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Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been on a post-election roll off late and not even a disappointing 2017 earnings outlook has managed to dampen its enthusiasm. To be honest, I would have bought the dip even with speculative intentions, had it managed to stay that way for a tad longer than it did. I looked at the numbers, and looking at the pre-market felt the stock was being punished excessively much like the reaction to its business update on October 7. At current prices however, I see diminished benefits if any, from accumulating the stock. I would keep my existing holdings for the dividend but wouldn’t expect a lot of returns from capital gains.

Benefits from margin improvements are drawing to a close

After its botched attempts to merge with General Electric in the early 2000s, Honeywell has largely been on the right track. It integrated several meaningful acquisitions and by fine-tuning productivity under the Honeywell Operating System, the organization became quite nimble. Due to margin improvements, the company’s earnings increased dramatically even as sales grew at a compounded annual growth rate of just ~2% (including acquisitions) since 2006. However, after several years of operating margin improvements, the company’s margin base is now quite high. Therefore, upcoming improvements from the rollout of HOS Gold are likely to be slow and marginal.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation(CCMP)

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells polishing slurries and pads used in the manufacture of advanced integrated circuit (IC) devices in the semiconductor industry in a process called chemical mechanical planarization (CMP). The CMP technology is a polishing process used by IC device manufacturers to planarize or flatten the multiple layers of material that are deposited upon silicon wafers. The company offers CMP slurries, which are liquid solutions composed of high-purity deionized water, proprietary chemical additives, and engineered abrasives that chemically and mechanically interact with the surface material of the IC device at an atomic level; and CMP pads that are engineered polymeric materials designed to distribute and transport the slurry to the surface of the wafer and distribute it evenly across the wafer. Its CMP slurries are used for polishing various materials that conduct electrical signals, including tungsten, copper, tantalum, and aluminum; and certain materials that are used in the production of rigid disks and magnetic heads for hard disk drives, as well as used in the dielectric insulating materials that separate conductive layers within logic and memory IC devices. The company also designs and produces precision polishing and metrology systems to attain near-perfect shape and surface finish on various optical components, such as mirrors, lenses, and prisms. It serves the producers of logic IC devices or memory IC devices, and providers of IC foundry services. The company operates in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Cabot Microelectronics Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News coverage about Cabot Microelectronics (NASDAQ:CCMP) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cabot Microelectronics earned a daily sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.640513544039 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Cabot Microelectronics Co. (NASDAQ:CCMP) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $112.25.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Cabot Microelectronics Co. (NASDAQ:CCMP) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $114.80.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: RealPage, Inc.(RP)

RealPage, Inc. provides software and software-enabled services for the rental housing and vacation rental industries in the United States. It offers property management solutions, including OneSite to serve multi-family, affordable property, rural housing, military housing, senior and student housing, and commercial sectors; and Propertyware for accounting, maintenance and work order management, marketing spend management, and portal services, as well as screening, renters insurance, and payment solutions. The company also provides Kigo, a solution for vacation rental property management; spend management solutions for property owners and managers; and RealPage Cloud, an application infrastructure that allow property owners and managers to outsource portions of the information technology (IT) operations. In addition, it offers leasing and marketing solutions consisting of Online Leasing, Contact Center, LeaseStar Platform, LeaseStar Marketing Management, MyNewPlace, Senior Marketing Management, and Renter Screening, which manages Websites, paid and organic lead generation, lead management, automated lead closure, lead analytics, unit availability, online apartment leasing, and applicant screening services. Further, the company provides resident services solutions, such as Utility Management, Payments, Resident Portal, Contact Center Maintenance, Indatus, and Renters insurance for utility billing, renter payment processing, service requests, lease renewals, renters insurance, and consulting and advisory services; asset optimization solutions covering yield management and business intelligence solutions; and professional services, such as consulting and implementation, as well as training services. Additionally, it offers IT infrastructure, product support, and product development services. The company sells rental housing software and services through its direct sales organization. RealPage, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Carrollton, Texas.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Tyler Technologies (NASDAQ: RP) and RealPage (NASDAQ:RP) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Sypris Solutions Inc.(SYPR)

