Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018


Tom Gentile

It’s no surprise right now that the brick-and-mortar stores are on their last legs – all you have to do is follow the endless stream of upcoming store closures to know that.

The real problem is that the media heads are scaring everyone into thinking they need to dump their retail stocks.

But not all retailers are suffering…

Now last month, I told you why home improvement stores are faring better than others. I also told you that Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) is the best home improvement stock to buy.


And today, I’m going to show you exactly how you can make an easy 100% on this stock – no matter how bad the rest of the sector gets.

Using the Fastest-Growing Moneymaker in the World to Play Home Depot

The Consumer Discret Sel Sect SPDR ETF (NYSE Arca: XLY) is often the go-to ETF to measure how retail and related consumer stocks are performing. This means that home builders are lumped into it, even though they are n’t the heaviest weighted stocks. But although the retail sector is bearish overall, retailers of home improvement goods are actually doing quite well. And as I mentioned, Home Depot (HD) is doing particularly well.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: iShares Intermediate Credit Bond (CIU)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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    These are the top 5 holdings of ARKANSAS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) – 257,721 shares, 25.79% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.48%iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 269,365 shares, 22.36% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.51%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond (CSJ) – 375,399 shares, 19.16% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.03%iShares Intermediate Credit Bond (CIU) – 258,147 shares, 13.64% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.50%Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF – DNQ (VO)

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: V.F. Corporation(VFC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The North Face, in particular, seems like a cautionary tale. The outdoor gear and apparel maker had its IPO in 1996. By 1999 sales were falling and the company put up a $100 million loss. In 2000,VF Corporation(NYSE:VFC) acquired it for just $25.4 million, despite $238 million in sales and a once-popular brand. Today, under the guidance of VF Corp, The North Face now has more than $2 billion in annual sales.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    VF Corp. (NYSE:VFC) owns a massive portfolio of apparel companies, including The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, and Vans. It’s raised its dividend annually for over four decades — making it an elite “dividend aristocrat” which has boosted its payout for at least 25 straight years. VF currently pays a forward yield of 3.1%, which is supported by a payout ratio of 55%. The stock trades at 21 times earnings.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Rockwell Collins, Inc.(COL)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Rockwell Collins (COL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the aerospace & defense company’s adjusted earnings topped analyst forecasts.

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    Rockwell Collins gained 5.1% to $104.70 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,348.69. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) ticked up 0.1% to$65.41 as strength in Rockwell Collins and Honeywell International (HON) offset earnings-related weakness in General Electric (GE). Honeywell, which also reported today, gained 2.7% to $127.08, while General Electric dropped 2.4% to $29.55.


    CFRA’s Jim Corridore offers his take on Rockwell Collins’ earnings:

    We raise our 12-month target price by $10 to $120, 18.4X our FY 18 (Sep.) EPS estimate of $6.52 (raised today from $5.80), in line with COL’s 3-year average. We think this balances commercial aerospace (which carry higher P/Es) and military (lower P/E) peers. We raise our FY 17 EPS estimate to $6.05 from $5.49, in the middle of COL’s FY 17 (Sep.) guidance of $5.95-$6.15. COL Q1 adjusted EPS of $1.27 vs. $1.30 was three cents shy of our forecast. We are positive on demand drivers and completed acquisition of B/E Aerospace increases COL’s commercial aerospace market share.


    Rockwell Collins’ market capitalization rose to $13.7 billion today from $16.2 billion yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Rockwell Collins (COL) has fallen 2.6% to $68.21 after it was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

    General Electric (GE) has gained 1% to $24.25 after signing a bunch of deals and getting a positive mention from my colleague Jack Hough in this weekend’s Barron’s.

  • [By Lu Wang]

    Rockwell Collins (COL) sank 4.9 percent to $70.61. The maker of airplane cockpit instruments forecast revenue in fiscal 2014 will be no more than $4.60 billion. That missed the average analyst estimate of $4.93 billion in a Bloomberg survey.

