The title of this article may generate strong responses from some, who will reply: “never!” And indeed, if a value trap is defined as a stock that is not a value, then clearly a value trap is never a value. (There aren’t many rich dialetheists on Wall Street.) But let’s take a more nuanced view of a value trap and follow Investopedia.com in defining a value trap, which I quote at some length:
A value trap is a stock that appears to be cheap because the stock has been trading at low multiples of earnings, cash flow or book value for an extended time period. Value traps attract investors who are looking for a bargain because these stocks are inexpensive. The trap springs when investors buy into the company at low prices and the stock never improves. Trading that occurs at low multiples of earnings, cash flow or book value for long periods of time might indicate that the company or the entire sector is in trouble, and that stock prices may not move higher.
When is such a stock, that may not move higher and may never improve, worth buying? This article aims to provide an outline of an answer to that question. Along the way I’ll attempt to note places where I am simplifying the treatment or ignoring potentially important considerations.
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (PSK)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
DWFI holds five other SSgA fixed income ETFs, including the SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (NYSE: PSK). PSK is DWFI's largest holding at a weight of 25.2 percent. DWFI's second-largest holding is an allocation of almost 25 percent to the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSE: TFI).
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: MicroStrategy Incorporated(MSTR)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Small cap Alarm.com Holdings would bethe leading platform for the intelligently connected property. Millions of people depend on Alarm.com Holdings technology to monitor and control their property from anywhere. Centered on security and remote monitoring, the Companys platform addresses a wide range of market needs and enables application-based control for a growing variety of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.Its security, video monitoring, intelligent automation and energy management solutions are available througha network of thousands of professional service providers in North America and around the globe. The Company went public in June 2015 as a spinoff from MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR) with shares selling for $14 during the IPO.
- [By Chris Neiger]
MicroStrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR) reported its first-quarter results on April 27, and the company saw its total revenue tick up by 1.3% year over year. Just as with the company’s fourth-quarter results, MicroStrategy’s management said foreign-currency headwinds continued to have a negative impact on the company’s overall sales.
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Blackrock Global(BOE)
- [By Robert Rapier]
Whiting Petroleum (WLL) is one of Continental’s biggest competitors in the Bakken. Whiting is the second-largest oil producer in North Dakota, averaging 82,500 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) of production in 2012, across more than 700,000 acres of leased land.
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc(ADAP)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Adaptimmune Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: ADAP) was started with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight and the price target was raised to $36 from $33 (versus a $31.19 close) at Barclays.
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGMF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Clairvest Group previously initiated an investment in a partnership that involved Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (OTCPK:GCGMF) and Brookfield Business Partners LP to operate two casinos in Southern Ontario. With this announcement, we not only get the upside of a 45% ownership of “Ontario Gaming West GLA Limited Partnership,” which includes four major operations, but also 2,500 slot machines, 60 table games, racing track and $450 million in gross gaming revenue. Clairvest has a history in the gambling industry and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a proven operator with a terrific track record.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
SA: You recently published a thesis on Great Canadian Gaming (OTCPK:GCGMF), a Canadian company do you see the Canadian (or another) market as having greater opportunity to uncover hidden value than the U.S.?
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Asbury Automotive Group Inc(ABG)
- [By Inyoung Hwang]
Fresnillo Plc (FRES) and Polymetal International Plc sank at least 7 percent to lead declines in the Stoxx 600 after the precious-metals producers were not included in the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index. Fresnillo tumbled 13 percent to 1,045 pence. Polymetal plunged 7.1 percent to 659.5 pence. African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) also fell, losing 12 percent to 143.9 pence.
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: National Steel Corporation(SID)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Basic materials shares climbed by 1.52 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), and Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: CMT).
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Westell Technologies, Inc.(WSTL)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap high-performance wireless infrastructure solutions stock Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) as a buy for our short-term portfolio:
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: SuperValu Inc.(SVU)
- [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
As for individual stocks, RetailMeNot (NASDAQ:SALE) and SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU) attracted heavy investor interest following merger and acquisition news.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) reported Q2 2018 earnings before the market opened this morning which topped Wall Street expectations. Q2 net sales were $3.80 billion versus $2.81 billionas Wholesale net salesrose 58% to$2.74 billion and Retail net salesfell 1.1% to$1.02 billion.The net loss from continuing operationswas $25 million (which included a $27 million after-tax asset impairment charge and $16 million of after-tax merger and integration costs) versus net income of $31 million. The CEO commented:
- [By Steve Symington]
The stock market was flat on Thursday ahead of a key House vote on the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday as GOP lawmakers failed to gather enough votes to proceed. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines.But several individual stocks delivered outsized positive returns today, including FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE), Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN), and SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU). Read on to see what caused these unusual positive moves.
Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2018: Exelixis, Inc.(EXEL)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, healthcare shares fell by 0.91 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Alere Inc (NYSE: ALR), down 8 percent, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL), down 10 percent.
- [By Chris Lange]
Exelixis Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) saw its shares make a handy gain on Wednesday after the company was tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA has approved Cabometyx (cabozantinib) tablets for the expanded indication of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults.