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Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

The major indexes rose to new highs this week as investors ignored the chaos in Washington and refused to let the market fall.

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The S&P 500 rose 1.5% this week after advancing 0.2% to 2,351.16 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.7% this week after ticking up 4.28 points to 20,624.05. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.8% this week after today.

There were all sorts of reasons for the market to drop this week: Fed chief Janet Yellen was more hawkish than expected when she testified to Congress this week, while President Donald J. Trump was busy defending himself, rather than proposing business friendly legislation.

But the market refused to take a loss for an answer. Today, for instance, the Dow had been down as much as 87.16 points, before rallying back, while the blue chip benchmark rallied back from a 55.03 decline. In fact, that’s been the pattern all year in the S&P 500, explains the folks at Bespoke Investment Group:

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Smith & Nephew SNATS, Inc.(SNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Ethan Ryder]

    The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 8th. Investors of record on Friday, April 5th will be given a $0.44 dividend. This represents a yield of 2.31%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 4th. This is a boost from Smith & Nephew’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.25. Smith & Nephew’s payout ratio is 26.73%.

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    Smith & Nephew Company Profile

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH) and Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) are both large-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    As with Mastercard Inc. (NYSE:MA), Visa doesn’t directly lend money to consumers through its branded credit or debit cards. The money being borrowed comes from the financial institution that actually issues the card, such as JPMorgan Chase or Capital One. There are advantages and disadvantages to this model. The primary advantage is that Visa is not at risk from consumers defaulting on their credit card loans, which is one of the riskiest types of debt. The disadvantage is that consumers pay a lot of interest on their credit card debt each year, and Visa doesn’t get to collect any of it.

  • [By Andy Pai]

    In a 2014 interview, Akre said he looks for companies that he thinks are ‘compounding machines.' At the time the firm owned Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA) and Visa Inc (NYSE: V) which he pointed out have margins of over 30 percent, which is around three times that of the average US company.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) may settle a battle with the government. According to The Wall Street Journal:

    Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are close to settling a long-running antitrust lawsuit with merchants over the fees they pay when they accept card payments, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Nubank offers a virtual credit card from Mastercard (NYSE:MA) to five million active customers. Its mobile app lets users track real-time transactions, contact customer support, apply for higher credit limits, and perform other services.

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    However, several Buffett stocks chalked up nice gains during the first quarter. The three top performers in Berkshire’s portfolio were Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), Mastercard (NYSE:MA), and Moody’s (NYSE:MCO). Here’s what drove these stocks higher — and what their prospects are for the rest of 2018.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: DHX Media Ltd.(DHXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) surged 87.1 percent to $12.98 after the company reported Q1 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARMO) shares jumped 66.8 percent to $49.735 after Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced plans to acquire ARMO BioSciences for $50 per share.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) gained 34 percent to $2.2920 following announcement that the company will pre-specify new subgroup with the FDA and report Phase 3 Part B results in June.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) climbed 22.3 percent to $34.84 after the company posted upbeat Q4 earnings.
    Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO) shares jumped 22.2 percent to $7.28 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM) gained 19.8 percent to $8.89 after the company reported strong results for its first quarter.
    Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) surged 19.8 percent to $17.10 following Q1 results.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 18.3 percent to $2.26 after French company Total announced plans to acquire 25 percent stake in Clean Energy Fuels for $83.4 million.
    Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE: INS) gained 17 percent to $7.116.
    Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) surged 15.3 percent to $73.00 after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHEF) climbed 15 percent to $28.85. Chefs' Warehouse posted Q1 earnings of $0.03 per share on sales of $318.6 million.
    Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT) rose 14.2 percent to $2.9701.
    Wright Medical Group N.V. (NASDAQ: WMGI) jumped 13.8 percent to $23.87 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) gained 13.4 percent to $22.70. Diplomat named Brian Griffin as Chairman and CEO.
    Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) shares rose 13 percent to $27.97 after reporting upbeat Q1 sales.
    Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ: PRTA) gained 12 percent to $15.19
  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Dhx Media Com Vtg (OTCMKTS:DMQHF) and DHX Media (NASDAQ:DHXM) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Family-friendly media company DHX Media (NASDAQ:DHXM) reported third-quarter earnings early Monday morning. Investors didn’t see much to like in this business update, and the stock closed 19.7% lower at the end of the day.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

Ignore the negative sentiment around Qualcomm. Use any pullbacks in QCOM stock to go long.

