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Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018

Shares of Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMAO) have been assigned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating.

Zacks has also assigned Farmers & Merchants Bancorp an industry rank of 96 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

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A number of equities analysts have commented on the company. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Farmers & Merchants Bancorp in a report on Monday, April 30th. ValuEngine cut Farmers & Merchants Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Farmers & Merchants Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Opko Health Inc(OPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    If you’re looking for stocks that have made tremendous comebacks in 2018, Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) and Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ:MYGN) definitely fit the bill. Opko stock was down nearly 20% this year before roaring back. Myriad Genetics saw its share price plunge close to 40% earlier in 2018, but a strong rebound has the stock price close to where it began the year.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    And after taking a look at our 10 top penny stocks to watch, we’ll show you a small-cap stock that just signed a deal with Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq:FB)…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK) $6.00 288.51%
    Enterprise GP Holdings LP (NYSE: EPE) $2.94 44.00%
    Opko Health Inc. (Nasdaq: OPK) $4.79 43.49%
    MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) $3.15 38.84%
    Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARWR) $0.52 37.80%
    Mid-Con Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: MCEP) $2.08 36.81%
    VAALCO Energy (NYSE: EGY) $1.49 36.04%
    Cel-Sci Corp. (NYSE: CVM) $3.16 35.04%
    WideOpenWest Inc. (NYSE: WOW) $8.41 34.52%
    Legacy Reserves LP (Nasdaq: LGCY) $8.43 33.61%

    While these gains are certainly exciting, it’s important to recognize that investing in penny stocks is also a risky investment strategy.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of OPKO Health (NASDAQ:OPK)suffered a free fall today, losing as much as 23%. The drop occurred after the company announced that a crucial Medicare Administrative Contractor issued a draft local coverage determination (LCD) for the highly anticipated 4Kscore diagnostic test. That’s a mouthful, but the implications are simple.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped nearly 7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.28 after closing at $4.60 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.01. Volume was around 7.7 million, nearly double the daily average of around 4.3 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market didn’t see much volatility on Friday, with most major benchmarks finishing the session very close to where they had started. Without much in the way of market-moving news on the national or global front, most investors instead paid attention to the cross-currents involved with monthly options expirations. Some other parts of the financial markets were more interesting, with bond yields easing a bit lower after their big upward push earlier in the week and oil prices taking a break from their recent surge. Yet some individual companies suffered from bad news that sent their shares lower. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), GameStop (NYSE:GME), and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Banco De Chile(BCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Bitcoin Cash (CURRENCY:BCH) traded down 1.5% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 19:00 PM E.T. on May 19th. During the last week, Bitcoin Cash has traded down 18.1% against the dollar. One Bitcoin Cash coin can now be bought for $1,184.65 or 0.14390800 BTC on major exchanges including fex, Koinex, DSX and Bitfinex. Bitcoin Cash has a total market cap of $20.30 billion and approximately $598.31 million worth of Bitcoin Cash was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In 2018: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    FDx Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Costco (NASDAQ:COST) by 28.7% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 15,361 shares of the retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,429 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Costco were worth $2,894,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofBlue Apron Holdings Inc.(NYSE:APRN) were moving higher for the second day in a row today as the meal-kit service posted a better-than-expected earnings report yesterday and said it had begun selling its meals in a test withCostcoWholesale(NASDAQ:COST), which could be an important growth driver for the company.

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    These fancy supermarkets may also have “stores within the store,” according to Forrester analyst Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali, who describes a scene in which vendors will have their own space within a large supermarket  a glorified version of Costco Wholesale Corp.  (COST) , where instead of hair-netted workers handing out samples of grilled shrimp, it’ll be a like a farmers’ market: fresh, organic products that tout wellness and sustainability.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) is one of America’s largest new car sellers. Last year its members bought more than 520,000 new vehicles through its auto program. That’s almost as many as Volvo sold worldwide last year (534,332 units), so it makes sense that the automaker has paired up with Costco to offer a special deal through July 2 of this year.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now

Pilgrims Pride Corp (NASDAQ:PPC) files its latest 10-K with SEC for the fiscal year ended on December 31, 2017. Pilgrims Pride Corp engages in processing, marketing, and distribution fresh, frozen and value-added chicken products to retailers, grocers, distributors and food service operators. It offers chickens as a whole and different cuts. Pilgrims Pride Corp has a market cap of $6.72 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.00 with a P/E ratio of 10.65 and P/S ratio of 0.89.

For the last quarter Pilgrims Pride Corp reported a revenue of $2.7 billion, compared with the revenue of $423.4 million during the same period a year ago. For the latest fiscal year the company reported a revenue of $10.8 billion, an increase of 35.8% from last year. For the last five years Pilgrims Pride Corp had an average revenue growth rate of 3.5% a year.