Sypris Solutions, Inc. provides of outsourced services and specialty products primarily in North America and Mexico. It offers a range of manufacturing, engineering, design, and other technical services under contracts with corporations and government agencies primarily in industrial manufacturing, and aerospace and defense electronics markets. The company supplies forged and machined components to the commercial vehicle, off highway vehicle, light truck, and energy markets, as well as produces drive train components, such as axle shafts, gear sets, differential cases, steer axle forgings, and other components. It also provides solutions in cyber security, secure communications, global electronic key management, Sypris Data Systems branded products, and product design and development to the United States Government, defense and civilian agencies, international government agencies, as well as worldwide defense and aerospace prime organizations. In addition, the company desi gns and builds information assurance products, including link encryptors, data recording products, and electronic key fill devices. Further, it offers electronic manufacturing services, including circuit card and full box build manufacturing; dedicated space and high reliability manufacturing; integrated design and engineering services; systems assembly and integration design for manufacturability; and design to specification works. The company was founded in 1954 and is based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Sypris Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYPR) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $20.35 million.

    Fusion Connect, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSNN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $36.71 million.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. provides networking products and solutions for service providers and enterprises worldwide. Its service provider product platforms provide carrier-class network infrastructure for fixed wireless broadband, wireless backhaul systems, and routing; and enterprise product platforms offer wireless LAN infrastructure, video surveillance products, VOIP phones, switches, and machine-to-machine communication components. The companys products and solutions include high performance radios, antennas, software, communications protocols, and management tools designed to deliver carrier and enterprise class wireless broadband access and other services primarily in the unlicensed RF spectrum. It provides technology platforms, such as airMAX platform, which includes proprietary protocols that contain technologies for minimizing signal noise; EdgeMAX, a disruptive price-performance software and systems routing platform; and airFiber, a point-to-point radio system. The company also offers UniFi Enterprise Wi-Fi System that includes Wi-Fi certified hardware with a software based management controller; UniFi Video H.264 megapixel IP cameras; and UniFi Video management software controller to manage multiple UniFi Video H.264 IP cameras and digital video recorder devices. In addition, it provides UniFi VOIP Phone, an enterprise desktop smartphone designed to integrate into the UniFi Enterprise System; UniFi Switches to deliver performance, switching, and PoE+ support for enterprise networks; and mFi, which includes hardware sensors, power devices, and management software that allows devices to be monitored and controlled remotely through Wi-Fi. Further, the company provides embedded radio products; and mounting brackets, cables, and power over Ethernet adapters. The company was formerly known as Pera Networks, Inc. and changed its name to Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. in 2005. Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) climbed 33.4% in February, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence, after the networking hardware company released better-than-expected quarterly results.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    One of those rivals was Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT), a networking equipment company that sells long-distance Wi-Fi products for service providers and enterprise customers. In 2016, Ubiquiti followed Eero into the mesh home router network with itsAmpliFi wireless system,which includes a sleek box linked to mesh point antennas plugged into wall sockets.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) recently reported fiscal 2019 second-quarter results, and shares have been soaring ever since. Over the past three years, the stock has risen by more than 300%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Materialise NV(MTLS)

Materialise NV provides additive manufacturing software and 3D printing services in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The companys 3D Printing Software segment offers Magics that imports computer-aided design formats and exports standard tessellation language files; Streamics, a central additive manufacturing logistics and control system; 3-maticSTL, a versatile application; MiniMagics and MiniMagicsPro, which provides solutions for customers working in data preparation, or in quoting and quality control teams; build processors and machine control software; and e-Stage that enhances additive manufacturing productivity. This segment serves 3D printing machine original equipment manufacturers; manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and hearing aid industries; and 3D printing service bureaus through its sales force, Website, and third-party distributors. The companys Medical segment provides Mimics software for medical image processing; 3-matic that enables to conduct 3D measurements and analyses, design a patient-specific implant or surgical guide, or prepare anatomical data and/or implants for simulations; Mimics Innovation Suite that enables biomedical professionals to perform a multitude of engineering operations; and OrthoView, a 2D digital pre-operative planning and templating solution. It also offers clinical services; and has collaboration agreements with Biomet, Inc., Encore Medical, L.P., DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and Zimmer Holdings, Inc. for the development and distribution of surgical planning software, services, and products. This segment serves medical device companies, hospitals, universities, and industrial companies through its direct sales force, Website, and picture archiving and communication system partners. The companys Industrial Production segment primarily offers 3D printing services to industrial and commercial customers. Materialise NV was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) and Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Blackline (NASDAQ: MTLS) and Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Silicon Laboratories Inc.(SLAB)

Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets analog-intensive and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The company offers broad-based products, which include microcontrollers, clocks and oscillators, wireless transceivers, digital isolators and related products, and human interface sensors and controllers; broadcast products comprising radio receivers and transmitters, and video tuners and demodulators; and access products consisting of embedded modems, subscriber line interface circuits, Voice over IP (VoIP) products, and power over Ethernet devices, as well as DSL analog front end ICs and IRDA devices. It provides ICs for use in various electronic applications, such as portable devices, AM/FM radios, and other consumer electronics, as well as networking, test and measurement, industrial monitoring and control, and customer premises equipment. The company markets its products through direct sales force, and through a networ k of independent sales representatives and distributors in the United States, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, and internationally. Silicon Laboratories Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $99.38.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY boosted its holdings in Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) by 2.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 25,100 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 635 shares during the quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY owned 0.06% of Silicon Laboratories worth $2,500,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd trimmed its stake in shares of Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) by 46.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 5,806 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 4,977 shares during the quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd’s holdings in Silicon Laboratories were worth $579,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

HubSpot, Inc. provides a cloud-based marketing and sales software platform for businesses in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Its software platform includes integrated applications, such as social media, search engine optimization, blogging, Website content management, marketing automation, email, CRM, analytics, and reporting that enables businesses to attract visitors to their Websites, convert visitors into leads, and close leads into customers and delight customers. The company also offers professional, and phone and email-based support services. HubSpot, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    The two companies we’re comparing today — pharmaceutical cloud specialistVeeva Systems(NYSE:VEEV) and inbound-marketing guruHubspot(NYSE:HUBS) — have both benefited from this trend. And shareholders have reaped the rewards: On average, the stocks have quadrupledover the past three years.

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    HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Feb. 12, 2019, 4:30 p.m. ET

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 12th. The software maker reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.17) by $0.54. The company had revenue of $144.02 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $137.48 million. HubSpot had a negative net margin of 12.44% and a negative return on equity of 17.08%. HubSpot’s revenue for the quarter was up 35.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.12 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that HubSpot Inc will post -1.1 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) released its fourth-quarter 2018 and full-year results earlier this month, and the cloud-based marketing software and services company saw its sales climb 35%, year over year, and non-GAAP net income expand from $4.6 million in the year-ago quarter to $15.8 million. Both the company’s reported sales and earnings in the fourth quarter beat HubSpot management’s own guidance for the quarter.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Facebook, Inc. operates as a mobile application and Website that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate each other on mobile devices and personal computers worldwide. Its solutions also include Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application for mobile and Web on various platforms and devices, which enable people to reach others instantly, as well as enable businesses to engage with customers; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application. The company also develops Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform, which allow people to enter an immersive and interactive environment to play games, consume content, and connect with others. As of December 31, 2015, it had 1.04 billion daily active users (DAUs) and 934 million DAUs who accessed Facebook from a mobile device. Facebook, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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    With major S&P 500 companies from Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) to Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) now reassigned, the change is simply too big to be ignored. That goes for passive investors — ones who rely on an index-tracking approach — and active investors like us who frequently screen sectors and indices for ideas.

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    More impressively, Tran accomplished this without hiring a single salesperson or spending a cent on advertising. Even today, his company doesn’t have a Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR) handle or Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) account.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)

As our founders Larry and Sergey wrote in the original founders letter, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, they also explained that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, the company has always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have. To help accelerate this, we announced plans in August 2015 to create a new public holding company, called Alphabet. Alphabet is a collection of businesses — the largest of which, of course, is Google. It also includes businesses that we combine as Other Bets and generally are pretty far afield of our main Internet products such as Verily, Calico, X, Nest, GV, Google Capital and Access/Google Fiber. Our Alphabet structure is about helping businesses within Alphabet prosper through strong leaders and independence.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    For this episode, it’s time to check in on not one but two such samplers. First, it’s been one year since he offered up “Five Stocks I Own That You Should Too.” Those were Activision Blizzard(NASDAQ:ATVI), Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG),Intuitive Surgical(NASDAQ:ISRG), Match Group(NASDAQ:MTCH), and Zillow(NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), and he’ll review their progress with senior analystJim Mueller.

  • [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]

    Since then, those same stocks – Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), and Google parent Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) – have tacked on a jaw-dropping $600 billion in market cap.

