|Bid||53.60 x 800|
|Ask||53.80 x 2900|
|Day's Range||53.39 - 54.71|
|52 Week Range||44.25 - 54.82|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.34|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||32.77|
|Earnings Date||Oct 28, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.60 (2.94%)|
|1y Target Est||57.22|
California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which managed $380 billion in assets as of Friday, made some big changes in its domestic stock portfolio in the second quarter. Calpers, as the pension is known, bulked up on (KO) (ticker: KO), (PEP) (PEP), and (MCD) stock (MCD) in the second quarter. Calpers made the disclosures in a form it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The global economic outlook continues to be a blurry picture with President Trump ordering US companies to search for alternatives to China, and Fed chairman Jerome Powell pledging to act appropriately to sustain the economic expansion.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in April 2018. It has since been updated and republished.]First, let's get something straight. The definition of penny stocks is entirely subjective. What I think constitutes a risky penny stock, you might feel is a robust, thriving enterprise. Therefore, before I answer the question of whether you can make money in penny stocks, I'm going to explain what I believe is the best definition of a penny stock. From there, I'll tackle the five rules investors should follow to be successful in trading penny stocks.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe Definition: Merriam-Webster defines penny stock as "a usually unlisted highly speculative stock usually selling for a dollar or less." Hence, the penny-stock moniker. Others are more liberal in their interpretation of what constitutes a penny stock.The Successful Investor, an investment newsletter publisher I do some work for here in Canada, suggests the ceiling price can go as high as $5. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy on the Dip Here's what the SEC has to say about penny stocks:"The term 'penny stock' generally refers to a security issued by a very small company that trades at less than $5 per share," states the SEC website. "Penny stocks generally are quoted over-the-counter, such as on the OTC Bulletin Board; penny stocks may, however, also trade on securities exchanges, including foreign securities exchanges."So, I've got reputable sources from both the U.S. and Canada who accurately define what penny stocks are, including the price at which they trade.At $5 or less, I do believe you can make money in stocks, but it helps if you follow these five simple rules.For every success story like Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST), which traded below $5 as recently as 2006, there are hundreds of penny stock failures littered along the investment highway. * The Elite 8 Stocks to Buy for Massive Outperformance Treat penny stocks just as you would any other publicly traded investment, and your chances for success increase exponentially. Tip 1: Buy Companies With Strong Balance SheetsSource: Shutterstock Like any equity investment, it's important that you establish the financial strength of the company. When I look for stocks to invest in whether the share price is $5 or $500, I focus on companies with strong balance sheets. Although no debt is desirable when interest rates are rising, it's not very practical. This is especially true when it comes to penny stocks, many of which are still in the early stages of development. Here are two rules:1\. Only invest in companies whose long-term debt (LTD) is 50% of shareholder equity or less. If a company has $1 million in debt, its shareholder equity should be at least $2 million. 2\. Try to keep your penny-stock bets to those companies whose LTD is less than its market cap; the lower, the better. Tip 2: Buy Profitable CompaniesSource: (C)iStock.com/graphicnoi As with any equity investment, it's important that you limit your investments to profitable businesses. There are two schools of thought on this. On the one hand, investing in publicly-traded companies, whether they're penny stocks or not, provides you with greater liquidity than private investments. Therefore, the ability to exit quicker justifies the higher risk many in this arena are willing to accept to generate outsize future gains. On the other hand, private investments have longer holding periods built into them -- often 3-5 years or more -- which means investors aren't nearly as concerned about profitability as they are with growth. * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More It really comes down to your ability to handle uncertainty. For me, I'm always looking for companies making money in the here and now. Anything less is called speculation, and while there's nothing wrong with this approach, it's not something novice investors ought to consider. Tip 3: Understand the BusinessSource: Shutterstock Like any equity investment, it's important that