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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now

People are scared. And in some ways, they’re especially scared when they use their computers.

This has made cybersecurity stocks one of the hot sectors of 2018.

Cybersecurity, however, is a fast-moving business. Breakthroughs happen constantly. New niches develop. Investment must be constant, and failure is not an option. A company’s reputation is everything.

These stocks are not cheap. Even the “cheapest” can sell for 10 times the previous year’s sales. This means that, ironically, when investors lose their appetite for risk, even the best-run cybersecurity stocks can fall in price.

With all those caveats in place, and knowing that our Will Healy recently listed three great names in cloud security, I’m here to offer you three other security names that are also worthy of attention

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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    However, analysts are right to question Rockwell’s relative valuation, because peer Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) has outgrown Rockwell in the past three quarters. The difference is that Emerson is more of a process automation company and has more exposure to capital spending of energy and heavy industry-related companies, which are growing faster than Rockwell’s end markets. The latter is more of a factory automation company and has more general industrial exposure, notably to the automotive industry.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    In PMT, Honeywell’s process-solutions rival Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) continues to report strong results. But whereas Emerson’s CEO David Farr is expecting to benefit from relatively stronger LNG (liquefied natural gas) spending in the current cycle, Honeywell’s LNG revenue accounts for just 5% of its PMT sales, and it’s more heavily exposed to petrochemical and refining spending.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    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.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Truehand Inc purchased a new position in shares of Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm purchased 34,486 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,061,000. Emerson Electric makes up 1.8% of Truehand Inc’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Element Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund acquired 202,986 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,864,000.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Diversified industrial conglomerate Emerson (NYSE:EMR) submitted its first-quarter 2019 earnings report on Tuesday. Three months into the new fiscal year, Emerson hit the low end of its full-year underlying revenue growth target range and tweaked earnings expectations slightly higher.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Earnings will once again dominate the early portion of the trading day, with first quarter reports from Dow components in Action Alerts PLUS holding UnitedHealth (UNH) , Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)  , Goldman Sachs (GS) and IBM Corp. (IBM) . 

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Rather than pay another PBM for the service, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) has been pushing vertical integration for years. America’s largest health insurer operates a PBM called Optum, and it’s been the third largest behind CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and Express Scripts for years.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) is scheduled to share its quarterly report on Tuesday as well. The consensus estimates are $3.04 in EPS on $56.09 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $258.70. The stock has a 52-week range of $183.86 to $259.01, and the consensus price target is $279.86.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on UnitedHealth Group (UNH)

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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Logan Wallace]

    GATX (NYSE: XPO) and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as positive news on the domestic political front spurred market participants to send stock benchmarks to substantial gains. Earnings season has reached its peak, but overall, investors have been a lot more comfortable with the idea that sustained economic growth could last further into 2019 than they were during the stock market’s swoon in December. Nevertheless, not every company was able to find success during a tough period. Newell Brands (NYSE:NWL), TrueCar (NASDAQ:TRUE), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) were among the worst performers. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Steve Symington, Jeremy Bowman, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    So we asked that question to three top Motley Fool investors. Read on to learn why they put New Relic (NYSE:NEWR), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and Ebay (NASDAQ:EBAY) on their short lists of stocks capable of outperforming a five-bagger.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    The Wendy’s Co (NASDAQ:WEN)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

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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.

  • [By Mac Greer]

    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. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Argus in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. They currently have a $16.34 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock, down from their prior price target of $19.00.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The chart below shows how McDonald’s compares with some of its closest peers based on its valuation and expected growth rate.

    Company P/E Ratio 2-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate
    McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) 26.2 23.6%
    Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) 26.2 27.3%
    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) 21.8 58.1%
    Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) 21.4 41.9%
    Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) 23.2 29.7%

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance. EPS = earnings per share.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    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.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    An issue of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) bonds fell 1% against their face value during trading on Thursday. The high-yield issue of debt has a 6.625% coupon and will mature on November 15, 2020. The debt is now trading at $99.07 and was trading at $100.50 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets often predict parallel moves in its stock price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    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 Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a weak day for the stock market, with most major benchmarks losing ground. Further concerns about the potential for a deepening divide between the U.S. and China weighed on sentiment, and some also fear that steadily rising interest rates could eventually put pressure on stocks. Yet some companies still had good news that sent their individual shares higher. Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PTCT), and Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    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.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Investment analysts at Barclays started coverage on shares of Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH) in a report issued on Thursday, MarketBeat reports. The firm set an “overweight” rating and a $200.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock. Barclays’ price target indicates a potential upside of 12.54% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH) had its price target boosted by Wells Fargo & Co from $185.00 to $193.00 in a research note released on Thursday, The Fly reports. Wells Fargo & Co currently has a market perform rating on the industrial products company’s stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ardevora Asset Management LLP reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 0.5% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 154,400 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 800 shares during the quarter. Ardevora Asset Management LLP’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $26,407,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ClariVest Asset Management LLC reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,268 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,773 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Parker Hannifin worth $20,913,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Numerous renters typically occupy a single building known as a colocation center (or “carrier hotel”). There are plenty of interested parties ranging from tiny website hosting companies and online retailers to colossal data storage providers and telecoms. Some of the biggest users include content distributors such as Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), as well as cloud companies like Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), and IBM (NYSE: IBM). 

