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The holidays are a time of gift giving and receiving. This time of year always provides opportunities for prognosticators and experts to suggest securities they expect to do well in the upcoming year.

If you are of a mind to treat somebody else (or yourself) with a gift that (hopefully) keeps on giving, here are 5 to consider:

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Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMATB)

Applied Materials recently crossed the average analyst 12-month price target of $32.70. The next logical step will be for analysts to either raise the PT or downgrade.

Vetr’s answer was to upgrade shares of AMAT from “buy” to “strong buy.” Vetr’s PT on the stock is $35.25.

Applied Materials develops, manufactures, markets and services semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment and related parts for the semiconductor industry. Customers include semiconductor wafer manufacturers and integrated circuit manufacturers.

Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EWC)

Health care sector Edwards Lifesciences provides products and technology for the treatment of heart disease and the critically ill.

Zacks has a projected EPS growth rate of 26.71% moving forward. This is well in excess of the company’s historical 7.99% average. In addition, the company has a 19.73% return on equity. The company’s strong fundamentals, high profit margins and significant earnings growth all add to the mix.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOCC)

The election of Donald Trump signals good times ahead for defense contractors and Northrop Grumman is a company poised to take advantage. In addition to potential future contracts, Grumman is the prime contractor for system and design behind the B-2 bomber and, in 2015, was awarded contract to replace aging B-52s and B-1s for $55 billion.

All this may be part of the reason Thomson Reuters StarMine research gave Northrop Grumman a summary score of 7.4 out of 10. That score integrates the ratings of independent research firms and then evaluates them based on accuracy.

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EAC)

The holidays highlight the good year EA has been having. Game titles like Madden NFL will show up under trees in enough homes to ensure Piper Jaffray & Co.’s initial estimate of 5.5 million units sold will likely end up being overly conservative according to Piper Jaffray analysts.

Add to that NHL, FIFA and Battlefield to say nothing of EA’s mobile segment including Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and it’s easy to see why EA stock was up 18% in 2016 with no end in sight.

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Verizon (NYSE:VZC)

Although Verizon faces stiff competition in the wireless carrier space, diversification via acquisitions along with restructuring will allow the company to find growth in the Internet of Things according to some experts. As a result, prospects for long term growth are seen as good.

The company’s new 5G mobile router is expected to deliver 1 gigabyte per second downloads when it launches. That’s about 200 times faster than standard 4G LTE speeds. Verizon also has the largest connected vehicle fleet thanks to its acquisition of Fleetmatics and Telogis.

Verizon’s forward P/E is about 14.5 yet features a dividend payout of 4.6%. This makes it an inexpensive stock to own (or give) and one that bodes well for long-term ownership.



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