So far, 2014 has been a good year to invest. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 have set new heights, and that trend looks to continue well into the end of the year. While markets are always unpredictable, the Stock Ratings Network has given a consensus recommendation on various stocks to “buy,” with thirteen analysts giving their opinion.
Lazard by consensus was given a recommendation of “buy,” and announced earnings on May 1st of $0.61 per share. The company had a 52-week low of $30.63 a share and a 52-week high of $50.61. Lazard recently declared a quarterly dividend, and on May 12th gave a dividend of $.030 per share. Goldman Sachs also raised its price target on shares of Lazard from $57 to $60 on the same day.
SunEdison is a diversified solar company with expertise in developing utility-scale solar plants and commercial installations. The company has also expanded into the residential market, where margins are high. Management has done a fantastic job transitioning the SunEdison financially and holds a large stake in the company. At $21.09 a share, it is up almost 9% and has been a top-performing mid-cap stock since 2013.
Whiting Petroleum a diversified oil and gas company is solid financially and has a great management team. It’s seen by many as a “must own” stock, and is the right size to be potentially acquired by one of the majors. Currently, the company is at $72.03 per share, up from 2013.
Veolia is one of the world’s top water infrastructure companies, as well as a major waste-management company. The company’s restructuring under new management is also wrapping up. Expect that to lead to improved success and profitability soon. The company’s lasting outlook is optimistic due to its knowledge in emerging markets, where the growth will be in coming years.