Top 10 Tech Stocks For 2021: Acxiom Corporation(ACXM)

Acxiom is a global technology and services company with a vision to power a world where all marketing is relevant. We provide the data foundation for the world’s best marketers. By making it safe and easy to activate, validate, enhance, and unify data, we provide marketers with the ability to deliver relevant messages at scale and tie those messages back to actual results. Our products and services enable people-based marketing, allowing our clients to generate higher return on investment and drive better omni-channel customer experiences. Acxiom is a Delaware corporation founded in 1969 in Conway, Arkansas. Our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ACXM.” We serve a global client base from locations in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Schroder Investment Management Group reduced its stake in Acxiom Co. (NASDAQ:ACXM) by 4.1% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 615,967 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after selling 26,031 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group’s holdings in Acxiom were worth $18,479,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Acxiom Co. (NASDAQ:ACXM) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the nine research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation, six have given a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $47.25.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    DXC Technology (NASDAQ: ACXM) and Acxiom (NASDAQ:ACXM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Acxiom Co. (NASDAQ:ACXM) CFO Warren Jenson sold 72,783 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.10, for a total value of $3,136,947.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 234,612 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,111,777.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Top Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019

Cloud computing truly has revolutionized American business. The ability to deliver top-level performance anywhere — to a customer of nearly any size — has leveled the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses. And growth is only going to rise going forward.

That would seem to create a huge opportunity in cloud computing stocks. But the problem is that the trend isn’t exactly hidden — or new. Investors already are pricing many cloud plays at exceedingly high multiples to earnings — and in the cases of many companies that remain unprofitable, to sales.

But there are still opportunities to play the cloud computing trends with stocks whose valuations still allow for strong upside going forward. These four stocks all will benefit from cloud computing — and all are priced reasonably enough to satisfy investors looking for attractive entry points.

Top Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: Weibo Corporation(WB)

Top Growth Stocks: Weibo (WB)

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Known as “China’s answer to Twitter,” Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) is a social media company that allows Chinese users to express themselves, connect with others, discover Chinese-language content and use push notifications on their mobile devices.

While its Twitter of China description was pretty accurate in its early days, now it’s much more diversified — it’s more like the Facebook of China at this point.

Weibo now offers online games and mobile apps that have created a very complete social media experience in a young, enthusiastic consumer demographic.

It’s no surprise then that WB has experienced tremendous growth since its launch in 2010, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Trade war talk has soured the market on WB, but that’s to our advantage. WB has enormous potential growth in China and Asia, without any need to look to the U.S.

Top Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

At 23.5-times forward earnings, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) isn’t exactly your traditional “cheap” stock. But I’d argue it is actually one of the cheapest stocks in the market.

Facebook stock got knocked down recently by a really bad PR incident now known as the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A whistleblower blew the lid open on a data leak that happened 3 years ago and may have impacted the 2016 Presidential Election. But amid that awful PR incident — which was arguably the company’s worst PR incident in history — Facebook proceeded to report what was arguably the company’s best earnings report in history.

Revenue growth accelerated. Margin expansion remained robust. User growth remained strong. Engagement trends were healthy.

Those overall strong results are a testament to the company’s business model, the platform’s value, and management’s ability to navigate through turbulent waters.

As such, things are back to normal for Facebook. And “back to normal” implies 30%-plus revenue growth over the next several years alongside healthy margin drivers. That combination should lead to at least 35-40% earnings growth per year.

Facebook stock trades at just 23.5-times forward earnings.

That is dirt cheap for 35-40% earnings growth. Plus, this stock normally trades at 34-timesforward earnings, so today’s 23.5 multiple seems like a big bargain.

All in all, Facebook stock has staged a huge comeback. That comeback is far from being done. A still cheap valuation and only strengthening growth prospects imply a ton more upside for Facebook stock. Consequently, this is also one the best cheap stocks to buy.

Top Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: GoPro, Inc.(GPRO)

GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) shares are rounding higher and could be ready to break free from a five-month consolidation range.

Watch for a possible test of the 200-day moving average last touched in November — which would be worth a 36%+ gain from here. Shares have been bolstered by an increase in takeover speculation as well.

