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Top 5 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

In a matter of just a few years, “the Cloud” has evolved from a budding new tech feature to one of the main factors driving growth in the technology sector. Cloud computing is now an essential focus for software-related companies, and cloud stocks have piqued the interest of many tech-focused investors.

New technologies and changing consumer behavior have changed the shape of the technology landscape, and an industry that was once centered on the personal computer has adapted to survive in the world of mobile computing and the Cloud. The markets have been paying attention, and some of the best tech stocks have been those that are either primarily cloud-based companies, or those that have shown growth in their cloud operations.

With this in mind, we’ve highlighted three stocks that are not only showing strong cloud-related activity, but also strong fundamental metrics. Check out these three cloud stocks to buy right now:

Top 5 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Senseonics Holdings, Inc.(SENS)

Senseonics Holdings is the best performer of the three, with its stock price skyrocketing more than 130% over the last 12 months. The big news for Senseonics came in March when an FDA advisory committee unanimously recommended approval for the company’s Eversense implantable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system.

The potential for Eversense has made Senseonics quite popular on Wall Street. Analysts have picked it as one of the fastest-growing diabetes stocks of 2018 — and, so far, they’ve been right on the money. 

Eversense includes a small sensor inserted completely under the skin. This sensor communicates with a smart transmitter worn over it. Blood glucose levels are automatically sent every five minutes to a mobile app on the user’s smartphone. Eversense’s implantable sensors last up to 90 days, with the Eversense XL system allowing sensors to last for up to 180 days, which makes using the system much more convenient for diabetic patients.

Senseonics expects to launch Eversense in the U.S. later this year. The company also hopes to introduce the Eversense XL system in Europe in 2018 and begin a pivotal clinical trial of the system in the U.S.

Top 5 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) just crushed it again in the last quarter, and along with all the cash it is repatriating, it is what is known as a “GARP” stock. That’s an abbreviation for “Growth at a Reasonable Price.” We don’t want to overpay for growth stocks. It’s easy to do.

AAPL stock has $266 billion of cash and investments, offset by $101 billion in debt on its balance sheet. AAPL will pay up about $40 billion in taxes on that money, meaning AAPL stock has a net cash position of about $25 per share.

With today’s market cap of $949 billion, the market places a value on Apple’s business at $771 billion. With $58 billion in TTM net income, AAPL stock only trades at 13.3x net earnings. Analysts estimate 13% annualized growth going forward.

However, I add a 10% premium for each of these: robust free cash flow, strong cash position and irrefutable worldwide brand name. AAPL stock is a cheap growth stock for retirement.

Top 5 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

So when my kids sit down to talk about our Tesla investment with their own young ones, a couple of decades from now, I’d imagine something like this:

When daddy first invested in Tesla, people thought it was a car company. You know, the first lineup of totally electric cars, kicking those antiquated petroleum monsters to the curb. That took a while but nobody buys gas cars anymore. Unless you’re running a car museum, I guess. Tesla really started that changeover, and for a while it really was all about the cars.

But you know, Elon Musk was pretty clear about his long-term goals from the start. The original master plan of 2006 was to keep building more and more affordable electric cars, pushing the entire industry in that direction and setting the stage for a gas-free future.

Musk doubled down on the same basic goals 10 years later and expanded them a bit. At that point, Tesla was working on solar panels and large batteries, moving beyond the car business. Sure, it also worked on self-driving vehicles and a more complete lineup of vehicles back then, forming the financial bedrock under the cross-industry behemoth Tesla would become later.

Here in the 2040s, there’s no real reason to buy cars for your own use and nobody really cares which nameplate is on the self-driving car you hailed today. So Tesla moved on, and now it’s a next-generation energy giant with a finger in every pie from infrastructure and entertainment to sustainable farming and space exploration. As you know, early investors have seen fantastic returns over the decades. I just don’t know how Daddy Moose saw this coming all the way back in the 2010s, but we can thank that long-term vision for half of the wealth he’s passing on to us now.

The details may be wrong, but the overall gist of that story should be on target.

Top 5 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Chesapeake Energy Corporation(CHK)

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) shares are punching up and out of a four-month consolidation range, breaking clear of its upper Bollinger Band to close in on its 200-day moving average, which it has not tested since early 2017. This is a reversal of the selling pressure seen in the wake of a downgrade from Citigroup analysts on April 17.

The company will next report results on Aug. 2 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of 12 cents per share on revenues of $1.1 billion. When the company last reported on May 2, earnings of 34 cents per share beat estimates by seven cents despite a 15.4% drop in revenues.

Top 5 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MetLife, Inc.(MET)

 Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value Score of A. The 3-5 year EPS growth rate for the stock is estimated at 11.4%.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

The stock market has been a bit volatile this year, but there are some sectors that are still experiencing significant share price gains. For example, the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sector is up about 22% over the past 12 months. Those gains are pretty impressive, but a handful of tech stocks, have seen their share prices jump about five times as much.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: BlackBerry Limited(BB)

BlackBerry is best known to the public for its once-iconic brand of smartphones, but the company ditched hardware manufacturing recently and now serves as an enterprise software and services company. This transition is finally getting the attention of analysts, and an improving earnings outlook has earned the stock a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company has also managed to surpass EPS estimates in nine consecutive quarters. Still, this is one for the long haul, with earnings expected to expand at an annualized rate of nearly 19% over the next three to five years.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

Tesla (TSLA) shares are on the verge of breaking down out of a multimonth consolidation range amid ongoing Model 3 production woes, executive departures and fresh worries about the future of autonomous vehicles after an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian.

Goldman Sachs analysts, in a recent note, reiterated a sell rating on worries about output and Q1 deliveries.

The company will next report results on May 2 after the close. Analysts are looking for a loss of $3.22 per share on revenues of $3.6 billion. When the company last reported on Feb. 7, a loss of $3.04 per share beat estimates by 11 cents on a 43.9% rise in revenues.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Uniti Group Inc.(UNIT)

This real estate investment trust currently has a 12.6% dividend yield, which is often a red flag. Extremely high yields tend to come with very low share prices, which in turn is a healthy market reaction to deeply troubled business operations.

But maybe pigs do fly after all. This huge yield seems to stem from a misunderstanding, not some profound insight about impending doom.

It’s true that Uniti is tethered to another company that really does deserve plenty of crimson-flag-waving. Regional telecom Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN) reported a $2.1 billion net loss over the last four quarters, along with roughly breakeven free cash flow and negative EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) profit. Uniti is the new embodiment of Windstream’s former network infrastructure operations, which were spun out as a stand-alone business three years ago. Since then, Windstream’s future has only darkened, while Uniti has been edging away from its old parent company in many ways.

Sometimes, Uniti is punished for Windstream’s sins. But it’s obvious to me that Uniti walked away from the 2015 separation with the better deal. What we see today is a struggling telecom that spun out its most valuable and effective operations in a Hail Mary attempt to gain some financial stability. In the future, I fully expect Windstream to either go bankrupt or agree to a pennies-on-the-dollar buyout, just to salvage a tiny bit of shareholder and debt-writer value. When that happens, Uniti will go on supplying its services through some 4.8 million miles of fiber-optic network strands and 700 wireless towers, but to a whole new set of clients.

When that day comes, Uniti shares will take another big hit as many investors expect the dying Windstream to drag this company down behind it. Maybe I’ll buy more shares at that point, because Uniti’s long-term story is solid.

And in the meantime, you can’t beat that ultragenerous dividend yield.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tele Celular Sul Participacoes S.A.(TSU)

TIM Participacoes SA (NYSE:TSU) based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the company is the sole wireless service provider throughout Brazil.

TIM Participacoes has expected earnings growth of 27.5% for current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 4.1% over the last 60 days.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: MeetMe, Inc.(MEET)

Often when you run across small-cap tech stocks, you have to pay a big premium for growth. But savvy investors don’t just chase highflying names, but also extreme values among small-cap stocks in the sector.

That’s what Meet Group Inc (NASDAQ:MEET) offers. Via its MeetMe website and app that go by the same name, Meet Group helps connect people and businesses with one another based on location. That sounds like a go-to segment to be in right now given the push for geolocation in every sector from retail to information technology, right?

The challenge is that Meet Group debuted a bit early, in 2011 before the mobile promise was fully understood and while investors were about to go “risk off” because of the European debt crisis. In the intervening years, sexier platforms like Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat have sucked all the oxygen out of the room, and this tiny $200 million company has been all but forgotten.

But quietly, the fundamentals of MEET have been improving impressively. Right now, Meet Group recorded 60% revenue growth in 2017 — and unlike other small-cap tech stocks, it actually posted plenty of actual profits.

Yet despite this impressive narrative, MEET shares are trading a single-digit P/E ratio 8! That’s if you act while the stock is still under my buy-below price.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019

Gold rose above last week’s closing level of $1,347.90 an ounce in Monday’s trading as threats of “actual wars” pushed the price of the yellow metal.

Prices had earlier touched a five-week high in March 2018 as threats of a trade war between the United States and China weighed on the dollar and equities. On Jan 25, spot gold touched a high of $1,366 an ounce. Gold value has increased more than 2% in 2018 so far, after recording a healthy 12% gain last year.

