Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018

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Dow 19,000 has a nice ring to it. And the iconic blue chip stock gauge is edging ever closer to that milestone.

After Mondays record-breaking day, when the Dow Jones industrial average, large-company Standard & Poors 500 stock index, tech-dominated Nasdaq composite and the small-cap Russell 2000 all closed at record levels at the same time for the first time since Dec. 31, 1999, the Dow is on the verge of making more headlines and getting a big shout outon the evening news.

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Energy XXI Ltd.(EXXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy XXI Ltd (NASDAQ: EXXI) were down 72 percent to $0.181 after the company announced that it and some of its subsidiaries have entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with holders of more than 63 percent of its secured second lien 11.0 percent notes. Energy XXI added that in order to implement the terms of the RSA, it has commenced cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Aerohive Networks, Inc.(HIVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Aerohive Networks Inc (NYSE: HIVE) were down 33 percent to $3.10. Aerohive Networks reported a Q2 loss of $3.9 million on revenue of $42.3 million, and disclosed that it has extended its $10 million buyback plan.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $17.34 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.47 percent to $48.70 in after-hours trading.
    HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) disclosed that it would be implementing a restructuring plan that would likely result in the firing of 3,000 to 4,000 employees, annual savings of $200 million to $300 million, and a charge of $350 million to $500 million. Management also announced a 7 percent surge in the stock’s dividend and an additional $3 million share repurchase program. The company issued its outlook for fiscal 2017, guiding for EPS of $1.55 to $1.65, mostly below the Street’s consensus of $1.64. HP shares fell 1.32 percent to $14.95 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.39 per share on revenue of $23.99 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.37 perecent to $67.99 in after-hours trading.
    Aerohive Networks Inc (NYSE: HIVE) reported weak preliminary results for its third quarter. The company said it expects a net loss of $(0.06) to $(0.07) per share, versus consensus at $(0.04) per share. Revenue guidance of $40 million also fell short of expectations for almost $48 million. Aerohive shares dropped 18.29 percent to $4.60 in the after-hours trading session.

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company(ADM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is a very solid play for rocky markets and is offering a very reasonable entry point. Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) is a large agricultural services company with almost $90 billion in sales. It is in the business of converting agricultural harvest such as corn, wheat, soybeans and other products into basic ingredients for both consumer and industrial product manufacturers. Its main business lines are focused on oilseed processing, corn processing and agricultural services.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Aflac (AFL) — yielding 2.5%
    Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM) — yielding 2.7%
    Chevron (CVX) — yielding 3.8%
    ExxonMobil (XOM) — yielding 3.6%
    Genuine Parts (GPC) — yielding 2.7%
    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) — yielding 2.8%
    T. Rowe Price (TROW) — yielding 3.2%

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Earnings season will kick into high gear today with the release of multiple reports from three of the nation’s top financial institutions. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co.(NYSE: WFC), and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) will all be in the spotlight today. U.S. President Donald Trump could be shaking up trade policy. However, it isn’t NAFTA or tariffs with China that are headlining the story. According to reports, Trump has requested his advisors explore American reentry into the Transpacific Partnership (TPP). President Trump pulled the United States out of TPP shortly following his inauguration. The recommendation comes after lawmakers from ag-producing states discussed the impact of leaving the deal with the administration. The decision to reenter the TPP would be very valuable to states that produce the bulk of U.S. wheat given that it would allow exporters to avoid tariffs of $65 per tonne to Japan, which is the largest export market for American wheat. Leading nations of the pact, such as Japan and Australia, reacted coolly to the president’s pivot but did not rule out the possibility of American reentry. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is still in focus across the financial world. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress two times this week to address his firm’s ongoing data scandal involving consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Congress’ failure to understand how the Internet works and Facebook’s business model was on full display, but Zuckerberg was able to maintain his composure as he answered questions over the two-day period.
    Stocks to Watch Today: JPM, WFC, C
    Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) are in focus as the bank prepares to report Q1 earnings before the bell. JPM stock added 1.1% despite falling short of profit expectations. Wall Street anticipated that the firm would report earnings per share (EPS) of $2.28 on top of $27.53 billion in revenue. The firm reported EPS of $2.26; however, it reported

