Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now

Investors aren’t quite sure what to make of financial stocks right now.

Rising interest rates generally prove a boon for financial stocks, but if turmoil in Turkey turns into an outright contagion that infects the rest of the world, it’s unlikely any sector would be spared regardless of the backdrop. Never mind the fact that the wrong headline can pull the rug out from underneath the market without any warning.

Then again, for investors who are truly part of the buy-and-hold crowd, the news-driven swings don’t really matter. Indeed, those news-driven swings may actually be a setup for fantastic entry opportunities. The S&P 500 Financial Sector Index’s bottom line is on pace to have grown 30% for the second quarter of 2018, and the group is trading at only 12.1 times next year’s projected earnings.

To that end, here’s a run-down of ten financial stocks investors may want to take a closer look at sooner than later. They’re either dirt-cheap, growing like craz or both, but they may not be for long.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    In terms of dividend growth, only four of the above stocks — 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble — feature among the 10 fastest dividend-growth kings. In other words, there are six other stocks from the dividend kings list that have grown their dividends at a faster pace than most stocks in the above table in the past decade, some even at double-digits.  

    Six top dividend kings by dividend growth

    Dividend King 10-Year Dividend CAGR Current Dividend Yield Payout Ratio (TTM)
    Lowe’s Companies  18.5% 2% 34.5%
    Hormel Foods  16.3% 2.1% 39.2%
    Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) 14% 1.7% 35.2%
    Nordson Corporation  12.2% 0.9% 13.3%
    Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) 9% 2% 37.4%
    American States Water (NYSE:AWR) 7.6% 1.9% 54.8%

    TTM: Trailing 12 months. Data sources: YCharts and Yahoo! Finance. Table by author.

  • [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.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI increased its holdings in shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) by 9.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 37,709 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,348 shares during the quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI’s holdings in Parker-Hannifin were worth $5,624,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. They currently have a $169.00 price objective on the industrial products company’s stock. Deutsche Bank’s price target suggests a potential upside of 6.52% from the stock’s current price.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Joseph Griffin]

    Hsbc Holdings PLC lowered its position in shares of Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 91.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,590 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 299,154 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Wendys were worth $484,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [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.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) saw a large drop in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 21,844,410 shares, a drop of 21.9% from the May 31st total of 27,979,079 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 5,032,779 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 4.3 days. Currently, 45.0% of the shares of the stock are short sold.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) shares made an incredible gain on Monday after the company announced that it would be taken private by Vintage Rodeo Parent, an affiliate of Vintage Capital Management.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Stocks to Watch Today: KHC, HD, JWN, M, AAPL
    Kraft Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC) is still licking its wounds after an abysmal earnings report on Thursday and a weak 2019 outlook. The consumer goods giant is looking to reshape its business as consumer tastes continue to evolve. According to reports, the firm – backed heavily by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) – is considering a deal to sell its Maxwell House brand. Warren Buffett is also affecting shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Although AAPL stock added 0.4% in pre-market hours, Buffett said he would not purchase more shares of the company stock at these levels. However, should AAPL stock pull back in the near future, the “Oracle of Omaha” would consider purchasing more. Earnings season may be winding down, but concerns about the U.S. brick-and-mortar retail industry are always high. This week, Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN), and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) will report earnings from the holiday quarter. Look for earnings reports from American States Water Co. (NYSE: AWR), Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR), Etsy Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY), Life Storage Inc. (NYSE: LSI), Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS), Oneok Inc. (NYSE: OKE), Potbelly Corp. (NASDAQ: PBPB), Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE: APTS), Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII), Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE: SHAK), and Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC).

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    This isn’t even the first time Sears has paired itself with Amazon, agreeing last year to sell its Kenmore brand directly on the site. This put it on par with retailers like Best Buy, Calvin Klein, Chico’s FAS, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), and Nike in seeking to ride the e-tailer’s coattails to higher sales.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    At the time of its bankruptcy filing, Shopko planned to close about 100 of its 363 stores. But last week, the company more than doubled the number of planned store closures to more than 250. This dramatic move casts doubt on whether the company can survive at all. If Shopko fails, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) will be well positioned to cash in on its demise.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) will share its latest quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.64 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.26 billion in revenue. Shares ended last week trading at $76.44, in a 52-week range of $36.50 to $79.92. The consensus analyst target is just $76.35.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    After enduring several years of stagnant sales, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) has returned to meaningful growth over the past year. On Tuesday, the No. 2 U.S. department store chain continued its momentum, reporting solid comp sales growth and a huge jump in earnings per share for the second quarter.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Element Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund acquired 202,986 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,864,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. reduced its stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) by 4.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 80,915 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,534 shares during the quarter. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $5,527,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. cut its stake in shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) by 1.8% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 111,625 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 2,015 shares during the quarter. Emerson Electric makes up approximately 2.4% of Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 17th biggest position. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $7,624,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Lee Samaha]

    It’s not widely discussed, but the U.S. industrial economy fell into a recession for a brief period in 2015 and 2016, a downturn largely caused by falling energy prices and mining output, which in turn led to declines in heavy industries’ capital spending. The knock-on effects were seen in areas like construction and process automation. That hit companies like Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) hard.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    Redbook Reports US Retail Sales During First 2 Weeks Of Apr. Up 0.3% MoM, Up 2.8% YoY
    USA S&P/CaseShiller House Price Index (MoM) for Feb Up 0.7% MoM
    New home sales report for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Conference Board’s consumer sentiment index for April is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for April will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 4-and 52-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury will auction 2-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Leerink upgraded Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Berenberg upgraded Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) from Sell to Hold
    Mizuho downgraded Skyworks (NASDAQ: SWKS) from Buy to Neutral
    BMO downgraded Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ: TXRH) from Outperform to Market Perform

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