Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019

Earnings season is now in full session after JP Morgan (JPM ) and Citigroup (C ) beat earnings on Friday while Wells Fargo (WFC ) stumbled. Bank of America (BAC ) and Blackstone (BLK ) were the headliners on Monday, both surpassing expectations and boosting investor confidence.

BAC stock gained over 2.4% in morning trading Monday after reporting earnings of $0.63 on revenues of $22.6 billion. These surpassed our Zacks Consensus Estimates of $0.57 and $22.5 billion respectively. EPS numbers represented 43% year-over-year growth while revenue numbers slipped 1% from the year-ago quarter.

BLK’s adjusted earnings per share of $6.66 outpaced our estimate by six cents. Revenue numbers were equally solid, coming in at $3.61 billion and beating by $160 million. These figures grew 28% and 11% over the same period a year ago.

Moving forward, investor eyes will turn to Goldman Sachs (GS ) and Morgan Stanley (MS ) , which are slated to report earnings Tuesday and Wednesday before market open. Will they build on the momentum or bring recession worries back into the spotlight? Let’s take a look.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Retirement Planning Group reduced its stake in SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) by 5.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 4,451 shares of the company’s stock after selling 264 shares during the quarter. SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF makes up approximately 0.3% of Retirement Planning Group’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 20th biggest position. Retirement Planning Group’s holdings in SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF were worth $1,171,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank trimmed its position in shares of SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) by 78.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,700 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,169 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank’s holdings in SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF were worth $447,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    You can also opt for exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that focus on the same indexes — such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF(NYSEMKT: SPY), Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEMKT: VTI), and Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSEMKT: VT). You can balance out your portfolio with bonds via index mutual funds and ETFs, too. The Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEMKT: BND) is one such option.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019: Varex Imaging Corporation (VREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) fell 13.4 percent to $51.10 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 9.8 percent to $28.97 in pre-market trading after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 8.2 percent to $8.81 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 7.5 percent to $3.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) fell 7.4 percent to $248.00 in pre-market trading following first-quarter earnings.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 6.7 percent to $18.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Varex Imaging Corporation (NASDAQ: VREX) fell 5.2 percent to $34 in pre-market trading after reporting Q2 results.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) shares fell 5.2 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.02 percent on Thursday.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $61.70 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) fell 4.6 percent to $25.15 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) shares fell 4 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.86 percent on Thursday.
    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: MLCO) fell 4 percent to $30.65 in pre-market trading.
    Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) fell 4 percent to $15.76 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC) shares fell 3.5 percent to $48.10 in pre-market tr

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Shares of Varex Imaging (NASDAQ:VREX) are plunging today, down 27% as of 1:27 p.m. EDT, after the company announced disappointing results for its fiscal third quarter following the closing bell yesterday. Investors are fretting about how a trade war will affect the X-ray component maker’s growth prospects.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its holdings in Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ:VREX) by 2.7% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 63,814 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,700 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in Varex Imaging were worth $2,283,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2019: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teladoc Inc (NYSE:TDOC) CEO Jason N. Gorevic sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.21, for a total value of $1,505,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 611,184 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $36,799,388.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Simon Erickson]

    Teladoc’s (NYSE:TDOC) first-quarter results kicked off a good start to 2018. Their now fully integrated acquisition of Best Doctors helped revenue more than double for the second straight quarter and U.S. membership reach more than 20 million people.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment fromIndustry Focus: Healthcare, host Kristine Harjes is joined by Motley Fool contributor Todd Campbell to discuss how innovative companies like Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) are transforming how patients receive healthcare.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, Jeremy Bowman, and Steve Symington]

    Investors looking for steadier returns might consider buying stocks instead. And the good news is, at least in the case ofiRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), and Teledoc (NYSE:TDOC), you can still expose yourself to disruptive technologies while benefiting from the more predictable growth that stocks provide.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) CEO Jason N. Gorevic sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.93, for a total transaction of $1,223,250.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 636,184 shares in the company, valued at approximately $31,128,483.12. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now

South State Corp. (SSB) is following a time-tested strategy – leveraging a low-cost deposit base and strong market share in attractive markets to build a competitive commercial lending-focused banking franchise. There are growing pains throughout that process, though, and South State has yet to post strong returns on equity or capital on a consistent basis. What’s more, the shares looked a little pricey around a year ago, and the shares have lagged regional bank peers since.