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    An IBM (NYSE: IBM) hardware system was used to help complete the project.

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    One of the foremost leaders in the smart software space is IBM (NYSE: IBM).

    The company’s main AI initiative, Watson, is designed to process massive amounts of unstructured data, learn from it and provide decision support for humans.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) held its annual meeting last weekend. In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill talks with special guest Matt Koppenheffer of Fool Germany about some Volkswagen, some Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), and a whole lot of Berkshire. Berkshire just got really interested in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), but how is this different from the company’s ill-fated investment in IBM (NYSE:IBM)?

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    I confess: I’d always hated IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM); never could stand Big Blue. The company was always too unfocused for my taste.

    Its boardroom underwhelmed, too, allowing Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) to outmaneuver and shut it out of the outrageously lucrative cloud.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Value traps are stocks that appear to be cheap based on a traditional metric, such as a P/E ratio but, in reality, are not because of declining business prospects. Even the world’s best investors, like Warren Buffett, have been known to fall for value traps. For instance, in 2011, Warren Buffett initiated a position in IBM (NYSE:IBM) that would soon grow into one of his largest, a $10 billion stake. At the time Buffett made his investment, IBM was guiding for $20 in EPS by 2015, which would have represented 74% growth from 2010’s EPS of $11.52. IBM never came close to hitting this guidance, however, even with all the share repurchases money could buy.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) beat earnings in its fourth quarter of 2018 — not that you could tell from the performance of its stock, which remains 2% below where it traded before earnings, nearly a month after the fact.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Strategic Wealth Partners Ltd. reduced its position in shares of General Dynamics Co. (NYSE:GD) by 20.0% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 6,099 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 1,521 shares during the period. Strategic Wealth Partners Ltd.’s holdings in General Dynamics were worth $1,137,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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    Only 10% of the companies on the list had female CEOs at the helm, four of which — Hewlett Packard (HP) , Lockheed Martin (LMT) , General Motors (GM) , and General Dynamics (GD) — grew significant revenue in five years or less. 

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company, like other major defense prime contractors, had a very solid year and is also on the Merrill Lynch US 1 list. General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) is engaged in business aviation, land and expeditionary combat vehicles and systems, armaments, munitions, shipbuilding and marine systems, and information systems and technologies.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Five years ago, General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) was struck by disaster.

    Years of acquisitions in the IT space, designed to turn the defense giant best known for its battle tanks and nuclear submarines into a cybersecurity specialist, had failed to produce significant profit growth. Instead, realizing that it had overpaid for its new subsidiaries, General D acknowledged its mistake, took a $2.9 billion charge to earnings, fired its IT division head (or allowed him to retire “to pursue new professional opportunities”), and reported only its second full-year net loss in the last 30 years.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    For investors looking to put new money to work in a defense prime today, I’d recommend General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) over either Raytheon or Northrop Grumman. General Dynamics currently trades at a 20% discount to its rivals on a price-to-earnings basis and at a 13% discount on a price-to-sales basis due to continued weakness in its business jet division. There’s more risk to General Dynamics, but there is also more potential upside should it get its aerospace business on track and close that valuation gap.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Chuck Saletta]

