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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

If you're like most investors, you've been led to believe that it's impossible to earn large amounts of investment income without taking big risks.   This idea – which you'll hear from many financial advisors and brokers – is simply wrong.   It is possible to earn double-digit annual yields on your money – safely – by selling options.   So why doesn't everyone use this strategy to earn consistent income streams? Below, you'll find the five common objections I've heard from readers or that I've found on the Internet… and my responses to them.   REASON NO. 1: Option-selling strategies like covered calls are too risky. You'll earn 5% in premiums, but if the stock falls 25%, you're still down big!   This objection is 100% valid. The way most people approach covered calls is risky. (If you're unfamiliar with covered calls, I encourage you to read this essay.) These folks buy risky stocks because risky, volatile stocks typically offer larger cash premiums than safe, stable blue chips. But most people end up losing on risky covered-call positions because their stocks fall in value.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TELUS Corporation(TU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    LSV Asset Management reduced its position in Telus (NYSE:TU) (TSE:T) by 42.5% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 112,500 shares of the Wireless communications provider’s stock after selling 83,000 shares during the quarter. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Telus were worth $3,955,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    While the global fertilizer industry continues to struggle with imbalanced markets, efforts hyper-focused on operational efficiency have begun to pay off for several producers. Investors can count small cap Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) among them.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund grew its position in shares of Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE:IPI) by 24.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 98,007 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after acquiring an additional 19,200 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned about 0.08% of Intrepid Potash worth $357,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares climbed 54.2 percent to $1.25 on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) climbed 21.3 percent to $9.40 following strong Q1 results.
    Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) gained 16.5 percent to $4.60.
    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares rose 11.2 percent to $15.4206 following Q3 results.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) shares rose 11 percent to $15.3289. McDermott issued a release reiterating rejection of Subsea 7's offer.
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares gained 9.2 percent to $64.61 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) surged 8.5 percent to $46.00 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
    Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) climbed 7.5 percent to $107.22 after reporting Q1 results.
    Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNA) rose 6.1 percent to $14.78. B. Riley initiated coverage on Allena Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.6 percent to $102.90 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 4.5 percent to $17.03 following strong Q1 results.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 4.2 percent to $22.20 after reporting Q1 results.

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the materials shares gained 0.17 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 20 percent, and Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SLGN), up 7 percent.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Anyone that has watched oil prices tick up recently has probably expected oil producers to report some impressive earnings results this past quarter, and Statoil (NYSE:STO) did just that with a 21% boost to the bottom line. At the same time, management is using all of its additional cash to do some wheeling and dealing that should help boost its growth possibilities in the nearer term.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Another highlight in April was that Shell gave the green light to the Vito project, which is a joint venture with Statoil (NYSE:STO) in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell and Statoil were able to cut that project’s cost estimate by 70% from the original design so that it’s now profitable at $35 a barrel. The partners expect the project to produce 100,000 BOE/D of low-cost oil and gas when it comes online in 2021.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Statoil (NYSE: STO) and Delek US (NYSE:DK) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: IEC Electronics Corp.(IEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRPA) shares jumped 31.6 percent to $12.18 following TripAdvisor Q1 earnings beat.
    ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 26.5 percent to $14.55 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares gained 25 percent to $4.0234 following Q1 beat.
    Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) jumped 23.5 percent to $55.12 following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares surged 21.7 percent to $3.36. Amazon.com's partnership with Sears started in 2017 with an agreement to sell Kenmore-branded appliances online. On Wednesday, the companies announced an extension of their relationship to now include tire delivery and installations.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
    LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) surged 20.4 percent to $3.395 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE: SUP) gained 19 percent to $15.82 after reporting Q1 results.
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) shares rose 18.5 percent to $8.13 following Q1 results.
    Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) rose 18.3 percent to $52.47 after the company posted strong quarterly results.
    Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) shares jumped 18.3 percent to $6.47 following quarterly results.
    IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE: IEC) shares climbed 17 percent to $4.68 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 16.8 percent to $90.10 following Q4 results.
    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Brown & Brown, Inc.(BRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Press coverage about Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Brown & Brown earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7093549704003 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. increased its stake in shares of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO) by 100.0% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 15,418 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 7,709 shares during the period. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Brown & Brown were worth $392,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bitradio (BRO) is a proof-of-stake (PoS) coin that uses the PoS hashing algorithm. Its launch date was March 11th, 2017. Bitradio’s total supply is 11,514,176 coins and its circulating supply is 6,514,172 coins. Bitradio’s official website is www.bitrad.io. Bitradio’s official Twitter account is @bitrad_io and its Facebook page is accessible here.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Vaughan David Investments LLC IL boosted its holdings in shares of Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO) by 100.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 200,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 100,000 shares during the period. Vaughan David Investments LLC IL owned approximately 0.07% of Brown & Brown worth $5,088,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bitradio (CURRENCY:BRO) traded 3.1% higher against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 0:00 AM Eastern on June 14th. Over the last week, Bitradio has traded down 22.3% against the US dollar. Bitradio has a total market cap of $442,172.00 and approximately $274.00 worth of Bitradio was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Bitradio coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.0682 or 0.00001036 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Cryptopia and Trade Satoshi.

