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Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

With trade war fears plaguing the market, Chinese stocks have been receiving some bad rap recently. But don’t let this distract you. The top China-based stocks present stellar investing opportunities. And you don’t just have to take my word for it. Here we use TipRanks to pinpoint the best Chinese stocks according to the Street. This website tracks the latest ratings from over 4,800 analysts — so we can find the most highly-rated stocks with just a couple of clicks.

If you think about it, the restrictions on foreign companies means a whole host of Chinese-equivalent U.S. stocks has sprung up. From WhatsApp to Google, China has its own parallel universe of top-notch companies. The best part is that these stocks appear seriously undervalued. It’s true that it’s much easier to invest in a company whose products you know and use. But for the more adventurous investor, these stocks have huge potential.

Here are 5 A-rated stocks to add to your wish list right now:

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) is my pick from the financial sector. Up 25% YTD, it’s on a seven-year winning streak that doesn’t look to be broken anytime soon.

If you can only own one bank, I wholeheartedly suggest you hold SVB Financial, the holding company for Silicon Valley Bank, consistently named one of the 100 best banks in America.

Silicon Valley Bank got its start lending money to tech startups and has since broadened its base to include innovators and entrepreneurs outside the technology sector with a loan portfolio nearing $25 billion.

“The combination of these two things [digital health and machine learning], I think is super exciting,” SVB Financial CEO Greg Becker told Fortune recently. “I think we’re going to see an incredible amount of innovation over the next five, ten, 15 years.”

Innovation is a big reason I called SIVB in 2013 one of the five best stocks to own for the next 20 years. Up 192% since then, I believe it’s just getting started. 

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Equinix Inc.(EQIX)

Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) is my pick from the technology sector. Down 5% YTD, it’s not even keeping up with its diversified REIT peers.

However, anyone who has owned EQIX over the past five years — 21% annualized total return — has significantly benefited from the data center buildout that has been going on to support the growing cloud.

In March, InvestorPlace contributor and Finbox.io founder, Matt Hogan, discussed the six most inexpensive growth stocks to buy; Equinix was on his list.

“Equinix’s stock currently trades at $414.48 per share as of Tuesday [March 20], up 9.4% over the last year. On a fundamental basis, the company’s stock is trading at a 7.0% discount to finbox.io’s intrinsic value estimate,” Hogan wrote. “However, the average price target from 22 Wall Street analysts of $507.23 implies 23.2% upside.”

At the time, Finbox.io had a fair value of $444, providing investors with 7% upside. Now trading around $428, Finbox.io suggests it has 22% upside or fair value of $520.

With the public cloud computing market expected to grow by 22% in 2018 to $178 billion, the company’s data centers will continue to experience strong demand.

As long as Amazon and the rest of the major cloud participants continue to grow, so too will Equinix.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

As China’s No. 1 search engine, Baidu Inc (NASDAQ:BIDU) is often nicknamed the ‘Google of China.’ Like Google, Baidu’s business interests span much more than just search. Baidu’s business covers the cloud, AI, maps, IT security and self-driving technology. The latest update: Baidu has announced a new partnership with Ford Motor (NYSE:F) to develop smarter cars for the Chinese market.

Ford will now install Baidu-powered in-vehicle infotainment systems known as DuerOS in its cars for Chinese customers. “Baidu and Ford share the vision of using technology to build the future of driving,” says Ya-Qin Zhang, president of Baidu. “Together, with Baidu’s leading-edge AI technology and Ford’s advanced engineering expertise, we will transform the mobility ecosystem and create the next-generation in-vehicle experience for consumers.”

And from a Street perspective, Baidu certainly gets the thumbs up. The stock has 100% support from top analysts specifically and a $306 price target (26% upside potential). Top Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein has just reiterated his BIDU Buy rating. The “current valuation is too low for the leading Chinese search engine” argues Helfstein. He points out that BIDU is in prime place to benefit from the secular growth of China’s online ad market.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: GlaxoSmithKline PLC(GSK)

You certainly know the name GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK). As investors, we aren’t going to freak out about a U.K.-based company, right? We also know it is an $100 billion pharmaceutical company.

It has four divisions: Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceuticals R&D, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. Besides its huge portfolio of proprietary pharma drugs, it has other products you certain know: Otrivin, Panadol, parodontax, Poligrip, Sensodyne, Theraflu and Voltaren.

It also has consumer products, such as drinks and foods, toothpastes, toothbrushes, mouth rinses, medicated mouthwashes, gels and sprays, denture adhesives, and denture cleansers.

GSK invented NicoDerm and has more than three dozen other products in development. It’s no wonder GSK has billions of cash on the balance sheet, and more than enough cash flow to pay its dividend, presently at 5.4%.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alibaba Group Holding Limited(BABA)

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) is always one of the Street’s favorite stock picks. And this doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. On the contrary; our data shows that in the last three months 15 analysts have published BABA Buy ratings. Couple this with a bullish $248 price target (34% upside potential) and you can see why BABA is a hot stock pick right now.

Indeed, you may get more than you bargained for. Five-star Argus Research analyst Jim Kelleherhas just initiated coverage of BABA with a $275 price target. This translates into massive upside potential of 48%. Kelleher wrote, “Although BABA shares have had a strong multi-year run, we regard the stock as attractive based on mid-double-digit growth prospects for GMV [gross merchandise volume].”

But this huge sales potential still isn’t reflected in current prices: “We believe that BABA’s growth prospects are accelerating more rapidly than the share price, creating a favorable entry point. The shares also appear attractively valued. Based on peer group, historical comparables analysis, and discounted free cash flow valuation, we believe the BABA shares are attractive up to $330 and beyond.” We’re sold!

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019

Here at Zacks, we don’t generally classify stocks as “cheap” or “expensive”, and rather than looking at the stock’s face value, we have a system that puts an emphasis on earnings estimate revisions to find stocks that will hopefully be winners for investors.

That being said, low-priced stocks can be attractive to smaller investors that can’t necessarily afford large stakes in companies with higher priced stocks.

When looking at these low-priced stocks, we can look at the same trends in growth, value, and momentum and apply the Zacks Rank to properly analyze the potential that these companies have. We are also keenly aware of the latest sector trends and make sure to cover all of the hottest industries.

Today we’ve highlighted three stocks that fall into the broad “technology” sector. Each of these three stocks is currently trading for less than $10 per share and holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or better. Take a look at the strong estimate revision activity and other factors that make these tech companies stick out right now.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VLKAY)

Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen AG (OTCMKTS:VLKAY) manufactures and sells automobiles in Europe, North America, South America, and the Asia Pacific. This Zacks Rank #2 company has a 3-5 years EPS growth rate of 6.2% and a Value Score of A.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Oil giant ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) stumbled into 2018 after reporting lackluster results to end last year. Because of that, its stock endured its worst trading day since 2011 only to follow it up the very next one with a similar rout. While it’s started to recover, it’s still down 5% for the year even though oil has improved another 10%. As a matter of fact, Exxon is currently trading at a valuation not seen since the 1980s.

One result of this low valuation is that its dividend yield is now up near 4%, which we haven’t seen since the ’90s. These factors make this month an excellent one to consider buying this oil behemoth for the long haul.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Microsoft announced that its Windows 10 subscriptions have reached a milestone.

The tech giant said late Tuesday that it now has more than 200 million enterprise workers running Windows 10 as the company has been pushing companies to upgrade from Windows 7. Microsoft said that updates for the older operating system will no longer be supported in about 20 months.

Joe Belfiore, a company corporate vice president who’s at the helm of the Windows 10 team, made the announcement at Microsoft’s Build developers conference. “We’ve seen that [Windows 10] adoption rate increase now at 79% year-over-year growth.”

On Monday, the company added that roughly 700 million devices are now running Windows 10 across the world, with enterprises accounting for slightly less than 30% of all Windows 10 copies.

MSFT stock was also up a fraction of a percentage after Wednesday’s market close.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

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He is feeling so encouraged by the company’s outlook that he ramped up his already-bullish price target by $10 to $310. This suggests 22% upside potential. According to Sena, “Baidu’s share currently trades at 24x Adj. 2018E EPS of ¥67.20/$10.59, making it attractive among our Outperform-rated names, particularly when considering the industry leadership it is showing within AI, both as it applies to core (Search, Feed), video, and new initiatives (Apollo, DuerOS).”

Top Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein agrees. He believes Baidu is still undervalued compared to Google, especially when you consider that BIDU is in prime position for the rapid growth of China’s online ad market. “We think key drivers include increasing number of paid clicks, higher conversion rates and higher cost-per-click (CPC). The penetration of smartphones in China, especially in lower tier cities, provides another strong revenue stream for BIDU as it starts to monetize mobile search separately” comments the analyst.

He has a $295 price target on BIDU. Bear in mind that Helfstein’s strong track record on BIDU stock specifically (87% success rate and 21.1% average return per rating) further reinforces the credibility of his latest recommendation.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Manhattan Associates, Inc.(MANH)

Manhattan Associates Inc (NASDAQ:MANH) is up nearly 150% in the past five years, which is a very respectable run.