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    Here are 10 virtual reality stocks to watch in 2017, with today’s opening price (Feb. 22) and the year-to-date (YTD) return thus far:

    3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD); $17.12; +26.71% YTDUniversal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED); $71.60; +25.49% YTDAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD); $14.30; +24.22% YTDFacebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); $133.60; +18.64% YTDAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE); $119.67; +15.93% YTDSony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE); $31.29; +11.49% YTDAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL); $848; +7.49% YTDAmbarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA); $57.85; +6.26% YTDMicrosoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); $64.33; +3.16% YTDRockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL); $93.97; +0.97% YTD


    The virtual reality industry could reach $33.9 billion in value by 2022, which is why virtual reality stocks are more popular than ever.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: Molson Coors Brewing Company(TAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Seth McNew]

    It isn’t the only beer company facing hardships now, and in fact, it’s still growing faster than its largest competitors — Sam Adams parent Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM) and Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE:TAP). Boston Beer’s total sales fell 5.4% in 2016, year over year, and Molson Coors’ sales were down 2.3%.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the past, Cramer has been a fan of both Constellation as well as Molson Coors (TAP) , which was able to snap up all the Miller and Coors brands last year for $12 billion. That deal is expected to boost Molson’s earnings by 25% this year.

Top 5 Performing Stocks For 2018: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Multiple-award-winning Trimaker is the leader in terms of sales in 3D printing in the region, serving clients like Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE: TM), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC) and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF). The company not only manufactures its own 3D printers, but also offers materials and related services.

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Shares ofThe Kraft Heinz Company(NASDAQ:KHC) rose 20% in 2016, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. Iconic snack and food product brands Kraft and Heinz merged in 2015, and shares grew in 2016 as the newly merged company reported solid earnings growth throughout the year.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) made headlines Friday morning after it announced a proposed $143 billion merger with Unilever in what would potentially be one of the biggest deals in history. Unfortunately, at least for now, the latter has declined, as it doesn’t see strategic or financial merit at this time. But surely Kraft has no plans to give up on this match made in heaven that could place key parts of your fridge under one company umbrella. The combined company would combine Hellmann’s mayo, Heinz ketchup, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Philadelphia cream cheese, and among many other products, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Mondelez International stock is up this week on chatter a takeover offer from Kraft-Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC) could be coming.

    Shares of Mondelez International Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) surged 6% after hours Wednesday as rumors spread that Pittsburgh-based Kraft-Heinz might be interested in purchasing Chicago-headquartered Mondelez. German business magazine Bilanz first reported about the possible takeover.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).

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    Kraft Heinzgained 11% to $96.65 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,351.16. Unilever jumped 14% to $48.53.

    Bernstein’s Ali Dibadj considers Kraft Heinz’s offer for Unilver:

    The initial offer, which was rejected, provided an +18% premium to Unilever’s share price, while deals across the space typically go for roughly ~30%. While we have always speculated that Kraft-Heinz might go after Unilever’s Food business, today marks an interesting development as it has chosen to pursue the entire business, which is roughly ~60% HPC and ~40% Food. Key categories include laundry detergent, deodorant, and shampoo in HPC and ice cream, sauces/spreads, and tea in Food. Unilever’s business also has broad global exposure. Some have suggested that KHC may spin off Unilever’s HPC business. However, we believe this is unlikely to happen initially, as it makes up the majority of the business (~60% sales and EBIT) and has a more attractive growth profile compared to Food.

    Kraft Heinz’s market capitalization rose to $117.7 billion today from $106.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $4.2 billion on sales of $26.5 billion in 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Susquehanna’s Pablo Zuanic and team note that Keurig’s business in K-cups has been slowing ever since it was bought by JAB, a problem that could be solved in a very convoluted way by a Mondelez International (MDLZ)-Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger. They explain:

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