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It used to be that finding a decent yield in the stock market was easy.

Just seven years ago, all you had to do was buy an ETF in a sector that got income hounds’ hearts racing, like the Utilities Select SPDR ETF (XLU) and lock in an easy 4.48% payout:

The “Good Old Days” Are Over for Utility Fans

But do the same today, and you’ll get just 3.1% for your trouble, no thanks to the merciless rise in stocks (and shriveling of yields) driven by a decade of near-zero interest rates.

And sure, a 3.1% payout may still sound okay. It is, after all, 63% more than you’d get from your average S&P 500 dividend payer.

high yield investments: Qualstar Corporation(QBAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap data storage systems stock Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK):

    Quelstar is essentially a mirror image of Pixelworks. That is, it’s not just the bearish undertow we want to tap into here. It’s the failure of QBAK to follow-through on today’s effort to break above the 100-day moving average line with today’s early effort. The market dared the bulls to play their hand, and as it turns out, they were bluffing. The sheer scope of the reversal bar in the meantime today confirms the downtrend.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedpreemptively shorting small cap data storage systems stockQualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK):

high yield investments: ResMed Inc.(RMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By STOCKPICKR]

    Medical equipment maker ResMed (RMD) is another name that’s starting to look “toppy” after a bullish start to the year. RMD has more or less kept pace with the S&P 500 in 2014, climbing just over 11% from January to today — but shares started forming a long-term triple-top over the summer, and that setup is getting close to completion this fall.

    It’s worth noting that long-term price setups come with equally long term trading implications when they trigger.

    The triple-top that RMD is showing is a fairly rare pattern, but the trigger is pretty perfunctory: if shares break down below support at $48, then sellers are in control, and it’s time to unload them. Downside isn’t a foregone conclusion in ResMed, but this setup only gets invalidated if shares can close above their prior highs at $54.

high yield investments: Brown(n)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Arie Goren]

    On November 5, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)confirmed that it has finally completed the acquisition of Netsuite (NYSE:N) for $9.3 billion in cash, or $109 per share that the company had initially offered. In my previous article about Oracle, I had suggested that the acquisition of NetSuite, the cloud business application software company, is a smart move by Oracle. What’s more, it is not paying an excessive price for the deal. In fact, Oracle insisted that it will not pay more than what it had first offered despite the resistance from T Rowe Price (NSDQ:TROW)which demanded $133 per share.

high yield investments: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Frank DiPietro]

    When Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) reported earnings in late January, it committed to continue to reward stockholders handsomely. Its stock price has appreciated nicely over the past 12 months (up roughly 50%) and now it has reiterated its plan to buy back its own shares over the next three years and continue to pay its shareholders a growing dividend. Total cost to the company is projected by management to be at least $12.5 billion through 2019, including annual dividend increases projected to be more than 10%.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate CORNING INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    GLW’s debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.20 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.30, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

     

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Corning’s (NYSE:GLW) cutting-edge glass technology can already be found everywhere from smartphones to LCD TVs, advanced optics systems, lab science equipment, and even the ceramic substrates and particulate filters underlying pollution control systems in millions of vehicles today.But Corning is ready to take its show on the road in a much more visible way.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Back on December 5th of 2013, we added Corning (GLW) to our list around $16 and change. The stock ended up moving to a high of just over $25 per share early last year for roughly a 50% gain. Well, the stock has since come off again trading all the way back down to under $16 per share back in August of last year, before finding its way back up above $18 just yesterday. The context here is two-fold. First, the valuation metrics for GLW are once again suggesting another undervalued opportunity for a Company that is the clear leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

high yield investments: PRA Group, Inc.(PRAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) has been hit hard recently, and shareholders may be glad to know that a director took advantage of the sell-off and stepped in to buy shares. That board member bought 143,000 shares of the financial and business services company at prices that ranged from $34.40 to $34.89. The total for the buy was set at $5 million. The stock closed Friday at $32.90, in a52-week range of $21.93 to $42.70. The consensus price target is $40.60.

top 10 hot stocks

That was quick.

Just days after going public, Snapchat parent company Snap (NYSE:SNAP) is already getting the cold shoulder from Wall Street. After jumping 44% and 11% on their first and second trading days, respectively, Snap shares are now down about 8% as the market starts to sober up from the IPO hype. That’s likely because a handful of Street analysts have now picked up coverage and issued ratings, and they’re not good.

Of the seven firms that have issued ratings, five have Snap at sell and two consider it a hold, according to CNBC.

Firm

Rating

Needham

Underperform

Atlantic Equities

Underweight

Morningstar

Sell

Aegis

top 10 hot stocks: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Corning’s (NYSE:GLW) cutting-edge glass technology can already be found everywhere from smartphones to LCD TVs, advanced optics systems, lab science equipment, and even the ceramic substrates and particulate filters underlying pollution control systems in millions of vehicles today.But Corning is ready to take its show on the road in a much more visible way.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Back on December 5th of 2013, we added Corning (GLW) to our list around $16 and change. The stock ended up moving to a high of just over $25 per share early last year for roughly a 50% gain. Well, the stock has since come off again trading all the way back down to under $16 per share back in August of last year, before finding its way back up above $18 just yesterday. The context here is two-fold. First, the valuation metrics for GLW are once again suggesting another undervalued opportunity for a Company that is the clear leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, CORNING INC’s return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We believe 4K TV demand is ramping strongly, and management execution has been solid in our opinion. We also note the company’s focus on increased shareholder returns. Overall, we see the stock as undervalued on an ex-cash P/E basis despite growing EPS faster than peers. 

  • [By Frank DiPietro]

    When Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) reported earnings in late January, it committed to continue to reward stockholders handsomely. Its stock price has appreciated nicely over the past 12 months (up roughly 50%) and now it has reiterated its plan to buy back its own shares over the next three years and continue to pay its shareholders a growing dividend. Total cost to the company is projected by management to be at least $12.5 billion through 2019, including annual dividend increases projected to be more than 10%.

top 10 hot stocks: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Yet another stock experiencing a correction after the bell was Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR), which lost 2.75 percent in after-hours, after having gained 4.5 percent during the day.

top 10 hot stocks: LyondellBasell Industries NV(LYB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    TransCanada is not the only company that stands to profit from the possible Keystone XL approval. Refiners such as Valero and LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB), as well as construction companies Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) and Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) all stand to gain if Keystone XL gets the green light.

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    In a classic contrarian move, he purchased more shares of troubled plastics-maker LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB), even as the company was sliding toward bankruptcy.

top 10 hot stocks: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.

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Corning Is Still a Good Buy at 52-Week Highs

Corning (GLW) is on a roll in 2014. The stock has appreciated more than 20% so far. Moreover, the company is also focused on delivering value to its share holders and consequently, it completed a share repurchase program of $2 billion during the previous quarter. There is more to this story, which we shall see in detail.

Robust results

Starting with the numbers, net sales for the quarter improved 32% to $2.4 billion from the year-ago period of $1.81 billion. This was marginally above analysts’ estimate of $2.3 billion. Its net income fell to $301 million as compared to last year’s $494 million. However, its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations.

Although the profit numbers for the first quarter were disappointing, management is positive about its prospects. According to James Flaws, Corning’s chief financial officer, “We expect improved results throughout the year.” This can also be understood from the fact that its adjusted earnings beat the Wall Street expectations.

The way ahead

Corning is focusing on its growth strategies. Management had already discussed in the previous quarter that it plans to quickly integrate Corning Precision Materials (CPM) in Korea in order to realize synergies, gain further cost advantages, and increase its flexibility of glass supply. The company completed its acquisition of CPM in the first quarter. As a result of this acquisition, its display sales improved 55% to $1 billion.

In optical communications as well, the company performed well with improved sales numbers. Gorilla glass volumes also improved year over year, but its prices declined considerably in the first quarter. This was one of the main reasons for its profits to decline in the quarter. But, management expects the prices to improve in the second quarter.

Corning had excluded the operating results of Hemlock Semiconductor in 2013 to remove potential impact of severe unpredictability and instability in the polysilicon market. But now the polysilicon market is stabilizing and management is positive about its prospects. Moreover, Hemlock’s earnings were positive in the first quarter, and its customers are entering into further contractual obligations, which drove sales and profits in both fourth quarter of last year and the previous quarter.

Corning has posted some solid numbers. It ended its first quarter with $5.6 billion in cash and short term investments. Going forward, the company expects LCD TV units to grow in the low to mid-single digits, but area growth will likely be higher. It is expected that the trend of consumers buying larger televisions will continue.

In addition to this, Corning expects ultra high definition televisions to be a high-end category in 2014. Management believes that ultra high definition would be a major driver of demand in the near future. Moreover, the decline in the prices of LCD in the second quarter will not be as significant as it was in the first quarter.

Conclusion

Corning has a trailing P/E of 17.52, but its forward P/E looks more impressive at 12.75. The stock is currently trading near its 52-week high and there could be more upside to the stock. Although its profits have dipped in the present quarter, but going forward, the company expects its prospects to be positive. Looking at the numbers and its future outlook, Corning seems to be a fair investment option.

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