Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

A huge swath of the corporate bond market is looking increasingly vulnerable.

Bonds with the lowest investment grade have been a market darling over the past decade, ballooning in size as low global interest rates drew fund managers seeking higher returns. But as borrowing costs climb to a four-year high just as investors begin to anticipate a downturn in the global economy, some analysts are starting to sound the alarm.

“We’re late in the credit cycle, and trying to figure out when everything turns,” said Erin Lyons, a senior credit strategist at New York-based research firm CreditSights Inc. “Some of these may eventually be downgraded.”

Notes in the lowest rungs above high-yield junk — in the BBB group from S&P Global Ratings or the Baa bucket from Moody’s Investors Service — total about $3 trillion, almost the size of Germany’s gross domestic product. The concern is that as rates rise it will cost companies more to roll over their obligations, and if earnings begin to slump as economic growth slows, that could blow out leverage ratios and lead to credit-rating cuts.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Stock Traders Buy Large Volume of Laboratory Corp. of America Put Options (LH) (americanbankingnews.com) Credit Suisse Group Lowers Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Wednesday (americanbankingnews.com) Can LaunchPad Aid LabCorp's (LH) Covance Arm in Q1 Earnings? (finance.yahoo.com) As Laboratory Corp Of America Holdings (LH) Shares Rose, Shareholder Veritas Investment Management Llp … (djzplanet.com)

    LH has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and set a $204.00 price target (up from $180.00) on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Laboratory Corp. of America from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Mizuho set a $178.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $183.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $189.19.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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    $2.92 Earnings Per Share Expected for LabCorp (LH) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Global Contract Research Organization Market 2018 Pioneers by 2023: Parexel, LabCorp (Covance), PRA, PPD … (theexpertconsulting.com) OmniSeq and LabCorp Launch OmniSeq Advance? Assay (nasdaq.com) LabCorp’s latest collaboration aims to accelerate personalized, genomic medicine (bizjournals.com) Can Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) Continue To Outperform Its Industry? (finance.yahoo.com)

    LH has been the topic of several analyst reports. Barclays lifted their target price on shares of LabCorp from $195.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, February 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of LabCorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $190.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $176.00 target price on shares of LabCorp in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. ValuEngine raised shares of LabCorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of LabCorp from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. LabCorp has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $191.06.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    MUFG Americas Holdings Corp trimmed its stake in LabCorp (NYSE:LH) by 55.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 10,683 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 13,073 shares during the quarter. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp’s holdings in LabCorp were worth $1,728,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Triangle Securities Wealth Management lifted its stake in Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) by 34.5% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 2,339 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 600 shares during the period. Triangle Securities Wealth Management’s holdings in Laboratory Corp. of America were worth $420,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Suncor Energy (TSE:SU) (NYSE:SU) had its price target lifted by TD Securities from C$57.00 to C$58.00 in a report published on Friday. TD Securities currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Schneider Electric SE (EPA:SU) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the fifteen brokerages that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is €81.00 ($94.19).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ING Groep NV lessened its stake in Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) (TSE:SU) by 7.4% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 25,470 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after selling 2,035 shares during the period. ING Groep NV’s holdings in Suncor Energy were worth $880,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Burcon Nutrascience Corp(BUR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Burford Capital Limited (LON:BUR) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the six research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 1,593.60 ($21.22).

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