Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019

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&l;img class=&q;dam-image getty size-large wp-image-979230098&q; src=&q;https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/dam/imageserve/979230098/960×0.jpg?fit=scale&q; data-height=&q;640&q; data-width=&q;960&q;&g;During my youth, I recall listening to &a;ldquo;Top 40&a;rdquo; radio, especially on weekends when Casey Kasem&a;rsquo;s countdown would be on the air. I can still hear his theme song in my head – and his folksy, informed voice. Where would my favorite songs be on this week&a;rsquo;s Billboard chart, I wondered? I loved the weekly drama, the anticipation of the rankings, and counting up with Casey from &a;ldquo;number 40 all the way to the top.&a;rdquo; I naturally found myself agreeing with the popularity presented. Oh, I see – that song&a;rsquo;s better than the prior song. Imagine!

Quite charming and funny in hindsight.

And yet, as the funny human creatures we are, we seem quite oriented to rankings &a;ndash; anywhere you look: the best movies, the best books, the top designers. The best schools, top-ranked hospitals, safest SUVs. Top-grossing actors and actresses. People&a;rsquo;s Choice Awards. The top 5 this, or bottom 7 that – it&a;rsquo;s everywhere. And truth be told, you &a;amp; I are often ranking even more important, personal aspects of our life. My 3 best friends. My favorite family member. (Or my least favorite.) My favorite teacher. My favorite foods, and restaurants, and vacation spots, etc.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Harmonic Inc.(HLIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [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 Ethan Ryder]

    Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

  • [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 Ethan Ryder]

    Vuzix (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a positive day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks jumped following an uneventful weekend, tapering their gains as the session came to a close. Some had feared that China might retaliate once again after the U.S. issued a second round of tariffs against the nation with the world’s second-largest economy, but the expected fireworks didn’t come, putting market participants more at ease. The beginning of earnings season in the next week will also distract investors from geopolitical issues, perhaps allowing indexes to climb further. Yet some individual stocks had difficulties that sent their shares lower. Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), Menlo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MNLO), and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 6.5% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Tuesday at $10.77. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company reported uninspiring first-quarter results this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 5.2% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Monday at $10.62. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than three times the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday. About half an hour before the closing bell the stock traded up about 2% for the day.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Radian Group (NYSE: RDN) and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Equifax, Inc.(EFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) which rose 6% to $124.70. The stock’s 52-week range is $89.59 to $147.02. Volume was 2.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 1 million.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Companies that get a bad reputation from consumers often do so because they don’t have to make their experience better to keep customers. Great examples of this are a cable company that operates as a monopoly in many areas, like Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), or a bank you just can’t get away from, like Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Or even a company with all kinds of data about you that doesn’t seem to manage that data carefully, like Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). 

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Investor Events

    Analyst/investor days for: PayPal Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL), Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), S&P Global Inc (NYSE: SPGI), Total System Services, Inc (NYSE: TSS), and TTM Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: TTMI)
    Roku, Inc (NASDAQ: ROKU) annual shareholder meeting
    Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX) will meet with investors in L.A.

    Friday

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: VirnetX Holding Corp(VHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    VirnetX Holding Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN: VHC) announced Friday morning that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has affirmed an April 2018 jury verdict granting the company a $506.2 million award in a patent infringement case against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). The court denied Apple’s request for a new trial in the case, and it also includes supplemental damages, a sunset royalty (paid when infringing products are phased out) and interest and costs.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Late Tuesday, a federal court jury in the eastern district of Texas awarded VirnetX Holding Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN: VHC) $502.6 million in a case that VirnetX brought against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) regarding infringement of VirnetX patents and patented technology.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    VHC traded up $0.10 on Tuesday, hitting $4.10. 918,663 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 270,649. VirnetX has a 12 month low of $2.03 and a 12 month high of $8.75.

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own For 2019: Barnes & Noble, Inc.(BKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) may sell itself. According to The Wall Street Journal:

    Barnes & Noble Inc. said it is considering a sale after receiving interest from multiple parties including its executive chairman, Leonard Riggio, the latest twist for the embattled bookseller as its business reaches a critical juncture following years of decline.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) has been the markets’ punching bag over the past couple of years, and things don’t seem to be changing anytime soon. The bookstore released its most recent quarterly results before the markets opened on Thursday, and this was met with investor trepidation.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 21, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of book retailer Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) have surged today, up by 11% as of 12:37 p.m. EDT, after a prominent institutional investor disclosed a higher stake. Richard Schottenfeld’s Schottenfeld Opportunities Fund is pushing for a sale of the company.

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    Stocks to Watch Today: STZ, AMZN, BKS
    Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) leads today’s list of companies reporting earnings. The spirits giant reported earnings per share of $2.87 on top of $2.30 billion in revenue. Those figures topped consensus expectations of $2.58 on top of $2.25 billion. The company also announced it had increased its 2019 fiscal guidance. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is generating some negative press this morning. The e-commerce giant had announced an hourly wage hike for its workers on Tuesday. However, as we dig deeper into the announcement, it turns out that the firm has eliminated monthly bonuses and stock awards from its hourly employees. In addition, Bloomberg is reporting that Chinese equipment manufacturer Super Micro may have allowed microchips that could be used for spying into equipment run in Amazon Web Services. Amazon has denied the report. In deal news, Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) shares popped 18% on news that the firm is exploring a potential sale. According to reports, the firm has received interest from several parties, including the firm’s chair, Leonard Riggio, who developed Barnes & Noble’s modern franchise in 1971. Shares of BKS stock had been off about 18% since January as the firm continues to struggle against Amazon and faces a difficult retail environment. Look for other earnings reports from Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST), International Speedway Corp. (NASDAQ: ISCA), and Sky Solar Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: SKYS)

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