Top Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018

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Over the past few years, Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) has widely outperformed the S&P 500 Index and the energy sector. Over the past four years, shares of Shell have lost more than 22.7 percent of their value, while the S&P surged almost 62 percent. However, analysts at Argus envision this trend reversing as the oil and gas company trims its costs, divests non-core assets, increase its return on capital, and “maintains adequate liquidity,” Bill Selesky assured in a report.

Top Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Callon Petroleum Company(CPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

Top Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) and Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) are expected to outperform their peers by offering: 1) the greatest rate of change in cost reduction through technology and innovation, 2) upstream portfolios with an attractive risk to reward profile and 3) sufficient liquidity to invest in future growth.

Top Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as concerns about a cold spell and a report that showed lower natural gas supply sent natural gas prices higher

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Shares of Southwestern Energy climbed 6.9% to $12.13 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 2,191.08.

    Desjardins Capital Markets’ Kristopher Zack and team explain that the “cold weather forecast [is] lighting a fire under NYMEX.” They explain:

    Although oil prices have dominated the headlines following yesterdays OPEC cut, it has also been a fairly supportive week for natural gas producers, with winter NYMEX strip now approaching the US$3.50/mmbtu level, a far cry from last winters experience. La Ni帽a conditions have also been supportive, and we note that next Thursday morning the US Climate Prediction Center will provide its monthly update on the progress of conditions in the El Ni帽o region, which could be a good leading indicator of future weather patterns entering the heart of the winter season from mid-December through early March…

    Temperatures expected to track near normalized levels over next two weeks, which is significantly colder than last winter’s levels. The weather forecast remains fairly constructive for December heating demand, with Heating Degree Days (HDDs) tracking very close to normalized levels through mid-month and particularly cold temperatures expected in the western US.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $6 billion from $5.6 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.6 billion on sales of $2.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    All good things must come to an end, and for all but the last 10 minutes ofFriday’s market, it looked like today would be the day thatthe Dow Jones Industrials would finally break its streak of record highs. Yet a last-minute boost sent all three major market benchmarks into the black, and in the absence of news moving the market to finish the week, positive market sentiment was enough to keep stocks climbing. Yet some stocks still posted dramatic declines, and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the price of natural gas soared the most since 2015 today.

    Getty Images

    Southwestern Energygained 5.8% to $10.98 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,265.18. Front Month Nymex natural gas futures contracts for January delivery jumped 8.6% to $3.5420 per million btu.

    Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $5.4 billion today from $5.1 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.6 billion on sales of $2.9 billion in 2015.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) dropped about 4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.70 after closing Tuesday at $6.99. The 52-week high is $15.59. Volume of around 15.7 million shares was about 25% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) dropped about 5.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.01 after closing at $6.35 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $15.59. Volume of about 20 million was about equal the daily average. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

