Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now

For David Gardner, the Rule Breaker Investing podcast isn’t so much a monologue as it is an extended chat with you, his listeners and readers, which is one reason he ends every month with a mailbag episode — so that he can bring your viewpoints and questions directly into the conversation.

In this segment, he shares an email — and a scorecard — from a listener who took a bit of a leap of faith. At the beginning of 2017, he opened positions in the five biggest losers in the Rule Breaker universe for 2016: Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH), Juno Therapeutics, FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE), GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), and Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX). True, the Fool doesn’t usually suggest adding to your losers, but as Arlo points out, they were still active recommendations, and he didn’t own any shares of them. So how’d those stocks do from there? Well, without spoiling it, let’s say he didn’t bat 1000 — but Foolish investors don’t have to.

A full transcript follows the video.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)

Core Laboratories N.V., incorporated on July 8, 1994, is a provider of reservoir description, production enhancement and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry. The Company’s services and products are directed toward enabling the Company’s clients to improve reservoir performance and increase oil and gas recovery from their producing fields. The Company has over 70 offices in over 50 countries. The Company operates in three segments: Reservoir Description, Production Enhancement and Reservoir Management. These segments provide different services and products and utilize different technologies for improving reservoir performance, and increasing oil and gas recovery from new and existing fields. The Company offers its services through its global network of offices. The Company manufactures products primarily in over four facilities for distribution on a global basis.

Reservoir Description

The Company’s Reservoir Description segment encompasses the characterization of petroleum reservoir rock, fluid and gas samples. The Company provides analytical and field services to characterize properties of crude oil and petroleum products to the oil and gas industry. The Company provides services that characterize the porous reservoir rock and over three reservoir fluids. Services relating to these fluids include determining quality and measuring quantity of the fluids and their derived products. This includes determining the value of different crude oil and natural gases by analyzing the individual components of complex hydrocarbons. These data sets are used by oil companies to determine the efficient method by which to recover, process and refine these hydrocarbons to produce the value added to crude oil and natural gas.

The Company analyzes samples of reservoir rocks for their porosity, which determines reservoir storage capacity, and for their permeability, which defines the ability of the fluids to flow through the rock. These measurements are used to d! etermine how much oil and gas are present in a reservoir and the rates at which the oil and gas can be produced. The Company also uses its services and technologies to correlate the reservoir description data to wireline logs and seismic data by determining the different acoustic velocities of reservoir rocks containing water, oil and natural gas. These measurements are used in conjunction with the Company’s reservoir management services to develop programs to produce oil and gas from the reservoir.

Production Enhancement

The Company’s Production Enhancement segment includes products and services relating to reservoir well completions, perforations, stimulations and production. The Company provides integrated services to evaluate the effectiveness of well completions and to develop solutions aimed at increasing the effectiveness of enhanced oil recovery projects. The Company provides diagnostic services and products to help optimize completion and reservoir operations, and field development strategies in order to increase recoverable reserves. The Company provides services that are used by others to develop and optimize hydraulic fracturing and field flood projects. The Company’s data on rock type and strength are critical for determining the proper design of the hydraulic fracturing job. In addition, the Company’s testing indicates whether the fluid slurry is compatible with the reservoir rock so that damage does not occur that would restrict production. The Company also provides testing of various propping agents and software to help pick the best proppant based on net present value calculations of client investments. The Company’s ZERO WASH tracer technology is used to determine that the proppant material is properly placed in the fracture.

SPECTRACHEM is the Company’s technology, which is developed for optimizing hydraulic fracture performance. SPECTRACHEM is used to aid operators in determining the efficiency of the fracture fluids used. SPECTRACHEM tracers al! low opera! tors to evaluate the quantity of fracture fluid that returns to the wellbore during the clean-up period after a hydraulic fracturing event. This technology also allows the Company’s clients to evaluate load recovery, gas breakthrough, fluid leak-off and breaker efficiency, all of which are factors for optimizing oil and/or natural gas production after the formation is hydraulically fractured. The SPECTRACHEM Plus service determines the effectiveness and efficiency of the hydraulic fracture stimulation of long multi-stage horizontal wells in oil- and gas-shale plays throughout North America.

The Company’s completion monitoring system, COMPLETION PROFILER, helps to determine flow rates from reservoir zones after they have been hydraulically fractured. The Company’s FLOWPROFILER service, a hydrocarbon-based tracer technology, which is a further development of the Company’s patented SPECTRACHEM technology, quantifies the hydrocarbon production from discrete segments in multi-stage horizontal well completions and stimulations in unconventional tight-oil or gas plays. The Company has tracers used for oil reservoirs, which are different from the Company’s tracers used for gas reservoirs. FLOWPROFILER technology employs a hydrocarbon-soluble tracer and water-soluble tracer introduced into specific and isolated stages via the stimulating proppant stream.

The Company conducts dynamic flow tests of the reservoir fluids through the reservoir rock, at actual reservoir pressure and temperature, to realistically simulate the actual flooding of a producing zone. The Company uses technologies, such as its Saturation Monitoring by the Attenuation of X-rays (SMAX), to help design the enhanced recovery project. After a field flood is initiated, the Company is involved in monitoring the progress of the flood. The Company’s PACKSCAN technology is used as a tool to evaluate gravel pack effectiveness in an unconsolidated reservoir. PACKSCAN measures the density changes in the area around the tool and ! is design! ed to observe the changes within the gravel pack annulus to verify the completeness of the gravel pack protection of the wellbore without any additional rig time.

The Company’s High Efficiency Reservoir Optimization (HERO), SUPERHERO and SUPERHERO Plus perforating systems enhance reservoir performance. The SUPERHERO and SUPERHERO Plus perforating systems complement the Company’s HERO line, and are designed to optimize wellbore completions and stimulation programs in oil- and gas-shale reservoirs. SUPERHERO and SUPERHERO Plus charges can eliminate the ineffective perforations that would otherwise limit daily oil and natural gas production and hinder the optimal fracture stimulation programs needed for prolific production from the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Niobrara and similar oil- and gas-shale formations.

The Company’s Horizontal Time-Delayed Ballistics Actuated Sequential Transfer (HTD-BLAST) perforating system is a technology useful for the perforation of extended-reach horizontal completions in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and other shale formations. The HTD-BLAST perforating system can be deployed via coiled tubing and enables over 10 perforating events, beginning at the farthest reaches, or toe regions, of extended-reach horizontal wells, or over 30 perforating events in vertical wellbores. The Company also offers KODIAK Enhanced Perforating Systems energetic technology. The Company’s X-SPAN and GTX-SPAN casing patches are supported by the Company’s technical services personnel. These systems are capable of performing in high pressure oil and gas environments, and are used to seal non-productive reservoir zones from the producing wellbore.

Reservoir Management

The Company’s Reservoir Management segment combines and integrates information from reservoir description and production enhancement services to increase production and improve recovery of oil and gas from the Company’s clients’ reservoirs. The Company is involved in various large-scale rese! rvoir man! agement projects. It also develops and provides industry consortium studies to provide critical reservoir information to a spectrum of clients, such as the Company’s multi-client, basin-wide reservoir optimization projects conducted in North America and international settings. Many of these studies examine unconventional reservoirs. The Company engineers and manufactures permanent real-time reservoir monitoring equipment that is installed in the reservoir for the Company’s oil and gas company clients. The Company’s non-electronic ERD Pressure and Temperature sensors provide real-time data, which is used by drilling engineers to make real-time decisions, production engineers to optimize production, and reservoir engineers to prove up models and obtain a picture of the reservoir over time.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “Core Laboratories (CLB) Shares Sold by Eagle Asset Management Inc.” was first posted by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this piece of content on another domain, it was stolen and reposted in violation of United States and international trademark & copyright law. The legal version of this piece of content can be read at

  • [By Travis Hoium, Jason Hall, and Matthew DiLallo]

    Three of our Foolish contributors put their heads together to outline what the best oil stocks are today given the market’s trends, and Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), and Ensco (NYSE:ESV) bubbled to the top. They’re well positioned in the market and may even provide a great value for long-term investors. 

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: “Core Laboratories (CLB) Position Increased by Arizona State Retirement System” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this piece on another site, it was stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & international trademark and copyright law. The legal version of this piece can be viewed at

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Crude could continue to be volatile in the coming months as the market self-corrects. However, in the view of oil reservoir specialist Core Labs (NYSE:CLB), the oil market appears poised to bounce back during the second half of 2019. CEO David Demshur offered three reasons on his company’s fourth-quarter conference call he believes that will be the case.  

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Archrock, Inc.(AROC)

Archrock, Inc., formerly Exterran Holdings, Inc., incorporated on February 2, 2007, is a natural gas contract operations services company. The Company also provides natural gas compression services to customers in the oil and natural gas industry throughout the United States and supplies aftermarket services to customers that own compression equipment in the United States. The Company’s segments include contract operations and aftermarket services. The contract operations segment primarily provides natural gas compression services to meet specific customer requirements. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the compression needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets.

