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Our Top Pick for conservative growth in 2017 has more than 50% of the global volume in credit and debit cards, notes Doug Gerlach, editor of Investor Advisory Service.

Slower growth with an elevated P/E ratio held back Visa (V) last year. But with growth returning to Visa’s normal levels, we feel it is time to highlight its shares once again.

Visa’s high operating margin and strong cash flow are a source of tremendous appeal; pre-tax profits in fiscal 2016 were 64% of revenue and free cash flow was 33% of revenue.


It is expensive to develop these payment networks, but the marginal cost of providing additional services is very low. This high level of profitability makes us wonder how much there is left to squeeze out of costs.

Visa completed the acquisition of Visa Europe (previously a separate company) in June 2016, bringing in 3,000 issuing banks in Europe, 500 million customer accounts, and $1.6 trillion in payment volumes.

invest definition: Phillips 66(PSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    Also note that Berkshire Hathaway has direct exposure to the US energy sector through its subsidiary Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which is a power company that also owns two interstate natural gas pipelines. Besides, Berkshire Hathaways stock portfolio also has some exposure to the energy sector. The company owns 80.7 million shares of Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), a major US-based refiner that is also expanding in the midstream space, valued at almost $7 billion. Phillips 66 represents more than 5% of Berkshire Hathaways stock portfolio. The conglomerate also owns 20 million shares of the pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), valued at $414.2 million. These energy companies are positioned to benefit from Donald Trumps pro-energy policies and de-regulation.

  • [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 Matthew DiLallo]

    After facing several challenges in 2016 that pushed down results, Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) bounced back big-time in the first quarter. The company trounced the consensus estimate by a whopping $0.51 per share, which was roughly 10 times higher than the $0.05 per share analysts expected.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After facing several challenges last year, Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) enjoyed a bit of a bounce back in the first quarter. The refiner delivered expectation-smashing results, reporting an adjusted profit of $294 million, or $0.56 per share, which was a remarkable $0.51 per share ahead of the consensus estimate. Fueling the quarter were robust chemicals results and improving midstream earnings, which more than overcame continued weakness in the refining segment.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

invest definition: Stryker Corporation(SYK)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK)’s stock fell nearly 5 percent on Aug. 23 as investors were troubled with the company’s recall announcement, Argus’ David Toung noted in a separate research report. But investors may want to consider taking advantage of the selloff as it represents a “favorable investment opportunity.”

invest definition: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

invest definition: Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Kevin Kelly of Recon Capital Partners suggested that investors with a long position in Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU) should consider an options strategy that offers protection ahead of the FOMC meeting.

  • [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 Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan suggested a bearish options trading idea in Utilities SPDR (ETF) (NYSE: XLU).

    The stock caught his attention, because he noticed a big put options volume last week in the name. He thinks traders should not be in the stock ahead of a possible rate hike.

invest definition: Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.(HA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Not surprisingly, shares of Hawaii-focused airline company Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) fell last Wednesday, following Kelly’s comments about Southwest Airlines expanding to Hawaii. However, while Southwest’s entry into the Hawaii market could cause some short-term disruption, it isn’t likely to hurt Hawaiian Airlines’ positioning in the long run.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Investors had high expectations for Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) and Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) leading up to their earnings reports last week. Between late June 2016 and mid-January, shares of Hawaiian Holdings climbed 50%. Southwest Airlines stock was close behind, with a gain of more than 35% over that period.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While most of its fellow airline stocks were grounded last year, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) soared to new heights. Shares of Hawaiian Airlines’ parent company rose 61% during 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

invest definition: iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).


    The Ugly

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Todd Gordon spoke on CNBC's Trading Nation about a bullish options strategy in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (ETF) (NASDAQ: TLT). He thinks that the ETF could trade higher and he wants to use options to make a bullish bet.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Originally published Nov. 17 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

    The consideration of the contrary has been a theme all week. And here in ” Don’t Run With the Crowd: Embrace the Contrary.”   Miami madness (of a real estate kind)   Mark Grant is scared by our currency’s strength.   Danielle on scenarios.   Boockvar to subscriber Bad Golfer!   JC Penney ( JCP) short puts–a 100% win. (Shorting options frequently ends differently!)   Just say no to closed-end muni-bond funds.   DRYS is all wet.   Could iPhone manufacturing be coming back home?   On inflation breakevens–a picture that speaks volumes.   The market moved higher from the “get go”–in large measure it seems to be a response to the better economic data this morning.   At 3 p.m. stocks were near the day’s highs.   I shorted The Cisco Kid last night. Sticking with this short rental. I added to my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF ( SDS) long (growing ever larger). My net short exposure–is now between small and medium-sized at the close. The U.S. dollar, as discussed above, continued to rip higher against the euro. I am concerned. Mark Grant is concerned. The market is not concerned. The price of crude oil (down $0.20) settled lower after yesterday’s robust gains. Gold fell $9 as it continues to break down–closing in on $1,200. Ag commodities: wheat up $0.07, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.05 and oats up $0.02. Lumber up $7 following the big housing number this morning. Bonds schmeissed … iShares Barclays 2

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Investors can trade the U.S. Treasury 30-year bond like a stock using the 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) , which is an ETF backed by a basket of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities of 20 years to 30 years. As a stock-type investment, it never matures, and interest income is converted to periodic dividend payments.

  • [By Tom Gentile]

    An ETF is a fund that tracks indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. ETFs basically let you trade an entire sector instead of having to pick and choose specific stocks to trade within a sector. ETFs are also a great way for you to hedge against rising interest rates. When it comes to equities, a good ETF to monitor is the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE Arca: DIA). For bonds, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: TLT) is a good way to gauge the bullishness or bearishness of the overall bond market.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pravit Chintawongvanich of Macro Risk Advisors spoke on Bloomberg Markets about an options trading idea in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (ETF) (NASDAQ: TLT).

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