The reported diluted earnings per share was $2.79 for the year, an increase of 61.3% from previous year. Over the last five years Pilgrims Pride Corp had an EPS growth rate of 19.4% a year. The Pilgrims Pride Corp had an operating margin of 9.96%, compared with the operating margin of 9% a year before. The 10-year historical median operating margin of Pilgrims Pride Corp is 3.07%. The profitability rank of the company is 5 (out of 10).

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Whiting Petroleum Co. (NYSE:WLL) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 14,439 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $489,000.

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    For the details of DFT Energy LP’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=DFT+Energy+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of DFT Energy LPWhiting Petroleum Corp (WLL) – 400,000 shares, 18.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.56%Hess Corp (HES) – 170,000 shares, 11.57% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 30.77%Noble Energy Inc (NBL) – 200,000 shares, 8.15% of the total portfolio. Southwestern Energy Co (SWN) – 1,360,000 shares, 7.92% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.62%Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC)

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainmenttripling in valuebefore falling back whilesmall cap upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK) began taking off in 2016 and small capBuffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) is being acquired by Arbys Restaurant Group:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    That’s not to say it was a quiet day for every stock on the market. With earnings season ramping up, brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) served as an exercise in contrast as investors reacted to their respective quarterly reports.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Barnes & Noble, Inc.(BKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    That leaves a hole in the market, one that will be filled partially by independent stores, but still leaves an opportunity for one struggling retailer. Unfortunately, the CEO of that retailer, Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), has recently commented that his chain plans to reduce its assortment of toys.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    My colleague Dan Kline believes there’s also an opportunity for Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) to gain share in this space. Best known for books, it has also long been a retailer of specialty toys and games, and opening up its shelves to more mass-market toys could give it a wedge into the industry.Certainly this is a possibility, but like Walmart, Target, and other retailers, Barnes & Noble has no special knowledge or expertise in the space to allow it to make a grand entrance. It’s just not a market it knows well, which means that another type of retailer that could make a pronounced move in the space faces the same kinds of hurdles.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) has been the markets punching bag over the past couple of years, and things dont seem to be changing anytime soon. The bookstore released its most recent quarterly results before the markets opened on Thursday, and this was met with investor trepidation.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) traded down nearly 17% Friday and posted a new 52-week low of $5.40 after closing Thursday at $6.50. The 52-week high is $11.80. Volume was about 5.4 million, more than 4 times the daily average of around 1.3 million shares. The company revealed that same-store sales tumbled 6.4% in November and December.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Amazon is able to convert its visitors at nearly twice the rate of its biggest rival, Walmart (NYSE:WMT), and at more than 2.5 times the rate of Target (NYSE:TGT). Even Costco (NASDAQ:COST), which fosters more loyal shoppers through its warehouse membership, struggles to convert traffic at a rate even close to Amazon.com’s.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media coverage about Costco (NASDAQ:COST) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Costco earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the retailer an impact score of 47.1055334204751 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    The wholesale warehouse chain is the most relevant comparison, as Costco(NASDAQ:COST) operates a global network of retail locations that similarly sells everything under the sun at aggressive price points. At the end of the last quarter, Costco had a totalof 92.2 million cardholders that it counts as members.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Optical Cable Corporation(OCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Octoin Coin (CURRENCY:OCC) traded 7% higher against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on May 12th. One Octoin Coin coin can now be bought for approximately $2.51 or 0.00029499 BTC on popular exchanges including Exrates and YoBit. Octoin Coin has a market cap of $926,548.00 and approximately $1.02 million worth of Octoin Coin was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last week, Octoin Coin has traded 23.4% lower against the US dollar.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019

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Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL)'s Google is betting heavily on sunshine with its Project Sunroof. As environmental issues take the center stage, alternative clean energy sources such as solar energy are gaining traction. And Google isn't one to pass off a promising opportunity.

Having started the project in August 2015, Google sees this avenue as providing it with the leeway to leverage its expansive data in mapping and computing resources to help calculate the best solar plan for consumers. Founded by Google engineer Carl Elkin, the project's stated purpose is "mapping the planet's solar potential, one roof at a time."

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Waste Management, Inc.(WM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Becker Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Waste Management (NYSE:WM) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor purchased 10,320 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $868,000.

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    Waste Management (WM) : “This is a high quality stock so I’m not going to bet against it.”

    The Blackstone Group (BX) : “I think this is a terrific buy.”

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    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Jim Fish, president and CEO of Waste Management (WM) , which just posted an eight-cents-a-share earnings beat, but saw shares decline as investors worry over the impact of trade wars with China on the company’s recycling business.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Reuben Gregg Brewer, and Travis Hoium]

    Finding investments that can reward you over such long periods can do miracles for your portfolio — as long as you can find the right ones. So we asked three Motley Fool investors to highlight a stock they see as a great investment with solid growth prospects over the next 25 years. Here’s why they picked W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN), and Waste Management (NYSE:WM).

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on The Blackstone Group (BX) , Nvidia  (NVDA) , Amgen (AMGN) , Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) , Hasbro (HAS) and Waste Management (WM) .

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    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Jim Fish, president and CEO of Waste Management (WM) , which just posted an eight-cents-a-share earnings beat, but saw shares decline as investors worry over the impact of trade wars with China on the company’s recycling business.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Balchem Corporation(BCPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Nearly every business Balchem(NASDAQ:BCPC) is in has seen strong growth in 2018, and that’s driving the company’s financial results higher. Fracking is seeing the biggest growth, but human and animal health continue to be great businesses for the company.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Blue Apron plans to counter bigger challengers like Amazonand Walmartby signing more retail partnerships with brick-and-mortar players that want to sell meal kits. Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is notably Blue Apron’s first major partner.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Target’s (NYSE:TGT) recent operating trends fail to impress when stacked against Costco’s (NASDAQ:COST). That performance gap isn’t unique, though. Costco’s growth puts it in a category all by itself, and so Target is just one of many retailers that trail the warehouse giant in key metrics like customer traffic and operating margin.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    WTI crude oil prices added 1.2% to hit $69.31 per barrel, while Brent crude added 1.4% to hit $74.50. The uptick came after Saudi Arabia hinted that it would like to see oil prices hit the top end of the $80 to $100 range. The key oil supplier has been working with other OPEC producers and Russia to support crude prices to reduce excessive global production. The nations’ agreement is expected to extend well into 2019 and potentially beyond that time frame.
    This morning, as it topped earnings expectations, Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) announced it will purchase the consumer health business of German pharma giant Merck KGaA (OTCMKTS: MKGAF) for nearly $4.2 billion. The deal will expand on P&G’s vitamins and health supplement business. This is the first deal made by P&G since activist investor Nelson Peltz won a board seat last year.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: PM, AXP, AMZN, COST
    Shares of Phillip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) dropped 3.6% in pre-market hours after the company fell short of revenue expectations. Despite reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00, a figure that topped estimates by $0.12, the firm fell short of the $7.02 billion in revenue forecasted by analysts.
    American Express Co.(NYSE: AXP) popped nearly 4% after the company easily topped Wall Street earnings after the bell Wednesday. The firm’s strategy to spend $2.35 billion on customer rewards promotions wooed a large amount of accounts and upgrades during the first three months of 2018. AXP reported EPS of $1.86 on top of $9.72 billion in revenue. Wall Street forecasted $1.71 per share on $9.20 billion.
    Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN) is in focus after two stunning revelations emerged from the company on Wednesday. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company has more subscribers to its Prime service than Costco Corp.(Nasdaq: COST), while the average Amazon employee earned under $30,000 in 2017.
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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    FDx Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Costco (NASDAQ:COST) by 28.7% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 15,361 shares of the retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,429 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Costco were worth $2,894,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media coverage about Costco (NASDAQ:COST) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Costco earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the retailer an impact score of 47.1055334204751 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has, indeed, been good to its shareholders. That’s because, in an extremely challenging retail and health-care environment, this company has never stopped innovating and transforming itself.

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    CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is quickly becoming a behemoth in the health care distribution market and its planned acquisition of managed-care insurer Aetna would complete its control. CVS has been able to avoid regulatory problems by looking to integrate companies vertically along the healthcare distribution chain. This breadth may allow it to deliver services at a lower cost and keep customers within its network.

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    The heightened activity could boost shares of clinics like CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) through sales of vaccines, services, and other remedies.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACBFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Canopy Growth Corporation (TWMJF) is another popular option, a Canadian company that not only produces but researches and studies cannabis. The Motley Fool recently valued it at around $4.35 billion, a massive number, and noted that it has something most cannabis companies are unable to acquire: bank capital. Bank of Montreal helps finance it, giving it a leg up on the competition. One of its main competitors, Aurora Cannabis (ACBFF) , is expanding its number of growth facilities and purchased competitor CanniMed Therapeutics.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) and Organigram Holdings (NASDAQOTH:OGRMF) have taken investors on a roller-coaster ride so far in 2018. Both marijuana stocks have experienced multiple swings of 10% or more. Both Aurora and Organigram also appear to berebounding in recent days.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Here are some of the top marijuana stocks in U.S. exchanges and how the performed this week:

    22nd Century Group Inc (NYSE: XXII): down 9 percent
    Aphria Inc (OTC: APHQF): down 8.6 percent
    Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTC: ACBFF): down 11.4 percent
    Cannabis Sativa Inc (OTC: CBDS): down 10.4 percent
    CannTrust Holdings Inc (OTC: CNTTF): down 2.8 percent
    Canopy Growth Corp (OTC: TWMJF): down 7.8 percent
    Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON): down 7.7 percent
    GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH): up 2.5 percent
    Hiku Brands Company Ltd(OTC: DJACF): down 10.8 percent
    India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC): down 6.2 percent
    MassRoots Inc (OTC: MSRT): down 6.2 percent
    MedReleaf Corp(OTC: MEDFF): up 0.5 percent
    Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE: SMG): up 2 percent
    THC Biomed Intl Ltd (OTC: THCBF): down 3.8 percent
    Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE): down 1.7 percent
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3 Reasons to Buy Kraft Heinz Stock, 1 Reason to Sell

