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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

For better or worse, growth stocks are notoriously volatile. But for astute investors who can manage to recognize timely buying opportunities, they can be a fantastic way to generate outsized gains over the long term.

So we asked three top Motley Fool investors to each discuss a growth stock that they think investors should consider buying now. Read on to learn why they like following stocks.


Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) added to its 47% spike in 2017 to gain over 80% so far this year. The micro-blogging platform isn’t logging anything near the user growth or the profit boosts that peer Facebook has managed. However, Twitter did post a 21% sales improvement in the most recent quarter as growth accelerated sharply from the prior quarter’s 2% uptick. Looking ahead, shareholders are hoping that CEO Jack Dorsey and his team can significantly boost the user base from its current level of 336 million. As its content trends toward high-margin video, meanwhile, advertising income should help Twitter log another year of earnings improvements as it works toward achieving annual profitability.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hess Corporation(HES)

While red-hot oil prices helped fuel Hess’ gains this year, it was far from the only catalyst. Hess and its partner ExxonMobil announced three more offshore discoveries near Guyana, bringing the total to eight. The partners now plan to develop three phases of that field, which could produce more than 500,000 barrels of oil per day by late 2023. In addition to that, Hess continued cleaning up its portfolio and balance sheet by selling its joint venture in the Utica Shale and paying off more debt. Meanwhile, the company has used the excess cash generated by higher oil prices to buy back stock, authorizing a $1.5 billion repurchase program, enough to retire nearly 10% of its outstanding shares. The company could expand that program even further later this year given the uptick in crude prices.  

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Red Hat, Inc.(RHT)

This is a rare opportunity to pick up shares in a red-hot growth stock at a serious discount.

The Linux and open-source software veteran had seen its share prices double in 52 weeks, heading into June’s first-quarter report. In that report, Red Hat exceeded its own guidance targets across the board and also stomped Wall Street’s expectations. Yet, the stock took a 12% nosedive the next day and has stayed down ever since. Today, Red Hat shares are trading 23% below those pre-earnings highs.

Analysts took one look at Red Hat’s modest second-quarter guidance, ignoring optimistic full-year targets, and punished the stock with a slew of downgrades and target-price cuts.

It’s true that Red Hat shares were trading a little high before this correction, as the market cap amounted to 112 times trailing earnings and 36 times free cash flows. But Red Hat has earned its druthers by posting a long string of fantastic high-growth results. In the first quarter, earnings rose 24% year over year on 20% higher sales.

The growth story hasn’t changed — analysts simply overreacted to a strong seasonal swing. Right now, Red Hat’s stock trades at 27 times free cash flows — quite comparable to larger and slower-growing enterprise software rivals SAP (NYSE: SAP) at 33 times FCF and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) price-to-FCF ratio of 23.

This sale won’t last. Grab Red Hat’s stock while the discount is hot.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Successful investors know the value of a company that generates cash and has a durable competitive advantage over the competition. If you combine those with growth you get a stock with home run potential. That’s why after all these years of the stock going up, Apple is still a great buy today. 

The chart below shows that Apple is still a growth company, increasing revenue by 45% over the last five years and generated over $53 billion of net income in the past year. 

AAPL Revenue (TTM) Chart


What Apple has going for it is an engrained ecosystem in smartphones that will be nearly impossible for competitors to penetrate. The iPhone may only have 15.6% of the global smartphone market, according to IDC, but it’s the premium portion of the market and generates far more value than competitors. iPhone is also the center of the ecosystem, which expands to Macs, Apple TVs, AirPods, and other products that work seamlessly with Apples apps and services. 

For investors, the earnings you see above are returned in the form of a dividend, currently yielding 1.6%, and share buybacks using the $145.4 billion of net cash on the balance sheet. With a new plan to be "cash neutral," that could mean hundreds of billions in share buybacks over the next decade, $100 billion of which is already authorized by the board of directors. Whether you’re looking at earnings, cash on the balance sheet, or a company with a wide competitive moat, Apple fits the bill. 

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a lot of talk about something that we haven’t heard about for almost a decade — inflation.

For the past nearly 10 years, the Federal Reserve and all the central banks in all the industrialized nations have been managing interest rates to keep them outrageously low until the financial system had a chance to right itself.

Now, we’re in the next phase of that great experiment. Economies are coming back online and central banks are starting to raise interest rates to keep inflation a bay while not shutting off the green shoots of growth.

But this isn’t a science. It’s a bit messy. It means that growth will be more uneven than it has been in the past. And you need to find firms with solid sales earnings growth as well as technical and fundamental strengths to keep the profits rolling.

These are seven fast-growing stocks to buy today that will keep you in good stead for years to come.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Welltower Inc.(WELL)

Another REIT I have my eye on is healthcare REIT Welltower, the largest real estate investment trust that specializes in healthcare properties and one of the largest REITs of any kind in the market.

