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L Brands Inc  (NYSE:LB)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

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Operator

Good morning. My name is Natalia, and I’ll be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the L Brands Fourth Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers’ remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions)

Thank you. I will now turn the call over to Ms. Amie Preston, Chief Investor Relations Officer of L Brands.

You may begin.

Amie Preston — Chief Investor Relations Officer

Thanks Natalia, and good morning everyone. Welcome L Brands’ Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call for the period ending Saturday, February 2, 2018.

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rubicon Minerals Corp(RBY)

Rubicon Minerals Corporation, a mineral exploration company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Canada and the United States. It primarily explores for gold and base metal deposits. The company?s key asset is the Phoenix Gold Project located in the Red Lake gold camp, in the Province of Ontario. As of March 31, 2010, it controlled approximately 65,000 acres of prime exploration ground in the prolific Red Lake gold district of Ontario, Canada, as well as approximately 380,000 acres surrounding the Pogo Mine in Alaska and approximately 225,000 acres in northeast Nevada. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Rubycoin (RBY) is a proof-of-stake (PoS) coin that uses the Proof of Stake hashing algorithm. It was first traded on February 24th, 2014. Rubycoin’s total supply is 26,059,506 coins. The official website for Rubycoin is www.rubycoin.org. Rubycoin’s official Twitter account is @rubycoinorg. The Reddit community for Rubycoin is /r/rubycoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Rubycoin (CURRENCY:RBY) traded 11.2% lower against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 7:00 AM ET on August 3rd. Rubycoin has a market cap of $8.39 million and $2,572.00 worth of Rubycoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Rubycoin coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.32 or 0.00004411 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Cryptopia, Bittrex and YoBit. During the last week, Rubycoin has traded 0.8% lower against the dollar.

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: SigmaTron International, Inc.(SGMA)

SigmaTron International, Inc. operates as an independent provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS). Its EMS services include production of assembled products, such as printed circuit board assemblies and completely assembled (box-build) electronic products. The company also offers automatic and manual assembly, and testing products; material sourcing and procurement services; manufacturing and test engineering support services; design services; warehousing and shipment services; and assistance in obtaining product approval from governmental and other regulatory bodies. It primarily serves appliance, gaming, industrial electronics, fitness, medical/life sciences, semiconductor, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries in the United States, Mexico, China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The company markets its services through independent manufacturers’ representative organizations. SigmaTron International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about SigmaTron International (NASDAQ:SGMA) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. SigmaTron International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.5987310031013 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: Eli Lilly and Company(LLY)

Eli Lilly and Company (the “company” or “registrant” or “Lilly”) was incorporated in 1901 in Indiana to succeed to the drug manufacturing business founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly. We discover, develop, manufacture, and market products in two business segments–human pharmaceutical products and animal health products. The mission of our human pharmaceutical business is to make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives. Our vision is to make a significant contribution to humanity by improving global health in the 21st century. Most of the products we sell today were discovered or developed by our own scientists, and our success depends to a great extent on our ability to continue to discover, develop, and bring to market innovative new medicines. Our animal health business, operating through our Elanco division, develops, manufactures, and markets products for both food animals and companion animals.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Eli Lilly And Co from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $142.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, April 10th. Guggenheim lowered Eli Lilly And Co from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $125.84 target price for the company. in a report on Thursday, April 11th. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $140.00 target price on shares of Eli Lilly And Co in a report on Sunday. Credit Suisse Group set a $121.00 target price on Eli Lilly And Co and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Eli Lilly And Co in a report on Wednesday, December 19th. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $118.02.

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    About Eli Lilly And Co

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    A government proposal in the works could lead to important changes that benefit patients and drugmakers, but the industry isn’t going to wait that long. Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) recently fired a big arrow at the bulging rebate bubble following signs of success from Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD). Here’s what you need to know about their effort to change the drug pricing landscape.   

