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The Best Blockchain Stocks to Buy in 2018

Blockchain is a new and disruptive technology, leading many investors to assume the best blockchain stocks to buy in 2018 are recently formed stocks

Not so…

Some of the best companies to buy leading the blockchain revolution are well-established firms.

And after we provide a little more detail on this new tech and why it’s expected to be a $2.3 billion market by 2021, we’ll show you the two best blockchain stocks to buy…

Why Blockchain Could Be a $2.3 Billion Market

How a blockchain works is complicated, but an easy explanation for what it does is that it simply acts as a digital ledger that keeps track of transactions and other information securely.

Software giant Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) believes this new tech can be used in six market sectors.

Banking and Finance: This sector can use blockchain to verify its customers in knowing your customer (KYC) applications, clearing and settlement, loan origination, and payments, both domestic and cross-border.
Manufacturing:This sector can utilize blockchain in design IP protection, tracking of product history, and recalls.
Supply Chain:Supply chain businesses can use blockchain for financing, tracking, and tracing point of origin, ownership transfer, and monitoring of compliance.
Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals:The opportunities in this sector include serialized tracking/tracing of drugs, clinical trial management, digital regulatory submission, and patient health records privacy and sharing.
Utilities:This sector will likely use blockchain for management of assets, renewable energy and emission allowances certification, and the metering and billing of power consumption.
Retail and Commerce:Blockchain can augment transparency in product history, aid to cut down on counterfeiting products, modernize supply chain management, and help with warranty adjudication.

It will take time for businesses to fully implement blockchain into how they do business, but some companies are already testing the tech…

In April 2018, UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) and Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) rolled out a pilot test to utilize blockchain technology as a method of sharing data across organizations in healthcare.

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Ahead of even more companies testing the tech and the prices of blockchain stocks climbing, we had to share two of the best companies to own for long-term gains in the future $2.3 billion market….

Best Blockchain Stock to Buy, No. 2: IBM Corp.

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Big businesses tell UK they need Brexit clarity now

Some of the world’s biggest companies in autos, energy and food have urged the United Kingdom to end the confusion over its future trade ties with the European Union.

A group representing over 50 major European companies including BP (BP), Vodafone (VOD), Nestle (NSRGF), BMW (BMWYY), and Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) met with Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday and warned her that trade between the United Kingdom and European Union must remain “frictionless” after Brexit.

“The uninterrupted flow of goods is essential to both the EU and UK economies,” the European Round Table of Industrialists said in a statement after the meeting. “We need clarity and certainty, because time is running out.”

With just 10 months to go until Brexit day (March 29, 2019), May is still struggling to identify — and negotiate — a framework for trade with the European Union that is acceptable to her cabinet and EU officials.

“Uncertainty causes less investment,” the ERT said after the meeting, which was attended by top executives from some of its member companies.

The key issues are how to handle the flow of goods after Brexit, and what to do about the Irish border — the only land frontier between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The ERT said trade must remain as “frictionless as with a customs union.”

May has ruled out a future customs union, and is considering two alternatives.

One would seek to avoid border checks by having the United Kingdom collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union, an unprecedented arrangement that has been dismissed as unworkable by EU officials.

The second would reduce the need for border checks through the use of new technologies that critics say don’t yet exist. UK customs officials have estimated that filing the trade declarations required to make the system work would cost businesses up to 拢20 billion ($27 billion) per year.

Negotiators continue to shuttle between Brussels and London, but issues that were identified as stumbling blocks a year ago remain unresolved. The UK parliament has hit the government with a series of defeats on key pieces of legislation related to Brexit.

Talks with the European Union are set to resume on Monday.

Theresa May UK Prime Minister Theresa May met with business leaders on Wednesday.

Experts say the chance that Brexit won’t happen is very slim, but the lack of progress and ever tighter deadlines are worrying investors and business executives. They fear a “no-deal” exit that would wreak havoc on the United Kingdom’s relationship with its biggest export market.

In that scenario, supply chains across industry would be disrupted and trade delayed, threatening production lines, shortages and higher prices.

In a statement issued following the meeting with business executives, May’s office said it was working to ensure that future trade is “as frictionless as possible.”

“The prime minister recognized the necessity of providing certainty for businesses,” the statement said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of months to go until Brexit.

Gramercy Property Trust (GPT) Shares Bought by Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.

Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT) by 6.9% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 1,175,714 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 76,369 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in Gramercy Property Trust were worth $25,549,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Prime Capital Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Gramercy Property Trust in the 4th quarter worth approximately $116,000. Zeke Capital Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Gramercy Property Trust in the 4th quarter worth approximately $231,000. D.B. Root & Company LLC bought a new position in shares of Gramercy Property Trust in the 4th quarter worth approximately $259,000. MANA Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Gramercy Property Trust in the 4th quarter worth approximately $264,000. Finally, BB&T Securities LLC bought a new position in shares of Gramercy Property Trust in the 4th quarter worth approximately $288,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.84% of the company’s stock.

