Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now


Goldman Sachs analyst Noah Poponak and team like the defense sector but have some concerns about Lockheed Martin (LMT), particularly its valuation. They explain:

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We continue to hold an Attractive sector view on Defense, where Lockheed is the bellwether and owns one of the Pentagons fastest growing programs in the F-35. However, the remainder of the portfolio is not particularly differentiated, there are earnings and cash flow headwinds compared to current consensus assumptions, and it is currently the most expensive Defense stock we cover.


What we favor: 1. Defense budget at trough. Defense is right at the trough, with 2016 the first year of Department of Defense investment growth in 8 years, andLockheed Martin is the bellwether. 2.Joint Strike Fighter a substantial differentiator.Lockheed Martin is the prime on the F-35, which grows quickly through the end of the decade, allowing totalLockheed Martin revenue to grow faster than the industry. 3. Reshaped portfolio has more focus. The addition of Sikorsky and subtraction ofInformation Systems & Global Solutions leaves a net higher long-term growth and margin business.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: VALE S.A.(VALE)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.

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    Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 US. 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 Ben Levisohn]

    Yes, Coca-Cola (KO) announced a CEO swap last week, but that has nothing to do with Morgan Stanley’s decision to cut Coca-Cola to Equal Weight from Overweight. Morgan Stanley analyst Dara Mohsenian and team explain what did:

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    We view Coke valuation as fair here, given topline challenges, with results limited by secular health/wellness challenges in developed markets and by weak macros in emerging markets. We also are even more cautious on large cap multinationals in general, given direct and indirect impacts from a Trump administration: 1) less favorable relative tax benefits from policy changes than domestic centric manufacturers, 2) the indirect impact of a strengthening US dollar, and 3) lower leverage to a potential US macro recovery from greater fiscal spending (which will have less impact on defensive large cap staples). Our downgrade is not related to the recent CEO change. We view James Quincey favorably, and we expect (and encourage) him to push harder on the favorable strategic changes Coke announced in October 2014.


    No matter. Shares of Coca-Cola have advanced 0.2% to $41.62 at 12:36 p.m. today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded down 0.85% at $87.24. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $47.13. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 13.8 million shares. Analysts at Goldman Sachs cut the stock’s rating to Sell this morning.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    So we find ourselves in the position we have for most of this year: positive on the market averages but less confident in what stocks to buy. While banks have clearly been the flavor of the day we have generally avoided those names. Both Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) are only now hitting six year highs and we have never advocated chasing winners. Meanwhile the staid, safe defensive stocks (value) like P&G (PG), Coke (KO), and Philip Morris (PM) are lagging. The dichotomy might be illustrated by retailers where Best Buy has been roaring while Gap Stores has been tanking…

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    All but two of the Dow components have been in the green in the year-to-date period. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) tops the list of gainers among the Dow components, with a 42.95 percent gain in the year-to-date period. Only The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO), with a marginal loss, and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE), with a double-digit percentage loss, have been decliners in the year-to-date period.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AQXP)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The Baker Brothers biotech hedge fund bought a block of 398,062 shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AQXP) last week. At a per-shareprice of $17.18, the total for the trade came to$6,836,813.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: General Growth Properties, Inc.(GGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rounding out the top 10 in terms of total installed solar PV capacity are Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD) with 108 MWs of installed capacity, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ: AAPL with 94 MWs, Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) with 51 MWs, Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) with 50 MWs, IKEA with 44 MWs, Macy’s Incl. (NYSE: M) with 39 MWs, General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) with 30 MWs, and tied with 23 MWs, Hartz Mountain and Bed, Bath and Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.(DPLO)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) dropped 7.4% Monday, posting a new 52-week low of $12.25 after closing at $13.23 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.94. The specialty pharmacy company said this morning that revenues and adjusted EBITDA for 2016 will come in at or near the low end of the company’s previously announced range.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of SUPERVALU underperforming the underperformance ofmid caps Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY). while large capKroger Co (NYSE: KR)had outperformed up until the last two years when performance has been more mixed:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.(NCLH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market once again proved its resiliency on Wednesday, bouncing back from extensive declines early in the session to recover most of its losses. The Dow Jones Industrials actually managed to post yet another record close with a modest gain, and although other major market benchmarks suffered declines, they weren’t significant. Moreover, some favorable news from certain pockets of the market helped bolster investor confidence. Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Carnival have dropped 4.2% to $43.74 at 2:39 p.m. today, while Royal Caribbean Cruise (RCL) has tumbled 5.6% to $66.15, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is off 4.3% at $38.63.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NCLH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $2.31 per share on revenue of $338.86 million.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH) was up nearly 7% on Wednesday afternoon, following its fourth-quarter earnings report.