Healthcare REITs have also been one of the sector’s underperformers recently, especially those that own senior housing. One big factor is that there are fears of oversupply in the senior housing industry. And to be clear, I’m not refuting that — developers have certainly produced new inventory faster than the growth rate of the market.

However, oversupply is a temporary problem, especially with a long-term growth opportunity as big as senior housing. And as a result of it, along with overall REIT weakness, Welltower trades for less than 13 times last year’s FFO.

Welltower owns nearly 1,300 healthcare properties, the majority of which are senior-oriented. Approximately 72% of the company’s NOI comes from senior housing and another 11% comes from long-term care properties. The other 17% of the portfolio is made up of outpatient medical facilities, and while this isn’t a senior-specific property type, they do make a disproportionately large amount of their money from older patients.

Here’s why you should care, especially if you measure your investment time horizon in decades. The U.S. population is aging rapidly, due to a combination of the massive baby boomer generation and generally longer life expectancies. In fact, the 65-and-older population is projected to roughly double by 2050 (when the oldest millennials will be pushing 70), and the 85-and-older population is expected to double in just 20 years.

This should create a huge, sustained growth in demand for senior-focused healthcare, and with such a high concentration of these properties, Welltower is in a good position to benefit. Furthermore, Welltower has the financial strength to develop properties in high-barrier urban markets, like Manhattan and Toronto, where the company is currently building senior living facilities. These properties provide the company a big edge over competitors, as 65% and 73% of the seniors in those respective cities want to stay.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Chevron Corporation(CVX)

Chevron has a good reputation for paying dividends. Not only does the oil giant have a yield of 3.6% right now, it’s also made annual dividend increases for more than 30 years. The most recent boost came earlier this year, taking the quarterly payout up by 4% to $1.12 per share.

Offshore drilling rig at sea with small boat in background.


Many oil companies have had to adjust to lower crude prices by finding ways to enhance production rates by adding to their assets. Yet at least so far, Chevron has avoided that strategic direction, instead focusing its efforts on cost reduction and making the most of its current production assets. Chevron isn’t giving up on strategic acquisitions and other investments, but anticipated annual spending levels of $18 billion to $20 billion aren’t nearly as large as they might seem for a company its size. With the recent rise in oil prices, Chevron’s bigger bet on the long-term promise of various shale plays across the U.S. could pay off without nearly as big a shift in its business model. And that could prove to be the best possible outcome for this global oil giant.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) shares look ready to resume the upward march that started late last summer, more than doubling off of its September low into the high set in March.

A profit-taking pullback ensued, but the bulls are on the charge again pushing shares up and over their 50-day moving average. Aegis analysts highlighted in a recent note to clients that both Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) have announced partnerships to deliver content — including live and unique programming — on the platform.

The company will next report results on July 26 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of 16 cents per share on revenues of $696.4 million. When the company last reported on April 25, earnings of 16 cents per share beat estimates by five cents on a 21.3% rise in revenues.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Phillips 66(PSX)

Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) is a welcome breath of fresh air in the energy space. That’s because while many energy stocks were slowing dividend growth down to a trickle during the oil-price collapse starting in summer 2014 – or even cutting payouts – Phillips 66 has kept the income pipeline flowing.

Namely, since 2014, this refiner and midstream company has juiced its dividend by nearly 80%, including a substantial 11% hike last year.

PSX should have plenty of ammunition for another dividend increase come early May, when it typically makes an announcement. That’s because the company reported yet another excellent quarter a couple months ago that beat the pants off analyst estimates – profits of $1.07 per share were well ahead of the consensus estimate of 86 cents.

But the spending won’t end there. Phillips 66 also plans to spend $500 million more on capital expenditures in 2018 than it did in 2017, which should fuel growth over the coming years.

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.

Headshot of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg


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 Right Now

Using conventional economic thinking, an investor should move some of their money from stocks to bonds as interest rates rise because they are less risky, and the rate of return is better. So as U.S. Treasury rates hit 3%, I’m sure there are some conventional thinkers out there that will start to sell their stocks and move into bonds. 

Just because it’s conventional thinking doesn’t mean you should follow it, though, because there are several companies out there that yield more than 3% and provide both the stability of a reliable dividend and the upside of owning a stock. We asked three of our contributing investors to each highlight a stock they see as a great investment yielding more than a 10-year Treasury bond today. Here’s why they picked the following stocks.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Encana Corp (USA) (NYSE:ECA) is already reaping the benefit of higher oil prices. This leading U.S. energy producer just announced a quarterly profit beat due to a broad rise in global prices. “Consistent with our plan, we expect significant high-margin oil and condensate growth in the second half of 2018,” Encana CEO Doug Suttles revealed in a statement.

