Top Stocks To Watch For 2018


Next-generation tech like self-driving cars and augmented reality will need huge amounts of computing power.

AT&T (T, Tech30) on Tuesday detailed its plan to use “edge computing” and 5G to move data processing to the cloud, in order to better support these new technologies.

“[Edge computing] is like having a wireless supercomputer follow you wherever you go,” AT&T said in a statement.

Rather than sending data to AT&T’s core data centers — which are often hundreds of miles away from customers — it will be sent to the company’s network of towers and offices, located closer to users.


Currently, data is either stored in those data centers or on the device itself.

“[Edge computing] gives the option now to put computing in more than two places,” Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, told CNN Tech.

For example, let’s say you’re wearing VR glasses but the actual virtual reality experience is running in the cloud. There could be a delay in what you see when you move your head if the data center is far away.

Top Stocks To Watch For 2018: Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) lost 8.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1/99.81 after closing Tuesday at $108.99. The 52-week high is $139.77. Volume of around 5.8 million was nearly 6 times the daily average of around 1 million shares traded. Raymond James downgraded the stock this morning on news of another request for information from the company related to a federal investigation.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has at least one billion reasons to hope President Trump’s paring back of Dodd-Frank will include the Volcker Rule: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA 10:30 a.m. Dallas Fed Manufacturing Business Index 11:30 a.m. 6-Month Bill Auction 11:30 a.m. 3-Month Bill Auction 1 p.m. 2-Year Note Auction 1:15 p.m. Chicago Fed President Evans Speaks 6:30 p.m. FOMC Member Kaplan Speaks ANALYST RATINGS Piper Jaffray upgraded Best Buy Co (NYSE: BBY) from Neutral to Overweight Wells Fargo upgraded Allscripts Healthcare (NASDAQ: MDRX) from Market Perform to Outperform Mizuho upgraded Universal Health Service (NYSE: UHS) from Neutral to Buy Piper Jaffray downgraded The Michaels Companies (NASDAQ: MIK) from Overweight to Neutral JMP Securities downgraded KB Home (NYSE: KBH) from Market Outperform to Market Perform Raymond James downgraded Sierra Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) from Outperform to Market Perform


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  • [By David Zeiler]

    Fear that expense could return if Obamacare is repealed hammered hospital stocks on Nov. 9. HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA) fell almost 11%. Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS) slipped nearly 7%. And Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) plummeted almost 25%.

Top Stocks To Watch For 2018: EPR Properties(EPR)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s investment pipeline should drive about 6-7% earnings growth in 2016, and historically the company’s dividend growth has roughly equated to earnings growth. Starting with an above-average 6.5% yield, we find this compelling for income-oriented investors. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate EPR PROPERTIES as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 11.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES reported lower earnings of $2.78 versus $3.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.91 versus $2.78).

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 17.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $42.71 million to $50.20 million.


     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Net operating cash flow has increased to $64.42 million or 19.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 9.39%.

    The gross profit margin for EPR PROPERTIES is currently very high, coming in at 73.12%. Regardless of EPR’s high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EPR’s net profit margin of 46.18% significantly outperformed against the industry.


     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    EPR’s revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company’s bottom line, improving the earnings per share.

     

Top Stocks To Watch For 2018: Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.(RKDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2016 earnings report formid cap pet stock agricultural biotechnology Arcadia Biosciences (NASDAQ: RKDA) is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (November 10th). Last Thursday, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggestedthe stockas a short/bearish trade, saying:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested small cap agricultural biotechnology Arcadia Biosciences (NASDAQ: RKDA) as a short/bearish trade:

Top Stocks To Watch For 2018: Zillow Group, Inc.(Z)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG)climbed 13.8% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, ahead of the online real estate specialist’s impending first-quarter 2017 report.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Also in this week’s Barron’s:

    A special report on strategic beta ETFs How to take advantage of underpriced stocks Who is in denial about the death of the personal computer market Finding the best value mutual funds Finding value in big stocks and emerging markets How mining companies are striving for sustainability Why Zillow Group, Inc.-Class C (NASDAQ: Z) could fall 25 percent Six unconventional yield plays for an uncertain market Why Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) investors may lose in hot IPO


    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

Top Stocks To Watch For 2018: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

Top Stocks To Watch For 2018: DRDGOLD Limited(DRD)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK) and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD).

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30) DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24% Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98% Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56% Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73% Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89% Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27% Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25% Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16% Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75% Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.

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