research Frontiers Incorporated(REFR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News articles about Research Frontiers (NASDAQ:REFR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Research Frontiers earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the technology company an impact score of 46.129953752672 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Research Frontiers (NASDAQ: REFR) and RPX (NASDAQ:RPXC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: PowerShares S&P SmallCap Information Technology Portfolio(PSCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Overall, our Game-Changing Stocks portfolio has had a good run this year. Our closed positions for 2017 have, on average, returned 28.5% — a much stronger result than what we’ve seen from the Russell 2000 index or from the PowerShares S&P Small Cap Information Technology Portfolio ETF (Nasdaq: PSCT), which returned 13% and 11% year-to-date, respectively. It’s not a fair comparison, of course, because our closed positions all have different time frames, but it does stress the strong promise of game-changing stocks. 

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (HRTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Heron Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HRTX) dropped 0.2% on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $29.30 and last traded at $30.95. Approximately 33,849 shares traded hands during trading, a decline of 96% from the average daily volume of 944,129 shares. The stock had previously closed at $31.00.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Three biotech stocks — Solid Biosciences (NASDAQ:SLDB), Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRPT), and Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) — soared this week by 30% or more thanks to news that brought smiles to investors’ faces. Here’s what drove these stocks higher and whether or not they’re smart picks to buy now.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Thursday was a poor day on Wall Street, with major benchmarks giving up about 0.5%-1% across the board. Trade concerns remain the focal point for market participants, with the latest controversy over U.S. immigration policy posing a potential threat to relations with traditional American allies abroad as well. Even with worries on a big-picture level, some individual companies had good news that sent their shares higher. Stitch Fix (NASDAQ:SFIX), Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE:BNED), and Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cantor Fitzgerald set a $50.00 price objective on Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) in a research report released on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the biotechnology company’s stock.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019

Two years ago, I wrote about why I disliked regional bank stocks using Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) as a glaring example. Two years later, the stock is 18% lower since despite slow but noticeable improvements in the U.S. economy and repair in the financial sector. Most banks have had enough time to adapt to the regulatory environment. So why the poor performance?

I drilled down into Regions’ numbers and those of its peers and pulled out a comparison between CEO compensation growth versus stock performance.

Regions’ CEO, O.B. Grayson Hall got paid the most for the worst performance. Granted, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is a much bigger institution and plays at a different level than Regions, which is strictly a regional entity. But Wells Fargo handsomely rewarded shareholders while keeping executive compensation in line. SunTrust (NYSE: STI) is a closer comparison, but as you can see, its CEO actually took a steady pay cut (I’m sure he’ll figure out how to get by on $7.9 million) while the stock delivered a decent return on a five year basis.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CorVel (NASDAQ: CRVL) and AON (NYSE:AON) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    AON (NYSE:AON) had its price target hoisted by Citigroup from $160.00 to $165.00 in a report issued on Tuesday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Aon (NYSE:AON) by 3.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 40,448 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,178 shares during the quarter. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in AON were worth $5,676,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
    Genesis Energy, L.P
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BB&T Securities LLC raised its holdings in Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) by 6.2% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 23,068 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,352 shares during the period. BB&T Securities LLC’s holdings in AON were worth $3,237,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund (BMV:EPU) declared a semiannual dividend on Wednesday, June 20th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 20th will be given a dividend of 0.3845 per share on Monday, June 25th. This represents a yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 19th.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    AIG’s loss for European business worsens in 2017 (businessinsurance.com) $1.26 EPS Expected for American International Group (AIG) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) UBS: Buy AIG After Earnings Estimates ‘Bottom Out’ (finance.yahoo.com) American International Group (AIG) Stock Rating Upgraded by UBS (americanbankingnews.com) American International Group (AIG) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)

    American International Group traded up $0.36, hitting $55.15, during mid-day trading on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. The stock had a trading volume of 9,821,608 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,828,715. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.27 and a quick ratio of 0.27. American International Group has a 1-year low of $49.57 and a 1-year high of $67.30. The firm has a market cap of $49.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.98, a PEG ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.24.

