Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

If you're like most investors, you've been led to believe that it's impossible to earn large amounts of investment income without taking big risks.   This idea – which you'll hear from many financial advisors and brokers – is simply wrong.   It is possible to earn double-digit annual yields on your money – safely – by selling options.   So why doesn't everyone use this strategy to earn consistent income streams? Below, you'll find the five common objections I've heard from readers or that I've found on the Internet… and my responses to them.   REASON NO. 1: Option-selling strategies like covered calls are too risky. You'll earn 5% in premiums, but if the stock falls 25%, you're still down big!   This objection is 100% valid. The way most people approach covered calls is risky. (If you're unfamiliar with covered calls, I encourage you to read this essay.) These folks buy risky stocks because risky, volatile stocks typically offer larger cash premiums than safe, stable blue chips. But most people end up losing on risky covered-call positions because their stocks fall in value.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Pilgrim's Pride Corporation(PPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Bob Evans Farms breaking out while a comparison to possible peers in the remaining core business shows the stock had underperformed large caps Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) andTyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) and mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) when it was still in the restaurant business:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares ofmid cap Sanderson Farms more than doubling in value while mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) and large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) have been even better performers albeit shares are below previous highs and have been somewhat volatile:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Thanksgiving is almost here but the exit of both Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC) and Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) to focus on their chicken or pork businesses (the latter was also acquired by the Chinese) leaves just two big Thanksgiving turkey stocks, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB), for investors to consider. According to the American Far Bureau, a 16-pound turkey will (on average) come in at a total of $22.74 this year or roughly $1.42 per pound for a decrease of 2 cents per pound or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015. The price drop may be a transition back to the norm as the significant bird flu outbreak last year hurt the nations supply of both turkey and eggs.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Sanderson Farms doubling in value while mid cap Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) and large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) have been even better performers albeit shares are below their peaks and have been somewhat volatile:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday as short interest remains elevated at 31.17%according to Highshortinterest.comin the wake of the worstbird-flu outbreak in the US whichhad hurt demand and triggered import bans abroad. Net sales were up 11.0% to $2.252 billion while net income attributable to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation was $233.641 million versus $152.886 million.The earnings release noted:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for mid cap chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday(February 9th). Pilgrim’s Pride Corporationis the sixth most shorted stock on the Nasdaq with short interest of 41.76%according to Highshortinterest.com. Theelevated short interest comes in the wake of the worstbird-flu outbreak in the US whichhad hurt demand and triggered import bans abroad.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: PetroShare Corp. (PRHR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Just one company joined the calendar, micro-cap gunshot detector ShotSpotter (Pending:SSTI), and one micro-cap company filed, DJ Basin E&P PetroShare (OTCQB:PRHR). We had expected more JOBS-Act filers this week as Monday marked the first day to file for companies preparing for post-Memorial Day launches.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Haynes International, Inc.(HAYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 12 percent, and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.44 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), down 5 percent, and Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ: ROCK), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    ChannelAdvisor Corp (NASDAQ: ECOM) shares dropped 24 percent to $10.85 following Q4 results. ChannelAdvisor reported Q4 net income of $5.8 million on revenue of $31.8 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Gas Natural Inc.(EGAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gas Natural Inc (NYSE: EGAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share.

    Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $632.89 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ICPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT) dropped more than 17% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $60.97 after closing Thursday at $73.70. The 52-week high is $172.75. Volume of more than 10 million shares traded was about 12 times the daily average. The FDA on Thursday issued a warning letter on the company’s liver disease treatment.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap liver biopharmaceutical stock Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ICPT) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Monday with both the top and bottom lines beating expectations plus the Companyreported that amid-stage clinical trial met its primary endpoint; but sharesended the day down13.26%. Intercept Pharmaceuticals recognized $30.4 million of net sales of Ocaliva for Q2 2017 versus $75k and a net loss of $86.6 million versus a net loss of $77.3 million. Ocaliva was approved by the U.S.FDA in May 2016 for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA. As of June 30, 2017,the Companyhad cash, cash equivalents and investment securities available for sale of approximately $550.3 million versus$689.4 million as of December 31, 2016. The CEO commented:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: International Lithium Corp. (ILHMF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    International Lithium [TSXV:ILC] (OTCPK:ILHMF) – Price = CAD 0.13

    International Lithium (ILC) is a small lithium explorer/project generator with four joint venture lithium projects, and one fully-owned lithium project:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Coach, Inc.(COH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Honorable Mention: Buy-rated Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) with a $49 price target.

