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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

Retirement investing is not what it used to be. In the old days, one could just invest in the safe stocks to buy, in blue chips, in a nice ladder of bonds, and do just fine.

Alas, the market has significantly changed. Much of this is due to the historically low interest rates weve had.

The problem with the Federal Reserves attempt to goose the economy is that it killed bond yields, forcing retired investors further out onto the risk curve, making it difficult to find safe stocks to buy. That has pushed stock prices far higher than they should be, if one subscribes (as I do) to the Peter Lynch theory that a stocks price should reflect its net income growth rate to be added to a list of stocks to buy.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: BlackRock, Inc.(BLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Vanguard's latest fee cuts answer two such moves this year, including one this month, by rival BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and one fee reduction announcement by Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Nintendo has a new stockholder: Shares of video game console maker Nintendo (NTDOY) rose slightly on news asset manager BlackRock (BLK) owns a 5.17% stake. With the new Nintendo Switch console being met with strong demand, the disclosure shouldn’t come as a shocker. If there is anything I have learned from covering Nintendo through the years, it’s that when the stock gets hot it tends to stay hot until something causes investors to reverse course. Nintendo’s stock is up 23% in the last three months, but look for more gains in the short-term. 

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.(SBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Instead of competing in one-off auctions, the traditional method of acquiring homes and the one preferred by Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) and American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) , the company is obtaining non-performing loans in pools that include thousands of loans. The ultimate outcome of these different models is unknown, but the market hasso far supported Altisource Residential.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE: SBY) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $21.47. Tricon Capital Group Inc. announced plans to buy Silver Bay Realty Trust for $21.50 per share.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    CORNING INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CORNING INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.73 versus $1.34 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 20.2% in earnings ($1.38 versus $1.73).

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate CORNING INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, CORNING INC’s return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    GLW, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

     

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Back on December 5th of 2013, we added Corning (GLW) to our list around $16 and change. The stock ended up moving to a high of just over $25 per share early last year for roughly a 50% gain. Well, the stock has since come off again trading all the way back down to under $16 per share back in August of last year, before finding its way back up above $18 just yesterday. The context here is two-fold. First, the valuation metrics for GLW are once again suggesting another undervalued opportunity for a Company that is the clear leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Annaly Capital Management Inc(NLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Another tax-law provision gives favorable tax status to real-estate investment trusts. REITs make investments in real estate-related assets, and they’re required to pay out almost all their income to their shareholders annually.
    Simon Property Group (SPG) is one of the biggest REITs, focusing on shopping malls and paying a 3 percent yield. But other specialty areas of the REIT universe pay much higher dividends, with REITs like Annaly Capital (NLY) that invest in mortgage-backed securities topping the list with double-digit percentage yields.

  • [By Boniface Murigu]

    It’s no secret that mREITs such as American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) , Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) ,and CYS Investmentshave gone through a very turbulent trading period, with all major players losing a sizable share of market value.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Trinity Industries Inc.(TRN)

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 Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about high options activity in Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE: TRN).

    He said that options traders bought 5,200 contracts of the January 36 calls for $1.15 in the first half of the trading session. The trade breaks even at $37.15 or 3.17 percent above the closing price Monday. Najarian believes the stock is going to break out on the upside and he decided to follow the trade and buy the January calls. He is going to hold the position for two weeks.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Also seen aswinners are equipment and fixtures makers, from construction to rail to transports. Trinity Industries Inc. (NYSE: TRN), largely considered a rail winner, was up 1.4% at $27.20 late on Monday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as metal & mining stocks rallied sharply after President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders meant to increase spending on infrastructure.

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    Freeport-McMoRangained 8.4% to $17.04 at 4:12 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,280.07.

    In a note released yesterday, Jefferies analyst Christopher LaFemina and team noted that investor interest in Freeport-McMoRan and other miners has been rising:

    We met with 52 investors in the US over the past two weeks and have done calls with 117 investors globally over the past three weeks. This all follows a week of 30 investor meetings in London in December. The mix has been slightly more hedge funds than long only funds, but long only interest in mining has greatly increased. We expect the sector to outperform as fundamentals improve and long only rotation into mining continues. Buy Glencore, Freeport-McMoRan, Fortescue Metals, Rio Tinto (RIO), and BHP Billiton (BHP).