With Park Sterling in the fold, good organic loan growth, and strong core markets, though, I believe this is a time to revisit South State. Much larger rivals like Bank of America (BAC), BB&T (BBT), Wells Fargo (WFC), and SunTrust (STI) should not be taken lightly, but South State’s low funding costs are a strategic asset, as is the company’s focus on smaller commercial clients that often don’t feel so well-served by the larger super-regional baking franchises. If South State can generate the mid-teens organic growth I expect, these shares look undervalued below $100.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Westell Technologies, Inc.(WSTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) fell 50.3 percent to $6.17 in pre-market trading after the company received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA. The FDA declined to approve the company’s New Drug Application for IV meloxicam.
    Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL) shares fell 16.5 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after the company announced Q4 results.
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) fell 16.5 percent to $5.20 in pre-market trading after reporting pricing of public offering of common stock.
    Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP (NYSE: WMLP) fell 11 percent to $3.49 in pre-market trading after surging 194.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) shares fell 11 percent to $13.45 in pre-market trading. Petrobras announced plans to lower the cost of diesel by 10 percent.
    Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) shares fell 9.4 percent to $97 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
    Zealand Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: ZEAL) fell 6.9 percent to $15.55 in pre-market trading after rising 2.71 percent on Wednesday.
    L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) shares fell 6.7 percent to $31.76 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. The company issued weak second quarter and FY18 earnings guidance.
    ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RETO) shares fell 5.9 percent to $4.78 in pre-market trading.
    Qiwi plc (NASDAQ: QIWI) fell 5.9 percent to $17.52 in pre-market trading.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) fell 5 percent to $13.25 in pre-market trading after reporting a proposed offering of common stock.
    Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) shares fell 4.3 percent to $72.66 in pre-market trading. Best Buy reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) fell 4.1 percent to $64.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL) was down, falling around 19 percent to $2.81 after reporting a fourth-quarter earnings miss.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL) was down, falling around 19 percent to $2.815 after reporting a fourth-quarter earnings miss.

    Commodities

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) just had a bearish crossover on Friday, according to the chart. The predicted 72-hour moving average crossed below the simple 10-day moving average. If Monday's price action holds, that will serve as a confirmation the negative trend. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Earnest Partners LLC raised its position in Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX) by 11.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 1,084,526 shares of the energy company’s stock after purchasing an additional 110,630 shares during the period. Earnest Partners LLC owned 0.54% of Newfield Exploration worth $26,484,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE: NFX) traded down about 10.2% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $23.10 after closing Tuesday at $25.73. The stock’s 52-week high is $40.82. Volume was approaching five times the daily average of 2.6 million shares. The independent oil & gas producer reported earnings last night.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Fernwood Investment Management LLC trimmed its stake in Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) by 6.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 31,500 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 2,000 shares during the quarter. Fernwood Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Newfield Exploration were worth $769,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    In today’s episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser go through some of the messy metrics from this quarter and explain which areas long-term investors should focus on to track how the company is doing. Also, Texas Roadhouse(NASDAQ:TXRH) clocked in another good quarter, but how can the restaurant grow from here? Virtual healthcare provider Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC)reports earnings later today, and long-term investors should watch for progress in these key metrics. Tune in to find out more.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Nicholas Rossolillo, and Maxx Chatsko]

