Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018


1. Storm-shwarm: A major snowstorm hitting the East Coast of the U.S. has put 31 million people under a blizzard warning.

But it’s going to be business as usual at the New York Stock Exchange. A spokesperson from the exchange said it has “business continuity plans in place to manage all manner of weather conditions.”

The market was closed for two days during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. But that’s a rare occurrence.

The Nasdaq also appeared ready to open normally on Tuesday.


2. Gravity sets in: Even if markets are open, the mood may not be upbeat.

U.S. stock futures were dragging down a bit.

European markets were mostly negative in early trading, though the losses were modest.

Asian markets ended with mixed results. India’s Sensex was the region’s top performer with a 1.7% gain.

U.S. markets were muted on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 0.1%, the S&P 500 was essentially flat and Nasdaq rise 0.2%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Lifeway Foods, Inc.(LWAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Dean Foods Co shows a positive but not spectacular long term return as small cap Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY) has been more volatile and non-dairy desert stock Tofutti Brands Inc (NYSEMKT: TOF) has given a moderately positive performance:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small capdairy health food product stock Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY):

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Celadon Group, Inc.(CGI)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ: TITN) and Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE: CGI).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Air Industries Group(AIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Air Industries Group Inc. (AIRI), an aerospace and defense company, designs and manufactures structural parts and assemblies that focus on flight safety. Sept. 17, the company increased its quarterly dividend 100% to $0.125 per share. The dividend is is payable Oct. 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 6.9%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Winnebago Industries Inc.(WGO)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Supply could come from any number of industry players, including Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) and Camping World Holdings Inc (NYSE: CWH). However, whether it comes from existing inventory and whether suppliers can meet the demand are yet to be seen.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) reported fiscal Q1 2018 earnings before the market opened on Wednesday with results easily topping forecastswith the Companypredicting a ninth straight year of growth for the industry. Revenues increased 83.5% to $450.0 million as revenues for the Motorized segmentfell 2.4% to$190.4 million while revenues for the Towable segment were $259.7 million for the quarter, up $209.5 million over the prior year, driven by the addition of $195.4 million in revenue from the Grand Design RV acquisition and continued strong organic growth in Winnebago-branded Towable products (which increased more than 50% compared to last year).Backlog remains strong while retail sales continue to outpace the industry for both brands.Net incomeincreased 53% to$17.958 million versus $11.738 million. The President/CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries, Inc (NYSE: WGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onWednesday (March 22nd). Back in2014, Winnebago Industries was in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolioas we believed the company would benefit from lower gas pricesalong with aBaby Boomer generation whos recreational retirement spending will increase. OurSCN EO newsletter noting at the time:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Senior Housing Properties Trust(SNH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Healthcare real estate is just as defensive of an investment as net-lease retail, and has even more growth potential in the years ahead. One beaten-down healthcare REIT that I have my eye on in 2017 is Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alaska Air Group (ALK) has advanced 1.3% to $94.55 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has risen 1.7% to $33 after getting upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Airlines like United Continental (UAL), Alaska Air Group (ALK) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) have been so cheap for so long now, that making an argument for big gains based solely on valuation seems remarkably foolish. Thankfully, it’s not the only argument that Barclays analyst Brandon Oglenski make as they initiated the sector with a Positive rating, while calling United Continental the “most compelling stock” in the airlines sector. They explain why:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last year, a potential solution appeared when Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquired Virgin America, which is the only other commercial airline at Love Field, whereas Alaska Airlines flies to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It seemed plausible that Alaska would consolidate its Dallas-area operations at DFW, the region’s main airport.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To meet this condition, Delta and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City International Airport. Now, the three largest low-fare airlines in the U.S. — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) — are close to being cleared for expansion in Mexico City.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: KLA-Tencor Corporation(KLAC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate KLA-TENCOR CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed – some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that KLAC’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

     

  • [By JPMorga]

    KLA-Tencor, which is in the process of being acquired by Lam Research, continues to deliver best-in-class dividends as a result of its solid operational performance and strong free cash flow generation. The company’s current dividend yield is at 3.1%. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income increased by 45.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $72.23 million to $104.90 million.

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 10.70 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company’s weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 3.00, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.


     

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2018: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL) announced on Wednesday that it has finalized the sale of its Hardware business.

    The sale, which was first reported on August 9, was completed on Wednesday. Nova Capital has acquired NWL’s Hardware business which includes the Amerock, Ashland, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands.

    NWL will receive approximately $175 million in after-tax proceeds from the sale.

    Newell Rubbermaid shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has increased 18% YTD.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.2% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $40.89 after closing Friday at $41.39. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.6 million shares traded was about equal to the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.5% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $42.54 after closing Friday at $43.20. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.5 million shares traded was about 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    On a market cap weighted basis,Wal-Mart trades at a discount to the average of a group of large-cap consumer staples companies (Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Newell Brands (NWL), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) – covered by Morgan Stanley Analyst Dara Mohsenian). Wal-Mart’s FTM relative P/E multiple is currently 0.76x vs. the 0.89x average over the last 15 years.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Despite reaching a high of $62, a level it hasn't reached since the 2008 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) was a net sell during May. Consumer goods company Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) was also net sold despite nearing a 52-week high during the month after spiking on a solid earnings report, a level it has maintained into June.