Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019

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​​​​​​Smart-beta is one of the hottest trends in not just ETFs but all of investment management. Assets in the category have grown from $0 to almost $1 trillion in barely a decade. But what is it, exactly? 

On this week’s Trillions, Joel and Eric explore the mysteries of smart-beta. To some, it's all a mutation of passive indexing; to others, it's a better, cheaper version of active management. “Imagine R2D2 with the head of Peter Lynch," says Eric. 

And to help you understand how investors can use the products, Nir Kaissar, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist and a financial advisor, and Tom Psarofagis, an ETF analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence and former issuer of smart-beta ETFs, join to offer their perspectives. 

 

Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [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]

    USG Co. (NYSE:USG) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks reduced their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of USG in a report issued on Monday, July 9th. SunTrust Banks analyst K. Hughes now forecasts that the construction company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.61. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Hold” rating and a $44.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for USG’s FY2018 earnings at $2.05 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.71 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.53 EPS.

  • [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.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 1.85% at $153.36 in a 52-week range of $139.13 to $172.56. Volume of about 3 million shares was about 40% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Another chapter in blockchain history was just written by IBM (NYSE:IBM), which on Thursday unveiled “Trustchain,” an active blockchain network geared toward diamonds, jewels, and precious metals. Thinking of popping the question sometime soon? IBM’s new active network can help you make sure that special piece for that special someone is both authentic and ethically sourced. Here’s how. 

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The technology industry has changed dramatically over the decades, but many giants from previous eras are still around, playing important roles. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) have both had to take critical looks at their businesses to identify new areas into which they could successfully expand, or else run the risk of becoming obsolete.

  • [By ]

    My Final Thoughts
    A good company is a well-managed one, period. That’s really all you need to know. Examples of well-managed companies are legion. Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) is among the best. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is another. IBM (NYSE: IBM) and 3M (NYSE: MMM) each belong in the Top Ten.

  • [By ]

    Compared with some of the prior IBM (IBM) earnings reports that have sparked selloffs, the numbers provided in Big Blue’s latest release weren’t especially harsh. Even if (as usual) they don’t look as solid as they might at first glance once one goes through the fine print.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By ]

    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.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: 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 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 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 Joseph Griffin]

    Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) by 1.6% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 61,295 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after acquiring an additional 991 shares during the quarter. Rhumbline Advisers owned about 0.18% of Compass Minerals International worth $4,030,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Thursday.

    WEN has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Bank of America lifted their price objective on shares of Wendys from $18.00 to $19.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, August 17th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Wendys from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Friday, August 17th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a buy rating and set a $22.00 price objective on shares of Wendys in a research note on Friday, August 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Wendys from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, August 6th. Finally, Mizuho set a $21.00 price objective on shares of Wendys and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $18.74.

  • [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. 

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