    We posed that question to a team of Motley Fool investors to identify three stocks our kids will brag about having owned for years, and they picked U.S. Concrete (NASDAQ:USCR), Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC), and Rollins (NYSE:ROL). Read on to find out why these companies deserve that distinction.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) CEO Jason N. Gorevic sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.93, for a total transaction of $1,223,250.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 636,184 shares in the company, valued at approximately $31,128,483.12. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC) and Envision Healthcare (NYSE:EVHC) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment of the Motley Fool Money podcast, host Chris Hill asks Fool analysts Jason Moser, Matt Argersinger, and Ron Gross to tell us about the companies they have their eyes on this week and why: strip-mall focused REIT Retail Opportunity Investments(NASDAQ:ROIC); virtual healthcare provider Teladoc(NYSE:TDOC); and Arcos Dorados(NYSE:ARCO), which is the exclusive franchise operator for McDonald’s across most of Latin America.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Lewis:I know on Wednesday show, Kristine spent some time talking aboutTeladoc’s (NYSE:TDOC) services, and the idea of e-health, not having to go to a doctor to actually meet your doctor. If you’rereally sick, being at home. I think that that’s something that’s really appealing to a lot of people. That’s going to be pretty disruptive in the healthcare space.

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: National CineMedia, Inc.(NCMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $6.45 after the company posted upbeat quarterly profit.

    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $27.52 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) shares climbed 23.2 percent to $155.19 after Elliott Management confirmed a $160 per share cash offer for athenahealth.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) gained 21.3 percent to $8.83. Evolus named David Moatazedi as new CEO.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) climbed 18.2 percent to $3.12 after falling 39.86 percent on Friday.
    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) rose 15.6 percent to $27.53 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) rose 13 percent to $2.26.
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGC) gained 11.9 percent to $7.35.
    National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) surged 11.8 percent to $6.24 after the company posted upbeat quarterly profit.
    Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) shares gained 11.3 percent to $3.56.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) shares rose 8.8 percent to $18.875.
    Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI) rose 8.7 percent to $2.9683.
    Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) shares rose 7.4 percent to $7.40.
    Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) rose 7 percent to $2.88 after climbing 1.89 percent on Friday.
    Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) surged 6 percent to $15.93. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Cloudera with a Buy rating.
    Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) rose 5.1 percent to $257.35. Barclays upgraded Illumina from Equal-Weight to Overweight.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI) – Barrington Research lifted their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for National CineMedia in a report released on Monday, May 7th. Barrington Research analyst J. Goss now expects that the business services provider will post earnings of $0.41 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $0.34. Barrington Research currently has a “Hold” rating on the stock. Barrington Research also issued estimates for National CineMedia’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.06 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.14 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Standard General L.P.National CineMedia Inc (NCMI) – 12,576,000 shares, 60.53% of the total portfolio. New PositionTime Inc (TIME) – 3,181,424 shares, 29.62% of the total portfolio. Turning Point Brands Inc (TPB) – 305,319 shares, 3.58% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 189.90%CafePress Inc (PRSS) – 2,500,000 shares, 3.12% of the total portfolio. New PositionB. Riley Financial Inc (RILY) – 167,736 shares, 1.97% of the total portfoli

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Twin Disc, Incorporated (NASDAQ: TWIN) shares surged 24.34 percent to close at $28.86 following Q3 earnings.
    Bioblast Pharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORPN) rose 21.89 percent to close at $2.45.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) gained 20.19 percent to close at $8.75. Evolus named David Moatazedi as new CEO.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) rose 18.56 percent to close at $3.13 on Monday after falling 39.86 percent on Friday.
    CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE: CVM) gained 17.09 percent to close at $2.74.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) shares jumped 16.39 percent to close at $146.75 on Monday after Elliott Management confirmed a $160 per share cash offer for athenahealth.
    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) rose 15.45 percent to close at $27.50 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.
    National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) surged 15.23 percent to close at $6.43 after the company posted upbeat quarterly profit.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) rose 14.53 percent to close at $7.33
    CohBar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CWBR) gained 14.36 percent to close at $6.29.
    Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTPH) gained 12.69 percent to close at $3.64.
    Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) gained 12.27 percent to close at $10.89 following Q1 results.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) shares climbed 9.8 percent to close at $19.05.
    Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) rose 4.93 percent to close at $256.89. Barclays upgraded Illumina from Equal-Weight to Overweight.
    Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) surged 3.92 percent to close at $15.63. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Cloudera with a Buy rating.

     

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: QuinStreet, Inc.(QNST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The mood was negative on Wall Street on Wednesday, and most major benchmarks finished in the red. Strength in the technology sector wasn’t enough to lift more cyclically focused benchmarks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the combination of an attack on Saudi Arabia that sent oil prices higher and some disquieting readings on the inflation front kept investors from feeling more confident about stocks going into earnings season. In addition, some individual companies had bad news that sent their shares lower. Analogic (NASDAQ:ALOG), QuinStreet (NASDAQ:QNST), and MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    QuinStreet (NASDAQ:QNST) Director James R. Simons sold 229,718 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.39, for a total transaction of $2,846,206.02. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    CVS Health isn’t starting from scratch in developing its virtual care services, though. Merlo stated that the company is partnering with telehealth leaderTeladoc (NYSE:TDOC). He said CVS will use Teladoc as the engine to provides telehealth services through CVS Health’s app. The services will be provided by the company’s MinuteClinic as well as other providers. Merlo added that Teladoc is basically “private labeling our telehealth program.”

  • [By Simon Erickson]

    Teladoc’s (NYSE:TDOC) first-quarter results kicked off a good start to 2018. Their now fully integrated acquisition of Best Doctors helped revenue more than double for the second straight quarter and U.S. membership reach more than 20 million people.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap telehealth stock Teladoc Inc (NYSE: TDOC) is theninth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 43.00% according toHighshortinterest.com. Teladoc calls itself the worlds largest and most trusted provider of virtual healthcare delivery services. The Company provides virtual access to high quality care and expertise with a portfolio of services and solutions inclusive of coverage of 450 medical subspecialties that spans the spectrum from non-urgent, episodic needs like flu and upper respiratory infections, to chronic, complicated medical conditions like cancer and congestive heart failure.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Nicholas Rossolillo, and Maxx Chatsko]

    We posed that question to a team of Motley Fool investors to identify three stocks our kids will brag about having owned for years, and they picked U.S. Concrete (NASDAQ:USCR), Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC), and Rollins (NYSE:ROL). Read on to find out why these companies deserve that distinction.

Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lifeway Foods, Inc.(LWAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY) was downgraded by equities research analysts at TheStreet from a “c-” rating to a “d” rating in a report released on Friday.

3 Stocks Your Children Will Brag About Someday

Holding on to great companies over long periods is the best way to grow wealthy. Being able to pass on those outstanding opportunities to your children is even better. So which stocks do we think are great buy-and-hold candidates today?

We posed that question to a team of Motley Fool investors to identify three stocks our kids will brag about having owned for years, and they picked U.S. Concrete (NASDAQ:USCR), Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC), and Rollins (NYSE:ROL). Read on to find out why these companies deserve that distinction.

Man pouring concrete into form

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Consolidating the urban ready-mix concrete industry

Maxx Chatsko (U.S. Concrete): U.S. Concrete is a leading American cement producer with operations based in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Texas, and the Atlantic region spanning New York City to Washington, D.C. The business grew revenue 123% from 2013 to 2017 through a combination of higher selling prices, bigger jobs, and acquisitions. But mostly acquisitions — and that’s an important detail for investors. Why?

The cement and ready-mix concrete market in most American cities is comprised of many small players. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but U.S. Concrete sees a huge opportunity to swoop in and consolidate an otherwise fragmented industry. That’s because a larger fleet of trucks and cement facilities can bid on (and win) larger projects at a higher rate, while owning more market share provides more purchasing power when it comes to raw materials and setting regional selling prices.It might be on to something.

