Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities, and today’s blog post is a great place to start.

After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 113 big blue chips.

Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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    ANALYST RATINGS
    Canaccord upgraded Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) from Hold to Buy
    Jefferies upgraded Tailored Brands (NYSE: TLRD) from Hold to Buy
    Compass Point downgraded Hilltop Holdings (NYSE: HTH) from Buy to Neutral
    Deutsche downgraded Hostess Brands (NASDAQ: TWNK) from Buy to Hold

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Diebold, Incorporated(DBD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Diebold Nixdorf Inc. (NYSE: DBD) fell by about 5.1% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.43 after closing at $12.05 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $28.80. Volume of about 4.4 million was about three times the daily average of about 1.4 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

    VeriFone (PAY) and Diebold Nixdorf (DBD) Financial Survey (americanbankingnews.com) NCR (NCR) versus Diebold Nixdorf (DBD) Critical Survey (americanbankingnews.com) Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (DBD) stock represents -49.50% move from 52-week high (analystrecommendation.com) Self-checkout System Market 2018 Key Players Diebold Nixdorf, ECR Software (ECRS) Corp., Pan-Oston Co, NCR … (theanalystfinancial.com) Diebold Nixdorf (DBD) Downgraded to “Neutral” at JPMorgan Chase (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of Diebold Nixdorf stock opened at $14.80 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.39, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.53. Diebold Nixdorf has a 52 week low of $12.90 and a 52 week high of $29.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,123.92, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.24 and a beta of 2.05.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: New York REIT, Inc.(NYRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    New York REIT (NYSE:NYRT) reached a new 52-week high and low on Monday . The stock traded as low as $17.51 and last traded at $17.60, with a volume of 7341 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $17.85.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

The going rate for a lunch date with Warren Buffett: $2,679,001.

At least, that’s how much the top bidder — who wished to remain anonymous — in this year’s “Power Lunch with Warren Buffett” charity auction was willing to pay. The bidding closed Friday evening.

This is the 18th year Buffett has offered himself up for the bidding war, and he does it to raise money for Glide — a San Francisco-based charity that provides medical care, housing assistance, meals, youth summer programs and other services to the Bay Area’s neediest residents.

The billionaire Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) CEO has long been a supporter of the organization.

“Everyone that has experienced Glide comes away a believer,” Buffett said in a statement. “They have to see it to believe it, but when they see it, they do believe it.”

$2.7 million isn’t the most money this auction has ever raised for Glide. Last year’s top bid climbed to $3,456,789, which tied a record set in 2012. Both of those bidders also wished to remain anonymous.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Oritani Financial Corp.(ORIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Intrexon Corporation(XON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap synthetic biology Intrexon Corp (NYSE: XON) has elevated short interest of 33.93% according to Highshortinterest.com. Intrexon Corp says itspowering the Bioindustrial Revolution with Better DNA⒙to create biologically-based products that improve the quality of life and the health of the planet. The Companysintegrated technology suite provides its partners across diverse markets with industrial-scale design and development of complex biological systems delivering unprecedented control, quality, function and performance of living cells.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Intrexon (XON) has made a small yet strategic acquisition in buying GenVec (GNVC); with the purchase, XON gets AdenoVerse, a platform of adenovirus vectors for delivering drugs and vaccines that dovetails nicely with its existing suite of gene therapy technologies, suggests John McCamant, editor of The Medical Technology Stock Letter.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There was an IPO of sorts last week when Gores Holdings II raised $375 million with an offer of 37.5 million units at $10 per unit. The shares are listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GSHTU. Gores Holdings I acquired Hostess Brands last year and completed an IPO in December for Hostess Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK).

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

U.K. stocks fell for a second straight session Monday, driven lower by resource stocks and banks, on the back of falling commodity prices and fears the so-called Trump trade is fading.

The FTSE 100 index
UKX, -0.85%
dropped 0.7% to 7,283.15, setting it on track for its lowest close since March 1, according to FactSet data.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Exterran Corporation(EXTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.(PDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: PDM) dropped about 3.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $17.35. Shares closed at $17.98 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $22.74. Volume was about 60% above the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.(CFR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider selling last week: Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (NYSE: CFR), Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) and Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL).

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Wintergreen Fund’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Wintergreen+Fund

    These are the top 5 holdings of Wintergreen FundReynolds American Inc (RAI) – 1,643,159 shares, 24.5% of the total portfolio. Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co (CTO) – 1,232,334 shares, 15.61% of the total portfolio. British American Tobacco PLC (BATS) – 782,405 shares, 12.29% of the total portfolio. Cie Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) – 286,053 shares, 5.35% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 15.57%Altria Group Inc (MO) – 305,421

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Amidst all the attention on Tesla’s (TSLA) struggles and insanely volatile stock this year, the share price under-performance of profitable automaker General Motors (GM) has gone overlooked.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The market is rightly worried about General Motors Company (GM) hitting the peak of the latest car-buying cycle, but its overdoing its concerns. It feels like GM stock has been discounted for a worst-case scenario, if not more.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    GM, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company’s bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

     

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Should General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) split its stock? According to David Einhorn-founded hedge fund Greenlight Capital in a recent presentation, there’s a case for two classes of GM shares to unlock value.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There was an IPO of sorts last week when Gores Holdings II raised $375 million with an offer of 37.5 million units at $10 per unit. The shares are listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GSHTU. Gores Holdings I acquired Hostess Brands last year and completed an IPO in December for Hostess Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK).

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now

One of the richest men in China has made a big bet on an icon of Europe’s automotive industry.

Li Shufu, the billionaire chairman of Chinese car maker Geely (GELYF), invested about $9 billion buying a stake of almost 10% in Daimler (DDAIF), making him the biggest single shareholder in the owner of Mercedes Benz.

Li, who’s estimated to be worth around $18 billion, has said he’s not interested in a takeover of Daimler. It’s unclear exactly what he’s after with such a big investment, but he dropped a big hint that the German company’s engineering is central to his vision.

“In order to succeed and seize the technology highland, one has to have friends, partners, and alliances and adapt a new way of thinking in terms of sharing and united strength,” Li said in a statement over the weekend.

Some analysts suggest Li wants to get his hands on Daimler’s clean energy technology. That could help boost Geely’s competitive position in China’s market for electric vehicles, which is already the world’s biggest.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Access National Corporation(ANCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, ourunder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap Northern Virginia based bank holding stock Access National Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCX):

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is rated as a Hold with a new price target of $24. The EPS estimate has been cut from $0.60 to $0.47 for 2017, and the 2018 estimate has been increased from $0.70 to $1.19. Shares closed at $22.36 on Friday in a 52-week range of $19.77 to $25.74. The consensus 12-month price target is $28.72.

  • [By David Sterman]

    Take Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG(link is external)) as an example. As I noted earlier this month(link is external), Cabot’s current drilling plans are expected to lead to a big spike in output over the next few years. The company’s executives decided to plow ahead with development plans, even as rivals were retrenching. The fact that natural gas prices have risen more than 10% in the past three weeks simply underscores the wisdom of that strategy, and could lead to rising sales and profit estimates. 

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There was an IPO of sorts last week when Gores Holdings II raised $375 million with an offer of 37.5 million units at $10 per unit. The shares are listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GSHTU. Gores Holdings I acquired Hostess Brands last year and completed an IPO in December for Hostess Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK).