Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

1. Blame the bonds: The normally boring bond market is causing serious drama on Wall Street.

An avalanche of selling sent the Dow and S&P 500 careening 5% lower last week, one of the stock market’s worst weeks since the 2008 financial crisis.

The culprit: Rapidly rising bond yields are alarming investors who got hooked on a decade of low interest rates.

So what’s going on here? And why the focus on the bond market?

Modern financial markets function on the belief that U.S. government debt is the safest investment on the planet.

Knowing how much they can earn from “risk-free” Treasury bonds allows investors to determine the cost of stocks and other riskier assets. Treasuries serve as the benchmark for all other forms of credit, from junk bonds to mortgages.

“The 10-year Treasury sets the price for every asset in the world,” said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual.

That means the surge in the 10-year yield — from 2.4% earlier this year to about 2.8% now — has increased the cost of money generally.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: POSCO(PKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in POSCO (NYSE:PKX) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 2,035 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $160,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about POSCO (NYSE:PKX) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news 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. POSCO earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.5366586800129 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: TravelCenters of America LLC(TA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA) by 8.6% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 955,678 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after purchasing an additional 75,276 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in TravelCenters of America were worth $3,440,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ:TA) had its price objective lifted by Craig Hallum from $6.50 to $10.00 in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    TravelCenters of America (TA) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.21 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) TravelCenters of America (TA) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Quaker Steak & Lube® Invites Guests to ‘Round Up’ to Benefit Folds of Honor (finance.yahoo.com) Camping World (CWH) vs. TravelCenters of America (TA) Head-To-Head Review (americanbankingnews.com) TravelCenters of America LLC Announces Annual Meeting Results (finance.yahoo.com)

    TravelCenters of America traded up $0.02, reaching $3.10, during midday trading on Monday, according to MarketBeat.com. The company had a trading volume of 163,465 shares, compared to its average volume of 184,114. The company has a quick ratio of 0.63, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23. The stock has a market cap of $124.00 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -10.33 and a beta of 1.68. TravelCenters of America has a 12-month low of $2.95 and a 12-month high of $5.85.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of TransAlta (TSE:TA) (NYSE:TAC) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eight brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is C$8.25.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Vical Incorporated(VICL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Vical (NASDAQ: VICL) and Aptose Biosciences (NASDAQ:APTO) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Vical Incorporated (VICL) Sees Large Growth in Short Interest (americanbankingnews.com) Vical Incorporated (NasdaqCM:VICL) 16.88 Current Ratio in Focus (zeelandpress.com) Stocks: Performances and Technical’s to scrutinize: Capstone Turbine Corporation (NASDAQ:CPST), Vical … (thestreetpoint.com) Vical Incorporated (NasdaqCM:VICL) VC Score Reaches 60 (zeelandpress.com) Vical to Present at the 20th Annual Rodman & Renshaw Global Investment Conference (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Vical from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 10th. HC Wainwright reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $3.50 target price on shares of Vical in a research note on Tuesday, June 19th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Vical from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: magicJack VocalTec Ltd(CALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Telekom Austria (NASDAQ: CALL) and magicJack VocalTec (NASDAQ:CALL) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about Magicjack Vocaltec (NASDAQ:CALL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Magicjack Vocaltec earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.0829609029142 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 Stephan Byrd]

    News stories about magicJack VocalTec (NASDAQ:CALL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. magicJack VocalTec earned a coverage optimism score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.3309578175375 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Magicjack Vocaltec (NASDAQ: CALL) and PLDT (NYSE:PHI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BT Group (NASDAQ: CALL) and magicJack VocalTec (NASDAQ:CALL) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Westport Innovations Inc(WPRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Westport Fuel Systems Inc (NASDAQ:WPRT) (TSE:WPRT) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $4.70.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a relatively quiet day on Wall Street, with a split among the most widely followed market benchmarks that sent some up and others down. Slight downticks in oil prices and bond yields marked minor reversals from upward trends earlier in the week, but investors are still watching both energy and bonds closely to see what long-term impact they might have on the stock market. Most attention centered on individual companies, some of which reported good news that sent their shares higher. Dell Technologies (NYSE:DVMT), Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), and Westport Fuel Systems (NASDAQ:WPRT) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Westport Fuel Systems (NASDAQ:WPRT) shareholders, who’ve watched their stock lose 45% of its value over the past year, got even more bad news today: Chief Financial Officer Michael Willis has resigned, and Westport doesn’t have a ready replacement.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of Westport Fuel Systems (NASDAQ:WPRT) jumped 11.9% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. But it wasn’t a smooth ride for shareholders.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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    Why shareholders’ votes on methane emissions could lead to changes for drillers (bizjournals.com) Shareholders OK proposal calling on Range Resources to issue emissions management report (pionline.com) Methane shareholder resolution passes at U.S. oil and gas company (edf.org) Range shareholders approve measure to require methane report (bizjournals.com) Whirling Stocks: Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC), Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:WPRT), Ur-Energy … (thestreetpoint.com)

    A number of equities analysts have issued reports on RRC shares. Morgan Stanley downgraded Range Resources from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $11.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on Range Resources from $24.00 to $23.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Capital One downgraded Range Resources from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Royal Bank of Canada decreased their price objective on Range Resources to $28.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Bank of America decreased their price objective on Range Resources from $23.00 to $22.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $22.22.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Westport Fuel Systems Inc (NASDAQ:WPRT) (TSE:WPRT)’s share price rose 10.3% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $3.65 and last traded at $3.64. Approximately 1,445,750 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 67% from the average daily volume of 867,994 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.30.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Hitachi Ltd (HTHIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The vast dealer network, built up over the more than 90 years that Caterpillar has been in operation, is the key competitive advantage that the company possesses. While Caterpillar’s products are renowned for quality and low downtime, it is the availability of the support service on an international level in tandem with a reputation for product quality is what gives Caterpillar its edge, and has given it pole position among the world’s construction machinery manufacturers in 2017 based on construction equipment sales, outranking Komatsu Ltd. (OTCPK:KMTUF) (OTCPK:KMTUY), Hitachi Ltd. (OTCPK:HTHIF) (OTCPK:HTHIY), Volvo (OTCPK:VOLVF) (OTCPK:VOLVY), the privately-held Liebherr group, the Chinese government-owned XCMG Group, the Doosan Infracore subsidiary of the Doosan Group conglomerate, Sany (OTCPK:SNYYF) (OTC:SNYYY), and John Deere & Co.

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    Some of the larger companies that have begun incorporating blockchain into their industries include:

    Overstock.com (OSTK) , once a retail company, has become one of the biggest blockchain options on the stock market. The company has developed tZERO, a cryptocurrency and blockchain-based registry that complies with the regulations of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. IBM (IBM) has developed blockchain technology that they are using with a large variety of partners in a large variety of industries. One example is their partnership with food retailers, most notably Walmart, to help quickly, efficiently, and securely track the supply chain to help ensure ideal food safety. They have also partnered with Maersk to work on a blockchain platform for global trade. Hitachi (HTHIF) , the Japanese conglomerate that has worked on social infrastructure and IT systems, among other industries, has begun dabbling in blockchain. It has released reports about how it believes the technology can positively impact the financial sector, and how it could potentially be used to create new services for businesses.

    There are also ETFs that one can invest in that hold a number of stocks related to blockchain. For example, the Reality Shares Nasdaq NextGen Economy ETF (BLCN) holds stocks in all of the examples above, as well as Intel (INTC) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) .

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: UTStarcom Holdings Corp(UTSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ADVA Optical Networking (OTCMKTS: ADVOF) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Iteris (NASDAQ: ITI) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TheStreet cut shares of UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) from a c rating to a d+ rating in a report issued on Monday morning.

    UTStarcom opened at $4.93 on Monday, MarketBeat reports. UTStarcom has a 52-week low of $4.95 and a 52-week high of $4.99.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ADVA Optical Networking (OTCMKTS: ADVOF) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: PDF Solutions Inc.(PDFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    FlipHTML5 Page Flip PDF Turns Social Media Accounts Into Compelling Ones (digitaljournal.com) $23.10 Million in Sales Expected for PDF Solutions, Inc. (PDFS) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) PDF Solutions, Inc. (PDFS) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.06 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Basware introduces a ‘Smart PDF’ invoice (itwire.com) ActivePDF Brings Redaction to Businesses, Improving Privacy, Security,… (virtual-strategy.com)

    A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on PDFS shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of PDF Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 16th. DA Davidson cut their price target on shares of PDF Solutions to $26.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 16th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of PDF Solutions from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, May 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of PDF Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $22.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of PDF Solutions (NASDAQ:PDFS) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report released on Tuesday.

    PDFS has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded PDF Solutions from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. BidaskClub upgraded PDF Solutions from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 9th. Finally, DA Davidson reduced their price objective on PDF Solutions to $26.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 16th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $22.00.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.(CRESY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News coverage about Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 47.6414670877177 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media headlines about Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news 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. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 46.7755181744414 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) saw a large decline in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 294,367 shares, a decline of 44.8% from the April 30th total of 533,376 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 179,726 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 1.6 days.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: American Woodmark Corporation(AMWD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $100.85 after the company reported upbeat Q4 results.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quadrature Capital Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of American Woodmark Co. (NASDAQ:AMWD) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 5,332 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $525,000.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday was a bad day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks all finished deep in the red to begin the holiday-shortened week. The Dow had been down more than 500 points during the session as investors focused on turmoil in the European financial markets, where an increase in bond yields in Italy brought back memories of the Greek financial crisis in the early 2010s. Yet even though broad-based market averages fell sharply, some stocks managed to post solid gains. Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED), Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN), and American Woodmark (NASDAQ:AMWD) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $100.05 after the company reported upbeat Q4 results.

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