    And while it may not always work out well to simply copy the moves other investors make, it can pay off to use their buying and selling moves as jumping-off points in your own research. We asked three real-world investors for their insight, and they wrote about two recent Buffett buys of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), and a recent Baker Brothers buy of Heron Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HRTX). 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    As USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) drags its feet on an offer to sell the company for $42 per share, Berkshire intends to use its 30.8% ownership stake to motivate its top brass to make a deal. Berkshire told Bloomberg it intends to vote its shares against USG’s board members who are up for re-election at this year’s annual meeting, a clear message that Buffett is ready to cash in, even if USG’s management and board are not.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Warren Buffett likes to hold his stock positions for the long run, and his experience with USG (NYSE:USG) has been typical of his other long-term investments. The Oracle of Omaha started buying shares of the manufacturer of Sheetrock drywall and other building materials back in 2000, accumulating a sizable stake that has ballooned to more than 30% of the company. USG ended up going through bankruptcy in order to get a handle on its asbestos liability claims, but thanks largely to Buffett’s involvement, the building materials company not only survived bankruptcy but also saw share prices soar briefly on hopes that USG would once again fully participate in the then-strong housing boom.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of USG (NYSE:USG) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of USG from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price for the company from $35.00 to $24.00 in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Jefferies Group reiterated a hold rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of USG in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of USG from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Buckingham Research boosted their target price on shares of USG from $34.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Finally, Nomura boosted their target price on shares of USG from $39.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $39.00.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, CFP, and Dan Caplinger]

    Here, three Fool.com contributors share why they believe Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP), Chubb (NYSE:CB), and Realty Income (NYSE:O) exhibit the kind of traits found in many of Buffett’s best investments.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Several brokerages have weighed in on CMP. Zacks Investment Research raised Compass Minerals International from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. ValuEngine cut Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 23rd. Monness Crespi & Hardt dropped their price objective on Compass Minerals International from $76.00 to $63.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 2nd. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price objective on Compass Minerals International from $65.00 to $60.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised Compass Minerals International from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $49.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, November 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.34.

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    About Compass Minerals International

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Few people look forward to winter more than investors in seasonal businesses that do a lot of business during the cold-weather months, and Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) falls squarely into that category. With so much of its business coming from state and municipal governments treating roads and other surfaces with salt and anti-icing products, Compass often sees a lot of its success come during this part of the year.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now

Indonesia’s worst equity rout in five years has got strategists asking the usual question after a slump: Are stocks cheap enough to buy?

For Jahanzeb Naseer, the head of Indonesia research at Credit Suisse Group AG, investors should selectively pick shares now that the benchmark gauge is near at its lowest level since October. Foreign investor outflows have reached 1 percent of the market’s value, a past indicator that selling may taper, he said. The Jakarta Composite Index rose 0.2 percent on Friday, capping the worst weekly drop since August 2013.

“Banks have pulled back quite a bit and we are recommending clients to buy at this level,” Naseer said. “Some of the coal stocks including United Tractors are among the stocks that we recommend as well.”

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The benchmark measure rebounded on Friday, rallying as much as 1.5 percent before paring those gains, led by large capitalized stocks such as PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia and PT Unilever Indonesia, which rose by more than 2 percent each. PT Bank Mandiri, the country’s largest lender by assets, gained 2.2 percent while Bank Negara Indonesia jumped 3.2 percent.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    On Tuesday (Oct. 2), GE announced it sold its Intelligent Platforms Automation business to Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) for an estimated $300 million – 42% more than the company’s entire 2017 revenue.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday: Link

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    The Conference Board’s consumer sentiment index for April is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
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    Leerink upgraded Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Berenberg upgraded Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) from Sell to Hold
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    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) offers technology and engineering solutions to industrial, commercial and consumer markets. While it has had exposure to oil and gas, the company is poised for earnings growth, and its dividend hike in November of 2018 marked the 62nd straight year of dividend hikes.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) in a report issued on Friday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm issued a neutral rating and a $78.00 price objective on the industrial products company’s stock.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Element Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund acquired 202,986 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,864,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. cut its stake in shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) by 1.8% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 111,625 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 2,015 shares during the quarter. Emerson Electric makes up approximately 2.4% of Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 17th biggest position. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $7,624,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The company’s properties are freestanding, not located in malls or shopping centers (which means better margins, lower rent volatility and less dependence on imperiled anchors). Better still, 96% of its rental income is shielded from e-commerce threats. After all, gas stations, drug stores and fast-food chains like Wendy’s (Nasdaq: WEN) don’t compete with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cannae (NYSE: CNNE) and Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    However, the fast casual market became increasingly crowded with rival chains like Panera Bread and Chipotle, and Zoe’s got squeezed between traditional dine-in restaurants like Darden’s Olive Garden and evolving fast food players like Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) and McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Stephanie A. Streeter Sells 4,776 Shares of Kohl’s Co. (KSS) Stock (americanbankingnews.com) Insider Selling: Kohl’s Co. (KSS) President Sells 27,223 Shares of Stock (americanbankingnews.com) New blockchain ledger will let US residents sell personal healthcare data (computerworld.com.au) Kohl’s Stock Flashes Reliable Buy Signal Again (schaeffersresearch.com) Kohl’s (KSS) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages recently issued reports on KSS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kohl’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 30th. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 price target on shares of Kohl’s in a research note on Tuesday, May 22nd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Kohl’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price target on shares of Kohl’s in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of Kohl’s in a research note on Monday, September 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $91.00 price target on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Kohl’s presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $77.20.

