7 Best Stocks to Own Right Now in 2018


Today, we are inviting you to view our list of the seven best stocks to own for the next thirty days.

Why is it worth looking into these stocks? Some of Wall Street's most respected and most accurate research analysts have been upgrading these stocks and raising their price targets for these companies.

No, we're not talking recommendations from some no-name blogger or a junior analyst from a brokerage you've never heard of. These stocks have received multiple positive recommendations in the last 30 days from analysts that have received four star and five star rankings from MarketBeat's proprietary brokerage ranking system.

Analysts given four star and five star ratings from MarketBeat consistently issue accurate price targets and their buy recommendations often outperform the market by double digits. Buy recommendations from our current top-rated brokerage, National Securities, have gone up by an average of 47.5% in the 12 months after they were issued.

We've reviewed every research report published by these top-rated analysts in the last 90 days and have identified seven stocks that these analysts are poised for an immediate breakout.

#1 - Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 13 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 24 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $72.50 (31.8% Upside)

Micron Technology logoMicron Technology, Inc. provides semiconductor systems worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit. It offers DDR3 and DDR4 DRAM products for computers, servers, networking devices, communications equipment, consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial applications; lower power DRAM products for smartphones, tablets, automotive, laptop computers, and other mobile consumer device applications; DDR2 DRAM and DDR DRAM, GDDR5 and GDDR5X DRAM, SDRAM, and RLDRAM products for networking devices, servers, consumer electronics, communications equipment, computer peripherals, and automotive and industrial applications, as well as for computer memory upgrades; and hybrid memory cube semiconductor memory devices. The company also provides NAND products, which are electrically re-writeable, non-volatile semiconductor memory, and storage devices; client solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and other consumer applications; enterprise SSDs for server and storage applications; cloud SSDs; and multi-chip package and managed NAND products. In addition, it manufactures products that are sold under other brand names; and resells flash memory products that are purchased from other NAND Flash suppliers. Further, the company provides 3D XPoint non-volatile memory products; and NOR Flash, which are electrically re-writeable and semiconductor memory devices for automotive, industrial, connected home, and consumer applications. It markets its products to original equipment manufacturers and retailers through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors; and through a Web-based customer direct sales channel, and channel and distribution partners. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

Recent Recommendations for Micron Technology:

  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) was upgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from a "sell" rating to a "neutral" rating. They now have a $35.00 price target on the stock. (6/26/2018)
  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is now covered by analysts at Benchmark Co.. They set a "buy" rating and a $80.00 price target on the stock. (6/22/2018)
  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $83.00. They now have a "positive" rating on the stock. (6/21/2018)
  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) had its price target raised by analysts at Cowen Inc from $67.00 to $72.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (6/21/2018)
  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) had its price target raised by analysts at MKM Partners to $77.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (6/21/2018)
  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from $82.00 to $84.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (6/21/2018)
  • Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) was given a new $90.00 price target on by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (6/21/2018)
#2 - Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 13 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 48 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $1,777.6883 (-2.0% Upside)

Amazon.com logoAmazon.com, Inc. engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) segments. It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from vendors, as well as those offered by third-party sellers through physical stores and retail Websites, such as amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.com.mx, amazon.com.au, amazon.com.br, amazon.cn, amazon.fr, amazon.de, amazon.in, amazon.it, amazon.co.jp, amazon.nl, amazon.es, and amazon.co.uk. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including kindle e-readers, fire tablets, fire TVs, and echo devices; and provides Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store. In addition, it offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its Websites, as well as their own branded Websites; and programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, app developers, and others to publish and sell content. Further, the company provides compute, storage, database, and other AWS services, as well as fulfillment, publishing, digital content subscriptions, advertising, and co-branded credit card agreement services. Additionally, it offers Amazon Prime, a membership program, which provides free shipping of various items; access to unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes; and other services. It serves consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Recent Recommendations for Amazon.com:

  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its price target raised by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG to $2,200.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (7/20/2018)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. (7/19/2018)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its "$1,842.92" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. (7/18/2018)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $2,000.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $1,950.00. (7/16/2018)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its price target raised by analysts at Cowen Inc from $2,000.00 to $2,100.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (7/13/2018)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. (7/9/2018)
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) had its price target raised by analysts at Argus to $1,900.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (7/3/2018)
#3 - Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 13 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.5
Ratings Breakdown: 18 Buy Ratings, 16 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $108.4375 (-14.2% Upside)

Lululemon Athletica logolululemon athletica inc., an athletic apparel company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, distributes, and retails athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates through two segments, Company-Operated Stores and Direct to Consumer. The company offers pants, shorts, tops, and jackets for healthy lifestyle and athletic activities, such as yoga, running, and training, as well as other sweaty pursuits; and athletic wear for female youth. It also provides fitness-related accessories, including bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and equipment, and water bottles. The company sells its products through a chain of company-operated stores; outlets and warehouse sales; a network of wholesale accounts, such as yoga studios, health clubs, and fitness centers; temporary locations, including seasonal stores; license and supply arrangements; and showrooms, as well as directly to consumer through mobile apps, and lululemon.com and ivivva.com e-commerce sites. As of January 28, 2018, it operated 404 company-operated stores under the lululemon and ivivva brands in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, Germany, and Switzerland. lululemon athletica inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Recent Recommendations for Lululemon Athletica:

  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from $125.00 to $140.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (7/9/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Cowen Inc from $120.00 to $137.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (7/9/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corp from $121.00 to $140.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (7/6/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) is now covered by analysts at UBS Group AG. They set a "neutral" rating and a $130.00 price target on the stock. (6/21/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $130.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (6/13/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $125.00 to $140.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (6/8/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc from $97.00 to $121.00. They now have a "positive" rating on the stock. (6/1/2018)
#4 - salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 12 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 45 Buy Ratings, 4 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $134.8043 (-8.2% Upside)

salesforce.com logosalesforce.com, inc. develops enterprise cloud computing solutions with a focus on customer relationship management. The company offers Sales Cloud to store data, monitor leads and progress, forecast opportunities, and gain insights through analytics and relationship intelligence, as well as deliver quotes, contracts, and invoices. It also provides Service Cloud, which enables companies to deliver personalized customer service and support, as well as a field service solution that enables companies to connect agents, dispatchers, and mobile employees through a centralized platform, on which they can schedule and dispatch work, and track and manage jobs in real-time. In addition, the company offers Marketing Cloud to plan, personalize, and optimize one-to-one customer marketing interactions; Commerce Cloud, which enables companies to enhance engagement, conversion, revenue, and loyalty from their customers; and Community Cloud that enables companies to create and manage branded digital destinations for customers, partners, and employees. Further, it provides Quip collaboration platform, which combines documents, spreadsheets, apps, and chat with live CRM data; Salesforce Platform for building enterprise apps, as well as artificial intelligence (AI), no-code, low-code, and code development and integration services, including Trailhead, Einstein AI, Lightning, Internet of Things, Heroku, Analytics, and AppExchange; and various solutions for financial services, healthcare, and government. Additionally, the company offers professional cloud services, such as consulting and implementation services; training services, including instructor-led and online courses; and support and adoption programs. It provides its services through direct sales; and through consulting firms, systems integrators, and other partners. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Recent Recommendations for salesforce.com:

  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from $152.00 to $160.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (7/11/2018)
  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $150.00 to $160.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (7/11/2018)
  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at JMP Securities from $140.00 to $163.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (7/10/2018)
  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. to $140.00. They now have an "overweight" rating on the stock. (5/30/2018)
  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from $135.00 to $152.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (5/30/2018)
  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $150.00 to $155.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (5/30/2018)
  • salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $135.00 to $150.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (5/30/2018)
#5 - Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 11 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 35 Buy Ratings, 4 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $201.0541 (-6.1% Upside)

