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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.(WST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Northern Trust Corp reduced its stake in shares of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST) by 0.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 596,640 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after selling 4,713 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp owned about 0.81% of West Pharmaceutical Services worth $59,240,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    West Pharmaceutical Services
    This below the radar company could offer a big upside for shareholders this year. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE: WST) is a leading manufacturer of components used for injectable drug delivery systems, including rubber stoppers and syringe plungers, and also offers contract manufacturing services to the healthcare and consumer products industry.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) and Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on West Pharmaceutical Services (WST)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bank of America Corp DE trimmed its stake in West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST) by 3.4% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 826,209 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after selling 28,935 shares during the quarter. Bank of America Corp DE owned approximately 1.12% of West Pharmaceutical Services worth $82,035,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News coverage about West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. West Pharmaceutical Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the medical instruments supplier an impact score of 47.0333876875904 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Knight Transportation, Inc.(KNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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    ECONOMIC DATA
    April Chicago Fed National Activity index 0.34 vs 0.48 expected
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic is set to speak at 12:15 p.m. ET.
    Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker will speak at 2:15 p.m. ET.
    Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkariis set to speak at 5:30 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    KeyBanc upgraded Alteryx (NYSE: AYX) from Sector Weight to Overweight
    Stifel upgraded Knight-Swift (NYSE: KNX) from Hold to Buy
    Evercore downgraded HCP (NYSE: HCP) from In-Line to Underperform
    Evercore downgraded Vereit (NYSE: VER) from Outperform to In-Line

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Knight-Swift (NYSE:KNX) gapped up prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $41.81, but opened at $41.77. Knight-Swift shares last traded at $41.07, with a volume of 125170 shares traded.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    US Bancorp DE lifted its stake in shares of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc (NYSE:KNX) by 7.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 71,734 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,794 shares during the quarter. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in Knight-Swift Transportation were worth $3,300,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SuperValu Inc.(SVU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of SuperValu (NYSE:SVU) from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a report released on Tuesday.

    Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Pivotal Research reissued a buy rating and issued a $24.00 price objective on shares of SuperValu in a report on Monday, April 23rd. ValuEngine downgraded SuperValu from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded SuperValu from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on SuperValu from $17.00 to $15.50 and set an equal weight rating for the company in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group began coverage on SuperValu in a report on Tuesday, April 17th. They issued an underperform rating and a $15.00 price objective for the company. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. SuperValu currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $20.39.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU) soared 57.5% in the month of July, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, after the supermarket chain agreed to be acquired by United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI).

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

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    Company Market Cap Stores Regions Chains
    Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) $780 billion 500 USA Whole Foods
    Walmart (NYSE:WMT) $250 billion 11,700 Worldwide Walmart
    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) $86 billion 750 USA Costco
    Kroger (NYSE:KR) $21 billion 2,800 USA Kroger, Roundy’s, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less
    Sprouts (NASDAQ: SFM) $3 billion 300 Western and Southern U.S. Sprouts Farmer’s Market
    Weis Market (NYSE: WMK) $1.3 billion 200 Mid-Atlantic U.S. Weis Market
    SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) $630 million 100 Midwestern U.S. Cub Foods, Shopper’s Food, Hornbacher
    Ingles Market (NASDAQ: IMKTA) $580 million 200 Southeastern U.S. Ingles Market, Sav-Mor
    Smart & Final (NYSE: SFS) $360 million 350 Western U.S. Smart & Final, Cash & Carry
    Natural Grocers (NYSE: NGVC) $230 million 150 Western U.S. Natural Grocers

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance, company websites.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Headlines about MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 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 closest to one being the most favorable. MGIC Investment earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.9053330399122 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Bowling Portfolio Management LLC lifted its position in shares of MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE:MTG) by 17.0% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 216,375 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after buying an additional 31,473 shares during the period. Bowling Portfolio Management LLC’s holdings in MGIC Investment were worth $2,320,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Radian Group (NYSE: RDN) and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 6.5% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Tuesday at $10.77. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company reported uninspiring first-quarter results this morning.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News articles about MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MGIC Investment earned a coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.4136127704926 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a positive day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks jumped following an uneventful weekend, tapering their gains as the session came to a close. Some had feared that China might retaliate once again after the U.S. issued a second round of tariffs against the nation with the world’s second-largest economy, but the expected fireworks didn’t come, putting market participants more at ease. The beginning of earnings season in the next week will also distract investors from geopolitical issues, perhaps allowing indexes to climb further. Yet some individual stocks had difficulties that sent their shares lower. Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), Menlo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MNLO), and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest at Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, increased to 64.07 million shares from the previous 63.71 million. The stock traded at $10.57 a share, in a 52-week range of $8.37 to $17.20. Unfortunately, Petrobras may be trading on an entirely different set of fundamentals and sentiment due to its ongoing woes in Brazil.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. Its American depositary shares closed down 0.5% at $14.30 on Friday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest at Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, decreased to 42.60 million shares from the previous 43.43 million. The stock traded at $10.52 a share, in a 52-week range of $9.02 to $17.20. Unfortunately, Petrobras may be trading on an entirely different set of fundamentals and sentiment due to its ongoing woes in Brazil.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE: PBR), also known as Petrobras, was downgraded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley Thursday after announcing that it will temporarily cut diesel prices in Brazil.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Petroleo Brasil ADR (NYSE: PBR), commonly known as Petrobras, plunged 13.5 percent Friday on news that CEO Pedro Parente resigned.

