Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017

Health care stocks have the blues. Standard & Poors Health Care index has fallen 5.4% so far this year. The chief reason: political posturing about cutting the soaring costs of prescription medicines and of repealing Obamacare.

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Maybe something concrete will come of this cheap talk on Capitol Hill and in the presidential campaign, though I highly doubt it. But whats far more important is that the long-term tailwinds for the health care industry remain firmly in placein fact, theyre gathering momentum.

But first, lets take a quick look back. Over the past 15 years, the S&P Health Care index has returned an annualized 7%an average of 1 percentage point per year better than Standard & Poors 500-stock index. The last year the health care sector trailed the S&P 500 was 2010. Whats more, during the 2007-09 bear market, health stocks lost 38%, compared with a 55% plunge for the S&P 500. (All returns are through March 22, unless otherwise noted.)

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.(BBBY)

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., incorporated on October 5, 1971, is a retailer, which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB), Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat! (collectively, CTS), Harmon or Harmon Face Values (collectively, Harmon), buybuy BABY (Baby) and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus (collectively, Cost Plus World Market). The Company operates in two segments: North American Retail and Institutional Sales.

The Company’s customers can purchase products from the Company either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a contact center. The Company also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a range of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture, which operates approximately seven retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company sells a range of domestics merchandise and home furnishings. Domestics merchandise includes categories, such as bed linens and related items, bath items and kitchen textiles. Home furnishings include categories, such as kitchen and tabletop items, fine tabletop, basic housewares, general home furnishings, consumables and juvenile products.

The Company operates approximately 1,530 stores plus its various Websites, other interactive platforms and distribution facilities. The Company’s over 1,530 stores operate in approximately 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, including over 1,020 BBB stores, approximately 280 Cost Plus World Market stores, over 100 Baby stores, approximately 80 CTS stores and over 50 Harmon stores. The Company’s stores range in size from approximately 5,000 to 100,000 square feet. The Company has distribution facilities, which ship merchandise to stores and customers, totaling approximately 6.1 million square f eet consisting of over three owned and approximately 10 leas! ed facilities. The Company has approximately 813,000 square feet within over 20 leased and owned facilities for procurement and corporate office functions. In addition, the Company has over seven locations, totaling approximately 14,000 square feet, which are utilized primarily for institutional sales related functions.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter and declared its first-ever quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share. Bed Bath & Beyond shares surged 4.49 percent to $51.00 in the after-hours trading session.

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.(NM)

 

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. operates as a seaborne shipping and logistics company. It focuses on the transportation and transshipment of dry bulk commodities, including iron ore, coal, and grains. It operates in two segments, Dry bulk Vessel Operations and Logistics Business. The Dry bulk Vessel Operations segment engages in the transportation and handling of bulk cargoes through the ownership, operation, and trading of vessels, freight, and forward freight agreements. This segment charters its vessels to trading houses, producers, and government-owned entities. The Logistics Business segment operates ports and transfer station terminals; handles vessels, barges, and push boats; and operates upriver transport facilities in the Hidrovia region. This segment provides its integrated transportation, storage, and related services through its port facilities, fleet of dry and liquid cargo barges, and product tankers to mineral and grain commodity providers, as well as users of refined petroleum products. The companys fleet consists of 66 vessels totaling 6.6 million deadweight tons. It operates in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and internationally. Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM) is expected to report a quarterly loss at $0.37 per share on revenue of $101.51 million.

    Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.23 per share on revenue of $138.13 million.

  • [By Nickey Friedman]

    Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NM  ) has two operating segments: shipping and logistics. Analysts have already begun to raise their profit estimates for 2014, currently at $0.11 EPS up from $0.01 a week ago. Expect that number to continue to rise dramatically. Navios pays a $0.06 per share quarterly dividend and trades around 40% below its book value. It used to trade as high as $17 back in 2007.

Hot Stocks For 2017: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)

 

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of semiconductor solutions for the communications, computing, and consumer industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Communications, and Computing and Consumer. The Communications segment offers communication timing products, such as clocks and timing solutions; flow-control management devices comprising Serial RapidIO switching solutions; multi-port products; telecommunications products; static random access memory products; first in and first out memories; digital logic products; radio frequency products; and MEMS oscillator solutions. The Computing and Consumer segment provides clock generation and distribution products, programmable timing devices, computing timing solutions, high-performance server memory interfaces, PCI Express switching solutions, power management solutions, and signal integrity products. The company markets its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers through various channels, including direct sales, distributors, electronic manufacturing suppliers, and independent sales representatives. Integrated Device Technology, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc., incorporated on June 15, 1981, is a bank holding company. The Company owns an Arkansas state chartered subsidiary bank, Bank of the Ozarks (the Bank). The Company, through the Bank, conducts operations through approximately 257 offices, including over 80 offices in Arkansas, approximately 30 in Georgia, over 20 in North Carolina, over 20 in Texas, approximately 44 in Florida, over three in Alabama, approximately two each in South Carolina and New York and one in California. It owns Ozark Capital Statutory Trust II, Ozark Capital Statutory Trust III, Ozark Capital Statutory Trust IV and Ozark Capital Statutory Trust V (collectively, the Ozark Trusts). It owns Intervest Statutory Trust II, Intervest Statutory Trust III, Intervest Statutory Trust IV and Intervest Statutory Trust V (collectively, the Intervest Trusts, and together with the Ozark Trusts, the Trusts).

The Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking services. Its deposit services include checking, savings, money market, time deposit and individual retirement accounts. Its loan services include various types of real estate, consumer, commercial, industrial and agricultural loans and various leasing services. It also provides mortgage lending; treasury management services for businesses, individuals and non-profit and governmental entities, including wholesale lock box services; remote deposit capture services; trust and wealth management services for businesses, individuals and non-profit and governmental entities, including financial planning, money management, custodial services and corporate trust services; real estate appraisals; automated teller machines (ATMs); telephone banking; online and mobile banking services, including electronic bill pay and consumer mobile deposits, and debit cards, gift cards and safe deposit boxes, among other products and services. Through third-party providers, it offers credit cards for consumer s and businesses, processing of merchant debit and credit ca! rd transactions, and full-service investment brokerage services.

Lending Activities

The Company’s loan portfolio includes purchased loans, such as various types of real estate loans, consumer loans, commercial and industrial loans, agricultural loans and other types of loans. Its portfolio of real estate loans includes loans secured by residential one- to four-family, non-farm/non-residential, agricultural, construction/land development, multifamily residential properties and other land loans. Non-farm/non-residential loans include those secured by real estate mortgages on owner-occupied commercial buildings of various types, leased commercial, retail and office buildings, hospitals, nursing and other medical facilities, hotels and motels, and other business and industrial properties. Agricultural real estate loans include loans secured by farmland and related improvements, including some loans guaranteed by the Farm Service Agency. Real estate cons truction/land development loans include loans secured by vacant land, loans to finance land development or construction of industrial, commercial, residential or farm buildings or additions or alterations to existing structures. Its residential one- to four-family loans include home equity lines of credit.

The Company’s portfolio of consumer loans includes loans to individuals for household, family and other personal expenditures. Its commercial and industrial loan portfolio consists of loans for commercial, industrial and professional purposes, including loans to fund working capital requirements (such as inventory, floor plan and receivables financing), purchases of machinery and equipment and other purposes. It offers a range of commercial and industrial loan arrangements, including term loans, balloon loans and lines of credit, including some loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, with the purpose and collateral supporting a particular loan d etermining its structure. Its portfolio of agricultural (non! -real est! ate) loans includes loans for financing agricultural production, including loans to businesses or individuals engaged in the production of timber, poultry, livestock or crops. As of December 31, 2015, its loans and leases included a total of $8.33 billion.

Investment Activities

The Company classifies its investment securities portfolio as available for sale. Its investment securities include obligations of states and political subdivisions, the United States Government agency securities, corporate obligations, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) qualified investment fund and other equity securities. As of December 31, 2015, the Company’s investment securities totaled to a fair value of $602.3 million.

Sources of Funds

The Company offers an array of deposit products consisting of non-interest bearing checking accounts, interest bearing transaction accounts, business sweep accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, t ime deposits, including access to products offered through the various CDARS programs, and individual retirement accounts. As of December 31, 2015, its total deposits were $7.97 billion.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Concho Resources Inc.(CXO)

 

Concho Resources Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the Unites States. The companys principal operating areas are located in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico and West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, its total estimated proved reserves were 623.5 million barrel of oil equivalent. Concho Resources Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)

MercadoLibre, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, hosts online commerce and payments platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide its users with mechanisms to buy, sell, pay for, and collect on e-commerce transactions. The company principally offers MercadoLibre marketplace, an automated online commerce service, which permits businesses and individuals to list items and conduct their sales and purchases online in a fixed-price or auction-based format. Its MercadoLibre marketplace enables registered users to list and purchase motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, real estate, and other services through online classified listings; and Internet users to browse through various products and services that are listed on its Website and to register with MercadoLibre to list, bid for, and purchase items and services. The company also provides MercadoPago, an integrated online payments solution to facilitate transactions on and off the MercadoLibre marketplace by providing a mechanism that allows its users to send and receive payments online. In addition, it offers MercadoClics advertising program that allows businesses to promote their products and services on the Internet. This program enables users and advertisers to place, display, and/or text advertisements on its Web pages to promote their brands and offerings. Further, the company provides MercadoShops on-line stores solution, a software-as-a-service, which allows users to set-up, manage, and promote their own on-line Webstores. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated online commerce platforms directed towards Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; online payments solutions directed towards Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and Colombia; and a real estate classified platform that covers various areas in Florida. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

 

Lannett Company, Inc. develops, manufactures, packages, markets, and distributes generic versions of branded pharmaceutical products in the United States. It offers solid oral, extended release, topical, nasal, and oral solution finished dosage forms of drugs that address a range of therapeutic areas, as well as ophthalmic, patch, foam, buccal, sublingual, soft gel, and injectable dosages. The company provides its products for various medical indications comprising glaucoma, muscle relaxant, migraine, anesthetic, congestive heart failure, thyroid deficiency, dryness of the mouth, gout, bronchospasms, hypertension, and gallstone. It also manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients. Lannett Company, Inc. markets its products under the Diamox, Lioresal, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Fiorinal w/ Codeine #3, Lanoxin, Levoxyl/Synthroid, Salagen, Benemid, Brethine, Dyazide, and Actigall brands. The company sells its pharmaceutical products to generic pharmaceutical distributors, drug wholesalers, chain drug retailers, private label distributors, mail-order pharmacies, other pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, hospital buying groups, governmental entities, and health maintenance organizations. It has development and supply agreements with Azad Pharma AG, Aenova of Switzerland, Pharma 2B, the GC Group of Israel, HEC Pharm Group, and Sunshine Lake LLC, as well as with Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cerovene, Symplemed, Inc., and Summit Bioscience LLC. The company was founded in 1942 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    But it hasn’t been all bad news. Lannett (LCI) has gained 1.9% to $16.00 after it reported a profit of 12 cents, above the 7 cents forecast by analysts. And shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD) are unchanged after the company said it would earn 59 cents to 63 cents in the slides for a presentation tomorrow. Considering what happened the last time Krispy Kreme opened its mouth, that has to be considered good news.

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Pampa Energia S.A.(PAM)

Pampa Energia S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Argentina. It has an installed hydro electricity generation capacity of approximately 2,217 megawatts. The company also joint-controls the operation and maintenance of the high-tension transmission network covering 10,613 kilometers (km) of own lines, as well as 6,110 km of high-tension lines belonging to Empresa de Transporte de Energa Elctricapor Distribucin Troncal de la Provincia de Buenos Aires Sociedad Annima Transba S.A. It distributes electricity to approximately 3.5 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company was formerly known as Pampa Holding S.A. and changed its name to Pampa Energia S.A. in September 2008. Pampa Energia S.A. was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, utilities shares jumped by 0.50 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AMID), up 5 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), up 3 percent.

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)

 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation manufactures and sells firearm products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, firearms and accessories. It offers handguns, including revolvers and pistols; long guns, such as sporting, bolt action, and single shot rifles; hunting rifles; black powder firearms; handcuffs and restraints; and firearm-related products and accessories. The company sells its products under the Smith & Wesson, M&P, Thompson/Center Arms, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal Reloading Tools, Lockdown Vault Accessories, Hooyman Premium Tree Saws, BOG-POD, and Golden Rod Moisture Control brands. It also provides metal processing and finishing services comprising tooling, forging, heat treating, finishing, plating, plastic injection molding, and engineering support services to third-party customers; and licensing of tra demarks to third parties. The company serves gun enthusiasts; collectors; hunters; sportsmen; competitive shooters; individuals desiring home and personal protection; law enforcement and security agencies and officers; and military agencies. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation sells its products through distributors; federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies and officers; government and military agencies; businesses; retailers; and consumers. It also operates Websites; and an online retail store that sells hunting and shooting accessories, branded products, apparel, and related shooting supplies. The company was founded in 1852 and is based in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC) are soaring after the gun maker beat earnings forecasts and provided optimistic guidance. Wunderlich’s Rommel Dionisio has the details:

    Bloomberg

    Smith & Wesson (SWHC) reported another quarterly beat in 4Q, and surprisingly for a company which has recently under-promised and over-delivered to a significant degree, introduced initial FY17 and 1Q guidance well above current consensus forecasts. Successful recent new firearm product introductions, impressive growth in the recently acquired accessories segment, and stronger than expected gross margin drove 4Q upside, and these factors carry solid fundamental momentum into FY17. Especially given important near-term catalysts, we reiterate our Buy rating and maintain our price target of $32, derived by applying a trailing-year peer average EV/EBITDA multiple of 10x on current years estimates.

