The price of gold today (Friday, April 7) is at its highest level in nearly five months as investors buy safe havens in the wake of the Syrian air strike. As of 8:30 a.m., the metal is up 1.5% and trading at $1,272. That’s the highest since prices closed at $1,273 on Nov. 9, 2016.
It’s clear that gold’s been acting well of late, despite some renewed strength in the dollar.
Meanwhile, stocks appear to be stalling, while oil prices have bounced back and 10-year Treasuries have gained as well.
If we look at the gold price performance over the first quarter, there’s nothing to complain about. The precious metal gained 8.6% from Jan. 1 to March 31 and is currently up 10.4% on the year.
Compare that to just a 5.3% gain for the S&P 500 and you can see why gold is a great way to beat the broader market.
Top Stocks To Buy For 2018: Genomic Health, Inc.(GHDX)
- [By Brian Orelli]
Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) swung to a profit in the fourth quarter on the back of solid revenue growth and expects to have another productive year in 2017 as the company continues to increase reimbursement for its genetic tests.
- [By Brian Orelli]
Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) closed up 10.2% Tuesday following its announcement of solid fourth-quarter earnings after the bell Monday. The company’s 2017 guidance certainly didn’t hurt investors’ confidence either.
- [By Brian Orelli]
Cancer-test maker Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) started the year on a high note, posting double-digit revenue growth, and would have turned a profit if not for an $8.5 millionone-time charge for stopping development of the Oncotype SEQ Liquid Select test, which was announced on the last quarterly call.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) – Equities researchers at Piper Jaffray issued their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Genomic Health in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray analyst W. Quirk expects that the medical research company will post earnings of $0.06 per share for the quarter. Piper Jaffray has a “Hold” rating and a $33.00 price target on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Genomic Health’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.11 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.14 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.44 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.16 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.18 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.12 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.15 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.62 EPS.
Top Stocks To Buy For 2018: region(XIV)
- [By Money Morning News Team]
This led some traders to purchase leveraged ETFs that move inverse to the VIX, like theVelocityShares Daily Inv VIX Short Term(Nasdaq: XIV).
The VIX is a derivative of the broad S&P 500, and the XIV is a derivative of that derivative.
Top Stocks To Buy For 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Other stocks that were net sold include ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI). Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) was also sold by clients after the electric vehicle maker saw its stock hit a new all-time high in the middle of the month.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Phillips 66 is a multi-national company headquartered in Westchase, Houston. It was spun off from ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) in 1917.
Stock Return (Since 2012): 144.1 percent.
- [By Max Byerly]
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) SVP Janet Langford Kelly sold 59,389 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.95, for a total value of $3,916,704.55. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 100,600 shares in the company, valued at $6,634,570. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) also abandoned its leases in the Chukchi Sea earlier this year. It paid $506 million for the 98 leases off Alaska’s northern coast in 2008 and had plans to drill its first exploratory well in 2014 but dropped those ambitions due to regulatory uncertainty. It has also since decided to exit deepwater exploration altogether after drilling a string of dry holes in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Angola, and the Canadian Atlantic, Instead, ConocoPhillips plans to focus its future development efforts on lower-risk onshore shale development.
- [By Chris Dier-Scalise]
Among the brands being sold were Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), which both paid out dividends in December. The financial and oil sectors also experienced a sell-off to finish 2016. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) were net sold as each reached new year-to-date highs and investors unloaded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) as their prices normalized with the rise in the price of oil.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
Spun off from energy producer ConocoPhillips (COP) a few years back, PSX has quickly become one of the downstream industrys biggest players. Refiners earn profits based on the difference between feed stock costs (Think oil and natural gas prices) and the price for refined products such as gasoline, jet fuel and heating oil. Those inputs remain low, and Phillips 66 is minting cash as a result.
Top Stocks To Buy For 2018: CareTrust REIT, Inc.(CTRE)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
CareTrust REIT (NASDAQ:CTRE) issued its earnings results on Tuesday. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.01, Briefing.com reports. The business had revenue of $38.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $36.99 million. CareTrust REIT had a net margin of 19.46% and a return on equity of 4.37%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 24.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.30 earnings per share. CareTrust REIT updated its FY18 guidance to $1.26-$1.28 EPS.
- [By Jason Hall, Chuck Saletta, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]
But that doesn’t mean you need to make risky bets to capture solid returns, either, and buying solid companies at reasonable prices can help create a margin of safety and improve your returns, while also decreasing your risk of permanent losses. Three stocks that meet these criteria are small healthcare real-estate specialistCaretrust REIT Inc(NASDAQ:CTRE), financial services giantPrudential Financial Inc(NYSE:PRU), and energy behemothExxonMobil Corporation(NYSE:XOM).
- [By Max Byerly]
BidaskClub upgraded shares of CareTrust REIT (NASDAQ:CTRE) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Wednesday.
Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a hold rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of CareTrust REIT in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Zacks Investment Research cut CareTrust REIT from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Stephens set a $19.00 target price on CareTrust REIT and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on CareTrust REIT in a research note on Monday, March 5th. They issued an overweight rating and a $16.00 target price on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a hold rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of CareTrust REIT in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. CareTrust REIT currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $17.90.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ: CTRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $22.21 million.
China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: HTHT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $1.39 billion.
Top Stocks To Buy For 2018: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)
- [By Javier Hasse]
Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.
Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.