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Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)
- [By Todd Campbell]
Pricing pressure, competition, and massive debt have taken a toll on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE:TEVA) in the past year, yet Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) has bought millions of shares in 2018, including 2.7 million shares in the second quarter alone. Is Teva Pharmaceutical a bargain-bin buy you should add to your portfolio, too?
- [By Joe Tenebruso]
In the mold of a young Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), Boston Omaha (NASDAQ:BOMN) is a small conglomerate designed to generate attractive long-term returns through the consistent acquisition of undervalued assets. Its current businesses include insurance, real estate, and advertising, and the company plans to expand within these areas and others via both acquisitions and organic growth.
- [By Motley Fool Staff and Michael Douglass]
Is White Mountains Insurance (NYSE:WTM) an early-stage Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) or are the business models completely different? Here’s a look at the similarities and differences between the two conglomerates and another “mini-Berkshire” that could be worth examining instead.
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
Although we didn’t get any new details about Berkshire’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) succession plan at the company’s annual meeting, Warren Buffett emphasized that the right team is in place to continue the company’s winning strategy. Here are the details of what he had to say.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
Ninety-eight percent or more of people who invest should “extensively diversify and not trade,” Buffett has said. Specifically, these investors should buy a very low-cost index fund, the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) (NYSE:BRK-A) chairman and CEO advises. Examples of index funds that track market indexes include the Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Class (NASDAQMUTFUND: VFIAX) and the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEMKT: VOO). Index funds are simply funds invested across large collections of companies in the same manner that popular indexes aggregate performance of a group of companies in order to track the broader market’s performance. Popular indexes include the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Nasdaq 100. Investing in an index fund allows investors to buy a single ticker symbol that diversifies investments across all of the companies in a given index.
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
After years of criticizing airline stocks (he once referred to them as a “death trap for investors”), Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) bought the big four airlines — Southwest (NYSE: LUV), Delta (NYSE: DAL), American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL), and United (NYSE: UAL) — last year. Buffett was asked about it at the Berkshire Hathaway meeting, and he shared his reasoning. Here’s our summary of that.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Farmers Capital Bank Corporation(FFKT)
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday afternoon, the financial shares climbed 0.11 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: FFKT), up 16 percent, and OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG), up 10 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Friday, the financial shares climbed 0.31 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: FFKT), up 16 percent, and Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB), up 10 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday morning, the financial shares climbed 0.50 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: FFKT), up 16 percent, and Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB), up 9 percent.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:FFKT)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $54.45 and last traded at $54.60, with a volume of 1640 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $54.00.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific Fund, Inc.(APF)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Peel Hunt upgraded shares of Anglo Pacific Group (LON:APF) to a buy rating in a report released on Tuesday morning. Peel Hunt currently has GBX 190 ($2.53) target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 181 ($2.41).
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MannKind Corporation(MNKD)
- [By Cory Renauer]
Shares of MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD), a manufacturer of inhaled insulin powder, jumped 66.4% higher in September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. A potentially lucrative collaboration deal with United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) paved the way for MannKind stock to make a huge comeback.
- [By Chris Lange]
MannKind Corp. (NASDAQ: MNKD) shares continued their rally from Tuesday when it was announced that United Therapeutics Corp. (NASDAQ: UTHR) was licensing from MannKind a dry powder formulation of treprostinil, the active ingredient in Remodulin.
- [By Brian Feroldi]
Investors in MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) are having another pleasant day. Shares were up 37% as of 10:05 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. That’s quite a bullish move for a single day, but it’s all the more impressive given that the stock also jumped 89% higher on Tuesday.
- [By Keith Speights]
There haven’t been many positive catalysts for MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) in a few months. The stock is down significantly so far in 2018 after starting off with some nice gains. But there was at least a chance for some good news when the company reported its first-quarter results after the market closed on Wednesday.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Wednesday was a mixed day on Wall Street, with most major benchmarks easing lower as market participants continued to seek clarity on the trade front. Until negotiations with key partners like Canada and China come to a conclusion, some investors remain nervous about the possible ramifications of a failure to get deals completed. Yet in the absence of any outright negative news, trade-related or otherwise, the market has resisted substantial declines, rebounding from temporary setbacks. Positive sentiment around some key individual stocks has helped to buoy enthusiasm generally. Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), MannKind (NASDAQ:MNKD), and Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.