Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now

Over time, most actively managed funds fail to beat Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. No one with any sense questions that. But the S&P 500 has been on a tear over the past few years, making it difficult for even first-rate actively managed funds to keep up with the index. That makes it precisely the wrong time to plow money into an index fund that tracks the S&P—which millions of investors are doing.

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Regardless of whether they focus on the S&P 500 or some other benchmark, index funds have one huge advantage over actively managed funds that cover the same territory: They have (or should have) dirt-cheap operating expenses. Some exchange-traded funds charge as little as 0.03% per year, or 30 cents for every $1,000 invested. The average actively managed, diversified domestic stock fund charges 1.20% per year. Over long periods of time, it’s hard for fund managers to overcome that fee disadvantage.

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]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Parker-Hannifin (PH)

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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 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.

  • [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).

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, 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)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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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.”

  • [By Rich Duprey, Daniel Miller, and Steve Symington]

    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.

  • [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.

  • [By ]

    Daseke (DSKE) : “I’m going to send you to XPO Logistics (XPO) . That’s the one you want to be in.”

    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.

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