On the lookout for safe dividends? (Who isn’t, right?)
These days, you generally have three options: large-cap stocks with long dividend histories, municipal bonds and US Treasuries.
Treasuries are considered the safest of that group, and large-cap stocks the riskiest, but they’re still much safer than plenty of other investments, such as small caps and junk bonds.
I’ll show you two low-risk investments that are great buys now in a moment. But first, I want to tell you why recent events have called the safety of some of the options I just named into question.
Let’s start by looking at the following chart:
“Safe” Assets Turn Volatile
First, note how the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (MUB), a good proxy for municipal bonds as a whole, is the least volatile of the three funds shown above. But right now, it faces a steep downturn relative to its earlier stability.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: J.M. Smucker Company (SJM)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Traders purchased shares of The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $66.56 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $32.86 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $33.70 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, The J.M. Smucker had the 28th highest net in-flow for the day. The J.M. Smucker traded down ($3.14) for the day and closed at $117.04
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The packaged food industry has been in a state of flux in recent years, according to Credit Suisse analyst Robert Moskow, as companies like J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM) , Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) , and others increased their trade spending and made high-priced acquisitions to improve growth rates.
- [By Stephen Mack]
Everybody knows the ubiquitous Smucker’s brand of fruit spreads. But the 121-year-old Ohio-based J.M. Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM) is a food conglomerate worth over $12.5 billion. Brands include Jif; several Pillsbury baking products; store-bought coffee brands like Folger’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Caf茅 Bustelo; and some of the top-selling pet foods in the world.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
J.M. Smucker(SJM) is falling Monday, after Morgan Stanley’sMatthew Grainger and his team cut their rating on the stock, citing pricing pressures from Wal-Mart (WMT) and growing competition from private-labels.
Grainger slash Smucker to Underweight from Equal Weight, and shaved $6 off his price target, to $126. He also cites what he calls “sustained” challenges in both its coffee and pet food business, as well as“below-average strategic optionality.”
At the same time, he also upgraded Pinnacle Foods (PF) to Overweight from Equal Weight, and raised his price target to $63 from $58, on its double-digit earnings growth and what he sees as superior execution.
Nonetheless, he sees many of the packaged food companies in his coverage, from Smucker to Pinnacle, as subject to pressure from Wal-Mart and off-brand rivals. From the note:
Walmart comprises ~22% of sales across our coverage, a figure that has increased in recent years even as the retailers total grocery sales have grown at an even faster 4% CAGR. With Food margins expected to expand meaningfully, we believe this only enhances Walmart’s negotiating leverage going forward. SJM, Dean Foods (DF), and General Mills (GIS) are most at risk in the current environment, in our view.
Recent scanner data points to a positive inflection in private label trends (share up ~30 bps L12W) across a range of center-store categories, a dynamic we believe could intensify in an increasingly competitive retail grocery landscape. Our analysis of recent trends points to the most meaningful underperformance vs. private label at GIS, SJM, ConAgra (CAG), and Campbell Soup (CPB), while only PF has outperformed in recent weeks.
Smucker is down 1.1% to $127.95 this morning, while Pinnacle is up 0.8% to %48.47.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
The Pillsbury Doughboy is the mascot of the Pillsbury Company, which is owned by General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM). The Doughboy was created by Pillsburys advertising agency almost 50 years ago. Pikachu are characters owned by The Pokemon Company International and appear in card games, video games, TV shows, movies and comic books. Founded in 1998, the Japanese company has achieved total games sales of almost 280 million. SpongeBob SquarePants was created for Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA). The show premiered in 1999 and has spawned movies, video games and theme park rides. Ronald McDonald is a c
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Molson Coors Brewing Company(TAP)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In the past, Cramer has been a fan of both Constellation as well as Molson Coors (TAP) , which was able to snap up all the Miller and Coors brands last year for $12 billion. That deal is expected to boost Molson’s earnings by 25% this year.
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Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE: TAP) is the leading brewer globally with 25% of the U.S. market, a 33% share in Canada and a fifth of the European market. The company acquired the remaining 50% stake in MillerCoors from SABMiller in 2016, giving it greater scale and international distribution.
- [By Matt Hogan]
If, like Munger, tech stocks are just outside your circle of competence or you are simply concerned about the global growth story, it may be wise to consider defensive positions. Consumer staple stock Molson Coors Brewing Co (NYSE: TAP) appears to be priced pretty attractively ahead of earnings: finbox.io valuation models show over 35% upside. As such, let's take a closer look at how the leading brewer's been performing, its competitive position, and its growth strategies going forward.
- [By Jayson Derrick]
The Canadian beer market, much like the American beer market, is seeing a growth in craft products at the expense of established players. And one of the biggest established beer makers in Canada is Molson Coors Brewing Co (NYSE: TAP), Bereneberg’s Javier Gonzalez Lastra and Matt Reid commented in an initiation note.
- [By Mark Fritz]
Price Target: 116 euros.
Molson Coors Brewing Co (NYSE: TAP): Sell.
Price Target: $78.
Boston Beer Company Inc (NYSE: SAM): Sell.
Price Target: $124.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Nevro Corp.(NVRO)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Nevro (NYSE:NVRO) released its quarterly earnings results on Monday. The medical equipment provider reported ($0.59) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.32) by ($0.27), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Nevro had a negative net margin of 11.22% and a negative return on equity of 15.01%.
- [By Brian Feroldi]
After reporting first-quarter results,shares in Nevro Corp. (NYSE:NVRO),a medical device maker that is focused onpain management, fell 15% as of 10:58 a.m. EDT on Tuesday.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Nevro (NYSE:NVRO) had its price objective cut by Canaccord Genuity from $110.00 to $102.00 in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the medical equipment provider’s stock. Canaccord Genuity’s price target indicates a potential upside of 34.87% from the stock’s current price.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
Nevro Corp. (NASDAQ: NVRO) fell 11.6 percent to $81.58 in pre-market trading after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) shares fell 8.3 percent to $20.33 in pre-market trading after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) fell 7.5 percent to $51.74 in pre-market trading. Zillow reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak sales guidance for the second quarter.
Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) fell 7.2 percent to $3.11 in pre-market trading after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 5.5 percent to $4.14 in pre-market trading after rising 11.17 percent on Monday.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) fell 5.1 percent to $95.00 in pre-market trading. Albemarle declared a quarterly dividend of $0.335 per share.
Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM) fell 4.8 percent to $23.80 in pre-market trading.
Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) fell 4.5 percent to $57.14 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) shares fell 4.3 percent to $2.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.73 percent on Monday.
51job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS) shares fell 4.2 percent to $93 in pre-market trading after rising 3.55 percent on Monday
- [By Lisa Levin]
Nevro Corp. (NASDAQ: NVRO) shares dropped 14 percent to $79.35 after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
Shares of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) were down 11 percent to $19.77 after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: TiGenix NV (TGXSF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.(CHL)
- [By David Goodboy]
Rumors are that Apple will use this opportunity to announce the long-awaited deal with China Mobile (NYSE: CHL), which is the world's largest cellphone carrier with more than 700 million active users. Clearly, there are impediments in the way, but the potential for a lower-priced iPhone for this market means strong possibilities remain. This deal would be a major upside catalyst for Apple shares.
- [By Motif Investing]
The most heavily weighted names in the motif are China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), Aibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU), India's HDFC Bank (NYSE: HDB) and Russia's Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT).
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), down 3 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 1.5 percent.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: WPX Energy, Inc.(WPX)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Hodges Capital Management Inc. lowered its stake in shares of WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) by 1.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 1,047,818 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after selling 17,025 shares during the period. WPX Energy accounts for about 1.2% of Hodges Capital Management Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 23rd largest position. Hodges Capital Management Inc. owned about 0.26% of WPX Energy worth $15,487,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]
Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.
WPX Energy Inc (NYSE: WPX), $18 Price Target
Haas praised WPX’s production base, which is “well balanced” between three major basins, and its production mix of 51 percent oil, 13 percent natural gas liquids and 36 percent natural gas.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) is a natural gas and oil company based in Oklahoma. WPX focuses on the exploration and development of natural gas and oil fields in North America, including the Permian Basin in Texas and the Williston Basin in North Dakota.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: World Fuel Services Corporation(INT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) shares dropped 19 percent to $22.62 following Q1 results.
Shares of Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) were down 20 percent to $339.00. Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO
- [By Lisa Levin]
World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) shares dropped 21 percent to $22.05 following Q1 results.
Shares of Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) were down 17 percent to $352.05. Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.
Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.
Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.
I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.
- [By Canadian Value]
So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.
- [By David Sterman]
But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc(RRTS)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Tuesday was another down day for the Dow Jones Industrials, which fell more than 100 points to drop further below the 20,000 level. But broader market measures were mixed, and the Nasdaq Composite even managed to gain ground. Continued uncertainty about the impact of new policies from the U.S. federal government have kept markets a bit turbulent, and the beginning of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee could set the tone for monetary policy in 2017. Some stocks had bad news that sent them lower today, and among the worst performers were Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL), Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE:RRTS), and Tempur Sealy International (NYSE:TPX). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Tuesday, technology shares gained by 1.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX), up 13 percent, and PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), up 9 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $6.59. Par Technology reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.13 per share on revenue of $56.8 million.