The company boasts a strong portfolio of diverse resource plays producing natural gas as well as oil. On the oil front, Encana owns assets in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, Duverney and Montney resources. Over its five-year plan, the company recently ramped up its guidance for oil production of ~600 MBoe/d by 2022, easily beating Street expectations.

“We like Encana because it has exposure to the most economic resource plays in North America; its best-in-class production and cash flow growth; its focus on achieving improved economics through application of technology balanced by its relative valuation to Permian/Montney names” cheers five-star Canaccord Genuity analyst Dennis Fong. He has a $14.50 price target on the stock — indicating 8% upside potential from current levels.

However the average analyst price target works out at a more bullish $15.17 (13% upside potential). Plus we can see that in the last year, Encana has received 100% Street support. This means non-stop buy ratings (with 6 in the last three months alone).

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Merck & Company, Inc.(MRK)

Finally, Merck is the lowest-yielding stock of this group of three, yet even it manages to post a 3.2% yield from its dividend. The drugmaker has several well-known medications that produce a ton of cash flow. And even though the many clinical trials in its pipeline are expensive, Merck has enough capital to reinvest in its business and still leave plenty behind for dividend payments. Merck hasn’t been as reliable as its peers in dividend growth, but for seven straight years now, shareholders have seen rising payouts on an annual basis.

Merck has seen a lot of changes recently in where it gets revenue from its core pharma business. Blockbuster treatments like Januvia and Janumet for diabetes have faced pressure on the pricing front, while cardiovascular drugs Vytorin and Zetia have had to deal with greater competition from generics. Yet Merck has seen some other drugs step up to provide the growth to offset sales declines elsewhere. For example, cancer-fighter Keytruda has been a promising high-growth drug, and Merck hopes to get Food and Drug Administration approval for its use in a wider range of illnesses.

The drugmaker has also made a big boost in research-and-development spending to build out its pipeline of future candidate treatments. All told, Merck isn’t shying away from the challenge of reinvesting in its own business, and similar strategies have worked out well in the past.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

Twitter Inc (TWTR) is getting hit by criticism from the Israeli government on security concerns.

This is all in the context of overcrowded investor positioning in the sector, with hedge funds and retail traders equally guilty, resulting in massive inflows into the group in recent weeks.

That raises the specter of a disorderly unwind as panicked selling leads to profit taking and a rush for the exits.

Here are four big-cap tech stocks to sell now. Click through the slideshow to see them.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP(MCEP)

Hot Penny Stocks: Mid-Con Energy Partners (MCEP)

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Tulsa-based Mid-Con Energy Partners LP(NASDAQ:MCEP) is an upstream oil and natural gas producer. As an exploration and production company, times are great when oil prices are high. However, in an environment of low prices, revenue generation becomes a struggle.

Fortunately for MCEP stock, crude oil now trades in the $70-per-barrel range, its highest price since 2014.

MCEP stock traded as high as $27 per share in 2013. The oil price slump of 2014-16 hit its interests hard. By 2016, MCEP had become a penny stock, trading as low as 73 cents per share at one point. The stock has struggled to gain traction since then, but now trades in the $1.75-per-share range.

However, company financials may have begun a turnaround. Revenue fell from $96.91 million in 2014 to $56.1 million by 2016. Although revenues rose to $58.93 million in 2017, analysts estimate revenues will remain below $60 million for both 2018 and 2019.

Whether those estimates factor in higher crude prices remains unclear. And at these levels, investors should still consider MCEP stock speculative. However, the stock remained consistently above $20 per share while oil traded above $100 per barrel. If oil can continue to climb higher, perhaps MCEP stock will return to 2013 levels and become one of the hot penny stocks.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Urban Outfitters has seen its stock price skyrocket 120% over the last year and 20% during the last 12 weeks. The trendy fashion retailer’s quarterly revenues are projected to climb by nearly 10% to touch $837.08 million. Investors should also be excited to see that Urban Outfitters’ earnings are expected to hit $0.30 per share, which would mark a 130.7% surge from the prior-year quarter. 

URBN is also currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), with an Earnings ESP of 2.52%. URBN’s Most Accurate Estimate is also coming in 1 cent better than our current consensus estimate. This, of course, means that Urban Outfitters could top earnings estimates when it reports its Q1 financial results after market close on Tuesday, May 22.

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Semiconductor stocks were hit hard by the recent market sell-off, but the underlying business of this industry is growing—and should continue that trend in 2018 and beyond. Throughout the chip-making space, companies have successfully adapted to the changing needs of the consumer, including an increased demand for small, high-powered chips that enable “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices.

For those that don’t know, the Internet of Things is the growing world of interconnected household and industrial devices. Everyday products and machines can now be embedded with sensor technology to process data or interact with other electronic devices.