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gladstone Commercial Corporation(GOOD)

Gladstone Commercial Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in investing in and owning net leased industrial and commercial real properties, and making long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans. The company leases its real estate properties to small businesses, as well as to large public companies. As of December 31, 2009, it owned 64 properties, and held 1 mortgage loan. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in McLean, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Gladstone Commercial Corp  (NASDAQ:GOOD)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Goodomy (CURRENCY:GOOD) traded 7.9% lower against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 15:00 PM ET on September 25th. Goodomy has a total market cap of $909,583.00 and $32.00 worth of Goodomy was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Goodomy token can now be purchased for $0.0015 or 0.00000023 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges. Over the last seven days, Goodomy has traded down 2.7% against the dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Good Energy Group (LON:GOOD) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The company reported GBX 10.80 ($0.14) EPS for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Good Energy Group had a net margin of 1.46% and a return on equity of 7.08%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Gladstone Commercial Co. (NASDAQ:GOOD) – Equities research analysts at Wedbush lowered their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for shares of Gladstone Commercial in a report released on Thursday, August 9th. Wedbush analyst H. Coffey now forecasts that the real estate investment trust will post earnings of $0.39 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.40. Wedbush currently has a “Neutral” rating on the stock. Wedbush also issued estimates for Gladstone Commercial’s Q1 2020 earnings at $0.38 EPS and Q2 2020 earnings at $0.38 EPS.

Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment engages in the time-definite delivery of letters, documents, and packages in the United States. The International Package segment offers air and ground delivery of small packages and letters to approximately 220 countries and territories, including shipments outside the United States, as well as shipments with either origin or distribution outside the United States; export services; and domestic services move shipments within a country?s borders. The Supply Chain & Freight segment provides forwarding and logistics services, such as supply chain design and management, freight distribution, customs brokerage, mail, and consulting services in approximately 195 countries and territorie s; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. In addition, the company offers various technology solutions for automated shipping, visibility, and billing; information technology systems and distribution facilities to various industries comprising healthcare, technology, and consumer/retail; and a portfolio of financial services that provides customers with short-term working capital, government guaranteed lending, global trade financing, credit cards, and export financing. It operates a fleet of approximately 99,800 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; an air fleet of 527 aircraft; and 33,800 containers used to transport cargo in its aircraft. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Logistics giant United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) is in the middle of an ambitious plan to spend upwards of $20 billion on new facilities, vehicles, aircraft, and technology through 2020, while at the same time remaining committed to growing its dividend, funding pension obligations, and continuing to buy back shares.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on United Parcel Service (UPS)

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  • [By Lee Samaha]

    After a few years of underperforming FedEx (NYSE:FDX), UPS’ (NYSE:UPS) stock has outperformed its rival’s by 33 percentage points over the last year. Moreover, both stocks are up by the low double digits in 2019. What’s going on with UPS, and has the company turned the corner? Let’s try to answer these questions in the context of UPS’ latest fourth-quarter earnings report.

  • [By John Rotonti]

    Rotonti: The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Amazon is “trying to poach shippers from FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. by targeting a common complaint: fuel surcharges and extra fees that drive up the cost of home deliveries.” What is Parnassus’s investment thesis on United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) and does this development change your thesis on UPS?

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021

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When Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) released its third-quarter earnings results, it announced plans to lay off 9% of its workforce. The move was part of an effort to become profitable in 2017. Twitter lost $103 million in the third quarter and $290 million through the first nine months of the year.

But Twitter’s workforce isn’t the only thing slimming down. Twitter is also laying off some of its underperforming products. The most recent is Fabric, Twitter’s software development kit for mobile apps. Google — the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary — is buying the business for an undisclosed amount. Twitter also shuttered Vine earlier this month as it focuses more on its core platform to generate a profit.

Twitter is having a fire sale

Rumors swirled for weeks last autumn ahead of Twitter’s third-quarter earnings that Twitter was trying to sell itself. After failing to find a buyer, Twitter is faced with the reality that it needs to show it can become profitable in order to either attract better takeout offers or attract more interest on Wall Street.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)

Foot Locker, Inc. operates as an athletic shoes and apparel retailer. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Athletic Stores segment retails athletic footwear, apparel, accessories, and equipment under various formats, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, and SIX:02, as well as Runners Point, and Sidestep. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 3,383 primarily mall-based stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Direct-to-Customers segment sell athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, team licensed products, and private-label merchandise through Internet Websites, mobile sites, and catalogs. This segment operates sites for eastbay.com, final-score.com, eastbayteamsales.com, and sp24.com, as well as footlocker.com, ladyfootlocker.com, six02.com, kidsfootlocker.com, champssports.com, footaction.com, footlocker.ca, footlocker.eu, runnerspoint.com, and sidestep-shoes.com. The company also provides franchise licenses to operate its Foot Locker stores in the Middle East and the Republic of Korea; and Runners Point Germany. It operates 64 franchised stores. The company was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Consider that the Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) recently reported its growth more than doubled expectations in its most recent quarter. And yet, just days ago, the sports chain said it will shutter 165 stores.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Imperial Capital reiterated their outperform rating on shares of Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) in a research note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. They currently have a $70.00 price objective on the athletic footwear retailer’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $66.00.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Aqua America, Inc.(WTR)

Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua America), incorporated on November 14, 1968, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides water or wastewater services in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. The Company is the holding company for its primary subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. The Company’s market-based activities are conducted through Aqua Resources Inc. and Aqua Infrastructure, LLC. Aqua Resources Inc. provides water and wastewater service through operating and maintenance contracts with municipal authorities and other parties in close proximity to its utility companies’ service territories; offers, through a third party, water and wastewater line repair service and protection solutions to households; inspects, cleans and repairs storm and sanitary wastewater lines; installs and tests devices that manage the contamination of potable water; designs and builds water and wastewater systems, and provides other market-based water and wastewater services. The Company’s non-regulated subsidiary, Aqua Infrastructure LLC, provides non-utility raw water supply services for firms in the natural gas drilling industry.

The Company’s utility customer base is diversified among residential water, commercial water, fire protection, industrial water, other water, wastewater customers, and other utility customers (consisting of operating contracts that are closely associated with the utility operations). The Company’s water utility operations obtain their water supplies from surface water sources underground aquifers and water purchased from other water suppliers. Its water supplies are self-supplied and processed at 20-surface water treatment plants located in fits states and numerous well stations located in all of the states in which it conducts business. Approximately 8% of its water supplies are provided through water purchased from other water suppliers. The Company owns several sewer collection systems where the wastewater is treat! ed at a municipally owned facility. Its properties consist of water transmission and distribution mains and wastewater collection pipelines, water and wastewater treatment plants, pumping facilities, wells, tanks, meters, pipes, dams, reservoirs, buildings, vehicles, land, easements, rights-of-way, and other facilities and equipment used for the operation of its systems, including the collection, treatment, storage, and distribution of water and the collection and treatment of wastewater.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Aqua America Inc (NYSE:WTR)Q42018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) updated its FY19 earnings guidance on Tuesday. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $1.45-1.50 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.49.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc(LL)

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. (Lumber Liquidators), incorporated in November 12, 2009, is a multi-channel specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, and hardwood flooring enhancements and accessories. The Company offers an assortment of exotic and domestic hardwood species, engineered hardwood, laminate and resilient vinyl flooring direct to the consumer. The Company also features the renewable flooring products, bamboo and cork, and provides a selection of flooring enhancements and accessories, including moldings, noise-reducing underlay, adhesives and flooring tools. The Company also provides in-home delivery and installation services to certain of its customers. The Company’s product categories include Solid and Engineered Hardwood; Laminate; Bamboo, Cork and Vinyl Plank, and Moldings and Accessories. The Company sells its products primarily to homeowners or to contractors on behalf of homeowners. Lumber Liquidators operates over 375 stores located in over 50 states and Canada. In addition to its stores in Ontario, Canada, the Company has over 370 the United States stores in operation.

The Company operates in a holding company structure with Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. serving as its parent company and certain direct and indirect subsidiaries, including Lumber Liquidators, Inc., Lumber Liquidators Services, LLC, Lumber Liquidators Production, LLC, and Lumber Liquidators Canada Inc., conducting its operations. The Company offers wood flooring under over 20 brand names, led by its flagship Bellawood. The Company’s hardwood flooring products are available in various widths and lengths. It offers over 400 different flooring product stock-keeping units. In addition to the store locations, the Company’s products may be ordered, and customer questions/concerns addressed, through both its call center in Toano, Virginia, and its Website, www.lumberliquidators.com. The Company finishes the majority of the Bellawood products on its finishing lines in Toano, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    First, you must understand that Tilson ran a long/short hedge fund, with an emphasis on the short side of the equation. Five and a half years ago, Tilson most famously brought to the public’s attention the fact that Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) — which he shorted — was selling formaldehyde-drenched, Chinese-made laminate flooring.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL)Q42018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 18, 2019, 8:00 a.m. ET

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Ardelyx, Inc.(ARDX)

Ardelyx, Inc. discovers, develops, and commercializes minimally-systemic therapeutics for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to treat GI and cardio-renal diseases. Its lead product candidate is tenapanor, which is in Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of patients with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, as well as in Phase IIb clinical trial for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia or elevated serum phosphorus levels in patients with end-stage renal disease. The company is also developing RDX022, an oral, non-absorbed potassium-binder for the treatment of hyperkalemia or elevated serum potassium. Its drug candidates in earlier stages of research and development include RDX009, a secretagogue of glucagon-like peptide-1 and glucagon-like peptide-2; and RDX013, a small molecule drug candidate for hyperkalemia. It has a collaboration partnership with AstraZeneca AB for the development and commercialization of tenapanor; and option and license agreement with Sanofi SA to conduct research for evaluating small molecule NaP2b inhibitors for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in CKD patients on dialysis. The company was formerly known as Nteryx, Inc. and changed its name to Ardelyx, Inc. in June 2008. Ardelyx, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Ardelyx Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDX) was started with a Buy rating at Jefferies on Friday, and the $7 price target compared with a $4.15 prior close. Its shares were up about 3% at $4.30 in the morning the call was made, and the market cap was roughly $265 million. Ardelyx also has a 52-week trading range of $3.58 to $8.65. While this may imply major upside of more than 60% if the analyst call proves correct, Leerink had resumed coverage on Ardelyx with an Outperform rating and a $13 price target back in March of 2018. Investors may want to keep in mind that Ardelyx sold $50 million worth of shares at $4.00 per share in May of this year. Jefferies and Leerink were the joint book-running managers for that offering.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. raised its holdings in Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX) by 25.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 136,534 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after purchasing an additional 27,903 shares during the quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd.’s holdings in Ardelyx were worth $505,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ardelyx (NASDAQ: ARDX) and KITOV PHARMA LT/S (NASDAQ:KTOV) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Immunomedics, Inc.(IMMU)

Immunomedics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of monoclonal antibody-based products for the targeted treatment of cancer, autoimmune, and other diseases. The company is developing Yttrium-90-labeled clivatuzumab tetraxetan, which is in Phase III registration study used for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. It is also developing antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) products comprising IMMU-132, an ADC that contains SN-38, which is in Phase II trials used for the treatment of patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, and small-cell and non-small-cell lung cancers; IMMU-130, an anti-CEACAM5-SN-38 ADC that is in Phase II trials for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer; and epratuzumab, which is in two Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus. Its early-stage products include Veltuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting CD20 receptors on B lymphocytes for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and autoimmune diseases; Milatuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting tumors that expresses the CD74 antigen, which is in Phase 1 studies; Yttrium-90-Labeled Epratuzumab Tetraxetan, a radiolabeled anti-CD22 investigational product candidate for patients with NHL or acute lymphoblastic leukemia; and IMMU-114, a novel humanized antibody for the treatment of patients with B-cell cancers. The company also provides LeukoScan, a diagnostic imaging product for diagnostic imaging to determine the location and extent of infection/inflammation in bone. In addition, it offers other product candidates for the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, as well as other diseases, which are in various stages of clinical and pre-clinical development. The company has a collaboration agreement with Algeta ASA for the development of epratuzumab. Immunomedics, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of Immunomedics (NASDAQ:IMMU) rose nearly 12% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The $5 billion biopharma announced fiscal first-quarter and full-year 2018 financial results, although as a pre-commercial company, investors were more interested in the business updates provided.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Swiss National Bank cut its holdings in Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU) by 4.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 203,050 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 8,600 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in Immunomedics were worth $4,806,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Chemung Financial Corp(CHMG)

Chemung Financial Corporation, incorporated on January 2, 1985, is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Chemung Canal Trust Company (the Bank) and CFS Group, Inc. (CFS), provides a range of banking, financing, fiduciary and other financial services to its clients. The Company manages its operations through two segments: core banking and Wealth Management Group (WMG). The core banking segment receives deposits from the general public and uses such funds to originate consumer, commercial, commercial real estate and residential mortgage loans, mainly in its local markets and to invest in securities. The WMG services segment provides trust and investment advisory services to clients. The Company’s financial services include demand, savings and time deposits, commercial, residential and consumer loans, interest rate swaps, letters of credit, wealth management services, employee benefit plans, insurance products, mutual funds and brokerage services. The Bank operates approximately 30 branch offices located in over 10 counties in New York and Bradford County in Pennsylvania. The Bank also operates under the name of its division, Capital Bank, with branch offices located in Albany and Saratoga counties in New York. The Bank provides wealth management services as executor and trustee under wills and agreements, and guardian, custodian, trustee and agent for pension, profit-sharing and other employee benefit trusts, as well as various investment, pension, estate planning and employee benefit administrative services.

