Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018


The recent U.S. stock rally, which began off the bottom in late June and saw the market break to new all-time highs in early July, has been anemic by almost any measure. While not that much seems to be happening on the surface, underneath it the internals have been undergoing change. The groups leading the rally are not the same groups leading the market prior to the rally. It is not uncommon for this to occur and investors need to pay attention to this behavior whenever a new rally begins and should consider adjusting their portfolios based on new market circumstances as they arise.


As of late August 2016, the top performing stock market sectors in order have been Energy (NYSEARCA:XLE), Utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU), Basic Materials (NYSEARCA:XLB) and Industrials. All have outperformed the S&P 500, along with Technology (NYSEARCA:XLK) and Consumer Staples (NYSEARCA:XLP). Utilities have led stocks all year except for a brief few days in late April, but started losing their momentum right after the rally began two months ago. Utilities, Energy and Basic Materials are now essentially tied for first place year-to-date. In the chart below, the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) is the black line, Utilities are the gold line, companies in the energy sector are represented by the blue line, Basic Materials are the red line and Industrials are the orange line.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: LivaNova PLC(LIVN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap medical technology stock LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ: LIVN):

    From a fundamental perspective, LIVN currently offers investors with a potentially nice opportunity on both a short and long-term basis. With a $2.37B market cap, this pure mid-cap play currently trades at a forward P/E of just over 14 and a five year PEG of just 1.15. The Company is also projected to grow their bottom line from this year to next by as much as 14%

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Westlake Chemical Corporation(WLK)


Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Gilead Sciences, Inc.(GILD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), and Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) stand out as three of the most likely suitors for Incyte. Here’s why these big drugmakers could be interested in making a significant acquisition.

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

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    Gilead Sciences, Inc.(NASDAQ:GILD) Stock Set For Multiple Breakouts.

    Biotech major Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) is all set to report its Q1-2017 earnings on May 2nd, after the market close. The Foster City, California-based company’s Q1 earnings are expected to be at $2.28 a share on a revenue of $6.61B. After being in decline since the start of the year, GILD stock is slowly building momentum going into earnings. Shares of Gilead have risen by nearly 3% in the last five days. The upward surge is further bolstered by bullish technical indicators. Gilead stock price has made a breakout above its 20-day SMA with increasing volumes. What’s more, Gilead has also closed above its long-term 50-day SMA line for the first time in the last three months. It is on the verge of a breakout above 50-day SMA too. With neither the Bollinger Bands nor the RSI indicating an overbought condition, GILD stock looks set to head higher going into earnings.

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    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Incyte (INCY) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on rumors that it might get taken over by Gilead Sciences (GILD).

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    Incytegained 8.1% to $149.24 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.3% to 2,372.60.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Recreational vehicles have hit a stretch of popularity that the industry hasn’t seen since the 1970s, and Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has found itself in the right place at the right time. The RV specialist has made every effort it can to boost its growth to take advantage of favorable conditions, both by ramping up its existing internal operations and by looking for strategic combinations like its recent acquisition of industry peer Jayco. Coming into Monday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Thor investors were looking for very strong growth, and even though the company largely delivered on that front, some concerns about the pace of further gains throughout the rest of the fiscal year weighed on Thor stock after the report.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    One of the world’s largest makers of recreational vehicles, Thor Industries (THO) is in the right place at the right time.

    Industrywide wholesale RV shipments for the U.S. and Canada surged 15% to nearly 431,00 units in 2016 — the highest annual total in more than 40 years, according to The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Thor Industries (THO) expects 2017 to be one of the strongest years for the RV industry since the 1970s.


