Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018


Thesis

American Vanguard Company (NYSE:AVD) is a solid company. It was hit hard by the agricultural downturn but I believe the long term case is strong. I like the company’s balance sheet. I like its earnings growth. I believe they are unknown and will make a valuable addition to one’s portfolio.

About The Company

American Vanguard develops, manufactures, and sells specialty chemicals for agricultural, commercial, and consumer uses globally. Products include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides, and growth regulators. American Vanguard distributes its products through national distribution companies and through sales offices.


The company is small cap with a market cap just over $500m. It trades in very low volume with an average of 110,000 shares per day. Insiders have a significant stake in the company at just under 12%. The majority of the remainder is owned by institutions. The low volume and low ownership by the general public makes me believe this company is underfollowed.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ryder System Inc.(R)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Ryder System (R) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after it missed earnings forecasts and cut its full-year guidance.

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    Ryder Systemdropped 14% to $68.28 today, while the S&P 500 0.6% to 2,388.61

    Ryder Systems reported a profit of 82 cents a share, missing forecasts for 84 cents, on sales of $1.75 billion, ahead of forecasts for $1.7 billion. Ryder cut its 2017 guidance to a range of $4.25 to $4.55, below the Street consensus for $5.17.

    Ryder System’s market capitalization fell to $3.7 billion today from $4.2 billion yesterday.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sealed Air Corporation(SEE)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Sealed Air(SEE) has fallen 0.7% to $28.35 after the food-safety company was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight atBarclays.

    Towers Watson(TW) has dropped 0.5% to $102.49 after it was cut to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. It was also upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE) which traded down about 9% at $42.33. The stocks 52-week range is $42.01 to $50.62. Volume was nearly 11 million versus the daily average of 2.1 million shares.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: FLIR Systems, Inc.(FLIR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Flir Systems(FLIR) was the biggest loser in the S&P 500 on Tuesday, but the stock recouped all its losses Wednesday, and then some.


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    Flir Systems gained $2.78, or 8.1%, to close at $36.93.

    The company’sdisappointing fourth-quarter earnings report was forgotten when it announced that the U.S. Coast Guard awarded it a $50 million contract. Flir will provide marine electronics systems for more than 2,000 Coast Guard vessels for its Scalable Integrated Navigation Systems 2 (SINS-2) program over a five-year period, with the option for extended delivery for an additional five years.

    Even before the news, Imperial Capital’sEd Mally was bullish on the stock’s prospects, who raised his price target on the stock by $2, to $38:


    Although we believe that some may still consider Flir as just a premier provider of very high-end cameras in the bellies of Bell Helicopters or border towers in a lumpy government sector, this 35-year-old company is a global leader in thousands of infrared detector cores and thermography equipment markets and also provides lower priced products to commercial and consumer security customers as well as other customers.

    Flir is up 2% so far this year.

    Coty(COTY) was the hottest stock in the S&P 500 yesterday.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Altura Mining Limited (ALTAF)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tucows Inc.(TCX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tucows Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: TCX) shares shot up 17 percent to $42.45 after the company announced plans to acquire eNom from Rightside for $83.5 million.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) rose 12.1% in March 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    The provider of online business services and a budding bundle of mobile and fiber-optic communications products started March with a bang, announcing a brand-new $40 million share buyback program. For a company with a $476 million market cap at the time, that’s a pretty serious and shareholder-friendly commitment.

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