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    Will Sturdy Comps Drive Kohl’s (KSS) This Earnings Season? (finance.yahoo.com) Macy’s Heads Into a Hugely Important Earnings Report (finance.yahoo.com) Kohl’s (KSS) Scheduled to Post Quarterly Earnings on Tuesday (americanbankingnews.com) Noteworthy Monday Option Activity: KSS, PM, VMW (nasdaq.com) 5 Reasons Stocks Have Been So Strong This Year: Jim Cramer (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on KSS. Robert W. Baird boosted their target price on Kohl’s from $73.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, June 8th. UBS Group began coverage on Kohl’s in a report on Thursday, June 21st. They set a “neutral” rating and a $75.00 target price for the company. Telsey Advisory Group boosted their target price on Kohl’s from $73.00 to $86.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, June 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kohl’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on Kohl’s from $41.00 to $45.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 23rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Kohl’s has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $72.58.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) insider Richard D. Schepp sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.52, for a total transaction of $1,177,800.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 161,050 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,645,646. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) will share its latest quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.64 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.26 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week trading at $76.44, in a 52-week range of $36.50 to $79.92. The consensus analyst target is just $76.35.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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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    Engaged Capital maintained large positions in Rent-A-Center (RCII) , TiVo (TIVO) , Hain Celestial (HAIN) , SunOpta and Jamba Inc. (JMBA) , all companies that have either previously been targeted by Welling or currently are in his cross-hairs.

  • [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.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    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 Max Byerly]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: “Q1 2018 EPS Estimates for Rent-A-Center Increased by KeyCorp (RCII)” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this article on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of United States and international trademark & copyright laws. The legal version of this article can be read at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3350595/q1-2018-eps-estimates-for-rent-a-center-increased-by-keycorp-rcii.html.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), despite being decades-old tech giants in a world where newer companies like Amazon.com and Netflix get all the attention, have some killer advantages that investors shouldn’t ignore.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded up 2.85% at $158.65. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was about 35% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company’s stock was raised to Outperform at RBC Capital Markets this morning.

  • [By Keith Noonan, Rich Smith, and Timothy Green]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to identify a top high-yield stock that’s worth holding forever. Read on to see why they picked UBS (NYSE:UBS), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), and AT&T (NYSE:T).

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    In Pirates of Silicon Valley, an old made-for-TV movie about the PC industry’s early days, the Bill Gates character quips (in reference to IBM’s (IBM) willingness to let Microsoft (MSFT)  supply the OS for its PCs) that success is a menace, since it fools smart people into thinking that they can’t lose. Bezos’s remarks, as well as those made at times by other Amazon execs, suggest Amazon puts a lot of effort into making sure the company doesn’t lose its edge on account of its success.

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Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nucor (NYSE:NUE) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “Nucor remains committed to expand its production capabilities, which is likely to drive profitable growth and strengthen its position as a low-cost producer. It is also seeing continued momentum in the automotive market. The company remains focused on expanding its foothold in the automotive space driven by strong demand. Nucor also remains focused on growing its business through strategic acquisitions. However, the U.S. steel industry is not out of the woods yet. The industry continues to be adversely affected by high levels of cheaper imports. Moreover, there are still uncertainties surrounding exemptions of countries from the trade tariff orders. The company has also underperformed the industry it belongs to over the past three months.”

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2019: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    In this episode of The Motley Fool’s Industry Focus: Healthcare, host Kristine Harjes and Motley Fool contributor Todd Campbell discuss how these companies are trying to reshape treatment, and what factors could determine which company captures more market share. Also, Harjes and Campbell explain why UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) investors ought to be paying more attention to the Medicare and Medicaid markets than to the market for employer-sponsored health insurance.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 1.39% at $254.16. The stock’s 52-week range is $176.42 to $254.99, a new high set this afternoon. Volume was about 4% below the daily average of around 3.2 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-best performer among the Dow Jones industrials so far this year is Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), which is up 15.28%. That is followed by Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 18.3%, UnitedHealthGroup Inc. (NYSE: UNH), up 13.7%, and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 13.5%. Of the 30 Dow stocks, only 11 have managed to post a gain to date in 2018.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The biggest health insurer in the land also claims one of the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 Index. UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE:UNH) share price has been routinely setting new all-time highs this summer. The stock is now up 21% so far in 2018.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Let’s talk the top news in the marijuana industry today… including four stocks that could surge up to 1,000% during this election year. Here’s what you need to know…