Lending Activities

The Company divides its loan portfolio into lending categories: commercial and agricultural, commercial mortgages, residential mortgages and consumer loans. Commercial and agricultural loans consist of loans to small to mid-sized businesses in its market area in a diverse range of industries. The Company also provides commercial mortgage loans. It offers interest rate swaps to certain commercial mortgage borrowers. The residentia! l mortgage loans are made on the basis of the borrower’s ability to make repayment from his or her employment and other income but are secured by real property. The consumer loans include home equity lines of credit and home equity loans. The Company’s total loans are approximately $1,168.63 million.

Investment Activities

The Company’s investments include securities available for sale and securities held to maturity. The Company’s securities available for sale include obligations of the United States Government, obligations of the United States Government sponsored enterprises, mortgage-backed securities, residential and collateralized mortgage obligations, obligations of states and political subdivisions, and other securities. The Company’s total available for sale securities are approximately $344.8 million. The Company’s securities held to maturity consist of obligations of political subdivisions in its market areas. The Company’s total held to maturity securities are approximately $4.6 million. Its non-marketable equity securities include shares of Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) stock and Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) stock.

Sources of Funds

The Company’s sources of funds are deposits, principal and interest payments on loans and securities, borrowings and funds generated from operations of the Bank. The Bank also has access to advances from the FHLBNY, other financial institutions and the FRBNY. The Company’s deposits consist of non-interest-bearing and interest-bearing checking accounts, savings accounts, insured money market accounts and Time deposits. The Company’s total deposits are approximately $1,400 million.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Southside Bancshares (NASDAQ:SBSI) and Chemung Financial (NASDAQ:CHMG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Chemung Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CHMG) Director Robert H. Dalrymple sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.54, for a total transaction of $85,080.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 237,541 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,104,994.14. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Bank of Hawaii Corporation(BOH)

Bank of Hawaii Corporation (the “Parent”) is a Delaware corporation and a bank holding company (“BHC”) headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Parent’s principal operating subsidiary, Bank of Hawaii (the “Bank”), was organized on December 17, 1897 and is chartered by the State of Hawaii. The Bank’s deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System.
The Bank, directly and through its subsidiaries, provides a broad range of financial products and services primarily to customers in Hawaii, Guam, and other Pacific Islands. References to “we,” “our,” “us,” or “the Company” refer to the Parent and its subsidiaries and are consolidated for financial reporting purposes. The Bank’s subsidiaries include Bank of Hawaii Leasing, Inc., Bankoh Investment Services, Inc., and Pacific Century Life Insurance Corporation.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bank of Hawaii (BOH)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Bank of Hawaii Co. (NYSE:BOH) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $90.10.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Envestnet Asset Management Inc. reduced its holdings in Bank of Hawaii Co. (NYSE:BOH) by 17.9% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 4,691 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 1,021 shares during the quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Bank of Hawaii were worth $391,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: Blackstone GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund(BSL)

Blackstone/GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund (Fund) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek high current income, with a secondary objective to seek preservation of capital, consistent with its primary goal of high current income. The Fund seeks to provide a high level of current income with capital preservation through investments in senior secured floating rate loans. Under normal market conditions, the fund invests approximately 80% of its total assets in senior, secured floating rate loans (senior Loans). The Fund may also invest in second-lien loans and high yield bonds and employs financial leverage. The Fund invests in various sectors, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals; automotive; retail; beverage, food and tobacco; construction and building; banking, finance, insurance and real estate, and telecommunications. GSO/Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC serves as an investment advisor for the Fund. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News headlines about Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund (NYSE:BSL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 47.30334299338 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Press coverage about Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund (NYSE:BSL) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund earned a news impact score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 47.5730037272636 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media headlines about Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund (NYSE:BSL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blackstone/GSO Senior Fltg Rt Term Fund earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 47.1154940270027 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: One Liberty Properties Inc.(OLP)