However, in the past two years it’s off nearly 30% with about half of that happening in the past year. The trend in MANH’s case, at this point, is not your friend.

The problem is, MANH is an SaaS that specializes in supply chain, inventory and omnichannel management for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. There has been such a cross pollination in recent years regarding the challenges that can be addressed with software systems, that niche firms, or firms that could do one thing well have to pivot.

Some are making that pivot and others are losing ground. None of its sectors are doing well enough to justify its forward P/E of 30.

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019

Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner regularly recommends sets of stocks on the Rule Breaker Investing podcast — essentially giving us all a free taste of the choices he and his team make in Motley Fool Supernova’s portfolio universe. And he holds himself accountable, annually going back over those five-stock micro portfolios to let everyone see how he scored against the benchmark of the broader market.

Right now, it’s time for that yearly review of the ones he picked to honor the month, and also the briefly famous pregnant giraffe.

 

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU)? The same Baidu that’s usually described as the “Google of China” is also an artificial intelligence stock? Yep. In fact, it may quietly be one of the best artificial intelligence stocks one can own.

To be clear, AI is still a very small sliver of what the company does. Its meat-and-potatoes business is still advertising revenue generated operating China’s preferred search engine. Just like its western counterpart, though, it’s branching out into other opportunities, knowing there will come a time when online ads are no longer a growth engine.

That said, Baidu CEO Robin Li has made no bones about it: Baidu is now an AI-first company, whatever that ends up meaning.

One such practical (even if bold) effort is the development of an open-source autonomous driving platform. Called Apollo, the platform’s openness to all developers and tweaks has proven popular with potential partners. In the meantime, Baidu has created some more practical artificial intelligence tools like a smart speaker dubbed Little Fish VS1. Yes, it’s akin to the Echo from Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). The underlying technology powering the Little Fish holds tremendous promise as the digital backbone for a whole host of IoT devices.

Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cloudera, Inc.(CLDR)

Cloudera develops and distributes software for business data which include storage, access, management, analysis, security, search, processing and analysis applications. The stock sold off significantly after its latest earnings report, but analyst sentiment has rebounded and investors can now buy this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at a cheaper price.

CLDR bounced strongly off its post-earnings low and has surged more than 12% over the past month. Still, the stock has plenty of room to run before testing its 52-week high. Investors should also note that full-year EPS estimates have improved, and bottom-line growth is now expected to come in at more than 13% in 2018.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019

If you’re able to buy shares of a small growth stock — say, a company with a market capitalizationof less than $20 billion — before the rest of the market catches on to the story, it can be a life-changing investment. 

Consider, for instance, the 1997 investment that Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner made in — at the time — a tiny company called Amazon. With a split-adjusted purchase price of just $3.19, a simple $10,000 investment back then is now worth $4.5 million.

But what is a growth stock? There’s no hard-and-fast definition. Perhaps it’s best to define this type of investing in the context of a few other types of investing.

  • Growth stocks: Stocks you buy because you believe the stock’s price could increase substantially — usually an uncapped amount with enormous upside potential. Revenue often increases dramatically. This tends to be a high-risk/high-reward type of investing. 
  • Income stocks: Stocks you buy because you want to receive regular dividends. Revenue growth need not be much higher than inflation. These companies tend to be larger and more stable and offer a lower-risk/lower-reward profile.
  • Value stocks: Stocks you buy because — like growth stocks — you believe the stock’s price will go up. Unlike growth stocks, however, this is because you believe the stock to be currently undervalued.

There’s no way to know if the five growth stocks I’m introducing today will have Amazon-like returns. However, they all share a few key traits I consider to be important for growth investors:

  • A market capitalization of less than $20 billion.
  • Revenue growth of at least 20% over the past three years.
  • An "antifragile" balance sheet that will allow it to grow stronger in the face of economic crises.
  • Founder-led companies where insiders own lots of stock
  • An identifiable moat protecting the company from its competition.

We’ll cover each of those below for these growth stocks.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

Let’s do a double for this one: Visa Inc (NYSE:V) and Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA). Both companies are huge beneficiaries of the same trend, as global consumers continue moving to credit and debit from cash and check. Further, growing e-commerce sales bode well for V and MA too, for obvious reasons.

The credit card business is attractive for many reasons, as V and MA serve as simple “toll booth” businesses. They don’t lend consumers money and they don’t take on big risks. Instead, when a consumer purchases goods or services from a merchant and pays via credit card, the merchant pays a fee that goes to V and MA.