Consider that in 2011 the company owned 113 ready-mix concrete facilities. Today, it owns 196. Or that last year the average American ready-mix concrete player enjoyed a material margin of 45.3%. U.S. Concrete achieved 49.5% — the fourth consecutive year the business beat the national average by at least 390 basis points. Similarly, in 2017 the urban infrastructure leader achieved average selling prices of nearly $135 per cubic yard, compared to an industry average of just under $111 per cubic yard. It was the largest gap in pricing in the company’s history.

Cement and concrete might not be on the top of your list for lucrative long-term growth investments, but there are 6,500 ready-mix concrete plants generating $30 billion in sales per year in the United States. In other words, there’s plenty of room for U.S. Concrete to continue its aggressive expansion and provide investors with a great lesson in the power of compound interest over the long haul.

A female doctor holding a tablet and having a virtual consultation with a female patient

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Healthcare is ripe for disruption

Nicholas Rossolillo(Teladoc):Healthcare in the U.S. is expensive and that’s showing no signs of easing. Consumer trends are also shifting, with digital interaction becoming the norm rather than the exception. At that intersection lies Teladoc, the leader in virtual physician visits.

Teladoc makes money in two ways. The first is through subscription fees from employers and insurance companies that want their employees and insured to have access to medical help via the internet. The second are visit fees paid either out of pocket by patients or covered by insurance plans. The idea is that overall medical costs can be cut by making nonemergency appointments virtual.

The company may be on to something. It increased revenue by 89% in 2017, a 109% year-over-year growth. Membership increased to 20.8 million and visits in the first quarter were 606,000, a 41% and 57% jump, respectively.

Full-year revenue is expected to rise at least 50% in 2018, helped in part by last year’s acquisition of former rival Best Doctors. Teladoc is expanding organically as well. Over 450 different medical subspecialties are offered, and the list of services is getting bigger. Behavioral Health Navigator, an online support system for those suffering with mental health conditions, was recently announced. The company said that 42 million Americans suffer from anxiety and 16 million from serious depression, half of whom have not received treatment in the last year. Teladoc wants to change that.

There is, of course, high risk that this investment doesn’t work out. Because it is an expensive industry, Teladoc’s costs are high and the company currently operates in the red. If you choose to invest, keep your bet small. If it’s successful in changing the way people visit the doctor, though, Teladoc’s potential is huge.

Cockroach in a sink

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A stock to scare and delight the kids

Rich Duprey (Rollins): Creepy-crawlies will always be with us, and some may even survive a nuclear holocaust, suggesting that pest control leader Rollins will always have business, at least up to the bitter end.

Underscoring the pervasive nature of insects, Rollins recently reported record first-quarter revenueand profits that surged 22% from the year-ago period. Getting down to a bug’s eye level is paying off for the owner of pest control brands like Orkin and Western Pest Services, creating the world’s largest pest control company.

Two things stand out in particular about Rollins that make it a great candidate for a stock that could be passed down from one generation to the next. First, although it’s a relatively seasonal business based around the metamorphosis of insects and the like, 80% of its annual $1.67 billion in revenue is recurring due to the nature of the contracts it signs with customers. While not assured, such contracts give investors peace of mind that the business has a solid financial footing.

Second, termites comprise 18% of revenue, which has been steadily increasing and rose 10% in 2017. That aspect of the business allows it to sell ancillary services, such as drywood fumigations, moisture control, and insulation.

While some 60% of its business is residential, the other 40% that comes from commercial interests gives it an opportunity to capitalize on pest outbreaks, such as bedbug infestations in recent periods.

Although Rollins stock trades at a premium, as the industry leader and with only a handful of national competitors like Terminix to compete against, it can justify its high price and still argue that it will be higher still in the years and decades to come.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now

EMM & QNX will be the growth drivers going forward. But the risks in BlackBerry stock continue to remain elevated.

BlackBerry(NSDQ:BBRY)stock is a very volatile stock. When the company announced its latest set of earnings on the 20th of December, the share price rose to around $8 a share, but since then has plummeted back down to the $7 level. Blackberry is unique in that it is a low priced stock but is just as liquid as many of its peers. This combined with the volatility of the tech sector attracts all types of investors and traders as volatility is a guarantee (which we have obviously seen over the past week or so).

BlackBerry’s latest fiscal third quarter was definitely a mixed bag. On one hand, you had aggressive margin expansion and a surprising profitable quarter on a non-GAAP basis, but on the other hand, top line came in $20 million short of what was expected. A return to revenue growth is expected next year with enterprise software & QNX probably leading the way. Blackberryand its investors know that if this company can comprehensively combine these areas as well as its security wing to work cohesively in the emerging Internet Of Things market (IoT), then this company will have a strategic competitive advantage. Blackberry’s pivot from hardware to software may have been well timed but I would still recommend caution. Here are three reasons to back up my case.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: NeuroMetrix Inc.(NURO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    NeuroMetrix (NURO) makes and markets wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices. Cash per share is $1.37, with the stock selling more than 20% below that.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington, Rich Smith, and Keith Speights]

    But from an investor’s perspective, that raises the question: Are there other stocks that could offer similar returns?So we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they believe hasNVIDIA-like return potential. Read on to see why they chose CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP), Kratos Defense & Security (NASDAQ:KTOS), and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap telehealth stock Teladoc Inc (NYSE: TDOC) is theninth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 43.00% according toHighshortinterest.com. Teladoc calls itself the worlds largest and most trusted provider of virtual healthcare delivery services. The Company provides virtual access to high quality care and expertise with a portfolio of services and solutions inclusive of coverage of 450 medical subspecialties that spans the spectrum from non-urgent, episodic needs like flu and upper respiratory infections, to chronic, complicated medical conditions like cancer and congestive heart failure.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Teladoc Inc (NASDAQ: TDOC) was down, falling around 6 percent to $33.70. First Baird downgraded Teladoc from Outperform to Neutral.

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intelsat S.A.(I)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    (Nasdaq: CNET)

    $2.95 34.76%
    Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) $0.28 33.81%
    Intelsat Corp. (NYSE: I) $9.11 31.50%
    Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP (NYE: NAP) $4.42 29.18%
    Limelight Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW) $4.89 28.61%
    Enphase Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: ENPH) $5.05 24.62%

    As you can see in the table above, penny stocks have the potential to provide tremendous returns for enterprising investors. However, it’s important to note that investing in penny stocks is also incredibly risky.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Globalstar, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSAT) followed by ORBCOMM Inc (NASDAQ: ORBC) being big winners while Iridium Communications has given a positive performance and Intelsat SA (NYSE: I) has been a big looser:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

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    (as of Feb. 20) Feb. 12-20 Gain
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    POET Technologies Inc. (OTCMKTS: POETF) $0.4165 85.1%
    Finjan Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: FNJN) $2.94 67.05%
    Intelsat SA (NYSE: I) $3.50 38.89%
    Genesis Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: GEN) $1.39 37.62%
    Paringa Resources Ltd. (OTCMKTS: PNGZF) $0.41 32.30%
    CytoDyn Inc. (OTCMKTS: CYDY) $0.76 31.03%
    Iconix Brand Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ICON) $1.65 30.95%
    AMERI Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRH) $2.49 29.69%
    Pangea Logistics Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq: PANL) $2.87 26.99%
    MoSys Inc. (Nasdaq: MOSY) $1.47 25.68%

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kinross Gold Corporation(KGC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Levine]

    Instead of the P/E, therefore, we’ll consider the companies on the basis of price-to-cash from operations on a trailing-12-month (TTM) basis. Cash flow, after all, is one thing management can’t be massaged.

    CompanyPrice-to-CFO Per Share (TTM)

    Eldorado Gold 17.9
    Goldcorp(NYSE:GG) 15.3
    Agnico Eagle Mines 11.2
    Barrick Gold 7.9
    Newmont Mining 6.2
    IAMGOLD (NYSE:IAG) 4.6
    Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) 3.6
    Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) 3.6

    Data Source: YCharts.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AUY).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Citi also placed Neutral ratings on Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE: GG), Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: SSRI).