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is leading a busy day of earnings reports on Tuesday. Shares are off 0.4% after the firm despite reporting a 40% year-over-year jump in profits and stronger-than-expected revenue. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $5.98 on top of $9.40 billion in revenue. The Wall Street giant was expected to report EPS of $4.67 on top of $8.71 billion in revenue. The investment bank’s first six months of 2018 were its strongest in nine years. The stock slipped after the company announced that president David Solomon will be replacing CEO Lloyd Blankfein when he steps down from his role. Blankfein has been CEO for 12 years. It’s fair to say that Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) went to the dogs on Monday. The company has extended its Prime Day promotion through 3 a.m. on Wednesday. The announcement came after the firm suffered significant outages during the start of the event on Monday afternoon. Rather than get access to deals, many customers were met with pictures of dogs, the firm’s standard error page. Finally, pay close attention to events on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will question leaders of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) about how they store and filter user content. Last year, the Senate and House of Representatives slammed the companies for their roles in and responses to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CSX, NFLX, KKR
    CSX Corp. (Nasdaq: CSX) will help lead today’s earnings calendar. Wall Street expects that the company will report EPS of $0.86 on top of $2.98 billion in revenue. Shares of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) slipped after the firm’s user-growth estimates and quart

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2019: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Adding to positive sentiment, Kohl’s Corporatrion (NYSE: KSS) reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue, and same-store sales were up 3.6 percent. It’s interesting that the company was able to do this despite wintery weather, particularly in areas where Kohl’s stores are concentrated. The company’s  shares were up more than 5 percent in premarket trading. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 results before markets opened Tuesday morning. The department store retailer reported quarterly adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.24 on total revenues of $6.82 billion. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the company reported EPS of $1.87 on revenue of $7.06 billion. Fourth-quarter results also compare to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimates for EPS of $2.18 and $6.58 billion in revenue.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter results early Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $2.18 in earnings per share (EPS) on revenue of $6.58 billion. Shares were last seen changing hands at $68.10. The consensus price target is $73.75, and the 52-week trading range is $57.89 to $83.28.

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    Billionaire hedge funder Dan Loeb is seeing more opportunities to bet against the market this year: Link

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    JPMorgan upgraded Verizon (NYSE: VZ) from Neutral to Overweight
    Stifel upgraded Kimbell Royalty Partners (NYSE: KRP) from Hold to Buy
    Credit Suisse downgraded Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) from Outperform to Neutral
    BTIG downgraded Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) from Buy to Neutral

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    Walmart (WMT) was already on my “Best Short Ideas” list, and I added Kohl’s (KSS) and Target (TGT) to the roster on Thursday morning.

    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    AerCap (NYSE: AER) and Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    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 Logan Wallace]

    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.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2019: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BTIG Research started coverage on shares of Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage issued a buy rating and a $20.00 price objective on the restaurant operator’s stock.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    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.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    But what companies are paying out meaningful, growing dividends that are likely to keep seeing growth in the coming years? Two stocks that fit these characteristics are Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN), both of which announced significant increases to their dividends in February.

  • [By ]

    The company’s properties are freestanding, not located in malls or shopping centers (which means better margins, lower rent volatility and less dependence on imperiled anchors). Better still, 96% of its rental income is shielded from e-commerce threats. After all, gas stations, drug stores and fast-food chains like Wendy’s (Nasdaq: WEN) don’t compete with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Stocks to Watch Today: NKE, GRMN, FIT, FOSL, NAVI
    Nike Inc. (NYSE: NYSE) is facing a public relations problem this morning and shares are off nearly 2%. Last night, Duke University star basketball player Zion Williamson was injured in the opening minute of a marquee game against the University of North Carolina. Williamson slipped while dribbling and his Nike shoe split apart, causing him to fall and injure his knee. The No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils, who were favorites against their rivals at home, were blown out after Williamson was forced to leave the game. The game was heavily televised, attended by celebrities and former President Barack Obama, and fetched ticket prices upwards of $10,000. Williamson is likely the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft this year. The company called the event an “isolated occurrence.” Shares of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) popped to an 11-year high thanks to a strong earnings report and forward guidance on Wednesday. The fitness and navigation device manufacturer reported that smartwatch sales are “on fire” from outdoor enthusiasts. The firm’s outdoor segment experienced a 25% jump in revenue for the quarter, while the firm hiked its 2019 revenue outlook and topped analysts’ expectations. The news helped boost shares of Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL) and Fitbit (NYSE: FIT). Shares of Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) slid 4.2% after hedge fund Canyon Capital withdrew its bid from earlier this week to buy the student loan servicing giant for $12.50 per share. The hedge fund announced it will now launch a proxy fight to replace many of the company’s board of directors. While this might be bad news for NAVI in the short term, there are still 1.5 trillion reasons to own this stock. Look for other earnings reports from Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS), Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD), Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), Dropbox (NYSE: DBX), First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), Kraft Hein

