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Best Penny Stocks To Invest In 2019

As you well know, it only takes a handful of stocks to make — or break — your portfolio.

The economic turmoil of the past decade has drained investors’ portfolios, leaving many to stay in the work force well into their “Golden Years,” and has left those already in retirement wondering if there will be enough money at the end of the day.

That’s why I’ve put together this collection of my top eight stocks you should own now and hold for the long term.

Buy now for earnings growth and profits in the year ahead and hang onto them because they represent some of the best long-term stocks in the market today.

Best Penny Stocks To Invest In 2019: Visa Inc.(V)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Penny Stocks To Invest In 2019: Tableau Software, Inc.(DATA)

Tableau shares surged to touch a new 52-week high of $97.09 during early trading hours after the company reported its latest quarterly financial results on Wednesday afternoon. Shares of the software company had already started moving higher ahead of the report, gaining about 5.5% in the prior month.

Investors pushed DATA higher after the firm posted quarterly revenue of $224 million, topping our consensus estimate of $217.46 million and improving 12% year over year. Tableau also added 3,900 new customers in the quarter, and its board approved a $300 million share repurchase program.

DATA is currently sporting a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Best Penny Stocks To Invest In 2019: mCig, Inc.(MCIG)

Las Vegas-based mCig Inc (OTCMKTS:MCIG) is a marijuana industry holding company. Once limited to vaporizers, it has transformed itself into a full-scale marijuana cultivation construction company. While they had operated only in Nevada, the company landed contracts in California and New York earlier this year.

Seeing business come in from across the country shows encouraging signs and could make MCIG one of the top marijuana penny stocks. However, financials also remain sparse. The company saw $1.72 million in revenues in 2016. This grew to $4.78 million in fiscal 2017, and the company made $1.53 million in that fiscal year. The company has brought in over $6 million in the first three quarters of 2018.

Still, investors should still treat this as a speculative play. The stock enjoys rapidly rising revenues and profits. However, MCIG stock still trades under 25 cents per share, indicating lingering investor doubts. It has never traded above $1, though it briefly reached 92 cents per share in 2014. Still, it will need to see more growth before becoming one of the hot penny stocks.

The current price stands well above the 5-cents-per-share level where the stock traded for most of 2016. If the company can continue gaining traction, its current $91 million market cap could rise much higher.

Hot Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019

Cheap stocks are usually cheap for a reason. And that reason isn’t a good one. Because of this, investing in cheap stocks can actually be risky.

But cheap stocks on the rise are a different story. Cheap stocks on the rise are usually rising for a reason. And that reason is a good one. It’s because either the stock got too cheap or the growth prospects are improving, or both.

Because of this, investing in cheap stocks on the rise can actually be quite rewarding.

With that in mind, here is a list of 3 cheap stocks that are already on the move higher due to improving operations.

Hot Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Northern Technologies International Corporation(NTIC)

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Northern Technologies International Corporation(NASDAQ:NTIC) is one of those companies that has built a strong reputation in the industries it serves but is such a niche player, many investors outside these industries don’t know it exists.

And as a firm with a $144 million market cap, it also has gotten lost in the big-cap buying that has dominated the markets for so long.

But it deserves its day in the sun, which has arrived.

Founded in 1970, NTIC specializes in corrosion inhibiting products and corrosion management solutions, predominantly for the oil and gas business. Think about keeping tank farms rust free, or keeping equipment on drilling platforms — either on land or offshore — operational and free of rust. It’s a big job, and NTIC is one of the industry leaders.

As U.S. energy production rises, so will the fortunes of NTIC.

Hot Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Acuity Brands Inc(AYI)

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It’s been a painful couple of years for Atlanta lighting specialist Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) and its shareholders who’ve seen $5.5 billion shaved off its market cap since the end of 2015.

CEO Vernon Nagel, who’s been in the top job since September 2004, has personally seen paper losses of $47 million over the past 28 months. If there’s anybody who wants to see AYI stock rebound, it would be someone who owns just less than 400,000 shares.

In Acuity’s situation, the problem is profits. They’re shrinking. In the second quarter ended February 28, 2018, operating profits were $88 million, 18.5% lower than a year earlier.

Sales, while not showing massive advancement, did manage to grow by 3.4% in Q2 2018 to $832 million, exceeding management expectations. Operating in a moribund lighting market, Acuity is making lemonade out of lemons by implementing cost savings initiatives to ensure its profitability doesn’t deteriorate any further.

Like a value investor waiting for his or her time to strike, Acuity is biding its time until the business improves.

With free cash flow that’s higher than it’s ever been, Acuity’s stock is definitely on sale. However, like all stocks, I can’t predict when the lighting industry is going to resume its growth, but when it does, Acuity will be back trading in the $200s.

Hot Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Golden Minerals Company(AUMN)

Golden Minerals Co (NYSEAMERICAN:AUMN) engages in construction, mining and exploration of mineral properties. The company explores silver, gold, zinc, lead and other minerals.

The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s projected sales growth is 0.13% for 2018 and 209% for 2019. On a month-to-date basis, the stock has rallied 8.9%, outpacing the sector’s gain.

Hot Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical is one of my favorite companies, a stock that I own, and have held for more than a decade, and that would be Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robot, the surgical robot.

Really, it’s sort of a misnomer when you say surgical robot. A lot of people picture something that’s moving around and performing surgery on people. If you remember some of the scary images from, let’s say, Logan’s Run and if you remember what happened to Farrah Fawcett Majors in that movie, you have bad feelings when sometimes you think about surgical robots. But no, this is actually kind of a [machine with four arms] that sits over patients and the doctor will be sitting off to the side with his or her hands in gloves that are manipulating the arms of the da Vinci surgical robot. It turns out you don’t even have to be in the same room as the patient. You could be in another city and be an expert in operating minimally invasively on patients.

And whether we’re talking about a prostatectomy, [the removal of the prostate for prostate cancer], or hysterectomies, colorectal cancer; increasingly the da Vinci surgical robot is the answer, especially for patients who want to walk off the hospital bed faster than they would have in the past when they got cut into by human hands. This minimally invasive surgery that sounds attractive to you does to me, as well, and that’s part of the growth story behind this worldwide leader in robotic-assisted surgery. I love Intuitive Surgical and I sure do love the stock price.

Now, we first picked it at Rule Breakers almost 15 years ago at $44 a share, and I was putting that number out last year when I did the podcast for April The Giraffe and "I" was Intuitive Surgical. It had gone from $44 to $794 since we’d held it for a decade plus.

Well, the numbers have all changed a little bit, because in October of last year, just a few months ago, the company did a three for one stock split, so all of the numbers changed a little bit, but now adjusting for that, technically a year ago I picked this stock, then, at $269 a share for you in this podcast, and today I’m happy to say it’s up to $422.

So, with the market up 15%, Intuitive Surgical is up 57%, which gives us a big, fat +42% in the win column, juicing our numbers and making — was it Tajiri, Rick — even happier as these stocks grow up with that little baby giraffe. They’re the same age, and I think we do grow from a percentage standpoint, most of all in our first year, if you think about it, as babies progress from zero to one, and we’re seeing some huge growth from these stocks in their first year picked for April a year ago.

Hot Casino Stocks To Invest In 2019: Visa Inc.(V)

 While blockchain may be the future of money, the world’s still going to need middlemen to make it easy for consumers and business to use. In the meantime, the world needs a means of facilitating commerce the old-fashioned way. That’s credit card icon Visa Inc (NYSE:V), which not only has the most market share in the business, but through 2016 was widening its lead.

The company isn’t resting on its laurels though, well aware that times are always changing. It recently decided actual signatures would no longer be required to make purchases with cards that have a chip in them, and it’s currently testing a user-authentication platform that requires a fingerprint … the first of its kind for the industry.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now

Uncertainties in the markets prompted by the recent developments would likely curb investors’ appetite for riskier assets and fuel demand for safe-haven assets like gold.

Over the last month, the Zacks Gold Mining industry has advanced 7% against the S&P 500’s decline of 2.2%.

Additionally, the industry has a trailing 12-month EV/EBITDA multiple of 7.1, lower than the S&P 500 EV/EBITDA multiple of 11.3. The industry’s lower-than-market positioning indicates room for some upside moving ahead.

In order to cash in on the solid growth potential of the industry, we have handpicked three gold stocks that will likely add sparkle to your portfolio.

Besides a favorable Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy), these companies have a positive sales forecast for 2018 and 2019. Notably, on a month-to-date basis, these picks have performed better than the broader Zacks Basic Materials sector (including the mining industries). Since the beginning of April, the sector’s growth has outperformed the 0.6% gain recorded by the benchmark index.

