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 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: Bank of Hawaii Corporation(BOH)
Bank of Hawaii Corporation (the “Parent”) is a Delaware corporation and a bank holding company (“BHC”) headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Parent’s principal operating subsidiary, Bank of Hawaii (the “Bank”), was organized on December 17, 1897 and is chartered by the State of Hawaii. The Bank’s deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System.
The Bank, directly and through its subsidiaries, provides a broad range of financial products and services primarily to customers in Hawaii, Guam, and other Pacific Islands. References to “we,” “our,” “us,” or “the Company” refer to the Parent and its subsidiaries and are consolidated for financial reporting purposes. The Bank’s subsidiaries include Bank of Hawaii Leasing, Inc., Bankoh Investment Services, Inc., and Pacific Century Life Insurance Corporation. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Stephan Byrd]
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- [By Shane Hupp]
Bank of Hawaii Co. (NYSE:BOH) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $90.10.
- [By Max Byerly]
Envestnet Asset Management Inc. reduced its holdings in Bank of Hawaii Co. (NYSE:BOH) by 17.9% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 4,691 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 1,021 shares during the quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Bank of Hawaii were worth $391,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: HSBC Holdings plc(HSBC)
HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC), incorporated on January 1, 1959, is the banking and financial services company. The Company manages its products and services through approximately four businesses, such as Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM), Commercial Banking (CMB), Global Banking and Markets (GB&M), and Global Private Banking (GPB). The Company operates across various geographical regions, which include Europe, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, North America and Latin America. The Company operates in over 70 countries and territories across the world.
Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM)
The Company’s RBWM business offers a range of personal banking and wealth management services to its customers. The Company’s customer offerings include personal banking products, such as current and savings accounts, mortgages and personal loans, and credit cards, and wealth management services, such as insurance and investment products, global asset management services and financial planning services. RBWM serves its customers across the world through approximately four business areas, such as Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Asset Management and Insurance. RBWM provides services to individuals under the HSBC Premier and Advance propositions. The Company operates its own Asset Management and Insurance businesses.
Commercial Banking (CMB)
The Company’s CMB business offers a range of products and services to its commercial customers, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and mid-market enterprises. These include credit and lending, international trade and receivables finance, treasury management and liquidity solutions (payments and cash management and commercial cards), commercial insurance and investments. CMB also offers expertise in mergers and acquisitions, and provides access to financial markets. CMB provides trade finance, working capital and liquidity management solutions to GB&M clients. It also provides Capital Finance expertise, and Insurance and Asset Management capabilities.
Global Banking and Markets (GB&M)
The Company’s GB&M business provides financial solutions to government, corporate and institutional clients and private investors across the world. The client-focused business lines deliver a range of banking capabilities, including financing, advisory and transaction services, a markets business that provides services in credit, rates, foreign exchange, equities, money markets and securities services, and principal investment activities. It provides Markets products to CMB and RBWM customers, Capital Financing products to CMB customers, and also uses CMB and Asset Management products to serve GB&M clients.
Global Private Banking (GPB)
The Company’s GPB business serves net worth individuals and families, including those with international banking needs, through approximately 20 booking centers covering its markets. Its products and services include Investment Management, which incorporates advisory, discretionary and brokerage services; Private Wealth Solutions, which consists of trusts and estate planning, designed to manage wealth and preserve it for future generations, and a range of Private Banking services. It has various client service groups, including the Corporate Client Group, which manages connectivity with CMB and GB&M; the Wealth Client Group; and the Global Solutions Group, which delivers non-traditional wealth management solutions.
- [By Eric Volkman (TMFVolkman)]
On Wednesday, for example, Citigroup’s (NYSE: C) Alicia Yap raised her price target on the tech stock to $335 per share from the preceding $320, maintaining her buy recommendation on the stock. And HSBC (NYSE: HSBC) analyst Piyush Choudhary kept his own buy rating while upping the price target more significantly, from $315 to $355.
- [By Steve Symington]
As for individual stocks, fresh earnings reports left Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and HSBC Holdings (NYSE:HSBC) moving in opposite directions today.
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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)
Grifols SA is a Spain-based company engaged in the healthcare sector. The Company is involved in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of medical solutions for hospitals, which include plasma-derived therapies, as well as diagnosis and pharmaceutical products. Its activities are structured in five segments: Bioscience, which focuses on the research for obtaining new therapies and solutions aimed at patients who suffer from illnesses stemming from plasma deficits; Diagnostic, which comprises the research, development and marketing of diagnostic products for clinical laboratories, Hospital, which offers ready-to-use pharmaceutical preparations and products for clinical nutrition; Technology, which focuses on automation equipment for the hospital sector; and Raw Materials, which includes sales of biological products and services. The Company is a parent of Grupo Grifols. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Shane Hupp]
Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.
- [By Max Byerly]
Financial Gravity Companies Inc. raised its stake in shares of Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) by 264.0% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 13,862 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,054 shares during the quarter. Financial Gravity Companies Inc.’s holdings in Grifols were worth $282,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: Mastech Holdings, Inc(MHH)
Mastech Holdings, Inc. (Mastech), incorporated on June 6, 2008, is a provider of information technology (IT) staffing services. The Company delivers a range of services within business intelligence or data warehousing; Web services; enterprise resource planning and customer resource management, and e-Business solutions. The Company provides technologies and maintains strategic relationships in a range of areas, including mobile applications, and the implementation and support for cloud-based applications. Its IT staffing services are concentrated in areas, which include Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services; Enterprise Solutions, including Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management and Package Implementation Life Cycle (ERP/CRM/PILC), Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing (BI/DW), and e-Business Solutions. Mastech provides its IT services across a spectrum of industry verticals, including automotive, consumer products, education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, technology, telecommunications, transportation and utilities.
The Company’s SOA/Web Services practice is built on client work with Web Services, enterprise integration projects and SOA-specific client engagements. The SOA/Web Services practice focuses on providing clients with the framework and resources to consolidate and integrate various technologies. The Company works with its partners to develop methods that identify service function points that should be bundled into specific services. The Company’s consultants work to provide its clients with a framework that utilizes the technologies running across their enterprise.
The Company’s enterprise solutions practices helps clients design and implement ERP and CRM software. It assists clients at all stages of an enterprise solutions life cycle. The enterprise solutions life cycle includes phases, such as project initiation phase, definition phase, development phase, deployment phase and support phase. It has various projects in the ERP space, which range from the implementation of stock systems to customized applications. The areas in which it serves include finance and accounting; inventory and purchasing; project billing and costing, sales, distribution and services; manufacturing; marketing and call center support; product data management and data warehousing; supply chain management; human capital solutions and customer relationship management.
The Company’s Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing practice helps clients navigate enterprise-wide IT infrastructure, utilizing practices to create a roadmap. Its services consist of technical and functional consultants who work with clients.
The Company’s Web development practice provides services at every stage of Web development, including business process assessment, software selection, implementation expertise and post-implementation support services. It offers a range of Web professionals, including engagement managers, project managers, data/technical architects, business analysts and technical developers. It offers Web technologies, which include Microsoft technologies (Net, Microsoft (MS) Web Services, Internet information services (IIS) and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), among others) and Java and related technologies, including Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), IBM Websphere, WebLogic, Apache, Open Source software, Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based technology, N-tier architecture applications and Web-enabling existing applications.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Mastech Digital Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:MHH) CFO John J. Cronin sold 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $10.74, for a total value of $128,880.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: ATA Inc.(ATAI)
ATA Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides computer-based testing services in the People?s Republic of China. It offers services for the creation and delivery of computer-based tests utilizing its test delivery platform, proprietary testing technologies, and testing services; and provides logistical support services relating to test administration. The company?s computer-based testing services are used for professional licensure and certification tests in various industries, including information technology (IT) services, banking, securities, teaching, and insurance. Its e-testing platform integrates various aspects of the test delivery process for computer-based tests ranging from test form compilation to test scoring, and results analysis. ATA also provides career-oriented educational services, such as single course programs, degree major course programs, and pre-occupational training programs focusing on preparing students to pass IT and other vocational certification tests; test preparation and training programs and services to test candidates preparing to take professional certification tests in securities, futures, banking, insurance and teaching industries; online test preparation and training platform for the securities and banking industries; and test preparation software for the teaching industry. In addition, the company offers HR select employee assessment solution, an online system that utilizes its proprietary software and an inventory of test titles to help employers improve the efficiency and accuracy of their employee recruitment process. As of March 31, 2010, it had contractual relationships with 1,988 ATA authorized test centers. The company serves Chinese governmental agencies, professional associations, IT vendors, and Chinese educational institutions, as well as individual test preparation services. ATA Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
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ATAI Life Sciences NV (NASDAQ: ATAI) won’t budge after its IPO. We were hot on this one out the gate, but it seems to have leveled off since the June 18 IPO date.
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
That’s certainly the case with one of the top penny stocks this week, ATA Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAI). Last week, ATA locked in a 218% gain on high trading volume.
- [By Paul Ausick]
ATA Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAI) traded down about 14% Monday to set a new 52-week low of $0.82, based on revalued shares that closed at $0.72 on Friday but traded up about 250% on Monday at $2.53. Volume was more than 200 times the daily average of around 42,000. You’re on your own here to figure this one out.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: Astronics Corporation(ATRO)
Astronics Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures products for the aerospace and defense industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment?s product lines include aircraft lighting, cabin electronics, airframe power, avionics databus products, and airfield lighting. This segment serves airframe manufacturers that build aircraft for the commercial, military, and general aviation markets; suppliers; and aircraft operators, such as airlines and branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration and airport operators. The Test Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures, and maintains communications and weapons test systems, and training and simulation devices for military applications. It sells its products primarily to the U.S. military, foreign militaries, and manufacturers of military communication systems. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquart ered in East Aurora, New York.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Astronics Co. (NASDAQ:ATRO) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $41.67.