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Some money managers are indeed preparing for Armageddon, expecting a thin summer trading season to usher in the bear. But Cramer said that, ultimately, what happens in Washington has little impact on the earnings of stocks like Walmart (WMT) , Coca-Cola (KO) or Citigroup (C) . It also has no correlation to the 17.8% move in Nvidia (NVDA) , nor the 12.8% jump in Electronic Arts (EA) .

  • [By ]

    Everything is hot, always: (1) Well-known bank analyst Mike Mayo told TheStreet’s Scott Gamm that former Goldman exec (and Trump exec) Gary Cohn would be a good person to replace Citigroup’s (C) chairman; (2) TheStreet’s May 5 “Investing Bootcamp” conference in New York is a MUST attend — here is just a small sampling of what we will be discussing; (3) TheStreet’s new “Retirement Daily’ service is now live. Led by long-time retirement expert, aka “Mr. Retirement” Robert Powell, this is an amazing service. Trust me, I get to view all the content before it goes live … there is nothing else like it out there. Check out more here; (4) RealMoney Pro’s long-time columnist and money manager Doug Kass hops out briefly from behind the paywall with a new daily column called Kass Insider. First installment: Why Facebook’s Stock Could Be ‘Dead Money’ for the Rest of 2018.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 17.3% during the 3rd quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 4,869,619 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $354,216,000 after purchasing an additional 717,320 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 17.0% during the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 7,514,341 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $546,594,000 after purchasing an additional 1,092,980 shares in the last quarter. C WorldWide Group Holding A S boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 13.1% during the 3rd quarter. C WorldWide Group Holding A S now owns 6,603,267 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $480,322,000 after purchasing an additional 764,249 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 3.7% during the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 363,594 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $26,448,000 after purchasing an additional 13,019 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Harvey Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 47.6% during the 3rd quarter. Harvey Capital Management Inc. now owns 124,635 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $9,065,000 after purchasing an additional 40,195 shares in the last quarter. 80.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Gold. The rise in gold looks solid. I’m currently long the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) . Lackluster Banks. We’re seeing disappointing action in the financials. However, I continue to buy them. I’m long Bank of America (BAC) , Citigroup (C) , JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) , although I’m shorting Goldman Sachs (GS) .

    Lastly, with S&P 500 closing at 2,706, the downside risk relative to the upside reward seems to argue in favor of maintaining a net-short exposure.

  • [By ]

    Citigroup Inc. (C)  , a rival Wall Street bank, said in a separate report Friday that first-quarter profit jumped 13%, also fueled by growth in trading revenue. Meanwhile, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) , struggling to recover from a series of regulatory penalties over allegedly aggressive sales practices, posted a 5.5% profit increase on a preliminary basis, noting that legal costs might have to be revised higher pending discussions with regulators over as much as $1 billion of new penalties related to auto insurance and mortgage-related violations. Bank of America Corp. (BAC) , Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) are all scheduled to post results next week.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Lined up for tomorrow are Bank of America Corp(NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC), and there’s plenty of enthusiasm going into the results. The financial sector overall appears to have been a big benefactor of what traders are calling the “Trump rally,” a market surge that began almost immediately after the November presidential elections. BAC shares have swelled some 35% since Nov. 8 to reach an eight-year high, while JPM shares are higher by nearly 29% after reaching record peaks. WFC is up by 20% after tapping an 18-month high.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.(XENE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap orphan biopharmaceutical stock Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: XENE):