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Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on GPT shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Gramercy Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. ValuEngine cut shares of Gramercy Property Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective (down previously from $31.00) on shares of Gramercy Property Trust in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Royal Bank of Canada set a $26.00 price objective on shares of Gramercy Property Trust and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $23.00 price objective on shares of Gramercy Property Trust in a research note on Tuesday, April 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $27.60.

Gramercy Property Trust opened at $27.51 on Wednesday, reports. The company has a market capitalization of $4.42 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.42, a PEG ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 0.55. Gramercy Property Trust has a 12-month low of $21.12 and a 12-month high of $31.26. The company has a quick ratio of 0.24, a current ratio of 0.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73.

Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT) last released its earnings results on Monday, April 30th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by ($0.34). The firm had revenue of $149.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $124.29 million. Gramercy Property Trust had a return on equity of 3.42% and a net margin of 18.27%. The company’s revenue was up 15.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.51 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Gramercy Property Trust will post 2.02 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 16th. Investors of record on Friday, June 29th will be issued a $0.375 dividend. This represents a $1.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.45%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 28th. Gramercy Property Trust’s dividend payout ratio is 73.17%.

Gramercy Property Trust Company Profile

Gramercy Property Trust is a leading global investor and asset manager of commercial real estate. The Company specializes in acquiring and managing high quality, income producing commercial real estate leased to high quality tenants in major markets in the United States and Europe.

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What Is the Hulu Stock Symbol?

There isn’t a Hulu stock symbol yet, but things are changing for the company. That means an IPO could be coming soon.

But we can show you how to profit from the online streaming market right now…

Hulu had considered an IPO in 2010, but Wall Street questioned the company’s business model, according to Fortune. They were right to do so, as Hulu originally allowed users to watch shows for free and only generated money through ads.

To avoid a potentially disastrous IPO, Hulu decided to stay private.

What Is the Hulu Stock SymbolHowever, a lot has changed since then…

Hulu now has an all-subscription model, which starts at $7.99 per month. For $39.99 a month, users can access Hulu’s streaming library and live television.

The new business model has been a massive windfall for the streaming service…

In 2010, Hulu brought in just $265 million in revenue.

Thanks to its new model, revenue climbed a staggering 805% to $2.4 billion in 2017, according to

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Jeremy Clarkson is on top once again with his new Amazon show, “The Grand Tour.”

Clarkson, the former co-host of the globally popular and long running BBC show, “Top Gear,” told CNN’s “Quest Means Business” that the new series is “‘Top Gear’ in witness protection.”

“That’s what a friend of mine said the other day, a reviewer. [This show] is different because it moves around the world, that’s really it,” Clarkson told CNNMoney anchor Maggie Lake. “But it’s still James [May], Richard [Hammond], and I. So it’s like if you have a glass of champagne and you have it in a bucket or in a glass, it’s still champagne, and that’s really what it is. It’s a different vessel, but the show is, with different elements, basically about the same.”

According to Amazon, the premiere episode of “The Grand Tour” was the subscription service’s most-watched premiere since “The Man in The High Castle.”

Clarkson and his co-hosts are on Amazon instead of the BBC because Clarkson was fired by the BBC for punching a producer, Oisin Tymon. It was the last straw for the BBC, which had weathered a number of controversies involving Clarkson, including racist and homophobic comments he made over the years. But it doesn’t sound like Clarkson is planning on reining himself in.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Retail earnings continue on Thursday with Walmart (WMT) , Nordstrom (JWN) and JC Penney (JCP) all reporting. Cramer was looking for good things from Walmart and Nordstrom, but said Penney just doesn’t have anything to set itself apart from the pack. Also on Thursday, Applied Materials (AMAT) , which should be able to mount a rally with the semiconductor stocks being hot recently.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of semiconductor and display equipment manufacturer Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) fell as much as 10.1% in trading Friday after reporting fiscal second-quarter 2018 earnings and guidance that left investors unimpressed. Shares didn’t recover much throughout the day and were down 9% at 12:20 p.m. EDT.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Crude oil prices continue to remain in focus after Brent crude hit $80.00 per barrel. The benchmark crude touched $80.00, as markets are concerned about the impact renewed Iranian sanctions will have on global supply. French oil giant Total announced Wednesday that it was abandoning a gas project in Iran after failing to obtain a waiver from the Trump administration to do business in Iran. The sanctions are expected to decline global output at a time that OPEC is already working diligently to push oil prices higher by containing excessive global production.
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    Shares of JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) are ticking higher after its earnings report before the bell. Yesterday, retail companies were stunned by the 11% jump for its rival Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) stock thanks to a strong first-quarter report. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.(NYSE: BABA) is generating a lot of buzz as investors monitor trade relations between the United States and China. BABA stock had slumped by 18% thanks to trade restrictions on Chinese companies. Ford Motor Co.(NYSE: F) announced it will restart production of its popular F-150 pickup truck at its Dearborn, Mich., facility. The company recently suspended operations after a fire damaged supplies needed for manufacturing. The F-150 is the most popular consumer vehicle in the United States. In an effort to beat back the growth of Wal-Mart and Amazon, grocery giant Kroger Co.(NYSE: KR) announced a deal to purchase a 5% stake in British online supermarket Ocado. The deal will allow Kroger to utilize the UK firm’s warehouse automation technology in the United States and improve its supply chain costs. Look for additional earnings reports from Applied Materials Inc.(Nasdaq: AMAT), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN), The Children’s Place Inc.(Nasdaq: PLCE), Teekay Corp.(NYSE: TK), and Quantum Corp.(NYSE: QTM).

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) was the recipient of a significant growth in short interest in the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 16,832,480 shares, a growth of 16.4% from the April 13th total of 14,460,401 shares. Currently, 1.6% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 14,178,509 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 1.2 days.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NV5 Global, Inc.(NVEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    NV5 Global (NASDAQ:NVEE) VP Richard Tong sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.40, for a total transaction of $66,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 34,933 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,319,551.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Jason Hall]

    NV5’s (NASDAQ:NVEE) stock has been up and down and all around since being recommended, but the company still looks to be in a fantastic long-term position. Pattern Energy’s (NASDAQ:PEGI) stock has been a bit worse for wear, as the tax code has presented some new and significant challenges. But Pattern’s story doesn’t end there, and there’s plenty of bright spots for the business. Tune in to find out how rec-worthy these companies are today and what investors need to know about them before buying.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NV5 Global (NASDAQ:NVEE) Chairman Dickerson Wright sold 8,363 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.56, for a total transaction of $481,374.28. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

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    Mitek Systems (MITK) : “This one is too speculative for me. I’d buy NVIDIA (NVDA) .”

    AK Steel Holding (AKS) : “They’re not the lo- cost producer. That’s Nucor (NUE) and that’s the way you want to go.”

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    Cramer was bearish on Geron (GERN) , Mitek Systems (MITK) , AK Steel Holding (AKS) , Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) and AbbVie (ABBV) .

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  • [By Brian Feroldi, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    So, which stocks are potential hidden winners that can be safely purchased today? We asked a team of investors to weigh in, and they pickedSogou (NYSE:SOGO), TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), and Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on MITK. BidaskClub upgraded Mitek Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mitek Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, National Securities assumed coverage on Mitek Systems in a research report on Friday, March 9th. They issued a buy rating and a $14.00 target price on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $12.00.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Becton, Dickinson and Company(BDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Evergreen Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) by 12.8% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 15,558 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,768 shares during the quarter. Evergreen Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Becton Dickinson were worth $3,371,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Dividend Yield

    Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) Drugs $109 billion 19.37 1.88%
    AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) Drugs $93 billion 19.70 3.97%
    Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) Medical supplies $60 billion 17.74 1.29%
    DexCom (NASDAQ: DXCM) Medical devices $8 billion N/A N/A
    Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Drugs $85 billion 14.91 2.77%
    Insulet (NASDAQ: PODD) Medical devices $5 billion 273.03 N/A
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) Drugs, medical devices $325 billion 14.16 2.57%
    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LXRX) Drugs $1 billion N/A N/A
    MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) Drugs $270 million N/A N/A
    Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) Medical devices $117 billion 15.36 2.14%
    Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) Drugs $159 billion 12.99 3.22%
    Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) Drugs $116 billion 18.29 2.61%
    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) Drugs $209 billion 11.62 3.82%
    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: REGN) Drugs $32 billion 13.95 N/A
    Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) Drugs $95 billion 10.75 4.64%
    Senseonics Holdings (NYSEMKT: SENS) Medical devices $447 million N/A N/A
    Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ: TNDM) Medical devices $711 million N/A N/A

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance. P/E = price-to-earnings ratio; N/A = not applicable. Data as of May 25, 2018.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Becton, Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) reported wacky results for its second fiscal quarter.This is the first quarter that the medical supply company has included results from itsacquisitionofC.R. Bard. But looking at the two companies on a comparable basis, it was a solid quarter for the newly combined company.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wausau Paper Corp.(WPP)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPTH) shares rose 29.5 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after reporting pre-clinical data demonstrating potential of Prexigebersen presented at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Chicago.
    Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) rose 16.7 percent to $12.90 in pre-market trading following the announcement of FDA approval for PMA supplement.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 13.5 percent to $2.95 in pre-market trading after climbing 14.04 percent on Wednesday.
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) rose 5.6 percent to $2.09 in pre-market trading.
    Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) shares rose 5 percent to $62.32 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its FY18 adjusted EBITDA outlook.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) shares rose 4.9 percent to $4.11 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.03 percent on Wednesday.
    ABB Ltd (NYSE: ABB) shares rose 4.3 percent to $24.47 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    WPP plc (NYSE: WPP) rose 4.2 percent to $82.99 in pre-market trading.
    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) rose 4 percent to $98.95 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected profit for its first quarter.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) rose 3.4 percent to $27.30 in pre-market trading.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 3.4 percent to $167.95 in pre-market trading. Takada offered to buy Shire at £46.50 per share, Reuters reported.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) rose 3.1 percent to $16.43 in pre-market trading.
    iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) shares rose 3 percent to $63.66 in the pre-market trading session.

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    Embattled WPP Group (WPP) CEO Martin Sorrell, no stranger to business news channels and fat annual compensation checks, has quit as CEO. Below is a statement from Sorrell obtained by TheStreet.