One Liberty Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, ownership, and management of commercial real estate properties in the United States. The company??s property portfolio includes retail furniture stores, as well as industrial, office, flex, health and fitness, and other properties. As of March 31, 2008, it owned 67 properties; holds a 50% tenancy in common interest in 1 property; and owns 4 properties through joint ventures. The company has elected to be treated as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal income tax, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. One Liberty Properties was founded in 1982 and is based in Great Neck, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 14th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 25th will be paid a dividend of 0.45 per share by the real estate investment trust on Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 24th.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2021: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment engages in the time-definite delivery of letters, documents, and packages in the United States. The International Package segment offers air and ground delivery of small packages and letters to approximately 220 countries and territories, including shipments outside the United States, as well as shipments with either origin or distribution outside the United States; export services; and domestic services move shipments within a country?s borders. The Supply Chain & Freight segment provides forwarding and logistics services, such as supply chain design and management, freight distribution, customs brokerage, mail, and consulting services in approximately 195 countries and territorie s; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. In addition, the company offers various technology solutions for automated shipping, visibility, and billing; information technology systems and distribution facilities to various industries comprising healthcare, technology, and consumer/retail; and a portfolio of financial services that provides customers with short-term working capital, government guaranteed lending, global trade financing, credit cards, and export financing. It operates a fleet of approximately 99,800 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; an air fleet of 527 aircraft; and 33,800 containers used to transport cargo in its aircraft. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Logistics giant United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) is in the middle of an ambitious plan to spend upwards of $20 billion on new facilities, vehicles, aircraft, and technology through 2020, while at the same time remaining committed to growing its dividend, funding pension obligations, and continuing to buy back shares.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tyco International Ltd.(Switzerland)

Tyco International Ltd. provides security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products worldwide. The company?s Tyco Security Solutions segment designs, sells, installs, services, and monitors electronic security, productivity, and lifestyle enhancement systems for residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers. This segment also designs, manufactures, and sells security products, including intrusion, security, access control, electronic article surveillance, and video management systems. Its Tyco Fire Protection segment designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and services fire detection and fire suppression systems, and building and life safety products for commercial, industrial, and governmental customers. The company?s Tyco Flow Control segment designs, manufactures, sells, and services valves, pipes, fittings, valve automation, and heat tracing products for general proce ss, energy, and mining markets, as well as the water and wastewater markets. Tyco International Ltd. was founded in 1960 and is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

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Hot Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the motion picture exhibition business. As of June 30, 2011, it operated 436 theatres with 4,983 screens in 39 states of the United States, as well as in Brazil, Mexico, and 11 other Latin American countries. The company is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AAPL, DBX, STMP
    Shares of Dropbox Inc. (NYSE: DBX) plunged more than 10% after the company’s forward guidance fell well short of Wall Street expectations Thursday. Even though the firm topped quarterly earnings and revenue expectations, the cloud storage giant announced it would take a large write down on the value of its recent HelloSign acquisition. That will impact company margins in the year ahead, in addition to the firm’s plans to relocate offices to San Francisco, where rents are much higher. Apple Inc.(NASDAQ: AAPL) continues to remain in the headlines. The firm’s iPhone sales had been declining before the company decided to stop reporting unit sales beginning this year. But as Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald told readers in October 2017, Apple is no longer a device company. In fact, it hasn’t been a device company for years. Its shift into services has helped boost investor confidence, and it just made a major announcement that will target firms like Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Hulu. Apple is one of our top five stocks to buy right now. For the full list, go here now. Shares of Stamps.com Inc.(NASDAQ: STMP) plunged more than 50% in pre-market hours after the shipping products company announced it was ending its exclusive partnership with the USPS. The company also said it expected a massive downturn in profitability. The firm’s full-year guidance was set between $5.15 and $6.15. That is well below the $10.79 figure anticipated by analysts. During its earnings call last night, the firm’s CEO said that USPS would not accept the terms of its partnership proposal. On Friday, look for earnings reports from Aut

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. trimmed its stake in shares of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) by 11.0% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 19,865 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,460 shares during the period. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc.’s holdings in Cinemark were worth $711,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PPL Corporation(PPL)

