Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now


Are you renting now and want to buy your own home but aren’t sure how you’ll ever save enough money for the down payment? Recently, Australian property manager Tim Gurner dissed twenty- and thirty-somethings everywhere by saying they’ll never buy a home because they are too preoccupied with spending money on avocado toast. Although I’m well past the early career stage, I found his comments to be condescending and missing the point, especially given the rapidly expanding level of student loan debt and the prohibitive cost of housing in many urban areas.

I also think he’s wrong. You can have your avocado toast and eat it too. Here’s why:

When you’re ready to buy a home, you’ll make it a priority.

Are you ready to buy a home now? There are three facets to being ready:

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) got a boost, shooting up 24 percent to $1.50 after the company reported strong preliminary revenue for the third quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) shares were also up, gaining 40 percent to $2.64. Christopher & Banks reported a Q4 loss of $0.24 per share on revenue of $94.6 million. The company projects Q1 revenue of $93 million to $98 million.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Caterpillar, Inc.(CAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded up 2.66% at $95.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $69.04 to $99.46. Volume was roughly 15% below the daily average of around 5 million shares. The company reported a 1% decline in February retail sales this morning, the best year-over-year mark in more than 4 years.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is scheduled to reveal its first-quarter results on Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.62 in earnings per share (EPS), as well as $9.27 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $94.32 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $93.29. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $69.04 to $99.46.

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded down 2.22% at $93.89. The stock’s 52-week range is $56.36 to $97.40. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 5.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Weatherford International plc(WFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) saw a share 18.9% gain to $5.14 on Wednesday, and the 55.9 million shares was right at 2 times normal trading volume. Weatherford has a consensus analyst price target of $7.43 and a 52-week trading range of $3.73 to $11.14. The company has a total market cap of $5 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped about 5.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $3.39 after closing at $3.59 on Thursday. Volume was about 23.4 million, around 5% less than the daily average of nearly 24 million shares. Another oilfield services company getting gored by falling oil prices.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Weatherford International (WFT) has climbed 7.8% to $6.35 after announcing a joint venture with Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger has declined 0.4% to $76.67.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    When Weatherford International (WFT) announced that it had named Halliburton (HAL) CFO Mark McCollumits new CEO, its shares jumped as some observers contended itincreased the odds of an acquisition by the oil-services giant. It looks like they picked the wrong oil-services giant, however, as Weatherford and Schlumberger (SLB) announced a joint venture late Friday, one that has sent Weatherford’s shares soaring and earned it an upgrade from Wells Fargo analystsJudson Bailey andColeman Sullivan. They explain why:


    We are upgrading WFT to Outperform from Market Perform as we like the hire of Mark McCollum as CEO and now the formation of the OneStim JV, which gives us greater confidence in improving operations and the de-levering of the balance sheet long-term. We view the JV announcement between WFT and SLB late Friday as a positive outcome for WFT as it provides an immediate cash infusion of $535 MM and a 30% stake in what will likely be a stronger #2 competitor to HAL in NAM pressure pumping/completion services. We value the OneStim JV today at approximately $4 Bn ($1.2 Bn to WFT) with the potential for value uplift to $6-7 Bn assuming SLB improves utilization for WFTs pressure pumping assets.

    Shares of Weatherford International have risen 9% to $5.89, while Schlumberger has fallen more than 1% to $77 and Halliburton has fallen 1.3% to $49. TheVanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH) has declined 0.64%.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Trevena, Inc.(TRVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday. Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter. Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday. Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday. Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday. Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral. Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday. Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems. Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend. BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) dropped about 6.3% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $3.70 after closing at $3.95 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.73. Volume was nearly 5 times the daily average of around 700,000 shares. The company’s pain-killing drug got mixed results in a trial result reported Tuesday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) reported positive results from two late-stage clinical trials that work to treat post-surgical pain. The company intends to submit these results to the FDA for a marketing approval agreement in the fourth quarter. Previously, oliceridine was approved for a breakthrough designation by the agency.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) shares dropped 36 percent to $4.55 despite a positive development in Phase 3 trials. Trevena announced positive top-line results from ongoing Phase 3 trials called "APOLLO-1" and "APOLLO-2." The studies evaluated the safety of Trevena's oliceridine therapy in patients for 48 hours following bunionectomy and 24 hours following abdominoplasty.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Northrop Grumman Corporation(NOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Also included in the DSCA’s list of pending contracts are two directed toward the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, specifically:

    A $300 million sale of C-17Globemaster III logistics support services, with Boeing acting as prime contractor; and A $33.5 million sale of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) components, used to protect C-17s from anti-aircraft missile attack, supplied by Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC).

    Add them all up, and the global shopping list for U.S. arms comes to more than $2.6 billion in total value, with most of that going to benefit prime contractors Orbital ATK and Raytheon, Boeing, Textron, and Northrop Grumman — some of the largest defense contractors on the planet, and stalwarts of the U.S. defense industry, each and every one.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Key holdings in ITA include…

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) makes a full range of unmanned vehicles. That means it can cover air, land, and sea assignments for both military and commercial uses. The company is widely known for military drones like the Desert Hawk III, used by the U.K. military to surveil suspected terrorists. It also makes the Marlin, an oceangoing drone that can conduct underwater surveys and inspections. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) makes unmanned aircraft for defense applications naturally. It’s also collaborating with Yamaha Corp. (NYSE ADR: YAMCY) to develop an autonomous helicopter with onboard intelligence-gathering equipment for such civilian uses as search and rescue and forest-fire monitoring. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) is a great backend play because of its drone-support platform. The Common Ground Control System is an open-format control station that can be used to control all manner of UAVs. I expect the system to be adapted for commercial/industrial use as well.

    As exciting as ITA’s drone exposure is, we also get a nice kicker with this ETF – defense spending.


    Let’s start with Lockheed Martin (LMT) , Boeing (BA) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) .

    As major manufacturers of combat jets and military planes, these three U.S.-based behemoths monopolize the global military aircraft business. They are mega-cap blue chips that are positioned to reap the lion’s share of the spoils.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On Thursday morning, before the stock market opens for business, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) will report its financial results for fiscal Q4, and for 2016 as a whole.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    If Trump wants to find a really big big-ticket item to attack, though, he’ll need to raise his sights above the horizon — raise ’em way up, in fact, and scan the skies for Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE:NOC) new B-21 “Raider” stealth bomber program.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Aggressive military and law enforcement spending could be good news for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) and Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY).

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