Contract Operations Services

The Company provides contract operations services, including the personnel, equipment, tools, materials and supplies to meet customers’ natural gas compression needs. Its services include designing, sourcing, owning, installing, operating, servicing, repairing and maintaining equipment to provide these services to its customers. The Company utilizes both slow and high speed reciprocating compressors primarily driven by internal natural gas fired combustion engines. It also utilizes rotary screw compressors for specialized applications. The Company maintains field service locations, from which it can service and overhaul its own compressor fleet to provide contract operations services to its customers.

The Company also has equity interest in Archrock Partners, L.P. (the Partnership), a master limited partnership that provides natural gas contract operations services to customers throughout the United States. The Partnership’s fleet includes over 6,500 of natural gas compressor units comprising approximately 3.3 million horsepower. The Partnership’s fleet also consists of over 50 compressor units, comprising approximately 17,000 horsepower.

Aftermarket Ser! vices

The Company’s aftermarket services segment sells parts and components, and provides operation, maintenance, overhaul and reconfiguration services to customers having compression and oilfield power generation equipment. The Company has operating personnel with access to a range of its compression services and facilities.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    As it happens, I am familiar with about half of these stocks. Archrock (Nasdaq: AROC), Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB, and Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) are all interesting names that I’ve either owned in the past or have written about recently over at High-Yield Investing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Archrock (NYSE:AROC) posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The energy company reported $0.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.02, reports. The firm had revenue of $233.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $232.15 million. Archrock had a net margin of 6.32% and a return on equity of 2.49%. The business’s revenue was up 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: McGrath RentCorp(MGRC)

McGrath RentCorp, a business to business rental company, rents and sells relocatable modular buildings, electronic test equipment, and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco, Adler Tanks, and Enviroplex. The Mobile Modular segment rents and sells modular buildings designed for use as classrooms, temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, sales offices, construction field offices, restroom buildings, health care clinics, child care facilities, office space, and various other purposes; and portable storage containers. The TRS-RenTelco segment rents and sells general purpose electronic test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, amplifiers, analyzers, signal source, and power source test equipment primarily to aerospace, defense, electronics, industrial, research, and semiconductor industries. This segment also provides communications test equipment comprising network and transmission test equipment for various fiber, copper, and wireless networks to the manufacturers of communications equipment and products, electrical and communications installation contractors, field technicians, and service providers. The Adler Tanks segment rents fixed axle steel tanks for storing groundwater, wastewater, volatile organic liquids, sewage, slurry and bio sludge, oil and water mixtures, and chemicals; vacuum containers for sludge and solid materials; dewatering boxes for use in the separation of water contained in sludge and slurry; and roll-off and trash boxes for temporary storage and transportation of solid waste. The Enviroplex segment manufactures and sells modular and portable classrooms directly to public school districts and other educational institutions in California. McGrath RentCorp was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Livermore, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Fidelity Southern Co. (NASDAQ:LION) by 6.7% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 1,680,359 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 105,499 shares during the quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned approximately 0.06% of Fidelity Southern worth $38,766,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Fidelity Southern (NASDAQ:LION) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

MGIC Investment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides private mortgage insurance and ancillary services to lenders and government sponsored entities in the United States. The company offers primary mortgage insurance that provides mortgage default protection on individual loans, as well as covers unpaid loan principal, delinquent interest, and various expenses associated with the default and subsequent foreclosure. It also provides contract underwriting services; and other services for the mortgage finance industry, such as analysis of loan originations and portfolios, and mortgage lead generation services. In addition, the company participates in external reinsurance arrangements and captive mortgage reinsurance arrangements. It serves originators of residential mortgage loans, including savings institutions, commercial banks, mortgage brokers, credit unions, mortgage bankers, and other lenders. The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) – Equities researchers at Capital One Financial increased their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for HCP in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, March 12th. Capital One Financial analyst D. Bernstein now expects that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $0.43 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.42. Capital One Financial also issued estimates for HCP’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.70 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.45 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.77 EPS.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcription]

    HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 14, 2019, 12:00 p.m. ET

    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    HCP (NYSE:HCP) and Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) both advanced roughly 13%, while Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE:OHI) jumped a little over 14%. Ventas (NYSE:VTR) and Welltower (NYSE:WELL) joined the party, too, up 10% and 11%, respectively.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of HCP (NYSE:HCP) from an overweight rating to a neutral rating in a research report report published on Friday, reports.

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