10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016

Short interest in many of the leading solar stocks shrank in the most recent period. Two solar companies in particular led that trend in late January. Analysts on average recommend buying shares of both of them.

While short sellers shied away from many of the leading solar stocks between the January 15 and January 29 settlement dates, two companies in particular led that trend. The number of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEIS) and Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) shares sold short shrank by more than 10 percent by the end of the month.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: International Game Technology(IGT)

 

International Game Technology PLC operates and provides a range of services and technology products across lotteries, machine gaming, sports betting, and interactive gaming markets in North America, Asia, and Europe. It provides online lottery transaction processing systems; a suite of lottery-enabled point-of-sale terminals; supplies instant ticket games; and provides printing services, instant ticket marketing plans, graphic design, programming, production, packaging, and shipping and delivery services. The company also provides video lottery terminals (VLT), VLT central systems, and VLT games to government customers; video and traditional mechanical reel slot machines and casino systems to casino operators; and amusement with prize machines and games to licensed operators, as well as designs, develops, manufactures, and provides cabinets, games, systems, and software. In addition, it is involved in the provision of sports b etting platform that offers betting on sporting events, motor sports, and non-sporting events, such as entertainment, music, culture, and current affairs; transaction processing of commercial transactions, such as prepaid cellular telephone recharges, prepaid mobile data, prepaid electricity and other utility bill payments, credit card transactions, social security contributions and payments, and prepaid cards; and collection, processing, and network services on behalf of third parties, as well as in the issuing of electronic money through immediate conversion of funds. Further, the company provides interactive games, such as poker, casino games, bingo, iLottery, sports betting, horseracing, and skill-based games. The company was formerly known as GTECH S.p.A. and changed its name to International Game Technology PLC in April 2015. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Sterne Agee noted on Monday that International Game Technology’s (IGT) fiscal 2014 growth is stronger than it appears. As such, the analysts raised the price target on the casino gaming equipment manufacturer.

    The analysts maintain a “Buy” rating on IGT and now see shares reaching $25, up from the previous target of $23. This new price target suggests a 23% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $20.32.

    “Excluding FY13 Canadian VLT sales, which do not recur in FY14, consensus FY14 EPS growth is ~14% versus ‘in-print’ consensus EPS growth of ~4%,” Sterne Agee analyst David Bain said. “We believe IGT’s peer-low stock valuation is partly driven by a misinterpretation of forward growth using ‘in-print’ FY14 EPS projections.”

    Futhermore, the firm raised IGT’s fourth quarter EPS estimates from 33 cents to 34 cents.

    IGT shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 43.4% year-to-date.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

 

CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, wholesale, and governmental customers in the United States. It operates through two segments, Business and Consumer. The company offers high-speed Internet services, which allow customers to connect to the Internet through their existing telephone lines or fiber-optic cables; multi-protocol label switching, a data networking technology to support real-time voice and video; and private line services for the transmission of data between sites. It also provides Ethernet services, including point-to-point and multi-point equipment configurations that facilitate data transmissions across metropolitan areas and wide area networks (WAN); colocation services that enable its customers to install their own information technology (IT) equipment; and managed hosting services comprising cloud and traditional computing, application management, back-up, stor age, and other services. In addition, the company offers video entertainment services and satellite digital television; Voice over Internet Protocol, a real-time, two-way voice communication service; and managed services that consist of network, hosting, cloud, and IT services. Further, it provides local calling, long-distance voice, integrated services digital network, WAN, and switched access services; and data integration, which includes the sale of telecommunications equipment and providing network management, installation, and maintenance of data equipment, and the building of proprietary fiber-optic broadband networks. Additionally, the company leases and subleases space in its office buildings, warehouses, and other properties. As of December 31, 2015, it served approximately 6 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 285 thousand television subscribers; and operated 59 data centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. CenturyLink, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is he adquartered in Monroe, Louisiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The 20 stocks meeting those requirements are: Ralph Lauren (RL), Time Warner(TWX), Twenty-First Century Fox(FOXA), PepsiCo(PEP), Estee Lauder(EL), Tesoro(TSO), XL(XL), Ameriprise Financial,(AMP), Unum(UNM), Merck(MRK), AbbVie(ABBV), Gilead Sciences(GILD), General Dynamics(GD), Alaska Air(ALK), United Continental(UAL), Delta Air Lines(DAL), Oracle(ORCL), eBay(EBAY), Apple(AAPL), and Centurylink(CTL).

