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Top Safest Stocks For 2022

One day many years ago, I found myself stuck in traffic and noticed a peculiar sign. It said something about the construction that was going on — the very thing that was hampering my commute.

It said all this construction was being funded by a bond. This was before I had ever started my career in finance, so bonds were an unfamiliar thing. But when I began my investment career, I soon realized that I could actually invest in these things. And the more I learned, the more I was ecstatic.

After all, If you can’t beat ’em, might as well make money off them…

You see, these types of bonds have a name — general obligation bonds — a type of municipal, or “muni” bond for short. These bonds are used for everything from helping fund road construction to building schools, bridges, water infrastructure and other public buildings. As I became more familiar with municipal bonds, I quickly became a fan. In fact, in my experience, muni-bonds are one of the safest ways for investors to earn income in today’s market — while also beating the tax man. (More on that in a moment.)

Top Safest Stocks For 2022: Geo Group Inc (GEO)

The GEO Group, Inc. provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and re-entry facilities, and the provision of community based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through four segments: U.S. Corrections & Detention, GEO Community Services, International Services, and Facility Construction & Design. The company owns, leases, and operates a range of correctional and detention facilities, including maximum, medium, and minimum security prisons; immigration detention centers; minimum security detention centers; and community based re-entry facilities. It offers correctional and detention management services that involves the provision of security, administrative, rehabilitation, education, and food services primarily at adult male correctional and detention facilities; engages in the supervision of adult parolees and probationers, as well as the provision of temporary housing, programming, employment assistance, and other services; and provides residential, detention, shelter care, and community based services with rehabilitative and educational programs. The company also provides monitoring services, and evidence-based supervision and treatment programs for community-based parolees, probationers, and pretrial defendants; and services to immigration and customs enforcement for the provision of services to improve the participation of non-detained aliens in the immigration court system. In addition, it offers transportation services for offender and detainee populations; and prisoner escort and custody services. As of February 21, 2013, the company owned and/or managed 100 facilities totaling approximately 73,000 beds. The GEO Group, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in GEO. Capital Growth Management LP purchased a new stake in shares of The GEO Group during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $38,998,000. American Century Companies Inc. raised its position in shares of The GEO Group by 335.6% during the 4th quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 1,422,625 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $28,026,000 after buying an additional 1,096,034 shares during the period. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund raised its position in shares of The GEO Group by 1,851.2% during the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 949,816 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $48,000 after buying an additional 901,137 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its position in shares of The GEO Group by 24.7% during the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 3,710,553 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $93,358,000 after buying an additional 735,209 shares during the period. Finally, WINTON GROUP Ltd raised its position in shares of The GEO Group by 1,204.0% during the 4th quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 610,019 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $12,017,000 after buying an additional 563,239 shares during the period. 89.35% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Top Safest Stocks For 2022: WD-40 Company(WDFC)

WD-40 Company, incorporated on October 22, 1999, is a global consumer Products Company. As of August 31, 2012, the Companys products included WD-40 Smart Straw, WD-40 Trigger Pro, 3-IN-ONE Professional Garage Door Lube, Spot Shot Pet Clean which is a non-aerosol Spot Shot trigger product, and a mildew stain remover under the X-14 brand. In addition, its WD-40 Specialist product line, consists of certain specialty maintenance products. The Companys three geographical segments are: the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company sells its products primarily through mass retail and home center stores, warehouse club stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, automotive parts outlets and industrial distributors and suppliers. During the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012, the Company formed WD-40 Bike Company LLC, focused on the development of a line of bicycle maintenance products for cyclists and mechanics.

Multi-Purpose Maintenance Products

The WD-40 brand is a multi-purpose maintenance product and is sold as an aerosol spray, a non-aerosol trigger spray and in liquid form through mass retail stores, hardware stores, warehouse club stores, automotive parts outlets and industrial distributors and suppliers. WD-40 products are sold worldwide in markets, such as North, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Rim, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. WD-40 products has a range of consumer uses in household, marine, automotive, construction, repair, sporting goods and gardening applications, in addition to numerous industrial applications. The 3-IN-ONE brand consists of multi-purpose drip oil and spray lubricant products, as well as other specialty maintenance products. The drip oil is an entry-level lubricant with spout options that allow applications for small mechanisms and assemblies, tool maintenance and threads on screws and bolts. It also has industrial applications in areas, such as locksmithing, HVAC, marine, farming, construction and jewelry manufa! cturing. In addition to the drip oil line of products, the 3-IN-ONE brand also includes a line of products known as 3-IN-ONE Professional, which is a line of multi-purpose maintenance products. 3-IN-ONE products are sold in the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia and Asia.

The Blue Works brand consists of a line of industrial grade, specialty maintenance products that include lubricants, penetrants, degreasers and cleaners designed specifically for the needs of industrial users. Blue Works products were launched in the United States in selected markets in Europe and are sold through the industrial channel. WD-40 Specialist consists of a line of specialty problem solving products that include penetrants, water resistant degreaser silicone sprays, corrosion inhibitors and rust removers that are aimed at the current users of the WD-40 brand.

Homecare and Cleaning Products

The X-14 brand is a line of products designed for cleaning needs. X-14 is sold as a liquid mildew stain remover and two types of automatic toilet bowl cleaners. X-14 is sold in the United States through grocery and mass retail channels. The 2000 Flushes brand is a line ofLong-lasting automatic toilet bowl cleaners, which includes a variety of formulas. 2000 Flushes is sold in the United States and Canada through grocery and mass retail channels. The Carpet Fresh brand is a line of room and rug deodorizers sold as powder, aerosol foam and trigger spray products. Carpet Fresh is sold through grocery and mass retail channels in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In the United Kingdom, Carpet Fresh is sold under the 1001 brand name. In Australia, Carpet Fresh is sold under the No Vac brand name.

The Spot Shot brand is sold as an aerosol carpet stain remover and a liquid trigger carpet stain and odor eliminator. The brand also includes products, such as Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator and Spot Shot Pet Clean, which are non-toxic and biodegrad! able. Spo! t Shot products are sold through grocery and mass retail channels, warehouse club stores and hardware and home center stores in the United States and Canada. Spot Shot products are also sold in the United Kingdom under the 1001 brand name. The 1001 brand includes carpet and household cleaners and rug and room deodorizers, which are sold through mass retail, grocery and home center stores in the United Kingdom. The Lava and Solvol brands consist of heavy-duty hand cleaner products, which are sold in bar soap and liquid form through hardware, grocery, industrial, automotive and mass retail channels. Lava is sold in the United States, while Solvol is sold in Australia.

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    WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) Q2 2019 Earnings CallApril 9, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET

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    WD-40 Co (NASDAQ:WDFC)Q22019 Earnings CallApril 09, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

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Top Safest Stocks For 2022: T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.(TROW)

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., incorporated on February 4, 2000, is a financial services holding company. The Company provides global investment management services through its subsidiaries to individual and institutional investors in the sponsored T. Rowe Price mutual funds distributed in the United States and other investment portfolios. The Company operates through investment advisory business segment. Its assets under management are accumulated from a client base across over four primary distribution channels, including third-party financial intermediaries that distribute its managed investment portfolios in the United States and other countries; individual the United States investors on a direct basis; the United States defined contribution retirement plans, and institutional investors across the globe. The assets that it manages include a range of the United States and international stock, blended asset, bond and money market mutual funds, and other investment portfolios. It offers advisory services and a distribution management service. It provides administrative services as ancillary services to its investment advisory clients.

The Company offers advisory services, including management of stable value investment contracts and a distribution management service for the disposition of equity securities its clients receive from third-party venture capital investment pools. The Company offers blended equity, and asset allocation investment strategies, including target-date retirement investment portfolios. The Company also performs industry and company research using sources, such as inspection of corporate activities, management interviews, company-published financial and other information, financial newspapers and magazines, corporate rating services and field checks with suppliers and competitors in particular business sector. Its securities selection process for investment portfolios is based on quantitative analysis using computerized data modeling. The Company provides seed capital f! or the new investment funds and trusts.

The Company provides certain administrative services as ancillary services to its investment advisory clients. These administrative services are provided by the Company’s subsidiaries and include mutual fund transfer agent, accounting, distribution and shareholder services; participant recordkeeping and transfer agent services for defined contribution retirement plans investing in the Company’s sponsored mutual funds; recordkeeping services for defined contribution retirement plans investing in mutual funds outside the T. Rowe Price complex; brokerage, and trust services. The Company offers services to clients in over 40 countries across the world. The Company provides investment advisory, distribution and other administrative services to the Price funds. Investment advisory services are provided to each fund under individual investment management agreements that grant the fund the right to use the T. Rowe Price name. The Company’s subsidiaries provide advisory-related administrative services to the Price funds and their shareholders. T. Rowe Price Services provides mutual fund transfer agency and shareholder services, including maintenance of staff, facilities, technology and other equipment to respond to inquiries from fund shareholders. T. Rowe Price Associates provides mutual fund accounting services, including maintenance of financial records, preparation of financial statements and reports, valuation of portfolio securities and computation of net asset values per share. T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services provides participant accounting, plan administration and transfer agent services for defined contribution retirement plans that invest in both the Price funds and funds outside the Price fund complex.