Qualcomm’s (NSDQ:QCOM) brand new smartphone chip “Snapdragon 835” illustrated to me that this company will remain strong for the long haul. Recent negative commentary regarding the South Korean $850M antitrust fine has raised doubts about the future earnings growth of Qualcomm and its potential negative impact on QCOM stock. The latest fine has come on the back of a similar fine in China ($975 million) where governing bodies are stating that Qualcomm is refusing to license parts of its technology to selective manufacturers. Qualcomm has decided to appeal as it knows its lucrative licensing business may be at risk here as a negative ruling in South Korea may open up a path for other countries to follow. Revenues which Qualcomm receives off its patents came in at around 34% of the total take last year, so this area definitely is the breadwinner for the company and a key driver of the Qualcomm stock price.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Materialise NV(MTLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

    Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

    Navigator (NYSE:NVGS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report report published on Thursday.

    Several other brokerages have also commented on MTLS. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Materialise from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, August 28th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Materialise from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, August 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Materialise from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Thursday, August 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $19.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News coverage about Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Materialise earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the software maker an impact score of 46.5867221134452 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Would you like to pay for that with Mastercard (NYSE:MA), Visa (NYSE:V), or PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL)?

    That’s the question Sears Outlet’s website asked me earlier this week. And here’s the funny bit: I actually wanted to pay with my new American Express (NYSE:AXP) card, but because of a coding glitch on Sears’ website, the field wasn’t big enough to enter all the required numbers. To work around that snafu, I was forced to add my AmEx card to my PayPal account, then charge my new dishwasher to the AmEx card on PayPal.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    The EMV chip was named for its developers: Europay, Mastercard Inc. (NYSE:MA), and Visa. Cards without this chip store all pertinent data on the magnetic stripe on the back of the card, including the cardholder’s name, credit card number, expiration date, and CVV number. Once the information is written on this stripe, however, it is forever static, meaning it will never change.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the thirty-three analysts that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-seven have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $210.42.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Echelon Corporation(ELON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ: XPLR) and Echelon (NASDAQ:ELON) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Echelon (NASDAQ: ELON) and Lantronix (NASDAQ:LTRX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Echelon Co. (NASDAQ:ELON) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $4.07 and last traded at $4.18, with a volume of 9600 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $4.31.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 30 percent to $4.78 after a first-quarter earnings miss.

    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) was down, falling around 25 percent to $3.07 after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 33 percent to $ 4.575 after a first-quarter earnings miss.

    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) was down, falling around 32 percent to $2.7799 after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of MDC Partners (NASDAQ:MDCA) have gotten crushed today, down by a whopping 36% as of 11:45 a.m. EDT, after the company reported first-quarter earnings results and lowered its outlook for organic revenue growth this year.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Antero Midstream Partners (NYSE:AM)

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Antero Midstream Partners is a new holding of mine and one of my top picks in the energy sector as I feel the company’s earnings and distribution growth could outpace its peers over the next few years, leading to overall outperformance. My only regret is not learning of the company sooner, as shares have been on a roll the past few years.

For some background, the company was formed by Antero Resources (NYSE:AR) to own, operate and develop its midstream energy assets. It owns pipelines, compressor stations, processing plants and water handling and treatment infrastructure, and it provides these services under long-term fixed-fee contracts, providing predictable, stable cash flow.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LG Display Co., Ltd.(LPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Corning Incorporated in a largely steady uptrend since we recommended the stock while Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED) skyrocketed last yearand LG Display Co Ltd (NYSE: LPL) and AU Optronics Corp (NYSE: AUO) have not done much:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, audio chip supplier Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) fell 10.2% lower in April including a 7% dip in three days as analysts pondered the future of Apple’s iPhone plans. Screen builder LG Display (NYSE:LPL) saw a 10.7% month-long dip, and memory chip giant Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) took an 11.8% haircut last month. For Apple’s own part, its share prices fell 7% in three days but recovered to post a 1.5% total dip for the month — slightly stronger than the broader market’s 2.6% decline.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of LG Display (NYSE:LPL) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    That’s a pretty horrific downgrade, but there’s more to the story. Universal Display cited what is shaping up to be a soft half-year for new OLED TV and smartphone development. End manufacturers like LG Display (NYSE:LPL) are busy ramping up for the next product lineup, which means lower demand for suppliers like Universal. Demand is supposed to resume later in 2018 and return to “significant growth” in 2019, but in the meantime the outlook is unimpressive.