The company will next report results on August 2 after the close. Analysts are looking for a loss of 21 cents per share on revenues of $270.6 million. When the company last reported on May 3, a loss of 34 cents per share beat estimates by two cents on a 7.4% decline in revenues.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now

Renewable energy has quietly become one of the best places for investors to find high-quality dividends that sport high yields as well. Yieldcos like these have yields of over 5% along with long-term contracted cash flows to sell energy to utilities. 

If you’re looking for dividend stocks with both high yields and room for growth, here is why renewable energy is a great place to start.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Barrick Gold Corporation(ABX)

One of the biggest temptations in gold stocks is seeking out the cheapest name possible. While that could be a lucrative play, the probabilities aren’t very favorable. Instead, with a potential industry upturn on the horizon, you should load up with quality investments. In the precious metals mining sector, few are as renowned as Barrick Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:ABX).

ABX stock is intriguing particularly due to its fundamentals. Unlike lesser firms that simply folded during the metals fallout, Barrick rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Recognizing top-line hardships, management made tough but necessary decisions to streamline the organization. The results are conspicuous. Over the last four years, SGA expenses declined from $412 million to $301 million, or a 27% reduction.

Other unnecessary operating expenses were eliminated, helping to free up $66 million from four years prior. Thanks to their efforts, ABX went from losing $2.9 billion in 2014 to producing $655 million, and $1.44 billion in net income over the past two years.

But despite these significant achievements, ABX stock is down 12.6%. I think this is an overreaction. Barrick is a much leaner and more efficient company than it was during the metals downturn. In addition, it’s also profitable – something that not too many in the sector can say.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: ProLogis, Inc.(PLD)

E-commerce is an undeniable trend that could certainly make investors rich. The problem for retirees is that many of the popular e-commerce stocks are highly volatile, pay no dividends, and are generally not suitable for a retirement investment.

Prologis is an exception. The company is a REIT that specializes in "logistics" properties, such as warehouses and distribution centers. Not surprisingly, Amazon is a major Prologis tenant, as are companies like Walmart, DHL, and Best Buy. In all, Prologis owns nearly 3,300 properties with a massive 684 million square feet of space.

Despite its enormous size, there could be lots of room to grow. Worldwide e-commerce sales are expected to grow by almost 50% by 2020, and since just 12% of all retail sales are currently online, this could be just a starting point.

And here’s the key growth statistic: E-commerce fulfillment requires three times the distribution-center floor space that brick-and-mortar retailers do. So, as e-commerce continues to grow, the necessary logistics real estate will grow even faster.

As far as Prologis’ suitability for retirees, here are some numbers that could make you smile. The company has one of the highest investment-grade credit ratings (A3/A-) in the REIT sector, pays a handsome 3% dividend yield, and has done a great job of increasing its payout over the past several years — a trend that is likely to continue.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: ON Semiconductor Corporation(ON)

Aggressive accounts may want to look at this smaller cap play. ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: ON) is a vendor of analog power management, analog signal conditioning, standard logic ICs and discrete chips into the automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial and medical applications. The company is in the midst of a transformation from a seller of commodity discrete chips into higher value-added analog ICs, both through organic growth and acquisitions.

The analysts view ON as an underappreciated way for investors to benefit from the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems and eventually autonomous driving. While the company is inherently levered (operationally and financially) and therefore subject to investor fears of cyclical volatility, many continue to see structural upside for the shares.

The Merrill Lynch price target is $29. The posted consensus target is $23.30, and the shares were last seen trading at $23.63 apiece.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Facebook shares have already begun recovering from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The stock bottomed out at $149 amid revelations that Facebook’s data was co-opted against its rules to influence the election, which led to a whirlwind of concerns about privacy and how the company handles user data.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg went before Congress last week to answer questions from legislators and defend the company, and investors responded to his performance favorably, sending the stock higher. As of this writing, the stock is back up at $168, but is still trading significantly below its all-time high of $195, where it was before the scandal broke.

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It’s starting to look like the social network will emerge from the incident unscathed. On Google Trends, searches for terms like "Cambridge Analytica" and "delete Facebook" have declined sharply since peaking in March. More importantly, Facebook has said that there’s been no significant effect on advertiser behavior. At a Wall Street Journal forum, Facebook vice president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson said users mostly hadn’t changed their privacy settings, and that the company doesn’t expect any noticeable impact to revenue.

Moreover, even if Congress decided to impose regulations in the aftermath of the scandal, it would likely squeeze Facebook’s weaker rivals like Twitter and Snap as well, further strengthening the company’s monopolylike dominance of social media.

Take advantage of the sale price before the discount’s gone. I’d expect another strong earnings report from the social-media giant when it delivers first-quarter results later this month.

Best Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

 TWTR shares dropped more than 10% after Bloomberg reported that Israel is considering sanctions against the company for online incitement.

Not only is the company dealing with these specific headline, but it also sees looming fears that tighter regulations are coming. FB officials are expected to brief various Congressional committees on Wednesday.

The company will next report results on April 25. Analysts are looking for earnings of 11 cents per share on revenues of $606.3 million. When the company last reported on Feb. 8, earnings of 19 cents per share beat estimates by five cents on a 2% rise in revenues.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019

Stocks pushed higher aggressively on Tuesday, capping a two-week rally that has taken the S&P 500 back above its 50-day moving average in a big way for the first time since early March.

Fears over trade wars, a geopolitical standoff in Syria, and the Special Counsel investigation into President Donald Trump and possible ties to Russia have been replaced by enthusiasm for Q1 earnings results. Also being set aside are any concerns about the Federal Reserve and its quickening pace of rate hikes.

Gains, where they are happening, are extremely impressive. But the good feelings aren’t universal, with pockets of disappointment. Here are three stocks to watch that are helping lead the way higher; and they are pulling back on the reins:

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Last year — and for practically every year following 2013 — social media giant Facebook was virtually unstoppable. In 2017, Facebook’s stock tacked on another 55%, pushing its market cap north of $500 billion at one point.

But things have been markedly different in 2018. The surfacing of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal has pushed Facebook’s share price lower by nearly 9%, year-to-date, through April 23. And it probably has a lot of investors wondering whether it can regain the luster it showed in 2017. My suspicion is that it can.

Though the data scandal has been a PR nightmare for Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has had to testify before Congress on his company’s data usage, history suggests it’ll be put into the rearview mirror and forgotten in due time. As my colleague Jeremy Bowman pointed out in late March, an Aegis Capital survey of Facebook users found that few of them have paid much attention to the data privacy concerns raised by Cambridge Analytica. Further, by referencing the #DeleteUber campaign, Jeremy found little impact on the company’s top-line growth. 

More important, Facebook is still only touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of its potential. It’s hardly begun to monetize Messenger and has done almost nothing with regard to monetizing WhatsApp. But don’t mistake this lack of monetization as weakness. If Zuckerberg and team have demonstrated anything, it’s that they understand how to keep users relatively happy, while also generating mad amounts of revenue from advertisers.

There’s simply nowhere else advertisers can go to get instant access to more than 2 billion monthly users other than Facebook. In fact, Facebook owns four of the seven most popular social media sites in the world — Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. This is why Wall Street is currently calling for a compound growth rate of 25% over the next four years. That’s an almost unheard of growth rate for a company its size.

Now sporting a reasonably low forward P/E of 19, and a PEG ratio of nearly 0.8 — anything below 1 is considered to be cheap — I’d consider Facebook to be the perfect blend of value and growthfor long-term investors.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Domino's Pizza Inc(DPZ)

Domino’s Pizza investors were nervous, as sales growth slowed at the end of 2017. Sure, the delivery giant beat rivals like Pizza Hut and Papa John’s, but gains weren’t nearly as strong as they had been. Comparable-store sales, or sales at existing locations, increased 8% in 2017 to mark the first time comps hadn’t expanded at a double-digit rate in three years.

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That appeared to be just a temporary speed bump, though. The chain recently announced that comps sped up to an 8% rate in the first quarter from 4% in the prior quarter, thanks to a solid mix of growth in both its domestic and international segments.

The healthy sales gains mean Domino’s aggressive expansion strategy can continue as management looks to operate as many as 8,000 locations in the U.S., up from 5,000 today. And with most of its orders coming from digital sales channels, it’s clear that e-commerce innovations will play a key role in Domino’s ability to protect its dominant market share position from here.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: American Campus Communities Inc(ACC)

Consumer tastes change over time, and over the past two decades, college students have noticeably shifted their preferences toward off-campus housing options.

American Campus Communities is a real-estate investment trust that has emerged as a market leader in this young and fast-growing segment of residential real estate.

