This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering we’re dealing with Liberty (LSXMA), but I seriously think Pandora (P) shareholders are getting lowballed with the latest SiriusXM (SIRI) offer. The latest offer involves an all-stock deal with a 1.44 exchange ratio i.e. each share of Pandora will be exchanged for 1.44 shares of SiriusXM. Per Sirius, this works out to an ~13.8% premium based on 30-day VWAP.
There isn’t much contention that SIRI paper is richly valued. The fact that management has hit the brakes on buybacks isn’t a coincidence – my guess is management thinks the stock is very rich as well. With that in mind, the all-stock deal shouldn’t really come as a surprise – SIRI is shrewdly trading richly valued paper for “cheap” paper.
Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) , Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) , Dunkin Brands (DNKN) and Wendy’s (WEN) .
Cramer was bearish on Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Univar (UNVR) .
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Growth within the industry is a bit lumpy, with limited-service restaurants, such as Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG), growing at 5.3 percent in 2017 as compared to 3.5 percent for casual dining establishments according to the National Restaurant Industry.
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He still has 29% of the company, he’s still plastered on the pizza boxes and the marketing — although, that’s really been pulled back. Then, it’s also come out this week that Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) and Papa John’s, before all of this stuff came up over the past couple of months, they’re actually in talks to have some sort of merger. Going forward, if you’re the board of directors at Papa John’s, I think you have to really consider that possibility. Maybe the best step forward for the company is to look for a merger or a sale, because, man, this seems like a train wreck that keeps accelerating. When you have Schnatter on the board, he would have to be in favor of a buyout or a merger for it to go through.
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Throughout its history, Starbucks has mostly had a company-owned model for its retail locations, a strategy that is at odds with a trend of activist investors pushing fast food, restaurant and coffee companies to franchise locations out to raise cash for stock buybacks and debt reduction. In recent years, activists have targeted Jamba Juice (JMBA) , Potbelly (PBPB) , Jack in the Box (JACK) , Wendys Co. (WEN) , McDonald’s (MCD) and elsewhere. In addition, Starbucks has a one-share, one-vote structure, which can make it vulnerable to an activist investor seeking to elect dissident director candidates as it pursued the strategy.
Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)
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TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer analyzes Thursday’s trending stocks from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange including Macy’s (M) , Amazon (AMZN) , Etsy (ETSY) , XPO Logistics (XPO) and Groupon (GRPN) .
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Shares of XPO Logistics Inc (NYSE:XPO) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the twenty brokerages that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, fifteen have issued a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $110.49.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
A Recode article in December made waves when it asserted that Home Depot was considering acquiring XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), the U.S. leader in last-mile delivery of heavy goods like furniture and appliances. Home Depot already has a close relationship with XPO, naming it its Mid-Size Truckload Carrier of the year in 2015, and was reportedly interested in acquiring it in part to keep it out of the hands of Amazon, which has been ramping up efforts to sell products like furniture, and is also an XPO customer.
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Unfortunately, there’s no crystal ball for investors to see into the future — otherwise investing would be so much easier. Predicting how businesses and trends will play out over the coming years can be difficult, but Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) seem well-positioned to thrive over the next decade. One is benefiting from a rise in esports, the other from ever-increasing e-commerce deliveries.
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It will help you, too, and your children for that matter. So we asked three Motley Fool contributors for stocks that meet that description. They chose Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO). Read on to learn why your kids could one day have these stocks in their brag book.
Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
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Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) shares made an incredible gain on Monday after the company announced that it would be taken private by Vintage Rodeo Parent, an affiliate of Vintage Capital Management.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $9.36, but opened at $9.43. Rent-A-Center shares last traded at $9.54, with a volume of 375675 shares changing hands.
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Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) surged on Tuesday after Vintage Capital Management increased its offer to acquire the company. Rent-A-Center disclosed on Monday that it had received an offer from one of the companies involved in its strategic review process soon after that process was ended. Rent-A-Center stock was up about 15% at 12:35 p.m. EDT.
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OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp decreased its holdings in shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) by 52.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 72,200 shares of the company’s stock after selling 79,200 shares during the period. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp owned about 0.14% of Rent-A-Center worth $623,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and six have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $8.75.
Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
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And for a long time, Berkshire had a sizable position in IBM (IBM) . However, that position had been mostly liquidated by the end of 2017, as Buffett & Co. lost faith in Big Blue’s turnaround efforts. Given the extent to which parts of IBM’s business were vulnerable to technological disruption, this was perhaps a case of Berkshire extending outside of its comfort zone.
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Just as a moat offered a city protection in times past, an “economic moat” refers to a competitive advantage a business has over its peers. Things like low-cost products or services, convenience of use, or brand recognition can create a protective moat for a company. Some classic but no longer as relevant examples are Walmart (NYSE: WMT), Coca Cola (NYSE: KO), and IBM (NYSE: IBM).
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Finally, perhaps nothing screams “enterprise acceptance” louder than a partnership with IBM (NYSE:IBM). MongoDB recently announced this new partnership, which incentivizes IBM’s global sales reps to sell MongoDB in IBM’s private cloud offering. This vote of confidence could accelerate MongoDB’s global growth beyond what it could achieve by itself.
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File photo provided by IBM in 2017 shows the information and computing giant's CEO, Ginni Rometty. (Photo: IBM)
The 2017 rankings had 24 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, down from 32 in 2016.
Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)
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Analysts at Berenberg upgraded Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) from Sell to Hold.
Emerson Electric shares fell 0.43 percent to close at $69.90 on Monday.
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Stocks to Watch Today: DIS, TMUS, BP, S
Shares of Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) will lead a busy day of earnings reports. Wall Street is expecting a small decline in revenue for the first quarter. Disney is still in the process of absorbing most of Fox’s assets from a deal last June. In addition, Disney will be launching its streaming service, Disney+, and investors will be looking for updates on the project. In deal news, T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is looking to sweeten an offer to regulators to ensure a merger with rival Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). The telecom giant told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that it would freeze the prices of many plans if it receives approval for a deal. T-Mobile has offered $26 billion to buy Sprint. Shares of BP Plc. (NYSE: BP) rallied more than 3.7% after the global energy giant topped 2018 earnings expectations. The firm’s big bets on shale developments have paid off. Profitability more than doubled over the previous year, while production topped out at 3.7 million barrels per day. Look for earnings reports from Allstate Corp. (NYSE: ALL), Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC), Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM), Becton, Dickenson & Co. (NYSE: BDX), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chubb Ltd. (NYSE: CB), Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR), Estee Lauder Co. Inc. (NYSE: EL), Lazard Ltd. (NYSE: LAZ), Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), Plains All American Pipeline LP (NYSE: PAA), Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL), Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP), and Tableau Software Inc. (NASDAQ: DATA).
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Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by Cowen in a research note issued on Wednesday. They presently have a $81.00 target price on the industrial products company’s stock. Cowen’s price target points to a potential upside of 3.30% from the company’s current price.