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Top Picks 2018: Magna International (MGA)

Magna International (MGA) — my top conservative idea for 2018 — is a global auto supplier that designs and manufactures automotive systems and parts, explains Azmath Rahiman, editor of Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Investor. 

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Top Picks 2018: Glencore Plc (GLNCY)

Several technology trends are greatly increasing the demand for the metals that make them possible, observes Jim Powell, editor of Global Changes & Opportunities Report. 

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Top Picks 2018: TAL Education (TAL)

TAL Education (TAL) is a leading private tutoring company that prepares students for grueling exams and benefits from an education arms race in China, explains Scott Chan, editor of Brain Trust Profits. 

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Top Picks 2018: Torstar (Toronto: TS.B)

Nobody wants to invest in newspapers. So it’s not surprising that Torstar Inc. (Toronto: TS.B) — which publishes Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, The Toronto Star — has been a market disaster in recent years, asserts Gordon Pape, editor of The Income Investor. 

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Top Picks 2018: BHP Billiton Plc (BHP)

The bull market rise in stocks has been impressive. In fact, the stock market has risen every month in 2017 in its longest streak of monthly gains in 22 years, explain Mary Anne and Pamela Aden, editors of The Aden Forecast.

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Top Picks 2018: Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund (TEI)

My Top Pick for conservative investors for 2018 is Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund (TEI), a closed-end yield fund that pays monthly distributions and has $630 million under management, explains Vivian Lewis, international expert and editor of Global Investing. 

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Top Picks 2018: Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares (C

My assessment of markets always begins by evaluating the three most critical forces, or gravities, that impact asset prices: fundamental, quantitative, and behavioral. I call this my Gravitational Investing Framework, explains Landon Whaley editor of Focus Market Trader.

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Top Picks 2018: Freeport McMoran (FCX)

Copper and gold miner Freeport McMoran (FCX) is expected to grow earnings per share nearly fivefold this year, another almost 50% in 2018, and more than 70% annually over the next five years, asserts Dr. Carla Pasternak, editor of Dow Theory Letters’ Income Investor.

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China, Japan Emerge in Global Policy, a Signal of Volatility?

We all seem to be waiting for rates to matter, leaving the melting up process in equities a similar one for yields. Only a break of 2.38% 10-year U.S. Treasury will change the mood, says Bob Savage, Track Research Tuesday.

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Top Picks 2018: AES Corp. (AES)

AES Corp. (AES) is by far the cheapest member of the Dow Jones Utility Average, with a p/e based on trailing 12-months earnings of only 9.9, and 8.7 times expected 2018 results, respectively, notes Roger Conrad, editor of Conrad's Utility Investor.

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Top Picks 2018: Autohome (ATHM)

There aren’t many genuinely conservative picks among Chinese stocks, but Autohome (ATHM) is my best guess about a beaten-down company with excellent credentials, asserts Paul Goodwin, editor of Cabot Emerging Markets Investor. 

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Top Picks 2018: iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)

The U.S. economy recently experienced two quarters of 3% GDP growth for the first time since 2014. Our labor market remains strong, with more jobs being created each month than needed to sustain full employment, asserts Matt Kerkhoff, editor of Dow Theory Letters. 

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State of the Market: Stocks Surge to New Highs to Start New Year

The valuations of emerging markets relative to developed markets stocks is in line with the 21-year average spread. Emerging markets are less risky now than they used to be, so I consider this to be a favorable indicator, says Marvin Appel, MD, PhD, of Signalert Asset Management.

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Top Picks 2018: Itron Inc. (ITRI)

I went looking for the seemingly impossible: A stock that offers high earnings-growth potential, while trading at a reasonable valuation. You’re not gonna find too many of those in this market, asserts Ari Charney, editor of Income Millionaire.

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Top Picks 2018: GDS Holdings (GDS)

GDS Holdings (GDS) is a Chinese company in the data center business; its carrier-neutral, cloud-neutral facilities allow connections to all major Chinese telecommunications carriers and to many financial services companies and large enterprises, notes Timothy Lutts, editor of Cabot Stock of the Week. 

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Top Picks 2018: Morguard Corp. (Toronto: MRC)

The S&P 500 is trading at 19 times earnings (which is on the rich side) so we think that any market gains next year will have to come from earnings growth versus multiple expansion, as multiples are getting stretched relative to historical averages, notes Matthew Castel, money manager and editor of Logos LP Blog. 

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Top Picks 2018: Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)

The explosive growth of electric cars, both here and abroad, is one of the developments that have exceptional potential to create investment profits, suggests Jim Powell, editor of Global Changes & Opportunities Report.