- [By Max Byerly]
Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. bought a new stake in Astronics Co. (NASDAQ:ATRO) in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm bought 100,125 shares of the aerospace company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,734,000.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Astronics (NASDAQ: ATRO) and TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Astronics (NASDAQ: ATRO) and Ducommun (NYSE:DCO) are both small-cap aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: Unifi, Inc.(UFI)
Unifi, Inc., incorporated on January 8, 1969, is a manufacturing company. The Company processes and sells commodity yarns, specialized yarns and premier value-added (PVA) yarns. The Company operates through three segments: Polyester segment, Nylon segment and International segment. The Company’s polyester products include polyester polymer beads (Chip), partially oriented yarn (POY), textured, solution and package dyed, twisted, beamed and draw wound yarns, which is available in virgin or recycled varieties (the latter made from both pre-consumer yarn waste and post-consumer waste, including plastic bottles). The Company’s nylon products include textured, solution dyed and spandex covered products. The Company’s principal geographic markets for its products are located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.
The Company’s Polyester segment manufactures Chip, POY, textured, dyed, twisted, beamed and draw wound yarns, both virgin and recycled, with sales primarily to other yarn manufacturers and knitters and weavers that produce yarn and/or fabric for the apparel, hosiery, automotive upholstery, home furnishings, industrial and other end-use markets. The Polyester Segment consists of sales and manufacturing operations in the United States and El Salvador.
The Company’s Nylon segment manufactures textured yarns (both nylon and polyester) and spandex covered yarns, with sales to knitters and weavers that produce fabric primarily for the apparel and hosiery markets. The Nylon Segment consists of sales and manufacturing operations in the United States and Colombia.
The Company’s International segment offers products, including textured polyester, and various types of resale yarns and staple fiber. The International Segment sells its yarns to knitters and weavers that produce fabric for the apparel, automotive upholstery, home furnishings, industrial and other end-use markets primarily in the South American and Asian regions. It also includes a manufacturing location and sales offices in Brazil and a sales office in China.
The Company competes with O’Mara, Inc., NanYa Plastics Corp. of America, AKRA, S.A. de C.V., C S Central America S.A. de C.V., Avanti Industria Comercio Importacao e Exportacao Ltda., Polyenka Ltda., Sapona Manufacturing Company, Inc. and McMichael Mills, Inc.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI) Director Robert J. Bishop purchased 4,000 shares of Unifi stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 31st. The stock was bought at an average price of $31.79 per share, with a total value of $127,160.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 10,288 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $327,055.52. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: PetIQ, Inc.(PETQ)
PetIQ, Inc. operates as a pet medication and wellness company. It operates in two segments, Products and Services. The company offers Rx pet medications, which include heartworm preventatives, arthritis, thyroid, diabetes and pain treatments, antibiotics, and other specialty medications; and co-develops and manufactures its own proprietary value-branded products, as well as distributes third-party branded medications. It also provides OTC medications and supplies primarily within the flea and tick control, and behavior management categories of the health and wellness industry in various forms, such as spot on (topical) treatments, chewables, oral tablets, and collars. In addition, the company offers health and wellness products that include dental treats and nutritional supplements, which comprise hip and joint, vitamins, and skin and coat products. The company provides its products primarily under the PetIQ, PetArmor, VIP Petcare, VetIQ PetCare, VetIQ, Capstar, Advecta, SENTRY, Sergeants, PetLock, Heart Shield Plus, TruProfen, Betsy Farms, PetAction, Minties, Vera, and Delightibles brands. In addition, the company offers a suite of services at community clinics and wellness centers hosted at pet retailers across 41 states, including diagnostic tests, vaccinations, prescription medications, microchipping, and wellness checks. It operates through approximately 60,000 points of distribution across veterinarian, retail, and e-commerce channels. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Eagle, Idaho.
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In deal news, Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) has agreed to engage in informal merger talks with Commerzbank AG (OTC MKTS: CRZBY). The merger would marry two of Germany’s largest financial institutions, both struggling with serious performance issues and stock price declines. Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) are in focus on news that Warren Buffett bought more of the company’s stock. According to an SEC filing, a subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) bought more than 5.36 million more shares of DAL stock at an average of $49.40 per share. The Buffett-backed conglomerate now owns 70.9 million shares of DAL stock. Finally, in breaking news, another huge deal is shaping up in the semiconductor industry. Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced plans to buy Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) in an all-cash deal worth $125 per share or $7 billion in the aggregate. The deal will help bolster Nvidia’s high-performance computing (HPC) division and future data centers. The deal is a huge win for activist hedge fund Starboard, which struck a settlement last June to add new members to Mellanox’s board of directors. Look for other earnings reports from Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN), Coupa Software Inc. (NASDAQ: COUP), Stitch Fix Inc. (NASDAQ: SFIX), PetIQ Inc. (NASDAQ: PETQ), Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYNE), and Casey’s General Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: CASY).
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PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ:PETQ) was the target of unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Stock investors purchased 739 put options on the company. This is an increase of 860% compared to the average daily volume of 77 put options.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2023: 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.