    “My presence as CEO has stopped being positive,” Parente wrote in his resignation letter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.(CCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Analysts upgraded Coca-Cola European Partners PLC  (CCE) to buy on its commitment to deleveraging and capital allocation.

    Goldman still rates Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST) as a buy given the global expansion of the energy drink category.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Neuberger Berman Group LLC raised its holdings in Coca-Cola European Partners PLC (NYSE:CCE) by 35.5% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 31,270 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,187 shares during the quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC’s holdings in Coca-Cola European Partners were worth $1,326,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec lifted its holdings in Coca-Cola European Partners PLC (NYSE:CCE) by 94.8% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 105,600 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 51,400 shares during the period. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec’s holdings in Coca-Cola European Partners were worth $4,292,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: First Bank(FRBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about First Bank (NASDAQ:FRBA) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Bank earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the bank an impact score of 43.7118873805192 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Bank (NASDAQ: FRBA) and Marlin Business Services (NASDAQ:MRLN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NextEra Energy Partners, LP(NEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Three companies well positioned to benefit from this renewable powered growth are NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP), Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI), and Enviva Partners LP (NYSE:EVA). That’s why they’re at the top of my renewable-stock watchlist. Here’s what I’m currently watching at each one before potentially adding them to my portfolio.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) announced this week that it would acquire a portfolio of wind and solar assets from its parent NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) for $1.275 billion. The transaction, which the company will finance through a unique arrangement with leading asset manager BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), keeps it on track to grow its 3.6%-yielding dividend at a 12% to 15% annual pace all the way through 2023. That forecast could energize the company to produce market-smashing returns in the coming years.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PIMCO Municipal Income Fund(PMF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Lavaca Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Pimco Municipal Income Fund in the fourth quarter worth about $36,000. Lindbrook Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Pimco Municipal Income Fund in the fourth quarter worth about $50,000. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. increased its position in Pimco Municipal Income Fund by 46.2% in the fourth quarter. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. now owns 9,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 3,000 shares in the last quarter. Cito Capital Group LLC purchased a new stake in Pimco Municipal Income Fund in the fourth quarter worth about $126,000. Finally, GWM Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Pimco Municipal Income Fund in the fourth quarter worth about $131,000.

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    Pimco Municipal Income Fund Company Profile (NYSE:PMF)

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nuveen Build America Bond Opportunity Fund(NBD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about Nuveen Build America Bond Opp Fund (NYSE:NBD) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of press 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Nuveen Build America Bond Opp Fund earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 47.5135821966095 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Nuveen Build America Bond Opp Fund (NYSE:NBD) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nuveen Build America Bond Opp Fund earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 47.3636708987454 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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More than two years after a government crackdown on corruption sent Macau gaming stocks tumbling, The Chinese government has unveiled yet another new regulation on the Macau gaming industry that has hit gaming stocks hard. The latest new law cut the daily ATM withdrawal limit in Macau from 10,000 patacas to 5,000 patacas, or roughly $626.

Unfortunately, transparency and predictability has never been one of the Chinese government’s strong points. Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) CEO Steve Wynn said the government’s behavior was “preposterous” when it kept operators in the dark about how many table games they would be allotted just weeks prior to opening billion-dollar new resorts. For the record, none of the major operators that have opened resorts in the past two years have received the table allotment they requested.

Although the U.S. gaming market likely doesn’t have the kind of long-term growth potential that Macau does, U.S. casinos are doing just fine these days. In the current fiscal year, Las Vegas Strip revenue is trending about 6% ahead of last year, and other regions of the country are doing even better. For better or worse, U.S. stock investors likely won’t have to worry about new regulations in the next four years under President-elect Trump.

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.(WST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    West Pharmaceutical Services
    This below the radar company could offer a big upside for shareholders this year. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE: WST) is a leading manufacturer of components used for injectable drug delivery systems, including rubber stoppers and syringe plungers, and also offers contract manufacturing services to the healthcare and consumer products industry.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) and Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on West Pharmaceutical Services (WST)

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Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Phillips 66(PSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    By contrast, the move that Buffett made with refining giant Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) was more dramatic. In the first quarter, Berkshire sold off more than 40% of its stake in Phillips 66, with a 35 million share sale. That move generated more than $3.3 billion in cash for the insurance giant.

