Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019

After reporting solid earnings Thursday, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares rose to a new all-time high Friday and took over as the Dow Jones industrial average’s best-performing stock for the year to date. The stock added 0.8% for the week (1.8% on Friday alone). For the year to date, Microsoft shares have risen by 24.23%.

The second-best performer among the Dow index equities so far this year is Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), which is up 23.65%. That is followed by Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), up 23.04%, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 20.34%, and UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH), up 14.62%. Of the 30 Dow stocks, half have managed to post a gain to date in 2018.

The blue chip index added just 39 points over the course of the past week to close at 25,058.12, up a scant 0.1% from the previous Friday’s close. The Dow closed up less than 1.0% for the second quarter but down 1.8% for the first six months of 2018.

Before Microsoft reported earnings last week, the company announced that it had signed a five-year deal with Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to provide the retailer with cloud solutions and services. There are other firms Walmart could have turned to, but the one the company would obviously avoid is Amazon and its Amazon Web Services cloud. Both Microsoft and Walmart compete — in different spaces — with Amazon and, as the saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell, Rich Smith, and Neha Chamaria]

    You won’t always be able to avoid that risk, but taking the time to consider the business behind the high yield before buying may reduce your risk. For instance, Hess Midstream Partners (NYSE:HESM), Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE:SIG), and Enbridge, Inc. (NYSE:ENB) are high-yielding stocks that are backed by strong businesses, which could make them worth owning.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Federated Investors Inc. PA boosted its holdings in Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG) by 239.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 58,650 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 41,356 shares during the quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA owned approximately 0.10% of Signet Jewelers worth $2,259,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Even as the S&P 500 roared 8% higher last month, shares of Signet Jewelers (NYSE:SIG) fell 23.3% in January, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, after the jewelry retailer announced underwhelming holiday-season results. 

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Anixter International Inc.(AXE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY NOTICE: “Prudential Financial Inc. Sells 71,595 Shares of Anixter International Inc. (AXE)” was originally reported by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this piece of content on another publication, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of international trademark and copyright legislation. The correct version of this piece of content can be accessed at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/4208256/prudential-financial-inc-sells-71595-shares-of-anixter-international-inc-axe.html.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Anixter International (NYSE:AXE) from a c+ rating to a b rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

    Several other equities analysts also recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Anixter International from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Anixter International from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 25th. Finally, Longbow Research upgraded shares of Anixter International from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, July 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. Anixter International has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $85.50.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Sun Hydraulics Corporation(SNHY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Helios Technologies Inc  (NASDAQ:SNHY)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Sun Hydraulics Co. (NASDAQ:SNHY) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the nine analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $58.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Sun Hydraulics Co. (NASDAQ:SNHY) major shareholder Robert C. Koski sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.94, for a total value of $50,940.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company Ltd.(SHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Press coverage about Shanghai Petrochemical (NYSE:SHI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Shanghai Petrochemical earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 44.8127005121821 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shanghai Petrochemical (NYSE: SHI) and Eastman Chemical (NYSE:EMN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    SIG (LON:SHI) had its target price dropped by stock analysts at Peel Hunt from GBX 185 ($2.41) to GBX 180 ($2.34) in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Peel Hunt’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 47.06% from the stock’s current price.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation(CHMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. acquired a new stake in shares of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund acquired 152,335 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $2,721,000. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. owned approximately 0.98% of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment (NYSE:CHMI) and Great Portland Estates (OTCMKTS:GPEAF) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLSD) shares fell 17.8 percent to $11.95 in pre-market trading. Clearside Biomedical disclosed that its Phase 2 trial of CLS-TA met primary and secondary endpoints met in 6-month trial.
    CRISPR Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ: CRSP) fell 15.8 percent to $62.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the FDA has placed a clinical hold on IND for CTX001 sickle cell disease treatment.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) fell 10 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after the company posted a loss for the first quarter and announced plans to close 72 non-profitable stores.
    Urban One, Inc. (NASDAQ: UONE) fell 9 percent to $3.01 in pre-market trading after rising 78.38 percent on Wednesday.
    Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) shares fell 8.6 percent to $88.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and lowered its FY2018 earnings guidance.
    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) fell 8.5 percent to $22.02 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted downbeat Q1 earnings and announced plans to buy Packet Design.
    Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) shares fell 6.6 percent to $90.11 in pre-market trading after reporting weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Vericel Corp (NASDAQ: VCEL) shares fell 6.5 percent to $13.05 in pre-market trading following announcement of 3.75 million share common stock offering.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) fell 5.7 percent to $26.19 in pre-market trading. Box reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company forecast Q2 revenue of $146 million to $147 million.
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) fell 5.7 percent to $3.15 in pre-market trading after declining 5.65 percent on Wednesday.
    Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation (NYSE: CHMI) shares fell 5.2 percent to $18.21 in pre-market trading after reporting a 2