Best High Dividend Companies To Watch In Right Now: Geo Group Inc (The)(GEO)

 

The GEO Group, Inc. provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and re-entry facilities, and the provision of community based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through four segments: U.S. Corrections & Detention, GEO Community Services, International Services, and Facility Construction & Design. The company owns, leases, and operates a range of correctional and detention facilities, including maximum, medium, and minimum security prisons; immigration detention centers; minimum security detention centers; and community based re-entry facilities. It offers correctional and detention management services that involves the provision of security, administrative, rehabilitation, education, and food services primarily at adult male correctional and detention facilities; engages in the supervision of adult parolees and probationers, as well as the provision of temporary housing, programming, employment assistance, and other services; and provides residential, detention, shelter care, and community based services with rehabilitative and educational programs. The company also provides monitoring services, and evidence-based supervision and treatment programs for community-based parolees, probationers, and pretrial defendants; and services to immigration and customs enforcement for the provision of services to improve the participation of non-detained aliens in the immigration court system. In addition, it offers transportation services for offender and detainee populations; and prisoner escort and custody services. As of February 21, 2013, the company owned and/or managed 100 facilities totaling approximately 73,000 beds. The GEO Group, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Canaccord Genuity’s Ryan Meliker and Michael Kodesch call the selloff in Corrections Corp of America (CXW) and GEO Group (GEO) “overdone.” They explain why:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, Corrections Corp of America (CXW) and GEO Group (GEO) lost more than a third of their values after the Department of Justice said it would seek to wind down the use of private prisons. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Tobey Sommer and Kwan Kim call the selloff “overdone.” They explain why:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Corrections Corp of America (CXW) and GEO Group (GEO) have lost half their value after reports that the Justice Department plans to end the use of private prisons. The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky has the details:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the industrial shares gained by 0.09 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO), and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV).

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: Nam Tai Electronics Inc.(NTE)

Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. provides electronics manufacturing and design services to the original equipment manufacturers of telecommunication and consumer electronic products. The company?s Consumer Electronic and Communication Products segment manufactures mobile phone accessories, such as headsets containing Bluetooth wireless technology, and phone cradles, as well as snap-on portable music speaker, FM radio adaptors, and GPS adaptors; entertainment devices, including USB Web cam for interactive games, USB microphone and converter box Karaoke, and buzzer devices for quiz games; educational products consisting of digital pens, calculators, and electronic dictionaries; and optical devices comprising CMOS imaging sensor modules for notebook computers, portable media players, and recording cameras for the automotive industry. Its Telecommunication Component Assembly segment offers subassemblies and components, such as color and monochrome LCD modules for PDA phones, smart p hones, mobile phones, and telephone systems; RF modules for integration into mobile phones; DAB modules for digital radio products, including home tuners, kitchen radios, in-car receivers, CD players, clock radios, boom boxes, midi-systems, and handheld portable devices; FPC subassemblies for LCD modules and electronic devices; FPC boards for mobile phones, PDAs, office automation, and laptop computers; front and back light panels for handheld video game devices; and high-frequency cordless telephones and home feature phones. The company?s LCD Products segment manufactures LCD panels for watches and medical instruments, white goods and industrial applications, automotive parts and appliances, car audio systems, hand held products, VoIP phones, and office automation applications. It sells its products to customers in Hong Kong, North America, Europe, Japan, the People?s Republic of China, and Korea. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, the Peopl e ?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another stock that’s starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Nam Tai Electronics (NTE), which is an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world’s leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 41%.

    If you look at the chart for Nam Tai Electronics, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $6.05 to its recent high of $8.38 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NTE have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of NTE within range of triggering a big breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NTE if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.38 to $8.79 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 647,483 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NTE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from April that started near $11.50 a share. If this stock gets into that gap with volume, then the upside is tremendous and we could easily see NTE hit $11 to $12 a share.

    Traders can look to buy NTE off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $7.42 a share, or below more key support at $7.22 a share. One can also buy NTE off strength once it takes out that breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. The company?s Corporate and Investment Bank division engages in the origination, sale, structuring, and trading of bonds, equities and equity-linked products, exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives, foreign exchange, money market instruments, securitized instruments, and commodities to sovereign countries and multinational organizations; and medium-sized companies and multinational corporations. It also offers mergers and acquisitions advisory, corporate finance, and transaction banking, as well as trade finance, cash management, and trust and securities services for financial institutions and other companies. The company?s Private Clients and Asset Management division provides mutual funds and alternative investment products; manages real estate and infrastructure investments and private equity funds; offers advisory and portfolio management services to insurance companies; and provides investment solutions to institutional customers, high net worth individuals, and families. This division also offers a range of banking products and services, including current accounts, deposits and loans, and investment management and pension products to private and self-employed individuals, and small to medium-sized businesses. Its Corporate Investments division?s principal investment activities comprise private equity and venture capital investments, corporate real estate investments, a minority stake in Deutsche Postbank AG, credit exposures, and other non-strategic investments. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 3,083 branches in approximately 74 countries worldwide, including 2,087 in Germany. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rupert Hargreaves]

    Even so, thanks to its checkered past, many companies such as Visa (NYSE: V  ) andMasterCard (NYSE: MA  ) have been late to the party.However, astute companies, such asDeutsche Bank (NYSE: DB  ) have been active in the market since the mid 1970s.

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just about every bank’s capital plan was given the go ahead, though a few with qualifications. M&T Bank (MTB) , for instance, “met minimum capital requirements on a post-stress basis after submitting an adjusted capital action,” according to the Federal Reserve’s press release, while Morgan Stanley (MS) will be required to “submit a new capital plan by the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 to address certain weaknesses in its capital planning processes.” The Fed “objected” to the plans submitted byDeutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander’s (SAN) US units.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Towerstream Corporation, a 4G service provider, delivers high-speed wireless Internet access to businesses in the United States. The company offers broadband services to commercial customers, and delivers access over a wireless network transmitting over regulated and unregulated radio spectrum. Its service supports bandwidth on demand, wireless redundancy, virtual private networks, disaster recovery, bundled data, and video services. The company provides its services to customers in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville, Las Vegas-Reno, and the greater Providence area. It also operates Manhattan Wi-Fi network for mobile operators, retail/daily deal providers, and Wi-Fi operators. Towerstream Corporation offers its services directly, as well as through integrators, resellers, and online operators. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: Omega Protein Corporation(OME)

 

Omega Protein Corporation develops, produces, and delivers products to enhance the nutritional integrity of foods, dietary supplements, and animal feeds worldwide. It operates in two segments, Animal Nutrition and Human Nutrition. The Animal Nutrition segment produces animal nutrition products, including fish meal products that are primarily used as a protein ingredient in animal feed for swine, aquaculture, and household pets. This segment also offers fish oil for animal and aquaculture feeds, as well as additives to human food products and dietary supplements; and fish solubles to livestock and aquaculture feed manufacturers, and for use as an organic fertilizer. The Human Nutrition segment produces plant and marine based specialty oils, Omega-3 fish oils, and specialty dairy proteins and other related products. The company sells its products in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, South and Central America, and others. Omega Protein Corporation was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)

 