What to do about Kraft-Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC)? One of Berkshire Hathaway’slarger holdings (Berkshire owns roughly 26.7% of shares outstanding, controlling the company in tandem with Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital),Kraft’s stock has tumbled roughly 28% in 2018, as the consumer packaged foods industry (“CPG”) has come under pressure.

In addition, the market is growing increasingly skeptical of Kraft’s ability to make a transformative aquisition, which had been the main upside thesis in Kraft-Heinz ever since the two companies merged three years ago.

Now near 52-week lows, is it time for holders to cut bait on the fallen darling, or is the stock now a screaming deal?

Reason to sell: disruption

I always like to get bad news out of the way first. Ironically, Kraft’s bad news was recently articulated not by short-sellers or bearish sell-side analysts, but rather by its very own largest stakeholder!

At a recent conference, 3G Capital CEO Jorge Paulo Lemann admitted, “I’ve been living in this cozy world of old brands and big volumes… We bought brands that we thought could last forever… You could just focus on being very efficient… All of a sudden we are being disrupted.”

a man sits at a desk with Oscar Meyer meats and a laptop and funny glasses.

Can innovatinve marketing like “Bacoin” save Kraft-Heinz? Image source: Kraft-Heinz.

Lehmann founded 3G, and was instrumental in the acquisition-of-big-brands strategy behind Kraft-Heinz, AB InBev (NYSE: BUD) and Restaurant Brands (NYSE: QSR). For him to admit his company was “caught by surprise” after deploying billions of dollars toward the large consumer brand strategy was quite an admission.

The disruption has come from the confluence of several factors, including the rise of craft/natural foods, low-cost private label brands, and the advent of e-commerce. The new generation of more health-conscious, yet budget-constrained consumers, has put traditional consumer packaged goods brands in a tough spot. On the high-end, these brands are being crowded out by healthier, more natural alternatives, while huge retailers have come out with high-quality private label brands, such as Costco’s (NASDAQ: COST) Kirkland brand and Kroger’s (NYSE: KR) Simple Truth, which are often priced below CPG rivals.

These factors have challenged Kraft-Heinz’s top-line, which fell 1.5% (in constant currency) in the first quarter. That being said, Lehmann also said, “I’m not going to lie down and go away,” and Kraft’s executives have been working hard to adapt to the times. Here are three reasons why you may want to buy the stock today.

Reason to buy: it’s a bargain

While the “safety” of consumer packaged goods companies traditionally earned these stocks relatively high price-to-earnings multiples, even with low growth, that has changed in a hurry very recently. Lackluster growth as well as concerns about high freight cost inflation have taken a toll on the industry, and especially Kraft-Heinz:

KHC PE Ratio (Forward) Chart

KHC PE Ratio (Forward) data by YCharts

Currently, you are not only buying into a low-priced sector, you are arguably buying the best-run company of the lot, at a valuation on par with its industry peers, and receiving a 4.5% dividend as well.

Of course, buying a cheap stock doesn’t necessarily turn out well, unless management is on its way to improving. On that front, there are two ways in which Kraft-Heinz is attacking this new age of disruption.

Reason to buy: product innovation

Kraft-Heinz isn’t resting on its laurels, but is quickly innovating its products.These innovations fall primarily into two camps. One is around renovating “powerhouse” brands ($1 billion+ in sales) such as Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Planters, and Philadelphia to make them more relevant (like taking out artificial ingredients from Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese), and well as extending them to horizontal products (such as Kraft mayonnaise).

The second type of innovation is for entirely new products. On that front, Kraft-Heinz is moving quickly, aiming for 60% more innovations in 2018 versus 2016. Recent successes include Devour frozen meals, as well as the new, “Just Crack an Egg,” which, on the recent call with analysts, CEO Bernardo Hees said was “selling faster than we can make it.” Kraft also recently started its Springboard platform, a start-up accelerator to find the next big food innovation. Management has emphasized the need to provide incremental sales, not just the replacement of declining or outdated products.

Obviously, new brands such as these are not going to move the needle in the near-term — new innovations only made up 7% of sales over the past three years. Still, there are hints at least some are making a difference. In its recent post-integration update, management credited the new Devour line with returning the company’s frozen food category to growth after serval years of mid-teens declines.