The Company provides trustee services through its subsidiary, T. Rowe Price Trust Company, which offers collective investment trusts for investment by retirement plans and serves as trustee for employer sponsored retirement plans a! nd other ! retirement products. The Company also provides non-discretionary advisory planning services to fund shareholders and potential investors through its subsidiary T. Rowe Price Advisory Services, Inc. These services include retirement planning services, such as saving for retirement, transitioning into retirement and income in retirement. An investment portfolio evaluation service is an integral part of these services. The Company’s subsidiary, T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc. is the distributor of the Price funds. The Company provides investment advisory services to the other investment portfolio clients through its subsidiaries. The Company provides these services on a separately managed or sub-advised account basis and through sponsored investment portfolios, including collective investment trusts, target-date retirement trusts, Luxembourg-based funds offered to investors outside the United States and portfolios offered through variable annuity life insurance plans in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries, T. Rowe Price (Luxembourg) Management Sarl and T. Rowe Price International Ltd. provide management and investment management services, respectively.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Courtney Carlsen (TMFCourtCarlsen)]

    Strong revenue growth was driven by solid investment performance and has boosted assets under management (AUM) at these companies significantly in the past year. Three companies posting good earnings reports in the space were BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW), and StepStone Group (NASDAQ:STEP).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board cut its stake in shares of T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 47.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 43,999 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 39,514 shares during the period. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board’s holdings in T. Rowe Price Group were worth $4,062,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board cut its stake in shares of T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW) by 47.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 43,999 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 39,514 shares during the period. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board’s holdings in T. Rowe Price Group were worth $4,062,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top Safest Stocks For 2022: Adient plc (ADNT)

Adient plc, formerly Adient Limited, is an automotive seating supplier. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of seating systems and components for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and light trucks, including vans, pick-up trucks, and sport/crossover utility vehicles. The Company operates through two segments: Seating and Interiors. The Seating segment produces automotive seat metal structures, and mechanisms, foam, trim, fabric and complete seat systems. The Interiors segment produces instrument panels, floor consoles, door panels, overhead consoles, cockpit systems, decorative trim and other products. The Company also supplies various seating systems to the international motorsports industry through its RECARO brand of products. It operates approximately 230 manufacturing or assembly facilities, with operations in over 30 countries. Its technologies focus on offering automotive seating solutions in a range of areas, including frames, armrests and fabrics.
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    OmniTek Engineering (OTCMKTS:OMTK) and Adient (NYSE:ADNT) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Adient (NYSE:ADNT) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday.

Top Safest Stocks For 2022: MYR Group Inc.(MYRG)

MYR Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides electrical construction service in the continental United States. The company operates in two segments, Transmission and Distribution, and Commercial and Industrial. The Transmission and Distribution segment provides design, engineering, procurement, construction, upgrade, maintenance, and repair services. Its services include the construction and maintenance of high voltage transmission lines, substations, and lower voltage underground and overhead distribution systems; and emergency restoration services in response to hurricane, ice, or other storm related damages. This segment?s customers include investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, cooperatives, federally-owned utilities, independent power producers, independent transmission companies, industrial facility owners, and other contractors. The Commercial and Industrial segment provides electrical contracting services for commercial and industrial construction in the western United States. It offers electrical contracting services for airports, hospitals, data centers, hotels, casinos, arenas, convention centers, manufacturing plants, processing facilities, and transportation control and management systems. This segment?s customers include general contractors, commercial and industrial facility owners, local governments, and developers. MYR Group Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    MYR Group Inc (NASDAQ:MYRG)Q42018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 07, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Strs Ohio raised its position in MYR Group Inc (NASDAQ:MYRG) by 95.6% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 10,900 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,326 shares during the quarter. Strs Ohio’s holdings in MYR Group were worth $307,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MYR Group (NASDAQ:MYRG) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News headlines about MYR Group (NASDAQ:MYRG) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MYR Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.210188030524 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These 3 Asset Managers Show the Strength of the Economic Recovery

Asset managers saw stellar performance in their most recent quarterly earnings. Strong markets across different asset classes — like exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds, and private equity — along with an improving economic backdrop were key to asset managers’ solid performance in the most recent quarter and year.