  • [By ]

    LG Display (NYSE: LPL) is a leader in computer and television monitors with 36% of the global market in computer monitors, 29% of the TV display market, 21% of the notebook computer market and 28% of the market for tablet display.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Apple wanted to tapLG Display(NYSE:LPL) as a second source for OLED displays for the company’s next-generation smartphones, but LG Display seems to be running into issues.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) will share its latest quarterly earnings first thing Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.25 in EPS and $3.25 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $175.94, in a 52-week range of $115.55 to $183.73. The consensus analyst target is $196.12.

  • [By ]

    Berkshire’s biggest winners in the stock market so far this year are MasterCard Inc. (MA) , up 23%; Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI) , up 18%; Phillips 66 (PSX) , up 14%; Visa Inc. (V) , up 11%; and Moody’s Corp. (MCO) , also up 11%, according to FactSet.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    What’s happening, Chris, is economic activity continues to pick up around the world. Plus, cash continues to get eaten away by credit card usage. And, there’s been a lot more cross-border economic activity, which is high margin, even higher margin, for Visa and Mastercard(NYSE:MA). And, there’s India to consider. 1.4 billion people there. Visa is the market leader there by quite a wide margin, has all the deals in place, and it’s still just getting started there. It sees a lot of opportunity in India. It’s also filed to start transaction business in China, which is still a few years down the road, but still.

  • [By ]

    This toll operator business model allows Visa to boast some of the thickest profit margins of any business. Its operating margin currently stands at 67%, besting its biggest competitor, MasterCard (NYSE: MA), whose profit margins sit at 54%. Based on our latest research, that’s more profitable than 98% of all companies in the S&P 500.

  • [By Timothy Green, Neha Chamaria, and Rich Smith]

    There are some companies, though, that have better shots than others at continuing to thrive over the next 12 years. These companies have durable competitive advantages that are unlikely to vanish, making their stocks safer than most. Here’s why you should consider Mastercard (NYSE:MA), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Boeing (NYSE:BA) if you’re looking for safety.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Balchem Corporation(BCPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Nearly every business Balchem(NASDAQ:BCPC) is in has seen strong growth in 2018, and that’s driving the company’s financial results higher. Fracking is seeing the biggest growth, but human and animal health continue to be great businesses for the company.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Balchem Co. (NASDAQ:BCPC) shares reached a new 52-week high and low on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $96.61 and last traded at $96.33, with a volume of 2460 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $95.08.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for CrossAmerica Partners in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, May 9th. Jefferies Group analyst C. Mandeville now forecasts that the oil and gas company will earn $0.24 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.32. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for CrossAmerica Partners’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.07 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.14 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.42 EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 26th. The oil and gas company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.06. CrossAmerica Partners had a return on equity of 4.73% and a net margin of 0.84%. The company had revenue of $552.66 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $572.48 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that CrossAmerica Partners will post 0.24 EPS for the current year.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.(BCEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI)

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  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Crude oil prices continue to remain bullish, brightening the prospects of oil and related companies. Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE: BCEI), an oil and natural gas exploration and production company that emerged from Chapter 11 in April 2017, could also benefit from an improved cost structure, according to Imperial Capital. 

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 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.

PayPal Looks to the Underbanked Population for User Growth

PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) is releasing new products aimed at serving the large, and often ignored, “underbanked” segment of the population. In conjunction with Mastercard (NYSE:MA), PayPal has introduced the PayPal Cash Mastercard in the U.S., the company’s version of a prepaid card, with no monthly fees, no account minimum, and no credit check needed to open an account.

The card allows users to access their PayPal account by using the card anywhere Mastercard is accepted, whether online or at point-of-sale locations. Cardholders will also be able to withdraw their money from ATMs, including 25,000 free MoneyPass ATMs within the U.S.

PayPal users can add money to their accounts via a direct deposit from their employer, deposit a check through the PayPal app on their phone, or deposit cash at 20,000 convenience and drug store locations nationwide. Users who take advantage of these features will also receive FDIC insurance from one of PayPal’s financial institution partners.

The front of PayPal corporate headquarters.

PayPal sees a huge market opportunity by providing millions of underbanked Americans with modern financial services. Image source: PayPal Holdings Inc.

A real need…

The numbers are simply staggering: According to a 2014 report, 68 million Americans, representing about 1 in every 4 households, either did not have a bank account or were forced to use expensive payday-loan and cash-fronting services to make ends meet. As the report from the U.S. Office of Inspector General described these people, “They are an economically diverse mix of working- and middle-class families, poor and unemployed people … young people, immigrants, and others who are trying to make it paycheck to paycheck.” These constraints not only worsen the living conditions of the underbanked, but also work to hold back the rest of the economy, keeping millions from unlocking their full economic potential.

Obviously, this not just an American problem. In 2014, the World Bank estimated that about 38% of the world’s adult population, approximately 2 billion adults, did not have a proper bank account. While that number has since dropped, it is still high.

…and a profitable opportunity

PayPal management assures shareholders this isn’t a charitable effort, but one that will offer the company the opportunity to produce profits while helping those left behind by the global financial system. In the company’s first-quarter conference call, COO Bill Ready made this clear when asked a question about the economics of offering these types of financial services:

We’ve had some products in market for a while that give us exposure to how these products are 1) used by customers and 2) what those mean to us financially both prepaid cards … merchant debit cards, things like that. And so there’s no material difference in the way we would look to go monetize those customers, and we’ve also had things for the underserved, such as being a little walk-in to a retail location … and load cash onto a PayPal account so somebody in the underserved or unbanked community could participate in the digital economy. We’ve had exposure to those things and we don’t see this as being any material difference in the way we would monetize on those customers versus how we monetize across the rest of our business.

CEO Dan Schulman added that the money the company earns from its new PayPal Cash Mastercard is from “transactions that occur at merchants just like we do typically.” So not only is PayPal bringing more people into the digital economy, it also stands to gain from doing so.

A move into banking?

Some might see these moves by PayPal and wonder if the company is contemplating a transition to becoming a bank. The signs seemingly add up. PayPal is offering more and more services that traditional banks do such as direct deposits, ATM cards, and FDIC insurance. Not to mention, fellow fintech company Square applied for a bank charter late last year.

Schulman was quick to squash this idea, saying, “So first of all, we firmly believe as a company that everyone should have access to affordable, convenient, secure, and low-cost financial services … And I think what we are trying to do is not try to compete or replace what’s going on with banks but work with the financial system to fill in the gaps in the current system so that everyone can afford the opportunities that the digital economy is extending.”

At the end of the day, PayPal is helping improve the lives of millions of Americans and, later, potentially billions of global citizens by providing modern financial services. The fact that it can do this bydoing exactly what it should as a public company — looking for new market opportunities to increase its value to shareholders– is only the icing on the cake.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

April 24, 2018: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but soon sank to losses and just kept falling throughout the trading session. The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds finally topped 3% early this morning and combined with lackluster earnings and cautious guidance from some blue chippers, stocks never had a chance to fly higher. Home prices rose sharply again and sales of new homes also posted a solid gain.

WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $67.70 a barrel, down 1.4% for the day. June gold added about 0.7% on the day to settle at $1,333.00. Equities were headed for a lower close about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded down 2.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 1.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 2.04%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTK8) for May delivery traded at $9,410, up about 6% on the CBOE after opening at $8,970 this morning. The digital currency’s trading range for the day was $8,940 to $9,450.

The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded down 6.99% at $200.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $192.36 to $259.77. Volume was about four times the daily average of around 2.7 million shares. The company reported so-so results this morning and lowered earnings guidance.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Ubiquiti Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNT) were up 13.6% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday after the wireless networking products specialist announced better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter 2018 results.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) reported earnings for the third time since going public, and Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) jumped after announcing higher sales and improving profits.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Ubiquiti Networks(NASDAQ:UBNT)announced fiscal third-quarter 2018 results early Thursday, highlighting strong demand from its Enterprise Technology product lines and a large new share-repurchase plan. Shares of the wireless networking technology company climbed 11% Thursday when all was said and done.

  • [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 Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT), down 14 percent, and Magnachip Semiconductor Corp (NYSE: MX), down 12 percent.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) will share its latest quarterly earnings first thing Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.25 in EPS and $3.25 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week at $175.94, in a 52-week range of $115.55 to $183.73. The consensus analyst target is $196.12.

  • [By Mitchell Clark]

     This is a stock to own for the long term. It has an excellent long-term track record. Management just announced another dividend increase and more share repurchases.

    Earnings growth in 2016 is expected to accelerate over the performance in 2015. The big credit card brands are institutional favorites.

    MasterCard Incorporated’s (NYSE:MA) sales and earnings growth have been quite consistent over the years.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. boosted its stake in Mastercard (NYSE:MA) by 0.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 2,838,638 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 17,865 shares during the period. Mastercard accounts for approximately 0.6% of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 29th largest position. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Mastercard were worth $497,216,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: COUP)
    Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX) in New York

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

    1-800-Flowers.com, Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS)
    Cicso Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO)

    Tuesday