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    Insurance company American International Group Inc. (AIG) stock fell 5.3% as harsh winter weather weighed on profits. But the company’s long-term care exposure is relatively minimal.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its position in shares of American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) by 12.4% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 36,736 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,048 shares during the period. Suntrust Banks Inc.’s holdings in American International Group were worth $1,998,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Weingarten Realty Investors(WRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Alaska Department of Revenue trimmed its position in Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) by 7.8% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 70,653 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 6,007 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue’s holdings in Weingarten Realty Investors were worth $2,175,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Thursday.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Community Co. (NASDAQ:FCCO) – Analysts at FIG Partners upped their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for shares of First Community in a research note issued on Thursday, July 19th. FIG Partners analyst B. Martin now forecasts that the bank will post earnings of $0.40 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.39. FIG Partners also issued estimates for First Community’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.38 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.52 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.39 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.60 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019

S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Jeffrey Loo explains why he’s maintaining his Buy rating on Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) following reports it had rejected a takeover bid earlier this year:

Reuters

According to unconfirmed reports, including the Wall Street Journal,Valeant rejected an unsolicited joint takeover bid from Takeda Pharmaceutical, the largest Japanese drug firm, and private equity firm TPG. The offer didn’t include a firm price and came before Joseph Papa was named Valeant’s new CEO. We aren’t surprised by the inquiry as we believeValeant has attractive assets and we view the shares as undervalued. We think news of the proposal may potentially lead to other bidders stepping forward. But we would not be surprised ifValeant sells off assets to raise cash to help de-leverage.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Alpine Total Dynamic Dividend Fund(AOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Alpine Total Dynamic Div (NYSE:AOD) by 14.1% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 101,451 shares of the investment management company’s stock after acquiring an additional 12,551 shares during the period. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. owned 0.09% of Alpine Total Dynamic Div worth $906,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Shares of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM)are surging today, up 11% as of 10:27 a.m. EDT, after the specialty retailer of high-quality home furnishing products announced strong fiscal first-quarter 2018 results.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Retail companies are making news with earnings reports this week. Today, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Williams-Sonoma(NYSE:WSM) both announced strong sales gains.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Williams-Sonoma(NYSE:WSM)announced better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter 2018 results on Wednesday after the market closed, highlighting accelerating e-commerce sales growth and solid growth across its core retail brands. Shares soared as much as 14% early Thursday before closing up nearly 6%. Let’s browse the aisles to get a better idea of what the home-furnishings specialist accomplished over the past few months, as well as what investors should be watching in the quarters ahead.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Maximus, Inc.(MMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Maximus (NYSE:MMS) had its price target decreased by Canaccord Genuity from $65.00 to $64.00 in a research report sent to investors on Friday. Canaccord Genuity currently has a hold rating on the health services provider’s stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Maximus (NYSE:MMS) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of $3.30-3.40 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $3.49. The company issued revenue guidance of $2.4-2.44 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $2.50 billion.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC(CQH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    I wouldn’t personally buy Cheniere Energy — it has a complex corporate structure that includes not just Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. but also Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSE: CQH),where the only asset is an ownership stake in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Cheniere Energy is attempting to resolve this issue by acquiring Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings. Until that process is complete, however, that’s just too much corporate complexity for my taste.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEAMERICAN:CQH) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $30.88.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEAMERICAN:CQH) – Equities research analysts at US Capital Advisors boosted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Cheniere Energy Partners in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, May 14th. US Capital Advisors analyst J. Carreker now expects that the energy company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.54. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Cheniere Energy Partners’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.57 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.57 EPS.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: LNG) has agreed to acquire all publicly traded shares that it does not already own in Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSEAMERICAN: CQH) for $30.93 per share in Cheniere Energy stock. The transaction is expected to be tax-free to Cheniere Holdings shareholders. The proposed acquisition was first announced on May 17.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: LNG) announced Thursday morning that it is acquiring the approximately 8.1% of subsidiary Cheniere Energy Partners Holdings LLC (NYSEAMERICAN: CQH) that it does not already own in an all-stock deal valued at $28.24 per share of Cheniere Partners Holdings.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This industry leader is a solid dividend-paying company and is on the Merrill Lynch US 1 list of high-conviction stocks.American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Edgemoor Investment Advisors Inc. cut its holdings in shares of American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) by 2.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 126,349 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 2,727 shares during the quarter. Edgemoor Investment Advisors Inc.’s holdings in American Electric Power were worth $8,666,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    IBM Retirement Fund decreased its holdings in American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) by 10.2% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 10,862 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 1,232 shares during the period. IBM Retirement Fund’s holdings in American Electric Power were worth $745,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By ]

