While numerous biotechs work to find the next vaccine for the flu epidemic that wreaked havoc on the U.S. this Winter, Teladoc (TDOC) offers a digital solution that helps prevent the spread of the illness and allow patients to easily get the needed medical care. The stock isn’t cheap, but the best play in telehealth is a proven company now.
The company has an attractive subscription model and a developing model that charges per visit. The subscription model generates revenue per user, per month. Other healthcare providers are going for paying fees per visit. Either way, Teladoc has an attractive model of recurring revenues with tons of room for expansion.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: USG Corporation(USG)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.
Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.
- [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).
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.
Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.
The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.
Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)
- [By Rising Dividend Investing]
Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks
We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing households” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
Share prices for stocks in the Industrial sectors are mo
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lower WACC has moved in lockstep with higher multiples and as the rate regime shifts, we see limited excuses for another leg absent material growth. EPS growth/visibility at a reasonable price will matter, with those that are not reflecting upside today seeing multiple expansion and safety stocks that are not safe reverting. With this backdrop, our top picks are Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, and Danaher, with a positive bias on Neutral-rated United Technologies, while we are most negative onGeneral Electric and Rockwell Automation (ROK), with a negative bias on N-rated $51.92 Emerson Electric (EMR)…
- [By Ben Levisohn]
3) Other downside catalysts have come and gone, such asEmerson Electric (EMR) effectively ruling out aRockwell deal;
4) However, our view that the upward trajectory in customer capex spending remains muted combined with the stock still trading at >19x NTM EPS limits our upgrade to just Market-Perform despite our long-term bullish view of industrial automation in general and Rockwell specifically
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.
- [By Max Byerly]
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- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:
- [By Logan Wallace]
AerCap (NYSE: AER) and Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was last trading at $173.21 versus a Merrill Lynch price objective of $200.00 for the company. That implies a gain of 15% if Merrill Lynch is right, and then there is the 1.8% dividend yield to consider for total return investors. General Dynamics has a consensus analyst target price of $186.06 and a 52-week range of $121.61 to $180.09.
- [By Lee Jackson]
This company, like other major defense prime contractors, had a very solid year and is also on the Merrill Lynch US 1 list.General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) is engaged in business aviation, land and expeditionary combat vehicles and systems, armaments, munitions, shipbuilding and marine systems, and information systems and technologies.
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In addition to increasing the dividend, Action Alerts PLUS holding Raytheon announced in late March that under the Department of Defense’s DARPA program, it was developing technology that could control swarms of both air-based, and ground-based drone vehicles that might be launched using a “drag and drop” visual interface. My price target: $245.
General Dynamics (GD)
This is one firm where we have already seen cash flows and margins improving. GD is also another defense name that increased their dividend in March. Think the Navy gets some love in the 2018 federal budget that earmarked $654 billion for the Pentagon? Me too. Know who runs the Virginia class submarine program? General Dynamics. In fact, the Navy just awarded a $696 million modification to that program for 2019.