Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019

September 5, 2018: Markets opened lower again Wednesday with the Nasdaq Composite plunging even lower, likely as a response to the Senate committee hearings with Twitter’s CEO and Facebook’s COO. The blue chippers made a tentative move out of the red, but look to do no better at the end of the day than trade flat. Trade issues between the United States and Canada added to today’s worries as did the further weakness in some emerging market currencies.

WTI crude oil for October delivery settled at $68.72 a barrel, down 1.7% on the day. December gold added 0.2% to settle at $1,201.30. Equities were heading for a narrowly lower close about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded almost flat, up 0.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.31%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 1.13%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTU8) for September delivery traded at $6,905, down about 6% on the Cboe after opening at $7,355 this morning. The trading range today was $6,830 to $7,395.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Texas Roadhouse, Inc.(TXRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Lord Abbett & CO. LLC raised its position in Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) by 11.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 807,529 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 81,975 shares during the quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC’s holdings in Texas Roadhouse were worth $46,659,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    In today’s episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser go through some of the messy metrics from this quarter and explain which areas long-term investors should focus on to track how the company is doing. Also, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) clocked in another good quarter, but how can the restaurant grow from here? Virtual healthcare provider Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) reports earnings later today, and long-term investors should watch for progress in these key metrics. Tune in to find out more.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) was downgraded by BTIG Research from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report released on Thursday, The Fly reports.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Harmonic Inc.(HLIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report released on Tuesday morning.

    Several other research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Harmonic from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Northland Securities set a $7.00 price objective on Harmonic and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. ValuEngine downgraded Harmonic from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. TheStreet upgraded Harmonic from a d rating to a c- rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Finally, Raymond James upgraded Harmonic from an underperform rating to a market perform rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $5.31.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT) Director William F. Reddersen acquired 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 21st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $3.99 per share, with a total value of $19,950.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 199,574 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $796,300.26. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: Life Storage, Inc. (LSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Life Storage (NYSE:LSI)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by investment analysts at BMO Capital Markets in a report released on Wednesday. They currently have a $87.00 target price on the real estate investment trust’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price would suggest a potential downside of 8.83% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mackay Shields LLC lessened its stake in Life Storage Inc (NYSE:LSI) by 12.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 37,748 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 5,612 shares during the quarter. Mackay Shields LLC owned approximately 0.08% of Life Storage worth $3,673,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Life Storage Inc (NYSE:LSI) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group lifted their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of Life Storage in a note issued to investors on Monday, June 4th. Jefferies Group analyst G. Hoglund now anticipates that the real estate investment trust will earn $5.38 per share for the year, up from their prior estimate of $5.34. Jefferies Group has a “Hold” rating and a $82.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Life Storage’s FY2019 earnings at $5.57 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: United Fire Group, Inc(UFCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    United Fire & Casualty (NASDAQ:UFCS) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $53.47 and last traded at $53.26, with a volume of 1018 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.84.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    United Fire Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UFCS) was downgraded to hold from buy at Sandler O’Neill. The 52-week trading range for the shares has been $38.95 to $58.46. The stock closed Monday at $56, so this could be another valuation call.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News stories about United Fire Group (NASDAQ:UFCS) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Fire Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 48.2793119465098 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2019: EQT Corporation(EQT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of EQT Co. (NYSE:EQT) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor acquired 4,022 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock, valued at approximately $191,000.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which rose about 10% to $53.35. The stock’s 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was nearly 11 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    EquiTrader (CURRENCY:EQT) traded up 6.5% against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 23:00 PM ET on June 3rd. One EquiTrader coin can now be purchased for $0.13 or 0.00001662 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including CryptoBridge, Cryptopia and CoinExchange. EquiTrader has a market cap of $1.37 million and approximately $1,213.00 worth of EquiTrader was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, EquiTrader has traded 8.8% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its stake in shares of EQT (NYSE:EQT) by 85.4% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,281 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after purchasing an additional 31,000 shares during the quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale’s holdings in EQT were worth $3,219,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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