For example, consumer-level IoT products include things like Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo “smart speaker,” wearable motion and activity tracking products, and advanced in-car technology. On the commercial side of the IoT market, industrial manufacturers have begun implementing sensors into machines to track performance and efficiency.

As demand for the microchips that power these IoT devices continues to grow, semiconductor manufacturers with a focus on IoT products will continue to benefit. And 2018 promises to be another marquee year for these suppliers, with the number of connected devices worldwide set to continue its rapid growth.

With that said, we’ve found three already-strong stocks that are looking to benefit even more from further IoT growth in 2018:

Hot Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)

I’m not the biggest fan of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) based on current valuation, but there is no doubt that this stock has broken its two-year slump and skyrocketed to levels not seen in several years.

For most of 2016 and 2017, TWTR stock was range bound in the mid-teens level. Advertising revenue growth was coming off the rails, and actually dipped into negative territory for several consecutive quarters in 2017. Profitability concerns grew, and the question turned from “How profitable can Twitter be?” to “Will Twitter ever be profitable?”

But then everything changed in the fourth quarter of 2017. Advertising revenue growth, which had fallen into negative territory for the prior three quarters, jumped back into positive territory. The company started to figure out how to monetize its data through a data licensing businesses, which sells user data to third-party buyers. That added more firepower to revenue growth.

Plus, it’s a particularly high-margin business, so data licensing ramp led to margin expansion. Profit margins started to creep into positive territory.

All this continued in the company’s first quarter earnings report. Ad revenue growth accelerated. Data licensing revenue growth accelerated. Margins expanded. Profitability improved.

TWTR stock dropped on the news because management sounded a cautious tone on growth going forward given a competitive landscape. Plus, regulation hangs over the stock, particularly the company’s data licensing business.

For those reasons, TWTR stock looks risky here.

But there is no doubt that TWTR stock is one of the hottest turnaround stories on Wall Street right now.

Hot Stocks To Buy Right Now: Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.(WDR)

It’s no secret that the actively managed investment fund industry is under pressure. High fees, generally poor performance and an ever-growing number of low-cost passively managed funds are all factors putting pressure on companies like Waddell & Reed.

Dividend Stocks to Avoid: Waddell & Reed (WDR)


The company’s earnings have steadily declined since 2014, pushing its dividend payout ratio up to close to 90% last year. As a result, management ultimately decided to slash the firm’s quarterly dividend by 46%.

Simply Safe Dividends had assigned the company a Dividend Safety Score of 12 prior to its reduction announcement, signaling high risk of a payout cut.

Unfortunately the outlook remains somewhat grim for the business, largely driven by continued performance struggles and relatively high fees that averaged 66.5 basis points last quarter.

Less than 30% of Waddell & Reed’s fund assets were ranked in the top half of their group by Morningstar over the past three-year performance period. Not surprisingly, Waddell & Reed continues to see a couple billion dollars of asset outflows each quarter.

Should the market take a tumble, the business would come under further strain.

Hot Stocks To Buy Right Now: Knight Transportation, Inc.(KNX)

Fast-Growing Stocks to Buy: Knight-Swift (KNX)

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Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc (NYSE:KNX) had its humble beginnings in 1966, taking steel from the Port of Los Angeles to Arizona and bringing cotton from Arizona to LA.

Today, KNX is a $4 billion business with 20,000 trucks on the road throughout the U.S. and Mexico. If you see a Swift logo on a truck while driving, it’s a KNX truck.

Charles Dow, the inspiration for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, also inspired a fundamental theory about the economy and the markets. It’s simply called Dow Theory.

One of the core tenants is that if you look at the transportation and the industrial sectors, you can predict how well the economy will be doing in the near future. If transport business is rising, that’s a bullish sign.

KNX stock is up 10% year to date and up 20% in the past five months. That’s a good sign that the economy is on an upswing, and KNX stock with it.

Hot Stocks To Buy Right Now: Network-1 Technologies, Inc.(NTIP)

(NYSEAMERICAN:NTIP) has a market cap of $65 million, so it isn’t a game changer at this point. And from the looks of things, it may not get the opportunity to even try its hand becoming a force.

Its specialty is protecting intellectual property assets. Granted this is huge deal in the tech sector where knowledge is almost as important as products. If you don’t have the ability to keep your new tech ideas out of the hands of competitors, you don’t have a chance.

Most of NTIP’s IP portfolio deals with networks and Quality of Service (QoS) patents for delivering content over the internet.

It’s off 42% in the past year, but there’s no reason to go bargain hunting now.

Hot Stocks To Buy Right Now: Celanese Corporation(CE)

Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) announced a 17% increase to its quarterly dividend, raising it from 46 cents per share to 54 cents. Dividends will be paid from the specialty chemicals manufacturer on May 10 to shareholders of record as of April 30. As a result, CE shares trade ex-dividend on April 27.
CE Dividend Yield: 1.95%