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Fred's, Inc. (Fred's) is engaged in the sale of general merchandise through its retail discount stores and full service pharmacies. The Company sells general merchandise to its over 20 franchisees. The Company has approximately 660 retail stores, over 370 pharmacies, and approximately three specialty pharmacy facilities located in over 15 states mainly in the Southeastern United States. The Company is licensed to dispense pharmaceuticals in approximately 50 states. The Company operates approximately 640 company-owned stores, including over 60 express stores (or Xpress stores). Fred's is a combination of pharmacy, dollar store and mass merchant strategically located in smaller markets. It offers various product categories, including consumables, such as tobacco, food and beverage, prescription pharmaceuticals, paper and cleaning supplies, pet supplies, health and beauty aids, and discretionary products, such as home decor, seasonal merchandise, auto and hardware, and lawn and garden.

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UPDATE: These are the top stock picks for 2019 among Wall Street analysts

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UPDATE: These are the top stock picks for 2019 among Wall Street analysts

By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

Most of analysts' favored stocks fell last year

After U.S. stocks last year posted the worst performance since 2008, you might be skeptical of companies favored by Wall Street analysts, who seem to be perennially optimistic. But having a lot of "buy" ratings from analysts means support from brokers and advisers, which could help share prices.

To be sure, sell-side analysts shy away from making clear recommendations to sell a stock. Among the S&P 500 , there is not a single company with majority "sell" or equivalent ratings among analysts polled by FactSet.

But it is a new year, so let's go along with the program and accentuate the positive by listing the favored large-cap stocks as well as those in the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index and the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index . For each index, we'll list 20 stocks covered by at least five analysts with 75% or more "buy" or equivalent ratings that have the highest 12-month upside potential implied by consensus price targets.

The Dow

Before digging into the favorites among the three main S&P indexes, you might be interested in knowing how analysts think about the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average . Here they are, sorted by percentage of "buy" or equivalent ratings among analysts polled by FactSet:

Company Ticker Share 'buy' ratings Closing price - Dec. 31 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Total return - 2018

Visa Inc. Class A US:V 93% $131.94 $163.89 24% 16%

UnitedHealth Group Inc. US:UNH 92% $249.12 $305.83 23% 15%

Microsoft Corp. US:MSFT 89% $101.57 $125.82 24% 21%

Merck & Co. US:MRK 82% $76.41 $81.99 7% 40%

Boeing Co. US:BA 77% $322.50 $422.68 31% 12%

DowDuPont Inc. US:DWDP 76% $53.48 $74.12 39% -23%

McDonald's Corp. US:MCD 76% $177.57 $194.90 10% 6%

Chevron Corp. US:CVX 75% $108.79 $138.59 27% -10%

Cisco Systems Inc. US:CSCO 73% $43.33 $52.32 21% 17%

United Technologies Corp. US:UTX 71% $106.48 $147.94 39% -15%

Home Depot Inc. US:HD 71% $171.82 $202.52 18% -7%

Walt Disney Co. US:DIS 68% $109.65 $125.64 15% 4%

Caterpillar Inc. US:CAT 64% $127.07 $158.29 25% -18%

Nike Inc. Class B US:NKE 64% $74.14 $86.68 17% 20%

JPMorgan Chase & Co. US:JPM 57% $97.62 $122.29 25% -7%

Apple Inc. US:AAPL 55% $157.74 $218.27 38% -5%

Coca-Cola Co. US:KO 54% $47.35 $51.92 10% 7%

Intel Corp. US:INTC 51% $46.93 $54.85 17% 4%

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. US:GS 45% $167.05 $249.31 49% -34%

Walmart Inc. US:WMT 44% $93.15 $106.16 14% -3%

American Express Co. US:AXP 42% $95.32 $115.52 21% -3%

Johnson & Johnson US:JNJ 42% $129.05 $146.06 13% -5%

Verizon Communications Inc. US:VZ 40% $56.22 $58.79 5% 11%

Pfizer Inc. US:PFE 38% $43.65 $46.32 6% 25%

International Business Machines Corp. US:IBM 35% $113.67 $151.37 33% -23%

Exxon Mobil Corp. US:XOM 32% $68.19 $87.05 28% -15%

Procter & Gamble Co. US:PG 32% $91.92 $90.86 -1% 4%

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. US:WBA 30% $68.33 $77.54 13% -4%

3M Co. US:MMM 30% $190.54 $210.06 10% -17%

Travelers Cos. US:TRV 27% $119.75 $136.00 14% -10%

Source: FactSet

You can click on the tickers for more about each company, including profiles, news coverage, price ratios, estimates and financials.

