Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017

During his lifetime, Prince amassed a fortune worth over $300 million. His death might prove to be even more of a windfall.

According to reports, the mysterious singer left behind a trove of unreleased songs in his vault.The release of these songs could translate into substantial sales and revenue for his estate in the future.

The presence of a vault of unreleased Prince songs has been rumored for years. Its presence was confirmed last year by a BBC documentary maker, who said that there was enough material in the vault for Prince to put out an album every year for the next hundred years. In addition to this, the vault contains two feature length movies and an assortment of promotional videos. How much is that worth? Let’s do a back-of-the-envelope calculation. Given that Prince’s album sales–prior to his post-mortem surge–averaged over 2.7 million albums sold, and assuming a cost $10 per album, with 8% royalties (the typical artist’s cut), 100 new albums would theoretically net $216 million for Prince’s estate. And this is most likely a very conservative estimate.

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: Packaging Corporation of America(PKG)

Packaging Corporation of America produces and sells containerboard and corrugated products in the United States. Its corrugated packaging products, include conventional shipping containers used to protect and transport manufactured goods; and multi-color boxes and displays with strong that help to merchandise the packaged product in retail locations. The company also offers meat boxes and wax-coated boxes for the agricultural industry. Packaging Corporation sells its products through direct sales and marketing organization. The company was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Christopher Freeburn]

    Shares of Packaging Corp. (PKG) jumped almost 13% in pre-market trading on Monday after the company announced that it will purchase a rival containerboard-maker.

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    Jefferies announced on Monday that it has upgraded Packaging Corp of America (PKG) from “Hold” to “Buy.”

    The firm also raised PKG’s price target from $49.00 to $70.00. Jefferies analystPhilip Ng also gave the companybull-case scenario target of $88. The upgrade comes after the firm announced earlier today that it has agreed to purchase all outstanding shares of Boise Inc. (BZ)for $1.995 billion. Analyst Ng believes the new acquisition will result in an attractive multiple.

    Packaging Corp of America shares rallied 9.73% during Monday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 39.87%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the companys acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: The Charles Schwab Corporation(SCHW)


The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. It offers brokerage products, such as brokerage accounts; individual retirement accounts; retirement plans for small to large businesses; 529 college savings accounts; designated brokerage accounts; equity incentive plan accounts; and margin loans, as well as access to fixed income securities, equity and debt offerings, options, and futures. The company also provides no-load, proprietary, and other third-party mutual funds, as well as mutual fund trading and clearing services to broker-dealers; and third-party and proprietary exchange-traded funds. In addition, it offers advice solutions, including separately managed accounts, customized personal advice for tailored portfolios, an d specialized planning and full-time portfolio management; and trust custody services, personal trust reporting services, and administrative trustee services. Further, the company provides banking products, such as checking accounts linked to brokerage accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, demand deposit accounts, first lien residential real estate mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and personal loans and entity lending collateralized by securities. It serves individuals and institutional clients in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, London, and Hong Kong. The Charles Schwab Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    Although we were not surprised by the move yesterday we did not take an overly aggressive stance in positioning the portfolio to benefit from the Fed not tapering. We were long, but we did not initiate any trades solely for the purpose to benefit from the announcement. We are more interested in the long-term wealth building of portfolios right now and as such believe that readers should look to our recent winners that had pullbacks yesterday as buying opportunities. Specifically, we like Ameritrade (AMTD), Charles Schwab (SCHW) and MetLife (MET) which all saw pullbacks ranging from 2.5% to a bit over 5.5% in yesterday’s session. We highlighted the discount brokers as a sector to watch right before the latest takeoff and our belief is that although rates remain unchanged the brokerage business will continue to perform strongly. The next big move up will be as rates rise, but even if one has to wait for this move it will be well worth it for one’s portfolio.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The other big earnings call of the day was that of Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW), which delivered in-line first quarter EPS of $0.29, on revenue of $1.76 billion, which beat estimates by $10 million.

Hot Rising Companies For 2017: EPR Properties(EPR)

EPR Properties (EPR), incorporated on August 22, 1997, is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s properties are located in approximately 40 states, the District of Columbia and in the Canadian province of Ontario. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other.