Reason to buy: new marketing

Behind all of this product innovation will also be a revamped marketing strategy.One of the more interesting things Kraft Heinz is doing is doubling down on its own salespeople inside supermarkets, rather than pulling back or using third-party merchandisers. By bringing everything in-house, the company believes it can be more effective, as well as use big data analytics to further target marketing campaigns to the modern age. Hees said, “We started doing this in 2017. I can guarantee you that it’s paying off and we’re actually doubling down on this.”

Kraft is also investing in its people, with employees completing 60,000 hours of custom-made courses just in the first quarter alone. These courses keep employees up to speed on the latest innovations in R&D, marketing, and industry knowledge.

Get hungry

Down severely in 2018 while possessing the most dynamic management team in the industry, I’d be a buyer of Kraft-Heinz here here rather than a seller. It’s time to be hungry when others are fearful!

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019

Source: ThinkstockOctober 11, 2017: The S&P 500 closed up 0.18% at 2,555.18. The DJIA closed up 0.18% at 22,872.06. Separately, the Nasdaq was up 0.25% at 6,603.55.

Wednesday was a positive, although muted, day for the U.S. exchanges with all three major indices hitting new intraday highs. Crude continued to rise after its incredible gain on Tuesday. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly positive or flat with a couple of exceptions. The best performing sectors were real estate and utilities which were up 0.55% and 0.45%, respectively. The worst performing sector was financial, down 0.21%.

Crude oil was up 0.7% at $51.29.

Gold was relatively flat at $1,295.40.

The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) which traded down about 5% at $48.81. The stocks 52-week range is $34.42 to $51.76. Volume was over 1.9 million versus the daily average of nearly 1 million shares.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Exactech Inc.(EXAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares were also up, gaining 31 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Netlist, Inc.(NLST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap data/memory solutions stocksNetlist, Inc (NASDAQ: NLST) as a long/bullish position for our short term portfolio:

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Ground-based wireless communications networks have transformed the way that billions of people across the globe communicate. For the locations where traditional wireless networks either haven’t yet reached or have decided aren’t feasible for ground-based stations, Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) hopes that its extensive and growing satellite communications network will be the go-to solution for users who need reliable coverage under challenging circumstances.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with results beating expectations. Total revenueincreased 2% to $111.6 million which consisted of $86.6 million of service revenue and $25.0 million of revenue related to equipment sales and engineering and support projects.Service revenue, which represents primarily recurring revenue from Iridium’s growing subscriber base, grew 4% and was 78% of total revenue. The Company ended the quarter with 913,000 total billable subscribers, which compares to 823,000 for the year-ago period and is up from 869,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.Total billable subscribers grew 11% year-over-year, driven by growth in M2M and government customers. Net income was $24.8 million versus $26.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. The CEO commented:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Trump’s proposal to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bodes well for small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM), but theres a bigger opportunity for the Company in theInternet of Things (IoT) space. Technology company Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) is already a leading candidate to supply the FAA with real-time aircraft tracking data in partnership with Iridium Communications with the latter having a joint venture that has partnered with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Denmark to provide air traffic surveillance (in cooperation with Harris).

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Wu]

    Another valid reason why Amazon Go stores could prove to be a hit lies in Amazon being the suicide bomber of retail. Amazon is well known for its practice of cutting prices to the bone in a bid to steal market share from rivals, which of course hurts its own margins as well. But unlike in the past when Amazon solely relied on its thin-margin retail operations to drive the bottom line, the company now has AWS, a fast-growing and solidly profitable cloud business. The company,therefore, has even more leeway to compete even in industries with razor-thin margins. Amazon can easily take the Go concept to adjacent retail industries including drug stores, retail stores, office supply stores, and maybe even wholesale retail stores such as Costco (NSDQ:COST).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The retail industry has gone through major disruptions lately, and even warehouse giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) hasn’t been immune to the difficult conditions. Yet last quarter, Costco said that it would implement membership-fee increases as of the beginning of June in an attempt to bolster a key source of revenue, and it hoped that improving conditions in the consumer economy would lead to better shopping results.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) suffered from slowing sales growth for much of 2016 and early 2017, the warehouse club giant has bounced back in a big way over the past year. During that period, Costco has routinely posted mid-high single-digit adjusted comp sales growth.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    WTI crude oil prices added 1.2% to hit $69.31 per barrel, while Brent crude added 1.4% to hit $74.50. The uptick came after Saudi Arabia hinted that it would like to see oil prices hit the top end of the $80 to $100 range. The key oil supplier has been working with other OPEC producers and Russia to support crude prices to reduce excessive global production. The nations’ agreement is expected to extend well into 2019 and potentially beyond that time frame.
    This morning, as it topped earnings expectations, Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) announced it will purchase the consumer health business of German pharma giant Merck KGaA (OTCMKTS: MKGAF) for nearly $4.2 billion. The deal will expand on P&G’s vitamins and health supplement business. This is the first deal made by P&G since activist investor Nelson Peltz won a board seat last year.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: PM, AXP, AMZN, COST
    Shares of Phillip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) dropped 3.6% in pre-market hours after the company fell short of revenue expectations. Despite reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00, a figure that topped estimates by $0.12, the firm fell short of the $7.02 billion in revenue forecasted by analysts.
    American Express Co.(NYSE: AXP) popped nearly 4% after the company easily topped Wall Street earnings after the bell Wednesday. The firm’s strategy to spend $2.35 billion on customer rewards promotions wooed a large amount of accounts and upgrades during the first three months of 2018. AXP reported EPS of $1.86 on top of $9.72 billion in revenue. Wall Street forecasted $1.71 per share on $9.20 billion.
    Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN) is in focus after two stunning revelations emerged from the company on Wednesday. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company has more subscribers to its Prime service than Costco Corp.(Nasdaq: COST), while the average Amazon employee earned under $30,000 in 2017.
    Look for additional earnings reports from Skechers USA In