  • [By ]

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    This strategy of acquiring assets from a large parent company to grow an MLP’s payout has worked well over the years. Refining giant Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) has been one of the most successful with this strategy since creating Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE:PSXP) in 2013. At that time, Phillips 66 launched an ambitious plan to grow its MLP’s distribution at a 30% compound annual rate through 2018 via a steady stream of dropdown transactions. Phillips 66 Partners is right on target, having increased the payout at a 31% compound annual growth rate since the IPO while maintaining solid financial metrics, including covering the payout with cash flow by a very comfortable 1.33 times last quarter and maintaining a conservative debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 3.2 in 2017. This strategy has also richly rewarded investors in Phillips 66 Partners, which has generated a total return of 89% since its IPO despite a recent sell-off, easily ahead of the S&P 500’s nearly 73% total return over that time frame.

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sony Corp Ord(SNE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The Aeolus Robot, which got plenty of attention at this year’s CES, was shown delivering drinks and vacuuming floors during demos; its creators promise the robot will integrate with popular voice assistants. LG has shown off a robot that can act as a smart-home hub, as well as a line of robots meant for hotels, airports and other venues servicing consumers (they can do things like carry bags and groceries). And last week, Sony (SNE) announced it’s forming an R&D partnership with Carnegie Mellon related to developing cooking robots.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) was the target of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors bought 7,772 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 1,729% compared to the typical volume of 425 call options.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Knowles (NYSE:KN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    As a result, only a niche group of gamers use the Rift and Vive for gaming. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation VR for the PS4 faces the same problem. It sold 2 million PSVRs by the end of 2017, but that represents a sliver of the 78 million PS4s it sold worldwide.

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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

  • [By ]

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

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

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

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are keeping a close eye on the 10-year bond, which is hovering near 3% – an important psychological level that is likely to influence future price movements. On Monday, Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” asked Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald if investors should be worried. Here’s what Keith had to say about the 10-year Treasury yield… and how it will affect your stocks and bonds in the future.
    The price of Brent crude oil topped $75.00 and hit its highest level since November 2014. Oil traders were eyeing the ongoing efforts of OPEC and Russia to reduce excessive production around the globe, rising demand ahead of peak driving season, and the possibility that the Trump administration will slap Iran with a new round of sanctions.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KO, GOOGL, SLM
    Shares of The Coca-Cola Co.(NYSE: KO) added 1.2% after the firm easily beat earnings and revenue expectations. The firm cited strong demand for its new flavors of Diet Coke and its Coke Zero Sugar. Demand was so strong for the quarter that the firm reported organic sales growth of 5%. The company reported earnings per share of $0.47, topping estimates by a penny. Revenue of $7.6 billion easily beat Wall Street estimates.
    Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) seesawed in pre-market hours. The online search giant topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations after the bell Monday. However, shares were off 0.5% after executives announced that its business costs were on the rise. The firm’s real estate and computer purchases tripled in one year, to $7.3 billion. About one-third of that total came from its $2.4 billion purchase of the Chelsea Market building in New York City.
    Good news for SLM Corp.(NYSE: SLM) investors, but bad news for indebted college students and graduates. The firm – also known as Sallie Mae – topped Wall Street earnings expectations on Monday. The firm said that it increased its loan o

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Other Dividend Aristocrats likeCoca-Cola(NYSE: KO) or Procter & Gamble(NYSE: PG)have become slow-growth companies, but aren’t necessarily cheap. Investors often pay a premium for companies with strong brands and long histories of success, paying up for the security of a reliable investment and dividend stream. Both stocks have significantly underperformed theS&P 500 over virtually every time frame you could pick in the last decade. In other words, a long history as a dividend raiser isn’t a guarantee of outperformance, nor do the most consistent dividend stocks trade at value prices.

Best Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Oaktree Capital Group, LLC(OAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    President Donald Trump hinted he may intervene in the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, as a Senate panel advanced a measure to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA GDP (QoQ) for Q1 2.30% vs 2.00% Est; Prior 2.90%
    The University of Michigan's consumer confidence index for April is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    Data on farm prices for the recent week will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Stifel upgraded Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) from Hold to Buy
    Morgan Stanley upgraded Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) from Underweight to Equal-Weight
    Jefferies downgraded Sunoco (NYSE: SUN) from Hold to Underperform
    KBW downgraded Oaktree Capital (NYSE: OAK) from Outperform to Market Perform

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have given a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $49.40.

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Fund Name

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Total Fund Assets

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0.04%

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    West Pharmaceutical Services
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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

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