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization rose to $24.6 billion today from $21.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $12.2 billion on sales of $16.3 billion in 2015.

    Freeport-McMoRan is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX). He said that traders were buying the January 13, 14-strike calls on Tuesday. He added that these calls expire prior to the earnings release and he is wondering if someone is betting that the company is going to pre-announce earnings results. Around 9,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and Jon Najarian decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position in Freeport-McMoRan for a week.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) ledthe S&P 500 today lower today after metal prices fell on concerns that President Donald J. Trump won’t be able to pass his pro-growth agenda.

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    Freeport-McMoRandropped 4.7% to $12.21, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,341.59.

    Evercore ISI’s Dennis DeBusschere and team discuss the impact of the healthcare failure on risky assists like commodities:

    Risk assets are lower globally as the USD continues to lead bond yields, global equities and commodity prices lower. The DXY is down -3% since March 10th and the declines accelerated overnight as investor concerns over the size, timing and likelihood of fiscal stimulus grow. In addition, PBoC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan noted that China is at the end of ultra-easing measures. The recent drumbeat of news from China noting that they are moving away from growth at all costs has helped push commodity prices lower. Declines in copper, iron ore and steel accelerated overnight.

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization fell to $17.6 billion.It reported a net lossof $3.9 billion on sales of $14.6 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Over the last year, the number of short positions on gold stocks has fallen. One of these stocks is a Canadian gold mining company called NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG). In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400. This shows a shift in sentiment from bearish to bullish for gold.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    When an investor thinks of Canadian gold mining stocks, NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEMKT:NG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) are often the first names to come to mind. And well they should. Yamana Gold is a $2.5 billion giant, and NovaGold Resources seems to have been around forever.

    Those two icons aren’t the only way to tap into Canada’s sizeable gold mining industry though. There’s a small, up-and-coming player called Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:TNREF, TSX:TRO) that could end up becoming another key fixture of the country’s mining landscape.

    Taranis develops mineral deposits into mine-ready projects. Its primary project right now — and it’s enough to keep the company plenty busy for the next several years — is the Thor property located near Trout Lake, British Columbia. NI 43-101 resource reports (indicated and inferred)suggest Thor contains 6.9 million ounces of silver, 35,000 ounces gold, 57 million pounds of lead, 79.4 million pounds of zinc and 3.3 Million pounds of copper (roughly a 14 million ounce silver equivalent (“AgEq”) deposit*) laying in wait in a way that lends itself to the establishment of a low-cost, open pit mining operation. That’s roughly $300 million worth of marketable metals, and the estimates have been steadily getting bigger as Tanaris does more survey work.

    And 2017 could be a real breakout year for Taranis, as a lot of the work that’s been done to date starts to mean something. It’s got big exploration plans for this year… this spring/summer to be exact.

    The Phase 1 program was completed in September of last year, setting the stage for a more defined and much bigger Phase 2 definition-drilling within the next several weeks. This Phase 2 definition drilling slated for the middle of this year will drill down to between 6000 m and 10,000 m.

    These so-called first generation target areas are generally well understood areas based on sound geological information includ

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited(MPSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd. (NYSE:MPSX) shares jumped 23% as of noon EST today, on the news that the packaging company would be acquired by WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) in a deal worth $2.3 billion, including nearly $900 million of debt.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Shenandoah Telecommunications Co(SHEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said that Shenandoah Telecommunications (SHEN) is expensive at 60 times earnings, and without a dividend, he also took a pass on that one.

    Finally, Cramer said Hudson Technologies (HDSN) was a great stock to own in 2016, when shares soared 170%, but this year, he cannot recommend this high-flying refrigeration company.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and TIM Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE: TSU) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.99 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: CHT), down 3 percent, and Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 4 percent.

penny stock finder

Which biotechs have high prospects of being acquired in the near future? Many would place Incyte (NASDAQ:INCY) near the top of the list. The company’s oncology portfolio makes it an attractive target.But a target for whom?

Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), and Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) stand out as three of the most likely suitors for Incyte. Here’s why these big drugmakers could be interested in making a significant acquisition.

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A perfect match

When industry observers were asked in 2016 which company they thought was most likely to buy Incyte, Gilead Sciences was the top answer. In some ways, Gilead and Incyte make an ideal match.

Investors are anxious for Gilead to make an acquisition to help plug the leak from its declining hepatitis C franchise sales. Gilead’s executives have also stated that a strategic deal ranks as one of their top priorities. The company’s CEO even identified strengthening Gilead’s oncology product lineup as a primary objective, but also mentioned augmenting its inflammation and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) pipelines.

penny stock finder: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ARNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.09 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA), down 6 percent, and Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER), down 5 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) posted a new 52-week low of $1.20 on Tuesday, down about 19% compared with Monday’s closing price of $1.48. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.16. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company priced a secondary offering of 60 million shares at $1.15 per share, a path guaranteed to enrage existing investors.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Eisai partnered with Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA) several years ago on obesity drug Belviq. The drug won U.S. regulatory approval in 2012, but sales have been underwhelming. As a result, Arena sold Belviq to Eisai earlier this year.

penny stock finder: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.(WASH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

penny stock finder: Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc.(OLLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    All is not lost for retail, however. Cramer continued to recommend the closeout and discount chains like TJX Stores (TJX) , Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (OLLI) and Burlington Stores (BURL) . He was also bullish on those who cater to the millennials, like Six Flags (SIX) , Dave & Busters (PLAY) and Foot Locker (FL) , where trying on shoes never seems to go out of style.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OLLI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $190.44 million.

    MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) is projected to post earnings for the latest quarter.

penny stock finder: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), down 3 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

penny stock finder: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

penny stock finder: EQT GP Holdings, LP(EQGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Not only does Jana consider the deal price overvalued, but it looks to redirect EQT’s focus to a breakup of pipeline operations to transform the core company into an exploration & production firm. The pipelines already trade publicly under EQT Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: EQM) and EQT GP Holdings LP (NYSE: EQGP).

japan stock market

The Middle East’s biggest airlines are suspending flights to Qatar as a major diplomatic crisis roils the region.

Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai and Gulf Air said Monday they would halt all flights in and out of Doha, the Qatari capital, starting Tuesday morning.

The news comes after the governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Egypt broke off relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Kuwait and Oman are the only members of the Gulf Cooperation Council that have not joined the boycott.

Saudi Arabia banned Qatar Airways from flying to the kingdom, or using its airspace, starting Tuesday. And all Saudi carriers were banned, with immediate effect, from flying to Doha.

The UAE said it was closing its airspace and seaports for Qataris and “banning all Qatari means of transportation.”

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, said its Doha service would also be suspended until further notice.

japan stock market: Agenus Inc.(AGEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN) rose 22.99% to $3.37 after the company reported positive follow-on Phase 2 results for brain cancer vaccine.

    Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) shares jumped 18.23% to $10.18 after private equity firm Sycamore Partners bought a 7.96% stake in the company.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [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 Friday's regular session.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Agenus Inc (NASDAQ:AGEN), a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies, had fallen about 14.5% as of 3:20 p.m. EST on Wednesday. Investors weren’t too thrilled about its cancer vaccine’s recent clinical trial failure.

japan stock market: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company(CTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Finbox.io fair value data (as of January 4) shows that there are only five US manufacturing stocks that have 25% or more margin of safety: Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA), Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE: CTB), Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ: FARM), Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE: AGN) and Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA).

japan stock market: LendingClub Corporation(LC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Balson]

    Lending Club’s (LC) acting CEO Scott Sanborn replies to company’s investors and assures that company is in strong financial position and enough cash flow in balance sheet. “Cash and securities amount to $868 million.” He replies.

    Scott Sanborn also ensured company’s investors through e-mail who buys company’s loans, “We plan to be around for many years.”

    But as per company’s website Leading Club’s loan investors, “May not receive full amount, if it goes out of business.” Or could see delayed payments. 

japan stock market: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

VF Corp (VFC) Leads 6 Dividend Stocks Boosting Payouts

The S&P 500 Index was roughly flat last week as investors digested a slew of earnings reports and new economic data, including a favorable reading on third-quarter U.S. GDP growth on Friday. In addition to higher earnings, many companies also announced growing dividends.

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Here are six dividend stocks increasing payouts.

