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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019

Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Guggenheim in a research report issued on Friday. They presently have a $303.00 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock. Guggenheim’s price target suggests a potential upside of 9.32% from the company’s current price.

DPZ has been the subject of several other research reports. ValuEngine raised Domino’s Pizza from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, June 11th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 price objective (up previously from $275.00) on shares of Domino’s Pizza in a research note on Friday, June 15th. Mizuho reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $275.00 price objective on shares of Domino’s Pizza in a research note on Friday, April 27th. TheStreet raised Domino’s Pizza from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Friday, June 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Domino’s Pizza from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 4th. Eleven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company. Domino’s Pizza currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $267.64.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barclays reiterated their buy rating on shares of The Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) in a research report report published on Friday. The firm currently has a $50.00 target price on the stock.

  • [By Greg Miller]

    Or Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) starting negotiations with a cannabis company about a potential CBD-based beverage…

    Or a British pharmaceutical developer getting the first U.S. Food & Drug Association approval for a cannabis-based medicine.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Tuesday as well. The consensus estimates are $0.46 in EPS on $7.31 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $43.74. The stock has a 52-week range of $42.19 to $48.62, and the consensus price target is $50.03.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: TTM Technologies, Inc.(TTMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) surged 73.3 percent to $3.90.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) shares gained 51 percent to $33.1365. The nano-cap low-float stock skyrocketed over 1,300 percent on Wednesday on no company specific news which would support the surge. The move higher is consistent with what was seen in other low-float stocks over the past few months.
    Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI) shares jumped 34 percent to $3.00.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares rose 28.2 percent to $4.51 after gaining 9.32 percent on Wednesday.
    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares jumped 27.8 percent to $21.40 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 20.5 percent to $8.920 after climbing 107.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Xspand Products Lab Inc (NASDAQ: XSPL) gained 19.5 percent to $ 5.97. Xspand Products priced its IPO at $5 per share.
    YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) rose 18.9 percent to $10.035 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) gained 18.3 percent to $3.0177. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to report Q1 results on May 15.
    MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG) rose 18.1 percent to $35.85 after the company posted strong Q1 earnings.
    Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC) shares jumped 16 percent to $30.75 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTMI) gained 13.7 percent to $16.53 after reporting Q1 results.
    Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT) shares surged 12 percent to $40.06 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) rose 11.8 percent to $40.93 following Q1 results.
    Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL) surged 11.2 percent to $27.36. Engility reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNL) rose 10.7 percent to $19.10 following Q1 results.
    Logitech International S.A. (NASDAQ: LOGI)
  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) rose as much as 13.6% higher on Thursday morning thanks to a strong second-quarter earnings report. By 1:30 p.m. EDT, the stock had cooled down somewhat to an 11.7% gain above Wednesday’s closing prices.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eight analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $19.80.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTMI) EVP Tai Keung Chung sold 23,345 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.90, for a total transaction of $441,220.50. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 50,357 shares in the company, valued at approximately $951,747.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Analyst/investor days for: PayPal Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL), Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), S&P Global Inc (NYSE: SPGI), Total System Services, Inc (NYSE: TSS), and TTM Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: TTMI)
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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Ion Geophysical Corporation(IO)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) jumped 24.92% yesterday after earnings and appears to have finally undergone a reversal near the end of December as the Company seeks new markets beyond oil and gas plus achieve clarity on an ongoing lawsuit.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Ion Geophysical (NYSE: IO) and Pembina Pipeline (NYSE:PBA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Guidewire Software, Inc.(GWRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $95.26 and last traded at $93.56, with a volume of 7356 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $94.77.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and nine have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $95.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Starbuck’s Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) Executive Chair Howard Schultz announced he will depart the company. Many are speculating he will pursue a career in politics and potentially seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Schultz had previously denied any speculation around a role in government; but his recent comments suggest that “public service” will be a part of his future plans. Gold prices dipped below $1,300 per ounce as markets continue to speculate on the likelihood of additional interest rate hikes in 2018. We believe this is solid buying opportunity for investors. The reason why gold is going to get a nice boost: ongoing trade tensions between the United States and the rest of the globe. Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth provides his insight on where gold prices are heading next and how you can make big gains in the weeks ahead.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AAPL, TWTR, SCGLF
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is on the verge of becoming the world’s first $1 trillion company. The stock pushed above $192.60 per share in pre-market hours after its first day at the Worldwide Developers Conference. During the event, the company unveiled its new mobile operating system, called iOS 12. The firm also unveiled a suite of tools designed to combat technology addiction. Shares of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) jumped nearly 4% on news that the social media company is about to join the S&P 500. The company will join on Thursday morning and will replace agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON). The news comes as Monsanto is in the final steps of its merger with German chemical giant Bayer AG (Nasdaq: BAYRY). Shares of Societe Generale SA (ADR) (OTCMKTS: SCGLF) are in focus after the U.S. Justice Department announced the French investment bank will pay $1.3 billion to settle two ongoing legal headaches. The company bribed Libyan officials and manipulated LIBOR, a benchmark interest rate on which most financing is based. Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE: L

