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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019

Energy can be a tough area to invest in, with volatile commodity prices from one month to the next and energy usage changing around the world. Even formerly safe utilities aren’t anymore after California utility PG&E went bankrupt. 

To navigate the industry, three Motley Fool contributors got their heads together to lay out why NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR), and Ensco (NYSE:ESV) are the three top energy stocks to buy. They’re very different companies on the surface, but the theme among all three is value in their respective industries. 

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A consistent outperformer

Matt DiLallo (NextEra Energy): Leading utility NextEra Energy recently put the finishing touches on another strong year. Thanks to its continued investments in clean energy, the company was able to grow its adjusted earnings by 15% while boosting its dividend by 13%. Those two factors helped it deliver a total return of more than 14% last year, beating both the market and its peer group by a wide margin. That continued the company’s stretch of outperforming the market, which it has done for the past decade.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Apartment Investment and Management Company(AIV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Green Street Investors LLC raised its holdings in Apartment Investment and Management Co (NYSE:AIV) by 14.5% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 221,250 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 28,000 shares during the quarter. Apartment Investment and Management comprises approximately 5.5% of Green Street Investors LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 7th largest position. Green Street Investors LLC owned about 0.14% of Apartment Investment and Management worth $9,708,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by equities researchers at BMO Capital Markets in a research report issued on Thursday. They currently have a $44.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target suggests a potential upside of 3.92% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Apartment Investment and Management Co (NYSE:AIV) by 91.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 184,796 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 88,340 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can owned about 0.12% of Apartment Investment and Management worth $7,818,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News headlines about Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Apartment Investment and Management earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.6669103193152 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: International Game Technology(IGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    An issue of International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) debt fell 0.8% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Tuesday after the company announced weaker than expected quarterly earnings. The high-yield debt issue has a 6.5% coupon and is set to mature on February 15, 2025. The debt is now trading at $104.00 and was trading at $104.94 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets often anticipate parallel changes in its share price. The company reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.12). International Game Technology had a negative net margin of 21.64% and a positive return on equity of 10.28%. The firm had revenue of $1.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.16 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.29 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors acquired 2,940 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 954% compared to the average volume of 279 put options.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company was hit since doing a secondary in which a large shareholder did a forward sale, and it is offering a great entry point. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) shares hit a new 52-week low on Friday . The stock traded as low as $17.17 and last traded at $17.23, with a volume of 326419 shares. The stock had previously closed at $18.47.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    The other area to look at is service providers who build the betting infrastructure for casinos. IGT (NYSE:IGT) is powering MGM’s sports betting already, and Scientific Games (NASDAQ:SGMS) announced an agreement with Caesars to use its sports betting platform in New Jersey and Mississippi. They’re in the early phases of building out sport betting businesses, and will likely be providers for most early casino sportsbooks. These companies have a lot of potential upside if sports betting takes off as casinos hope. 

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-worst Dow stock so far this year is 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), which is down 15.5%. That is followed by Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), down 15.3%, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), down 14.2%, and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), down 11.1%. Dow losers outnumber winners for the year to date by a score of 18 to 12.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    But eBay investors will want to pay attention to a few other details in the company’s earnings release in order to make sure eBay is withstanding the competition from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT). Here’s what to watch.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Target’s digital sales are now growing just as fast as Walmart’s (NYSE:WMT), which has invested heavily in acquisitions and building out its online grocery platform. Not to mention it grew much faster than Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), which remains far and away the market leader in digital shopping in the United States.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    IBM is partnering with the likes of Dole Food Co. Inc., Nestle SA, and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to improve the quality of the food supply by tracing it using blockchain tech. It’s working with A.P. Moller-Maersk Group to build out a blockchain solution for the shipping industry. And it’s teaming up with international insurance broker Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. on a blockchain project to certify whether contractors have the needed liability insurance coverage.

  • [By ] While Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has been in the news for all of the investment it has made in growing its digital business, the chain’s warehouse club, Sam’s Club, has only received media attention when the company decided to close 63 of the membership-based chain’s locations.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-worst Dow Jones industrials stock so far this year is DowDuPont Inc. (NYSE: DWDP), which is down 11.4%. That is followed by Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), down 11.3%, then 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), down 10.6%, and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), down 5.5%. Of the 30 Dow stocks, 11 have traded lower for 2018.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: MoSys, Inc.(MOSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $1.9265 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    WideOpenWest, Inc. (NYSE: WOW) jumped 30.4 percent to $8.80 after the company reported Q1 results.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares surged 28.6 percent to $1.9541 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) shares gained 19.1 percent to $24.60. Akcea Therapeutics, an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, which met to discuss the safety and efficacy of subcutaneously injected volanesoren solution for patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome, voted 12-8 to support its approval.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) gained 16.8 percent to $43.1457 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 16.2 percent to $8.60. Amtech posted Q2 earnings of $0.19 per share on sales of $32.783 million.
    Identiv, Inc (NASDAQ: INVE) surged 14.4 percent to $3.8450 following Q1 results.
    Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) shares rose 14.3 percent to $18.43 following Q1 results.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 10.4 percent to $5.739.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) gained 9.6 percent to $12.69
  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MoSys Inc. (NASDAQ:MOSY)’s share price gapped down prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $0.49, but opened at $0.58. MoSys shares last traded at $0.26, with a volume of 36053 shares changing hands.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Atento S.A.(ATTO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Atento (NYSE: ATTO) and AT&T (NYSE:T) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Atento SA (NYSE:ATTO) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the six ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has issued a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $11.50.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media coverage about Atento (NYSE:ATTO) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Atento earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 44.9215509406782 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID trimmed its stake in shares of AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 1.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 533,274 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 5,917 shares during the quarter. AMETEK accounts for 4.2% of Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s portfolio, making the stock its 3rd largest holding. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings in AMETEK were worth $40,513,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor purchased 3,125 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $237,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    UBS Group AG boosted its holdings in AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) by 97.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 260,024 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 128,083 shares during the period. UBS Group AG owned about 0.11% of AMETEK worth $19,754,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Top Image Systems Ltd.(TISA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Before we get to our latest pick, here are last week’s top-performing penny stocks:

    Penny Stock Sector Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Melinta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) Healthcare $1.74 104.01%
    Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PTX) Healthcare $0.83 84.40%
    Top Image Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: TISA) Healthcare $0.82 59.85%
    Jason Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: JASN) Healthcare $2.21 58.99%
    Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL) Financial $4.66 51.79%
    Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) Healthcare $0.52 51.47%
    Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP) Basic Materials $1.53 43.57%
    Dixie Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DXYN) Healthcare $1.40 42.86%
    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) Services $1.41 39.60%
    Alliance MMA Inc. (NASDAQ: AMMA) Healthcare $4.95 36.18%

    Don’t Miss Out: The Treasury is sitting on an $11.1 billion cash pile, and a loophole entitles Americans to a sizable portion. Some are collecting $1,795, $3,000, or $5,000 every month thanks to this powerful investment…

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: MainStay DefinedTerm Municipal Opportunities Fund(MMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Stifel Financial Corp raised its holdings in shares of Mainstay Definedterm Municipal Opptys Fd (NYSE:MMD) by 134.2% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 36,234 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock after acquiring an additional 20,765 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in Mainstay Definedterm Municipal Opptys Fd were worth $682,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News coverage about Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Tenneco earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the auto parts company an impact score of 45.6033995882995 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Tenneco Inc (NYSE:TEN) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $63.75.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tokenomy (CURRENCY:TEN) traded up 1.7% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM ET on August 10th. Tokenomy has a market capitalization of $36.73 million and approximately $881,640.00 worth of Tokenomy was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Tokenomy token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.18 or 0.00002849 BTC on major exchanges including Indodax, CoinBene, Tokenomy and LATOKEN. Over the last week, Tokenomy has traded 7.1% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) and China Automotive Systems (NASDAQ:CAAS) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Carlisle Companies Incorporated(CSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Carlisle Companies, Inc. (NYSE:CSL) was the target of a large decrease in short interest during the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,387,833 shares, a decrease of 42.1% from the July 31st total of 2,398,744 shares. Approximately 2.4% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 396,065 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.5 days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Carlisle Companies earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the conglomerate an impact score of 45.7996936905604 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now

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That&a;rsquo;s when the Senate passed the legislation the House of Representatives did in mid-December. The RAISE Act &a;mdash; which aims to help relatives and partners who provide medical, household and financial assistance to loved ones &a;mdash;is now on its way to the White House for President Trump&a;rsquo;s signature.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Echostar Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SATS) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $51.33 and last traded at $52.44, with a volume of 104714 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.79.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Echostar Co. (NASDAQ:SATS) by 9.2% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 59,929 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,059 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Echostar were worth $3,590,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [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
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Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    However, that expansion pace likely slowed at the start of 2018, as it has for other major retailers that have reported earnings recently, including Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Home Depot. Furthermore, executives have warned that this fiscal year will show another decline in profitability as Target shifts toward a more digitally focused business.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    In fact, JD now has three international giants supporting its efforts, with Google adding its name to a list that includes Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT). Having these three in your corner is a pretty big vote of confidence, and could transform both the Chinese and global races for e-commerce supremacy.

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    The stock market isn’t always fair, Cramer told viewers, but it’s not unfair in the ways you might expect. This week, the market digested big news from two great companies. Walt Disney Co. (DIS) told investors it’s spending big on its upcoming streaming services, while Walmart (WMT) spent $16 billion to acquire Flipkart in India. Both stocks were punished on the news.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Investors are gaining confidence in Target’s (NYSE:TGT) rebound strategy. The retailer’s shares are trouncing the market so far in 2018 while outpacing rivals like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) by a wide margin.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) traded up 1.66% at $85.92 in a 52-week range of $73.13 to $109.98. Volume was less than 10% below the daily average of 12 million. The company reports earnings before the opening bell Thursday.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: Crestwood Equity Partners LP(CEQP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP), Oasis Midstream Partners (NYSE:OMP), and Hess Midstream Partners (NYSE:HESM) are far from household names. Because of that, most investors probably missed the fact that these high-yielding master limited partnerships (MLPs) have been red-hot this year. However, while all have delivered strong returns in 2018, each one still has plenty of fuel left in the tank to continue providing outsized gains in the coming years, which is why investors won’t want to keep overlooking the potential of these pipeline companies.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The best high-yield stocks share three common characteristics: They generate steady cash flow, have a conservative payout ratio, and possess a solid balance sheet. Three companies that comfortably fit that profile are Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), MPLX (NYSE:MPLX), and Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP). Not only that, but this trio of midstream master limited partnerships (MLPs) takes things a step further by having visible growth coming down the pipeline, which makes them excellent income stocks to buy right now.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That’s why I own several high-yield stocks. However, of that group, three currently stand out as having the greatest probability of delivering market-beating returns from here: Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), Brookfield Property Partners (NASDAQ:BPY), and Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP), Because they’re my highest conviction ideas, I’d buy any one of them right now.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: Castle Brands, Inc.(ROX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Castle Brands (NYSEAMERICAN:ROX) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 6,422,984 shares, a decrease of 5.8% from the April 30th total of 6,815,151 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 169,266 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 37.9 days. Currently, 7.2% of the company’s stock are sold short.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Endeavour Silver (NYSE:EXK) and McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Headlines about McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) (TSE:MUX) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news 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. McEwen Mining earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.0570193522744 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX) is an American mining firm with operations across North and South America.

    Currently, McEwen operates three mines – one in Argentina, one in Mexico, and a final operation in Canada.

Best Medical Stocks To Own Right Now: Virco Manufacturing Corporation(VIRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Virco Mfg. (NASDAQ:VIRC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Virco Mfg. Corporation designs, produces, and distributes quality furniture for the contract and education markets worldwide. Examples of facilities served by Virco include public and private schools, colleges and universities, convention centers, federal and state institutions, churches and other businesses. They also sell to wholesalers, distributors, retailers and catalog retailers. In order to divide the workload into manageable amounts, Virco has divided the sales force into two groups: Education and Commercial. “

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Virco Mfg. (VIRC)

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019

Sometimes I discuss stocks which sit out of my comfort zone, simply because they have a few characteristics which could be of interest to any kind of investor but don’t necessarily fit my portfolio. For example a blue chip stock which has features of positive capital gains combined with interesting dividend. In this case I am talking about Accenture (NYSE:ACN). A little bit more than a year ago, I covered this enormous IT consultant on Seeking Alpha.

I concluded that the firm is sometimes made fun of in the internet for its reputation to no surprise, but has excellent financial figures and a solid backlog. I thought based on current figures it would see another positive year in 2016 and the firm did not disappoint:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Genuine Parts Company(GPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) — This auto parts supplier (owner of the NAPA brand) has a history of raising distributions in the first quarter, having done so in each of the past five years. The latest was a 7% increase that lifted the annual dividend to $2.88 per share.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Stock traders bought 1,697 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 704% compared to the average daily volume of 211 call options.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Candlewood Investment Group, LPPacific Ethanol Inc (PEIX) – 1,680,130 shares, 100% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 42.52%Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc (ADX) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%Ambac Financial Group Inc (AMBC) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%JPMorgan Chase Capital XVI JP Morgan Alerian MLP E (AMJ) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 10000%VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond (ANGL) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfol

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest fall by 12.2% in the two-week period to 2.16 million shares. Days to cover fell from six to four. The stock price fell 10.5% in the two weeks. Shares closed at $2.70 on Tuesday, up nearly 2% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.40 to $7.50.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In the two-week period, Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest rise 5.4%, to 2.46 million shares, about 5.8% of the company’s float. The number of days to cover remained unchanged at six. The stock price fell 4.2% in the two weeks that ended May 31. The price of shares was $2.92 at Monday’s market close, down about 3% on the day, within a 52-week range of $2.75 to $7.50.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX) and Methanex (NASDAQ:MEOH) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cabot Corporation(CBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Sei Investments Co. increased its position in shares of Cabot Corp (NYSE:CBT) by 137.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 69,527 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after acquiring an additional 40,219 shares during the quarter. Sei Investments Co. owned approximately 0.11% of Cabot worth $3,874,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Cabot (CBT)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Scopus Asset Management L.P. lifted its position in shares of Cabot Corp (NYSE:CBT) by 74.0% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 435,000 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after buying an additional 185,000 shares during the quarter. Scopus Asset Management L.P.’s holdings in Cabot were worth $24,238,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CommerceBlock (CURRENCY:CBT) traded up 0.7% against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 20:00 PM Eastern on July 3rd. CommerceBlock has a market capitalization of $4.08 million and approximately $16,089.00 worth of CommerceBlock was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, CommerceBlock has traded 13.8% lower against the US dollar. One CommerceBlock token can now be bought for approximately $0.0235 or 0.00000363 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including OKEx and IDEX.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Miller Industries, Inc.(MLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Miller Industries (NYSE:MLR) released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday. The auto parts company reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Miller Industries had a net margin of 4.13% and a return on equity of 12.93%. The company had revenue of $176.89 million for the quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media coverage about Miller Industries (NYSE:MLR) has been trending somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Miller Industries earned a daily sentiment score of -0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the auto parts company an impact score of 46.4626409572006 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc.(CJJD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about China Jo-Jo Drugstores (NASDAQ:CJJD) has trended positive on Saturday, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. China Jo-Jo Drugstores earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 48.5554072096128 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: WellCare Helath Plans Inc.(WCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG) was reiterated as Overweight and the price target was raised to $275 from $235 at Cantor Fitzgerald.

    Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Amazon, Albermarle, Chevron, CVS, PepsiCo, Roku, United Continental, VMware and Zafgen.

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    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is generating headlines today at its annual press conference in Cupertino, California. Analysts expect that the firm will unveil its latest iteration of iPhones and a new version of the Apple Watch. The event will be livestreamed at 1 p.m. EST. Shares of SnapChat (NYSE: SNAP) were off more than 5.4% this morning after an analyst at Jeffries downgraded the company’s stock price target from $14 to $11 per share. The analyst said that he was discouraged by the company’s user growth trends. Investment research firm BTIG also downgraded the stock to a “Sell” rating. Shares of WellCare Plans (NYSE: WCG) will be active today as it joins the S&P 500 for the first time. The managed-care provider will replace XL Group Ltd. (NYSE: XL), which was recently purchased by French insurance agency AXA SA. Look for earnings reports from Tailored Brands (Nasdaq: TLRD), Oxford Industries (NYSE: OXM), and Aceto Corporation (Nasdaq: ACET).

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Fort L.P. cut its holdings in WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) by 24.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 82,213 shares of the company’s stock after selling 26,275 shares during the period. WellCare Health Plans accounts for 4.8% of Fort L.P.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 6th biggest position. Fort L.P. owned approximately 0.18% of WellCare Health Plans worth $20,244,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on WellCare Health Plans (WCG)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS acquired a new position in WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor acquired 12,080 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,975,000.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.(FBHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tdam USA Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS) by 1,131.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 87,222 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 80,139 shares during the period. Tdam USA Inc.’s holdings in Fortune Brands Home & Security were worth $5,137,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS) and Gafisa (NYSE:GFA) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(WMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) dropped 4.21% last week and shares are down 13.5% for the year to date. The company has been waging a near-life and death battle with Amazon that is both costly and only a moderate success. Walmart’s dividend yield at Friday’s close was 2.39%, and shares still trade up by over 22% over the past 12 months.

