The U.S. stock market still remains under the looming shadow of market volatility which commenced in February. Notably, President Trump’s tariff policies raised fears of a global trade war and spurred inflationary concerns and geopolitical conflicts, resulting in stock market volatility. Further, Trump’s decision to terminate Iran nuclear deal only accentuated the issue.
Markets remain highly unstable with rapid ascent being witnessed in one week, followed by a sharp decline the very next week. Investors remain skeptical about the imposition of tariffs despite the fact that fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain robust.
At this juncture, emerging market stocks with strong growth potential may become a new avenue for investors to cushion their portfolio. Strong global growth, low valuation of emerging market assets and structural reforms taken by various governments has transformed emerging market stocks into attractive bets.
Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Tiffany & Co.(TIF)
Luxury goods company Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF), like many other retail stocks, is struggling to find any positive momentum whatsoever in 2018. The stock is off more than 9% through the first few months of the year – far worse than the broader market’s 1.9% declines.
That said, it’s not all thorns for Tiffany.
Just a few months ago, the company reported a solid holiday-season quarter that included a 5% jump in comparable-store sales and an 8% improvement in the top line, largely bolstered by impressive performances from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. That led Tiffany to upgrade its own outlook for the fiscal year’s profits.
Sometime near the end of May, shareholders should be on the receiving end of another dividend hike. Tiffany has upgraded its payout by nearly 50% over the past five years, and is likely to tack on an additional bump during the last week of the month.
Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)
As a stock that costs well over $1,000, Alphabet Inc.(NASDAQ:GOOGL) is never going to be a bargain buy. But still, shares are looking undeniably “cheap” right now. Prices are down by 5% over the last month, and 7.5% over the last three months.
This pullback comes even though GOOGL remains one of the strongest and most consistent stories out there. Just look at its 32 consecutive quarters of 20% revenue growth and 25%-plus operating margins. These are the kind of figures other companies can only dream about.
Indeed, five-star Monness analyst Brian White has just reiterated his “buy” rating and $1,280 price target. Alphabet is already the No. 1 search engine and mobile operating system in the world, says White, but it is still furiously innovating with a never-ending list of new products (see Waymo’s latest announcement).
With an eye on the attractive growth opportunities ahead, White says: “With the company’s dominant position in search, the company has garnered the top position in the global online advertising market and we believe the stock is an attractive value at current levels.”
We can see from TipRanks that GOOGL — a “strong buy” stock — has received 23 buy ratings vs three hold ratings in the last three months. This is with a $1,302 average analyst price target (25% upside potential).
Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Grafton Group plc Grafton Units(GROUF)
Grafton Group plc (OTCMKTS:GROUF) is a provider of merchanting, retailing, and mortar manufacturing services.
The company is based out of Dublin and carries a Zacks Rank #2. The expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 8.90%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 1.3% over the past 60 days. Grafton has gained 55.8% in the past six months.
Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS(ETP)
Energy Transfer Partners is a bit further along in its turnaround process, as earnings already turned the corner in the second quarter of 2017. The company’s financial results and balance sheet have continued improving since then. However, the pipeline giant still has work to do.
For starters, the company ended last year with a debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 4.3, which, while an improvement from 5.5 at the beginning of the year, was still higher than its target of 4. Energy Transfer has taken several actions to push that number lower this year, including selling assets. However, the company faces a tough balancing act since it’s trying to fund a $10 billion expansion program at the same time it’s distributing all its cash flow to investors and working to whittle down debt.
So far, the company has managed to walk that tightrope and maintain what’s now a 12.5%-yielding distribution even as it spends billions to expand. As those projects come on line, they’ll provide some incremental cash flow that will help reduce the leverage ratio and improve distribution coverage. While that doesn’t guarantee that the company will maintain its sky-high distribution — because it has some other issues to address — the odds are increasing with each passing day.