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Coherus BioSciences, Inc.(CHRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS) insider Barbara K. Finck sold 1,760 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.58, for a total value of $32,700.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 38,803 shares in the company, valued at $720,959.74. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Coherus Biosciences (NASDAQ: CHRS) and Allena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of Coherus BioSciences (NASDAQ:CHRS) fell over 18% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    The biopharma stock erupted higher in July after Coherus announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) — a European Union regulatory body that makes recommendations to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is the equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — would reconsider the company’s application for a generic version of Neulasta (pegfilgrastim). That put it on track to getting its first commercial product on the market.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Analysts expect that Hydrogenics Co. (NASDAQ:HYGS) (TSE:HYG) will announce sales of $10.65 million for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for Hydrogenics’ earnings, with estimates ranging from $10.30 million to $11.00 million. Hydrogenics posted sales of $7.49 million in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 42.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Equities research analysts expect Hydrogenics Co. (NASDAQ:HYGS) (TSE:HYG) to post earnings of ($0.07) per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have made estimates for Hydrogenics’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is ($0.13) and the highest is ($0.02). Hydrogenics posted earnings of ($0.13) per share in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 46.2%. The firm is expected to announce its next earnings results on Monday, November 5th.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Nationwide Fund AdvisorsiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets (IEMG) – 4,698,924 shares, 74.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 119.53%iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) – 536,574 shares, 17.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 79.94%iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) – 347,518 shares, 8.05% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 20.57%

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HL Financial Services LLC purchased a new position in iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:HYG) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 36,981 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $3,167,000.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Northgate Minerals Corporation(NXG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of NEX Group PLC (LON:NXG) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the nine ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 696 ($9.21).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Lincoln Educational Services Corporation(LINC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    OneSmart International Edun Gr (NYSE:ONE) and Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lincoln Educational Services Co. (NASDAQ:LINC) – Equities research analysts at Barrington Research cut their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Lincoln Educational Services in a report released on Wednesday, May 9th. Barrington Research analyst A. Paris. Jr now anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of ($0.02) for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of ($0.01). Barrington Research has a “Buy” rating and a $2.50 price target on the stock. Barrington Research also issued estimates for Lincoln Educational Services’ FY2018 earnings at ($0.14) EPS.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: ARC Document Solutions, Inc.(ARC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ArcticCoin (CURRENCY:ARC) traded down 1.9% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 20:00 PM ET on May 7th. In the last week, ArcticCoin has traded 8.2% lower against the dollar. ArcticCoin has a total market cap of $1.37 million and approximately $22,335.00 worth of ArcticCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One ArcticCoin coin can now be purchased for $0.0553 or 0.00000591 BTC on major exchanges including C-CEX, Livecoin, YoBit and Cryptopia.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Here is how related cryptocurrencies have performed over the last day:

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    Aston (ATX) traded 3.3% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0364 or 0.00000487 BTC. Pura (PURA) traded down 0.3% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0808 or 0.00001079 BTC. Polis (POLIS) traded up 2.2% against the dollar and now trades at $1.32 or 0.00017583 BTC. DigitalPrice (DP) traded up 1.8% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0458 or 0.00000611 BTC. Adzcoin (ADZ) traded 3.5% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0147 or 0.00000196 BTC. Advanced Technology Coin (ARC) traded 3.9% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0235 or 0.00000314 BTC. Onix (ONX) traded down 4.9% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0049 or 0.00000066 BTC. Startcoin (START) traded up 5.3% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0100 or 0.00000133 BTC. Prime-XI (PXI) traded up 3.8% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0046 or 0.00000061 BTC. Uro (URO) traded flat against the dollar and now trades at $0.0411 or 0.00000536 BTC.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here’s how similar cryptocurrencies have performed during the last day:

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    Pura (PURA) traded 3.9% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.10 or 0.00001530 BTC. Polis (POLIS) traded down 4.2% against the dollar and now trades at $3.01 or 0.00045423 BTC. DigitalPrice (DP) traded 2.4% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0684 or 0.00001034 BTC. ArcticCoin (ARC) traded 12.8% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0422 or 0.00000513 BTC. Adzcoin (ADZ) traded up 4.8% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0234 or 0.00000354 BTC. Onix (ONX) traded 5.7% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0068 or 0.00000103 BTC. Startcoin (START) traded 4.4% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0092 or 0.00000139 BTC. Prime-XI (PXI) traded up 11.3% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0049 or 0.00000074 BTC. Pioneer Coin (PCOIN) traded down 6% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0198 or 0.00000299 BTC. Uro (URO) traded flat against the dollar and now trades at $0.0411 or 0.00000536 BTC.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Here’s how other cryptocurrencies have performed during the last day:

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    Pura (PURA) traded 15.3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.13 or 0.00001916 BTC. Polis (POLIS) traded 11.1% lower against the dollar and now trades at $3.60 or 0.00053552 BTC. DigitalPrice (DP) traded 11% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0700 or 0.00001041 BTC. Onix (ONX) traded 17.5% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0070 or 0.00000104 BTC. Adzcoin (ADZ) traded 9.9% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0169 or 0.00000252 BTC. Advanced Technology Coin (ARC) traded down 3.3% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0283 or 0.00000421 BTC. Startcoin (START) traded down 6.3% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0094 or 0.00000139 BTC. Prime-XI (PXI) traded down 10.9% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0052 or 0.00000077 BTC. Uro (URO) traded flat against the dollar and now trades at $0.0411 or 0.00000536 BTC. Pioneer Coin (PCOIN) traded 6.3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0161 or 0.00000240 BTC.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Here’s how other cryptocurrencies have performed in the last day:

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    Polis (POLIS) traded up 6.4% against the dollar and now trades at $0.97 or 0.00024605 BTC. Aston (ATX) traded 11.1% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0043 or 0.00000110 BTC. ArcticCoin (ARC) traded down 12.8% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0422 or 0.00000513 BTC. Pura (PURA) traded down 7.2% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0050 or 0.00000128 BTC. DigitalPrice (DP) traded 9.3% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0143 or 0.00000365 BTC. Adzcoin (ADZ) traded up 10.5% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0019 or 0.00000049 BTC. Startcoin (START) traded 3.1% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0019 or 0.00000050 BTC. KZ Cash (KZC) traded 6.3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0326 or 0.00000831 BTC. Uro (URO) traded flat against the dollar and now trades at $0.0411 or 0.00000536 BTC. Azart (AZART) traded down 30% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0118 or 0.00000300 BTC.

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Inuvo, Inc(INUV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bard Associates Inc. lifted its stake in Inuvo Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:INUV) by 1,003.2% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,533,471 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,394,471 shares during the period. Bard Associates Inc.’s holdings in Inuvo were worth $1,185,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks For 2019

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Want to snap up some FTSE 100 stocks but are short on cash? Then check out the blue chip winners I&a;rsquo;ve identified below.

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Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey is slated to release half-year results on Tuesday, July 31. I&a;rsquo;m expecting another solid update and so I&a;rsquo;m tempted to snap up some more of the stock that I already own.

Last time out in April the business advised that &a;ldquo;&l;em&g;the underlying housing market has remained stable in the first four months of 2018, with continued good accessibility to mortgages at competitive rates&l;/em&g;.&a;rdquo; Conditions in London are becoming more difficult as the challenging political and economic landscape weighs, although in respect of the broader housing market conditions remain strong thanks to those supportive lending conditions and the country&a;rsquo;s woefully-inadequate housing stock.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Halyard Health, Inc.(HYH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Halyard Health (NYSE:HYH) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Wednesday. The company provided EPS guidance of $1.65-$1.85 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $1.26.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Renaissance Technologies LLC acquired a new position in Halyard Health (NYSE:HYH) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund acquired 9,805 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock, valued at approximately $453,000.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Charter Financial Corp.(CHFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Charter Financial (NASDAQ: CHFN) and Riverview Bancorp (NASDAQ:RVSB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

Hot Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

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    What I like here is the fact that 3G is actively searching for acquisitions for Heinz to help settle the debt. Recently, an attempt was made to acquire Unilever, and I fully expect these acquisition forays to continue until a suitable target is captured. Some analysts have gone as far to say that monster Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) may be being seriously considered!

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    The first list of Dividend Aristocrats published in 1989 comprised 26 stocks. Remarkably, nine of the 26 stocks are still part of the Dividend Aristocrat group.

    Dividend Aristocrat No. of Years of Consecutive Dividend Increases Payout Ratio (Last 12 Months) Current Dividend Yield
    Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) 55 67.6% 2.7%
    Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) 62 37.4% 2%
    Emerson Electric(NYSE: EMR) 60 69% 2.62%
    Genuine Parts Company(NYSE: GPC) 62 62.7% 3.12%
    Johnson & Johnson(NYSE: JNJ) 55 724.9% 2.57%
    Coca-Cola(NYSE: KO) 55 440.7% 3.5%
    Lowe’s Companies(NYSE: LOW) 55 37.4% 1.97%
    3M Company(NYSE: MMM) 60 70.4% 2.65%
    Procter & Gamble(NYSE: PG) 62 72.2% 3.94%

    Data source: S&P Global Market Intelligence, company financials, Yahoo Finance. Table by author.

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    What do companies like Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Campbell’s Soup (NYSE: CPB) and Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) all have in common?

    You might think not much. But think for a moment about some of the absolute chaos that has happened in the 20th century, not to mention this nascent 21st. There was World War I, World War II, Vietnam, etc. You had the Great Depression, the Oil embargo, the tech bubble, the global financial crisis… There were pandemics, assassinations, terror attacks the list goes on.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is testing out some new drinks in Japan, with varying levels of alcohol. In today’s episode of Market Foolery, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool contributor Jason Moser talk about the beverage industry and what Coca-Cola is probably looking to gain from this experiment.

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    YouTube’s ad-related headaches began in March 2017 when a group of brands including Coca-Cola, (KO) Walmart (WMT)  and AT&T (T) left the platform due to ads showing up next to offensive content. Giant advertiser Procter and Gamble (PG)  only returned to advertising on YouTube last month on a more limited basis.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Meredith Corporation(MDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Gabelli Funds LLC increased its holdings in shares of Meredith Co. (NYSE:MDP) by 1.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 211,200 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 2,000 shares during the quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC owned 0.47% of Meredith worth $11,363,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Meredith Co. (NYSE:MDP) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 9th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Thursday, May 31st will be given a dividend of 0.545 per share on Friday, June 15th. This represents a $2.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.25%.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2019

DS Smith PLC (SMDS.LN) said Wednesday that it expects fiscal 2018 return on sales to be in line with that of the previous year, and overall trading to be in line with its expectations.

The supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods expects return on sales for the second half of the year to be higher compared with the first half, driven by recent increases in paper prices and its strong top-line growth.

A consensus estimate provided by FactSet forecast fiscal 2018 revenue at 5.7 billion pounds ($7.9 billion). The company reported first-half revenue of GBP2.8 billion.

The company said that it is very pleased with its progress in the third quarter and that its North America business is performing ahead of initial expectations as its packaging volume growth is significantly ahead of the group average rate.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2019: Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc. (SWZ)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Hot Performing Stocks For 2019: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

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    The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is going healthy.

    The soda conglomerate crushed its first-quarter results Tuesday, April 24, reporting organic sales growth of 5% and beating Wall Street projections for both earnings per share and revenue. Coke’s recent growth, however, was driven largely by beverages outside of its eponymous brands, though Diet Coke generated volume growth, thanks to its recent repackaging campaign. In its report, the company underscored its expansion strategy and hinted at further deals to come.  

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    The issues follow a major headache faced by the fast-growing video unit beginning in March 2017, when a group of brands including Coca-Cola, (KO) Walmart (WMT) and AT&T (T) fled the platform due to ads showing up next to offensive content. Giant advertiser Procter and Gamble (PG) only returned to advertising on YouTube this week, albeit on a more limited basis than before. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Harbour Investment Management LLC decreased its position in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) by 4.7% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 44,850 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,225 shares during the period. Harbour Investment Management LLC’s holdings in The Coca-Cola were worth $1,948,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) reported upbeat results for its first quarter.

    The company said it earned 47 cents per share in the first quarter on revenue of $7.6 billion versus expectations of 46 cents per share and $7.3 billion.

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    Nvwm LLC reduced its holdings in shares of The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) by 56.1% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 7,950 shares of the company’s stock after selling 10,172 shares during the period. Nvwm LLC’s holdings in The Coca-Cola were worth $339,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Hot Performing Stocks For 2019: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

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    If you’re attracted to the growth potential that these cryptocurrencies promise, but would prefer a more stable long-term investment, then it’s time to take a closer look atIqiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), Wayfair (NYSE:W), and Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW).

  • [By Danny Vena]

    There was a lot to like when Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) reported its third-quarter financial results. The company generated revenue of $567 million, which grew 31% compared to the prior-year quarter, while adjusted earnings per share of $0.99 soared 62% year over year. Both metrics eclipsed both the company’s forecast and analysts’ consensus estimates for the quarter.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares short was 3.75 million. The previous level was 4.54 million. Shares traded recently at $212.79, within a 52-week trading range of $126.56 to $217.40.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Palo Alto Networks(NYSE:PANW)announced solid fiscal third-quarter 2018 results on Monday after the market closed, detailing record revenue and increased guidance as the next-generation cybersecurity platform company continues to take market share from competitors.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Neuberger Berman Group LLC decreased its stake in Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW) by 6.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 76,327 shares of the network technology company’s stock after selling 4,843 shares during the quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC owned approximately 0.08% of Palo Alto Networks worth $13,855,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2019: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

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    A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its position in Ciena by 169.5% during the third quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 4,217,455 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $92,657,000 after buying an additional 2,652,791 shares in the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC increased its position in Ciena by 431.6% during the fourth quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 2,477,957 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock worth $51,864,000 after buying an additional 2,011,805 shares in the last quarter. Maverick Capital Ltd. purchased a new position in Ciena during the fourth quarter worth $50,962,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC purchased a new position in Ciena during the fourth quarter worth $40,110,000. Finally, Rubric Capital Management LP purchased a new position in Ciena during the third quarter worth $33,373,000.

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    Shares of Ciena stock opened at $25.30 on Friday. Ciena has a 12 month low of $19.40 and a 12 month high of $27.98. The company has a market cap of $3.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.98, a PEG ratio of 1.51 and a beta of 1.40. The company has a quick ratio of 1.79, a current ratio of 2.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33.

