5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2015

In Chicago Thursday morning at the 2014 Envestnet Advisor Summit, Investment Advisor and Envestnet|PMC announced the winners of the 10th annual SMA Managers of the Year.

Throughout the awards’ history, analysts from Envestnet (originally Prima Capital before its acquisition and rollup into Envestnet | PMC in 2012) and editors from Investment Advisor looked beyond each SMA strategy’s one-year returns to find those that consistently outperform their peers over time, following a clearly defined, sustainable and repeatable alpha strategy. With seven total award winners in five categories, and an overall SMA Manager of the Year, we honor strategies that are an important part of the firm’s overall corporate strategy, reflected in our assessment that the firm’s human capital can replicate that repeatable, sustainable investment strategy.

In our deliberations, we consider only those strategies that:

Announced as SMA Managers of the Year in the U.S. Equity large-cap category this year is, first, Dana Investment Management for its Large Cap Equity portfolio. In the selection committee’s deliberations, PMC’s analysts noted that Brookfield, Wis.-based Dana’s “alpha generation has been extremely consistent over time,” helped by the fact that lead portfolio manager Duane Roberts has managed the strategy since its July 1999 inception. What sets them apart? Their sector-neutral, extremely structured process.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2015: Valero Energy Corporation(VLO)

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. The Refining segment engages in refining, wholesale marketing, product supply and distribution, and transportation operations. It produces conventional gasoline, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products. This segment also offers conventional blendstock for oxygenate blending, reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending, gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), CARB diesel fuel, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel. The Ethanol segment produces ethanol and distillers grains. The Retail segment sells transportation fuels at retail stores and unattended self-service cardlocks; convenience store merchandise and services in retail stores; and home heating oil to residential customers. Valero Energy Corpora tion markets its refined products through bulk and rack marketing network; and sells refined products through a network of approximately 6,800 retail and wholesale branded outlets under the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar, Beacon, and Texaco names in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Aruba, and Ireland. As of December 31, 2011, it owned 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.0 million barrels per day; and operated 10 ethanol plants with a combined nameplate production capacity of approximately 1.1 billion gallons per year. The company was formerly known as Valero Refining and Marketing Company and changed its name to Valero Energy Corporation in August 1997. Valero Energy Corporation was founded in 1955 and is based in San Antonio, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    It may seem a bit ironic, but on the day that the National Climate Assessment report was released, the Standard & Poor’s Energy Index reached a new record high. This index of 44 companies includes major energy names like ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI), Peabody (NYSE: BTU) and Valero (NYSE: VLO). All of the companies in the index produce or enable the production of fossil fuels, which end up as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • [By Dimitra DeFotis]

    He likes Valero Energy (VLO) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC); shares were up slightly in late afternoon trading. These refiners are returning cash in the form of dividends and stock buybacks. “We think the upside is at least 60%,” said Schreiber.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2015: WebMD Health Corp (WBMD)

WebMD Health Corp. provides health information services to consumers, physicians and other healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through its public and private online portals, mobile platforms, and health-focused publications in the United States. The company?s public portals enable consumers to obtain health and wellness information, including information on specific diseases or conditions; check symptoms; locate physicians; store individual healthcare information; receive periodic e-newsletters on topics of individual interest; and participate in online communities with peers and experts. Its public portals for physicians and healthcare professionals provide access to clinical reference sources; stay abreast of the latest clinical information; learn about new treatment options; earn continuing medical education credit; and communicate with peers. The company also provides mobile health information applications for use by consumers and physicians. In addit ion, WebMD Health Corp. offers e-detailing promotion and physician recruitment services, content syndication and distribution, and information services, as well as print services, including the advertisements in WebMD the Magazine, a consumer magazine distributed to physician office waiting rooms. The public portals? sponsors and advertisers include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and consumer products companies. The company?s private portals enable employers and health plans to provide their employees and members with access to personalized health and benefit information and decision support technology that helps them to make more informed benefit, treatment, and provider decisions. Further, it offers telephonic health coaching services on a per participant basis across an employee or plan population for clients of its private portals. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    If you were lucky enough to own WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ:WBMD) before the end of last week, then congratulations – you’re up 20% today. And if you didn’t get into WBMD before the close of business on Friday, well, it may be too late to step into it now (unless you like buying overextended stocks), but if you believe in the ongoing convergence of healthcare and digital information though – which is what put WebMD on the map – then you may want to take a closer look at CollabRx Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX).

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    In trading on Monday, technology shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 1.18 percent. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from WebMD Health (NASDAQ: WBMD) and 21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET). Telecommunications services shares gained by just 0.35 percent in the US market today.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    In trading on Monday, technology shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 1.18 percent. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from WebMD Health (NASDAQ: WBMD) and 21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET). Telecommunications services shares gained by just 0.35 percent in the US market today.

