Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018

Smucker’s hiked peanut butter and jelly prices earlier this year, and the results have investors salivating.

The Smucker brand is known for PB&J, but it also owns Folgers, sells Dunkin’ Donuts-branded coffee at grocery stores and has a number of pet food lines, including Meow Mix and 9 Lives.

As coffee prices soared last year, Smucker had difficulty raising bean prices in a competitive market. So it instead hiked prices on Jif and Smucker’s-brand jellies, jams and peanut butters around 6% in January.

The gamble paid off. Sales grew 1% last quarter, and profit in its consumer food division was up 10%. That offset an 18% decline in coffee earnings.

There’s more buzz-worthy news: Coffee has been steadily getting cheaper. Its price has fallen more than 20% over the past year. That’s a trend Smucker’s Chief Financial Officer Mark Belgya said he expects to continue into 2018.

That was enough to send Smucker’s (SJM) stock up 10% Thursday.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Tuesday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 3.44% at $157.35. The stock’s 52-week range is $107.51 to $158.12, and the high was posted this morning. Trading volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 3.7 million. The healthcare giant’s 2017 forecast was better than expected today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.27% at $174.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $130.01 to $176.14. Volume was about 50% lower than the daily average of around 2.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 0.51% at $166.18. The stock’s 52-week range is $125.26 to $172.14. Volume was 40% below the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The health insurer had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.07% at $162.30. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $164.97. Volume was half the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

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