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    Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The communications equipment provider reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.30 by ($0.07), Bloomberg Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $730.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $726.38 million. Ciena had a return on equity of 14.10% and a net margin of 27.76%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.45 EPS.

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

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    Colonial Trust Advisors trimmed its holdings in Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) by 10.7% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 5,870 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 701 shares during the quarter. Colonial Trust Advisors’ holdings in Phillips 66 were worth $563,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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    Analysts at Barclays upgraded The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) from Equal-Weight to Overweight.

    Coca-Cola shares rose 0.91 percent to $41.93 in pre-market trading.

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    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) reported upbeat results for its first quarter.

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    The key to global success for consumer companies is building a strong brand, and you won’t find two better examples of how to go about doing that than Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM). Their iconic Coke soft drinks and Marlboro cigarettes have enjoyed continuous popularity around the world for a long time — and in the case of Philip Morris International, since long before it split from its U.S. parent.

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    Shares of The Coca-Cola Co.(NYSE: KO) added 1.2% after the firm easily beat earnings and revenue expectations. The firm cited strong demand for its new flavors of Diet Coke and its Coke Zero Sugar. Demand was so strong for the quarter that the firm reported organic sales growth of 5%. The company reported earnings per share of $0.47, topping estimates by a penny. Revenue of $7.6 billion easily beat Wall Street estimates.
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The Coca-Cola Company (KO) Position Raised by Sawtooth Solutions LLC

Sawtooth Solutions LLC increased its position in shares of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) by 308.2% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 67,084 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 50,648 shares during the quarter. Sawtooth Solutions LLC’s holdings in The Coca-Cola were worth $3,078,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Santori & Peters Inc. bought a new position in shares of The Coca-Cola in the fourth quarter valued at $127,000. Veritas Investment Management LLP bought a new position in shares of The Coca-Cola in the third quarter valued at $135,000. Spectrum Management Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of The Coca-Cola in the third quarter valued at $137,000. Legacy Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of The Coca-Cola in the third quarter valued at $139,000. Finally, Goodman Financial Corp bought a new position in shares of The Coca-Cola in the fourth quarter valued at $143,000. 66.03% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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KO has been the topic of several research reports. Vetr cut The Coca-Cola from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $47.54 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday, January 8th. Goldman Sachs set a $49.00 price target on The Coca-Cola and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Evercore ISI raised The Coca-Cola from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the company from $46.04 to $55.00 in a report on Friday, January 12th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $45.00 price target on The Coca-Cola and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of The Coca-Cola in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Fourteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $49.45.

In other news, insider Jennifer K. Mann sold 1,883 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.00, for a total transaction of $84,735.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 98,995 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,454,775. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.48% of the company’s stock.

The Coca-Cola stock opened at $42.36 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38, a quick ratio of 1.12 and a current ratio of 1.21. The Coca-Cola Company has a 12 month low of $41.52 and a 12 month high of $48.62. The firm has a market cap of $180,703.77, a PE ratio of 21.72, a P/E/G ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 0.72.

The Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 24th. The company reported $0.47 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.46 by $0.01. The Coca-Cola had a net margin of 4.23% and a return on equity of 39.54%. The business had revenue of $7.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.32 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.43 EPS. The Coca-Cola’s revenue was down 16.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that The Coca-Cola Company will post 2.1 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.68%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 14th. The Coca-Cola’s dividend payout ratio is currently 81.68%.

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The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company provides water, enhanced water, and sports drinks; juices; juice, dairy, and plant?based beverages; teas and coffees; and energy drinks. It also offers concentrates, syrups, beverage bases, source waters, and powders/minerals, as well as fountain syrups to fountain retailers, such as restaurants and convenience stores.

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The New Home Company Inc. (NYSE:NWHM) is an undervalued homebuilder set for growth going into 2018. According to extensive modelling, it appears that the company is undervalued by about 18% at the current market price.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded up 1.15% at $44.90X. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $46.01. Volume was about 45% below the daily average of around 12.8 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coca-Cola (KO) is in the midst of a massive reorganization that should provide a boost its business down the road. Unfortunately, its earnings show a company that could remain stuck in place for a while.