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) announced a 10% increase to its quarterly dividend, raising it from 42 cents per share to 46 cents. Dividends will be paid from the apparel and footwear company on Dec. 18 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 8. VFC shares become ex-dividend on Dec. 7.
VFC Dividend Yield: 2.6%

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) increased its quarterly dividend by 5% to 45 cents per share from 43 cents. Shareholders of record as of Nov. 15 will receive dividends from the life and health insurance provider on Dec. 1. The company’s shares trade ex-dividend on Nov. 14.
AFL Dividend Yield: 2.1%

Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP) grew its quarterly dividend from 55 cents per share to 56.5 cents, representing a raise of 3%. The energy transportation, storage and logistics company will pay out its higher dividends to shareholders of record as of Nov. 7 on Nov. 14. ETP shares trade ex-dividend on Nov. 6.
ETP Dividend Yield: 12.9%

EQT Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:EQM) increased its quarterly dividend by 5%, raising its payment to 98 cents per share from 93.5 cents. Shareholders of record as of Nov. 3 will receive dividends from the midstream energy company on Nov. 14. The company’s shares trade ex-dividend on Nov. 2.
EQM Dividend Yield: 5.4%

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT (NYSE:IRM) raised its quarterly dividend by 7%, increasing it from 55 cents per share to 58.75 cents. The storage and information management real estate investment trust will send its higher dividend to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15 on Jan. 2. IRM shares will trade ex-dividend on Dec. 14.
IRM Dividend Yield: 5.9%

American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) increased its quarterly dividend by 5%, raising its payment to 62 cents per share from 59 cents. Shareholders of record as of Nov. 10 will receive their higher dividends on Dec. 8 from the regulated electric utility. AEP shares will be ex-dividend on Nov. 9.
AEP Dividend Yield: 3.3%

As of this writing, Brian Bollinger was long American Electric Power.

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Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is an industry leader, with a fat dividend yield and a strong balance sheet. The company has been pushing the boundaries in technological advancement for years, and I believe it may be looking for an absolute kill in the next big growth market: Internet Of Things.

Verizon’s IoT technology sees significant traction in its telematics segment. In Q2 earnings call, the company revealed that its revenue from IoT grew 25% to $205 million (yoy), led by strong demand for telematics product, including Hum.

Verizon Telematics, a subsidiary of Verizon, has a fleet management solution called NetworkFleet.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of theDanish drugmaker Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) gained 48.2% yesterday as the result of a settlement and licensing deal with Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB)involving an ongoing patent dispute over the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Per the terms of the deal, Biogen will fork overa non-refundable$1.25 billion licensing fee, and possibly pay 10% to 20% royalties on Tecfidera’snet sales to Forward starting in 2021.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    While that’s fine for clinical trials, it may make it difficult for Ionis’ drugs to compete with drugs that work as well but don’t have side effects that need to be monitored. Of course, for Spinraza, which Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) and Ionis recently got approved for spinal muscular atrophy, side effects aren’t an issue because there aren’t any other treatment options at the moment.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) had its short interest increase to 2.63 million shares from the previous 2.36 million. The stock closed Friday at $305.20, within a 52-week range of $223.02 to $333.65.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Navigant Consulting, Inc.(NCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) were down 14 percent to $17.02 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ) was down, falling around 18 percent to $14.24. Barclays downgraded Hertz from Equal-Weight to Underweight.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: SanDisk Corporation(SNDK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Early on Friday, analysts at RBC Capital boosted the near-term estimates on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK), a manufacturer of data storage products, because a fire at SK Hynix’s factory should lead to favorable pricing over the next two quarters.

    “We see a favorable pricing environment as a result of SK Hynix’s fire, which threatens to curtail NAND output as the company likely re-purposes production back toward DRAM, resulting in lower than expected incremental NAND wafers vs. company’s plan of 170K/WPM,” RBC Capital analyst Freedman said. “Consequently, we see stronger pricing through EoY before SK Hynix ramps NAND toward normalized prod’t levels as DRAM resources are restored/replaced.”

    The analysts maintain an “Outperform” rating on SDNK and still see shares reaching $76. This price target suggests a 26% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $60.08. Furthermore, they boosted SanDisk’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.82 to $4.95.

