When blue chips get too popular – like the five I’m going to show you today – these “safe stocks” can actually be dangerous to continue holding in your portfolio.
The problem with blue-chip stocks? Call it the “Curse of the Dow.” The Curse says a stock that joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average will essentially hit a wall, underperforming in the ensuing months compared to how it performed before ascension. It’s not perfect, but it’s close – since 1999, 15 of 16 stocks that have joined the Dow have averaged 1% gains over the next six months, but averaged 11% gains in the six months before inclusion.
Why? There are a few factors, but one of the most prevailing is that by the point a stock has joined the Dow, it’s typically nearing the end of its growth ramp and reaching the slower-growth “mature” part of the business cycle.
Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.(VYGR)
Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sherwin-Williams Company (The)(SHW)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
But then there was good news from rail transport company CSX (CSX ) , which saw growth in every one of its business lines. Foot Locker (FL) also surprised to the upside, sending shares up a quick 5.3%. Cramer fave and Action Alerts PLUS holding KeyCorp (KEY) also delivered, as did paint maker Sherwin-Williams (SHW) .
- [By George Budwell, Rich Smith, and Neha Chamaria]
Keeping with this theme, our Foolish contributors think that Pfizer (NYSE:PFE),Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW), andTupperware Brands (NYSE:TUP)are three large-cap dividend stocks that prove beyond a doubt that boring is beautiful when it comes to creating wealth.
Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Abengoa Yield plc(ABY)
- [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.
- [By Jim Robertson]
I’ve included a daily chart below of both DRN, the primary ETF tracking real estate REITS, and Atlantica Yield plc (ABY), a utility Company that owns a portfolio of contracted renewable energy, power generation, electric transmission, and water assets in North America, South America, and EMEA.
- [By Jared Kimball]
But what does this apparent shift within the top levels of the nation’s executive milieu mean for the country’s growing renewable energy sector, and what do the new administration’s promises to redirect its efforts toward fossil fuels mean for investors in renewables? Let’s take a look at London-based Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ:ABY)—formerly Abengoa Yield PLC (NASDAQ:ABY)—and how its fortunes have fared during this period of legislative uncertainty and the resulting speculation on the part of investors in the sector.
Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Allied Motion Technologies, Inc.(AMOT)
Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Alon USA Partners, LP(ALDW)
- [By Tom Dorsey]
Over a several day period, I submitted questions and Mr. Eisman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ) and the parent company of Alon USA Partners LP Inc. (ALDW) responded. He provided some key insights to some challenges the company faces, where the company is going, and the opportunities available in the future. This insight should provide investors with additional information to understand the value of the company and the opportunity as an investor in the company.
Warren Buffett often jokes that he gets a quarter of his daily caloric intake from Coca-Cola. But an investment firm is suggesting that Kraft Heinz, which Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns a nearly 27 percent stake in, may want to buy Coke rival Pepsi.
Fixed income research shop CreditSights said in a report this week that Kraft Heinz (KHC) appears to still be itching to do a deal.
European consumer products conglomerate Unilever (UL), the owner of Lipton and Ben & Jerry’s as well as the Dove brand of personal care goods, rejected a more than $140 billion bid from Kraft Heinz earlier this year.
Unilever said at the time that the deal “fundamentally undervalues” the company and that “it sees no merit, either financial or strategic, for Unilever’s shareholders.”
Kraft Heinz subsequently withdrew its offer instead of pursuing it further. And that’s led to speculation ever since about what Kraft Heinz might target next.
The CreditSights analysts noted that Buffett has already ruled out the possibility that Kraft Heinz could buy Mondelez (MDLZ), the Oreo and Cadbury owner that split from Kraft Foods in 2012. (Kraft Foods subsequently merged with Heinz in 2015.)
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Allied Motion Technologies, Inc.(AMOT)
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Franklin Covey Company(FC)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion.
ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million.
Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion.
McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share.
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million.
Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million.
Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.
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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)
- [By Rich Duprey]
Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)
- [By Mitchell Clark]
This is a stock to own for the long term. It has an excellent long-term track record. Management just announced another dividend increase and more share repurchases.
Earnings growth in 2016 is expected to accelerate over the performance in 2015. The big credit card brands are institutional favorites.
MasterCard Incorporated’s (NYSE:MA) sales and earnings growth have been quite consistent over the years.
- [By John Ballard]
Partnerships play a crucial role in extending PayPal’s reach to new customers and driving higher engagement. The deal with Visa(NYSE:V) opened the door for partnerships with Mastercard(NYSE:MA), Citigroup(NYSE:C), and Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS). As a result, more deals will come that will increase PayPal’s relevancy and ubiquity in the mobile payment landscape.
- [By Matthew Cochrane]
Mastercard Inc’s (NYSE:MA) shares are now near all-time highs, as its consistent and steady growth has driven the stock to amazing heights since its IPO a little more than a decade ago. Since going public, Mastercard’s stock price has skyrocketed more than 2,400%! More recent investors have nothing to complain about either as shares have increased nearly 13% year-to-date. Its recent quarter is just another impressive benchmark in its life as a public company.
- [By Matthew Cochrane]
With this mindset, it is no wonder that PayPal finished 2016 on a wave of deal-making momentum. In the past 12 months, PayPal completed agreements with a number of financial and tech companies including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA), Visa Inc (NYSE: V), and Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD).