Let’s dig a little deeper into these three choices to get a fair idea of their individual strength.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: PDL BioPharma, Inc.(PDLI)

PDL BioPharma Inc (NASDAQ:PDLI) is a curious beast. It was initially established as a vehicle to acquire the rights to, or patents on, highly marketable drugs that would ultimately drive income for its investors.

It worked too… for a while. As time marched on, however, drug developers realized they could do for themselves what PDL was doing. Ergo, PDL BioPharma has been struggling for a while now to acquire drugs and marketing rights at prices that left room for healthy dividends. That’s a big part of the reason PDLI stock has fallen from a value of more than $30 in 2006 to a price of only $3 per share now.

The bears may have overshot with their pessimism though. As of the most recent quarterly report, PDL has more cash in the bank than the market cap it presently sports. The former is a whopping $532 million, versus the latter of $462 million.

PDL BioPharma could arguably overpay for a drug and still be money ahead.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Stag Industrial, Inc.(STAG)

Stag Industrial (NYSE:STAG) is a highly respected monthly dividend stock that plays in the single-tenant industrial real estate space. That includes warehouse, distribution and light manufacturing facilities.

At the moment, the portfolio includes 356 buildings in 37 states, spread across numerous industries, including automotive, air freight, containers & packaging, food & beverages and business services, among others. The tenant list is diverse, too, and spread out – the largest tenant (the U.S. General Services Administration) makes up just 2.6% of ABR. Other tenants include XPO Logistics Inc (NYSE:XPO), Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE:DECK) and Solo Cup.

While Stag’s dividend increases tend not to take effect until the dividend paid out in August, it tends to announce said increase sometime in the first week of May. The company typically hikes its payout twice a year, though it did keep it to “just”  one increase in 2016.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: NextEra Energy, Inc.(NEE)

Few companies have done more to bolster wind power’s share of American energy production than NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), which has invested $23.6 billion in wind power in the last two decades. It’s the largest owner of installed wind capacity in the United States with 13,852 MW. The next closest power generator owns less than half of that total.

NextEra Energy is quietly attempting to replicate that success in solar energy, which accounted for roughly 1.5% of American electricity generation in 2017 — where wind power was about 10 years ago. In 2016 the low-carbon utility produced more power from solar than any other company on the planet. It owns about 11% of the country’s installed solar capacity, with plenty more capacity additions planned in the next several years.

The stock has easily outpaced the S&P 500 over the long run and currently rewards shareholders with a 2.8% dividend yield. If you’re looking to cash in on the rise of renewable energy in the United States, then NextEra Energy is an easy place to begin your research.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Teradyne, Inc.(TER)

Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE:TER) is a company that has been around since 1960, and as such, you may not think much of this tech player. Lately, it has mostly been a supplier of automation systems for testing semiconductors, wireless devices and storage systems.

But automation has really come into its own in the last several years, and TER has seized its moment. Its purchase of Universal Robots a few years ago catapulted Teradyne into the 21st century and made it a lead player in collaborative robotics technology.

In a nutshell, these are low-cost robots that are used in conjunction with production workers — helping with packing, assembly, gluing and polishing. You can understand how this is a fast-growing segment of the economy at large. But if you want to see what it means for Teradyne in particular, look at its robots segment, which is set to grow more than 50% in fiscal 2018 according to company guidance.

Industrial automation is undoubtedly the way of the future. And with Teradyne coming into its own lately, it is at the center of that trend. Organic growth is impressive, with double-digit revenue expansion across 2017 and an even better 25% jump in earnings-per-share.

However, the medium-term potential of robotics could be dwarfed by a big-ticket buyout from larger industrial players like Siemens AG (OTCMKTS:SIEGY) or Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) that would send shares skyrocketing.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

In some ways, this company has the perfect business… a proverbial toll road that consumers use in good times and bad. People never really stop using their credit cards and debit cards, even if they might use them a little bit less in the midst of an economic slowdown.

Visa Inc (NYSE:V) shares themselves have reflected that same consistency, and in a big way. The average annual gain has been 28% for every year since 2009. V stock hasn’t had a losing year since 2010.

But the world of money is changing. What if you believe that technologies like blockchain are poised to supplant actual, government-issued currency?

Don’t sweat it.

Visa certainly isn’t. In fact, CFO Vasant Prabhu made a point of saying late last month he’s very excited about the advent of blockchain and the opportunities that will ensue.