Wall Street's favorites -- large-cap stocks

Here are the 20 S&P 500 stocks covered by at least five analysts with 75% or more "buy" or equivalent ratings that have the highest 12-month upside potential implied by consensus price targets:

Company Ticker Share 'buy' ratings Closing price - Dec. 31 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Total return - 2018

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. US:APC 86% $43.84 $76.86 75% -17%

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. US:ALXN 90% $97.36 $165.05 70% -19%

LKQ Corp. US:LKQ 94% $23.73 $40.13 69% -42%

Concho Resources Inc. US:CXO 84% $102.79 $173.39 69% -32%

Marathon Petroleum Corp. US:MPC 100% $59.01 $98.72 67% -8%

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. US:PXD 93% $131.52 $218.33 66% -24%

Halliburton Co. US:HAL 86% $26.58 $43.94 65% -45%

Diamondback Energy Inc. US:FANG 94% $92.70 $151.06 63% -26%

SVB Financial Group US:SIVB 82% $189.92 $306.00 61% -19%

Allergan PLC US:AGN 78% $133.66 $214.79 61% -17%

TechnipFMC PLC US:FTI 76% $19.58 $31.13 59% -36%

Mylan N.V. US:MYL 79% $27.40 $43.53 59% -35%

Conagra Brands Inc. US:CAG 80% $21.36 $33.86 59% -42%

Baker Hughes, a GE Co. Class A US:BHGE 80% $21.50 $33.87 58% -30%

Albemarle Corp. US:ALB 80% $77.07 $121.30 57% -39%

Aptiv PLC US:APTV 78% $61.57 $94.00 53% -27%

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. US:NCLH 75% $42.39 $64.68 53% -20%

Electronic Arts Inc. US:EA 80% $78.91 $120.38 53% -25%

PVH Corp. US:PVH 86% $92.95 $141.32 52% -32%

American Airlines Group Inc. US:AAL 76% $32.11 $48.68 52% -38%

Source: FactSet

Mid-cap stocks

Here are the 20 stocks included in the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index covered by at least five analysts with 75% or more "buy" or equivalent ratings that have the highest 12-month upside potential implied by consensus price targets:

Company Ticker Share 'buy' ratings Closing price - Dec. 31 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Total return - 2018

Callon Petroleum Co. US:CPE 82% $14.17 118% $6.49 -47%

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. US:PTEN 79% $19.46 88% $10.35 -55%

WPX Energy Inc. Class A US:WPX 94% $21.28 88% $11.35 -19%

Boyd Gaming Corporation US:BYD 77% $38.25 84% $20.78 -40%

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. US:VAC 88% $127.56 81% $70.51 -47%

Inogen Inc. US:INGN 75% $222.83 79% $124.17 4%

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. Class A US:KNX 80% $43.53 74% $25.07 -42%

SLM Corp. US:SLM 92% $14.35 73% $8.31 -26%

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. US:LGND 86% $233.50 72% $135.70 -1%

Thor Industries Inc. US:THO 75% $86.75 67% $52.00 -65%

MKS Instruments Inc. US:MKSI 100% $106.00 64% $64.61 -31%

HealthEquity Inc. US:HQY 75% $95.67 60% $59.65 28%

Cabot Corp. US:CBT 80% $68.50 60% $42.94 -29%

Allegheny Technologies Inc. US:ATI 77% $34.42 58% $21.77 -10%

Lumentum Holdings Inc. US:LITE 87% $66.27 58% $42.01 -14%

Apergy Corp. US:APY 88% $42.29 56% $27.08 N/A

Granite Construction Inc. US:GVA 88% $62.43 55% $40.28 -36%

East West Bancorp Inc. US:EWBC 87% $67.23 54% $43.53 -27%

MasTec Inc. US:MTZ 92% $62.00 53% $40.56 -17%

Brunswick Corp. US:BC 88% $70.88 53% $46.45 -15%

Source: FactSet

Small-cap stocks

Here are the 20 stocks included in the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index covered by at least five analysts with 75% or more "buy" or equivalent ratings that have the highest 12-month upside potential implied by consensus price targets:

Company Ticker Share 'buy' ratings Closing price - Dec. 31 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Total return - 2018

Nabors Industries Ltd. US:NBR 75% $2.00 $7.19 259% -69%

Tetra Technologies Inc. US:TTI 75% $1.68 $5.93 253% -61%

Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. US:PGNX 100% $4.20 $11.08 164% -29%

Medicines Co. US:MDCO 92% $19.14 $45.85 140% -30%

Cytokinetics Inc. US:CYTK 83% $6.32 $13.67 116% -22%

Patrick Industries Inc. US:PATK 86% $29.61 $63.86 116% -57%

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. US:RYAM 100% $10.65 $22.67 113% -47%

Ultra Clean Holdings Inc. US:UCTT 100% $8.47 $18.00 113% -63%

Enova International Inc. US:ENVA 100% $19.46 $39.80 105% 28%

Archrock Inc. US:AROC 83% $7.49 $14.91 99% -25%

Ring Energy Inc. US:REI 80% $5.08 $10.01 97% -63%

Vonage Holdings Corp. US:VG 89% $8.73 $16.88 93% -14%

Smart Global Holdings Inc. US:SGH 100% $29.70 $57.00 92% -12%

Green Plains Inc. US:GPRE 100% $13.11 $25.00 91% -20%

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. US:HLX 88% $5.41 $10.31 91% -28%

TTM Technologies Inc. US:TTMI 83% $9.73 $18.50 90% -38%

ProPetro Holding Corp. US:PUMP 80% $12.32 $23.21 88% -39%

Koppers Holdings Inc. US:KOP 80% $17.04 $31.40 84% -67%

Stamps.com Inc. US:STMP 100% $155.64 $285.00 83% -17%

Control4 Corp. US:CTRL 78% $17.60 $31.75 80% -41%

Source: FactSet

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