Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017


What an incredible week, and almost regardless of who you voted for, the last thing most people expected was Donald Trump to be the winner. One thing that also was surprising was the huge rally last week. We noticed in our weekly screen of insider activity that the buyers overwhelmed the sellers last week. Thats a very positive sign as we head into the final six weeks of 2016.

We cover insider selling every week at 24/7 Wall St., and we like to remind readers that just because an individual or 10% institutional owner sells stock, that is no cause for immediate alarm. Many top executives, and even directors, are compensated with stock and often sell just to diversify portfolios or purchase other assets.


Here are companies that reported notable insider selling last week.

Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) had a famous investor selling stock this past week. Chairman Charles Schwab continues to sell stock at an orderly pace. This week the iconic discount brokerage executive sold 600,000 shares at prices between $32.50 and $33.75. The total for the trade came to a whopping $20 million.As we have noted in the past, Schwab is past 80 years old and clearly much of his selling over the years has been for estate planning purposes. The shares traded Friday at $35.25, so a fair amount left on the table.

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forafter the marketcloses on Wednesday (February 15th). In the past, Blackhawk Network Holdingshas citedtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips for card issuers and store processors as a hazard for its current business model.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report for small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) is scheduled forbefore the marketopens on Wednesday(October 12) with the company in the past citingtheregulatory-mandated introduction of EMV chips, which was adopted last October for card issuers and store processors, as a hazard for its current business model. Last Monday, Wells Fargo Securities issued a research reportalso had this to say:

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017: Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    With a little more than $6 billion in assets and average daily trading volumes in excess of 12 million shares per day, SPDR Utilities (XLU) is the top choice to hold during Utilities seasonally favorable period. It has a gross expense ratio of just 0.14% and comes with the added kicker of a 3.37% dividend yield.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Dow utility average ended last week at a stabilizing 639.95 after trading as low as 616.19 on Nov. 14. Keep in mind that a “death cross” was confirmed on election day, when the 50-day simple moving average fell below the 200-day simple moving average, indicating that lower prices are likely ahead. The 200-day is now at 666.30. The utility average has returned to my range of key levels of 635.23 and 670.81, which remain magnets for the remainder of 2016. This week’s value level is above the Nov. 14 low at 620.87. Investors seeking the safety of dividends can trade the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) , which is a basket of 28 utility stocks.

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.15 billion. SAIC shares gained 0.96 percent to $57.87 in after-hours trading.

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017: Herman Miller, Inc.(MLHR)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $544.40 million.

    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company(ADM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    In fact, Buffett had been building a growing position in agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM), as I noted in this article.

    He subsequently closed that position with a nice profit, and he should now check out rival Bunge (NYSE: BG), which in my view, holds better value. (I'll have more to say about Bunge in a separate column in coming weeks). 

  • [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…)

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  • [By Chad Fraser]

    This agriculture ETF gives you exposure to a wide range of businesses within the farming sector, from fertilizer makers like The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) to food producers like Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM) and equipment makers like Kubota Corp. (OTC: KUBTY) and Deere.

Hot Safest Stocks To Buy For 2017: Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp(SHIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) dropped 50% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $1.10 after closing at $2.20 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.65. Volume approaching 13 million shares was nearly 15 times the daily average of 850,000. The dry bulk carrier company priced a secondary offering of 10 million shares and warrants at $1.50 per share this morning.

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