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2019: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. reduced its stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) by 4.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 80,915 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,534 shares during the quarter. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $5,527,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) recently had its first-quarter 2019 earnings call, and one week later held an investor conference where CEO David Farr laid out his medium-term outlook. The key takeaway from both events is that Emerson Electric’s immediate guidance has some uncertainty around it, but unless you believe that the global economy will slow notably in the next few years, the stock looks like a good value for income-seeking investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    D.A. Davidson & CO. lifted its position in shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) by 1.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 574,584 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 7,640 shares during the period. Emerson Electric makes up about 0.8% of D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings, making the stock its 25th biggest holding. D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $39,244,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    On Tuesday (Oct. 2), GE announced it sold its Intelligent Platforms Automation business to Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) for an estimated $300 million – 42% more than the company’s entire 2017 revenue.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    However, analysts are right to question Rockwell’s relative valuation, because peer Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) has outgrown Rockwell in the past three quarters. The difference is that Emerson is more of a process automation company and has more exposure to capital spending of energy and heavy industry-related companies, which are growing faster than Rockwell’s end markets. The latter is more of a factory automation company and has more general industrial exposure, notably to the automotive industry.

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Investors have neglected consumer goods giant General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) for a long time. But I think it is time to start paying attention to General Mills stock.

This is a defensive name in a consumer goods market with enduring demand. The company has a massive moat, a dirt-cheap valuation, a big dividend and growth prospects that are starting to turn around.

Meanwhile, the rest of the market has growth prospects that are starting to erode.

Over the past several years, hyper-growth tech stocks like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) have led the S&P 500 to massive gains.

But this bull market is now 10 years old. And cracks are starting to show up in the foundation supporting the bull thesis. From Facebook’s data breach to Netflix and Amazon’s triple-digit earnings multiples to Google’s big fines, there are certainly reasons to be worried about the longevity of this bull market.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    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.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, Neha Chamaria, and Matthew DiLallo]

    While there’s no way to know for sure which stocks will become the next Amazon, three of our contributors think BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ) have pretty good chances.

  • [By Steve Symington, Jeremy Bowman, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    So we asked that question to three top Motley Fool investors. Read on to learn why they put New Relic (NYSE:NEWR), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and Ebay (NASDAQ:EBAY) on their short lists of stocks capable of outperforming a five-bagger.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    By following an aggressive acquisition strategy known as a rollup, XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) has grown its revenue by 100 times in recent years.

    In the following segment from Industry Focus: Energy, Motley Fool Asset Management’s Bill Barker and host Nick Sciple discuss how Barker discovered XPO, the advantages and risks of a rollup strategy, and the basics of XPO’s business.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The holiday season is typically a busy one for XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO). With the rise of e-commerce, it’s more important than ever to have efficient ways of getting goods where they need to go, and XPO has played a key role in helping to facilitate that movement. However, XPO has been dealing with some issues affecting one of its major customers, and that could have long-lasting negative impacts on its growth potential.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mac Greer]

    In today’s episode of Market Foolery, host Mac Greer and Motley Fool contributor Matt Argersinger hit on a few of the market’s biggest stories. Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced plans to acquire Pandora (NYSE:P), finally putting an end to a real bummer of an era for Pandora shareholders. Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) offered a massive bid for Sky, while Disney (NYSE:DIS) positioned itself exactly where it wants to be with regard to that.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The latest earnings report from satellite radio monopoly Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) had to please its shareholders, especially given that it delivered record revenue for the period. But as it continues its integration of Pandora, which it acquired last year, there remain some questions, particularly about what is in store for the company in the post-Howard Stern era. (The iconic shock jock’s contract includes only a couple more years of him as a on-air personality.)

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    We’re now more than a year removed from when Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) abandoned plans to buy Pandora outright, taking a minority stake instead. Now that streaming stocks in general and Pandora in particular are hot again, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sirius XM or any tech giant wanting an audience of more than 70 million streaming accounts snaps up Pandora. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    If Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) and Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) were playing a concert, it wouldn’t be easy to decide which one is the headliner and which one has to settle for being the opening act. The two music services draw tens of millions of premium subscribers apiece, but each company is singing in a different key.

  • [By ]

    Remember, Apple (AAPL) had run because its service-revenue stream made the tech giant part of an elite group of companies. It joined Costco (COST) , Netflix (NFLX) , and SiriusXM (SIRI) , Spotify (SPOT) and Amazon (AMZN) (home of Amazon Prime) as companies that charge you recurring fees that you don’t seem to notice or care about. So, Apple’s stock no longer represents the tug to the group, and each company has to develop a separate power base away from Cupertino.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    In happier news, Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) finally acquired Pandora (NYSE:P). Tune in to find out what this deal will mean for shareholders, what these companies are trying to achieve by joining forces, and why some analysts and investors are skeptical.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Finally, General Dynamics Corp. (GD) , along with Lockheed and BAE Systems, could possibly profit from heightened demand ships and other vehicles. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) dropped about 2.1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $187.32. Shares closed at $191.40 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $230.00. Volume was 25% higher than the daily average of around 1.6 million. The defense giant had no specific news.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Shipbuilding and services specialist Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) was spun off from Northup Grumman in early 2011. General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) is roughly six times larger and offers a far more diversified list of products and services that includes submarines, aircraft, and armored vehicles, among other things. Both, however, provide key products and services to the U.S. military. That’s normally a fairly consistent business driven by large and often very long contracts. With a supportive administration in the White House, it would seem like now is a good time to take a look at this pair of stocks. But which of these two military-industrial companies is a better buy? Using a Benjamin Graham lens, the answer may not be what you want to hear.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Contractors including Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) have been richly rewarded over the last two years. The current-year Pentagon budget, at $700 billion, is the largest in history and represented a 15.5%, or $94 billion, jump from the year prior. That’s the largest single-year jump since a 26.6% gain in 2002.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    What gives? Well, all of the top six holdings in the fund—Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), and Northrup Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)—all either met or exceeded Q4 earnings estimates. Together, those six companies make up about 45 percent of the fund.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Code Pink takes issue with BlackRock's investments in aerospace and defense companies such as General Dynamics Corp.(NYSE: GD), Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wedbush reissued their hold rating on shares of Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) in a research report report published on Monday. Wedbush currently has a $17.50 target price on the restaurant operator’s stock.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is another top burger chain that constantly fights for market share through promotional efforts. Wendy’s Co. (NYSE: WEN) is the third largest hamburger quick service restaurant chain. The company is trying to reinforce its historical brand positioning as a premium quick service restaurant brand through major remodels and product differentiation. Wendy’s is increasing its franchise mix and trying to restart unit growth in North America and internationally, where the brand has very little presence.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) major shareholder Edward P. Garden sold 764,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.53, for a total value of $12,628,920.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 240,365 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,973,233.45. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By Mac Greer]

    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. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    A.R.T. Advisors LLC lowered its stake in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 150,664 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 36,036 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned 0.06% of Wendys worth $2,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hsbc Holdings PLC lowered its position in shares of Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 91.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,590 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 299,154 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Wendys were worth $484,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of USG (NYSE:USG) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of USG from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price for the company from $35.00 to $24.00 in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Jefferies Group reiterated a hold rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of USG in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of USG from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Buckingham Research boosted their target price on shares of USG from $34.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Finally, Nomura boosted their target price on shares of USG from $39.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $39.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Investment analysts at Barclays started coverage on shares of Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH) in a report issued on Thursday, MarketBeat reports. The firm set an “overweight” rating and a $200.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock. Barclays’ price target indicates a potential upside of 12.54% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    In terms of dividend growth, only four of the above stocks — 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble — feature among the 10 fastest dividend-growth kings. In other words, there are six other stocks from the dividend kings list that have grown their dividends at a faster pace than most stocks in the above table in the past decade, some even at double-digits.  