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2018: Liberty Interactive Corporation(QVCA)
After being reduced to half in 2016, is TWLO stock a buy before its Q4 earnings?
San Francisco, California-based cloud platform services provider Twilio Inc(NYSE:TWLO)is scheduled to report its Q4 2016 earnings after the bell on Feb 7. Twilio Inc had a stellar debut and went on a rollercoaster ride. TWLO stock surged from its IPO price of $15 in June to almost $70 in September before plunging to around $30 levels. It has recovered slightly this year, gaining 4.33% YTD. TWLO stock seems to bebuildingmomentum going into the earnings gaining 6.06% in the last 5 trading sessions. Should you buy in? Will the latest earnings report change the fate of TWLO stock in 2017? Let’s take a closer look at analysts’ estimates for earnings and revenues, and other crucial factors to watch out before making a move into TWLO stock just ahead of its earnings.
selling stock: Madison Square Garden Inc.(MSG)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Madison Square Garden Co (NYSE: MSG) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $325.53 million.
Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.42 per share on revenue of $137.58 million.
- [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]
Meanwhile, Mark Boyar, of The Boyar Value Fund, recommends another household name: Madison Square Garden (MSG). He thinks the Dolan family could take the company private.
selling stock: Yahoo! Inc.(YHOO)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows MeetMe Inc back to breakeven while Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) has underperformed and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) and Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ: YHOO) have outperformed and are heading back up again:
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
As much as traditional telecommunications is a poky business, VZ is making some interesting moves. Most famously it recently acquired the core properties of Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) to drive new revenue streams and position itself for the future. And a little further back, Verizon acquired AOL.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Waymo has hired Tekedra Mawakana as its new VP of public policy and government affairs, according to Recode.
The hire illustrates the company preparing for a legal war against Uber regarding autonomous vehicles, and for policy battles regarding government affairs with Washington and around the country.
“As we take fully self-driving cars to the roads, Tekedra will work with policymakers at all levels to realize the enormous safety, mobility and economic benefits of this technology,” CEO of Waymo John Krafcik said in a statement to Recode on Monday.
Mawakana has previously served as VP of global government relations at eBay (EBAY) , Yahoo’s! (YHOO) deputy general counsel and has held policy positions over the course of about a dozen years at AOL.
(Alphabet is a core holding in Jim Cramer’s charitable trust Action Alerts PLUS. See all of his holding with a free trial here. )
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Finally, other popular names that were out of favor among TD Ameritrade's clients include Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) and Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE: BABA).
- [By Stark Merrifield]
That includes Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) – their combined market caps are worth $1.5 trillion.
selling stock: Dell Technologies Inc. (DVMT)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Avery familiar technology face was acquiring shares of Dell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: DVMT) last week. The legendary Michael Dell himself was purchasedshares in the newest incarnation of the famed Dell franchise. Heacquired a total of 254,545 shares at a very reduced price of $27.50, which could be option-related. The total for the trade was posted at $7 million.
selling stock: Allied Motion Technologies, Inc.(AMOT)
selling stock: Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.(DPLO)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (NYSE: DPLO) were down 23 percent to $14.71. Diplomat Pharmacy agreed to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Baird downgraded Diplomat Pharmacy from Outperform to Neutral.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) dropped 7.4% Monday, posting a new 52-week low of $12.25 after closing at $13.23 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.94. The specialty pharmacy company said this morning that revenues and adjusted EBITDA for 2016 will come in at or near the low end of the company’s previously announced range.
Biotricity (OTCBB: BTCY) is a comer in the rapidly growing medical device market and is a small cap to take notice of. Driving this lucrative market are; IoT-driven device connectivity, governmental pressure to cut healthcare costs, escalating hospital costs, a need to reduce hospital readmission rates, an aging population, and a high rate of people with chronic disease. The largest factor driving this market is the rapidly growing rate of those afflicted with chronic disease.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) cites that over 50% of all adults have at least one chronic disease. Thats one adult in two. Im feeling fine. How about you? Hopefully, youre disease free. If so, statistically, that leaves two people in America who are not. Logically, if half of our adult population suffers from chronic disease, the health of these people must be monitored. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Americas adult population exceeds 250,000,000. That leaves over 125,000,000 adults who are candidates for medical monitoring.
Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: comScore Inc.(SCOR)
- [By Paul Ausick]
comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) dropped more than 10% on Tuesday to record a new 52-week low of $20.81. The stock closed at $23.22 on Monday. Volume was about 9 times the daily average of around 470,000 shares. The company’s stock will be de-listed from Nasdaq effective February 8 unless the company receives a stay from the exchange.
Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is rated as a Hold with a new price target of $24. The EPS estimate has been cut from $0.60 to $0.47 for 2017, and the 2018 estimate has been increased from $0.70 to $1.19. Shares closed at $22.36 on Friday in a 52-week range of $19.77 to $25.74. The consensus 12-month price target is $28.72.
- [By David Sterman]
Take Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG(link is external)) as an example. As I noted earlier this month(link is external), Cabot’s current drilling plans are expected to lead to a big spike in output over the next few years. The company’s executives decided to plow ahead with development plans, even as rivals were retrenching. The fact that natural gas prices have risen more than 10% in the past three weeks simply underscores the wisdom of that strategy, and could lead to rising sales and profit estimates.
Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: HCI Group, Inc.(HCI)
Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: StarTek, Inc.(SRT)
Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Allied Motion Technologies, Inc.(AMOT)