Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now


At first, the gifts seemed innocent enough: a free dinner and a private helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon. By the end of it, though, the Polish official was standing in a Warsaw parking lot, accepting $100,000 in bags of cash, given to him in exchange for multi-million-dollar government contracts.

You might be thinking that this government employee was being paid off by the mafia or some shadowy military contractor, but think again: According to the SEC and Polish prosecutors, the official was allegedly bribed by white-collar executives within Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ) and IBM (NYSE:IBM), the American blue chip technology firms.


In 2014, the SEC charged HP with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Poland. At the time, the agency explained HP executives “provided gifts and cash bribes worth more than $600,000 to a Polish government official to obtain contracts with the national police agency.”

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation(KS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Investor Interest Amplifies Stock EV For KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE:KS) (parkcitycaller.com) What is Clear choice Buy, Sell or Hold? KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (KS) (nysestocks.review) Is this stock is suitable for your portfolio? KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (KS) (stockquote.review) Investor Buzz: Earnings in Review for KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE:KS) (fisherbusinessnews.com) Kapstone (KS) vs. P H Glatfelter (GLT) Head-To-Head Survey (americanbankingnews.com)


    Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. Deutsche Bank cut Kapstone from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Thursday, February 8th. ValuEngine raised Kapstone from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Kapstone from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Citigroup reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $26.00 price target on shares of Kapstone in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets cut Kapstone from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Kapstone currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $32.17.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Kapstone (NYSE:KS) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the twelve ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $32.60.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation(EW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    It had also led to Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW), a medical device company, signing on to develop ZFP-based therapeutics for cardiovascular disease.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Align Technology (ALGN) , Regions Financial (RF) , Edwards Lifesciences (EW) , Qualys (QLYS) and HEICO (HEI) .

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Edwards Lifesciences (EW) Receives New Coverage from Analysts at Raymond James (americanbankingnews.com) [$$] ValueAct/Olympus: zoom out (finance.yahoo.com) Analysts Expect Edwards Lifesciences (EW) to Post $1.12 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Global Central Venous Catheters Market Emerging Technology by 2023: Edwards Lifesciences, Teleflex, Lepu Medical … (thebiotechnologynews.com) Global Pulmonary Artery Catheter Market Size 2018 Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Argon Medical, BD and … (thecleantechnology.com)


    A number of research firms have weighed in on EW. JMP Securities upped their price target on Edwards Lifesciences from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock a “market outperform” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $150.00 price target on shares of Edwards Lifesciences in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Guggenheim restated a “buy” rating and issued a $162.00 price target on shares of Edwards Lifesciences in a report on Friday, February 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded Edwards Lifesciences from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 7th. Finally, Barclays upped their price target on Edwards Lifesciences from $135.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Edwards Lifesciences currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $149.06.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sanford C. Bernstein began coverage on shares of Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW). Sanford C. Bernstein issued a market perform rating on the stock.

  • [By ]

    Edwards Lifesciences (EW) : “They have the best devices. That stock is a buy.”

    Align Technology (ALGN) : “The stock is breaking down. Let’s wait a few days then pull the trigger.”

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Westpac Banking Corp raised its stake in Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) by 22.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 67,689 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 12,500 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Edwards Lifesciences were worth $9,444,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Virtu Financial, Inc.(VIRT)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Virtu Financial (NASDAQ:VIRT) – Jefferies Financial Group lowered their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for Virtu Financial in a research report issued on Monday, July 2nd. Jefferies Financial Group analyst D. Fannon now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.38 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.49. Jefferies Financial Group has a “Buy” rating and a $37.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Virtu Financial’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.39 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.39 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $2.04 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.12 EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) and Nomura (NYSE:NMR) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Security brokers & dealers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Virtu Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) was started as Buy andassigned a $37 price target (versus a $29.10 close) at Jefferies. It has a consensus analyst target of almost $36 and a 52-week trading range of $13.10 to $37.85.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) fell 26 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its third quarter and issued weak Q4 guidance.
    Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE) shares fell 12.5 percent to $16.15 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and lowered its FY18 sales forecast.
    MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) fell 11.7 percent to $38.65 in pre-market trading following mixed Q1 results.
    Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) fell 10 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 miss.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares fell 10 percent to $31.63 in pre-market trading after reporting a Q1 earnings miss at 28 cents per share, 5 cents below estimates.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) fell 7.7 percent to $49.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) fell 6.1 percent to $22.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) fell 5.3 percent to $31.1604 in pre-market trading after announcing a 15 million share common stock secondary offering.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) shares fell 4.7 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat Q1 earnings

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AtriCure Inc.(ATRC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Saturday.

    A number of other research firms have also weighed in on ATRC. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AtriCure from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of AtriCure from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, March 17th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on shares of AtriCure from $22.00 to $23.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Needham & Company LLC raised their target price on shares of AtriCure from $23.00 to $26.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of AtriCure from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a report on Friday, March 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $25.00.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Life Insurance Company Limited(LFC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    China Life Insurance Co Ltd (NYSE:LFC) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $13.85.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    China Life Insurance (NYSE: LFC) and Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Critical Comparison: AXA (AXAHY) & China Life Insurance (LFC) (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks Value Investor Highlights: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, China Life Insurance and Jacobs Engineering (finance.yahoo.com) China Life Insurance (LFC) Rating Lowered to Sell at Goldman Sachs (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Comparison: China Life Insurance (LFC) & The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Contrasting China Life Insurance (LFC) and Its Competitors (americanbankingnews.com)


    China Life Insurance traded up $0.23, hitting $14.32, during midday trading on Friday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 454,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 692,520. The company has a current ratio of 8.45, a quick ratio of 8.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05. China Life Insurance has a 12 month low of $13.48 and a 12 month high of $17.85. The stock has a market cap of $81.12 billion, a PE ratio of 15.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.49 and a beta of 1.57.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine cut shares of W. R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Monday morning.

    WRB has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Bank of America cut shares of W. R. Berkley from a neutral rating to an underperform rating and set a $74.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Thursday, June 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of W. R. Berkley from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, February 20th. Boenning Scattergood restated a hold rating on shares of W. R. Berkley in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of W. R. Berkley in a report on Monday. They set a sell rating and a $74.00 target price on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have issued a hold rating to the stock. W. R. Berkley currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $70.78.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    W. R. Berkley (NYSE: WRB) and State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Moelis & Company(MC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Moelis & Co (NYSE:MC) shares traded down 8.7% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $60.85 and last traded at $61.10. 920,800 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 131% from the average session volume of 398,993 shares. The stock had previously closed at $66.95.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Moelis & Co (NYSE: MC) and Monroe Capital (NASDAQ:MRCC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Key Square Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of SPDR KBW Bank (NYSEARCA:KBE) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 403,000 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $19,300,000. SPDR KBW Bank comprises 2.2% of Key Square Capital Management LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 13th biggest position.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SPDR KBW Bank (NYSEARCA:KBE) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, June 18th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Monday, June 18th will be paid a dividend of 0.1697 per share by the exchange traded fund on Wednesday, June 20th. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 15th. This is a boost from SPDR KBW Bank’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of KELLOGG W K FOUNDATION TRUSTKellogg Co (K) – 67,606,838 shares, 98.23% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.48%SPDR Select Sector Fund – Energy Select Sector (XLE) – 769,255 shares, 1.19% of the total portfolio. SPDR S&P Bank (KBE) – 534,408 shares, 0.54% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 37.08%MuleSoft Inc (MULE) – 73,513 shares, 0.04% of the total portfolio. New PositioniShares Russell 1000 Value (IWD) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfol

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.(CX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Stifel Financial Corp boosted its holdings in shares of Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE:CX) by 43.7% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 186,093 shares of the construction company’s stock after purchasing an additional 56,587 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in Cemex SAB de CV were worth $1,233,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Jason Hall]

    It’s International Week on Industry Focus! On today’s Energy and Industrials episode, host Sarah Priestley and Motley Fool contributor Jason Hall walk listeners through a plethora of interesting companies to check out, from infrastructure management to an oil producer and more. Mexican cement and clinker company Cemex(NYSE:CX) is down pretty significantly after the global recession, but could be poised for great long-term growth.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    CEMEX SAB de C.V. (NYSE: CX) has had a rough year, with much of the ongoing trade war risks putting Mexico at risk due to NAFTA being renegotiated by the White House. There are even risks that NAFTA could be canceled. That would be bad news for a company like Cemex, with its large cement operations. Cemex is the third largest cement company in the world, based on its installed capacity, and it is considered to be the largest concrete company in the world.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PBF Logistics LP(PBFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    PBF Logistics (NYSE:PBFX) issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The pipeline company reported $0.43 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.06), MarketWatch Earnings reports. PBF Logistics had a net margin of 33.57% and a return on equity of 56.03%. The company had revenue of $64.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $67.75 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.55 earnings per share. PBF Logistics’s revenue was up 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year.

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