While the pair of stocks may look expensive on a sales basis at first glance, the earnings-based valuation isn’t all that bad. Especially considering their double-digit earnings and revenue growth.

Throw in the fact that Visa has profit margins of almost 40% while MA has margins of 32% and we can see that these two are earning money hand over fist.

Both stocks tend to trade with a high correlation. They’ve been in a steady uptrend since early 2017 and I hate that I’ve taken some off the table since I first initiated a position almost six years ago.

As V and MA both bump up against resistance, they look like they’ll soon push through to new highs, short of another market-wide selloff.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.(HVBTF)

Now, if you want as much cryptocurrency mining exposure as possible without actually running your own mining operation, there’s the over-the-counter exchange-listed HIVE Blockchain Technologies (NASDAQOTH:HVBTF). This publicly traded cryptocurrency mining firm is currently in the process of ramping up its operations in Sweden and Iceland, and envisions generating approximately $150 million in annual revenue from its operations. Sweden and Iceland offer commercial kilowatt-per-hour electricity prices that are well below the European average. Plus, these are relatively temperate nation’s, which may aid in keeping mining equipment cool.

Now here’s where things really get interesting. Despite being a crypto mining start-up, HIVE Blockchain already turned a profit in its most recently reported quarter. Sure, the $149,724 in profit was negligible and resulted in $0.00 in earnings per share, but that profit was derived from just over $3 million in quarterly sales. Presumably, HIVE could generate more than 10 times this each quarter when fully ramped up.

The wildcard here is what’ll happen to cryptocurrency prices. You see, HIVE Blockchain isn’t necessarily selling all of the Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and ZCash tokens that it’s mining. It hangs on to some of these coins in the hope that they’ll appreciate in value. Thus, investing in a company like HIVE gives an investor direct access to crypto mining margins, as well as the movement in a handful of popular digital currencies. 

Like the other companies above, there are also plenty of risks. Given that its business is entirely devoted to crypto mining and lacks sales diversity, investors would need to understand that if virtual currency prices fall considerably, their investment in HIVE could dive. Furthermore, in order to raise capital, it wouldn’t be surprising if HIVE Blockchain diluted existing investors with bought-deal offerings. These are the risks that stock investors would have to endure if they wanted direct access to a publicly traded cryptocurrency mining stock.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Chinese internet powerhouse also cruised past earnings estimates recently, reporting adjusted earnings per share of $2.60 that comfortably outpaced our consensus estimate of $1.73. The company saw revenue figures of $3.33 billion, also topping our consensus estimate of $3.26 billion. Total revenue was up 31% from the prior-year quarter.

Baidu also posted strong guidance. For the second quarter of 2018, Baidu expects revenues to be between $3.97 billion and $4.17 billion. Before the report, our latest consensus estimate was calling for revenue of $3.91 billion.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: China Life Insurance Company Limited(LFC)

China Life Insurance is the leading life insurance company in China. Analyst outlook for the company is improving, with our consensus projection for its full-year 2018 earnings improving by three cents over the past two months—earning the stock a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). LFC is now expected to witness EPS growth of 14% this year. The stock is also trading with an “A” grade for Value, underscored by its attractive P/E of 13.3 and better-than-industry-average PEG of 0.5. Investors are getting a great price for the company’s earnings outlook and growth.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Cannabis Science, Inc. (CBIS)

As I’m sure you’re all aware, the cannabis industry receives a bad rap from society at large. Countless movies, music videos, and television shows celebrate the idea of getting completely baked. It’s easy to forget the fundamental reason why marijuana is so popular — its medicinal properties, of course!

Okay, maybe that’s a little bit of a stretch, but nevertheless, cannabis does have promising therapeutic and medicinal potential. Cannabis Science Inc (OTCMKTS:CBIS) is one of the few names among marijuana penny stocks that’s completely devoted to medicinal marijuana. According to their profile, CBIS is actively seeking “to treat the world’s most deadly illnesses,” including cancer. In the future, CBIS aims to help patients with increasingly common conditions, such as attention deficit disorder, and post-traumatic stress.

With recent clinical studies demonstrating marijuana’s potential, Cannabis Science also enjoys the possibility of a strong move in the markets. That being said, the company’s financials are very similar to a speculative biotech firm. I don’t necessarily mean this in a good way: CBIS stock will be feast or famine.

So far, long-term shareholders have been going without. CBIS is down more than 33% YTD, which is typical for marijuana stocks in its class. Still, with a small investment, Cannabis Science can pay off bigly!