The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Company’s entertainment properties include approximately 130 megaplex theatre properties located in over 30 states and Ontario, Canada; approximately nine entertainment retail centers (which include over eight additional megaplex theatre properties and approximately one live performance venue) located in Westminster in Colorado, New Rochelle in New York, Burbank in California, Suffolk in Virginia, Charlotte in North Carolina and Ontario in Canada; over seven family entertainment centers located in Illinois, Indiana and Florida; land parcels leased to restaurant and retail operators adjacent to several of the Company’s theatre properties; construction in progress for real estate development for over two megaplex theatres and redevelopment of over two of its existing megaplex theatres, as well as approximately eight other retail redevelopment projects, and undeveloped land inventory.

The Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatre properties consists of approximately 10 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s remaining owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 1.8 million square feet and is approximately 87% leased. The combined owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 11.8 million square feet and is approximately 98% leased. It s owned theatre properties are leased to over 15 different t! heatre operators. The Company’s family entertainment center operators offer various entertainment options, including live performance, bowling and bocce ball, as well as an observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.


The Company’s Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Company’s interests include over 70 public charter school properties located in approximately 20 states and the District of Columbia; approximately 20 early education centers located in over six states; approximately two K-12 private school located in New York and approximately one 5-12 private school located in California, and an interest in construction for real estate development or expansion of over 10 public charter schools, approximately 10 early education centers and over one K-12 private school. The Company’s owned education real esta te portfolio consists of approximately 4.2 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company has approximately 40 different operators for its owned public charter schools.


The Company’s Recreation segment consists of investments in metro ski parks, resorts, waterparks and golf entertainment complexes. Its interests include approximately 10 metro ski parks located in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia; over five waterparks located in Kansas, Texas and Pennsylvania; approximately 20 golf entertainment complexes in over nine states, and golf entertainment complexes and the development of an indoor waterpark hotel at the Adelaar casino and resort project located in Sullivan County, New York. The Company’s owned recreation real estate portfolio is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s daily attendance ski park model provides outdoor entertainment during the winter. All of the ski parks, as well as its over three owned properties, offers snowmaking capabilities and ! provides ! various terrains and vertical drop options. The Company’s ski parks offer skiing and snowboarding options.


The Company’s other segment consists of construction in progress and land held for development of the casino, golf course, entertainment village and infrastructure related to the Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York. It also includes undeveloped land inventory at its Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York, and mortgage financing related to approximately one sold winery property.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    I also jumped on the 9% Preferred Series E of an interesting REIT called EPR Properties (EPR), a $2.38 billion trust that owns 114 megaplex movie theaters; nine entertainment retail centers; seven family entertainment centers where one can bowl, enjoy nightlife, or sit atop observational towers; 13 metro ski parks; three water parks; four golf complexes, and 48 public charter schools.

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: Warren Resources Inc.(WRES)

Warren Resources, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of onshore crude oil and gas reserves in the United States. It primarily explores for oil reserves in the Wilmington field in California; and natural gas in the Washakie Basin in Wyoming. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Warren Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: WRES) were down 31 percent to $0.0656. Warren Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) was down, falling around 15 percent to $9.40 after the company announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) to “continue to provide service on a meaningful portion of the American fleet currently served by Gogo.” Investors heavily sold off the stock as the company’s announcement implies it lost some orders to its main competitor, ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT).

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.(AEIS)


Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and supports power conversion products and solutions that transform power into various usable forms. The company offers thin film deposition power conversion systems, including direct current (DC), pulsed DC low frequency, high voltage, and radio frequency (RF) power supplies, as well as matching networks and remote plasma sources for reactive gas applications and RF instrumentation. Its power conversion systems are used by semiconductor, solar panel, and similar thin film manufacturers, including flat panel display, data storage, industrial hard coating and ophthalmic optical coating equipment makers, and architectural glass manufacturers. The company also provides power control modules and thermal instrumentation products for rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, crystal growing, and other semiconductor and solar ap plications, as well as in chemical processing, glass manufacturing, and other general industrial power applications. In addition, it offers repair, conversions, upgrades, and refurbishments services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors in North America, Europe, and Asia. Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    While short sellers shied away from many of the leading solar stocks between the January 15 and January 29 settlement dates, two companies in particular led that trend. The number of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEIS) and Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) shares sold short shrank by more than 10 percent by the end of the month.

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)


United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. Its Otis segment designs, manufactures, sells, and installs passenger and freight elevators, escalators, and moving walkways; modernization products to upgrade elevators and escalators; and maintenance and repair services. The companys UTC Climate, Controls & Security segment provides heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, such as controls for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation applications. This segment offers electronic security products, including intruder alarms, access control systems, and video surveillance systems; and fire safety products; systems integration, video surveillance, installation, maintenance, and inspection services; and monitoring and response services. Its Pratt & Whitney segment supplies aircraft engines for commercial, mi litary, business jet, and general aviation markets; and provides aftermarket maintenance, repair, and overhaul, as well as fleet management services. The companys UTC Aerospace Systems segment provides electric power generation, power management, and distribution systems; air data, and flight sensing and management systems; engine control, electric, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; engine components; environmental control systems; fire and ice detection, and protection systems; propeller systems; cargo, actuation, and landing systems; aircraft aero structures, and lighting and seating products; space products and subsystems; and aftermarket services. United Technologies Corporation offers its services through manufacturers representatives, distributors, wholesalers, dealers, retail outlets, and sales representatives, as well as directly to customers. The company was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Thalman]

    One of the Dow’s biggest losers of the day was United Technologies (NYSE: UTX  ) , which fell 2.16% this afternoon. The move came after news broke indicating that United Tech’s Pratt & Whitney division and Rolls-Royce were abandoning their possible joint venture plan. The two companies had previously discussed the idea of joining forces to build the next generation engine that would be used in both Airbus aircraft and Boeing planes. The venture would have given the companies essentially a monopoly on the engine market for narrow-body planes, which is what the two organizations realized, and why they ultimately decided not to move forward with the plan.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stifel’s Robert McCarthy and team explain why United Technologies’ (UTX) second-quarter earnings this year were such a refreshing change from the same period a year ago:


    Solid beat vs. our and street expectations, with revenue coming in slightly ahead but strong beat atClimate, Controls & Security vs. our model, showing a strong rebound in 1Q (admittedly we were street low and buysiders, ahem, pointed that out more than once).Climate, Controls & Security had adjusted margins of 20%+, a strong result. Profits came in better across the board save Pratt and Whitney. Guidance nudge up unsurprising given strong 1Q, but nice within the context of increased global uncertainty post Brexit. Sure beats last year’s 2Q, where a rapid succession of 2 profit warnings in June and July put the stock under pressure. Execution has clearly improved or at least reverted to United Technologies long term mean. Continued concern about China, Europe exposure keeps us at Hold-rated.

    Shares of United Technologies are unchanged at $107.89 at 3:25 p.m. today, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has declined 0.4% to $58.30.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Despite United Technologies’ (UTX) 14% gain this year, JPMorgan analyst C. Stephen Tusa–he of the notably bearish call on General Electric (GE)–says the maker of Otis elevators is “not quite ready for takeoff.” They explain why:


    With peak Geared Turbofan losses expected in 2018, a period during which other headwinds like price at Otis and negative mix at United Technologies Aerospace Systems could fade, we believe the time is near for long term investors take a more serious look at United Technologies as the inflection in fading headwinds approaches. Even with a conceivably positive longer-term view, however, consistent downward revision to the near-term base has been the key hurdle to pulling the trigger. With this backdrop, United Technologies’ earnings discovery period ahead of 2017 December guidance deserves a closer look. Our comprehensive refreshed analysis results in a 3% cut to 17 numbers to a Street low $6.75. Margins/investment headwinds remain pressure points next year, while forward demand indicators look mixed, factors likely to yield flattish segment profits in 17, before considering likely pension headwinds and contingency in the initial guidance. With the stock right around recent highs, and risk still skewed to the downside, we come away less afraid that the stock can run away, trading at a ~10% discount, versus the historical 5-10%, with quality a lingering issue that likely limits relative multiple expansion (numbers exclude restructuring, include large pension tailwinds that may turn to headwinds next year, and free cash flow remains challenged). We remain on the sidelines at Neutral.