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates and sells electricity; and delivers natural gas to approximately 5.3 million utility customers primarily in the northeastern and northwestern U.S. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, International Regulated, Pennsylvania Regulated, and Supply. The Kentucky Regulated segment engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity; and the distribution and sale of natural gas to approximately 1.3 million customers in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. The International Regulated segment owns and operates electricity distribution businesses in the United Kingdom that deliver electricity to 7.7 million customers. The Pennsylvania Regulated segment delivers electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The Supply segment owns and operates power plants to generate electricity using coal, uranium, natural gas, oil, and water res ources; markets and trades electricity and other purchased power to wholesale and retail markets; and acquires and develops domestic generation projects. It controls or owns a portfolio of generation assets of approximately 11,000 megawatts in Montana and Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2010, the company?s distribution system included 649 substations with a capacity of 25 million kVA, 28,838 circuit miles of overhead lines, and 24,131 cable miles of underground conductors in the United Kingdom. It also operated 377 substations with a capacity of 31 million kVA, 33,122 circuit miles of overhead lines, and 7,368 cable miles of underground conductors in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    PPL (NYSE:PPL) and IDACORP (NYSE:IDA) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. cut its holdings in Pembina Pipeline Corp (NYSE:PBA) (TSE:PPL) by 10.9% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 74,320 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after selling 9,133 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Pembina Pipeline were worth $2,205,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    PPL (NYSE:PPL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 14th. The utilities provider reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.49 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.88 billion. PPL had a return on equity of 15.23% and a net margin of 19.17%. PPL’s quarterly revenue was up .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.55 EPS. As a group, research analysts forecast that PPL Corp will post 2.36 EPS for the current year.

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Hot Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment engages in the time-definite delivery of letters, documents, and packages in the United States. The International Package segment offers air and ground delivery of small packages and letters to approximately 220 countries and territories, including shipments outside the United States, as well as shipments with either origin or distribution outside the United States; export services; and domestic services move shipments within a country?s borders. The Supply Chain & Freight segment provides forwarding and logistics services, such as supply chain design and management, freight distribution, customs brokerage, mail, and consulting services in approximately 195 countries and territorie s; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. In addition, the company offers various technology solutions for automated shipping, visibility, and billing; information technology systems and distribution facilities to various industries comprising healthcare, technology, and consumer/retail; and a portfolio of financial services that provides customers with short-term working capital, government guaranteed lending, global trade financing, credit cards, and export financing. It operates a fleet of approximately 99,800 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; an air fleet of 527 aircraft; and 33,800 containers used to transport cargo in its aircraft. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Logistics giant United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) is in the middle of an ambitious plan to spend upwards of $20 billion on new facilities, vehicles, aircraft, and technology through 2020, while at the same time remaining committed to growing its dividend, funding pension obligations, and continuing to buy back shares.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on United Parcel Service (UPS)

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  • [By Lee Samaha]

    After a few years of underperforming FedEx (NYSE:FDX), UPS’ (NYSE:UPS)stock has outperformed its rival’s by 33 percentage points over the last year. Moreover, both stocks are up by the low double digits in 2019. What’s going on with UPS, and has the company turned the corner? Let’s try to answer these questions in the context of UPS’ latest fourth-quarter earnings report.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Oil prices are on fire, recently hitting a three-and-a-half-year high. More upside could be on the way. However, despite this rebound, many oil stocks have been ice-cold, with several surprisingly having sold off to such an extent that they’re currently trading at levels not seen in years. That makes them compelling options for your portfolio this month.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

This stock could very well benefit from an increase in information technology (IT) spending. Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) is a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits (ICs) for use in industrial, automotive, consumer and communication markets worldwide. It offers signal processing products that convert, condition and process real-world phenomena, such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed and motion, into electrical signals.

Last year the company introduced a highly integrated polyphase analog front end with power quality analysis designed to help extend the health and life of industrial equipment while saving developers significant time and cost over custom solutions. Achieving extremely accurate, high-performance power quality monitoring typically requires customized development, which can be expensive and time-consuming.

The analysts believe that the Linear Technology acquisition, which closed earlier this year, is a huge positive. In addition, many on Wall Street expect that corporate management ultimately will exceed its $150 million of targeted synergies.