Most on-campus housing options in American Campus Communities’ 68 current markets are residence halls built in the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, the median age of on-campus housing options in these markets is more than half a century. In these markets, 78% of students live in other types of housing, but about two-thirds of the off-campus housing supply consists of landlord-run single-family homes and traditional apartment communities.


American Campus Community gives students a third option: modern communities that were specifically designed to meet the needs of college students. These communities have modern technology infrastructure, as well as more student-focused amenities and policies. For instance, in a traditional apartment, you generally aren’t on a separate lease from your roommates, but this can be done in student-focused housing.

Not only is American Campus Communities’ product far superior to its competition, but it’s just as affordable. Outdated on-campus housing costs an average of $722 (shared) or $916 (private) in the company’s markets, making the $751 average monthly price tag of American Campus Communities’ properties surprisingly affordable.

As I mentioned, this industry is still in its infancy, and there’s no shortage of demand for higher-quality student housing. Plus, the company’s 4.7% dividend yield represents less than 70% of 2018’s expected funds from operations, or FFO (the REIT equivalent of "earnings") — a rather low payout ratio for a REIT. So, there’s no reason to think the income won’t get even better over the coming years.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2019

Not many companies have monopolies, though some get pretty close. That list includes the following stocks. Each one has a slightly different virtual monopoly, and they clearly have vastly different businesses. But if you are looking for income from seriously entrenched industry players, you’ll want to get to know this trio of high-yielders.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2019: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Like Roper, Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) is another under-the-radar company. However, its stock sure has become something to talk about, with shares up about 50% over the past 12 months.

While the rest of the market has been floundering, RTN stock is already up more than 21%. That’s what happens when a company makes anti-missile defense systems and the U.S. military has an annual budget of roughly $700 billion.

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While the U.S. government utilizes other anti-missile defense systems — Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) also makes one — the desire for countries to boost their defensive capabilities continues to increase. That’s no surprise given the tension on the Korean Peninsula and continuing conflicts in the Middle East.

Despite expectations calling for revenue growth of about 5% this year and next year, earnings are set to explode — no pun intended. Analysts are looking for 27% growth this year and more than 15% growth in 2019. With earnings growth outpacing revenue growth, look for margins to expand as well. If the government keeps spending like Trump has so far, expect more lucrative contracts in the future, too.

After flagging the stock as a potential breakout candidate earlier this month, the recent 52-week highs come as little surprise. Going forward, look for RTN to make even more highs so long as its uptrend support holds steady (as shown on the chart). Keep in mind, the average analyst price target sits at $240.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2019: Invitae Corporation(NVTA)

Invitae is engaged in genetic diagnostics for hereditary disorders which include breast, colon and pancreatic cancer. This popular biotech growth pick is sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) right now. Investors are excited about the company’s rapid revenue growth, with current estimates calling for sales to improve by 83.4% in 2018. Invitae is not yet profitable, but analysts are expecting EPS improvement of nearly 16% this year. This is also going to be hot option for M&A and partnership chatter. Just this week, Invitae expanded its relationship with Sarepta Therapeutics to help clinicians identify patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2019: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

The social media behemoth plunged to significant technical support at its 200-day SMA during February’s selling. Price bounced from the support level and is now hovering directly below the 50-day, setting up an ideal break out buy situation.

Facebook is expected to grow earnings by an astounding 30% over the next five years, and the company boasts a PEG ratio less than one.

I love the fact that the company is starting to exploit its multiple untapped sources of profits such as Watch, Marketplace, Workplace, and the billion-user Messenger platform.

At the current valuation, I see only upside for Facebook.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2019: Global Medical REIT Inc.(GMRE)

Global Medical is a real estimate investment company engaged in the acquisition of purpose-built healthcare facilities and the leasing of these facilities to clinical operators. GMRE presents a dividend yield of about 9.5%, and the stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). This is also an aggressive growth pick for 2018. According to our latest Zacks Consensus Estimates, analysts are expecting GMRE to witness EPS growth of 39% and revenue growth of 75% in the current fiscal year. However, the stock has a PEG ratio of just 1.3, so investors are getting a discount on this growth potential.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2019: ONEOK Inc.(OKE)

ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) grew its quarterly dividend from 77 cents per share to 79.5 cents, representing a raise of 3%. The oil and gas storage and transportation company will pay out its higher dividend to shareholders of record as of April 30 on May 15. Therefore, GEL shares trade ex-dividend on April 27.
OKE Dividend Yield: 5.15%