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Eat your heart out Foundation Medicine Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI). And WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ:WBMD)? Don’t even bother trying. CollabRx Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX) has built a better mousetrap, and if yesterday’s announcement is a sign of things to come, CLRX could prove to be a very compelling investment.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2015: 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 Mark Thompson]

    The Gold Fixing began as usual at 3 pm. Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HBCYF), Scotiabank and Societe Generale (SCGLF) joined Barclays on a conference call.

  • [By Jesse Solomon]

    Banking stocks, including Deutsche Bank (DB) and Barclays (BCS), were down in Europe after Deutsche Bank announced it was raising roughly €8 billion ($11 billion) from investors to meet regulatory requirements.

  • [By MONEYMORNING.COM]

    The underwriters on the deal will be Credit Suisse Group (NYSE ADR: CS), Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB), Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), JPMorgan Securities (NYSE: JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C).

  • [By Ben Rooney]

    Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its rating on Whole Foods stock to “sell” from “hold,” saying the company has reported disappointing results in the past six out of seven quarters. Deutsche Bank (DB) and BMO also downgraded the stock.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2015: Lean Hogs (HE)

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily engages in electric utility and banking businesses primarily in Hawaii. The company is involved in the production, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal, wave, hydroelectric, sugarcane waste, municipal waste, and other biofuels, as well as from fuel oil. It distributes and sells electricity on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, and Molokai; and serves suburban communities, resorts, the United States armed forces installations, and agricultural operations. As of December 31, 2011, the company had net generating and firm purchased capability of 2,326.9 megawatts. It also engages in providing banking and other financial services, such as accepting savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit; and providing loans comprising residential and commercial real es tate, residential mortgage, construction and development, multifamily residential and commercial real estate, consumer, and commercial loans to consumers and business. The company operated 57 branches and 119 automated teller machines. Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. was founded in 1891 and is based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Utilities shares dropped by 0.31 percent in the US market today. Among the sector stocks, Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) was down more than 2.9 percent, while Edison International (NYSE: EIX) tumbled around 1.4 percent.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Utilities stocks gained Friday, with Korea Electric Power (NYSE: KEP) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP), with shares up 1.8 percent, and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE), with shares up 1.4 percent.

  • [By Geoff Gannon]

    · Within 5 or 6 hours… (he) found 20 stocks selling at 2 or 3 (times) earnings with strong balance sheets.

    · Korea rebuilt itself in a big way post 1998. Companies overbuilt their balance sheets.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2015: LiveDeal Inc.(LIVE)

LiveDeal, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, delivers local customer acquisition services for small and medium-sized businesses. It provides online marketing Internet directory services. The company offers InstantProfile, which distributes small businesses? key contact and service information to Internet destinations, including the search engines, Internet directories, and social media networks that enable advertisers to manage their business information in one location and enhance their reach to various destinations a consumer may search for local business services. It also provides online listing services. The company was formerly known as YP Corp. and changed its name to LiveDeal, Inc. in August 2007. LiveDeal, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Coupons.Com Inc (NYSE: COUP) is the most recent small cap digital coupon or daily deal stock to emerge in a spectacular IPO to challenge existing players like mid cap Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and small caps LiveDeal Inc (NASDAQ: LIVE) and RetailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ: SALE). However and since the recent IPO, small cap Coupons.Com has been a relatively flat deal for investors.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Technology stocks gained Thursday, with Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included LiveDeal (NASDAQ: LIVE), with shares up 5.5 percent, and PFSweb (NASDAQ: PFSW), with shares up 5.4 percent.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Well, I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but, I told you so. Back on December 11th I said it was time to take a swing on LiveDeal Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE). The company was causing quite a stir within the investment community, and shares of LIVE were getting more and more bullish traction. All told, LiveDeal shares are up 119% since the look I took less than a month ago, coming out of nowhere, and surprising a lot of people.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    To be completely fair, investors and consumers alike may understandably roll their eyes regarding any news from, or about, any online-coupon “daily deals” site. We’ve been down that road before, with names like Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) and LivingSocial. While both sites were interesting and had their day in the sun, it didn’t take long for either to lose their luster. And for GRPN, it didn’t take long for its early investors to lose a lot of their money. The daily deals premise never really went away, though. It’s just been morphing – and right-sizing – into something that’s a win for all the parties involved. That’s why Groupon and LivingSocial are still around, even if they’re just limping by… the premise itself basically works. What if, however, there was a daily deals site that wasn’t too far down the wrong digital-coupon path? Enter LiveDeal Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE).