Top Safest Stocks For 2018

Doug Hughes focuses on lesser-known, small cap regional banks; the editor of Bank Newsletter looks for banks that operate in attractive regional markets, often ones that would be attractive acquisition targets.

AvidBank Holdings (AVBH) has the fastest growth of any bank out there and yet is still one of the safest with almost no bad loans, and a great, great market area in Palo Alto, California.

Management knows what it is doing and they will likely sell within 3 years. Earnings power is $3.00 a share by 2018. This is a great bank that is operating in great markets.

I consider the shares to be very safe, make it a top holding in the current environment.

With rates going up and most large regionals banks up 30% or more recently a deal price would now have to be at least 2.5 times book or $32 a share.

In my view, this stock has almost zero downside risk in an otherwise high-risk market. Buy now and sleep well. I consider the stock to have an excellent risk-reward ratio. 

Top Safest Stocks For 2018: VivoPower International PLC (VVPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares dipped 47.8 percent to $4.60. Check-Cap priced its upsized underwritten offering of public units at $5.50 per unit.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares fell 41.5 percent to $2.57.
    Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) dropped 35.1 percent to $29.50 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) dropped 34.8 percent to $3.75 after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 25.2 percent to $24.01 after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) dropped 22.5 percent to $45.73 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 19.6 percent to $52.075 following Q1 earnings.
    Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVM) shares declined 18.1 percent to $5.20. Adverum Biotech disclosed that its CEO Amber Salzman is stepping down.
    Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWA) dropped 17.2 percent to $12.83.
    Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) fell 17.2 percent to $13.65 following Q1 results.
    Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) declined 15.8 percent to $19.40 after announcing Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.649 after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Performant Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PFMT) dropped 14.2 percent to $2.65.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 13.2 percent to $8.32 after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) dropped 12.2 percent to $5.05.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 9.7 percent

Top Safest Stocks For 2018: Charter Communications, Inc.(CHTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

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    It was just a little more than a year ago when Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) was the largest U.S. pay-TV provider. And it wasn’t even close. But after AT&T (NYSE:T) merged with DirecTV, it took over the top spot. Now, AT&T’s rival telecom company, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), is reportedly considering a megamerger of its own with Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR). The move would put the combined company’s total video subscriber count very close to Comcast’s.

    The potential merger points to a big hole in Comcast’s service offerings — its lack of wireless service. If customers can save money by bundling their TV, internet, and wireless bills together with its competitors, Comcast stands to lose customers. But Comcast’s management and investors shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility that its two biggest competitors offer wireless service.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 15.3 percent to $2.41 in pre-market trading after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 10.7 percent to $117.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) rose 10.6 percent to $35.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 10.2 percent to $12.12 in pre-market trading after climbing 86.76 percent on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 7 percent to $6.42 in pre-market trading on reports that the company has made progress on merger talks with T-Mobile.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose 6.9 percent to $1,621.95 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter. The company sees second quarter operating income of $1.1 billion – $1.9 billion and sales of $51 billion – $54 billion.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 5.5 percent to $7.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.49 percent on Thursday.
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) rose 5.3 percent to $55.86 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also raised its FY18 sales outlook.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) rose 5.3 percent to $21.00 in pre-market trading.
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) shares rose 5.1 percent to $4.75 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) rose 5 percent to $20.24 in pre-market trading.
    Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) rose 4.5 percent to $249.50 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) rose 4.3 percent to $311 in pre-market trading. Charter is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
    SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) shares rose 3.9 pe
  • [By Andrew Tonner]

    As one of the group of companies associated with telecom magnate John Malone — who regularly uses complex, tax-efficient corporate transactions to unlock value for shareholders — Liberty Broadband serves as a holding company that controls a diverse set of media assets. The most important of these is Liberty Broadband’s ownership of 25% of Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ:CHTR) total voting power, which effectively makes Liberty Broadband a tracking stock for Charter Communications shares.As such, Liberty Broadband shares have largely mirrored the impressive rally in Charter Communications stock over the past year. Particularly given Charter’s upcoming launch of its own wireless service network, Soros’ investment in Liberty Broadband remains an interesting option as the cable and telecom industries continue to evolve.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares dropped 8 percent to $273.94 as the company posted Q1 results.

    Shares of Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) were down 16 percent to $6.12 following Q1 results.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    SoftBank also purchased telecom upstart Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in 2013. And it is considering deals with other communications giants, including Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

Top Safest Stocks For 2018: Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.(UEPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Friday’s after-hours trading session did not see many stocks on the move. Shares of Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) were down almost 2.5 percent in what seemed like a correction of the 1.83 percent surge seen during the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma

Top Safest Stocks For 2018: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Microsoft  (MSFT) trades for 23 times a fiscal 2019 EPS consensus of $3.92. But the company’s near-term earnings are depressed by a shift in its revenue mix from up-front license sales to cloud subscriptions. Cash-flow multiples are lower: Microsoft’s enterprise value (market cap minus net cash) is equal to 17 times its fiscal 2019 free cash flow (FCF) consensus. The dividend yield is at 1.9%; as is the case for Apple, tax reform could motivate Microsoft to hike its dividend.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Friday was Microsoft Inc. (NASDAQ: MSFT) which traded up 2.07% at $84.20. The stock’s 52-week range is $61.13 to $86.20. Volume was about 10% lower than the daily average of around 20.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    In addition to CAT, LLY and BA, these are some of the other major companies reporting earnings this week:

    Twitter inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reports before the open Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after the close the same day
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) reports after market close Wednesday, Apr. 25 and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) reports before the open Thursday, Apr. 26
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) all report after market close Thursday, Apr. 26
    Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) report before the open Friday, Apr. 27

    Later in the week, both the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan have meetings scheduled on Apr. 26-27. The next Fed meeting is coming up the following week on May 1-2. For a look at what else is going on, make sure to check out today’s market update if you have time.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) tops the list of these companies, with roughly $200 billion in cash stashed overseas. Other “tax haven” companies include Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) with about $110 billion, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) with about $100 billion, and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) with about $80 billion.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Liu: Every year we look at 4.5 million to 5 million new cancer patients. That is, every minute we are talking about eight or nine new cancer patients. That is why it is a huge social issue. That is one of the reasons why I choose to stay in the business after I spent 19 years with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and four years with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA). I think this area socially, you want to make impactful, and economically I think there is a huge business from that side.

Top Safest Stocks For 2018: CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CASI) shares shot up 62 percent to $3.61 following disclosure company Director He Wei-Wu purchased 200,000 shares on October 5 and 6. The stock rallied 15 percent on no news during Tuesday's intraday session.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    US based but China focused small cap biopharmaceutical stockCASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CASI) is up around 78% over the last three trading days on no apparent news on the newswires as the following chart illustrates: