5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now

If you plan to sell a substantially appreciated asset, property or business, you can save money with what’s called a two-year installment sale. Basically, it’s a double-sale strategy to create a taxation timing gap between when the asset sale proceeds are received and when they’re taxed.

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Here’s how it works: You can sell the asset to your children or to a separate trust (sometimes referred to as a “deferred sale trust”) on a long-term installment sale. That way, your children or other beneficiaries can receive the full value and enjoyment of the property before the gain is recognized and subject to taxation. At that point, the property can be sold to a third-party buyer for cash.

For example, let’s say you own Blackacre, a parcel of land that you originally purchased for $200,000. Today it has a fair market value of $1 million. You want it to benefit your children, so you sell it to a non grantor trust in exchange for a 10-year installment note. This non grantor trust, which is a taxable entity, receives a stepped-up basis of $1 million for the property. You receive two payments of $100,000 from the non grantor trust and recognize a gain of $80,000 on each payment. But after the second payment is made, the trust sells the property to a third party—an unrelated taxpayer—for cash. Assuming that the value of Blackacre has increased by $100,000 between the two sale dates, the value is now $1.1 million. The non grantor trust recognizes a gain of $100,000 on the sale. Yet the family receives the entire $1.1 million of value while paying tax on only $300,000 of the $900,000 gain. Yes, the trust will continue to pay off the note over the next e ight years. You recognize any gains and pay the taxes over that eight-year period. But this provides a significant timing difference. Plus, you may also be able to reduce your taxable income and pay taxes from a lower tax bracket in future years.

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now: Werner Enterprises, Inc.(WERN)

Werner Enterprises, Inc., incorporated on September 14, 1982, is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. The Company operates through two segments: Truckload Transportation Services (Truckload) and Value Added Services (VAS). The Company also provides logistics services through its VAS division. The Company has a fleet of approximately 7,450 trucks, of which over 6,640 are Company-operated and over 810 are owned and operated by independent contractors. Its VAS division operates over 60 additional intermodal drayage trucks.

Truckload Transportation Services

Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. Its One-Way Truckload unit’s operating fleet includes the regional short-haul (Regional) fleet, which transports a variety of consumer non-durable products and other commodities in truckload quantities within geographic regions across the United States using dry van trailers; the medium-to-long-haul van (Van) fleet, which provides comparable truckload van service over irregular routes, and the expedited (Expedited) fleet, which provides time-sensitive truckload services utilizing driver teams. Its Specialized Services unit provides truckload services for a retail distribution center or manufacturing facility, including services for products requiring specialized trailers, such as flatbed or temperature-controlled trailers.

The Company’s Truckload fleets operate across over 40 contiguous United States’ states pursuant to operating authority, both common and contract, granted by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and pursuant to intrastate authority granted by various United States’ states. It also operates in several provinces of Canada and provides through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. The principal types of freight it t ransports include retail store merchandise, consumer product! s, grocery products and manufactured products.

VAS segment

The Company’s VAS segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider. VAS comprises operating units that provide non-trucking services to its customers, which include truck brokerage (Brokerage) that uses contracted carriers to complete customer shipments; freight management (Freight Management), which offers a range of single-source logistics management services and solutions; the intermodal (Intermodal) unit, which offers rail transportation through alliances with rail and drayage providers as an alternative to truck transportation, and Werner Global Logistics international (WGL), which provides complete management of global shipments from origin to destination using a combination of air, ocean, truck and rail transportation modes. Its Brokerage unit has transportation services contracts with approximately 12,920 carriers.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares dropped 4.83% to $23.23 in pre-market trading after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Following Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s (WERN) third quarter earnings warning, analysts at KeyBanc downgraded the transportation and logistics company on Tuesday.

    The analysts downgraded WERN from “Buy” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Todd Fowler said, “We downgrade WERN from Buy to HOLD following its negative 3Q pre-ann’ct, which reflected a number of company-specific issues that we expect to limit upside going forward; we would focus investors on other, stronger-performing names within the truckload space, specifically, BUY-rated Swift Transportation Company (SWFT), Marten Transport Ltd. (MRTN), and Knight Transportation Inc. (KNX).”

    Werner Enterprises shares were down $1.66, or 6.80%, during pre-market trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 12.64% year-to-date.

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)

 

Express Scripts Holding Company operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company operates through two segments, PBM and Other Business Operations. The companys PBM segments products and services include clinical solutions to enhance health outcomes; specialized pharmacy care; home delivery pharmacy; specialty pharmacy, including the distribution of fertility pharmaceuticals that require special handling or packaging; and retail network pharmacy administration. It also provides benefit design consultation; drug utilization review; drug formulary management; an array of Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance marketplace; administration of a group purchasing organization; and consumer health and drug information services. In addition, the company distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to providers, clinics, and hospitals; and offers consulting services, including design, implementation, and project management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device manufacturers to collect scientific evidence to guide the use of medicines. It serves managed care organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers compensation plans, government health programs, providers, clinics, hospitals, and others. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated four automated dispensing home delivery pharmacies; one non-automated dispensing home delivery pharmacy; and one non-dispensing home delivery pharmacy maintained for business continuity purpose, as well as several non-dispensing order processing centers, patient contact centers, specialty drug pharmacies, and fertility pharmacies. The company was formerly known as Aristotle Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Express Scripts Holding Company in April 2012. Express Scripts Holding Company was founded in 1986 and is headqua rtered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion. Express Scripts shares rose 0.30 percent to close at $73.55 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

    Xerox Corp (NYSE: XRX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $4.24 billion.

10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Capstead Mortgage Corporation(CMO)

 

Capstead Mortgage Corporation operates as real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests in a portfolio of residential mortgage pass-through securities primarily consisting of short-duration adjustable-rate mortgage securities issued and guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprises, or by an agency of the federal government. The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    As the spread between short-term and long-terminterest rates began to contract, strangling profits, competition for MBSes also caused prices to rise. Other agency mREITs were nervous, too. CYS Investments (NYSE: CYS  ) noted at the time that QE3 turned the Federal Reserve into the sector’s biggest rival for mortgage bonds, and as spreads began to shrink, so did dividends. By December of last year, Annaly, Armour, and Capstead Mortgage (NYSE: CMO  ) had all trimmed their payouts.

5 Best 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 Stocks To Buy Right Now: SanDisk Corporation(SNDK)

Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures NAND flash memory storage solutions that are used in various consumer electronics products. The company offers removable cards under the SanDisk Ultra, SanDisk Extreme, and SanDisk Extreme PRO brands; embedded products under the iNAND brand; universal serial bus (USB) flash drives under the Cruzer brand; digital media players under the Sansa brand; solid state drives under the Lightning brand; and wafers and memory components. Its removable card products are used in a range of consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones, digital cameras, gaming devices, and laptop computers; and embedded flash products are used in mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks, eReaders, global positioning system devices, gaming systems, imaging devices, and computing platforms. The company also provides high-capacity storage solutions, such as solid-state drives that are used in lieu of hard disk drives. It offers its products to the m obile phone, consumer electronics, and computing end markets through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retail sales channels in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. The company was formerly known as SunDisk Corporation and changed its name to SanDisk Corporation in August 1995. SanDisk Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

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.