Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019

Many biotech stocks took a beating as price gouging from the likes of Valeant (Nitropress), Mylan (epi-pens), and Turing (Daraprim) became a political issue during last year’s presidential campaign. Consequently, we enter 2017 with many companies priced so attractively that they have become acquisition targets. Todd Hagopian outlines his top takeover targets.

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Todd started his Biotech fund at Marketocracy in March, 2011. Since then, his fund has returned an average annual return of 26%, outperforming the S&P 500’s return of just under 12% for the same period, and every equity fund manager in the country for the last five and three year periods. Before taking anyone’s investment advice, you should always check out their track record. Here is Todd’s.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Trust II(VKI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Van ECK Associates Corp increased its position in shares of Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Tr II (NYSEAMERICAN:VKI) by 14.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 138,408 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 17,899 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp owned 0.31% of Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Tr II worth $1,475,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Tr II (NYSEAMERICAN:VKI) declared a monthly dividend on Thursday, August 2nd, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 14th will be given a dividend of 0.0517 per share by the financial services provider on Friday, August 31st. This represents a $0.62 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.77%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 13th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wedbush Securities Inc. bought a new stake in Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Trust II (NYSEAMERICAN:VKI) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund bought 35,963 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $382,000. Wedbush Securities Inc. owned 0.08% of Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Trust II as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Invesco Advantage Municipal Income Tr II (NYSEAMERICAN:VKI) declared a monthly dividend on Tuesday, October 2nd, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 16th will be given a dividend of 0.0493 per share by the financial services provider on Wednesday, October 31st. This represents a $0.59 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 15th.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc.(FBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Shares of First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:FBNK) are soaring today, rising by more than 19% as of 11:00 a.m. EDT on news of an acquisition. The parent company of Farmington Bank will be acquired by People’s United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) in an all-stock transaction valued at $544 million.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Spark Investment Management LLC decreased its position in First Connecticut Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FBNK) by 20.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 10,400 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 2,700 shares during the period. Spark Investment Management LLC owned 0.07% of First Connecticut Bancorp worth $318,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Southern Missouri Bancorp (NASDAQ: SMBC) and First Connecticut Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Connecticut Bancorp (NASDAQ: FBNK) and Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE:BHLB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Advantage Lithium Corp. (AVLIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Advantage Lithium (OTCQX:AVLIF) is a strategic advanced junior lithium exploration company that operates between Lithium Americas and Orocobre in the Cauchari-Olaroz basin. Orocobre is the largest shareholder in the company with a 30% equity stake, coupled with a 25% interest in the project. Over the past few months, the company has been moving towards completing the second stage of its drilling campaign, which will be completed in May 2018 and will then be followed on with an updated Natural Resource Estimate Study. This will allow the company to move into phase three of its drilling efforts, which will utilize larger drills to further define the resource, with a Feasibility Study expected to be completed in the first part of 2019.

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    Other juniors include: Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [TSXV:AAL], AIS Resources [TSXV:AIS] (OTCQB:AISSF), American Lithium Corp. [TSX-V: LI] (OTCQB:LIACF), Argentina Lithium and Energy Corp. [TSXV:LIT] (OTCQB:PNXLF), Argosy Minerals [ASX:AGY] (OTC:ARYMF), AVZ Minerals [ASX:AVZ] (OTC:AZZVF), Bacanora Minerals [TSXV:BCN] [AIM:BCN] [GR:1BQ] (OTC:BCRMF), Birimian Ltd [ASX:BGS] (OTC:EEYMF), Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] [GR:F12] (OTCQX:CRECF), Dajin Resources [TSXV:DJI] (OTCPK:DJIFF), Enigri (private), Eramet (EN Paris:ERA) (OTCPK:ERMAY), European Metals Holdings [ASX:EMH] [AIM:EMH] [GR:E861] (OTC:ERPNF), Far Resources [CSE:FAT] (OTCPK:FRRSF), Force Commodities [ASX:4CE], Kidman Resources [ASX:KDR] [GR:6KR], Latin Resources Ltd [ASX: LRS] (OTC:LAXXF), Lithium Australia [ASX:LIT] (OTC:LMMFF), Lithium Power International [ASX:LPI] (OTC:LTHHF), LSC Lithium [TSXV:LSC] (OTC:LSSCF), MetalsTech [ASX:MTC], MGX Minerals [CSE:XMG] (OTC:MGXMF), Millennial Lithium Corp. [TSXV:ML] (OTCQB:MLNLF), Neo Lithium [TSXV:NLC] (OTC:NTTHF), NRG Metals Inc. [TSXV:NGZ] (OTCQB:NRGMF), Nemaska Lithium [TSX:NMX] [GR:NOT] (OTCQX:NMKEF), North American Lithium (private), Piedmont Lithium [ASX:PLL] (OTC:PLLLY), Prospect Resources [ASX:PSC], Sayona Mining [ASX:SYA] (OTCPK:DMNXF), Savannah Resources [LSE:SAV], Standard Lithium [TSXV:SLL] (OTC:STLHF), and Wealth Minerals [TSXV:WML] (OTCQB:WMLLF).

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    The following 6 companies are on the bench for the index:

    Advantage Lithium (OTCQX:AVLIF) Argosy Minerals (OTCPK:ARYMF) Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) Critical Elements (OTCQX:CRECF) NEO Lithium (OTCQX:NTTHF) Wealth Minerals (OTCQX:WMLLF)

    “Bench” is a sports analogy meaning that one or more of them could be added in the future if one of the above companies becomes a producer, is acquired, or the market capitalization (“cap”) of one or more of the index holdings falls significantly below that of one or more companies on the bench.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    EMCORE Co. (NASDAQ:EMKR) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $6.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about EMCORE (NASDAQ:EMKR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news 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. EMCORE earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.9972095148836 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about EMCORE (NASDAQ:EMKR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. EMCORE earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.6118508960632 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is the most shorted stock on the NASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    EMCORE Co. (NASDAQ:EMKR) traded up 8% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $5.10 and last traded at $5.26. 11,341 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 95% from the average session volume of 216,974 shares. The stock had previously closed at $4.87.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy For 2019: Rex Energy Corporation(REXX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News stories about Rex Energy (NASDAQ:REXX) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rex Energy earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 45.4610840717308 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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