7 Best Stocks to Own Right Now in 2018

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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 - Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 12 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.4
Ratings Breakdown: 17 Buy Ratings, 18 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $73.26 (-6.0% Upside)

Lululemon Athletica logolululemon athletica inc. is a designer, distributor and retailer of athletic apparel. The Company operates through two segments: Company-operated stores and Direct to consumer. It is also engaged in the sale from outlets, showrooms, sales from temporary locations, sales to wholesale accounts, warehouse sales, and license and supply arrangements. Its direct to consumer segment generates revenue from its lululemon and ivivva e-commerce Websites, www.lululemon.com and www.ivivva.com, and other country and region specific Websites. It offers a range of apparel and accessories for women, men and female youth. The Company's apparel assortment includes items, such as pants, shorts, tops, and jackets designed for healthy lifestyle and athletic activities, such as yoga, running, training, most other sweaty pursuits, and athletic wear for female youth. The Company also offers fitness-related accessories, including an array of items, such as bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and water bottles.

Recent Recommendations for Lululemon Athletica:

  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at MKM Partners from $89.00 to $92.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (1/10/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from $79.00 to $84.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (1/9/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. to $90.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (1/9/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its "hold" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. (1/9/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target lowered by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from $95.00 to $89.00. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (1/4/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) had its price target raised by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from $89.00 to $95.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (1/3/2018)
  • Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp to a "buy" rating. They now have a $89.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $80.00. (1/2/2018)
#2 - Paypal (NASDAQ:PYPL)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 11 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 33 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $76.59 (-7.1% Upside)

Paypal logoPayPal Holdings, Inc. is a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants. The Company's combined payment solutions, including its PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom and Paydiant products, compose its Payments Platform. It operates a two-sided global technology platform that links its customers, both merchants and consumers, around the globe to facilitate the processing of payment transactions, allowing it to connect merchants and consumers. It allows its customers to use their account for both purchase and paying for goods, as well as to transfer and withdraw funds. It enables consumers to exchange funds with merchants using funding sources, which include bank account, PayPal account balance, PayPal Credit account, credit and debit card or other stored value products. It offers consumers person-to-person payment solutions through its PayPal Website and mobile application, Venmo and Xoom.

Recent Recommendations for Paypal:

  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "outperform" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $91.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $85.00. (1/17/2018)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) was upgraded by analysts at Nomura to a "buy" rating. They now have a $82.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $79.00. (12/13/2017)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $85.00 price target on the stock. (12/5/2017)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $90.00 price target on the stock. (12/1/2017)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Bank of America Corp. They now have a $88.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $80.00. (12/1/2017)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corp from $80.00 to $88.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (11/20/2017)
  • Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) had its price target raised by analysts at Monness Crespi & Hardt from $80.00 to $88.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (11/20/2017)
#3 - NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 10 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.5
Ratings Breakdown: 21 Buy Ratings, 12 Hold Ratings, 4 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $192.77 (-14.2% Upside)

NVIDIA logoNvidia Corporation focuses on personal computer (PC) graphics, graphics processing unit (GPU) and also on artificial intelligence (AI). The Company's operates through two segments: GPU and Tegra Processor. The Company's GPU product brands are aimed at specialized markets, including GeForce for gamers; Quadro for designers; Tesla and DGX for AI data scientists and big data researchers; and GRID for cloud-based visual computing users. The Company's Tegra brand integrates an entire computer onto a single chip, and incorporates GPUs and multi-core central processing units (CPUs) to drive supercomputing for mobile gaming and entertainment devices, as well as autonomous robots, drones and cars. The Company's processor has created platforms that address four markets: Gaming, Professional Visualization, Datacenter, and Automotive. The Company's offerings include NVIDIA DGX AI supercomputer, the NVIDIA DRIVE AI car computing platform and the GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.

Recent Recommendations for NVIDIA:

  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. (11/24/2017)
  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its "outperform" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a $250.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $240.00. (11/17/2017)
  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its price target raised by analysts at MKM Partners. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (11/10/2017)
  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its price target raised by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc.. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (11/10/2017)
  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corp from $210.00 to $251.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (11/10/2017)
  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. They now have a $250.00 price target on the stock. (11/10/2017)
  • NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) had its price target raised by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. to $253.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (11/10/2017)
#4 - Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 10 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.6
Ratings Breakdown: 18 Buy Ratings, 12 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $209.67 (-20.2% Upside)

Arista Networks logoArista Networks, Inc. is a supplier of cloud networking solutions that use software innovations to address the needs of Internet companies, cloud service providers and data centers for enterprise support. It develops, markets and sells cloud networking solutions, which consist of its Gigabit Ethernet switches and related software. The Company's cloud networking solutions consist of its Extensible Operating System (EOS), a set of network applications and its Ethernet switching and routing platforms. The programmability of EOS has allowed it to create a set of software applications that address the requirements of cloud networking, including workflow automation, network visibility and analytics, and has also allowed it to integrate with a range of third-party applications for virtualization, management, automation, orchestration and network services. EOS supports cloud and virtualization solutions, including VMware NSX, Microsoft System Center and other cloud management frameworks.

Recent Recommendations for Arista Networks:

  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its price target raised by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from $230.00 to $300.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (1/10/2018)
  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its price target raised by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from $200.00 to $270.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock. (1/8/2018)
  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $270.00 price target on the stock. (12/14/2017)
  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its "overweight" rating re-affirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $240.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $213.00. (12/14/2017)
  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a $250.00 price target on the stock. (12/1/2017)
  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corp from $210.00 to $250.00. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (11/29/2017)
  • Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) had its price target raised by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from $217.00 to $230.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (11/16/2017)
#5 - Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 9 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 23 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $63.41 (10.6% Upside)

Applied Materials logoApplied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, display and related industries. The Company's segments are Semiconductor Systems, which includes semiconductor capital equipment for etch, rapid thermal processing, deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, metrology and inspection, wafer packaging, and ion implantation; Applied Global Services, which provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity; Display and Adjacent Markets, which includes products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes, upgrades and roll-to-roll Web coating systems and other display technologies for televisions, personal computers, smart phones and other consumer-oriented devices, and Corporate and Other segment, which includes revenues from products, as well as costs of products sold for fabricating solar photovoltaic cells and modules, and certain operating expenses.

Recent Recommendations for Applied Materials:

  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) was upgraded by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc from a "neutral" rating to a "positive" rating. They now have a $72.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $60.00. (1/16/2018)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) was upgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from a "neutral" rating to a "positive" rating. (1/16/2018)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) was upgraded by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from a "buy" rating to a "strong-buy" rating. They now have a $72.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $66.00. (1/8/2018)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Nomura. They now have a $65.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $55.00. (11/21/2017)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. to $70.00. They now have an "overweight" rating on the stock. (11/17/2017)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) had its price target raised by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from $58.00 to $65.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (11/17/2017)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) had its price target raised by analysts at Needham & Company LLC to $66.00. They now have a "positive" rating on the stock. (11/17/2017)
#6 - SAGE Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SAGE)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 9 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 12 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $171.21 (1.6% Upside)

SAGE Therapeutics logoSAGE Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing medicines to treat central nervous system (CNS) disorders. The Company's lead product candidate, SAGE-547 is an intravenous formulation of allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid that acts as a synaptic and extrasynaptic modulator of the Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid-A (GABAA) receptor. The Company's next-generation product candidates, SAGE-217 and SAGE-689, also target the GABAA receptor system. The Company is focused on developing drugs based on selective allosteric modulation of CNS synaptic and extrasynaptic receptors. The Company's chemistry platform is focused on the chemical scaffolds of endogenous or chemically modified synthetic neuroactive steroid compounds that are allosteric modulators of GABAA or N-Methyl-D-aspartic acid or N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors.

Recent Recommendations for SAGE Therapeutics:

  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. (1/10/2018)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $198.00 price target on the stock. (12/8/2017)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its price target raised by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. to $178.00. They now have a "positive" rating on the stock. (12/8/2017)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its "overweight" rating re-affirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a $198.00 price target on the stock. (12/8/2017)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its "buy" rating re-affirmed by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc.. They now have a $206.00 price target on the stock. (12/7/2017)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its price target raised by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from $100.00 to $193.00. They now have a "buy" rating on the stock. (12/7/2017)
  • SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from $137.00 to $280.00. They now have a "sell" rating on the stock. (12/7/2017)
#7 - Twitter (NYSE:TWTR)

Upgrades from Top-Ranked Analysts: 9 (in the last 90 days)
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.0
Ratings Breakdown: 8 Buy Ratings, 18 Hold Ratings, 9 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $19.06 (-22.4% Upside)

Twitter logoTwitter, Inc. offers products and services for users, advertisers, developers and data partners. The Company's products and services include Twitter, Periscope, Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends. Its Twitter is a platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Periscope broadcasts can also be viewed through Twitter and on desktop or mobile Web browser. Its Promoted Products enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products and services, amplify their visibility and reach, and extend the conversation around their advertising campaigns. Promoted Accounts appear in the same format and place as accounts suggested by its Who to Follow recommendation engine, or in some cases, in Tweets in a user's timeline. Promoted Trends appear at the top of the list of trending topics for an entire day in a particular country or on a global basis. Its MoPub is a mobile-focused advertising exchange. Twitter Audience Platform is an advertising offering.

Recent Recommendations for Twitter:

  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) was upgraded by analysts at Aegis from a "sell" rating to a "buy" rating. They now have a $30.00 price target on the stock. (1/16/2018)
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) is now covered by analysts at Summit Redstone. They set a "buy" rating and a $26.00 price target on the stock. (12/18/2017)
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) was upgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a "neutral" rating to an "overweight" rating. They now have a $27.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $20.00. (12/18/2017)
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) is now covered by analysts at Evercore ISI. They set an "in-line" rating and a $21.00 price target on the stock. (12/5/2017)
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) had its price target raised by analysts at MKM Partners from $18.00 to $21.50. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (11/30/2017)
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) was upgraded by analysts at Argus from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating. They now have a $25.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $19.71. (11/3/2017)
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from $16.00 to $20.00. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock. (10/30/2017)






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