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    Coca-Cola reported a profit of 43 cents a share, missing forecasts for 44 cents, on sales of $9.1 billion, beating expectations for $8.9 billion. Coke also said that earnings could fall 1% to 3% in 2016. The company said that it would cut its corporate staffing by about 20%, as it seeks to cut costs.

    Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog sees “limited near-term upside” in shares of Coca-Cola. She explains why:

    Solid Performance in Most Markets Offset By Strong Headwinds in a Few Maintain Cautious Near-Term Outlook KO reported Q1 EPS of $0.43, below our/cons. ests. of $0.44. Broadly, KOs story and our cautious view of it remains unchanged. We see much to be encouraged by, including the renewed focus on growth, a new management team and reporting structure, strong performance of Coke Zero, and increased productivity savings targets (now $3.8bn by 2019, up from $3bn).

    However, we expect headwinds to remain very strong for the near-term, reflected in KOs underwhelming FY17/FY18 guidance which remains largely unchanged. Bottom Line We continue to believe that KO has a significant opportunity in FY18/19 following its Transition period to reaccelerate earnings growth and demonstrate the merits of its strategic overhaul. We therefore encourage l.t. investors to stay invested, but given substantial headwinds, we see limited near-term upside in the stock. We maintain our Market Perform rating and our $42 – $44 valuation range, but lower our FY17/FY18 EPS $0.01 to $1.88/$1.94.

    Shares of Coca-Cola have dropped 0.3% to $43.13 at 3:02 p.m. today.

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Qantas Airways Limited: A Good Company, Not A Great Price

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Qantas Airways (OTCPK:QUBSF) has struggled in the past, particularly in 2014 when the company recorded a $2.8 billion loss. Since then, the company has announced aggressive cost-cutting plans and is now 3 years into this revival. I believe Qantas is a good company and will continue to be a leader in the Australian airline industry; however, I don’t think the price of the stock offers a good enough margin of safety to make the leap and invest.

Industry Overview

The domestic airline industry in Australia is a duopoly with Qantas and Virgin Australia (combined market share of over 90%), each owning a low fare airline subsidiary Jetstar and Tigerair Australia, respectively. Over the past 5 years, the industry has seen steady declines in revenue, this is predominately due to the price war that Qantas and Virgin engaged in (which has since ended). However, many firms have been able to cut cost through layoffs, wage freezes, maintenance changes, and enjoying lower prices for jet fuel. This has resulted in higher margins and increased profits despite declining revenues.

Over the next 5 years, the industry can expect slow growth as domestic tourism is expected to increase as well as international trips to Australia. Margins may also continue to increase as planes, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamline become more fuel efficient. This growth is very minimal, estimated at 1.9% annual until 2023 (IBIS World).

Source: IBIS World

Comparing financial ratios with Qantas and other companies in the industry makes Qantas look appealing. Here I compared it to some of the other very large airlines in the United States and Singapore. All of these US airlines have something in common too, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) took a position in all 4.

(Source: IBIS World)

Source: Created by myself using data from Bloomberg

(Source: Created by myself using data from Bloomberg)

Investment Thesis

The reasons to invest in Qantas are rather simple, they have a massive market share of 64.8%, their historic brand has become iconic in Australia, and recent share buybacks and dividends show managements focus on shareholder returns.

Market Share

Their large market share is a huge advantage, since their next largest competitor, Virgin Australia, only has 27.2%, well less than half that of Qantas. Despite being so large, Qantas has been able to grow faster than the industry in several metrics. 1) Qantas increased its Revenue Passenger Miles at 2.68% annualized since 2010, compared to the industry at 2.12%. Qantas grew Available Seat Miles 2.7% annualized since 2008, compared to the industry at 2.13%. They have also managed to grow their fleet of planes substantially at 3.27% annually since 2007, adding 85 planes totaling to 309. Even with such a large market share, their earnings have been anything but steady, suffering losses in 2014, but turning around in the past 3 years.

