Arrow Loop Research’s stock of the week is Williams-Sonoma (WSM).
By Paul Price of Arrow Loop Research
At any given time there are some stocks whose market action makes no sense. They get really cheap even as their fundamentals are doing well. Putrid prices, in conflict with solid numbers, create the best investment opportunities.
Many retail businesses are suffering due to competition from web-based sales in general and Amazon (AMZN) in particular. Neither one of those, though, is a new phenomenon. Some companies have continued to prosper.
Williams-Sonoma (WSM) has been able to adapt and thrive. Since the end of 2009, the firms numbers have been up across the board. FY 2017 (ends Feb. 3, 2018) is expected to establish all-time records once again.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)
- [By Paul Ausick]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.92% at $160.64. The stock’s 52-week range is $117.83 to $164.97. Volume was roughly equal to the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday.
- [By Paul Ausick]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.73% at $233.18. The stock’s 52-week range is $166.65 to $250.79. Volume was about 60% below the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.
- [By Paul Ausick]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 0.93% at $171.71. The stock’s 52-week range is $128.53 to $176.14. Volume was about half the daily average of around 3.5 million. The company had no specific news Friday.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)
- [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).
- [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 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.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
- [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]
In the year 2000, IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) most notable cash cow was the computer server the software giant sold nearly $11.5 billion worth of them that year.Today, servers still figure in IBM’s product mix, but their sales have dwindled by more than 70% in the 21stcentury, making up just 4% of IBM’s total revenue last year.
- [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
As for individual stocks, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings releases.
- [By Paul Ausick]
When International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) lays off staff, the company calls it a “resource action.” IBM employees have shortened the term to “RA” and even created a verb fittingly in the past tense “RA’d.” The term is getting a lot of use these days.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)
- [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.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [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.