    Six top dividend kings by dividend growth

    Dividend King 10-Year Dividend CAGR Current Dividend Yield Payout Ratio (TTM)
    Lowe’s Companies  18.5% 2% 34.5%
    Hormel Foods  16.3% 2.1% 39.2%
    Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) 14% 1.7% 35.2%
    Nordson Corporation  12.2% 0.9% 13.3%
    Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) 9% 2% 37.4%
    American States Water (NYSE:AWR) 7.6% 1.9% 54.8%

    TTM: Trailing 12 months. Data sources: YCharts and Yahoo! Finance. Table by author.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, CFP, and Dan Caplinger]

    Here, three Fool.com contributors share why they believe Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP), Chubb (NYSE:CB), and Realty Income (NYSE:O) exhibit the kind of traits found in many of Buffett’s best investments.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Compcoin (CURRENCY:CMP) traded flat against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 11:00 AM E.T. on October 13th. During the last seven days, Compcoin has traded up 12.6% against the US dollar. One Compcoin coin can currently be purchased for approximately $12.20 or 0.00130307 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. Compcoin has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Compcoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) is often listed as a miner, but the salt and fertilizer it produces are a bit different than what most investors think of when they hear the word “miner.” That makes Compass something of an odd duck and results in it being off of most investors’ radar screens. A tough 2017 is another net negative. That’s a shame, since it currently sports a yield of more than 4.4%, and the business outlook is improving. Here’s what investors are missing out on with this high-yield stock.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Few people look forward to winter more than investors in seasonal businesses that do a lot of business during the cold-weather months, and Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) falls squarely into that category. With so much of its business coming from state and municipal governments treating roads and other surfaces with salt and anti-icing products, Compass often sees a lot of its success come during this part of the year.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hsbc Holdings PLC lowered its position in shares of Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 91.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,590 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 299,154 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Wendys were worth $484,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    A.R.T. Advisors LLC lowered its stake in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 150,664 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 36,036 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned 0.06% of Wendys worth $2,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Papa John’s International (NASDAQ:PZZA) was reportedly willing to sell itself, and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) might have been interested in buying, until comments deemed racially insensitive by the pizzeria’s founder John Schnatter led to his resignation as company chairman — and caused the burger joint to back away from further negotiations.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    He’s been the non-executive chairman of Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) since June 2007 and a director at Wendy’s since 1993. He’s also an independent director of Sysco, a food distributor; an independent director of Madison Square Garden; and a former director at H.J. Heinz and Kraft Heinz Foods.

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    The company’s properties are freestanding, not located in malls or shopping centers (which means better margins, lower rent volatility and less dependence on imperiled anchors). Better still, 96% of its rental income is shielded from e-commerce threats. After all, gas stations, drug stores and fast-food chains like Wendy’s (Nasdaq: WEN) don’t compete with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    A lot can happen to a stock in just a couple of weeks. There were 275.5 million shares of Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) sold short at the end of January, the largest number of bearish bets placed on the satellite radio provider in more than a year. Two weeks later, short interest fell to 174.7 million shares, a fresh 52-week low in pessimism. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It didn’t take long for Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) to start leveraging its Pandora (NYSE:P) acquisition. Less than a week after closing on its purchase of the streaming-music pioneer in a roughly $3 billion deal, Sirius XM sent out an email offer to its satellite-radio subscribers for a free 14-day trial to Pandora’s premium platform.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Sirius XM Holidngs Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) tumbled today after the market turned sour on its acquisition of Pandora Media (NYSE:P). The satellite radio company’s stock fell steadily over the trading session as investors seemed to believe that it was overpaying for the struggling internet radio company. Sirius stock closed down 10.3%, while Pandora finished down 1.1% after trading as a high as 10.2% earlier as its value is now linked to Sirius XM’s in the all-stock deal. Liberty Media, the majority shareholder of Sirius XM, saw its tracking stocks, Liberty Sirius XM Group Series A (NASDAQ:LSXMA) and Series C (NASDAQ:LSXMK), fall 9.3% and 9.5%, respectively.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) had its price target increased by Morgan Stanley from $6.00 to $6.20 in a report released on Monday morning. They currently have an underweight rating on the stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Toronto Dominion Bank raised its position in shares of Sirius XM Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) by 36.7% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 130,110 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 34,955 shares during the quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in Sirius XM were worth $812,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

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    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer said XPO Logistics (XPO) is a remarkable company.

    Cramer said UPS (UPS) has labor problems and people think FedEx (FDX) is expensive. “XPO has got a lot of things that they can do,” Cramer said. “They’re in M&A mode.”

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) has grown fantastically in recent years by aggressively acquiring related businesses. However, management recently announced its intention to pause its acquisition strategy in favor of repurchasing shares.

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    Portola Pharmaceuticals (PTLA) : “The news is already in this story. I’d rather be in something better.”

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    Right now, I believe Mastercard (NYSE:MA), Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) fall right into place, because each stock has been a multibagger and has strong tailwinds behind it.