Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now


On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international merchandising and marketing services stockSPAR Group Inc (NASDAQ: SGRP):

Spar Group has been on our watchlist for a long time, and doesn’t look like it’s doing anything particularly spectacular today. That’s the point. The undertow was established about a month ago. We’ve just been biding our time, waiting for a chance to get in and not step in at a short-term high. Today’s modest bullishness after last week’s pullback is a perfect entry opportunity.


This one is a slow mover, but could be worth the wait. (It also acts like it’s trying to accelerate, so it may not be such a slow mover for much longer. It could heat up soon.)

Our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter has a discussion about small cap SPAR Groups technical chart along with a potential long trading strategy:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Concho Resources Inc.(CXO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Rising acreage prices are causing Permian peers concern that the market is getting too hot. For example, Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO) recently said that it was having difficulty finding a good value in Permian land deals. That’s saying a lot for a company that completed several deals over the past year, including paying $1.625 billion for 40,000 net acres last August, or more than $40,000 per acre. However, with recent deals in the mid-$40,000s per acre, and up to as high as $58,500 per acre, buyers like Concho are growing cautious, which suggests land values might be topping out.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) is also rated a Hold with a higher price target of $150. For 2017, Jefferies raised its EPS estimate from $0.33 to $1.32, and for 2018 the estimate was lifted from $2.91 to $3.50. The stock closed at $132.41 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $94.26 to $147.55, and the consensus 12-month target is $167.46.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Large Caps. Our E&P coverage is pricing in $61/bbl WTI and $3.30 gas, and with a lower crude forecast the group is looking less compelling. We argue names that continue to demonstrate resource improvement at the low-end of the cost curve, namely in the Permian and STACK remain attractive, such as Concho Resources (CXO), Devon Energy (DVN), Newfield Exploration (NFX) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD). Noble (NBL) remains a compelling value, though has yet to commit to an accelerated US onshore drilling program.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.(MKTX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    MarketAxessHoldings (NASDAQ:MKTX)reported first-quarter results on April 26. The electronic trading platform is enjoying strong gains in revenue and profits as it continues to take share of the massive global fixed-income market.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Deer Valley Corporation (DVLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Deer Valley (OTCPK:DVLY)


    This company manufactures factory-made homes which are marketed to 14 states in the US. After the financial crisis it has been able to pick up its operations and continue to create sustainable free cash flow and increasing profits. It might be that another similar shock to housing is not necessarily around the corner and therefore they could sustain this in the foreseeable future.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Barnes & Noble, Inc.(BKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Chegg Inc and potentialsmall cap performance benchmarksHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ: HMHC)and Barnes & Noble Education Inc (NYSE: BNED), a spin off from Barnes & Noble, Inc (NYSE: BKS), slipping into underperformance:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) posted its highest-ever stock price at above $45 a share in March of 2006. By March of 2011 it had dropped below $9 a share, and it posted a new all-time low of $7.25 in February of last year.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap bookretailer Barnes & Noble, Inc (NYSE: BKS) is scheduledfor before the market opens onTuesday (November) with the company experiencing significant headwinds the last time around in part due to consumers being focused on elections.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The folks at Bespoke Investment Group note that its “Death By Amazon” index, which includesBest Buy (BBY), Barnes & Noble (BKS), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), and Macy’s (M), among other traditional retailers that have been hurt by Amazon.com’s (AMZN) dominance, has been outperforming since Donald Trump’s election victory:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) NOOK e-reader sales have been slaughtered recently as the company falls hopelessly behind Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) due to the success of its Kindle. Barnes & Noble appears to have launched an effort to correct that with a new $50 version of the Nook.

  • [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.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: InterCloud Systems, Inc(ICLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    InterCloud Systems Inc (NASDAQ: ICLD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.


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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Westlake Chemical Corporation(WLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    There was an IPO of sorts last week when Gores Holdings II raised $375 million with an offer of 37.5 million units at $10 per unit. The shares are listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GSHTU. Gores Holdings I acquired Hostess Brands last year and completed an IPO in December for Hostess Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: China Evergrande Group (EGRNF)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    For example, Evergrande Life – a unit of property developer China Evergrande Group (OTC:EGRNF) – saw its premiums increase more than 40-fold in 2016. It used the proceeds to accumulate a significant stake in rival developer China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY) last year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: 8×8 Inc(EGHT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd hitting lower highs and lowerlows for some years now but also leveling off while VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) have been volatile, but also largely heading higher:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd underperforming versus VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) which have been volatile, but have been heading higher:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: KBR, Inc.(KBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    KBR (KBR) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $20 price target. The company is leveraged to higher defense spending and is attractively valued, analysts said. 

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