    The prospect of higher gasoline prices seems unlikely to derail the RV rebound, given that growth is being driven by smaller and more fuel-efficient motorized RVs and towable trailers.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Wu]

    Another valid reason why Amazon Go stores could prove to be a hit lies in Amazon being the suicide bomber of retail. Amazon is well known for its practice of cutting prices to the bone in a bid to steal market share from rivals, which of course hurts its own margins as well. But unlike in the past when Amazon solely relied on its thin-margin retail operations to drive the bottom line, the company now has AWS, a fast-growing and solidly profitable cloud business. The company,therefore, has even more leeway to compete even in industries with razor-thin margins. Amazon can easily take the Go concept to adjacent retail industries including drug stores, retail stores, office supply stores, and maybe even wholesale retail stores such as Costco (NSDQ:COST).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    American Express (NYSE:AXP) helped pioneer the charge card industry, and even now, the company’s brand carries an aura of affluence that rivals have struggled hard to try to duplicate. Yet American Express has fallen back from all-time highs over the past couple of years, and the loss of its branded-card partnership with retail giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) was a high-profile setback that forced the card company to retrench and seek out new alliances.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Costco Wholesale(NASDAQ:COST) and Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) were some of the biggest individual movers as investors reacted to details from their latest quarterly earnings reports.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) still underperforming whileNutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED) began taking off early last year:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wabash National Corporation(WNC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) jumped 10.1% in April, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after the company reported its first-quarter 2017 results.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Abeona Therapeutics Inc.(ABEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap rare disease stock Abeona Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ABEO):

    Abeona Therapeutics is clearly a timing trade – we think today’s something of a blowoff top, marked by a volume surge and the fact that the stock’s already peeling back from its peak; the profit-takers are already going to work. We saw a similar surge on Tuesday, and though that one didn’t end up kick-starting a pullback, it helped set up today’s reversal bar (by virtue of luring in the last of the would-be buyers). There’s just not a lot of room left for more upside.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP(NGL)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) were down around 24 percent to $16.40. NGL Energy Partners declared a quarterly distribution of $0.39 per unit and revised its fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 outlook.

  • [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 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: MGM Resorts International(MGM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Bernstein maintains Outperform ratings on Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: MPEL) and the China units of Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn wasn’t the only Macau casino operator that took it on the chin today. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) tumbled 13% to $54.67, while Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) plunged 14% to $16.87, and MGM Resorts International (MGM) dropped 4.3% to $28.65.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The big casinos certainly want to spend big. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) says a new integrated resort in Japan will cost anywhere from $6 billion to $10 billion, two to three times more than it spent on building its brand new French-themed Parisian resort in Macau. MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) says it, too, could spend $10 billion for a new casino in Japan, quadruple the cost of its MGM Cotai that’s scheduled to open later this year. Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) hasn’t put a price tag on it yet, though it spent over $4 billion to open the Palace in Macau last August, but CEO Steve Wynn says the opportunity is “thoroughly delicious.”

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is also a top pick for the first quarter, and Merrill Lynch’s price objective of $33.00 was versus a recent price of $28.50. The consensus analyst target price is a tad higher at $33.86.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    MGM Resorts International (MGM) always had two things going for it: It’s large Las Vegas footprint to counter the weakness in Macau, and it’s real-estate, which it spun off into MGM Growth Properties (MGP). But when MGM reported weaker than expected earnings this morning, it wasn’t a good sign that Las Vegas was disappointing. Wells Fargo’sCameron McKnight explains:

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    Q4 Las Vegas EBITDA of $365mm was 10% ($40MM) below the Street. Las Vegas 4Q RevPAR growth of +3% was in-line with guidance, but below our expectations and industry data. For the 1Q17, MGM provided RevPAR guidance of 7%, a point or two below our expectations. We estimate revenue growth per visitor was +1.5% yr/yr. RevPOR (other revenue per occupied room) growth was +1.5%. We estimate expenses were +1% yr/yr. We expect the stock to be trade down on this morning’s release. While forward guidance was tepid, MGM missed Las Vegas expectations.

    Shares of MGM Resorts International have tumbled 7.3% to $27.45 at 11:37 a.m. today, while MGM Resorts Properties has declined 0.3% to $25.58.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:

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