Palo Alto Networks logoPalo Alto Networks, Inc. provides security platform solutions worldwide. Its platform includes Next-Generation Firewall that delivers application, user, and content visibility and control, as well as protection against network-based cyber threats; Advanced Endpoint Protection, which prevents cyber-attacks that exploit software vulnerabilities on various fixed, mobile, and virtual endpoints and servers; and Threat Intelligence Cloud, which offers central intelligence capabilities, security for software as a service applications, and automated delivery of preventative measures against cyber-attacks. The company provides firewall appliances and software; Panorama, a security management solution for the control of appliances deployed on an end-customer's network as a virtual or a physical appliance; and Virtual System Upgrades, which are available as extensions to the virtual system capacity that ships with physical appliances. It also offers subscription services covering the areas of threat prevention, uniform resource locator filtering, malware and persistent threat, laptop and mobile device protection, and firewall, as well as cyber-attack, threat intelligence, and content control. In addition, the company provides support services; and professional services, including application traffic management, solution design and planning, configuration, and firewall migration, as well as online and classroom-style education training services. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. sells its products and services through its channel partners, as well as directly to medium to large enterprises, service providers, and government entities operating in various industries, including education, energy, financial services, government entities, healthcare, Internet and media, manufacturing, public sector, and telecommunications. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Recent Recommendations for Palo Alto Networks:

  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $240.00 to $250.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (6/28/2018)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $150.00 to $175.00. They now have an "underweight" rating on the stock. (6/5/2018)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $215.00 to $240.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (6/5/2018)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $190.00 to $216.00. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (6/5/2018)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at Argus to $229.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (6/5/2018)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at Monness Crespi & Hardt from $210.00 to $235.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (6/5/2018)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. to $239.00. They now have an "overweight" rating on the stock. (6/4/2018)
#6 - Paypal (NASDAQ:PYPL)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 10 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 32 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $84.5385 (-3.4% Upside)

Paypal logoPayPal Holdings, Inc. operates as a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. Its payment solutions include PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, and Paydiant products. The company's platform allows consumers to shop by sending payments, withdraw funds to their bank accounts, and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in various currencies. It also offers gateway services that enable merchants to accept payments online with credit or debit cards. PayPal Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Recent Recommendations for Paypal:

  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its price target raised by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $93.00 to $100.00. They now have a "$87.38" rating on the stock. (7/19/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Bank of America Corp. They now have a $98.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $88.00. (6/26/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) was upgraded by analysts at Atlantic Securities from a "neutral" rating to an "overweight" rating. They now have a $43.00 price target on the stock. (6/21/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its price target raised by analysts at Loop Capital to $80.00. They now have a "hold" rating on the stock. (6/20/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a $87.00 price target on the stock. (6/18/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its price target raised by analysts at Wedbush from $90.00 to $100.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (6/8/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "outperform" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Wedbush. (5/28/2018)
#7 - Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 10 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.1
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 23 Hold Ratings, 5 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $384.3497 (-14.8% Upside)

Chipotle Mexican Grill logoChipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 2,363 Chipotle restaurants throughout the United States, as well as 37 international Chipotle restaurants; and 8 non-Chipotle restaurants. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Recent Recommendations for Chipotle Mexican Grill:

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) had its price target raised by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $325.00 to $405.00. They now have a "market perform" rating on the stock. (6/28/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corp from $310.00 to $350.00. They now have an "underperform" rating on the stock. (6/26/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) had its price target raised by analysts at Wedbush from $350.00 to $450.00. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (6/22/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $440.00 to $500.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (5/31/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was upgraded by analysts at Argus from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating. They now have a $496.14 price target on the stock, up previously from $247.52. (5/16/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was given a new $285.00 price target on by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a "sell" rating on the stock. (4/26/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $360.00. They now have a "sector perform" rating on the stock. (4/26/2018)




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