Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018


Activist investor and billionaire George Soros

A couple weeks ago we told you how Warren Buffett has enjoyed a $12.3 billion gain from the markets since the election.

Then there’s George Soros.

You see, the hedge fund activist investor bet against the “Trump Rally.”

And – as Soros does – he bet big…

How Much George Soros Has Lost in the Trump Rally

It all started when Soros returned to trading last year at his firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, which manages roughly $30 billion for the Hungarian-born billionaire and his family.


He was lured back by the opportunities to profit from what he saw as coming economic troubles following the election, according to The Wall Street Journal.

He anticipated economic turmoil, particularly if Trump won the election.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: SemiLEDS Corporation(LEDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) was down, falling around 17 percent to $6.75 following Q2 earnings report. SemiLEDS reported a Q3 loss of $1.06 per share on revenue of $2.4 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings.

    Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: STAF) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.28 per share.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Spirit Airlines Inc.(SAVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    There were 67 times this happened, the first coming in June 2011 (airlines didnt guide to margins before that), and 66 of these instances came from Delta, United, andAmerican (the 67th wasSpirit Airlines (SAVE)). As we said earlier the most short term alpha, +5.3%, was generated over the subsequent four days by being long airlines into a guidance update where an airline would merely affirm a PRASM guide but raise the margin guide. This only happened four times and obviously was a result of airlines holding some semblance of price as costs declined.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given YTD performance, everything looks cheap. But we remain selective. Ex-Spirit Airlines (SAVE), our entire coverage universe is down year-to-date, with most names also underperforming the S&P 500. Multiples have compressed, with diminishing differentiation between (for example) those with declining leverage (Delta) vs. those where leverage is on the rise (America). In a vacuum, a Buy could potentially be argued for any individual name. Based on estimated risk and upside potential, Delta and Southwest are our top two picks.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, shares of United Continental (UAL) and American Airlines (AAL) got pummeled after Delta Air Lines (DAL) offered disappointing guidance. Today, airline stocks are getting smacked again, this time after Credit Suisse Julie Yates and Parker Kim cut their ratings on American and United Continental, while stating a preference for airlines like Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Spirit Airlines (SAVE) that have low exposure to international air travel. They explain why:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) suffered huge numbers of flight cancellations earlier this month, as a long-running feud between management and the company’s pilots spilled out into the open.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stifel’s Joseph DeNardi explains why United Continental’s (UAL) choice of formerAllegiant Travel (ALGT) President Andrew Levy is good news for Spirit Airlines (SAVE) and Allegiant:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc.(ORM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage (ORM) is a real estate investment trust that invests in commercial real estate mortgage loans primarily in the Western U.S. The company specializes in loans that require speed and flexibility. Owens Realty Mortgage is externally managed and advised by Owens Financial Group.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Xylem Inc.(XYL)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Technology and Industrials are our favorite ways to buy cyclical MO. Specifically, we see the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) as an attractive pre-breakout idea and a likely candidate to lead the S&Ps secular advance over the coming years. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Accenture (ACN), Broadcom (AVGO), Microsoft , Texas Instruments (TXN),Visa (V),Yahoo! (YHOO). We also recommend buying the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) which is reversing its year-long downtrend and in position for new highs over the coming months, in our view. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), 3M, Southwest Airlines (LUV), Xylem (XYL). Underlined stocks are fundamentally-rated Outperform at Oppenheimer.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sempra Energy(SRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Dittman]

    PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG), Edison International (NYSE: EIX) and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) are the parent entities of California’s investor-owned utilities.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced plans to acquire Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash.

    Sempra Energy projects the deal to complete in the first half of 2018.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The upgrade comes after Berkshire’s deal with Energy Future Holdings Corp to acquire its Oncor Electric Delivery interest was terminated Monday. Sempra Energy (SRE) agreed to buy Oncor for $9.45 billion, besting Berkshire’s $9 billion offer.

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