Top Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.(HLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, energy shares gained by 2.70 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), up 14 percent, and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), up 16 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy shares climbed by 1.10 percent in trading on Tuesday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), and Ecopetrol SA (ADR) (NYSE: EC).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), down 11 percent, and CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), down 10 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 32.7 percent to $65.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported that larotrectinib trial demonstrated 76 percent confirmed objective response rate. Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) shares rose 22 percent to $7.20 in the pre-market trading session after the company on Friday presented updated data for SD-101 in combination with KEYTRUDA. Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ: PBYI) rose 21.7 percent to $99.75 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed positive PB272 Phase 2 data from TBCRC 022 trial at ASCO17. Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares rose 20.7 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after the company reported that RedZone has acquired all the assets of Trendit including three technology patents. Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) rose 13.1 percent to $16.05 in pre-market trading after D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) proposed to buy 75 percent of Forestar Group for $16.25 per share in cash. TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TGTX) shares rose 12 percent to $15.50 in pre-market trading after the company said Phase 3 GENUINE trial met primary endpoint with TG-1101 + ibrutinib increasing overall response rate by >70 percent versuss ibrutinib alone. Gigamon Inc (NYSE: GIMO) gained 10.8 percent to $43.55. Reuters reported that Gigamon is exploring a potential sale. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) rose 8.7 percent to $6.00 in pre-market trading after the company announced Rapivab pediatric sNDA acceptance by the FDA. Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ARRY) rose 7.2 percent to $8.77 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.68 percent on Friday. Ehi Car Services Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: EHIC) shares rose 6.4 percent to $10.76 in pre-market trading. eHi Car Services posted Q1 earnings of $0.06 on sales of $89.43 million. Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) rose 5.9 percent to $114.79 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Friday. Sorl Auto

Top Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: SM Energy Company(SM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), and Ecopetrol SA (ADR) (NYSE: EC).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22% Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39% Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45% Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91% EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20% Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90% Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79% Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79% SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38% Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017

On Thursday morning, before the stock market opens for business, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) will report its financial results for fiscal Q4, and for 2016 as a whole.

Arguably, this will be Northrop Grumman’s most important earnings report of the year — not just because it will contain the financials for the whole year, but also because it will tell us what effect Northrop’s winding down of its stock buyback program has had on the company’s earnings.

The A-10 Warthog is one of Northrop’s better known defense programs — but it’s not a big money-maker. And this quarter, Northrop really needs to earn some more money. Image source: Northrop Grumman.

What we know so far

So far, we’ve seen three quarterly earnings reports out of Northrop Grumman. Here’s how the numbers look, year to date, according to financial data provider S&P Global Market Intelligence — and relative to what Northrop Grumman reported one year ago, and what analysts have told us to expect this year:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.(OSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion. Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million. Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion. Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million. Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million. UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million. OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million. 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million. Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million. Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million. Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million. Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter. Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share. Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: CoreSite Realty Corporation(COR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Denver, Colorado-based CoreSite Realty Corporation (COR) offers cloud-enabled, high-performance data center campuses.

    Operating across 17 data centers in eight key North American markets, CoreSite serves a broad range of clients, including telecommunications carriers, media companies, financial and educational institutions, and government agencies.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, ExxonMobil (XOM) reported earnings that didn’t do much to excite investors, and today its shares are falling again, making my bearish call from Jan. 14 look better and better. Strategas Research Partners’ Chris Verrone and team note that Exxon–the largest stock in the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) with a 16% weighting–continues to weigh on the energy sector:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    If there is one word that could sum up energy stocks and crude oil prices during the third quarter, it would be volatility. After rebounding off the lows hit during the first half of the year, energy stocks were essentially flat over the past few months with the benchmark Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) gaining around 2% during the quarter.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Trading Nation, Andrew Keene of AlphaShark suggested a bearish options strategy in Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLE).

    He noticed that Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) broke out above its resistance, but he thinks it's a fake breakout, which is not going to hold. Keene wants to use options to fade the rally. He wants to buy the March 70/67 put spread for $1. The trade breaks even at $69 or 5.19 percent lower and it can maximally make a profit of $2 if the stock drops to $67 or lower.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Nathan added that Exxon Mobil is down 9 percent from its 52-week highs and Energy Select Sector SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLE) is trading at its 52-week highs.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Corrections Corporation of America(CXW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) was trading up 7.8% at $20.97 shortly before Monday’s closing bell. GEO Group Inc. (NYSE: GEO) was up 2.2% at $31.29.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: SK TELECOM ADR EACH REP 1/9 KRW500(CIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We will admit that these latter assumptions are somewhat arbitrary, but nevertheless we cannot help escape the view that in 2017 everything will likely be at least a little adverse to prior expectations. On average our estimate reductions are 8%, and range from 3% at CIT Group (CIT) to 13% at Goldman Sachs. With that, we are lowering our PT of Bank of America,Citigroup andGoldman Sachs from $20, $70 and $243 to $18, $63 and $214, respectively…

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    There was this maturity wall that people were terrified of, said Neil Wessan, the group head of New York-based CIT Group Inc. (CIT)s capital markets unit. Thats been spread out over a much broader period of time.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Cardtronics, Inc.(CATM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Non-bank ATM operator Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) slumped on Friday despite reporting fourth-quarter results that beat analyst estimates on all fronts. The culprit driving the decline may be the company’s 2017 guidance, which calls for a decline in adjusted EPS. At 2:30 p.m. EST, the stock was down about 10%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Tableau Software, Inc.(DATA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday’s regular session.

