Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now


I have sold my shares in my business as part of my plan to retire at 55. I now have to rely on investments alone for income. Selling a business generates money upfront, but then what? I had taken over my own investments from mutual funds in 2009, and I guess that made me lucky rather than good. Since the crash of oil, investing has been a lot less fun and a lot less profitable.

Sometimes, I would just sit and wonder why a company that I thought was valuable suddenly went down in price over 20% and some even 40%. While I lived through the crisis in 2009 and everyone lost money, I could not understand why all of a sudden prices would drop.


Like most investors, I understand up and down; but -20% or -40% – something is wrong. Of course, this happened during the oil crash when the entire Canadian market sank, and oil dropped to $27 in February 2016. When you are close to retirement, 20%, and especially 40%, seems unrecoverable.

Not all of my investments did poorly, but overall my portfolio shrank 15% in 2015. I was discouraged and wondered why I owned equities. I felt that there must be a better way.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) is scheduled for before the market opens onFriday (February 17). Last time around, shares spiked in the high single digits after better-than-expected third quarterearnings.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Friday. Revenues were $815.6 million versus $789.4 million. Progressive Leasing’s revenue in the second quarter of 2017 increased 25.1% to $373.5 million, revenue for DAMI was $8.5 million versus$5.3 million and overall revenues for the Aaron’s Business decreased 10.7% to $433.6 million. Same store revenues decreased 8.1% during the second quarter of 2017 and customer count on a same store basis was down 4.8%. Company-operated Aaron’s stores had 932,000 customersas ofJune 30, 2017, a 7.2% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $36.3 million versus $38.5 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: MEI Pharma, Inc.(MEIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) saw its shares make a solid gain on Thursday after the company received a crucial upgrade from Oppenheimer. Most analysts only issue price targets that are within a range of 5% to 25% for stocks, but this upgrade absolutely blows these small calls out of the water.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Becton, Dickinson and Company(BDX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of HAHN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=HAHN+CAPITAL+MANAGEMENT+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of HAHN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLCHexcel Corp (HXL) – 899,271 shares, 4.71% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.47%Mohawk Industries Inc (MHK) – 212,515 shares, 4.68% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.38%CBRE Group Inc (CBG) – 1,299,059 shares, 4.34% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.39%Becton, Dickinson and Co (BDX) – 241,184 shares, 4.25% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 2.37%Ross Stores Inc (ROST) – 642,103

  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    Back in June, we drew your attention to Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX), the 120-year-old medical technology powerhouse that has increased its dividend every year for 45 years.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) is a New Jersey-based developer and manufacturer of medical devices. The company’s products include various types of needles and syringe systems, infusion therapy products, and blood collection products. Its devices are used by healthcare organizations for research, laboratory operations, and health-related safety.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    C R Bard Inc (NYSE: BCR) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $304.08 after Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE: BDX) announced plans to acquire the company for $24 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Becton Dickinson (BDX) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after agreeing to pay $24 billion for C.R. Bard (BCR).

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    Becton Dickinsondropped 4.4% to $177.07, while the S&P 500 rose 1.1% to 2,374.15. C.R. Bard jumped 20% to $302.41, making it the best performing stock in the S&P 500.


    Leerink’sRichard Newitter andRavi Misra argue that “growth doesn’t come cheap.” They explain:

    We had expected BDX’s M&A engine would eventually resume as the company moved into its third year post the 2015 CareFusion (CFN) acquisition; however, we do think the expectation was for tuck-in or mid-sized type transactions. This transaction is certainly on the bigger side, and will mark the largest in BDX’s history just as BDX wraps up year 2 post the CFN integration. Naturally this could raise some questions as to whether mgmt is “biting off more than it can chew.” But, size (and the hefty price tag) aside, the rationale is not entirely out of left field in our view. BCR will benefit BDX through a higher top-line & GM profile and provides several fast-growing product offerings in underpenetrated markets (i.e. PICCs, Lutonix/Drug Coated Balloons, targeted temperature mgmt). BCR’s Foley catheters and PICC products should complement BDX’s portfolio & strategy aimed at offering a single complete end- to-end medication management & safety solution to hospitals. Also, BCR’s emerging markets (EM) growth is accelerating, which should help BDX’s EM division, which has been experiencing slowing growth in recent years.


    Becton Dickinson’s market capitalization fell to $37.7 billion today from $39.4 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $976 million on sales of $12.5 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Graham Corporation(GHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $23.54 million.

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

    Watsco’s current P/E of 24.5 is in the same ballpark as its competitor Lennox International (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) , whose P/E is 23.8. Lennox is a manufacturer of HVAC equipment and components, and will also benefit from HVAC industry tailwinds.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) posted downbeat earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Ciena posted Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.44 per share on revenue of $716.2 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.46 per share on revenue of $716.5 million.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Shares of communications equipment supplier Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) slumped more than 10% in early-morning trading on Wednesday before climbing back to “only” an 8.8% loss as of 3:15 p.m. EST.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) will report its most recent quarterly results Thursday morning. The consensus estimates call for EPS of $0.49 and $726.84 million in revenue. Shares closed at $23.87 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $18.94 to $27.98. The consensus price target is $30.77.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    The reasons for the price drop could be a number of things, including increased competition, notably from Ciena(NYSE: CIEN). This was noted by CEO Thomas Fallon who, in the recent conference call, noted competitors may be trying to “buy” market share:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: CA Inc.(CA)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 15.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.8%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

    Net operating cash flow has decreased to $45.00 million or 31.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm’s growth is significantly lower.


     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell 1.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA), down 10 percent, and DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST), down 10 percent.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate CA INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed – some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The current dividend yield for CA is 3.55%, well above the 2.07% for the S&P 500. We believe the dividend is safe as improvements in marketing and sales should help return the top line to growth in the middle of calendar 2016, while still seeing modest margin expansion. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The gross profit margin for CA INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.27%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 17.31% trails the industry average.


     

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) which traded down over 10% at $31.09. The stocks 52-week range is $30.01 to $36.54. Volume was about 11 million versus the daily average of 3.2 million shares.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Opko Health Inc(OPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .


    Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped nearly 15% on Thursday to record a new 52-week low of $7.13 against a high of $12.15. The stock closed at $8.37 on Wednesday. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 4.9 million shares. The company reported a worse-than-expected loss after markets closed last night.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped about 11.7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.65 after closing at $7.53 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $12.15. Volume of more than 15 million was nearly 4 times the daily average of around 4 million shares traded. On Tuesday the company reported a first-quarter loss.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Some biotech stocks have made shareholders a lot of money over the last decade. Few, though, have performed as well as Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK), Incyte (NASDAQ:INCY), and China Biologic Products (NASDAQ:CBPO). These three biotech stocks turned an initial investment of $10,000 into more than $100,000 in just 10 years. Here’s how they did it.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Benitec Biopharma Limited(BNTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benitec Biopharma Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: BNTC) shares shot up 44 percent to $4.41. Benitec Biopharma disclosed that the key pre-clinical data on oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy has been published in Nature Communications.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

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