Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018

A Nordic open-door policy to acquisitions will likely push takeovers to “peak levels” over the next two years as foreigners flush with cash pile in, according to Citigroup’s head investment bankers in the region.

While cross-border deals elsewhere often lead to detailed negotiations over job and technology transfers, in Scandinavia “there are no national restrictions on foreign direct investment,” Lars Ingemarsson said in an interview at Citi’s Stockholm offices.

“In most cases, you can just go in, buy a company, and just walk away and in theory you can do whatever you like,” he said. “It is different from what our main competitor nations are doing.”

Lawmakers in mainland Europe are considering measures that would increase screening of foreign investments, which is also now being debated in Scandinavia. The U.K. government in October revealed similar plans, as concerns mount across the western world over national-security risks tied to foreign investment, particularly by China.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Lowe’s Companies Inc.(LOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Unlike rival Lowe’s(NYSE:LOW), Home Depot is done expanding its store base, and so its comparable-store sales metric, describing sales at existing locations, is the key growth figure to follow. That rate is expected to slow to about 5% in 2018 from last year’s scorching 7% result. But management may update that target on Tuesday to reflect the latest demand trends. Lowe’s current forecast calls for a more modest 3.5% comps improvement this year.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mackay Shields LLC acquired a new position in shares of Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund acquired 504,828 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $44,299,000.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Lowes Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) which traded down about 3% at $85.57. The stocks 52-week range is $70.76 to $108.98. Volume was about 7 million compared to the daily average volume of 7.4 million.

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    “We don’t get Lowe’s (LOW) report until next week, but when we do, I think we’ll see, oh, it was weather related.” Cramer noted.

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Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Jack Henry & Associates Inc.(JKHY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. raised its position in Jack Henry & Associates (NASDAQ:JKHY) by 42.5% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 3,154 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 940 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc.’s holdings in Jack Henry & Associates were worth $381,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Great Lakes Advisors LLC lowered its position in shares of Jack Henry & Associates (NASDAQ:JKHY) by 7.6% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 6,342 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 524 shares during the quarter. Great Lakes Advisors LLC’s holdings in Jack Henry & Associates were worth $767,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Devon Energy Corporation(DVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Energy was the other S&P sector in the green yesterday, helped by rising oil prices and excitement about the tie up between Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE: MPC) and Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV). Devon Energy Corp (NYSE: DVN) was the biggest gainer in the sector, rising more than 5 percent after the company raised its annual production forecast. (See more on oil below.)

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Saudi Aramco’s valuation, however, isn’t the only one that would benefit from a pop in the price of crude. Many oil producers in the U.S. restructured their operations to run on $50 oil, so if the Saudi strategy is successful, these oil companies would produce a gusher of cash flow, which could fuel high-octane gains for investors. While that rise would likely lift the entire sector, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO)could outperform in that scenario.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That ability to organically discover new shale plays has saved it a ton of money. The company was able to quietly gobble up 50,000 acres in Oklahoma over a four-year period for just $750 an acre. Contrast that with rivalsDevon Energy(NYSE:DVN) andMarathon Oil(NYSE:MRO). Devon spent $1.9 billion to buy Felix Energy in late 2015 for the company’s 80,000 acres in Oklahoma, paying a whopping $23,750 an acre. Meanwhile, Marathon paid $888 million for PayRock Energy and its 61,000 acres in the state, which amounted to roughly $14,500 an acre. EOG’sdeepknowledge of shale helps it know where to look so it can lock up land for next to nothing before rivals even know what’s there.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Fogo de Chao, Inc.(FOGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    But with a VQScore of 4, our top score, this company is one of the best stocks you can buy right now, which means the Raymond James rating might be too conservative. Not only are you getting a company with growth potential, you’re getting it at an excellent price.

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    Fogo de Chao Inc. (Nasdaq: FOGO) is upscale Brazilian steakhouse, originally opened in Brazil in 1979. Fogo de Chao currently has 47 restaurants across the world.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) and China Automotive Systems (NASDAQ:CAAS) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: LifePoint Health, Inc.(LPNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
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Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Markets were mixed on Wednesday and then surged higher in afternoon trading, led by the energy sector as oil prices rose following President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Exxon Mobile (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) led the way, and the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund  (XLE)  posted solid gains.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The stock of ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has been lagging behind the shares of its integrated oil major peers over the past year. In fact, Exxon is the only major oil company that’s seen a stock decline over that time span. Don’t get discouraged, even though there are some very real reasons for the laggard stock performance. Here are three terrible reasons to sell ExxonMobil Corporation today.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Nicolet Bankshares Inc. lowered its holdings in ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) by 5.5% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 30,219 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 1,748 shares during the period. ExxonMobil comprises 1.1% of Nicolet Bankshares Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position. Nicolet Bankshares Inc.’s holdings in ExxonMobil were worth $2,528,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) decreased to 34.80 million shares from the previous 36.70 million. The stock traded at $77.45, within a 52-week range of $73.90 to $89.30.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down about 0.3%, at $81.57 in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Over the past 12 months, Exxon stock has traded down about 1.2%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: AbbVie Inc.(ABBV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) which traded down about 2% at $95.21. The stocks 52-week range is $63.12 to $125.86. Volume was nearly 14 million compared to the daily average volume of 6.8 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of shares short in AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) increased to 15.66 million, compared to the previous 15.25 million. The stock was trading at $91.36, in a 52-week range of $64.61 to $125.86.

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    But stocks like Abbvie (Nasdaq: ABBV) offer the best of both worlds — a current yield that is already double the market average plus an impressive 23% annual dividend growth rate. Since it was spun off from Abbot Labs in 2013, the pharmaceutical company has grown by leaps and bounds, growing top-line revenues by more than $10 billion.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Keith Speights, and Sean Williams]

    So which stocks do our healthcare experts have their eye on right now? We asked these three Motley Fool investors to weigh in, and they pickedAbbVie (NYSE:ABBV),Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH), and Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI).

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Sensata Technologies Holding N.V.(ST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News coverage about Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sensata Technologies earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 47.3141406855551 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc.(MLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    A flurry of mergers in the master-limited partnership (MLP) segment for pipeline companies rocked the energy sector on Thursday, drawing a sanguine response from Wall Street analysts that generally supported the new, more simplified structures.