    Energy: Halliburton

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is a top energy pick for four reasons: 1) the company’s significant leverage to the U.S. onshore market, 2) potential for incremental margin growth, 3) expectations for positive earnings revision and 4) strong balance sheet and a “well respected” management team.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coach (COH) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after reports that Kate Spade (KATE) had put itself up for sale caused shares of fashion-accessory retailers to rise.

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    Coach gained 2% to $35.14 at 4:20 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 dropped 0.8% to 2,249.92.

    Wells Fargo’s Ike Boruchow lists Coach among the companies that could be interest in buying Kate Spade:

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

    Coach’s market capitalization rose to $9.9 billion today from $9.7 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $461 million on sales of $4.5 billion in fiscal 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    When we examined historical transactions in the specialty retail sector, we noticed a wide range of valuations. Select relevant transactions to consider would be ~2x EV/Sales Coach (COH) paid for Stuart Weitzman, Samsonites acquisition of Tumi at 14x EV/EBITDA, 13x EV/EBITDA for Joseph A. Banks by Mens Wearhouse (TLRD) and Kerings acquisition of Volcom for 18x EV/EBITDA. We believe potential valuation could be as high as ~2x EV/ Sales and ~14x EV/EBITDA given Kate Spade’s unique growth profile to expand to ~$4bn in revenue (from $1.4bn in FY16) and improving profitability from 12% EBIT margin TY to at least HTeens-LDD, in our view (Coach is 18.7% and Michael Kors (KORS) is 21.3%). On these two metrics, Kate Spade would be valued at $21-23…

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    …formal language on deal prospects articulates process is proceeding in a timely manner with no definitive timetable and no assurance that process will result in a transaction. We still expect a deal to happen, but do lower our probability from 80% to 70% given the likelihood that potential buyer(s) and KATE have not agreed on a clearing price in earlier rounds of negotiation. We believe a bidder such as Coach (COH) does not want to overpay, is disciplined about managing ROIC, and returns and synergies split may be more rational at an offer price in the range of $22-25. We continue to believe KATE has a long global growth runway ahead with opportunities for store growth abroad, further expansion into non-handbag categories, and supply + digital synergy potential…We rate KATE Market Perform and lower our price target to $21 (was $27). Our updated valuation is based on ~10x our FY18E adj. EBITDA or $284mm.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kate Spade (KATE) caught a bounce on Wednesday when the Wall Street Journalreported that it was actively seeking a buyer. Since then, we’ve learned that the fashion accessories retailer looks set to auction itself off to the highest bidder, with the process potentially beginning next month, with bidders potentially including Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). In a note today, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analystPamela Quintiliano and team contend that Kate Spade could fetch as much as $23 a share:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Enphase Energy, Inc.(ENPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    UPDATE: I stand corrected. There does appear to be a reason for First Solar’s market-leading move today. Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson attributes the rise to the $10 million investment in Enphase Energy (ENPH), which makes “microinverter systems for the solar photovoltaic industry,” by investors T.J. Rodgers and John Doerr.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.(GLPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 3.25 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading. Gaming and Leisure Properties priced offering of 10.53 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $333 million.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    One way Penn has been able to unlock extra value is by spinning off a portion of operations as a real estate investment trust (REIT) as a way to split up the physical property from the gaming operations. Following that 2013 creation of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc(NASDAQ:GLPI),Penn essentially pays leasing fees to the REIT so it can focus on operations with a leaner balance sheet. Here’s a more in-depth analysis of the upside of Penn’s REIT model.

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