Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

The municipal-bond market is dominated by individual investors, and it turns out they’re not nearly as good as the pros.

Over the past decade, individuals earned an average of about 1.26 percentage point less annually on their investments in open-end state and local government bond funds than the funds themselves, according to a study released by Morningstar Inc., which took account of what investors make after shifting their money in and out of the market. That gap was the biggest among the eight asset classes the research company examined.

Even though state and local government debt is one of the world’s safest investments, buyers are still prone to so-called headline risk, or bad news stories that undermine the market’s perception as a haven and cause investors to sell when they should stay put.

That happened in 2010, when banking analyst Meredith Whitney triggered a selloff by predicting that recession-battered governments would default on "hundreds of billions of dollars" of bonds. That forecast proved widely off the mark, and in 2011 municipals returned 11 percent. They haven’t had a better year since.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) to report quarterly earnings at $1.25 per share on revenue of $17.63 billion before the opening bell. Lowe's shares declined 0.35 percent to $85.45 in pre-market trading.
    Analysts expect NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $1.60 billion after the closing bell. NetApp shares dropped 2.09 percent to close at $67.02 on Tuesday.
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal first quarter on Tuesday. Urban Outfitters shares dropped 2.21 percent to $40.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Before the markets open, Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $957.49 million. Tiffany shares gained 0.45 percent to $102.70 in pre-market trading.
    Analysts are expecting Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) to have earned $1.38 per share on revenue of $16.50 billion in the latest quarter. Target will release earnings before the markets open. Target shares rose 0.07 percent to $75.52 in pre-market trading.
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE) reported stronger-than-expected profit for its fiscal second quarter and raised its FY18 GAAP earnings outlook. Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares rose 0.40 percent to $17.48 in pre-market trading.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY2018 earnings guidance.
    Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) reported downbeat results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal first quarter on Tuesday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Investors sold shares of Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) on strength during trading on Thursday. $17.36 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $38.83 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $21.47 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Urban Outfitters had the 26th highest net out-flow for the day. Urban Outfitters traded up $0.44 for the day and closed at $42.76

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    After the markets close, Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $4.6 per share on revenue of $2.80 billion. Intuit shares gained 0.08 percent to $191.85 in after-h

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Bruker Announces Improved Solutions for Microbial Strain Typing, Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control, and Candida auris Testing at ASM 2018 (finance.yahoo.com) Financial Review: Bruker (BRKR) versus Pacific Biosciences of California (PACB) (americanbankingnews.com) Global Microbiology Testing/Clinical Microbiology Market 2018-2024: Market is Influenced by Biomerieux, Abbott, Roche, Bruker and Bio-rad Labs (bizjournals.com) Bruker Corporation appoints Gerald Herman as CFO (seekingalpha.com) Bruker Corporation Appoints Gerald Herman as Chief Financial Officer (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages have issued reports on BRKR. Zacks Investment Research cut Bruker from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. BTIG Research set a $42.00 target price on Bruker and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, May 6th. BidaskClub raised Bruker from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 23rd. Bank of America decreased their target price on Bruker from $37.00 to $34.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Finally, Leerink Swann upped their target price on Bruker from $32.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.91.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Discovery Communications, Inc.(DISCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    You might thinkDiscovery Inc.’s (NASDAQ:DISCA) (NASDAQ:DISCK) (NASDAQ:DISCB) stations primarily feature nature videos and celebrity cooks, but did you know it’s actually becoming a player on the international sports scene? While known for its namesake Discovery Channel and documentary brands such as The Learning Channel, HGTV, and the Food Network, Discovery has actually been in the sports business since 2012, when it first acquired a minority stake in European sports channel Eurosport. Discovery was apparently pleased enough with the channel’s progress to buy 100% of Eurosport in July 2015, and that year, Eurosport won the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics in Europe from 2018-2022.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCB) announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.13, Morningstar.com reports. Discovery had a negative net margin of 7.40% and a positive return on equity of 19.34%. The company had revenue of $2.31 billion for the quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: EQT GP Holdings, LP(EQGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    EQT Holdings Management Company, LLC (NYSE:EQGP) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, nine have assigned a hold recommendation and six have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $29.83.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MDGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Biotech features clinical-stage trial failure rates that are above 90% and that makes investing in the industry treacherous. If you don’t do your homework, you can wind up losing a lot of money. So, with that in mind, I went searching for hot biotech stocks that deserve a closer look and discovered Madrigal Pharmaceuticals(NASDAQ:MDGL) and NuCana Plc (UNKNOWN:UNKNOWN). Are these two companies worth adding to your portfolio?

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    McQueen Ball & Associates Inc. reduced its position in shares of Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MDGL) by 39.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,554 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 1,000 shares during the quarter. McQueen Ball & Associates Inc.’s holdings in Madrigal Pharmaceuticals were worth $435,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    What’s behind these dramatic gains? Read on to find out.

    Company Gain in H1 2018 Market Cap
    Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARWR) 270% $1.19 billion
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) 235% $482 million
    Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECYT) 222% $959 million
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(NASDAQ:MDGL) 205% $3.99 billion

    Data source: YCharts.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: W.R. Grace & Co.(GRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This mid-cap company also looks like a solid stock to own during difficult times. W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The company operates in two segments.The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chemours (NYSE: CC) and W. R. Grace & Co (NYSE:GRA) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    W. R. Grace and (NYSE: GRA) and DSM (OTCMKTS:RDSMY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Park-Ohio Holdings Corp.(PKOH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Park-Ohio (NASDAQ:PKOH) from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a report issued on Friday.

    PKOH has been the topic of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Park-Ohio from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $45.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 18th. BidaskClub upgraded Park-Ohio from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, May 17th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Park-Ohio from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $41.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shiloh Industries (NASDAQ: SHLO) and Park-Ohio (NASDAQ:PKOH) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Park-Ohio (NASDAQ:PKOH) is set to post its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 9th. Analysts expect Park-Ohio to post earnings of $0.80 per share for the quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Park-Ohio (NASDAQ: PKOH) and Materion (NYSE:MTRN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Web.com Group, Inc.(WEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares dipped 47.8 percent to $4.60. Check-Cap priced its upsized underwritten offering of public units at $5.50 per unit.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares fell 41.5 percent to $2.57.
    Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) dropped 35.1 percent to $29.50 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) dropped 34.8 percent to $3.75 after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 25.2 percent to $24.01 after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) dropped 22.5 percent to $45.73 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 19.6 percent to $52.075 following Q1 earnings.
    Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVM) shares declined 18.1 percent to $5.20. Adverum Biotech disclosed that its CEO Amber Salzman is stepping down.
    Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWA) dropped 17.2 percent to $12.83.
    Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) fell 17.2 percent to $13.65 following Q1 results.
    Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) declined 15.8 percent to $19.40 after announcing Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.649 after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Performant Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PFMT) dropped 14.2 percent to $2.65.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 13.2 percent to $8.32 after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) dropped 12.2 percent to $5.05.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 9.7 percent

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Online marketing solutions company Web.com(NASDAQ:WEB) saw its stock jump as much as 12.1% on Thursday. The stock finished the trading day up 11.4%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) fell 13.4 percent to $51.10 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 9.8 percent to $28.97 in pre-market trading after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 8.2 percent to $8.81 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 7.5 percent to $3.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) fell 7.4 percent to $248.00 in pre-market trading following first-quarter earnings.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 6.7 percent to $18.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Varex Imaging Corporation (NASDAQ: VREX) fell 5.2 percent to $34 in pre-market trading after reporting Q2 results.
    Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) shares fell 5.2 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 3.02 percent on Thursday.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 4.7 percent to $61.70 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) fell 4.6 percent to $25.15 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) shares fell 4 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.86 percent on Thursday.
    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: MLCO) fell 4 percent to $30.65 in pre-market trading.
    Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) fell 4 percent to $15.76 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC) shares fell 3.5 percent to $48.10 in pre-market tr

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Fisher(j)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Joincoin (CURRENCY:J) traded 17.5% lower against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 17:00 PM ET on June 2nd. Over the last seven days, Joincoin has traded down 4.4% against the U.S. dollar. One Joincoin coin can now be purchased for $0.0862 or 0.00001129 BTC on major exchanges. Joincoin has a market capitalization of $267,889.00 and approximately $123.00 worth of Joincoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Joincoin (CURRENCY:J) traded 1.7% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM ET on May 8th. Joincoin has a total market cap of $145,714.00 and $7.00 worth of Joincoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, Joincoin has traded up 28.6% against the U.S. dollar. One Joincoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0471 or 0.00000521 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Northwest Natural Gas Company(NWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) was downgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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