Strong revenue growth was driven by solid investment performance and has boosted assets under management (AUM) at these companies significantly in the past year. Three companies posting good earnings reports in the space were BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW), and StepStone Group (NASDAQ:STEP).

Strong earnings growth shows the strength of the economic recovery

In the most recent quarter, BlackRock saw revenue grow 32% from the same period last year to $4.8 billion, while net income was up 14% to nearly $1.4 billion. T. Rowe Price grew revenue 36% to $1.9 billion, with net income increasing 16% to $842 million. Finally, StepStone Group — which has only been publicly traded since September 2020 — saw management and advisory fees grow 23% to $78 million. This, coupled with better investment performance, helped give the company a net income of $126.5 million this year after a net loss of $51 million in the same quarter last year.

The strength of asset managers says a lot about the economic recovery, specifically the strength of asset prices thanks to easy monetary policies and fiscal stimulus spending.

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Understand why AUM is increasing

Many funds have seen a big increase in AUM, with BlackRock reporting an AUM of $9.5 trillion, an increase of 30% year over year and 5% from the most recent quarter. StepStone saw AUM grow 36% from the same quarter last year, and 4% from the most recent quarter, bringing its total AUM to nearly $90 billion at the end of the period.

While AUM increasing is a positive sign, investors should keep an eye on how much of the performance was due to the strength of equity markets for these companies versus raising capital from investors.

For example, T. Rowe Price saw AUM increase to $1.6 trillion in the quarter, up 33% from last year and 7% from the most recent quarter. However, AUM growth came from gains on its assets, with $600 million flowing out of funds during the quarter. By comparison, BlackRock saw inflows of $80 billion and StepStone’s inflows increased by $1 billion in the quarter.

T. Rowe management noted that the long-term trend to passive investing has had a negative impact on client flows, which has benefited BlackRock and its iShares ETF products. Over the past five years, BlackRock and T. Rowe Price have seen AUM grow at 14% and 13.3%, respectively, but the sources of growth have been drastically different. While T. Rowe Price increased its AUM by $707 billion over the last five years through the end of 2020, only 6.1% of that growth has been from client inflows. Meanwhile, BlackRock’s AUM has increased by $4 trillion over those five years, with 37.5% of this increase coming from client inflows. The younger private equity firm StepStone has increased its fee-earning AUM by $20.6 billion since March 2019, with almost all of this growth coming from net inflows from contributions.

What investors should expect going forward

T. Rowe Price has a solid balance sheet and is sitting on a big cash balance. The company could use that money to return additional capital to shareholders through dividends or stock buybacks, or it could seek out acquisitions in the hot mergers and acquisitions market. T. Rowe is a solid Dividend Aristocrat — a member of the S&P 500 that’s raised its cash payout for 25 years in a row — but likely needs to shake things up in order to keep pace as investors switch to more passive funds. According to analysts, T. Rowe Price is expected to see revenue grow 22.4% for all of 2021, while 2022 earnings are expected to grow at a more modest pace of 5.7%.

BlackRock is a leading provider of portfolio solutions that are focused on more passive investing solutions. The company has done a great job of building out its iShares ETF products and capitalizing on the increasing popularity of ETF solutions. Analysts expect BlackRock to see revenue growth of 17% for 2021, while next year analysts expect the company to grow sales 9.9%.

Finally, StepStone Group is a growing company that has steadily increased its asset base, and could be positioned well for the ongoing strength in private equity firms. Analysts expect StepStone Group to see revenue growth of 42.6% for all of 2021, while growing another solid 16.7% in 2022.

Each asset manager has a different strength

These three asset managers have a positive tailwind from the recovering economy, and each one has its own appeal to different types of investors. If you’re an income investor seeking a long-term Dividend Aristocrat, T. Rowe Price is a good choice. Meanwhile, BlackRock is a stellar long-term performer that is on top of big trends in the investment space, and StepStone Group is a young company that has a little more risk but the potential to be a stellar long-term growth stock.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the official recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. Were motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.