Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018


Medical devices can change lives, and NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA) prides itself on making spinal surgery as painless and simple as possible. The company specializes in devices to provide procedurally integrated surgical solutions that are minimally disruptive, and NuVasive products have gained popularity over time.

Coming into Tuesday’s first-quarter financial report, NuVasive investors hoped to see solid gains in sales and earnings, and the company almost exactly matched their expectations. Moreover, the medical device maker sees product launches this year that could help it grow even faster in the future. Let’s look more closely at NuVasive for more clues on how its quarter went and what investors can expect for the rest of the year and beyond.


Image source: NuVasive.

NuVasive moves forward

NuVasive’s first-quarter results didn’t satisfy everyone, but they were still solid. Revenue was up 16% to $250 million, which was only slightly below the $251 million in sales that investors were expecting to see. Adjusted net income rose a healthier 16% to $20 million, and that worked out to $0.38 per share, exactly matching the consensus forecast among those following the stock.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: NQ Mobile Inc.(NQ)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Oberweis China Opportunities Fund (OBCHX), the best-performing U.S.-based fund investing in Chinese stocks, said Internet companies from NQ Mobile Inc. (NQ) to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. (QIHU) will extend a rally after jumping more than three-fold this year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ) shares dropped 16 percent to $3.88 after the company issued an update on the FL Mobile divestment. NQ Mobile is expected to report Q4 financial results on March 21, 2016.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: LendingClub Corporation(LC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Balson]

    Lending Club’s (LC) acting CEO Scott Sanborn replies to company’s investors and assures that company is in strong financial position and enough cash flow in balance sheet. “Cash and securities amount to $868 million.” He replies.


    Scott Sanborn also ensured company’s investors through e-mail who buys company’s loans, “We plan to be around for many years.”

    But as per company’s website Leading Club’s loan investors, “May not receive full amount, if it goes out of business.” Or could see delayed payments. 

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Clarke(t)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    AT&T Inc. (T) currently yields 4.7% and pays a 48-cents-per-share quarterly dividend. Since 2008, T has been upping its quarterly dividend by $0.01 per year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    24/7 Wall St. took a peek at plans from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). We have also provided some of the key highlights from each plan. In a separate post we looked at which companies offer the best service.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Dan Caplinger, Rich Duprey, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    In order to point you in the right direction, we asked a team of Fools to highlight a dividend stock that they feel is a great stock for a beginner. Read on to see why they picked AT&T (NYSE:T),Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL),Anheuser-Busch InBev(NYSE:BUD), Mastercard(NYSE:MA), andJPMorgan Chase(NYSE:JPM).

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that T’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. The stock’s price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

     

  • [By Leo Sun]

    With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Shares of chip-equipment leader Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) have zoomed 80% since we brought them to you in May 2014.

    And they’ve jumped 8% since we re-recommended the stock back on Jan. 31.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    A final company income seekers would be wise to give a look is Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT). Applied Materials provides manufacturing equipment to semiconductor companies, meaning its business tends to be highly cyclical. If the economy is performing well, Applied Materials is probably excelling. But if semiconductor spending is down, Applied Materials is likely struggling.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) makes equipment that allows companies to manufacture semiconductors, displays, and other components for some of the most advanced technology on the planet. And just like other tech companies, Applied has to stay ahead of new trends so that it can provide the latest equipment to its customers.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) short interest rose slightly to 15.21 million shares. The previous reading was 15.17 million. Shares closed Friday at $31.88, in a 52-week range of $15.44 to $31.97.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about a bullish options activity in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT). He noticed that somebody sold 12,000 contracts of the September 42 puts in the first half of the trading session on Tuesday. Najarian explained that the trader believes that the pull back might be over and the stock is close to the bottom.

Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Noah Holdings Ltd.(NOAH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Noah Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE: NOAH) is estimated to post financial results for its latest quarter.

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Top Medical Stocks To Own For 2018: Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.(ISLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ: ISLE) shares shot up 30 percent to $22.03. Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: ERI) and Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. struck a merger deal through which the former would buy the latter for $23 a share in cash or 1.638 shares.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) had the president of the company selling some stock. Arnold Block parted with 63,648 shares of the gaming company at $26.20 per share. The total for the sale cameto $2 million. He was joined by CEO Eric Hausler and the chief legal officer, Edmund Quatmann, who together sold 163,949 shares forbetween $26.02 and $26.26. Their trades totaled $4 million.The shares closed on Friday at $25.45, so well-timed trades indeed.The 52-week trading range is $13.01 to $26.89, and the consensus price objective is $23.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ: ISLE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.

    The company posted adjusted earnings of $0.62 per share on revenue of $264.9 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of 0.54 per share on revenue of $266.8 million.