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    The wholesale warehouse chain is the most relevant comparison, as Costco(NASDAQ:COST) operates a global network of retail locations that similarly sells everything under the sun at aggressive price points. At the end of the last quarter, Costco had a totalof 92.2 million cardholders that it counts as members.

Top Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: LivaNova PLC(LIVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap medical technology stock LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ: LIVN):

    From a fundamental perspective, LIVN currently offers investors with a potentially nice opportunity on both a short and long-term basis. With a $2.37B market cap, this pure mid-cap play currently trades at a forward P/E of just over 14 and a five year PEG of just 1.15. The Company is also projected to grow their bottom line from this year to next by as much as 14%

3 Simple Steps to Start Making a Fortune Trading the Markets

Ask any successful person – in any field – the secret to making it big, and you’ll get the same response. It takes desire, knowledge, and discipline.

The same applies to trading the markets, particularly in 2018…

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Money Morning’s options trading specialist, Tom Gentile, took those three traits and broke them into three simple steps for trading the markets. Best of all, they’re perfect for traders of all ages and experience levels.

According to Tom, you don’t have to be the smartest or most talented person to trade the markets with great success. But it does require commitment and the three steps below.

Not surprisingly, the three steps Tom shares all came from his extremely successful mentors…

Arthur Blank, the owner Atlanta Falcons and founder of Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), shared these secrets with him more than three decades ago. Back then, Tom was stocking shelves at the store as he worked his way through college.

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But he applied the rules to trading the markets and turned himself into a millionaire…

And he’s used these rules to bring his subscribers incredible profit opportunities in just days, including:

8% in four days on Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL) 9% in one day on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) 8% in two days on Costco Wholesale Corp. (NYSE: COST)

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You Can Root for General Motors Company Stock, but Don’t Buy It

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is once again worth more than Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). Not that this is helping GM shareholders. GM stock is down 13% so far in 2018 but Tesla is down 17%, as both companies try to scale production of electric cars and fight a rear-guard legal action against autonomous vehicles.

GM’s entrant in the low-cost electric race is the Chevrolet Bolt. It plans to double Bolt production later this year even though it is not advertising the car.  It sold 26,000 Bolts last year, out of 160,000 total electrics, and thinks it can undercut the Tesla Model 3 on pricing.

Both GM and Tesla expect to pass 200,000 sales of electrics within the next few months. They are about even in market share.

GM also hopes to produce self-driving Bolts next year and then launch a car sharing business around them.

The Reinvention of GM

While Tesla has been doing this from a standing start, GM has been slowly reinventing itself under CEO Mary Barra.

It’s not easy. GM is losing share in Korea, it is renewing its Cadillac brand with an SUV, and it needs to maintain a dividend that currently yields 4.2%. The dividend is why investors buy the stock, and its yield badly trails that of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), which is at 5.4%.

While GM faces Tesla in electrics, it is facing Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and its Waymo unit in autonomy. It has been planning to have fully autonomous cars by next year, logging over 131,000 miles with 105 incidents where humans had to take over last year.

Analysts remain skeptical it can pull all this off. There are currently 24 following the stock , slightly fewer than half calling it a buy, expecting $1.28 per share of earnings on $34.12 billion of revenue when it next reports April 26. 

Do We Need This?

The big question for analysts is whether the market wants any of this.

The Trump Administration is working to kill the mileage standards, the best-selling car in America remains the Ford F-150 monster pick-up truck, and the self-driving car crowd is getting caught in the backwash of the Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) scandal, with some questioning the cars’ need for data, and bicyclists wanting regulators to put the brakes on them.

But ready or not, Barra says, the future is coming. While GM works to get its Bolt ready for the self-driving revolution, Waymo says it is already there, and will turn 20,000 Jaguars into self-driving cabs for its coming ride-hailing service that could do one million trips per day by 2020. That’s two years from now.

Is GM Stock a Bargain?

Meanwhile, GM stock continues to languish at values that would shame any tech investor, as it has since it emerged from bankruptcy.

GM stock now sells for just five times its roughly $10 billion in annual operating income. It’s at barely one-third its annual sales – Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) sells at about half its revenue. Operating cash flow came in last year at over $17 billion, for a stock with a market cap of under $51 billion.

I don’t own GM stock, because I don’t expect capital gains from it (it’s up only 6% over the last year) and because Ford’s yield is a lot better. I prefer to root for it from the sidelines because it has 180,000 employees and is thus a proxy for U.S. manufacturing.

Barra has what may be the hardest job in America.

Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the historical mystery romance The Reluctant Detective Travels in Time, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this story.

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American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked by the company’s loss of the Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) co-brand account, and its announcement of $1 billion in cost reductions last month. The credit card market has squeezed AmEx, as its higher swipe fees face intense competitive pressure.

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

 

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces and sells specialty materials and components worldwide. The company operates through two segments, High Performance Materials and Components; and Flat-Rolled Products. The High Performance Materials and Components segment provides various high performance materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys; nickel-and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys; zirconium and related alloys, such as hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys, and other specialty materials, in long product forms of ingots, billets, bars, rods, wires, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components, and machined parts. This segment serves aerospace and defense, oil and gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, and medical markets. The Flat-Rolled Products segment offers stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-base d alloys in various product forms comprising plates, sheets, engineered strips, and precision rolled strip products, as well as grain-oriented electrical steel sheets. This segment serves oil and gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, automotive, food processing equipment and appliances, construction and mining, electronics, communication equipment and computers, and aerospace and defense markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and independent representatives. Allegheny Technologies Incorporated was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Allegheny Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ATI) is the top steel and alloy play from Merrill Lynch. The company is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty metals. Its diverse product mix includes titanium, nickel alloys, precision strip and exotic alloys. Although Allegany produces some commodity items such as stainless steel products, its focus and a significant portion of its profits are generated from innovative, specialty alloys that only a few companies in the world are able to produce. Merrill Lynch has a $20 price target. The Thomson/First Call target is $30. Investors are paid a 2.6% dividend

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. Its product portfolio consists of packet-optical transport that includes optical transport solutions to increase network capacity and enable delivery of a broader mix of high-bandwidth services; and packet-optical switching, which comprise optical switching platforms incorporating multiservice and multi-protocol switching systems that enable automated optical infrastructures for the delivery of various enterprise and consumer-oriented network services. The company also offers carrier Ethernet solutions, including service delivery switches and service aggregation switches to support the access and aggregation tiers of communications networks, as well as to support wireless backhaul infrastructures and business data services; and software solutions to track individual s ervices across multiple product suites, facilitating planned network maintenance, outage detection, and identification of customers or services affected by network troubles. In addition, Ciena Corporation provides consulting and support services, such as project management, deployment, maintenance support, consulting, and training services, as well as network analysis, planning, design, optimization, and tuning. Its packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching, and carrier Ethernet solutions products are used individually or as part of an integrated solution in communications networks operated by communications service providers, cable operators, governments, enterprises, and other network operators. The company sells its communications networking solutions directly, as well as through strategic channel relationships. Ciena Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is seeing a huge improvement in its U.S and European business from the carriers for its 100G transport, OTN and packet networking portfolio. The Deutsche Bank price target is $27, and the Thomson/First Call estimate is also $27.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) shares gained 2.02% to create a new 52-week high of $25.82. Ciena shares have jumped 77.37% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Hot Media Companies To Buy Right Now: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Its bakery-cafes offer fresh baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, custom roasted coffees, and other complementary products, as well as provide catering services. The company also manufactures and supplies dough and other products to company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes. As of March 29, 2011, it owned and franchised 1,467 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co., and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Brownell]

    Michael L Abramson/Getty Images For the next week, Ron Shaich will live well below his means: The Panera Bread (PNRA) CEO embarked on a quest Saturday to spend a week living on food stamps. “As part of Hunger Action Month, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge,” Shaich announced on LinkedIn last week. “For one week, beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013, I will live on just $4.50 a day, the average daily benefit per person provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps).” A number of liberal politicians, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker have taken the SNAP Challenge, publicly documenting their quest to eat on less than $5 a day (the weekly allowance is $31.50). The challenge has become a popular way to see how the other half lives, call attention to hunger issues and protest budget cuts.

  • [By William White]

    Ron Shaich, CEO of Panera Bread (PNRA), will live on a food-stamp budget of $4.50 a day for food for one week.

    Shaich is living on the food-stamp budget as part of the SNAP challenge. SNAP is the system that replaced food stamps. Shaich started the challenge on Saturday and is documenting his challenge on LinkedIn (LNKD). Shaich took his $31.50, the average weekly budget for someone on SNAP, to a grocery store and boughtcereal, pasta, lentils, chickpeas and some vegetables. He noted that it was a barren shopping cart and that he didn’t know if he would be able to sustain himself on the budget. Shiach spent$25.95 on the food he bought that day, which leaves him with $5.55 to buy food with for the rest of the week, reports Daily Finance.