Source: Macquarie Research, February 2018

(Source: Macquarie Research, February 2018)

The Brand: A Competitive Advantage?

One of the well-recognized competitive advantages is the power of a brand. Qantas has a deep history in Australia and is seen by 96% of Australians as iconic. They have been rated Worlds Safest Airline for 4 years running, as well as Best Catering, Best Lounges and Best Domestic Service for 2017. They are also listed as one of the top 10 companies to work for in Australia despite issues with labor several years ago. Furthermore, the dual brand strategy of Qantas and Jetstar allows for price discrimination to take place between wealthier and business-oriented passengers and more economical, tourists type passengers. No doubt, the Qantas brand is extremely strong in Australia and may offer a competitive advantage that would be difficult for a competitor to steal away from them. However, this is far from the branding of say a company like Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), where customers often refuse to switch to a rival, PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP). It would be very easy for a passenger to choose a flight with competitor Virgin Australia if the price is better, timing is better, or the route is better (no layover). So, while the brand is strong, I dont think it necessarily keeps customers for the future. However, the Qantas Loyalty (frequent flyer) portion of the business is growing extremely fast, at 10% compounded annually since 2012 and is expected to sustain a growth rate of 7-10%. Members of these programs would face implicit switching cost to another airline because they wouldnt get their rewards or be able to use them.

Shareholder Returns

Along with the cost-cutting initiative taken 3 years ago, Qantas management has worked hard to increase shareholder returns. This has been achieved by aggressively buying back $1.2 billion of shares over the past 3 years. They have also announced they will purchase an additional $387 million of shares, representing 3.5% of the current shares outstanding. Share buyback has been paired with dividends of $0.14 for the past 2 years, making the payout ratio only 26.27%. Management has said this trend will continue, hoping to buy back shares in the upcoming years and increase their payout of dividends.

Source: Macquarie Research, February 2018

(Source: Macquarie Research, February 2018)

Valuations

To value the company, I completed 3 separate valuation models and took a weighted average.

Free Cash Flow to Firm

I calculated a WACC of 6.28% (Bloomberg say 6.2%) and grew the FCF at 3% over the next 3 years and then 2% thereafter. The growth rates are low and reasonable because the industry growth will be low as well. This gave me a generous value of $6.88 per share.

Dividend Discount Model

Using the same discount rate and growth rates as above, I increased their payout ratio to 40%, giving me a $0.22 dividend, which is still less than the $0.25 dividend they used to pay out, so I think its perfectly reasonable. This gave me a value of $5.22 per share. I confess a DDM is not the best, knowing that the dividend has been anything but consistent in the past, yet I expect it to increase in the future and wanted to model that in the value.

Multiples Model

Lastly, using a P/E multiple, I averaged the past 3 years’ P/E ratio to get 8.83. I averaged 8.33 with the current P/E of 11.44 and used the estimated EPS of $0.62 and came up with a value of $6.28.

Source: Made myself using data from Qantas 2017 Annual Report

(Source: Made myself using data from Qantas 2017 Annual Report)

Combining all models and weighting the DDM less (because the dividends are not consistent), I got a fair value of $6.31, proving only a 4.96% upside from the current price.

Its important to note the recent price appreciation of the stock since the past 12 months has yielded gains of 60.34% and even YTD gains of 19.25%. The stock is also well above the 100- and 200-day moving averages.

Source: Bloomberg Terminal

(Source: Bloomberg Terminal)

Conclusion

In summary, I think Qantas is a good business that will earn profits for years to come. However, the valuation is not compelling, and the recent price appreciation may mean that the train has left the station. Since growth is slow, and the industry is cyclical, I would recommend buying at around $5.00-$5.25 per share so as to have a larger margin of safety. There is a considerable risk buying an airline as the industry is sensitive to fuel cost, labor cost, and fierce competition. The 2-3% growth in the future is not enough reward to take on the risk unless you can buy at a discount.

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