    Norwegian said that it earned 56 cents a share, a penny ahead of analysts’ expectations. Revenue rose 8.5% to $1.13 billion, also squeaking past the $1.11 billion consensus estimate.

    For the full year, Norwegian said it expects to earn between $3.75 and $3.85 a share, with a midpoint a penny above the $3.79 average analyst estimate. It’s first-quarter EPS guidance of 36 cents also came in ahead of the 34-cent consensus.


    Instinet analyst Harry Curtiswrites that after recent missteps, it was “vital” for Norwegian’s forecast to meet expectations but not seem too optimistic, a balancing act he believes the company achieved.

    He reiterated a Buy rating and $52 price target on the stock:

    NCLHs 2017 EPS outlook ($3.75 to $3.85) brackets our forecast ($3.75) and the Streets ($3.79). However, we believe there could be upside to that range, given the positive booking and pricing trends so far this year. We remain positive on the shares of NCLH, which we believe should continue to outperform through 2017.


    Norwegian was recently up 6.8% to $51.49.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Mathews]

     International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) is a well-recognized brand that specializes in all facets of information technology, such as software, hardware and research. IBM has always been a major player in the technology sector and is considered a “blue-chip” stock. However, it has suffered declining revenues over the last few quarters mostly to currency fluctuations. Now that it has stabilized, IBM looks to grow in 2016. Mainframes are still popular among financial services and the telecom industry, from which IBM receives a fair amount of revenue. Also, mainframe growth has been increasing in the emerging markets, and IBM faces little competition based on its global presence. IBM’s largest potential stems from its $138 billion services backlog and existing relationships, which provide great insight into customer needs and translate into new product development. With IBM’s dividend of 3.3%, investors can afford to wait while IBM hits its target price of $170 over the next year.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is hoping to change all that. This year, it’s partnering with IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Watson to bring the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to tax return preparation. This would seem a natural fit for theJeopardy!-winning supercomputer.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Since August 2010, the Dow Jones Industrials (DJINDICES:^DJI) have risen from below 10,000 to within a fraction of a point of 20,000. Doubling in just over six years is an impressive feat, especially given that the Dow also pays a respectable dividend yield of more than 2% on top of its rise. Yet although all 30 stocks that are currently in the Dow have risen over that period, some haven’t done nearly as well as the overall average. In particular, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), IBM (NYSE:IBM), and Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) have underperformed the Dow since 2010. Let’s look more closely at these stocks and whether they can start pulling more of their weight in 2017 and beyond.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    For starters, the data center space has been dominated by AMD’s arch-rival Nvidia for a long time now. By virtue of its early lead, Nvidia has found its way into some of the most popular cloud platforms, like Amazon’s (NSDQ:AMZN)AWS, andMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)Azure and IBM’s (NYSE:IBM)Bluemix. The Google deal represents AMD’s first breakthrough among US based cloud biggies. It’s also AMD’s first move in deep learning or machine learning, which is expected to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of technology and its applications.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When asked about competition, Levie said that Box is the only platform that can scale to meet the needs of all enterprise use cases, but they also partner with many companies, including IBM (IBM) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Google.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Valmont Industries, Inc.(VMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 3.5 percent, and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

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