Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2019

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Some analysts use the term &q;strong buy&q;&a;nbsp;to get page views or excite readers, but I consider a strong buy to mean the following:

&l;/p&g;&l;blockquote&g;&l;strong&g;&a;ldquo;Strong Buy&l;/strong&g;&a;nbsp;means that I am recommending a high-quality REIT that is trading at a wider margin of safety. Recognizing principal preservation is critical, my recommendation is telegraphing readers that the company is a blue chip on sale.&a;rdquo;&l;/blockquote&g;

In my monthly newsletter (&l;em&g;Forbes&l;/em&g; Real Estate Investor) I have labeled six REITs as strong buys and I just upgraded two others (as &l;span&g;strong buy&l;/span&g;s). As we enter 2018, most analysts have suspected that the fear of rising rates had already been priced in and nobody (including me) suspected that there would be an extreme February selloff in REIT-land.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Franklin Financial Network, Inc.(FSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Franklin Financial Network Inc (NYSE:FSB) was the target of a significant growth in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 836,831 shares, a growth of 66.9% from the May 31st total of 501,425 shares. Approximately 6.4% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 392,524 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.1 days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) was downgraded by research analysts at Compass Point from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Xylem Inc.(XYL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Given the need for food and energy in order to support booming population growth in emerging markets, there’ll be a need for significant investment in sustainable water solutions. It’s a compelling long-term investment case, and I think Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) and Pentair plc (NYSE:PNR) are stocks well-placed to play the investment theme. One of the interesting things about water is that there’s no lack of it or difficulty in finding it; the problem is ensuring its quality (for both potable water and wastewater) and transporting it to the right places. This means there’s likely to be good long-term demand for companies serving the market.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Hsbc Holdings PLC cut its holdings in Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) by 7.8% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 309,799 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 26,335 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Xylem were worth $23,830,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Dawson Geophysical Company(DWSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Dawson Geophysical (NASDAQ:DWSN) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Dawson Geophysical (NASDAQ:DWSN) was upgraded by stock analysts at TheStreet from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Tetra Tech Inc.(TTEK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in shares of Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK) by 6.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 37,544 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,262 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in Tetra Tech were worth $1,838,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tri-Tech (OTCMKTS: TRITF) and Tetra Tech (NASDAQ:TTEK) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2019: Fulton Financial Corporation(FULT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hsbc Holdings PLC lessened its stake in Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT) by 88.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 28,236 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 213,318 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Fulton Financial were worth $502,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of Fulton Financial (NASDAQ:FULT) in a research note published on Friday.

    FULT has been the subject of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Fulton Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, April 5th. BidaskClub downgraded Fulton Financial from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, April 4th. Hovde Group reiterated a hold rating and issued a $18.00 price objective on shares of Fulton Financial in a report on Monday, April 23rd. DA Davidson initiated coverage on Fulton Financial in a research note on Monday, March 26th. They set a neutral rating and a $18.00 price target for the company. Finally, Barclays cut their price target on Fulton Financial from $19.00 to $18.00 and set an underweight rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and nine have given a hold rating to the stock. Fulton Financial presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $18.29.

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