Best Performing Stocks For 2018


January 5, 2017: Markets opened slightly higher again Thursday but by mid-morning sellers had taken over and the DJIA and S&P 500 traded in the red. Financials and industrials weighed on equities today with the best performing S&P sectors being real estate and consumer staples. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $53.76 a barrel, up about 0.9% on the day. February gold added 1.4% on the day to settle at $1,181.30. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded down 0.23% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.10%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.23%.


The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was The Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRV) which traded down 1.74% at $118.15. The stock’s 52-week range is $101.23 to $123.09. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The insurance giant had no specific news.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down 1.48% at $88.56. The stock’s 52-week range is $71.55 to $95.55. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 10.3 million shares. Thursday’s nventory reports for both crude oil and natural gas were not supportive of energy firms.

Best Performing Stocks For 2018: Strayer Education, Inc.(STRA)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) CEO Raymond Karl Mcdonnell sold 13,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.55, for a total value of $1,422,005.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 178,903 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,419,920.65. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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    Form 4 STRAYER EDUCATION INC For: May 01 Filed by: MILANO TODD A (streetinsider.com) Q2 2018 Earnings Forecast for Strayer Education (STRA) Issued By Piper Jaffray (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Price Target Raised to $118.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Q1 Earnings Beat, Enrollments Up (msn.com) Edited Transcript of STRA earnings conference call or presentation 2-May-18 2:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)


    A number of brokerages recently weighed in on STRA. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 target price on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. TheStreet cut shares of Strayer Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, First Analysis upgraded shares of Strayer Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $105.00 to $112.00 in a report on Sunday, March 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $106.50.

Best Performing Stocks For 2018: Lifeway Foods, Inc.(LWAY)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY) was downgraded by equities research analysts at TheStreet from a “c-” rating to a “d” rating in a report released on Friday.

Best Performing Stocks For 2018: Forward Air Corporation(FWRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $64.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Best Performing Stocks For 2018: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Echostar Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SATS) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $51.33 and last traded at $52.44, with a volume of 104714 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.79.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Echostar Co. (NASDAQ:SATS) by 9.2% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 59,929 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,059 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Echostar were worth $3,590,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH

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