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    The review is being led by Scott Price, a former Walmart Inc. (WMT) executive, who was tapped to serve as UPS’ Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer and will report directly to Abney.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sterling Capital Management LLC lessened its stake in shares of Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) by 77.5% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 35,842 shares of the retailer’s stock after selling 123,293 shares during the quarter. Sterling Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Walmart were worth $3,070,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Investors were expecting good news from Target (NYSE:TGT) in its second-quarter earnings report. Peers like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) had recently announced accelerating sales growth thanks to strengthening economic trends and favorable weather patterns, after all. And Target’s management team said in late May that its recent customer traffic trend — the best rate the retailer had managed in a decade — had strengthened further into the first few weeks of the new quarter.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, CFP]

    There are two main reasons for this. For one, the company invests in properties occupied by tenants that have little to worry about from recessions, or from the e-commerce headwinds that are wreaking havoc in many areas of retail. Just to name a couple of examples from Realty Income’s top tenants, Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) sells things people need in good times and bad. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) offers bargains that online retailers have a tough time matching, and its low prices actually tend to help during recessions.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The e-commerce platform acts a middleman, taking a small percentage of the value of each sale that occurs on its marketplace. That operating model differs from that of integrated giants like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), which own massive warehouses and shell out big money to build extensive fulfillment infrastructures. 

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Banco Santander, S.A.(SAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) fell 13.2 percent to $10.95 in pre-market trading after dropping 1.33 percent on Friday.
    Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) shares fell 8.7 percent to $5.33 in pre-market trading after declining 2.83 percent on Friday.
    Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) fell 8 percent to $32.75 in the pre-market trading session.
    AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) shares fell 7.4 percent to $51.17 in pre-market trading.
    Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO) fell 7.4 percent to $4.54 in pre-market trading.
    Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) fell 7 percent to $31.83 in pre-market trading.
    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) shares fell 6.5 percent to $30.29 in pre-market trading after dropping 10.60 percent on Friday.
    Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOAN) fell 6.2 percent to $6.85 in pre-market trading.
    RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDHL) fell 6 percent to $6.67 in pre-market trading.
    QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE: QEP) shares fell 5.8 percent to $11.45 in pre-market trading after dropping 6.75 percent on Friday.
    Noah Holdings Limited (NYSE: NOAH) fell 5.5 percent to $61.53 in pre-market trading.
    CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI) shares fell 5.2 percent to $11.70 in pre-market trading

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Shares of Spanish banking giant Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN) dipped 11% in the month of August, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Sanofi SA (EPA:SAN) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen brokerages that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have assigned a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is €77.65 ($90.29).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Banco Santander SA (NYSE: SAN) traded down about 1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $6.07 after closing Friday at $6.13. The stock’s 52-week high is $7.57. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 6.9 million shares. The Spanish bank had no specific news.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Omnicell Inc.(OMCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the nine analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $66.40.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) shares hit a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $65.85 and last traded at $65.90, with a volume of 3793 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $64.15.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) Director James T. Judson sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.90, for a total value of $344,500.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 34,952 shares in the company, valued at $2,408,192.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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3 Top Retail Stocks to Buy Right Now

Retail stocks are suddenly in vogue. At this time last year, investors were talking about the “retail apocalypse,” as 2017 saw a record number of store closures, but following a strong holiday season, retail stocks have been surging. Like cream, the good ones have been rising to the top.

Over the last six months, theSPDR S&P Retail ETF(NYSEMKT:XRT) is up 18%, compared with just a 6% gain for theS&P 500. With the economy running at full strength and a strong first-quarter earnings report fromMacy’sto kick off earnings season, investors are feeling a renewed sense of optimism about the sector. Keep reading to see why our Fool.com contributors recommend looking atUlta Beauty(NASDAQ:ULTA), Retail Opportunity Investments Corp(NASDAQ:ROIC), andWalmart (NYSE:WMT) to take advantage of the sector bullishness.

Dozens of people move up and down escalators inside a mall.

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A growing cosmetics retailer

Leo Sun (Ulta Beauty): Ulta Beauty, which sells cosmetic products and uses in-store salons to generate foot traffic at its stores, opened 100 new stores in 2017 and finished the year with 1,074 locations. It plans to open another 100 stores this year.

Ulta Beauty is confidently expanding because it consistently grows its comparable-store sales, revenue, and earnings at impressive rates. The retailer’s comps rose 11% last year as its revenue and adjusted diluted EPS grew 21% and 25%, respectively. Those are solid growth rates for a stock that trades at 24 times this year’s earnings.

However, two factors caused Ulta’s shares to slide 14% over the past 12 months. First, Ulta expects just 6% to 8% comps growth this year, with revenue growth in the “low teens.” This indicates that Ulta could rely more on new store openings than comps growth to fuel its revenue expansion.

Second, some investors fear that Sephora’s advance into J.C. Penneystores, Amazon’spartnerships with high-end beauty brands, and other headwinds could diminish Ulta’s leadership.

Those concerns are valid, but Ulta’s comps growth remains impressive for a 28-year-old retailer, and its unique combination of stores with salons should hold its rivals at bay. The company also has $397.4 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments to fall back on, as well as a clean balance sheet. With a strong track record and solid financials, I think Ulta still has room to run.

Thinking outside the (retail) box

Steve Symington (Retail Opportunity Investments):While many investors grapple with uncertainty surrounding the state of the retail industry, Retail Opportunity Investments has been busy carving out its own sustainable niche. This real estate investment trust (REIT) focuses on buying and revitalizing grocery-anchored retail properties in mid- to high-income areas in the Western United States. Their necessity-based nature means those properties have proven largely immune to broader retail-industry struggles, enabling the company to maintain healthy lease rates (above 97% for the past 15 quarters), and giving it pricing power for base rents (up 21.6% and 8.3% on new and renewed leases last quarter, respectively).

Perhaps best of all for prospective buyers of the stock, Retail Opportunity Investments has pulled back around 13% over the past year even as the company continues to steadily build its portfolio and demonstrate its relative strength. With shares now trading at a reasonable 14.5 times this year’s expected funds from operations, and with a dividend yielding around 4.6% annually as of this writing, I think Retail Opportunity Investments is easily one of the market’s most promising retail stocks today.

Bigger is better

Jeremy Bowman (Walmart):For years, Walmart reigned supreme over the American retail landscape as its superstores blanketed the heartland and its rock-bottom prices drew hordes of shoppers. However, with the rise of e-commerce, Walmart has been forced to adapt. The company has essentially stopped opening new stores, and instead invested in its current store base, raised wages, and improved training for new employees. Walmart has also focused on e-commerce, adding over 1,000 online grocery pickup locations, and acquiring Jet.com for $3.3 billion, along with smaller online native brands.

Those moves have paid off. Walmart has now reported 14 straight quarters of comparable-sales growth, and its two-year comps jumped 4.4% in the fourth quarter, its fastest clip in eight years. U.S. e-commerce sales surged 44% last year, and profits are also expected to return to growth this year as the investments in recent years begin to pay off on the bottom line.

While it sounds like Walmart is firing on all cylinders, investors seem to have a different opinion.The stock is down 22% from its January high, selling off following disappointing e-commerce growth in the company’s fourth-quarter report, and falling again after the marketpooh-poohedits $16 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Flipkart, the Indian e-commerce specialist.The investor response to both news items seems misguided. Walmart still expects U.S. e-commerce growth of 40% this year, indicating that the fourth-quarter increase of 23% was probably just a blip. Furthermore, the Flipkart deal should pay off in the long run, as the Indian e-commerce market is expected to explode over time, reaching $200 billion by 2026.

Walmart still has many of the advantages it always had, including economies of scale and stores within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population, giving it a boost in e-commerce. As it adapts to the changing retail landscape, the company should remain among the industry’s leaders.

10 Stocks To Watch For May 17, 2018

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

Wall Street expects Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion before the opening bell. Walmart shares gained 1 percent to $86.99 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $4.45 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.15 percent to $55.25 in after-hours trading.
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent. Jack in the Box shares dropped 3.03 percent to $88.60 in the after-hours trading session.
Before the opening bell, Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion. Dillard's shares rose 0.14 percent to $72.10 in after-hours trading.
Analysts are expecting Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ: PLCE) to have earned $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million in the latest quarter. Childrens Place will release earnings before the markets open. Childrens Place shares gained 0.29 percent to $138.40 in after-hours trading.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter. The company sees fourth quarter earnings in the range of 68 cents-70 cents with sales growth of 4-6 percent. Cisco shares declined 3.57 percent to $43.55 in the after-hours trading session.
After the markets close, Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion. Nordstrom shares rose 0.08 percent to $51.09 in after-hours trading.
Landcadia Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LCA) and Waitr announced plans to merge, under which Landcadia would buy Waitr for $308 million. Landcadia shares rose 0.99 percent to $10.20 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) to report quarterly loss at $0.2 per share on revenue of $2.63 billion before the opening bell. J. C. Penney shares fell 0.65 percent to $3.05 in after-hours trading.
Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but issued weak FY19 guidance. Acxiom shares dipped 10.01 percent to $24.80 in the after-hours trading session.