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Weekly Summary November 16, 2018

Cabot Prime Week Ending November 16, 2018

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In this week’s stock market video, Mike Cintolo advises keeping it simple—while there’s been a lot of movement during the past month, the trends remain down, so he remains in a defensive stance. That said, he’s keeping his eyes open as well, with a bunch more growth stocks showing resilience that he’s putting on his watch list.

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Bi-weekly Update November 14: Remain defensive. There’s been plenty of volatility in recent weeks, but nothing has really changed with the market (trends are down) or our stance (highly defensive). Mike is not heading to our Panic Room, though, as a strong rally from here could actually produce a Cabot Tides buy signal. In the Model Portfolio, Mike has no changes tonight (though we have TDOC on a tight leash), with three stocks and a cash position of around 76%.

Bi-weekly Issue November 7: Remain defensive, but if you haven’t done so yet, get your watch list ready. In the Model Portfolio, Mike sold GrubHub (GRUB) last week after its earnings drop, leaving us with 76% in cash. In this issue he runs through some scenarios for buying, but tonight, he’s sitting tight.

Other Stocks of Interest November 9: Follow ups to stocks featured June 6, 2018 (issue 1395) to November 7, 2018 (issue 1406). Since they’re not in the Model Portfolio, you don’t see them followed on a regular basis. However, we are monitoring these stocks, and this listing gives their current momentum status.

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Movers & Shakers Weekly Update November 16: Mike remains open to anything, and you should, too. It’s important to avoid preconceived notions of what the market can or can’t do going forward. At this point, the evidence remains negative, of course, but a few good days could actually result in an intermediate green light, which would prompt us to put some (not all) money to work. Today’s buy ideas are Cadence Design (CDNS), Omnicell (OMCL), and Tesla (TSLA). There are four sells today: Acadia Pharm. (ACAD), Kirkland Lake Gold (KL), Nordstrom’s (JWN) and Pacira Pharm. (PCRX).

Weekly Issue November 12: This week’s list is chock full of earnings winners, which, encouragingly, are generally holding up well despite the market’s latest slide. Mike’s Top Pick is Etsy (ETSY), whose growth is picking up steam and stock is acting great. The Market Monitor at a level 4.

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Special Bulletin November 13: Voya Financial (VOYA – yield 0.1%) issued a press release this afternoon, shortly before the start of its Investor Day. The company is announcing higher profit goals through 2021, a plan to increase the dividend yield to 1.0% by mid-2019 and a commitment to ongoing share repurchases. Crista is moving the rating from Buy to Strong Buy. Also, Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE – yield 3.0%) and its majority owner, General Electric (GE) have agreed to various business changes that will decrease General Electric’s ownership in Baker Hughes sooner than originally planned. Continue to Hold BHGE.

Weekly Update November 13: Crista says that her portfolio stocks achieved another successful quarter of results, generally pleasing Wall Street with upside surprises as opposed to earnings disappointments or news of corporate difficulties. Nevertheless, 2018 has been a difficult year for stock investors, with the S&P 500 index delivering two 10% corrections. The best of companies can easily have their share prices languish for months on end, as we’ve seen all year. Today, there are no portfolio changes.

Monthly Issue November 6: Crista continues to expect many stocks to remain low through year end, possibly followed by quite a bull run in January. Today’s featured stocks include Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) and a new addition to the Buy Low Opportunities Portfolio, Apple Inc. (AAPL). Today’s portfolio changes are: BB&T (BBT) and WestRock (WRK) both move from Hold to Buy.

Cabot Stock of the Week

Weekly Issue November 13: Today’s recommendation, Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) is a biopharmaceutical company that researches and manufactures treatments of severe and rare health disorders. It was recently recommended by Crista Huff, in Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. Here are Tim’s Portfolio changes: Altair Engineering (ALTR) moves from Hold to Buy, (MTCH) from Buy to Hold and MedMen (MMNFF) from Hold to Buy.

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Bi-weekly Issue November 15: Our Emerging Markets Timer remains negative, though the next few sessions will be key to watch. The decent-looking bounce in the iShares EM Fund (EEM) ran into strong resistance near its 50-day line earlier this month. But despite the recent slide, the fund is holding above its October lows and hanging around its lower (25-day) line—a good two or three days from here could produce a green light. Tonight’s recommendation is Tencent Holdings (TCEHY). Among the Chinese ADRs enjoying bounces in the past couple of days, Tencent Holdings is probably the best known. Paul has it rated Watch. There is one portfolio change tonight: Paul is selling Ecopetrol (EC) which held up very well when oil prices initially started to skid, but the mini-crash in that commodity (and meltdown in all energy stocks) has been too much for the stock to resist—shares have been under strong distribution and dipped below their 200-day line this week.

Bi-weekly Update November 8: The Cabot Emerging Markets Timer is heading in the direction of a new buy signal, but isn’t there yet. Despite the lack of a formal buy signal, Paul is going to put a small amount of the huge cash hoard to work and buy a half position in MiX Telematics (MIXT). There are no other changes tonight.

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Weekly Update November 14: After spiking last Wednesday, the major indexes have, predictably, pulled back over the past week. As Chloe’s colleagues and she have all written multiple times in recent weeks, stock market bottoms are rarely an event; they’re a process. She has no rating changes today, but gives you brief updates on all the holdings.

Monthly Issue October 31: Today Chloe is adding another conservative consumer staples stock to the Safe Income tier, Hormel Foods (HRL), which she expects to provide us with a secure income stream for a long time. She also looks into why REITs have been doing so well recently.

Cabot Marijuana Investor

Update November 16: Tim is in Las Vegas at, the biggest gathering of cannabis industry professionals. But he’s got so much on his mind—partly from what he’s learned in the past two days at the conference and partly from what our stocks have been doing. So here he is, with an update on the industry, and a reminder of some of the best practices of investing in these exciting stocks, as well as a quick look at the charts.

Monthly Issue October 25: Short-term, Tim’s advice is to hold off new buying on most of these stocks and let this correction run its course a little longer. If things perk up, both in the marijuana sector and in the broad market, he’ll be happy to jump right back in, but for now, he’ll stand pat.

Wall Street’s Best Investments

Daily Alert November 16: Vulcan Materials (VMC) from Shortex Market Letter
Daily Alert November 15: Evolent Health, Inc. (EVH) from Canaccord Genuity Research

Monthly Issue November 14: Nancy’s Spotlight Stock Comcast Corporation (CMCSA), is pushing growth via mergers and acquisitions, including its recent $40 billion acquisition of the 39% percent of the company owned by Twenty-First Century Fox. In her Feature article, Nancy says that Comcast looks undervalued at a P/E of just 7.47. Yet, the company is forecast to grow its earnings some 23% this year and another 10.3% in 2019. Add in the dividend yield, and the future looks bright for Comcast investors.

Daily Alert November 14: VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN) from Cabot Top Ten Trader
Daily Alert November 13: Livent Corporation (LTHM) from Pivotal Point
Daily Alert November 12: Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) from Validea Hot List Newsletter

Wall Streets Best Dividend Stocks

Daily Alert November 16: Amgen Inc. (AMGN) from Argus Weekly Staff Report
Daily Alert November 15: Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) from Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor
Daily Alert November 14: New Mountain Finance Corporation (NMFC) from Contrarian Outlook
Daily Alert November 13: Corning Incorporated (GLW) from The Prudent Speculator
Daily Alert November 12: Miller/Howard High Income Equity Fund (HIE) from Forbes/Lehmann Income Securities Investor

Monthly Issue November 7: This month’s Spotlight Stock, Brookfield Property Partners (BPY-UN.TO, BPY), is a diversified global real estate company. It owns, operates, and develops a large portfolio of office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hospitality, triple net lease, self-storage, student housing, and manufactured housing assets. In her Feature article, Nancy writes that it’s not only residential real estate that has seen phenomenal growth since the recession. Commercial real estate (CRE) is also booming, and is expected to grow 5% annually and reach revenue of $4 trillion over the next four years.

Ask the Experts

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Question: I have a question about Shell (SHLX:NYSE) It has been going down recently even with great profits and as of today a dividend yield of over 8%. I realize oil is volatile right now but this seems to be a good stock. What am I missing?

Mike: Thanks for writing. So SHLX is one of many midstream MLPs that’s basically a “dropdown” entity I think from its parent -- basically they spun off some of their midstream operations.
The question with these is how secure are their cash flows if energy prices tank, how much debt do they have, etc. I would guess most are fine but, to be frank, I’m not an expert on them, though I know many are anticipating good distribution growth for many years just based on organic projects. But I’m going to abstain from giving an opinion here as I’ve never really studied this company, and not sure how lower oil prices would affect it.

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Question: as controversial as it is (for a number of, i think, pretty obvious reasons), would you, in a word, buy FB now? any thoughts on that one?

Mike: So, in a word, no, though I’m not bearish on it per se -- but you’re talking about a stock below all moving averages, a company with slowing growth and a market that’s in a downtrend. It could easily do OK, and I’m not anticipating the stock falling 30% from here or anything like that; as always, if you want to nibble, that’s fine. But I think the bigger money will be patiently waiting for a buy signal and grabbing some resilient names that have shown power.

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Cabot’s 10 Best REITs to Buy Now

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Cabot’s 10 Best Buy and Hold Stocks for 2018

Update July 13, 2018: Today, Crista updates investors on portfolio news and performance of the stocks in Cabot’s 10 Best Buy and Hold Stocks for 2018. In terms of individual stock performance, Supernus Pharmaceuticals (SUPN) is up 34.6% YTD through July 12, while Universal Electronics (UEIC) is down 28.0% YTD. The performance of the remaining stocks ranges between +19.5% and -18.2%.

Update June 12, 2018: On June 11, 2018, USG Corporation (USG) announced that its Board of Directors agreed for the company to be acquired by Gebr. Knauf KG for $44 per share in cash. Crista suggestion is that investors sell USG now, rather than wait for the remaining $0.96 per share to accrue from the special dividend and the remaining potential capital appreciation.

Cabot’s 10 Best Takeover Stocks

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Updated August 10: There are a variety of reasons that a corporation might want to purchase another company. They might want to acquire a company’s patents or products to enhance their product lines; access the company’s distribution network and sales relationships; or simply aim to increase their earnings growth rate by purchasing a very profitable company within a related industry. After all, stronger earnings growth leads to better share price appreciation—a topic that boards of directors care very much about. Crista’s investment strategy, which combines both growth and value criteria, inadvertently identifies potential takeover targets. That’s because big companies and she often seek the same thing: stock investments in undervalued, financially thriving companies that can deliver profits to investors. The ten companies are all undervalued growth stocks. What’s more, they’re small enough that big competitors and peers within their sectors could easily finance their acquisitions, often through current cash flow.

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