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

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation(BMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:BMTC) reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $48.00 and last traded at $48.20, with a volume of 762 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $47.85.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: PVH Corp.(PVH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of PVH (NYSE:PVH) in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. The brokerage set a “sell” rating on the textile maker’s stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd grew its holdings in PVH Corp (NYSE:PVH) by 60.6% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 3,078 shares of the textile maker’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,162 shares during the quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd’s holdings in PVH were worth $467,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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    Perhaps seeing the names of these companies begins to spark some memories. In short, clothing retailer PVH (NYSE: PVH) and beverage company Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) were taking heat over the rhetoric of a possible “Border Tax” — a tax on goods made overseas and imported and sold in the United States.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $6.20 billion before the opening bell. Dollar General shares rose 0.13 percent to $96.65 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) to post quarterly earnings at $1.67 per share on revenue of $31.51 billion after the closing bell. Costco shares rose 0.46 percent to $200.55 in after-hours trading.
    Crispr Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ: CRSP) disclosed that the FDA has placed a clinical hold on IND for CTX001 sickle cell disease treatment. Crispr Therapeutics shares dropped 14.39 percent to $63.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $8.13 billion. Tech Data shares gained 1.52 percent to close at $82.40 on Wednesday.
    Analysts are expecting Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) to have earned $1.23 per share on revenue of $5.56 billion in the latest quarter. Dollar Tree will release earnings before the markets open. Dollar Tree shares gained 0.66 percent to $96.99 in after-hours trading.
    PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and raised its earnings guidance for the year. PVH shares rose 0.37 percent to close at $155.50 on Wednesday.

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration said it would press ahead with 25% tariffs on roughly $50 billion in Chinese goods. As U.S. Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross prepares to head to Beijing to discuss trade this week, the Trump administration is demanding that China address ongoing theft of U.S. intellectual property.
    Ahead of Friday’s jobs report, Automatic Data Processing (NYSE: ADP) reported that private jobs increased by 178,000 during May. That figure was actually 12,000 behind what the markets were anticipating. Job growth appears to be slowing down as the firm also revised its jobs figure for April downward, from 204,000 new positions to 163,000.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KORS, HP, KMI
    Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.(NYSE: KORS) stock was off 3.2% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings before the bell. The luxury retailer reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63, a figure that topped Wall Street expectations of $0.60. The firm also beat revenue expectations and reported an increase in same-store sales. However, the firm’s earnings forecast for the year ahead came in lower than expectations, a factor that pushed its stock lower on Wednesday morning.
    Shares of HP Inc. (NYSE: HP) were up slightly after the company raised its full-year outlook and topped Wall Street earnings expectations on Tuesday. The company cited stronger demand in desktops and notebooks for its financial performance. The firm matched EPS expectations of $0.48. However, revenue came in at $14.0 billion, a figure that easily beat forecasts of $13.59.
    The Canadian government announced plans to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (NYSE: KML) for $3.5 billion. The Canadian government said that the deal was the only way to ensure that the long-awaited project could proceed. The pipeline runs from the Alberta oil sands to a port all the way in British Columbia along the Pacific Ocean. The pipeline is designed to give Canadian crude grea

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    In the mid-level, Boss said that Urban Outfitters (URBN) is recovering, along with Kohl’s Stores (KSS) . He also liked PVH (PVH) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU) .

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.(CLUB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB) insider Pw Partners Atlas Fund Iii, Lp bought 2,806 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 14th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $11.60 per share, with a total value of $32,549.60. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 1,503,448 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,439,996.80. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: “Town Sports International (CLUB) Rating Reiterated by Imperial Capital” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are reading this story on another publication, it was copied illegally and reposted in violation of U.S. and international trademark and copyright law. The original version of this story can be read at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3370451/town-sports-international-club-rating-reiterated-by-imperial-capital.html.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ClubCoin (CLUB) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the
    Proof of Stake hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was October 21st, 2015. ClubCoin’s total supply is 99,422,559 coins. ClubCoin’s official Twitter account is @clubcoin_co and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for ClubCoin is clubcoin.co.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: iShares Global Infrastructure (IGF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sarah Priestley]

    And if you are an investor who prefers ETFs and mutual funds, there are a couple of options for you: iShares Global Infrastructure ETF(NASDAQ:IGF), andLazard Global Listed Infrastructure(NASDAQMUTFUND:GLIFX). I would caution anybody tocheck the percentage of utilities that are within these baskets, just to check theutilities exposure. But, generally, not bad options to check out.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018

Drug-distribution specialist McKesson (NYSE:MCK) has had a tough year. Even as the overall stock market has climbed, the company’s shares have suffered, as investors fear that any business related to pharmaceuticals will have a political target on its back even under the current administration. Last quarter’s sluggish numbers didn’t create much enthusiasm for McKesson either.