you understand the businesses you invest in. There's a saying that if you can't explain what a company's business does in a sentence or two, you probably shouldn't be investing.Imagine you're explaining the investment to your child who attends elementary school. It's easy to describe what Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) does: it makes soda pop. It's not nearly as simple to describe what business Bio-Techne (NASDAQ:TECH) is in.At least it's not for me. Stick to what you know and understand. That's especially true with penny stocks with smaller market caps. Tip 4: Diversify Source: Simon Cunningham via FlickrLike any equity investment, it's important that you diversify your penny stocks. How many penny stocks should you own? That's the million-dollar question, no matter how big or small the investment. Some professional investors believe you've got to have a concentrated portfolio of your best ideas -- say 10 to 20 -- while others think you should spread your bets far wider over 100 stocks or more. It's a subjective answer for sure. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential What I do know is that you want to be in at least three or four sectors of the economy that generally are healthy and growing.Since the risk/reward ratio of penny stocks can be significantly higher than that of large-cap stocks such as Coca-Cola, it's far more important to diversify your investments. Tip 5: Risk What You Can Afford to LoseSource: Shutterstock Like any equity investment, it's important that you understand there are no guarantees and that you're risking the money you can afford to lose.If your child's going off to university in a couple of years and the funds you've allocated for investing will pay his or her tuition, you might want to keep your funds parked in something more stable.As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Tech Stocks That Transformed Their Business * 8 Genomic Testing Stocks That Can Ease the Sting of Theranos * 7 Weak Blue-Chip Stocks to Trim Immediately The post 5 Tips for Making Money in Penny Stocks appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Wall Street is sliding lower on Thursday, weighed down by word that United States manufacturing activity fell into contractionary territory for the first time in nearly 10 years. A recession certainly seems like a growing possibility as the U.S.-China trade spat bites hard alongside the delayed response of all those Federal Reserve interest rates hikes of recent years.Adding to the pressure was a disappointed reaction to yesterday's release of the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes, which revealed that policy makers are quite skeptical about the need for further interest rate hikes at this juncture. This stands in sharp contrast to the market's expectations for the start of an aggressive rate cut campaign. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential With all the crosscurrents, investors would do well to focus their attention on the more defensive names in the market. Here are four mega-cap stocks to buy that are perking up.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Mega-Cap Stocks to Buy: Boeing (BA)The clouds are finally starting to part for Boeing (NYSE:BA) shares as prices move to challenge the 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Watch for a rise to the upper end of the post-March trading range near $390, which would be worth a gain of roughly 10% from here. Shares are pushing higher thanks to a reiteration of a buy rating by analysts at Cowen on expectations of a 737 MAX recertification flight within the next four to six weeks. Once the 737 MAX gets flying again, investors can once again focus on a massive order backlog.The company will next report results Oct. 23 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.31 per share on revenues of $20.4 billion. When the company last reported July 24, a loss of $5.82 beat estimates by 84 cents. Coca-Cola (KO)Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is on a steady climb higher, holding above its 50-day moving average, capping a nice 25% rally off of its March low. Shares were recently added to Morgan Stanley's "Fresh Money Buy List" on stronger price power, volume growth and new products bolstering earnings per share growth. Nice qualities to have in a defensive business at a time like this. * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill The company will next report results Oct. 30 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of 56 cents per share on revenues of $9.5 billion. When the company last reported July 23, earnings of 63 cents per share beat estimates by 2 cents on a 6.1% rise in revenues. McDonalds (MCD)With traffic trends improving thanks to new promotional initiatives, McDonalds (NYSE:MCD) stock is performing well and enjoying a steady rise alongside its 50-day moving average. Longbow analysts recently did a channel check and found that third-quarter same-store sales growth is tracking in line with expectations. Analysts at MKM Partners recently initiated coverage with a buy rating and a $250 price target.The company will next report results Oct. 22 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.21 per share on revenues of $5.5 billion. When the company last reported July 26, earnings of $2.05 matched estimates on a 0.2% decline in revenues. Procter & Gamble (PG)Shares of consumer staples icon Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are also enjoying a smooth and steady rise alongside its 50-day moving average. The company has been largely able to shrug off higher costs by pushing through the impact to consumers thanks to strong brand power and innovative products.The company will next report results Oct. 18 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.24 per share on revenues of $17.5 billion. When the company last reported July 30, earnings of $1.10 beat estimates by 5 cents on a 3.6% rise in revenues.As of this writing, William Roth did not hold any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post 4 Defensive Mega-Cap Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The 2.7 billion pound ($3.3 billion) offer for the British pub chain Greene King Plc from an investment group backed by billionaire Li Ka-Shing has put the spotlight on other unloved businesses in the U.K. leisure sector.One stands out: Whitbread Plc. Since the hotel and restaurant operator returned 2.5 billion pounds to shareholders from the 3.9 billion pound sale of its Costa coffee stores, its stock has been in the doldrums. But it owns lots of property, which is just the thing that drew Li to Greene King. Some 65% of Whitbread’s estate is freehold, and international buyers might be attracted by the prospect of using the dirt-cheap pound to grab themselves some British property assets.The central business isn’t without its attractions either. Hotels suffer more than pubs during recessions; while Brits will always eat and drink, they may be less inclined to take a mini-break. Yet Whitbread is the country’s leading hotel chain, with a focus on the value sector, so it should be able to weather a downturn. While bookings fell during the last downswing, it outperformed its rivals thanks to cost controls and winning more custom among cost-conscious holidaymakers and business travelers trading down to cheaper digs. Premier Inn, Whitbread’s main budget hotel brand, has long been seen as a potential target for a bigger chain.With the value of Whitbread’s debt and equity not much higher than the value of its real estate portfolio, there’s certainly cause for interest.Of course, the company could try to better exploit the value of that property itself. Earlier this year the Sunday Telegraph reported that the activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., which owns a stake in Whitbread, was agitating for change on the property holdings.Greg Johnson, an analyst at Shore Capital, estimates that 3.7 billion pounds might be realized from selling the real estate, while Whitbread estimates the value of its property at between 4.9 billion pounds and 5.8 billion pounds.On Shore’s estimates, the operating company could be worth another 3.6 billion pounds. Adding in 300 million pounds for Whitbread’s German business, and assuming net debt of 500 million pounds, would take the equity value to about 7.1 billion pounds. That’s well above the current market capitalization of 5.7 billion pounds. No wonder Elliott is sharpening its knives.Superficially there’s appeal in Whitbread doing this by itself. But sale-and-leaseback deals (when companies sell off freehold sites and rent them back) are risky. Look at the retail sector, where chains such as Debenhams Plc were tied to ruinous long-term leases after following this path, hampering their financial flexibility when times got bad – as they do inevitably in consumer businesses.With the current political and economic uncertainty, Whitbread would be wise to resist any big moves to sell off its property. Activist investors were right to urge it to offload Costa to capitalize on piping hot valuations in the coffee market. Their case on real estate is less compelling.The dilemma for Whitbread’s chief executive Alison Brittain is that by leaving the freehold estate largely intact, she encourages a buyer to come in and exploit that value instead. That risk is heightened by a slump in the share price. Brittain should prepare the defenses. Shareholders should take some heart, however. She managed to wring a very good price from the Coca-Cola Company for Costa. If a property-hungry bidder came knocking for Premier Inn she might just do the same.To contact the author of this story: Andrea Felsted at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andrea Felsted is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She previously worked at the Financial Times.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- For 47 years, the Business Roundtable has lobbied on behalf of corporate America. Much of that time, it maintained a fiction(1) -- that the sole purpose of a corporation was to maximize profits on behalf of shareholders. This philosophy has been under assault for several years now, and this week the Business Roundtable announced it wants to put it to rest.In a widely circulated memo, the 200-member organization reversed itself, writing that "shareholder primacy” is no longer the sole purpose of a corporation. Instead, corporations must include a commitment to “all stakeholders,” which includes customers, employees, suppliers and local communities.Some kudos are in order for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, and chairman of the Business Roundtable, for driving these changes. He has been discussing the need for a more inclusive form of capitalism, both in public speeches and in his letters to shareholders, for some time.But turning this aircraft carrier around won’t be easy, in large part because of the group's own history. Indeed, the Roundtable has spent most of the past four decades advocating against the interests of those exact stakeholders. To cite some of the more notable examples:\-- It fought the rise of labor unions and pro-union legislation;\-- Helped to defeat antitrust bills;\-- Prevented the formation of the Consumer Protection Agency;\-- Opposed corporate governance changes to make boards of directors and CEOs more accountable to stockholders;\-- Fought proper accounting of stock options given as compensation to executives and insiders;\-- Opposed increases in the national minimum wage (it now favors increases);\-- Lobbied to prevent restrictions on executive compensation;\-- Fought legislation that would create cleaner energy and address climate change;\-- Pushed for corporate income-tax cuts;\-- Supported anti-consumer Supreme Court decisions, including the fiction that corporations are legal people, and that campaign donations equal speech. The Roundtable might respond that this is all in the past. Let’s hope so. But the organization has an even greater challenge: Scan the list of 181 signatories to the recent memo and it's a Who’s Who of corporate behavior that has burdened and disadvantaged the very stakeholders they will now champion.Consider a few of the signatories:\-- Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.: Two of the most valuable companies in the world are famously effective at using various tax dodges to avoid paying their fair share. I can recall when the Internal Revenue Service went after maneuvers that serve no valid business purpose other than tax avoidance. Consider that what isn't paid in tax by those who avoid them must be made up for by those who do -- mostly average Americans who also happen to be customers of these companies.The share of federal tax revenue paid by corporations has dropped by two-thirds in the past seven decades -- from 32% in 1952 to 10% in 2013; and corporate income tax as a share of gross domestic product has fallen from about 6% in 1946 to about 1.5% today.\-- Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and American Express Co.: Show good faith -- working with card-issuing banks as needed -- by simplifying the incomprehensible small print in the cardholder agreement and spell out in clear language the terms and penalties for late payment. Second, do the same for mandatory arbitration clauses that take away the right of customers to seek redress in public courts.\-- Ameriprise Financial Inc., Morgan Stanley and Principal Financial Group Inc: The brokers and insurers on the list have been zealous opponents of the fiduciary rule. Instead, they prefer a less stringent rule that allows them to sell products that are better for them than for their customers. Until those firms -- and Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan are in this group -- embrace a higher duty of care, their gestures toward stakeholders are hollow. Oh, and they should drop the requirement that customers agree to mandatory arbitration clauses as one of the conditions for opening a brokerage account.\-- Coca Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.: For years these companies have been helping the American public achieve record levels of diabetes and obesity by selling health-damaging sugary drinks. They should acknowledge and warn customers of the consequences of consuming too much of their products, and accept the same kinds of taxes and health warnings now affixed to cigarettes.\-- Deere & Co.: The maker of farm machinery has led the fight against customers, insisting that they not make repairs to the equipment they own, and denying them access to parts and instructions. Repairs can only be made by Deere service technicians in what has come to be known as a “repair monopoly.” Apple, by the way, does the same thing.