The stock market, especially on the technology side, is all about buzz words. Two decades ago, the buzz was all about internet stocks. A few years back, the buzz was all about e-commerce stocks. More recently, the buzz surrounded cloud stocks.
But now, the buzz has pivoted to blockchain and artificial intelligence.
Blockchain, which is the underlying technology supporting the Bitcoin framework, was thrust onto the main stage after bitcoin skyrocketed from under $1,000 to nearly $20,000 in 2017. That left investors salivating over blockchain stocks.
Artificial intelligence, meanwhile, is the next big step forward for technology companies. Whereas it was previously one part pipeline dream and one part sci-fi concept, AI is now inching closer and closer toward becoming a reality. From things like voice assistants, to smart home products, to machine-curated feeds, we are now seeing first-hand AI in its infancy. This has left investors also salivating over artificial intelligence stocks.
Best Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Acadia Realty Trust(AKR)
Acadia Realty Trust (the “Trust”) was formed on March 4, 1993 as a Maryland real estate investment trust (“REIT”). All references to “Acadia,” “we,” “us,” “our” and “Company” refer to the Trust and its consolidated subsidiaries. We are a fully integrated REIT focused on the ownership, acquisition, redevelopment and management of high-quality retail properties located primarily in high-barrier-to-entry, supply-constrained, densely-populated metropolitan areas in the United States. We currently own, or have an ownership interest in these properties through our Core Portfolio (as defined below) and our Funds (as defined in Item 1. of this Form 10-K).
All of our assets are held by, and all of our operations are conducted through, Acadia Realty Limited Partnership (the “Operating Partnership”) and entities in which the Operating Partnership owns an interest. As of December 31, 2015, the Trust controlled 95% of the Operating Partnership as the sole general partner. Advisors’ Opinion:
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Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 14, 2019 12:00 p.m. ET
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Corecivic (NYSE:CXW) and Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.
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Best Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: UniSource Energy Corporation(UNS)
UniSource Energy Corporation engages in the electric generation and energy delivery businesses. The company?s TEP segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to approximately 403,000 retail electric customers, including residential, commercial, industrial, and public sector customers in southeastern Arizona. It also sells electricity to other utilities and power marketing entities. As of December 31, 2010, this segment owned or leased 2,245 MW of net generating capacity, as well as owned or participated in electric transmission and distribution system consisting of 512 circuit-miles of 500-kV lines; 1,087 circuit-miles of 345-kV lines; 379 circuit-miles of 138-kV lines; 478 circuit-miles of 46-kV lines; and 2,621 circuit-miles of lower voltage primary lines. TEP segment generates electricity from coal, gas, oil, and solar sources. The company?s UNS Gas segment distributes gas to approximately 146,500 retail customers in Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, and Navajo c ounties in northern Arizona, as well as Santa Cruz County in southeastern Arizona. As of December 31, 2010, this segment?s transmission and distribution system consisted of approximately 30 miles of steel transmission mains, 4,211 miles of steel and plastic distribution piping, and 136,439 customer service lines. The company?s UNS Electric segment transmits and distributes electricity to approximately 91,000 retail customers consisting of residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties. As of December 31, 2010, UNS Electric?s transmission and distribution system consisted of approximately 56 circuit-miles of 115-kV transmission lines, 271 circuit-miles of 69-kV transmission lines, and 3,599 circuit-miles of underground and overhead distribution lines. This segment also owns the 65 MW Valencia plant, as well as 39 substations having an installed capacity of 1,788,050 kilovolt amperes. The company was founded in 1902 and is based in Tucson, Arizona.
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Uni Select (TSE:UNS)’s stock had its “hold” rating restated by equities research analysts at TD Securities in a report issued on Friday. They currently have a C$24.00 price objective on the stock. TD Securities’ price target points to a potential upside of 8.21% from the stock’s current price.
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Uni Select (TSE:UNS) had its price target lifted by investment analysts at Macquarie from C$24.00 to C$25.00 in a report released on Wednesday. Macquarie’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 18.32% from the stock’s current price.
Best Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)
We are engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of wearable display and smart glasses devices known commercially as Video Eyewear (also referred to as head mounted displays (or HMDs), Smart Glasses, wearable displays, video glasses, personal viewers, near-eye virtual displays, and near-eye displays or NEDs). These devices are worn like eyeglasses and feature built-in video screens and in some cases a computer, that enable the user to view and interact with video and digital content, such as movies, computer data, the Internet or video games. Our Video Eyewear products provide virtual large high-resolution screens, fit in a user’s pocket or purse and can be viewed practically anywhere, anytime. They can also be used for virtual and augmented reality applications, in which the wearer is either immersed in a computer generated world or has their real world view augmented with computer generated information or graphics as is typical in enterprise applications. Advisors’ Opinion:
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VUZI LOSS NOTICE: Rosen Law Firm Reminds Vuzix Corporation Investors of Important Deadline In Class Action – VUZI (finance.yahoo.com) SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Vuzix Corporation of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline – VUZI (finance.yahoo.com) Deadline Alert: Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Reminds Investors of the Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit Against Vuzix Corporation (VUZI) (businesswire.com) Vuzix Corp (VUZI) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. Reminds Investors That Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against MEDNAX, Farmland Partners, and Vuzix and Encourages Investors to Contact the Firm (feeds.benzinga.com)
Several brokerages have recently commented on VUZI. ValuEngine raised shares of Vuzix from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Vuzix from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Chardan Capital set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Vuzix and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $9.08.
Best Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Selective Insurance Group, Inc.(SIGI)
Selective Insurance Group, Inc., incorporated in August 1977, is a holding company with insurance subsidiaries. The Company has 10 insurance subsidiaries, nine of which are licensed by various state departments of insurance to write specific lines of property and casualty insurance business in the standard market. The remaining subsidiary is authorized by various state insurance departments to write property and casualty insurance in the excess and surplus lines (E&S) market. The Company operates its business through four segments: Standard Commercial Lines, Standard Personal Lines, E&S Lines and Investments. Its Standard Commercial Lines segment consists of insurance products and services provided in the standard marketplace to its commercial customers, including businesses, non-profit organizations, and local government agencies. Its Standard Personal Lines segment consists of insurance products and services, including flood insurance coverage that it writes through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provided primarily to individuals acquiring coverage in the standard marketplace. Its E&S Lines segment consists of insurance products and services provided to customers who have not obtained coverage in the standard marketplace. It only writes commercial lines E&S coverages. The Company’s investment segment invests insurance premiums, as well as amounts generated through its capital management strategies, which includes the issuance of debt and equity securities, to generate investment income and to satisfy obligations to its customers, its shareholders, and its debt holders, among others.
The Company sells various types of insurance under its insurance segments that fall into over three categories: property insurance, casualty insurance and flood insurance. Property insurance covers the financial consequences of accidental loss of an insured’s real and/or personal property. Property claims are reported and settled in a relatively short period of time. Casualty insurance covers t! he financial consequences of employee injuries in the course of employment and bodily injury and/or property damage to a third party as a result of an insured’s negligent acts, omissions or legal liabilities. Casualty claims takes several years to be reported and settled. Flood insurance generally covers property losses under the Federal Government’s Write Your Own (WYO) program of the NFIP. Flood insurance premiums and losses are 100% ceded to the NFIP. The Company underwrites its business primarily through traditional insurance. Its E&S Lines products and services are sold through one subsidiary, Mesa Underwriters Specialty Insurance Company (MUSIC), that provides a nationally-authorized non-admitted platform to write commercial and personal E&S business. The principal types of policies the Company writes include commercial property, commercial automobile, general liability, workers compensation, businessowners’ policy, bonds (fidelity and surety), homeowners, personal automobile, personal umbrella and flood.
The Company sells its products and services in a range of geographic markets. Standard Commercial Lines products and services are sold in over 20 states located in the Eastern and Midwestern regions of the United States and the District of Columbia. Standard Personal Lines products and services are sold in over 10 states in the Eastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, except for the flood portion of this segment, which is sold in over 50 states and the District of Columbia. E&S Lines are sold in over 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Company sells and distributes its Standard Commercial and Standard Personal Lines products and services through its distribution partners, including independent retail insurance agents and wholesale general agents. The Company has approximately 1,100 independent retail agents selling its Standard Commercial Lines business, over 700 of which also sell its Standard Personal Lines business (excluding flood). In addition, the Company ha! s approxi! mately 6,000 distribution partners selling its flood insurance products. E&S Lines are written through approximately 80 wholesale general agents, who are its distribution partners in the E&S market. The Company’s investment portfolio includes fixed income securities, equity securities, short-term investments and other investments, including alternatives.
The Company competes with Cincinnati Financial Corporation, Erie Indemnity Company, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., United Fire Group, Inc., The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc., Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, The Travelers Companies, Inc., Zurich Insurance Group, Ltd., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Allstate Corporation, The Government Employees Insurance Company, The Progressive Corporation, W. R. Berkley Company, Argo Group International Holding Ltd, Validus Group, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, IFG Companies, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Markel Corporation.
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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 15th were given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.26%. Selective Insurance Group’s dividend payout ratio is 21.86%.
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Selective Insurance Group Company Profile
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Selective Insurance Group Inc (NASDAQ:SIGI)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 01, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET
Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SIGI) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.
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Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B (NASDAQ: SIGI) and Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SIGI) 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, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.
Best Performing Stocks To Own Right Now: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)
Zions Bancorporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and related services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; and residential mortgage servicing and lending. It also provides trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services. In addition, the company offers personal banking services to individuals, including home mortgages, bankcards, other installment loans, home equity lines of credit, checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit of various types and maturities, safe deposit facilities, direct deposits, and Internet and mobile banking services. Further, it provides online and traditional brokerage services; small business administration and secondary market agricultural real estate mortgage loans; and bond transfer, stock transfer, and escrow services for corporate customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 450 domestic branches. Zions Bancorporation was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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BidaskClub cut shares of Zions Bancorporation NA (NASDAQ:ZION) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Saturday morning.
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This is another top regional that the Deutsche Bank team likes, and it is a top play in the western United States. Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; and residential mortgage servicing and lending. It also provides trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services.