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Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

The U.S. Federal Reserve may be pushing short-term interest rates higher, but the fact remains that these rates are still incredibly low. Parking money in the bank yields almost nothing. And bond yields are not much better. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note only offers a stingy 2.84%.

Nobody gets rich on 2.84%.

That’s why divided stocks are in such demand.

And the three we’re going to show you today are some of the best dividend stocks you can buy in 2018…

Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG)

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s share price fell more than 20% during the first half of 2018. There were two reasons behind this dismal performance. First, California hasn’t had its act together in rolling out the legalization of recreational marijuana, seeing high tax rates and slowness for many counties to finalize their regulatory processes. Second, a long winter resulted in the season for U.S. consumers to buy lawn and garden products starting later than it normally does.

But both of these are temporary issues. The California cannabis market should pick up steam. Arcview Research and BDS Analytics project that the state’s legal marijuana market should top $7.7 billion in sales in 2022. And the U.S. is definitely in the thick of lawn-and-garden season now.

Scotts is also in a better position to benefit from expansion in the U.S. marijuana market thanks to its acquisition of Sunlight Supply in April. This deal makes Scotts’ Hawthorne subsidiary the largest hydroponics supplier in the U.S. With Massachusetts legalizing recreational marijuana and Michigan potentially on the way to doing so, Hawthorne should enjoy solid growth in the future.

Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Weibo Corporation(WB)

Welcome to Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB), China’s most popular multimedia micro-blogging website. The fast-growing site already boasts over 374 million monthly active users. “Weibo has established itself as a unique and sustainable social network, and we expect long-term growth in number of users and better monetization,” cheers UBS analyst Jerry Liu. “We see Weibo as Twitter but, importantly, with Instagram-like features.”

Unlike Twitter, Weibo is much more interactive with a heavy emphasis on video, photo, and live-streaming content. It is also the partner of major TV networks and users can shop online using the BABA-backed ‘Weibo Payment’. Other initiatives include virtual gifting and partnering with smartphone companies to pre-install the Weibo app. It is this “differentiated platform for users and improved ad system for advertisers” that gives Weibo huge profitability potential says Liu.

Plus note that Alibaba and another Chinese company called Sina Corp are both big stakeholders in the stock. Indeed, Weibo was spun off from Sina back in 2014. To get some idea of the stock’s growth potential we can see that the most recent rating comes from Jefferies’ Karen Chan. She has Buy rating on Weibo with a $160 price target. This means she sees prices spiking a whopping 80%.

Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Another Chinese internet company, Autohome, rallied about 125% over the past 12 months. Autohome’s websites provide auto-related news, reviews, and prices for cars, while its Autohome Mall platform connects buyers to dealers. The company is expanding that offering with a cloud-based platform for over 35,000 used car dealers.

Autohome’s only meaningful competitor is Bitauto, which generates higher revenue growth but softer earnings growth. Bitauto is notably backed by Tencent and JD, which frequently co-investin tech and retail companies.

Autohome’s revenue rose 4% last year, mostly supported by a 34% jump in revenues from its media and leads generation services. Its non-GAAP net income climbed 53%, while its GAAP net income grew 63%. The company recently shuttered its unprofitable direct sales business and switched over to the ASC 606 accounting standard, both of which will slightly throttle its reported revenue growth this year.

A bird's eye view of a car lot.

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Nonetheless, analysts still expect Autohome’s revenue and non-GAAP earnings to climb 14% and 21%, respectively, this year. The stock currently trades at 29 times this year’s earnings, which seems slightly pricey relative to its earnings growth potential.

Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.(MFG)

The second-largest financial services company in Japan, Mizuho Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: MFG) is a Japanese banking holding company headquartered in Tokyo.

Mizuho controls $1.8 billion in assets, ranking just behind Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. in size.

Mizuho divides its financial services among retail banking, global asset management, financial strategy, and corporate investment, giving the company a diverse stream of revenue for the company and its investors.

Thanks to this diversity, Mizuho’s business is protected against the volatility that often rocks financial companies in turbulent markets. It also allows Mizuho to tap profit centers throughout the financial industry.

This is certainly evident in the company’s bottom line. Over the last year, Mizuho managed to generate over $57 million in profit while growing earnings by over 2%.

Mizuho currently trades for $3.36. However, analysts see the company’s stock heading to $4.00 by the end of the year, locking in a gain of 23% for investors.

While Mizuho’s profit potential is promising, our second penny stock to watch is even better.

Best Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.(CLNC)

Real Estate Stocks Paying Monster Dividends: Colony Credit Real Estate (CLNC)           

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Dividend Yield: 8.3%

Colony Credit Real Estate (NYSE:CLNC) acts as a diversified REIT. CLNC owns properties in the industrial, office and hotel sectors. It also invests in commercial real estate debt. The firm also provides investment management services and offers financial products to individuals as well as institutions.

Though it boasts 26 years of experience and $43 billion in assets under management, it stands as one of the newer real estate stocks. The company only began trading as a REIT in February.

However, the little history available on the company appears promising. Revenues have risen by over 20% every year since at least 2015. Earnings have increased at about the same rate. Analysts expect CLNC stock to earn $1.77 per share this year. They also predict a net income of $2.08 per share in 2019.

So far, the company has paid 14.5 cents per share per month in dividends. That comes to $1.74 per share on an annual basis. Moreover, if the $2.08 per share profit for 2019 holds, shareholders can expect at least $1.87 per share next year. Hence, CLNC offers both a dividend exceeding 8% and the benefit of receiving dividends on a monthly basis. Few REITs offer one or the other, let alone both.

Despite the company’s long history, the stock’s short history as a publicly traded REIT might make some investors nervous. However, the financials that are available offer promise. For investors willing to take a chance on a short trading history, they can enjoy monthly returns, a dividend set to increase and, perhaps, a stock price set to increase along with the dividend.

Top Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019

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

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

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

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

Top Growth Stocks: Weibo (WB)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook stock trades at just 23.5-times forward earnings.

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

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

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

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

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

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