    What are those catalysts you might ask? Dionisio continues:

    We foresee two potential near-term catalysts for the stock. First, the U.S. Army is expected to select three finalists for its landmark handgun contract sometime around August, and we view S&W as the potential front-runner for this contract. Second, the firearms market could see another re-acceleration in demand trends in response to last weeks incident in Orlando, similar to the sharp surge in demand, particularly in handguns, seen just after the Paris and San Bernadino incidents late last year.

    Wedbush analyst James Hardiman agrees:

    Smith & Wesson shares should benefit from not only a sizeable 4Q beat but also a view among investors that the solid guidance given on Thursday is beatable given what is assumed to be a surge in demand in coming months following the Orlando tragedy. Beyond a short term bump in these shares, however, SWHC faces exceedingly difficult comparisons, and so investors will be watching closely beyond a strong 1Q for signs of sustainable momentum durin

Top 10 Valued Companies For 2017: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.(CHRW)

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (C.H. Robinson), incorporated on August 11, 1997, is a third-party logistics company. The Company provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies of all sizes, in a variety of industries. C.H. Robinson has handled approximately 16.9 million shipments and worked with over 110,000 active customers. It operates through a network of offices in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company also has developed global transportation and distribution networks to provide transportation and supply chain services worldwide. In addition to transportation, the Company provides sourcing services (Sourcing) through Robinson Fresh (Robinson Fresh). It also arranges the logistics and transportation of the products it sells and provides related supply chain services, such as replenishment, category management and managed procurement services.

Transportation and Logistics Services

The Company’s network of contracted transportation providers includes contract motor carriers, railroads, air freight carriers and ocean carriers. The Company provides various transportation and logistics services, including truckload, through its contracts with motor carriers, dry vans, temperature controlled vans, flatbeds and bulk capacity, and also offers expedited truck transportation; Less Than Truckload (LTL), which involves the shipment of single or multiple pallets of freight and it consolidates freight and freight information to provide its customers with a single source of information on their freight; Intermodal, which includes the shipment of freight in trailers or containers by a combination of truck and rail; Ocean-As a non-vessel ocean common carrier (NVOCC) or freight forwarder, which consolidates shipments, determines routing, selects ocean carriers, contracts for ocean shipments and provides for local pickup and delivery of shipments; air, an indirect air carrier (Indir ect Air Carrier) or freight forwarder, which organizes air s! hipments and provides door-to-door service; Customs, which the Company’s customs brokers are licensed and regulated by the United States Customs and Border Protection to assist importers and exporters in meeting federal requirements governing imports and exports, and other logistics services, in which the Company provides fee-based managed services, warehousing services, small parcel and other services.

The Company has intermodal marketing agreements with container owners and all Class I railroads in North America and it arranges local pickup and delivery (known as drayage) through local contracted motor carriers and owns approximately 1,000 intermodal containers. The Company helps customers with storage through crossdocking and other flow-through operations. It also examines the customers’ warehousing and dock procedures.

Sourcing

The Company’s sourcing business involves the buying, selling and marketing of fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable items. The Company supplies fresh produce through its network of independent produce growers and suppliers. It consolidates individual customers’ produce orders into truckload quantities at the point of origin and arranges for transportation of the truckloads to multiple destinations. Its sourcing customer base includes grocery retailers and restaurants, produce wholesalers and foodservice distributors. The Company has various national and regional produce programs, including both brands and national licensed brands. These programs contain a variety of fresh bulk and value added fruits and vegetables.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    As it's known today, C.H. Robinson (Nasdaq: CHRW) has again changed with the times.

    Unlike transportation industry titans FedEx (NYSE: FDX) or UPS (NYSE: UPS), C.H. Robinson does not own a fleet of trucks that transport goods. Instead, it specializes in logistics. Other companies hire C.H. Robinson to make their transportation services more efficient.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRW) were down 4 percent to $71.69. UBS downgraded C.H. Robinson Worldwide from Neutral to Sell.

  • [By Gary Jakacky]

    Only one company convincingly jumped thru all the hoops: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW).

    If only one of the companies in IYT appear to be undervalued, it might give you pause about how brightly the ETF will shine in the very near future.