    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref

    Posted-In: Huge Put PurchasesNews Options Markets

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2017: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofSINA Corporation(NASDAQ:SINA)rose 25.8% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, following a pair of stronger-than-expected quarterly reports from the Chinese internet leader in the second half.

list of best stocks to invest in

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But its not Miami, or even mansion-filled Palm Beach. Dozens of farmers in this town did the remarkable, turning every $40 into more than $10 million and on their way to becoming self-made millionaires.

Good luck finding this town Quincy, Florida on a map. This oasis of millionaires is in the middle of nowhere. The millionaires of Quincy prefer keeping to themselves these days

But a little digging into the secret how they became so rich might be the smartest money move you ever made.

Because in the know investors have copied Quincys success across time and created their own fortunes. Even Warren Buffett took advantage of the same strategy, netting a profit of $15.89 billion in one of his most profitable trades ever.

list of best stocks to invest in: Vaalco Energy Inc(EGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

    B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.

list of best stocks to invest in: Shoe Carnival, Inc.(SCVL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeroen Jongbloed]

    Foot Locker (FL) is a retailer of athletic shoes and apparel which operates 3369 stores in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New-Zealand. On July 10th 2013, it completed its acquisition of Runners Point Group. In today’s article, I will be looking at FL’s revenue, net income, dividend and valuation. At certain points, I will use DSW, Inc. (DSW) and Shoe Carnival, Inc. (SCVL) for comparison.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) was down, falling around 13 percent to $26.45 after the company reported weak earnings for its third quarter and lowered its annual outlook.

list of best stocks to invest in: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

list of best stocks to invest in: Sack Lunch Productions (SAKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    If you’ve been kicking the tires for Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) but are trying to learn more about the company before you make a decision about owning it, set aside a few minutes around 2:00 pm EST today. SAKL will be participating in an online conference hosted by RedChip, and will even be fielding questions after their presentation is complete.

    Sack Lunch Productions is in the business of fun. Its flagship product is called Slide the City, which converts a city’s streets into a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide most of us remember from our youth.

    It’s not just Slide the City event that Sack Lunch Productions puts on though . It’s also the name behind Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and of course, the Trike Riot. Those are (in order) a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and the already-described tricycle riding course. Sack Lunch will be hosting approximately 250 events this year, up from about 100 in 2015.

    RedChip is the world leader in investor relations, financial media, and research for microcap and small-cap stocks. Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Orlando, Florida, with affiliates in New York, Pittsburgh, Paris, and Seoul, RedChip has helped hundreds of companies achieve their capital markets goals and has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held investor relations firms in the U.S.

    RedChip’s Global Online Growth Conference brings together investors and executives of leading microcap companies. More than 10,000 investors attend RedChip’s microcap conference series each year.

    Sack Lunch Productions CEO Richard Surber will be updating shareholders on the progress Sack Lunch has made in 2016, as well as looking forward to 2017.

    All of the events have been well received, as Sack Lunch is tapping into a major, cultural paradigm shift.

    In short, consumers are no longer into buying/owning stuff. They’re into buying an

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    It’s a paradigm shift that suits Sack Lunch Productions Inc. (OTCMKTS:SAKL) just fine.

    You may be more familiar with Sack Lunch Productions than you realize. It’s the name behind events like Slide the City, Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and most recently, the Trike Riot. Those are (in the same order) a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide, a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and a tricycle riding course for “kids” of all ages and sizes. The events aren’t just fun – they’re experiences attendees never forget.

    The events are also surprisingly profitable. While attendance and per-participant revenue varies, with the average revenue of $30 per participation being at the low end of the scale, as is an attendance of 2500 paying participants, gross revenue of $75,000 per event is a low-end expectation…

    … not that SAKL hasn’t done some more number crunching of its own. This year, it anticipating hosting a total of around 250 events and drive roughly $17 million worth of revenue. That’s up more than 70%from 2015’s top line.

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    As it has several times over the course of the past few months, Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) reported monthly company-wide sales this morning. September’s tally was in line with expectations, and confirms SAKL is on pace to make 2016 a banner year for the small-but-growing outfit.

    All told, Sack Lunch Productions booked $1.31 million in sales for last month. Ticket sales for events totaled $1.04 million, and its stake in Green Endeavors Inc (OTCMKTS:GRNE) added another $269,000 worth of revenue.

    One quirk to keep in mind…. ticket sales are not recorded as realized revenues until the event(s) are held. Ticket sales made in advance of the event are instead booked as deferred revenues, and appears a liability on the balance sheet, until the events actually take place. Franchisee’s ticket sales are also not booked as SAKL revenues, but as franchise fees paid to SAKL. While Sack Lunch Productions still collects it all in end, the timing of the stated monthly ticket sales and the quarterly revenue tally aren’t necessarily aligned, and therefore may not always equal one another.

    Regardless, the company continues to make long-term progress, as it said it would. Net income should exceed $3 million this year.

    Investors may be more familiar with Sack Lunch Productions than they realize It’s the name behind event-oriented brands called Slide the City, Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and most recently, the Trike Riot. Those are (respectively) a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide, a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and a tricycle riding course for kids of all ages and sizes. The events aren’t just fun – they’re FUN!

    They’re surprisingly profitable, too. While attendance and per-participant varies, with the average revenue of $30 per participant being at the low end of the scale, as is the average even attendance of 2500, gross revenue of $75,000 per event is a low-end expectation.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Those who know Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) are likely aware that its flagship event is Slide the City… a 1000-foot slip-n-slide that’s fun for all ages, making the watery toy from our youth look like child’s play in comparison. The company’s CEO Richard Surber recently reminded us, however, that there’s more than one way for Sack Lunch Productions to win.

    Sack Lunch Productions is more than just the name behind events like Slide the City. It’s also the host of Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and most recently, the Trike Riot. Those are (in the same order) a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide, a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and a tricycle riding course for “kids” of all ages and sizes. The events aren’t just fun – they’re experiences attendees never forget.

    The events are also surprisingly profitable. While attendance and per-participant revenue varies, with the average revenue of $30 per participation being at the low end of the scale, as is an attendance of 2500 paying participants, gross revenue of $75,000 per event is a low-end expectation…

    … not that SAKL hasn’t done some more number crunching of its own. This year, it anticipates hosting a total of around 250 events and drive roughly $17 million worth of revenue. That’s up more than 70% from 2015’s top line.

    Most of these events are indeed Slide the City events. It’s only hosted one Trike Riot to date — a beta test of sorts — and the Color Me Rad 5K and The Dirty Dash races are still relatively rare. The company’s going to be doing a lot more of all of its events in the future though, and one of the surprisingly-big success stories is its Lantern Fest. As Surber recently explained to MoneyTV host Donald Baillargeon, its recent Lantern Fest event’s sales exceeded expectations.

    It’s a unique idea. Lantern Fest is the group release of hundreds of flying, candle-lit lanterns. Filling up the night sky like s

  • [By Peter Graham]

    On Monday, small cap event and entertainment stockSack Lunch Productions(OTCMKTS: SAKL) reportedcontinued growth as August total sales were $1,028,276 across all corporate and franchised events in North Americaas ticket sales for all North American corporate and franchised events were $967,760 and $60,516, respectively. While you may not be familiar with Sack Lunch Productions itself, you might be familiar with the following events that the company operates or franchises across theU.S. and internationally:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Quick quiz for anyone over the age of 37… what was the most fun you had as a kid outside on a hot summer day? For most of us (outside a dip in a swimming pool) the answer is a running ride down a Slip-n-Slide… a ten-foot, one-second trip straight to a watery nirvana.

    Now imagine one hundred Slip-n-Slides attached end to end, and pointed down a gentle hill. Well, it’s not just a pipedream — Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) is doing it, setting up 1000-foot water slides in the middle of urban America.

list of best stocks to invest in: PetroChina Company Limited(PTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    PetroChina Co. Ltd. (NYSE ADR: PTR) is China’s largest oil company with a market cap of $216.52 billion. PTR is partially owned by the Chinese government.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) is a technology company which delivers solutions and services in the following five segments: Advanced Solutions, Civil, Defense, Health, and Intelligence and Homeland Security. For fiscal year 2015, the company produced $10 billion in revenue. Revenue breakdown by segment in descending order was Defense 30%, Civil 27%, Intelligence and Homeland Security 27%, and Health 16%. Leidos currently employs about 33,000 employees and was ranked at No. 16 out of the top 100 government contractors by Washington Technology.