As markets remain skeptical in the face of the ongoing geopolitical tensions, prices are expected to move northward.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.(ROIC)

While many investors grapple with uncertainty surrounding the state of the retail industry, Retail Opportunity Investments has been busy carving out its own sustainable niche. This real estate investment trust (REIT) focuses on buying and revitalizing grocery-anchored retail properties in mid- to high-income areas in the Western United States. Their necessity-based nature means those properties have proven largely immune to broader retail-industry struggles, enabling the company to maintain healthy lease rates (above 97% for the past 15 quarters), and giving it pricing power for base rents (up 21.6% and 8.3% on new and renewed leases last quarter, respectively).

Perhaps best of all for prospective buyers of the stock, Retail Opportunity Investments has pulled back around 13% over the past year even as the company continues to steadily build its portfolioand demonstrate its relative strength. With shares now trading at a reasonable 14.5 times this year’s expected funds from operations, and with a dividend yielding around 4.6% annually as of this writing, I think Retail Opportunity Investments is easily one of the market’s most promising retail stocks today.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Xcerra Corporation(XCRA)

Little-Known Stocks to Buy: Xcerra (XCRA)

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Xcerra Corp (NASDAQ:XCRA) is fundamentally in the business of making and operating semiconductor testing equipment.

While this has been a traditionally cyclical market, the fact is, now that more and more “dumb” devices are now becoming “smart,” chipmakers are able to create longer tails on their chip production. That makes the lag between new generations of chips shorter and provides more stability for companies like XCRA.

Also, since there are growing uses for chips, XCRA is in a much better position than big chipmakers since they are constantly under pressure to innovate to keep up with current technological demands, whereas XCRA simply needs to make sure its diagnostic and performance equipment can deliver the results clients are looking for.

Up  38% this year, and sporting a $745 million market cap, this one could be moving up to the mid-cap sector pretty soon.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Euronet Worldwide Inc.(EEFT)

Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ:EEFT) provides payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions and retailers worldwide.

The company’s total revenue stands at $2,252 million as of fiscal year ending December 2017. This is 77.7% higher than the $1,268 million achieved in fiscal year December 2012 and represents a five-year CAGR of 12.2%. Euronet Worldwide’s revenue growth has also steadily ranged from 6.5% to 17.8% over the last five fiscal years.

Analysts are estimating that Euronet Worldwide’s total revenue will reach $3,869 million by fiscal year 2022 representing a five-year CAGR of 11.4%.

Applying these assumptions to 8 valuation models imply nice upside for shareholders.

Euronet Worldwide’s stock currently trades at $86.43 per share as of Tuesday, up only 2.8% over the last year. However, finbox.io’s intrinsic value estimate suggests that shares could increase 34.1% going forward.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.(SEDG)

Solaredge Technologies also reported on its latest quarterly earnings results.

For its first quarter, the solar energy products provider announced revenue of $209.9 million, which was ahead of the $205 million that analysts were calling for in their consensus estimate.

Solaredge Technologies also impressed in its earnings call as the company reported adjusted earnings of 87 cents per share. Wall Street was calling for adjusted earnings of 80 cents per share.

For its second quarter, the company is calling for revenue in the range of $220 million to $230 million, ahead of analysts’ forecast of $208 million. Solaredge Technologies also announced that it is entering the multibillion-dollar market for uninterruptible power supplies as it will acquire Gamatronic Electronic Industries.

SEDG stock soared 16.5% during regular trading hours and fell 0.2% after hours.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)

Shopify stock is up more than four times in value over less than three years since coming public. And yet, over the course of those three years, the company’s losses have doubled (from $19 million in 2015 to $40 million last year), and its rate of cash burn, — less than $1 million in 2015 — has swelled to more than $12 million burnt over the past 12 months.

So why is Shopify stock so popular? Sales growth appears to be investors’ primary motivator. In 2015, Shopify took in $205 million in revenue — up more than eight times from the $24 million in sales booked in 2012. Last year, Shopify’s sales had swelled to more than $673 million, another three-fold increase — close to a 100% annualized growth rate.

Is there any other company we know about that can match that kind of performance? Actually, there is: Tesla.

Like Shopify, Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, has posted astounding sales growth off of a very small base. It may be hard to recall today, but as recently as 2011, Tesla had only sold 1,500 or so cars since its creation. Even today, with more than 250,000 cars sold, Tesla’s entire "lifetime achievement" is fewer cars than GM sells in a month. Growing off its exceedingly small base, finviz.com calculates that Tesla’s sales have grown at a very Shopify-like growth rate of 95%, annualized.

Granted, Tesla still isn’t profitable. Then again, neither is Shopify, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down its stock growth. And like Shopify, Tesla is expected to turn profitable as early as 2020. If you’re looking for a rocket stock that could put Shopify’s returns to shame, look no further than Tesla.

 

A red Tesla Model S.