5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy Right Now

I read your article about 529 withdrawals for a computer and had a question about eligible expenses. My daughter goes to a community college. Can I withdraw money from her 529 for her tuition and other expenses, or does she have to attend a four-year college to be eligible? Also, does she need to be a full-time student to qualify?

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You can use your 529 savings to pay eligible expenses at a community college, even if your daughter attends part-time. Money from the account can be used at any college, university, vocational school or other postsecondary educational institution thats eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. That includes virtually all accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and some colleges outside of the U.S., too, says Mary Morris, chairman of the College Savings Foundation and CEO of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan. You can look up eligible schools using the Department of Educations federal school code database, or ask the school if it is eligible.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy Right Now: Chiasma, Inc.(CHMA)

Chiasma, Inc., incorporated on April 12, 2001, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing oral forms of therapies that are available only by injection. Using its Transient Permeability Enhancer (TPE) technology platform, the Company is developing oral therapies. The Company has completed a Phase III clinical trial of its TPE platform-based product candidate, oral octreotide capsules (trade named as MYCAPSSA) for the treatment of acromegaly, a condition that results in the body’s production of excess growth hormone. Octreotide is an analog of somatostatin, a natural inhibitor of growth hormone secretion.

The Company’s TPE technology enhances the absorption through the intestinal wall of drugs. Using its TPE technology, the Company can transiently and reversibly open the so-called tight junctions between the cells lining the inner intestinal wall, enabling drug molecules to be absorbed intact. Its TPE formulation is a suspension of water-soluble particles containing a precise combination of medium-chain fatty acid salts and drug substance in a fat-soluble medium. The Company is developing octreotide capsules as a liquid-filled solid gelatin capsule formulation, which is intended to be taken over twice a day. The Company has initiated a Phase III multi-center, open-label, baseline-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of octreotide capsules in patients with acromegaly who responded to and tolerated treatment with somatostatin analogs. The Company also focuses on developing CH2 for Orphan indication.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Chiasma Inc (NASDAQ: CHMA) was down, falling around 13 percent to $9.51 ahead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Friday to approve or reject the company’s therapy. The status of its oral treatment for acromegaly, a capsule known as Mycapssa, will be in focus on Friday. The Street’s biotechnology expert Adam Feuerstein stated that an investor source believes the FDA will reject Chiasma’s capsules because data from a single-arm study failed to demonstrate a clinically meaningful benefit among patients.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy Right Now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

 

Investment Technology Group, Inc. operates as an independent broker and financial technology company in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers electronic brokerage; research, sales, and trading; platforms; and analytics solutions for asset managers and broker-dealers. It provides trade execution services and solutions for portfolio management, as well as investment research, pre-trade analytics, and post-trade analytics and processing. The company offers ITG Algorithms and ITG Smart Router that offers portfolio managers and traders to trade orders; POSIT for continuous and scheduled crossing of non-displayed equity orders and price improvement opportunities; ITG Derivatives for electronic listed futures and options trading; ITG Commission Manager, a Web-based commission management portal; and securities lending services. It also offers Execution Management System, which provides multi-asset trading opportunities; Order Management System that combines portfolio management, compliance functionality, and a financial services communications network; ITG Position Manager, a broker-neutral order management system; ITG Net, a financial communications network; ITG RFQ-hub, a platform for global-listed and over-the-counter financial instruments; and ITG Single Ticket Clearing, a broker-neutral operational service. In addition, the company offers ITG Trading Analytics, which enhances execution performance before the trade happens and during trading by providing reliable trading analytics and risk models; and ITG Portfolio Analytics that assists asset managers with portfolio decision-making tasks from portfolio construction and optimization. Further, it offers institutional broker-dealer services; data-driven investment research; and trade order and execution management technology and network connectivity services for the financial community. Investment Technology Group, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in New York, ! New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Top 5 Transportation Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sphere 3D Corp.(ANY)

 

Sphere 3D Corp. provides virtualization technologies and data management solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company enables organizations to deploy a combination of public, private, or hybrid cloud strategies through containerized applications, virtual desktops, virtual storage, and physical hyper-converged platforms. It provides G-Series Appliance and G-Series Cloud applications; virtual desktop management software for managing virtual desktop pools on its V3 hyper-converged appliances for virtualized desktop infrastructures; GuardianOS storage software for SnapServer enterprise-grade network attached storage systems; RAINcloud OS storage software for SnapScale clustered scale-out data storage solutions; Snap Enterprise Data Replicator, which provides multi-directional, WAN-optimized replication for SnapServer and SnapScale systems; and AccuGuard, a Windows-based backup and r ecovery data protection software. The company also offers RDX removable disk solutions, which use public cloud providers, including Microsoft and Amazon for data protection; SnapServer network attached storage solution, a platform for primary or nearline storage for integration with Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh environments; SnapScale clustered network attached storage solutions, which are clustered NAS solutions that enable organizations with rapid or unpredictable data growth to scale capacity and performance; and V3 hyper-converged platform, an appliance for high performance virtual desktop infrastructure. In addition, it offers NEO series tape-based backup and long-term archive solutions, including tape libraries, tape autoloaders, and stand-alone tape drives. The company sells its products through its distributor and reseller network to small and medium enterprises, small and medium businesses, and distributed enterprises. Sphere 3D Corp. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $22.10 million.

    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: RXII) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy Right Now: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)

 

Frontier Communications Corporation, a communications company, provides regulated and unregulated voice, data, and video services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in the United States. The company offers residential services, such as fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node broadband, video, and voice over Internet protocol products, as well as traditional copper-based broadband products; and commercial services, including Ethernet, dedicated Internet, multiprotocol label switching, time division multiplexing, data transport services, and optical transport services. It also provides Frontier Secure suite of products for computer security, cloud backup and sharing, identity protection, equipment insurance, and technical support; unified messaging services comprising call forwarding, conference calling, caller identification, voicemail, and call waiting services; long distance network services; and packages of co mmunications services. In addition, the company offers switched access services that facilitate other carriers to use the companys facilities to originate and terminate their local and long distance voice traffic; satellite TV video services; a range of third-party communications equipment to small, medium, and enterprise business customers; and directories. As of December 31, 2014, it had approximately 3,214,800 residential customers; approximately 304,700 business customers; 2,373,900 broadband subscribers; and 586,600 video subscribers. The company was formerly known as Citizens Communications Company and changed its name to Frontier Communications Corporation in July 2008. Frontier Communications Corporation was founded in 1927 and is based in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WilliamBriat]

    Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) provides phone, Internet, and satellite TV (through a partnership with DISH Network) services to more than 25 states. The company provides an annual dividend of 9.3% and reaffirmed its full-year guidance.

5 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy Right Now: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

 

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Nevada. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique. As of November 12, 2015, the company operated a fleet of 344 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Richard Moroney, Editor, Dow Theory Forecasts]

    Helmerich & Payne (HP) has paid a dividend without interruption since 1959 and raised the distribution in 40 straight years.

    Following a pair of hikes in less than 12 months, Helmerich’s quarterly dividend stands at $0.50 per share, compared to $0.07 per share a year ago.