Finding cheap stocks is all but impossible. Of course, that’s not uncommon when markets continue notching all-time highs. Unfortunately, overpriced markets pose significant risks for investors looking to deploy additional capital.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any stocks trading at relatively attractive valuations. And that’s an important concept to keep in mind in this long-in-the-tooth bull market where most stocks are overvalued based on traditional metrics.
That’s why the search for value is the single most important principle to employ right now. Simply put, should the market fall off the cliff, as many pundits expect, stocks bought at a discount to their intrinsic value fare much better than other stocks trading at higher valuations.
These so-called value stocks are often stocks that have fallen out of favor with the market — for any number of reasons. But oftentimes, the reasons a stock is trading below intrinsic value are transitory in nature, such as a bad quarter or two.
Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.
- [By Rich Smith]
The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.
- [By Alex McGuire]
Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.
- [By Rich Smith]
Huntington’s problems may not end at the water’s surface, either. While it’s the principal contractor building the Ford-class carriers, Huntington will cooperate with peer shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build the new Columbia class of ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the current Ohio class (and up until recently, it was commonly called the “Ohio Replacement Class”).
Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]
Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.
Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.
Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
- [By Paul Ausick]
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 2.90% at $164.99. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.90 to $165.00, a new 52-week high. Trading volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 3.6 million. The company had no specific news.
- [By Chris Neiger]
And within the machine learning space, three key players have emerged:IBM (NYSE:IBM), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). These companies accounted for a combined 73% of the machine learning market last year, according to Transparency Market Research, so let’s take a look at what each is doing in the space and how they’re likely to continue dominating.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Oracle Corporation and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) giving a similar performance; Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Salesforce.com, inc have performed even better; and International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) has underperformed:
- [By Vikram Nagarkar]
For starters, the data center space has been dominated by AMD’s arch-rival Nvidia for a long time now. By virtue of its early lead, Nvidia has found its way into some of the most popular cloud platforms, like Amazon’s (NSDQ:AMZN)AWS, andMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)Azure and IBM’s (NYSE:IBM)Bluemix. The Google deal represents AMD’s first breakthrough among US based cloud biggies. It’s also AMD’s first move in deep learning or machine learning, which is expected to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of technology and its applications.
- [By Chris Dier-Scalise]
This earnings season has been a mixed bag for many of the big name technology and semiconductor companies. NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) surprised analysts with impressive sales for the first quarter, but Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reports were met with more underwhelming investor response.
Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
Retailer shares have been unable to fully stabilize after sell-offs that accompanied their earnings for the 2016 holiday period. Some retailers shuttered stores. Others gave pessimistic guidance. The slide began in earnest again, as retail stocks got punished on Monday. Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWM) were among the largest losers in the S&P 500.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Under Armour’s (UAA) guidance last month was so bad that the stock lost a quarter of its value in just one day. Some analysts have stuck with the company, but many more have downgraded it. But that’s in the past. Now, Under Armour’s products are hitting the shelves at Kohl’s (KSS), and some have worried that it could dilute Under Armour’s brand. Kohl’s, meanwhile, has had troubles of its own–its stock is down 23% during the past three months–as investors have worried about the internet destroying retail as we know it. Which begs the question: Are you in trouble when you’re looking at Kohl’s as a savior?
- [By Kumar Abhishek]
But the changing consumer behavior has hit the brick and mortar chains hard. In a press release, Macy’s (NYSE:M) announced that it would be closing 68 stores and laying off more than 10000 people after the company reported a dismal quarter. The same store sales declined by 2.1%. It is not Macy’s alone, other departmental stores are facing similar challenges. The holiday season report led to ablood bath in retail stocks yesterday. Macy’s was down 13%, JCP (NYSE:JCP) down 7.2% and Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) was down 19%. Those are pretty scary numbers. On the other hand, Amazon stock gained more than 3% yesterday.
Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.
Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.
- [By Rich Duprey]
And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.