Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) has hit the sale button following the $1.95 billion acquisition of Newell Brands麓s tools business in October. The company is now selling the majority of the Mechanical Security business in a $725 million cash deal.

This portfolio management make sense from a strategic and financial point of view, an area at which Stanley has excelled in the past. Given the very modest earnings multiples on a pro-forma basis, I am compelled to pick up a few shares on any dip, as Stanley has missed the Trump election rally.

Strong management, good capital allocation decisions, good brands and a decent earnings yield should all support the long term bull case.

Getting Out Of Mechanical Security

SWK has agreed to sell BEST Access, phi Precision and GMT to dormakaba in a $725 million cash deal. The businesses involved in the deal generate $270 million in sales and $52 million in EBITDA, indicating that SWK is receiving healthy multiples for the business.

Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cooper Companies, Inc. (The)(COO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE: COO) which traded down 3.7% at $242.09. The stocks 52-week range is $192.24 to $260.26. Volume was nearly 1 million compared to the daily average volume of less than half a million.

Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ: TNAV) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $8.15 after the company reported the settlement of patent lawsuit. The company projects Q2 revenue of $51 million to $52 million and loss of $0.30 per share to $0.28 per share.

Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Digital Realty Trust Inc.(DLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

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