Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018

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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Gold and diamond companies including Berkshire Hathaway’s Richline Group Inc joined with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to develop blockchain technology to track the origin of jewelry and ensure it is ethically sourced, the companies said on Thursday: Link

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    I confess: I’d always hated IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM); never could stand Big Blue. The company was always too unfocused for my taste.

    Its boardroom underwhelmed, too, allowing Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) to outmaneuver and shut it out of the outrageously lucrative cloud.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    IBM (NYSE:IBM) is the market leader in blockchaintechnologies, but its core business is filled with legacy operations offsetting the higher growth of its cloud, mobile, analytics, security, and social businesses. As a result, analysts expect IBM’s revenue and earnings to only rise about 1% this year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Tuesday. The analysts consensus forecast is EPS of $2.52 on $8.26 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $156.71 as last week came to a close. The consensus price target is $170.75, and the stock has a 52-week range of $139.13 to $171.69.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is a company that just can’t get it right when it comes to earnings. Despite its ongoing effort to branch out with strategic imperatives, IBM’s core business of IT services continues to weigh on the company’s image. IBM might have been fine if the company could only get investors to focus on revenues and earnings, but there is a lot more to the story about why IBM is having its worst day in a few years.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    To me, the introduction of delightful uncertainty is reminiscent of Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) gamification of shopping. Kohl’s features a more stable, predictable, department-store-genre selection of goods. Yet it dangles layers of discounts and promotions, which can then be combined with “Kohl’s Cash” (customer rewards generated by prior purchases) to serially reduce the list price of an item at checkout. Both TJX and Kohl’s attempt to bolster value with fun, in order to maintain steady traffic into their respective stores.

  • [By ]

    Macy’s (M) was downgraded by Morgan Stanley, which is hurting shares of Kohl’s (KSS) , according to TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    A lot has changed since then, however. J.C. Penney badly underperformed its own comparable sales target in the second half of 2016, as comparable sales fell instead of hitting the 3-4% mark the company had projected. Its peers continued to struggle — Macy’s(NYSE:M),Kohl’s(NYSE:KSS), andNordstrom(NYSE:JWN) all reported declining comps in the fourth quarter, and Macy’s said last year it would close 100 stores.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) was the target of a large growth in short interest in April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 29,765,891 shares, a growth of 9.9% from the April 13th total of 27,095,285 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 3,456,427 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 8.6 days. Approximately 17.9% of the company’s stock are short sold.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Retail stocks have been on a tear lately, causing investors to question whether the retail sector really is doomed. But that could not be farther from the truth, even for a stock like Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Billionaire hedge funder Dan Loeb is seeing more opportunities to bet against the market this year: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA Import Price Index (MoM) for Apr 0.30% vs 0.50% Est; Prior 0.30%
    The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for May is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week will be released at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    JPMorgan upgraded Verizon (NYSE: VZ) from Neutral to Overweight
    Stifel upgraded Kimbell Royalty Partners (NYSE: KRP) from Hold to Buy
    Credit Suisse downgraded Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) from Outperform to Neutral
    BTIG downgraded Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) from Buy to Neutral

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The chart below shows how McDonald’s compares with some of its closest peers based on its valuation and expected growth rate.

    Company P/E Ratio 2-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate
    McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) 26.2 23.6%
    Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) 26.2 27.3%
    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) 21.8 58.1%
    Restaurant Brands International(NYSE:QSR) 21.4 41.9%
    Yum! Brands(NYSE:YUM) 23.2 29.7%

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance. EPS = earnings per share.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) major shareholder Edward P. Garden sold 764,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.53, for a total value of $12,628,920.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 240,365 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,973,233.45. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By ]

    Throughout its history, Starbucks has mostly had a company-owned model for its retail locations, a strategy that is at odds with a trend of activist investors pushing fast food, restaurant and coffee companies to franchise locations out to raise cash for stock buybacks and debt reduction. In recent years, activists have targeted Jamba Juice (JMBA) , Potbelly (PBPB) , Jack in the Box (JACK) , Wendys Co. (WEN) , McDonald’s (MCD) and elsewhere. In addition, Starbucks has a one-share, one-vote structure, which can make it vulnerable to an activist investor seeking to elect dissident director candidates as it pursued the strategy.

  • [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.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ardevora Asset Management LLP reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 0.5% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 154,400 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 800 shares during the quarter. Ardevora Asset Management LLP’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $26,407,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ClariVest Asset Management LLC reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,268 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,773 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Parker Hannifin worth $20,913,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    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 Stephan Byrd]

    Eaton Vance Management lifted its holdings in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 141.6% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 514,556 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 301,597 shares during the quarter. Eaton Vance Management’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $88,005,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System reduced its position in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 172,950 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 6,667 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System owned approximately 0.13% of Parker Hannifin worth $29,580,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [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.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Swiss National Bank cut its position in Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) by 13.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 5,157,758 shares of the company’s stock after selling 818,600 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank owned about 0.11% of Sirius XM worth $32,184,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Sean Williams]

    The VISE acronym stands for:

    Visa (NYSE:V) Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA)

    Each of these four companies brings clear-cut competitive advantages to the table that should allow it to handily outperform the broader market (and the FANG stocks).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is a company that thrives on of new car sales. If you have had satellite radio and are not solely reliant on what you get for music in streaming or your library, then chances are pretty good that you won’t want to go back to just having old-fashioned FM/AM radio.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.4 per share on revenue of $5.63 billion.
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million.
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $22.75 billion.
    General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $7.6 billion.
    The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion.
    Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $4.91 per share on revenue of $22.52 billion.
    Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.61 per share on revenue of $6.61 billion.
    Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.81 per share on revenue of $1.66 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.15 billion.
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.82 billion.
    Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SI
  • [By Chris Hill]

    Lastly, the Fools answer a classic question from a listener: “When should an investor start taking profits on a multibagger stock? Or should he just hold on forever?” Since the answer to this depends a lot on the company, they both talk generally and address the case of the listener’s stock –Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI)– which is up around 500% since he bought it.

  • [By ]

    Remember, Apple (AAPL) had run because its service-revenue stream made the tech giant part of an elite group of companies. It joined Costco (COST) , Netflix (NFLX) , and SiriusXM (SIRI) , Spotify (SPOT) and Amazon (AMZN) (home of Amazon Prime) as companies that charge you recurring fees that you don’t seem to notice or care about. So, Apple’s stock no longer represents the tug to the group, and each company has to develop a separate power base away from Cupertino.

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