Coming into Thursday’s fiscal fourth-quarter financial report, McKesson investors had hoped for a solid rebound from year-ago levels on the earnings and sales fronts. McKesson’s revenue growth wasn’t quite as strong as some had hoped, but the bottom-line performance from the drug distributor showed some signs of positive momentum from the company.

Let’s look more closely at McKesson to see how it did, and what’s ahead in the new fiscal year.

Image source: McKesson.

McKesson makes more green

McKesson’s fiscal fourth-quarter results were solid from a profit perspective. Revenue gains of 4%, to $48.7 billion, were short of the 6% rise that most of those following the stock had expected to see. GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) net income soared more than eightfold due to the creation of the company’s Change Healthcare joint venture, and even on an adjusted basis, earnings of $3.42 per share trounced the consensus forecast of $3 per share.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.(EBSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday morning.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: Protective Life Corporation(PL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

Hot Financial Stocks For 2018: Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc.(BNCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media coverage about Beneficial Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) has trended positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Beneficial Bancorp earned a news impact score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.8699493506664 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018

Every night in 1995, I would deposit money overnight in a different currency…   Sounds strange, I realize.   But back then, as the vice president of a global mutual fund, one of my jobs was to execute our fund's trades.   Once our U.S. trading day was done, we wanted our money to work for us overnight as well. We might put our money into French francs, German marks, or somewhere else – just for the night.   We would find the safest country that was paying the highest interest rate. And we would put our money there overnight. No kidding.   As I'll explain today, what we were doing wasn't anything special…   Big companies like German automaker Volkswagen and Japanese automaker Honda (and thousands of other companies) have cash-management departments that do basically the same thing – on a much larger scale.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: NanoString Technologies, Inc.(NSTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NanoString Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: NSTG) was down, falling around 21 percent to $18.06 after the company issued weak revenue forecast for FY2016.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Joy Global Inc.(JOY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Income investors appreciate stocks that pay lucrative dividends, and recently, many companies have seen the value in treating shareholders well by boosting their regular payouts. Yet a few holdouts simply don’t show their appreciation for their investors through dividends. For whatever reason, rather than having no dividend at all, Joy Global (NYSE:JOY), Textron (NYSE:TXT), and Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) maintain the tiniest of quarterly payments. Let’s look more closely at these stocks to see why they do what they do with their dividends.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Castlight Health, inc.(CSLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT)share price climbed 13.2% Wednesday after an SEC filing revealed that Maverick Capital had significantly boosted its stake in the company to 10.6%.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nestl茅 S.A. (NSRGF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A recently updated map from HowMuch.net ranking the world’s most valuable brands by country in 2017 shows that Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost its spot as the US’s most valuable brand. Of these, the top 10 most valuable brands with shares or ADRs traded in the US are:

    US-based search engine and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Swiss food giant Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGF) Korea’s Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF) – part of a larger group of Samsung brands China’s (and the world’s) largest bank ICBC (OTCPK:IDCBF) Japanese automaker Toyota (TM) Irish medical equipment maker Medtronic (MDT) Royal Dutch Shell, the oil company (RDS.A) Royal Bank of Canada (RY) Spanish bank Santander (SAN), and Hong Kong-based insurer AIA (OTCPK:AAGIY)

    In 11th and 12 place, by market cap, are British telecom Vodafone Plc (VOD) and German automaker BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY), whose brands are valued at 2-4x AIA’s according the map, but whose market caps trade at significantly lower multiples in the current market environment.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    In sum, the three companies are equally valued at generous multiples. It is difficult to choose one of them based on fundamentals or valuations, but we like the strategy of Nestl茅 and P&G more than Unilever. Therefore, we recommend investing in these companies only if someone is interested in a limited but relatively safe upside potential. Good entry prices would be as follows: Nestl茅 (OTCPK:NSRGF) at CHF 70.1 or $70.1 for the ADR , P&G at $83.6 and Unilever (OTC:UNLVF) at 34.1 or $38 for the ADR (NYSE:UN).

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: First Community Corporation(FCCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    First Community (NASDAQ:FCCO) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The bank reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.04, Fidelity Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $11.17 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.83 million. First Community had a net margin of 13.91% and a return on equity of 8.23%.