    SanDisk shares were up a fraction during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 38.11% year-to-date.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Barracuda Networks peaking in 2015 before underperforming and moving back to break even levels while mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) also peaked in 2015, fell backand appear to be bouncing back:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Last November, I compared Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) with FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) to see which one was the better play on the growing cybersecurity market. I concluded that FireEye was a slightly better pick than Palo Alto, due to its cost-cutting measures, lower valuation, and takeover potential.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    When revenue inPalo Alto Networks Inc.’s (NYSE:PANW) latest quarter fell short of Wall Street’s expectations a few weeks ago, shares of the next-gen security specialist plummeted more than 20% in a single day. To blame, according to Palo Alto, were execution challenges that the company insists it’s “moving quickly to address.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) was down, falling around 23 percent to $116.87. Palo Alto posted upbeat Q2 earnings, but sales missed expectations. The company also issued a weak forecast for the current quarter. JP Morgan downgraded Palo Alto from Overweight to Neutral, while Baird downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) stock has rallied about 5% in May (as of this writing), thanks to fellow cybersecurity specialist FireEye’s robust first-quarter results. It appears that FireEye’s impressive full-year guidance helped to trigger a rally for Palo Alto before major cybersecurity attacks across the world lifted shares for the entire industry. All of this activity must come as a sigh of relief for Palo Alto investors after the stock sank over 20% in a single day following disappointing second-quarter results and weak guidance.

Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: VALE S.A.(VALE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.

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    Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high put options activity in Arconic Inc (NYSE: ARNC) and Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE).

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018

Foreign central banks and government institutions sold $57.2 billion of U.S. Treasury debt and other notes in January, up from $48 billion in December, according a report on CNN Money. The report claims that this is the highest monthly tally on record going back to 1978.

It's part of a broader trend that gathered steam last year when central banks sold a record $225 billion of U.S. debt, the report said.

Related Link: Stockpile Liquidation Event Could Hurt U.S. Economy, Analysts Warn

The CNN report said China has been liquidating its holdings of foreign debt to pump money into its slowing economy, plummeting currency and extremely volatile stock market. China, the largest owner of U.S. debt, trimmed its Treasury holdings by $8.2 billion in January. The actual decline was likely larger considering China reported selling $100 billion of foreign-exchange reserves in January.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), better known as Petrobras, is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results late Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a profit of $0.16 per share, as well as $23.81 billion in revenue. Shares ended the weekat $8.86. The consensus price target is $10.82, and the 52-week range is $7.61 to $12.56.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), better known as Petrobras, is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.05 per share, as well as $18.05 million in revenue. Shares ended the weekat $8.91. The consensus price target is $11.22, and the 52-week range is $4.98 to $12.56.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Alan Knuckman of Bulls-Eye Option said on Bloomberg Markets that he would buy Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR)(NYSE: PBR), because it could benefit from the strength in crude oil.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Petroleo Brasileira SA Petrobras (NYSE ADR: PBR) is Brazil’s largest oil company and it’s our seventh best oil stock of 2016. Petrobras is an oil and natural gas exploration and production firm. It is also an operator of oil tankers, pipelines, and terminals in South America and globally.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Castlight Health, inc.(CSLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Castlight Health (NYSE:CSLT)share price climbed 13.2% Wednesday after an SEC filing revealed that Maverick Capital had significantly boosted its stake in the company to 10.6%.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Galaxy Resources Limited (GALXF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    ILC reminds me of Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] (OTCQX:CRECF) having five projects (CRE has 11), and also of Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) (OTCPK:GALXF) by being diversified across brine and spodumene and across three continents. Also some similarity with Neo Lithium’s (OTC:NTTHF) [TSXV:NLC] early stage Argentinean brine project which I recently wrote about here. However, ILC trades at a much smaller market cap of US$8m to that of Critical Elements (US$85m) or Galaxy Resources (US$724m). This is partly due to ILC giving away significant percentages of their projects, and because they are still in the early stages of development.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Neptune Technologies & Bioresources Inc(NEPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $9.70 million.

    Apigee Corp (NASDAQ: APIC) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.27 per share on revenue of $23.17 million.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested small cap functional ingredient stock Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) as a long/bullish trade:

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .