Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2019

A number of years ago, Warren Buffett referred to derivatives as “financial weapons of mass destruction.” Since then, Wall Street has tried to pooh-pooh this description, but the facts speak for themselves.

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What is a derivative? Basically, it’s a bet couched as a complex financial instrument. Investopedia defines a derivative as “a security with a price that is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets.” More simply put, two institutions, usually banks, bet on the direction of an underlying asset, which might be stocks, bonds, interest rates, gold, currencies or indexes. For a more entertaining if depressing explanation, see the movie “The Big Short.”

Initially, derivatives were a hedge on a position held by the bank. For example, if a bank had a large portfolio of corporate debt, the portfolio manager might protect that position by using derivatives to take an opposite position, thereby hedging the holdings.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2019: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    (1) Hearing from numerous people that the much-hyped Consensus crypto/blockchain conference in New York this week has been one part organized chaos, one part light on thought-provoking insights. St. Louis Federal Reserve Gov. James Bullard’s speech was a snooze fest on Monday — the fact it’s published on the St. Louis Fed’s website ahead of time made the speech almost useless. Bitcoin prices stayed relatively flat on the first day of Consensus, probably as the crypto crazies were lacking those key influencer comments that would send prices ripping higher. Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey’s speech on Wednesday may be that fire-starter.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday continued the stock market’s upward momentum, with major benchmarks all posting solid gains and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite seeing an especially substantial advance. Earnings helped to lead the indexes higher, with good reports from several sectors of the market helping to build enthusiasm among investors that 2018 could extend the current bull run to a full decade even with the recent correction. Story stocks did particularly well, and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), and Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Two of the major social media companies are scheduled to report quarterly earnings this week. Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reports before market open Wednesday, Apr. 25, and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after market close the same day.

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Now, if Snap is going to compete with Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) and Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) to win social media users, it needs all hands on deck.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment, Matt Argersinger, who works on the Supernova portfolio’s Odyssey 1 mission, talks about a stock with a roller-coaster story behind it: Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). Anyone who has been paying much attention to the market knows that its stock price took major hits as its growth arc plateaued. But we’re still in the early chapters of this company’s story.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) shares short increased to 55.17 million from the previous level of 47.09 million. Shares traded recently at $31.84, in a 52-week trading range of $15.67 to $47.79.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2019: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.(AJG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) Director Frank E. Jr. English sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.07, for a total value of $144,140.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,400 shares in the company, valued at $605,388. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJan. 31, 2019 5:15 p.m. ET

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HRT Financial LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG) during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 3,197 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $208,000.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2019: Nobilis Health Corp.(HLTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Nobilis Health (NYSEAMERICAN:HLTH) (TSE:NHC) traded down 15.6% during mid-day trading on Tuesday following a dissappointing earnings announcement. The company traded as low as $1.35 and last traded at $1.35. 1,239,040 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 331% from the average session volume of 287,252 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.60.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2019: LGI Homes, Inc.(LGIH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Rich Smith, and Daniel Miller]

    So we asked three Motley Fool investors to highlight stocks they consider attractive stocks that might be a value investment today. Here’s why they picked General Motors (NYSE:GM), Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina (NYSE:LOMA), and LGI Homes (NASDAQ:LGIH). 

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wall Street moved lower on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffering a 201-point decline. Stocks took their cues from the bond market, where bond prices dropped sharply in response to extremely strong U.S. economic data. For years, the economic expansion has given bond investors a Goldilocks scenario, in which growth was solid but not so sharp as to cause negative side effects, such as inflation. Now, stronger signals could force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more aggressively than previously thought, and that could hurt the markets. Several individual companies also suffered from bad news that sent their shares lower. Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK), International Speedway (NASDAQ:ISCA), and LGI Homes (NASDAQ:LGIH) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Priestley: LGI (NASDAQ:LGIH) is the last company we’re going to talk about. Again, they’re another luxury home builder focused in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Similar market cap to Meritage with $1.5 billion. The past 12 months, this stock is up 124%, which seems incredible.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2019: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) chief economist Jan Hatzius has a message for the markets. Hatzius said in a research note on Monday that U.S. GDP has likely peaked. “The current pace is probably as good as it gets because we expect the impulse from financial conditions to gradually turn more negative,” Hatzius said.
    The European Union slapped America with roughly $3.3 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods. The tariffs, which are in retaliation to the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, will go into effect in July. They specifically target products like cigarettes, whiskey, denim, and orange juice.
    Stocks to Watch Today: AVGO, AGN, GOOGL, TSLA
    Broadcom Ltd. (Nasdaq: AVGO) leads a busy day of earnings reports. Wall Street anticipates the firm will report earnings per share of $4.77 on top of $5.00 billion in revenue. Uncertainty still remains on whether the company will be able to purchase industry rival Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) in a deal that would be the largest technology merger in the history of the markets.
    Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) are under pressure due to more regulatory scrutiny by the European Union. Shares were off slightly this morning as investors digested a report from The Financial Times indicating the EU will hit the firm with a antitrust fine.
    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock popped nearly 10% Wednesday, crushing short sellers of the stock. Investors betting against the stock lost a collective $1 billion on paper yesterday, according to S3 Partners. This week, founder Elon Musk won a battle to maintain his roles as both CEO and chair. He also provided a boost of optimism to TSLA stock over production expectations for the Model 3 vehicle.
    Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN) shares are up 2.4% thanks to its latest activist investor. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn purchased a small stake in the drug maker at a time when other activist investors are pushing for strategic changes by the company.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Shares of Conn’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN), a specialty retailer selling merchandise such as furniture, electronics, and home office supplies, are jumping 18% as of 11:26 a.m. EDT, after the company easily topped analysts’ earnings estimates during the fiscal 2019 first quarter.

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: WDAY, AMZN, NKE
    Workday Inc. (Nasdaq: WDAY) leads a busy day of earnings reports Tuesday. The firm will present its quarterly report after the bell. Wall Street expects that the company will report earnings per share of $0.26 on top of $633.1 million in revenue. Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) will be generating a lot of buzz today. The e-commerce giant apparently has its eyes on the $88 billion online advertising industry. The firm plans to take direct aim at rivals Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB). Amazon is very close to becoming the second company to surpass the $1 trillion threshold for market capitalization. Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) is making headlines the week before the NFL’s opening week starts. The sports apparel giant announced that former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be one of the faces of its 30th anniversary commemorations for its “Just Do It” campaign. Kaepernick has been one of the NFL’s most polarizing figures after he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police abuse against African Americans and other social injustices. Look for earnings reports from Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RH), Casey’s General Stores Inc. (Nasdaq: CASY), Conns Inc. (Nasdaq: CONN), Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL), HealthEquity Inc. (NYSE: HQY), and Coupa Software Inc. (Nasdaq: COUP).

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wall Street analysts expect Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ:CONN) to announce $384.69 million in sales for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have issued estimates for Conn’s’ earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $388.79 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $381.46 million. Conn’s reported sales of $373.17 million in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 3.1%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, December 6th.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Conn’s Inc (NASDAQ:CONN)’s share price was down 13.2% during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $35.15 and last traded at $35.60. Approximately 3,673,115 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 625% from the average daily volume of 506,961 shares. The stock had previously closed at $41.00.

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