New Jersey Resources Corporation, an energy services holding company, provides regulated gas distribution, and retail and wholesale energy services. The company operates through Natural Gas Distribution, Energy Services, Clean Energy Ventures, Midstream, and Home Services and Other segments. The Natural Gas Distribution segment offers regulated retail natural gas services to approximately 512,300 residential and commercial customers in central and northern New Jersey; provides storage management services; and participates in the off-system sales and capacity release markets. The Energy Services segment provides unregulated wholesale energy management services to other energy companies and natural gas producers, as well as maintains and transacts a portfolio of physical assets consisting of natural gas storage and transportation contracts in the United States and Canada. The Clean Energy Ventures segment invests in, owns, and o perates distributed power projects, including commercial and residential solar projects located in New Jersey; and onshore wind projects in Montana, Iowa, and Kansas. The Midstream segment invests in natural gas transportation and storage facilities. The Home Services and Other segment offers heating, ventilation, and cooling services; holds and develops commercial real estate properties; and provides solar equipment installation, and plumbing repair and installation services. This segment is also involved in water appliance sales, installation, and servicing activities. The company was founded in 1922 and is based in Wall, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    New Jersey Resources Corp.(NJR) announced on Tuesday that it will raise its quarterly dividend rate by 5%.

    The new quarterly dividend rate will be 42 cents per share, up 2 cents from the prior 40 cents per share rate. Annually, the dividend rate will now be $1.68 per share. The new rate will be effective with the dividend payable October 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 23, 2013.

    Commenting on the increase, Chairman and CEO Laurence M. Downes noted “Our shareowners look to us year after year for consistent financial performance and a competitive return on their investment.he action taken today by our board of directors allows us to increase our dividend for the 20th time in the last 18 years. This is an acknowledgement of our team’s unwavering focus to provide exceptional value for our customers and shareowners.”

    New Jersey Resources shares traded 0.06% lower during Tuesday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 5.90%.

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

 

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Its sparkling beverages include nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages with carbonation, such as carbonated energy drinks, and carbonated waters and flavored waters. The companys still beverages comprise nonalcoholic beverages without carbonation, including noncarbonated waters, flavored and enhanced waters, noncarbonated energy drinks, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, and sports drinks. It also provides flavoring ingredients, sweeteners, beverage ingredients, and fountain syrups, as well as powders for purified water products. The Coca-Cola Company sells its products primarily under the Coca-Cola, Diet Coke/Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Minute Maid, Georgia, Powerade, Del Valle, Schweppes, Aquarius, Mi nute Maid Pulpy, Dasani, Simply, Glac茅au Vitaminwater, Bonaqua/Bonaqa, Gold Peak, FUZE TEA, Glac茅au Smartwater, and Ice Dew brand names. The company offers its beverage products through a network of company-owned or controlled bottling and distribution operators, as well as through independent bottling partners, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. The Coca-Cola Company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stocks that made the cut include General Motors (GM), Coca-Cola Company (KO), Occidental Petroleum (OXY), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and General Electric (GE).

10 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2016: Ambarella, Inc.(AMBA)

 

Ambarella, Inc. develops semiconductor processing solutions for video that enable high-definition (HD) video capture, sharing, and display worldwide. The companys system-on-a-chip designs integrated HD video processing, image processing, audio processing, and system functions onto a single chip for delivering video and image quality, differentiated functionality, and low power consumption. Its solutions enable the creation of video content for wearable sports cameras, automotive aftermarket cameras, and professional and consumer Internet Protocol (IP) security cameras, as well as cameras incorporated into unmanned aerial vehicles in the camera market; and manage IP video traffic, broadcast encoding and transcoding, and IP video delivery applications in the infrastructure market. The company sells its solutions to original design manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers through its direct sales force and logistics p roviders. Ambarella, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ambarella Inc (NASDAQ: AMBA) shares were also up, gaining 10 percent to $46.52 as the company posted better-than-expected results for its second quarter and announced a $75 million buyback plan.