The Advanced Solutions segment is primarily involved in R&D to make improvements in technology or make new scientific discoveries to support data analytic requirements of users. The Civil segment is concerned with problems and logistics of utilities, energy, manufacturing, industrials, federal infrastructure, and air traffic management. The defense segment assists the U.S. Department of Defense and allies with providing techn ology, services and IT solutions. Services and solutions provided to IT services, population health risk management, case management, health analytics, life sciences and public health are included in the Leidos Health segment. Lastly, the Intelligence and Homeland Security segment delivers complex services, technology and solutions to various government agencies. In an ever-changing world with emerging threats, such as cybersecurity, terrorism and navigating complex infrastructure challenges, Leidos is well positioned to excel in this environment due to its strategic positioning.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Marathon Petroleum Corporation(MPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh and team explain what they got wrong about Marathon Petroleum (MPC), as they cut its rating to Neutral from Overweight following yesterday’s disastrous financial results from MPLX (MPLX):

    Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

    We (somewhat painfully) downgradeMarathon Petroleum to Neutral from Overweight, cut our Dec-16 price target to $44 (from $62) and remove the stock from our Analyst Focus List. When we upgradedMarathon Petroleum back in August, our view had been that it was being (1) given no credit for the high likelihood that the MPLX/MWE deal would close and related GP cash flow potential, and (2) overly punished for a weak refining 2Q result. The stock subsequently rallied into the analyst day, as these two catalysts played out. However, at the analyst day, which ended up being the peak stock price, capex guidance was well above expectations and shares began to fade. We defended the stock (click here) on a cheap sustaining FCF yield and a favorable longer-term growth opportunity set, but noted that MPLX was the key to the story (retrospectively, we may have been suffering from some thesis creep). Since that time, the MLP market has further melted down and MPLXs pro forma volume g rowth opportunities have slowed, driven by weaker fundamentals at the recently acquired MWE. We figured there was some risk that MPLX could cut its distribution growth outlook; however, we thought that this was largely embedded in MPC shares at $40. We did not anticipate that management would halve its 2016 growth outlook and defer all 2017+ commitments, leading to a more than halving of our GP distribution outlook for 2019E (now only $460mm, down from $1.06B). Making matters worse,Marathon Petroleum may now be on the hook to provide even more support to MPLX (we estimate up to $500mm in 2016E beyond the marine dropdown), just to keep MPLX at ~4x leverage (assuming no additional reductions in the EBITDA targets). Finally, on a conso

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    During the past three months, Valero Energy (VLO) has fallen 7.3%, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) has dropped 17% and Tesoro (TSO) has plunged 21%. Phillips 66 (PSX) is off 13% during that period, while HollyFrontier (HFC) is down 7.7%.

  • [By John Divine]

    Lastly, oil refiner Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC  ) was one of the S&P’s worst performers for a second straight session, losing 2.2%. Yesterday, Simmons & Company said refiners in general, and Marathon in particular, would struggle with higher prices of oil pressuring margins. Credit Suisseechoed that sentiment today, citing narrowing spreads as it downgraded shares from outperform to neutral. The flipside to the recent negativity surrounding refiners is that if oil prices start unexpectedly falling, Marathon shares could be primed for a rally.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Credit Suisse announced on Tuesday that it has cut its rating on Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC).

    The firm has downgraded MPC from “Outperform” to “Neutral” as refining capture continues to be low.

    Marathon Petroleum shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 10% YTD.

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    “[W]e see limited upside, especially if/when refining margins rebound and offer greater valuation growth potential to its large-cap peers (Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO), Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO), Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE: MPC) that are currently trading at steeper discounts,” analyst Paul Cheng wrote in a note.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP(NGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.(CRZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Productivity analysis favors stock picking framework of shale scale + the next rung down. We continue to maintain our Buy ratings on several shale productivity winners such asEOG Resources (CL),Diamondback Energy (CL),PDC Energy (CL),Pioneer Natural Resources and RSP Permian, while increased visibility in a path towards oil price recovery has heightened our confidence in next rung down stocks such as Hess (HES) (CL), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Encana (ECA), Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL). While our well results analysis supports our thesis on these shale scale winners, we note that a number of these higher beta stocks also screened particularly well, further bolstering our view on these equities.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After a rally for the ages, the price of oil is back over $50. But the biggest threat to oil might be more production from exploration & production companies drilling in the U.S. shale, say Credit Suisse analyst Mark Lear and team, who cut their ratings on Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO), Laredo Petroleum (LPI) and Sanchez Energy (SN). They explain why:

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Ballard Power Systems, Inc.(BLDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    With that in mind, I would add any stocks or sectors that benefit directly or indirectly from government subsidies because they are in cool or chosensectors that progressive liberal types worshipe.g. so called green or renewable energy or green technology plays like small capsBallard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP),FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) along with solarinstallers Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE: VSLR) and Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN). Then there are thebigger and more globalsolar energy solutions stocks like First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) that will no doubt be the focus of any energy policy or global warming policy coming out of Washington.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: California Resources Corporation(CRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22% Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39% Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45% Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91% EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20% Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90% Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79% Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79% SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38% Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

    Posted-In: Commodities After-Hours Center Markets Movers

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Energy XXI Ltd.(EXXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy XXI Ltd (NASDAQ: EXXI) were down 72 percent to $0.181 after the company announced that it and some of its subsidiaries have entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with holders of more than 63 percent of its secured second lien 11.0 percent notes. Energy XXI added that in order to implement the terms of the RSA, it has commenced cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) and Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) are expected to outperform their peers by offering: 1) the greatest rate of change in cost reduction through technology and innovation, 2) upstream portfolios with an attractive risk to reward profile and 3) sufficient liquidity to invest in future growth.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Sunoco LP(SUN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on August 3, 2016.

    J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) – $0.2200 dividend, 1.0791 percent yield Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) – $0.2900 dividend, 2.6250 percent yield FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) – $0.3600 dividend, 3.9680 percent yield Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) – $0.8255 dividend, 10.7347 percent yield Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) – $0.3800 dividend, 3.1588 percent yield BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) – $0.6000 dividend, 6.8768 percent yield American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) – $0.1000 dividend, 1.1442 percent yield Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) – $0.1300 dividend, 2.9834 percent yield Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) – $0.0300 dividend, 1.1321 percent yield Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) – $0.2700 dividend, 1.5341 percent yield

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Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    The high costs of drilling in the deepest parts of the ocean have been a major hindrance for the energy stocks that own advanced rigs. SeaDrill Ltd. (SDRL) has been one of the worst hit of the deepwater drillers.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) will to share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $0.22 in EPS and $721.81 million in revenue. Shares were at $2.35 in Friday trading, in a 52-week range of $1.57 to $7.49. The consensus price target is $1.96.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analyst Gregory Lewis and team highlight seven factors that will help sway how investors react to earnings from offshore drillers like Transocean (RIG), Noble (NE),Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Seadrill (SDRL), and Ensco (ESV):

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2017: Phillips 66(PSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Alright, so elevated short interest in a stock not a major factor in CRAK is not a big deal. Applying that logic, it is notable that short interest in Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), CRAK's largest holding at a weight of nearly 7.7 percent, remains elevated.

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    Another piece of the Berkshire puzzle which could ride a tailwind is the investment in oil major Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX). With OPEC recently making a move to support oil prices with supply cuts, a rising oil price will benefit the oil major which made up just over 5% of Berkshire’s stock holdings at the end of the September quarter. PSX stock price is up 11% over the last one month and could be headed further higher if the demand/supplydynamics of the oil market are brought under control. (See also: Berkshire Stock: Should Investors Worry About Warren Buffett’s Latest Investments?)

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Refiners and downstream energy stocks have really gone to town as oil prices have listed lower in a relatively tight range. Phillips 66 (PSX) is among those winners.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    During the past three months, Valero Energy (VLO) has fallen 7.3%, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) has dropped 17% and Tesoro (TSO) has plunged 21%. Phillips 66 (PSX) is off 13% during that period, while HollyFrontier (HFC) is down 7.7%.

  • [By kiplinger]

     Even if oil prices stay low in 2016, refinerPhillips 66 (PSX) should prosper.

    Low crude prices mean higher profit margins at Phillips’s refining operations and gas stations, and the company is investing in such promising areas as natural-gas pipelines, processing facilities and petrochemical plants. Compared with other refiners, the stock’s valuation looks compelling given Phillips’s diverse business mix and growth potential, says Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Fadel Gheit. Another fan: Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 10% of Phillips’s shares.