Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018

At the end of 2017, I sounded a bullish tone on fast-food operator Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). The parent company of fast-food staples KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell appeared to be on a winning track with its re-franchising efforts and global growth strategy.

YUM stock also appeared undervalued given forthcoming tax reform and consistently positive comparable sales growth.

But that was all before Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) stole Taco Bell’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol.

Believe it or not, that is a game changer. Niccol is largely credited with turning around the Taco Bell business and making it a trendy dining option popular among millennials, and with good reason. He had been at Taco Bell since 2011, and with him at the company, Taco Bell went from a business with negative comps to a business with consistently positive comps.

That is why YUM stock has failed to rally despite a broader market rebound. The S&P 500 is 5% off its recent highs. YUM stock is nearly 10% off recent highs.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Unifirst Corporation(UNF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $93.15 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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    AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales expectations. AeroVironment shares dipped 7.37 percent to $26.40 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) to have earned $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million in the latest quarter. Acuity Brands shares rose 0.04 percent to $244.75 in after-hours trading.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and reported a $25 million buyback plan. The company also issued a weak sales forecast for the current quarter. CalAmp shares gained 0.35 percent to $14.14 in the after-hours trading session.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. UniFirst shares slipped 0.72 percent to close at $105.44 on Tuesday.
    A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter. A Schulman shares rose 1.61 percent to $21.51 in the after-hours trading session.

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Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Omeros Corporation(OMER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE: CXW) shares rose 16.3 percent to $16.50 in pre-market trading following Donald Trump's victory.
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    Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD) rose 12.3 percent to $7.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.30 percent on Tuesday.
    Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) rose 11.7 percent to $10.35 in pre-market trading. Ariad Pharmaceuticals disclosed that its Phase 1/2 trial data on investigational drug brigatinib were published in The Lancet Oncology.
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) rose 11.2 percent to $6.75 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.23 percent on Tuesday.
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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Omeros (NASDAQ: OMER) shares fell 2.80% to $8.32 in the pre-market trading. Omeros shares have dropped 9.80% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $18.52 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the companys acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Preferred Bank(PFBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Preferred Bank (PFBC) has surged 54% in the past year but still trades at a modest discount to the median S&P 1500 regional bank, based on both trailing earnings and estimated 2017 profits.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.(CALM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ: CALM) posted in-line loss for its second quarter, but sales missed expectations.

    Cal-Maine Foods reported a Q2 loss of $0.48 per share on revenue of $253.5 million. Analysts were expecting a loss of $0.48 per share on revenue of $262.8 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $8.23 billion before the opening bell. Rite Aid shares gained 0.83 percent to $8.54 in after-hours trading.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter and issued a strong forecast for the current quarter. Micron shares climbed 9.91 percent to $22.62 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts expect Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ: CALM) to post quarterly earnings at $0.48 per share on revenue of $262.83 million after the closing bell. Cal-Maine shares rose 0.12 percent to $42.75 in after-hours trading.
    Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT) reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter, but sales missed expectations. The company also announced that its CFO Frank Calderoni is stepping down. Red Hat shares tumbled 10.15 percent to $71.69 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) has tumbled 6.3% to $35.00 after missing earnings forecasts.

    EXACT Sciences (EXAS) after its Cologard test was‘considered medically necessary every 3 years’ byAetna (AET). Aetna is unchanged at$126.77.

Best Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2018: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

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