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap biopharmaceutical stock Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) shares dropped 51 percent to $4.80 after the company disclosed that XEN801 did not meet efficacy endpoints in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) shares dropped 53 percent to $4.68 after the company disclosed that XEN801 did not meet efficacy endpoints in Phase 2 trial.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: United States Steel Corporation(X)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market finished in the red Wednesday, with very modest losses in most major benchmarks. Even the release of a broad outline of the Trump administration’s tax reform plan wasn’t enough to spur too much excitement among investors, as some worry that the plan’s focus on corporate taxes and balanced approach toward individual income tax reform might not resonate with the bulk of the American public. Moreover, bad news from some sectors of the market helped to dampen excitement from earlier in the week, and U.S. Steel (NYSE:X), Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    U.S. Steel (X) got a pop this morning, following China’s market. Since then, it’s been all downhill.

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    I’m not sure I can pinpoint a reason why. Base metals seemed to have a good day, with Comex Copper for April delivery having gained 2.7% to $2.675 per pound today, while nickel also gained.

    But U.S. Steel is getting killed, as are AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor (NUE). Can we chalk it up to Paul Ryan’s comments that tax reform could take longer than health care reform, which also seems to be tanking the overall market?

    Whatever it is, here is Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson on why he’s worried about steel imports:

    As we have stated previously, we feel President Trumps administration will likely resort to countervailing duties/tariffs to penalize the countries it deems are cheating (not 201/301 actions). However, given roughly 88 countries import steel into the US, we question how effective this approach will prove as many countries will simply re-route steel to the countries who can ship into the US, ultimately allowing the steel to find its way to our shores.

    Shares of U.S. Steel have slumped 3.5% to $32.70 at 3:47 p.m. today, while AK Steel has tumbled 4.9% to $6.84, and Steel Dynamics has dropped 3.4% to $34.10, and Nucor is off 1.4% to $59.62.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian noticed a big options volume in United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X). He said that traders are betting that the stock is going lower after it had a huge run. He also believes that there is more room to the downside in United States Steel.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By Merrick Weingarten]

    Steel stocks were up big on Tuesday ahead of the Department of Commerce hearing on the Section 232 probe. The DoC is set to come out with more details regarding the impact steel imports has on U.S. national security.

    Stock Movements
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X): Up 5.27 percent. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS): Up 9.55 percent. Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE): Up 3.54 percent. Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD): Up 4.08 percent. Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR): Up 3.29 percent.
    Analyst Commentary

    A Jefferies research analyst suggested a high probability of the DoC institutes more incremental trade defense measures but noted most of the investigation remains unknown going into Wednesday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) shares dropped 27 percent to $22.84. after the company reported surprise loss for its first quarter. U.S. Steel reported an adjusted loss of $0.83 per share and revenue of $2.73 billion.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Oaktree Capital Group, LLC(OAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) is known for its contrarian approach with many of its products concentrating on distressed assets and turnaround situations.

  • [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

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on The Blackstone Group (BX) , Nvidia  (NVDA) , Amgen (AMGN) , Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) , Hasbro (HAS) and Waste Management (WM) .

  • [By ]

    For example, if you buy 100 shares of theNasdaq100ETF(NYSE: QQQ), you’re theoretically buying 11.9 shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)… 7.7 shares of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)… 1.8 shares ofAmgen(NASDAQ: AMGN)… 2.6 shares of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA)… and even smaller amounts of about 95 different companies.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Genesis Energy, L.P.(GEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) reported upbeat earnings for its fiscal third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) disclosed that it has priced its public offering of 4 million common units for gross proceeds of $124 million.
    South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) reported that it has increased its buyback plan from 250,000 shares to 1 million shares.

  • [By ]

    Genesis Energy LP (NYSE: GEL)
    Billing itself as a “growth-oriented master limited partnership,” GEL concentrates its efforts on providing services around and within refineries primarily located on the Gulf Coast. Management is committed to logical double-digit growth as well as strengthening its distribution coverage. At $20.80 per unit, GEL yields 11.8% and trades at a nearly 40% discount to its 52-week high.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
    Genesis Energy, L.P

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