On the lookout for safe dividends? (Who isn’t, right?)
These days, you generally have three options: large-cap stocks with long dividend histories, municipal bonds and US Treasuries.
Treasuries are considered the safest of that group, and large-cap stocks the riskiest, but they’re still much safer than plenty of other investments, such as small caps and junk bonds.
I’ll show you two low-risk investments that are great buys now in a moment. But first, I want to tell you why recent events have called the safety of some of the options I just named into question.
Let’s start by looking at the following chart:
“Safe” Assets Turn Volatile
First, note how the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (MUB), a good proxy for municipal bonds as a whole, is the least volatile of the three funds shown above. But right now, it faces a steep downturn relative to its earlier stability.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Iteris, Inc.(ITI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Pacific Biosciences of California Inc.(PACB)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N
- [By Paul Ausick]
Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. (NASDAQ: PACB) slipped about 5.6% to post a new 52-week low of $2.52 Tuesday after closing at $2.67 on Friday. Volume of about 910,000 was about 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Mosaic Company (MOS)
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was The Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) which traded down 2.4% at $23.09. The stocks 52-week range is $22.43 to $34.36. Volume was 4.2 million versus the daily average of 5.1 million shares.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the nineteen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $25.23.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers
Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.
Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.
Barron’s Dimitra DeFotis covered the deal over at Emerging Markets Daily:
Global agricultural chemicals giant Mosaic (MOS) is buying most of the fertilizer chemicals business of Brazilian mining giant Vale (VALE) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.5 billion, but Wall Street doesnt seem to like the deal…
Vale will maintain an 11% stake with ownership nitrogen and phosphate fertilizing assets in the city of Cubat茫o, Reuters reports. Mosaic adds Canada and Peru mines to its empire as part of the deal, according to the Mosaic acquisition press release…
Mosaic’s market capitalization fell to $9.7 billion today from $10.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $1 billion on sales of $8.9 billion in 2015.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Innoviva, Inc. (INVA)
- [By Sean Williams]
Shares of Innoviva (NASDAQ:INVA), a biotechnology royalty company that develops respiratory therapeutics and is perhaps best known as GlaxoSmithKline’s (NYSE:GSK) development partner for its multiple next-generation COPD and asthma products, fell as much as 11% on Thursday. The reason behind Innoviva’s bad day can be traced to a proxy battle with activist hedge fund Sarissa Capital Management over seats on its board.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Oil States International Inc.(OIS)
- [By Michael J. Carr]
Einhorn selects investments with a traditional value approach, although he may not be as patient as a typical value investor. Einhorn took Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) to court in an effort to force the company to return cash to shareholders, and more recently challenged Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) to unlock shareholder value.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) is one of 14 public companies in the “Oil & gas field machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Oil States International to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Instead, Genargo prefers oil services stocks with the most exposure to the U.S market. Loop names Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) as its top large-cap stock pick and Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE: OIS), Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE: NR) and Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) as its top small- and mid-cap stocks.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Shares of Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS) rallied on Thursday, risingmore than 14% by 2:45 p.m. EDT, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter results.