Best Stocks To Invest In 2018


I believe that 2017 will turn out to be a break-out year for Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) as a combination of higher oil pricing and an increase in low-cost production will help the company deliver strong revenue growth. More importantly, as Exxon ramps up its production from its low-cost assets, it will witness a rise in its bottom line performance over the long run. As a result, investors can expect Exxon Mobil to deliver gains on the stock market both in the short and the long run.

Why Exxon is geared to deliver short-term gains?


In 2017, the price of oil is likely to hit $60 per barrel. At this price point, Exxon’s production from new assets that it is bringing online will add substantially to its bottom line performance. More specifically, Exxon is set to fully ramp-up 450,000 boepd of low-cost production this year, which is expected to achieve break-even at an oil price of only $40 per barrel.

Due to a low cost base and a possible increase in oil price s after the production cut decisions taken by the OPEC and non-OPEC producers, Exxon will witness a major boost in its revenue and earnings. For instance, if oil prices average $60 per barrel this year, Exxon’s revenue growth from its new production of 450,000 boepd will be as much as $9.9 billion on an annual basis.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: PetSmart Inc(PETM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) isstill below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been much stronger performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Blue Buffalo Pet Products now roughly back up to its IPO close for retail investors while fresh pet food peer Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ: FRPT) is well below IPO levels and pet stocksCentral Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) andPetmed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) have been the best performers in the pet sector after PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was acquired by a private equity group:

Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.(RAVE)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Rouse]

    Rouse is sticking with his Best Stocks entry for this year’s competition. His selection is Rave Restaurant Group (RAVE), which owns Pie Five Pizza, a fast-casual pizza joint that Rouse thinks is changing the industry with its unique ovens.

    Says Rouse: “The company is on track to open 500 Pie Five locations over the next few years, and we are still in the early innings of this ballgame.” 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

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Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (TBQBF)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc (OTC: TBQBF) raised C$13.8 million ($10.5 million) under a bought deal financing.

    “The money will be primarily used for facility expansion."

    The Green Solution received a $7.5 million loan facility from iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc (OTC: ITHUF).

Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) had its executive chairman selling stock last week. Jon Huntsman parted with 600,000 shares, and the share priceranged from $17.25 to $17.27. The total for the trade was posted at $10 million.The company manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The stock traded Friday at $18.10, so some left on that table as well.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Venator Materials PLC is a maker of titanium dioxide pigments and additives. The company is being spun out of Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN) and plans to offer 22.7 million shares in an expected price range of $20 to $21, raising $465 million at an implied market cap of $2.18 billion. Underwriters include Citi, Goldman Sachs, BofA/Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Moelis & Company, HSBC Corp., Nomura Securities, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Academy Securities, and Commerzbank Capital. Shares are scheduled to price Wednesday and begin trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VNTR.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.(NM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM) is expected to report a quarterly loss at $0.37 per share on revenue of $101.51 million.

    Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.23 per share on revenue of $138.13 million.

  • [By Nickey Friedman]

    Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NM  ) has two operating segments: shipping and logistics. Analysts have already begun to raise their profit estimates for 2014, currently at $0.11 EPS up from $0.01 a week ago. Expect that number to continue to rise dramatically. Navios pays a $0.06 per share quarterly dividend and trades around 40% below its book value. It used to trade as high as $17 back in 2007.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Summit Midstream Partners, LP(SMLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    More often than not, when a company’s dividend starts approaching 10%, it’susually a sign that the market expects the payout to head lower in the very near future. However, for Summit Midstream Partners (NYSE:SMLP), that doesn’t appear to be the case. That’s because the pipeline and processing company can cover its payout with plenty of room to spare. In fact, it could actually resume distribution growth by year-end. While the company does have a large financial hurdle to overcome in the future, it has plenty of time to find a solution other than cutting the distribution.