Top Stocks For 2019

Box investors came into Wednesday’s quarterly report with high expectations after the stock’s 32 percent rally this year. Even though the company’s fiscal first-quarter results topped estimates, the shares dropped as much as 10 percent Thursday morning.

Here are the key numbers from the report:

Earnings: Excluding certain items, loss of 7 cents per share vs. loss of 8 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters. Revenue: $140.5 million vs. $139.7 million as expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.

Revenue increased 20 percent in the quarter, according to a statement. The company’s billings revenue in the quarter totaled $116.7 million, above the FactSet analyst estimate of $113.1 million.

Top Stocks For 2019: Great Southern Bancorp, Inc.(GSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top Stocks For 2019: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    WGL Holdings Inc (NYSE:WGL)’s share price reached a new 52-week high during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $88.75 and last traded at $88.72, with a volume of 377688 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $88.56.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Franklin Resources Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of WGL Holdings Inc (NYSE:WGL) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 28,373 shares of the utilities provider’s stock, valued at approximately $2,374,000. Franklin Resources Inc. owned about 0.06% of WGL as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top Stocks For 2019: Loews Corporation(L)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    It’s not just that its general partner Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) has the ability to do so, It appears that both Boardwalk and Loews are seriously considering this option. Here’s Horton again on the call:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, units of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners rose 5%. The master limited partnership has seen its value consistently erode over the past year, but there’s been speculation in the last several months that controlling shareholder Loews (NYSE:L)could choose to buy out the limited partnership units. Some investors have been pleased at the idea of possibly getting a quick bump from recent low share prices, but longer-term unitholders aren’t thrilled about having held on this long only to have Loews buy them out at a bargain price. It’s unclear which side will win out, but today’s move at least makes it clear that investors are paying attention.

  • [By ]

    But now, with Schultz stepping back from his beloved company, the task of the righting the ship will fall to Johnson, who took over as a CEO just over a year ago. Schultz, who had already transitioned away from running the coffee chain’s day-to-day operations, announced earlier this month he'd be leaving the company, fueling speculation he could be gearing up for a political career. Veteran retailing executive Myron Ullman is taking over as the new head of the board as Schultz departs.

    #lazy-img-328688168:before{padding-top:69.82421875%;}Schultz (L) hands Johnson the key to the original Starbucks store during the annual shareholders’ meeting on March 22, 2017 in Seattle.Photographer: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

    While Schultz had been trying to expand the Seattle company’s premium business, dubbed Reserve, along with Italian bakery Princi, analysts have speculated that these may be put on the back burner under the new leadership. The company is also facing a resurgent McDonald’s, which has been advertising $2 cold-brew coffees, along with other steep discounts from fast-food rivals.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Loews (NYSE:L) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday morning.

    L has been the topic of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Loews from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 1st. Citigroup raised shares of Loews from a neutral rating to a buy rating and cut their price objective for the company from $63.10 to $30.70 in a research report on Monday, May 14th. Finally, Desjardins cut shares of Loews to a hold rating and set a $76.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $49.68.

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