    Shares of United Technologies have fallen 0.7% to $108.34 at 9:38 a.m. today, while General Electric has declined 0.5% to $31.09. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) is off 0.3% to $58.85.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JPMorgan analyst C. Stephen Tusa and team take a look at valuations among industrial stocks, including General Electric (GE), Honeywell International (HON), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), United Technologies (UTX), andDanaher (DHR), and find that the sector is “too expensive.” They explain:

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: Laredo Petroleum, Inc.(LPI)


Laredo Petroleum, Inc. operates as an independent energy company in the United States. It focuses on the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties, as well as the transportation of oil and natural gas primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, it had interests in the 135,408 net acres in the Permian Basin; and had total proved reserves of 125,698 thousand barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Laredo Petroleum, Inc. in December 2013. Laredo Petroleum, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After a rally for the ages, the price of oil is back over $50. But the biggest threat to oil might be more production from exploration & production companies drilling in the U.S. shale, say Credit Suisse analyst Mark Lear and team, who cut their ratings on Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO), Laredo Petroleum (LPI) and Sanchez Energy (SN). They explain why:

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: MPLX LP(MPLX)


MPLX LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets related to the transportation and storage of crude oil, refined product, and other hydrocarbon-based products in the United States. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned a 99.5% interest in an entity, which in turn collectively owned and operated a network of pipeline systems that include approximately 1,004 miles of common carrier crude oil pipelines; and approximately 1,902 miles of common carrier product pipelines in 9 states. It also holds a 100% interest in butane cavern located in Neal, West Virginia with approximately 1 million barrels of storage capacity. In addition, the company operates crude oil and product pipelines owned by third parties. MPLX GP LLC acts as the general partner of MPLX LP. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. MPLX LP is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Lastly, Citi says Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) remain Buy rated the heels of benefits derived from strong product demand and the NGL recovery.

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: Novellus Systems Inc.(NVLS)

Novellus Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. The company operates in two segments, Semiconductor Group and Industrial Applications Group. The Semiconductor Group segment provides equipment used in wafer processing, advanced wafer-level packaging, and light-emitting diode (LED) manufacturing. Its deposition systems use chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), and electrochemical deposition (ECD) processes to form transistor, capacitor, and interconnect layers in an integrated circuit; and High-Density Plasma CVD (HDP-CVD) and Plasma-Enhanced CVD (PECVD) systems employ chemical plasma to deposit dielectric material within the gaps formed by the etching of aluminum, or as a blanket film that can be etched with patterns for depositing conductive materials into the etched dielectric. This segment?s CVD Tungsten systems are used to deposit co nductive contacts between transistors and interconnects; PVD systems are used to deposit conductive aluminum and copper metal layers by sputtering metal atoms; and Electrofil ECD systems are used for depositing copper to form the conductive wiring on integrated circuits using copper interconnects. The Industrial Applications Group segment provides grinding, lapping, and polishing equipment for fine-surface optimization. It offers products for use in the semiconductor and LED manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, medical, green energy, and glass and ceramics industries, as well as manufacturers of products, such as pumps, transmissions, compressors, and bearings. The company markets its products through direct sales force and manufacturer?s representatives primarily in Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and southeast Asia. Novellus Systems, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Nivalis Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS) was recently named as one of Stifel’s three stocks thatcould double. Shares closed at $6.38. The consensus price target is$25.00, and the52-week range is$5.89 to $6.60.

Top 10 Sliver Companies To Buy For 2017: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)


Daktronics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells various electronic display systems and related products worldwide. It operates through five segments: Commercial, Live Events, High School Park and Recreation, Transportation, and International. The company offers video display systems, such as displays to show various levels of video, graphics, and animation, as well as controllers; LED ribbon board displays; mobile and modular display systems; freeform LED displays, which include architectural lighting and display products; indoor and outdoor scoreboards for various sports, digit displays, scoring and timing controllers, statistics software, and other related products; and timing systems for sports events, primarily aquatics and track competitions, as well as swimming touchpads, race start systems, and relay take-off platforms. It also provides message displays; ITS dynamic message signs, incl uding LED displays for road management, mass transit, and aviation applications; and digit and directional displays for use in parking facilities; audio systems for outdoor sports venues. In addition, the company offers static and digital billboards used to display static images which change at regular intervals for the out-of-home (OOH) advertising industry; Visiconn system, a software application for controlling content and playback loops for digital billboard applications; and street furniture comprising advertising light boxes for static, scrolling, and digital OOH campaigns. Further, it provides digit and price displays, such as outdoor time and temperature displays, as well as Fuelight digit displays for the petroleum industry; and maintenance and professional services related to its products. The company sells its products through direct sales and resellers. Daktronics, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Brookings, South Dakota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.