\-- Walmart Inc. and McDonald's Corp.: Both were steadfast opponents of increases in minimum wages for years. Although both now offer higher minimum pay, it was only after a tightening labor market forced them to increase wages. But this wasn't a case of corporate altruism -- their stores were messy and employees were sullen, and pay increases were part of plans to keep ill-treated customers from defecting. (McDonald's is not a signatory to the Roundtable memo).For the Roundtable commitment to be meaningful, the signatories are going to have to alter their behavior in ways large and small, and maybe even in ways that aren't always optimal for maximizing short-term profits. Still, we should be encouraged. But the proof will be in the follow through and the actual actions of the Roundtable members.(Corrects to clarify section on credit-card companies to indicate the role of banks in setting terms for customers. )(1) In “The Shareholder Value Myth,” Lynn Stout explained how the entire theory is based on a misreading of a 1919 court case -- Dodge vs. Ford – at the time, both privately held, non-public companies.To contact the author of this story: Barry Ritholtz at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Greiff at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is chairman and chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management, and was previously chief market strategist at Maxim Group. He is the author of “Bailout Nation.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Are you having a hard time finding stocks to buy in this difficult economic environment? After a recent 800-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, I'm sure you are. One solution to bridge the gap between capital preservation, capital appreciation and income generation is to invest in dividend-paying mid-cap stocks. These are stocks with market caps between $2 billion and $10 billion. The great thing about mid-cap stocks is that they tend to be companies that are growing but that have a focus on the domestic economy. That keeps them somewhat insulated from the effects of a U.S.-China trade war.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now With dividend stocks, especially dividend aristocrats, which have increased dividends for 25 years straight, investors can find an even better solution. These stocks generate income in good times and bad, providing a decent return even when there's little upside potential.If you're looking for the best of both worlds, here are 10 mid-cap dividend stocks to buy now. Mid-Cap Dividend Stocks to Buy: Olin (OLN)Source: IgorGolovniov / Shutterstock.com Olin (NYSE:OLN) is a vertically-integrated global manufacturer of chemicals that include chlorine, caustic soda, bleach and many more. It's also known for Winchester, a large manufacturer of ammunition. Olin has three operating segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls, Epoxy and Winchester. In the most recent quarter which ended June 30, all three segments saw a decrease in revenues. While it still makes money on an adjusted EBITDA basis -- $205 million in Q2 2019 vs. $325 million in Q2 2018 -- the company's long-term debt of $3.2 billion is 119% of its current market cap. As for dividends, it currently yields nearly 4.8% which is very attractive. OLN has plenty of free cash flow to continue paying it out to shareholders. Currently trading at 15 times its forward earnings, Olin is a good mid-cap value play. Embotelladora Andina (AKO.B)Source: Shutterstock Embotelladora Andina (NYSE:AKO.B), otherwise known as Coca-Cola Andina, has been producing Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) products in Chile since 1946\. It also has operations in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The company's American depository receipt currently yields 2.6%. Over the past five years, its payout ratio has varied from a low of 69% in 2017 to a high of 88% in 2018. Five Chilean families each own 20% of the holding company that controls Coca-Cola Andina through a 44.4% ownership stake. Coca-Cola owns 7.3% of the beverage company. In terms of market share, Coca-Cola has 63% of the Chilean soft drink market and 45% of the Chilean juice market. Within the four markets that it competes, it has a 65% market share of soft drinks, 31% of water and 42% of juices. Looking at its balance sheet, it has $850 million in net debt, which is a reasonable 29% of its market cap. * 5 Cheap Stocks to Buy Now That the Fed Cut Rates You're not going to get capital appreciation like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) but you will do well long-term buying AKO.B stock under $20. Tapestry (TPR)Source: Hi-Point / Shutterstock.com Tapestry (NYSE:TPR) is the parent company of both Coach and Kate Spade. It was already a beaten-down stock before it announced fourth-quarter 2019 results Aug. 15. Tapestry stock fell 22% on the news and is now down almost 42% on the year. Although its Coach brand delivered same-store sales growth of 2% in the second quarter, Kate Spade saw comparable store sales drop 6%. Since TPR acquired Kate Spade in September 2017, the brand has not generated a quarter with positive comps.It is not clear when Kate Spade's business will recover. In addition, the company said that due to Kate Spade, its profits for the year will be flat compared to last year.Like a lot of names on this list, Tapestry has to be considered a deep value play at the moment. In 2019, Tapestry still managed to generate $814 million in operating income from $6.03 billion in sales, despite a severe underperformance from Kate Spade. Equally important is the fact that Kate Spade's operating income was $187 million in 2019, just $10 million less than the previous year on a 7% decline in same-store sales.Down 42% on the year, I like its chances (unless there's a recession) of rebounding in 2020. Whirlpool (WHR)Source: Grzegorz Czapski / Shutterstock.com The U.S.-China trade war has not been kind to Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), which has seen its volumes fall off a cliff due to a 12% increase in washing machine prices as a result of the tariffs on Chinese imports. President Donald Trump wants Whirlpool to create U.S. jobs, but knocking $500 million off its quarterly revenue as a result of these tariffs is not the way to go about it. According to the National Interest, Whirlpool and other foreign manufacturers have created 1,800 jobs since the tariffs went into effect at a cost of $800,000 per job. Despite the sales and profit declines due to the tariffs, Whirlpool's stock is actually up almost 26% year-to-date through Aug. 19. * 10 Cyclical Stocks to Buy (or Sell) Now A recent survey of appliance repair technicians found that Whirlpool has the most reliable washers, dryers and refrigerators as well as the second-most reliable stoves, ranges and dishwashers. Yielding 3.6% despite a big rebound in 2019, Whirlpool will pay you to wait out the tariff war. Vail Resorts (MTN)Source: Rosemary Woller / Shutterstock.com Just fitting in under the $10-billion ceiling for mid-cap stocks, Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) is up over 13% year-to-date through Aug. 19. The operator of ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada has an exemplary performance over the past 15 years -- it's delivered an annualized total return of almost 20% to its shareholders. It seems people can't get enough skiing. And Vail can't make enough acquisitions. In July, the company announced that it would buy 100% of Peak Resorts, the owners of 17 different ski areas in the northwest U.S. including Mount Snow in Vermont and Wildcat in New Hampshire. Vail paid $264 million for the 17 hills. That's nothing compared to the $1.4 billion CAD it paid for Whistler Blackcomb in 2016. As long as interest rates remain low, you can be sure MTN will continue to gobble up ski resorts around the world, creating a tremendous amount of cash flow in the process. Toro (TTC)Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com If you're a golfer, you've likely seen Toro's (NYSE:TTC) turf maintenance machines out on the golf course. Toro is the world leader in turf maintenance products. A few years ago, it got into the winter business buying Boss Snow Plows for $227 million. Toro is one of those companies that delivers for shareholders, yet tends to fly under the radar. Up 30% year-to-date through Aug. 19 including dividends, TTC stock has a 15-year annualized total return of 16.5%, which is almost double the U.S. total market over the same period. Recently, Toro announced a new strategy for its underground construction business which would see it combine its Ditch Witch, American Augers and Trencor businesses under one operating unit. By combining the three businesses, Toro will improve its marketing, sales and service while lowering the overall cost of providing these services. * 8 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now No Matter What The company expects to generate $3.2 billion in revenue in fiscal 2019 with earnings per share of $2.90-$3.00 or 20 times its forward earnings. FactSet Research Systems (FDS)Source: Shutterstock Although FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) has a market cap of $10.7 billion, above the high-end for mid-cap stocks, most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds will still buy FDS because the $10-billion ceiling is more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast rule. FactSet, for those unfamiliar with the company, provides financial data and portfolio analytics to the investment community. Approximately 83% of its annual subscription revenue comes from buy-side clients including mutual funds and pensions. FactSet's having a strong year so far in 2019. It's stock is up 39% year-to-date. Over the past 15 years, it's averaged an annualized total return of 16.7%, far superior to the total market. In fiscal 2019, FactSet expects revenues of $1.43 billion with adjusted earnings of $9.85 per share. Both of these numbers are higher than its original guidance at the beginning of the fiscal year. In the latest quarter, FactSet's adjusted operating income jumped 16% to $105.7 million on a 7% increase in revenues. At 26 times its forward earnings, FDS stock isn't cheap, but in the long term, you're going to be happy you own it. Aqua America (WTR)Source: Elena Larina / Shutterstock.com Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) is a water utility providing services to more than three million people in eight states. Despite missing both its revenue and earnings estimates for the second quarter, Aqua America's stock has kept moving higher since its Aug. 6 report. Up 31% year-to-date, WTR stock yields a reasonable 2.1% while providing attractive capital appreciation. Over the past 15 years, it's achieved an annualized total return of 10.3%.Last October, Aqua America announced that it would pay $4.3 billion to buy Peoples Natural Gas, a Pittsburgh-based natural gas distribution company providing service to more than 740,000 customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Once completed, the company will operate regulated utilities in 10 states serving more than five million people. * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now With a second platform for growth, investors can expect double-digit returns over the next 3-5 years. Polaris (PII)Source: melissamn / Shutterstock.com At the end of July, Polaris (NYSE:PII) launched its 2020 lineup of side-by-side and ATV offerings, just in time for the company's 65th anniversary. In 2019, Polaris' bottom line has been hit by Chinese tariffs. Nonetheless, it still expects to generate at least $6.10 a share in earnings in the fiscal year, despite an increase in the Section 301 tariffs from 10% to 25%. On the top line, it expects sales to grow by at least 12% with its off-road vehicles leading the charge. In addition, the company's 2018 acquisition of Boat Holdings for $807 million has already added $367 million in sales through the first six months of the year against zero sales in the previous year before it entered the boat business. Polaris participates in a very cyclical business. While I like the company's overall portfolio of products and fully expect it to deliver for investors in the long term, you do have to have a buy-and-hold view in order to profit from PII stock. There will continue to be large peaks and valleys in its stock price. MSC Industrial Direct (MSM)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) is an industrial distributor that provides more than 1.6 million products from over 100 branches and 12 fulfillment centers to customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K. In 2018, it had $3.2 billion in revenue, 10.7% higher than a year earlier. The company reported its Q3 2019 results July 10. It missed on both the top- and bottom-line sending its stock 7% lower in the month since reporting earnings. It's down 9% year-to-date. Overall, however, the company's results for the first six months of the year aren't horrible with revenues of $2.52 billion, 6.6% higher than a year earlier, on operating income of $309.5 million, 1% lower than in the first six months of fiscal 2018.MSM stock is instituting a three-part plan to improve sales, lower costs and increase profitability. Trading at 12 times its forward earnings, a much lower multiple than its historical average, MSM stock is a nice value play at the moment. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 10 Mid-Cap Dividend Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
When folks think of the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) portfolio and its collection of holdings, most of which were selected by Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, the companies that most readily come to mind are probably American Express (AXP), Coca-Cola (KO) and, more recently, Apple (AAPL).But a deep dive into Berkshire Hathaway's equity holdings reveals a more complicated picture.Berkshire Hathaway held positions in 47 separate stocks as of June 30, according to the most recent regulatory filing (Aug. 14) with the Securities and Exchange Commission - down from 48 in the first quarter of this year, as he dumped USG Corp. (USG). But the portfolio of "Buffett stocks" isn't as diversified as the number might suggest. In some cases, BRK.B holds more than one share class in the same company. Some holdings are so small as to be immaterial leftovers from earlier bets the Oracle of Omaha has yet to completely exit.And perhaps most importantly, Berkshire Hathaway's equity portfolio is actually pretty concentrated. The top six holdings account for almost 70% of the portfolio's total value. The top 10 positions comprise 80%. Banks and airlines, to cite a couple of sectors, carry quite a load in this portfolio. Then there's the fact that several Buffett stocks actually were picked by portfolio managers Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.Here, we examine each and every holding to give investors a better understanding of the entire Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. SEE ALSO: 50 Top Stocks That Billionaires Love
Beverage giants like Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsico (PEP) continue to invest in their water brands Dasani and Aquafina, however with a new focus in mind — the environment.
Does stock market volatility have you ready to toss in the towel? My advice is use it to your advantage with IPO stocks Pinterest (NYSE:PINS), Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) and Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ:LK), where growth has quickly met up with value on the price chart. Let me explain.It's hard to keep up with the broader market's day-to-day gyrations. Wall Street swings from triumphant cheers to worrisome jeers and vice versa. From weak global economic data spooking investors to applause for the delay on levying tariffs on certain Chinese goods, it's hard to keep up with the headlines. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On More importantly, please don't forget the names Pinterest, Beyond Meat and Luckin Coffee. One of these stocks could be the next Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) or even Starbuck's (NASDAQ:SBUX). Bottom line, in today's wild trading environment these three recent IPO stocks are providing investors the opportunity to buy into big-time growth potential at advantageous prices.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips IPO Stock to Buy No. 1: Pinterest (PINS)PINS stock is the first of our recent IPO stocks to buy. The super popular web-based visual discovery platform blasted past earnings views and collectively caught investors' eyes as shares exploded higher by nearly 19% in early August.Technically, just over two weeks after reporting and with lots of market turbulence in between, PINS stock has pulled back approximately by 10% from a classic cup-with-handle pattern breakout attempt. This came after scoring fresh all-time highs.It's easy to blame overall market action for the first failure in this IPO stock. Ultimately, it hasn't been a great environment for buying breakouts. But with PINS stock still holding its own technically, there's reason to believe a second attempt will pay investors handsomely. PINS Stock TradeThe recommendation for PINS stock is to put shares on the radar for buying on a breakout above $35.30. That's only likely to occur if the major averages can rally for more than a day and begin to show more convincing signs of bottoming.A second approach for this IPO stock is to buy shares on weakness. I'd recommend looking for a daily chart pivot low to form. Then buy PINS stock on confirmation of a bottom. In order to keep this purchase technically constructive, I'd also make sure the PINS stock price consolidation continues to hold near $31 a share. IPO Stock to Buy No. 2: Beyond Meat (BYND)Beyond Meat is the second of our recent IPO stocks to watch. The alternative, plant-based meats company served up a sizzling, but not "meaty" enough, earnings report a couple weeks ago and word of a below-the-market secondary priced at $160 a share. The combination of reports didn't sit well with Wall Street.Technically, investors immediately punished shares, quickly dismantling BYND stock's uptrend line in free-fall-style price action. Subsequent pressure now has this first-to-market innovator testing its 50% Fibonacci level for support. BYND Stock TradeWhen will the selling pressure in this IPO stock abate? It's hard to know. But given that BYND stock is now well beneath the secondary pricing and testing a key retracement level, this deep pullback is worth monitoring for a bottom to emerge. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall My advice is for investors to wait for a weekly reversal candlestick to be confirmed before entering into a long position. With this strategy, bulls will give up some immediate profit in this highly volatile IPO stock. More importantly, the approach should allow investors to buy growth at a discount and avoid being grilled for entering too quickly. IPO Stock to Buy No. 3: Luckin (LK)Luckin Coffee is the last of our IPO stocks that's setting up to buy. I'll credit InvestorPlace's Luke Lango for alerting me to this China-based upstart and its promising path to substantial longer-term returns for investors.It's true, Luckin Coffee does have its work cut out for it. The company is competing against the aforementioned coffee powerhouse Starbucks, which has already successfully penetrated this massive overseas market. But still, the opportunity is there. And as Luke notes, with a solid technology-based focus and an eye-popping sales growth runway that's affirming this IPO stock's toehold is working, LK stock is one to pick up on weakness. LK Stock TradeLK stock is testing its 50% and 62% Fibonacci levels and its lower Bollinger Band. Shares are also oversold based on the position of its stochastics indicator. However, this week's earnings-driven breakdown of trend support shouldn't be entirely dismissed. It could be a slippery path to retest this IPO stock's all-time-low near $14 a share. Anything is possible.My recommendation on LK stock is to wait for a daily chart bottoming candle to be confirmed if shares can maintain a bid above $18.75. This allows for a modest bit of wiggle room beneath the 62% level. That also respects exiting the position on a more convincing failure of this key technical support in anticipation of a more durable purchase at deeper and well-chilled levels of investor anxiety.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management currently own positions in Pinterest (PINS) and its derivatives, but no other securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. 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