Analog Devices investors are paid a solid 2.14% dividend. The Merrill Lynch price target for the stock is $110. The Wall Street consensus price target was last seen at $103.14. The stock closed Friday’s trading at $89.76 per share.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Shares of this package delivery service have plunged around 30% from their January 2018 highs. The February market plunge resulted in a steep gap, exasperating an already dire situation.

 

Currently, shares are building a base in the $105.00 zone, setting up an ideal technical buy opportunity. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Fundamentals supporting the bullish call include the dividend increase of 10% in February. The company has increased dividends every year since 1969, and they have quadrupled since 1999. UPS boasts a healthy cash flow to support the ever-growing payout to investors.

CEO David Abney stated, "Dividends remain a high priority at UPS. Our strong cash flow from operations has enabled us to pay a stable or growing dividend for nearly 50 years."

Next, the company has been knocked lower due to a perceived Amazon threat; however, it still boasts the top margins in the industry. Also, it has posted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 7% for the last 10 years.

I firmly believe that the Amazon threat is way overblown, and UPS will return to its yearly highs over time.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Diageo plc(DEO)

One of the world’s largest distillers, Diageo is the leading maker of Scotch whisky, which represents more than a quarter of Diageo’s $15.6 billion in annual sales. The top-selling Johnnie Walker brand has been most responsible for Diageo’s growth, but previously it was helped by vodka sales from brands like Smirnoff, Ciroc, and Ketel One. Vodka, though, has fallen in recent years, and today represents 11% of Diageo’s sales.

Because the "browns" of the spirits world — whiskey, bourbon, rye — are the hot drinks of the moment, particularly among women, Diageo has been able to ride that wave higher. It recently launched a "Jane Walker" label to capitalize on this trend. Recent studies suggest that women not only drink as much alcohol as men do, but also that younger women may possibly be consuming even more.

At 22 times trailing earnings and 19 times next year’s estimates, Diageo is being discounted by the market compared to other distillers, despite its premier position in the industry. Almost all its brands can be found in the top spot or second place in markets around the globe. Other well-known brands it owns include Crown Royal whisky and Captain Morgan rum.

Its dividend of $3.46 per share currently yields a solid 2.4% annually, and with analysts expecting earnings to grow 12% this year, Diageo should be able to continue delivering sales, earnings, and dividend growth for years. That’s a retirement portfolio mix worth toasting.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)

This embattled casino giant looks like it could be headed for more big changes on top after Elaine Wynn recently demanded that Wynn Resorts move quickly to restructure its board. Wynn Resorts has also seen its stock price pop 3.51% over the last month as investors react more to the business than to its former CEO’s scandal. Looking ahead to the first quarter, Wynn Resorts is expected to see its revenues climb by 14% to $1.68 billion.

Investors might be even more pleased to note that the company’s earnings are projected to reach $1.92 per share, which would mark a 54.8% expansion from the year-ago period. Wynn Resorts has also experienced positive earnings estimate revision activity recently. Lastly, WYNN is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and holds an Earnings ESP of 0.35%, with its Most Accurate Estimate coming in 1 cent above our current consensus estimate. Therefore, WYNN is a stock that could be ready to top Q1 earnings estimates. The casino company is also expected to report its Q1 financial results on Tuesday.

Best Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

So you want market-crushing returns and groundbreaking innovation. Cryptocurrencies might fit that bill, but at the cost of enormous risk. As an alternative, I would suggest robotic-surgery specialist Intuitive Surgical — lots of innovation, plenty of proven success, and much lower risk levels than your favorite crypto-coin.

The maker of da Vinci surgery systems has seen its share prices rising a market-beating 380% in the last 10 years, including a 72% surge over the last 52 weeks alone. Those gains have materialized in lockstep with similar improvements to the company’s revenues and earnings, so the stock gains are based on rock-solid business results.

Intuitive Surgical currently is running over some speed bumps in its quest for international sales growth, but the all-important domestic market makes up for that issue with healthy growth and strong long-term prospects. The robotic-surgery field has seen an influx of new system builders in recent years, but even those erstwhile rivals often say that they just don’t want to compete head-to-head with Intuitive Surgical.

The company grabbed a huge first-mover advantage many years ago, wrapped it in kevlar-class patent protection, and built up an installed user base that’s nearly immune to usurpers for the foreseeable future. Hospitals are unlikely to kick out their multimillion-dollar da Vinci robots, even if a better solution suddenly appears.