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Weekend Research For February 9 – 10 2019

 Market performance YTD (2019):

Index

Dec 31, 2018 close

Feb 1, 2019 close

Feb 8, 2019 close

YTD gain/loss

YTD percentage change

$DJIA

23,327.46

25,063.14

25,106.33

+1,778.87

7.626%

$SPX

2,506.85

2,706.53

2,707.88

+201.03

8.019%

$NDX

6,329.96

6,875.52

6,913.13

+583.17

9.213%

$RUT

1,348.56

1,502.05

1,506.39

+157.83

11.704%

 

Markets are up between 7.6% - 11.7%. How have you done so far in 2019?

Monday’s trades:

$VZ - dividend yield is 4.5%. Sure, yahoo is junk, tumblr is all but worthless but Jan 29 earnings should affirm the single-digit EPS growth for the year.

$VZ, Verizon Communications Inc. / H1

$AMD – Radeon 7 release came and went. Stock may trade on the merits of Ryzen and EPYC.

 

$AMD, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. / H1

$USO – oil prices dipped unnecessarily. This ETF will give investors exposure to the energy sector.

 

$USO, United States Oil Fund / H1

$TGT – reports the following week and already corrected.

$TGT, Target Corporation / H1

Walmart $WMT is deep value too.

$CVS – is stuck in a range, giving up all of the run-up that followed from the Aetna acquisition. CVS reports Feb 20 BMO.

$CVS, CVS Health Corporation / H1

$MCD -  can do no wrong. Demand keeps growing and marketing initiatives are all bringing in traffic.

$MCD, McDonald's Corporation / H1

$UNH corrected 2.54% lower on the week. The government attack on drug pricing will lead nowhere and UNH, CVS will not face any revenue headwinds.

For members and subscribers only, $XBIT - XBiotech, which is developing an atopic dermatitis drug, similar to $REGN - Regeneron's Dupixent, has done well for us:

$XBIT, XBiotech Inc. / H1

Did you sell XBIT stock as instructed at $10.70? Would you buy $CRSP, $NKTR next?

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