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Ted Cruz, under fire for misinforming Iowa voters about the status of his rival Ben Carson’s campaign, is wrongly claiming that it is CNN’s fault.

In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday evening, CNN said, “Senator Cruz’s claims about CNN are false. At no point did the network indicate Dr. Carson would suspend his campaign.”

The controversy stems from a CNN scoop that was broadcast Monday night, minutes before the Iowa caucuses began. Reporter Chris Moody received information from the Carson campaign that he would be taking a break from the campaign trail after Iowa.

Moody, and the other CNN reporters who followed up on the report, said Carson would continue campaigning after taking a break at home in Florida. His next stop, they said, would be Washington, D.C., for the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

Top 5 US Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

    Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

Top 5 US Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. Its Health Benefits segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; and non-employer based insurance options for purchase by individuals. It also provides health and well-being services for individuals aged 50 and older; and for services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals, as well as health plans for the beneficiaries of acute and long-term care Medicaid plans. This segment offers its services through a network of 730,000 physicians and other health care professionals, and 5,300 hospitals. Its OptumHealth segment provides health, financial, and ancillary services and products that assist consumers through personalized health management solutions; benefit administration, and clinical and network management; health-based financi al services; behavioral solutions; and specialty benefits, such as dental, vision, life, critical illness, short-term disability, and stop-loss product offerings. The company?s Ingenix segment offers database and data management services, software products, publications, consulting and actuarial services, business process outsourcing services, and pharmaceutical data consulting and research services. Its Prescription Solutions segment provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services comprising retail network pharmacy contracting and management, claims processing, mail order pharmacy services, specialty pharmacy, benefit design consultation, rebate contracting and management, drug utilization review, formulary management programs, disease therapy management, and adherence programs to employer groups, union trusts, managed care organizations, Medicare-contracted plans, Medicaid plans, and third party administrators. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Minn e tonka, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

    Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

5 Best Paper Stocks To Buy For 2016: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. The company’s product categories include candy, snack foods, tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, toys, seasonal items, and automotive supplies; dry and institutionally packaged foods; apparel, domestics, jewelry, house wares, media, home furnishings, cameras, and small appliances; meat, bakery, deli, and produce; and gas stations, pharmacy, food court, optical, one-hour photo, hearing aid, and travel. It also provides business and gold star (individual) membership services. As of April 26, 2011, the company operated 581 warehouses, including 425 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 22 in the Uni ted Kingdom, 7 in Korea, 6 in Taiwan, 8 in Japan, 1 in Australia, and 32 in Mexico. It also has Costco Online, an electronic commerce Web site, at costco.com in the United States and at costco.ca in Canada. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in August 1999. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    As a convenience store, it doesn’t have direct competition fromDollar Tree (DLTR) or Family Dollar (FDO) because these dollar stores arent exclusively focused on food (and they have no gasoline or cigarette sales), and theyre targeted at the folks who are trying to save money over convenience, not vice versa. The convenience angle is another reason whyWalmart (WMT) and Costco (COST)aren’t competitors, since those behemoths are about a total shopping experience.

Top 5 US Stocks To Invest In 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.

Top 5 US Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesale power generation company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of power generation facilities. It also involves in the transacting in and trading of fuel and transportation services; the trading of energy, capacity, and related products in the United States and internationally; and the supply of electricity, energy services, and cleaner energy and carbon offset products to retail electricity customers in deregulated markets. The company operates natural gas- fired, coal- fired, oil-fired, nuclear, solar, and wind power plants. As of December 31, 2010, it had power generation portfolio of 193 operating fossil fuel and nuclear generation units with an aggregate generation capacity of approximately 24,570 megawatt (MW), as well as ownership interests in renewable facilities with an aggregate generation capacity of 470 MW. The company portfolio also includes appr oximately 24,035 MW generation capacity in the United States, and 1,005 MW generation capacity in Australia and Germany. In addition, it has a district energy business with steam and chilled water capacity of approximately 1,140 megawatts thermal equivalent. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stoyan Bojinov]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Monday that is was maintaining a “Hold” rating on the New Jersey-based electric utility company NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), but went on to lower its price target for the company.

    Greg Poole, an analyst with the firm, commented, “NRG has several diverse businesses – generation, retail, solar, clean energy technologies, and now a separate MLP-like income vehicle for contracted assets. This helps to diversify away from the seemingly perennially challenged merchant generation business, but it also results in an increasingly complex story that may pose a challenge for investors and valuation.” As such, Deutsche Bank announced it was lowering its price target from $27 to $26 a share.

    NRG Energy Inc. shares crept higher, gaining 1.11% on the day. The stock is up almost 15% YTD.