  • [By Lisa Levin]

      

    Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLSD) shares declined 32.19 percent to close at $9.86 on Thursday. Clearside Biomedical disclosed that its Phase 2 trial of CLS-TA met primary and secondary endpoints met in 6-month trial.
    scPharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SCPH) shares dipped 30.1 percent to close at $9.94 on Thursday after the FDA identified deficiencies in the company’s New Drug Application for FUROSCIX. However, the FDA letter did not specify deficiencies identified and notification does not reflect final decision on information under review.
    Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA) fell 24.08 percent to close at $1.86. Euroseas announced completion of the spin-off of its drybulk fleet into EuroDry Ltd.
    Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ: GLNG) fell 25.09 percent to close at $25.98 following Q1 results.
    Oragenics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OGEN) shares dropped 25 percent to close at $1.50 on Thursday.
    Guess', Inc. (NYSE: GES) dropped 19.44 percent to close at $19.60 following Q1 results.
    Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMD) dropped 15.94 percent to close at $109.09 on Thursday following FQ3 results.
    Fusion Connect, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSNN) shares fell 15.55 percent to close at $3.91.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) dropped 14.44 percent to close at $8.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) shares declined 14.28 percent to close at $82.59 after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and lowered its FY2018 earnings guidance.
    Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ: TITN) dropped 13.94 percent to close at $18.09 after reporting Q1 results.
    Co-Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CODX) declined 13.17 percent to close at $2.90 after declining 5.65 percent on Wednesday.
    Concordia International Corp. (NASDAQ: CXRX) fell 12.89 percent to close at $0.2440 after the company announced that it would be delisted from the Nasdaq.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) slipped 12.46 percent

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Welltower (NYSE: WELL) and Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment (NYSE:CHMI) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Black Hills Corporation(BKH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Black Hills (NYSE:BKH) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Black Hills Corp (NYSE:BKH) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have issued a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $59.50.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Optibase Ltd.(OBAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News headlines about Optibase (NASDAQ:OBAS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. 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 -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Optibase earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6853785900783 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cadiz, Inc.(CDZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cadiz (NASDAQ: CDZI) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Water supply” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Cadiz to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Odey Asset Management Group Ltd lessened its holdings in Cadiz Inc (NASDAQ:CDZI) by 18.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,026,450 shares of the company’s stock after selling 237,913 shares during the quarter. Cadiz makes up 1.3% of Odey Asset Management Group Ltd’s holdings, making the stock its 15th largest holding. Odey Asset Management Group Ltd’s holdings in Cadiz were worth $13,446,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Saturday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Middlesex Water (NASDAQ: MSEX) and Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cytosorbents Corporation(CTSO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its holdings in Cytosorbents Co. (NASDAQ:CTSO) by 182.3% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 20,929 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,515 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN owned about 0.07% of Cytosorbents worth $136,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2019: Multi-Color Corporation(LABL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA acquired a new position in Multi-Color Co. (NASDAQ:LABL) in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund acquired 138,926 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $9,176,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Multi-Color (NASDAQ: LABL) and Man Wah (OTCMKTS:MAWHY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News coverage about Multi-Color (NASDAQ:LABL) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing 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. Multi-Color earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.8513793060722 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Multi-Color Co. (NASDAQ:LABL) – KeyCorp cut their FY2019 EPS estimates for Multi-Color in a research report issued on Monday, February 11th. KeyCorp analyst A. Josephson now anticipates that the business services provider will post earnings of $3.66 per share for the year, down from their prior estimate of $4.27. KeyCorp has a “Sector Weight” rating on the stock. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Multi-Color’s Q4 2019 earnings at $0.91 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $3.52 EPS.

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