Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now

Despite all the talk about the nearly decade-long bull market and North America’s transformation into an energy powerhouse, energy stocks haven’t performed incredibly well over the past couple of years. For those looking for quality companies selling for relatively cheap prices, though, energy is a great place to look right now.

So we asked three of our Motley Fool contributors to each highlight a stock they see as a great buy now in the energy industry. Here’s why they picked TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B), and Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEMKT:CQP).

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Don’t just take my word for it

Matt DiLallo (TerraForm Power): In June, renewable energy giant Brookfield Renewable Partners made another big bet on the future of TerraForm Power by increasing its stake in the company from 16% to 30%. Brookfield boosted its interest in TerraForm to help provide it with the funding for the acquisition of a wind and solar company in Western Europe. That assistance aside, there was another driver of the deal, which is that Brookfield firmly believes the market had undervalued TerraForm and was happy to pick up more shares at a discount.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    The grandfather of information technology, IBM (NYSE: IBM), is trading at a 14% discount to its 52-week high, with a forward P/E of just 11.3 and an attractive 3.8% dividend yield.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    There was a time when these two companies dominated the technology scene. IBM (NYSE:IBM) was at the vanguard of computing since before World War II. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) didn’t arrive until the late 1970s but was no less important: It ushered in the age of database and enterprise software.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 1.96% at $140.17 in a 52-week range of $137.45 to $171.13. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 4.7 million shares. Now might be a good time to revisit the stock.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    A nearly 9% rally on Oct. 18 gave International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) shareholders a long-awaited reprieve from the bear market that was 2017. It was the stock’s single best day in nine years.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) are some of the big names with low prices that I’m watching these days. Let’s take a closer look at these seven stocks trading for $7 or less. 

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    When Sirius and XM merged in 2008 to become Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI), the combined company still filled a need. It offered depth and niche choices in music that conventional radio did not. In addition, the service had talk offerings led by Howard Stern that were unlike anything found on terrestrial radio, and an impressive array of sports broadcasting rights.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) has just received its most bullish sell-side analyst rating on Wall Street. Credit Suisse’s Brian Russo has raised the bar on Sirius XM with an Outperform rating with an $8.50 price target.

  • [By ]

    Berkshire’s biggest winners in the stock market so far this year are MasterCard Inc. (MA) , up 23%; Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI) , up 18%; Phillips 66 (PSX) , up 14%; Visa Inc. (V) , up 11%; and Moody’s Corp. (MCO) , also up 11%, according to FactSet.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) is putting a little more change in the pockets of its shareholders. The satellite radio provider is increasing its payout, boosting its quarterly dividend by 10% to $0.0121 a share. 

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [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.

  • [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.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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]

    J.C. Penney surprised many onlookers by achieving a strong 4.5% comp sales increase in fiscal 2015, far outpacing rivals like Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), which reported a meager 0.7% comp sales gain that year. Entering 2016, management expected J.C. Penney’s momentum to continue. The company’s initial guidance for fiscal 2016 called for 3% to 4% comp sales growth.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    After years of subpar sales results and declining profitability, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) executives have started to think outside the box as they work to get the company growing consistently once again. Boosting store traffic has been management’s main focus.

  • [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.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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. 

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Buyout speculation gained momentum last week after The Wall Street Journal — citing anonymous “people familiar with the matter” — said Nelson Peltz and his Trian Fund Management hedge fund were contemplating a takeover offer for Papa John’s. Peltz also arranged a meeting between Schnatter and the management of burger joint Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) in late June to discuss a possible deal, according to WSJ. However, Wendy’s backed away after the last Schnatter brouhaha.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Tim Hanson: If you go to Canada, one thing that’s ubiquitous in Canada, Tim Hortons. We went there for breakfast and my kids just could not get enough of the biscuits and the Timbits, which are the equivalent of Munchkins. My son has his Robinhood account now, so he’s always on the lookout for stocks to buy. He said, “Can I buy Tim Horton’s stock?” And I said, “Yes you can.” And actually, I told him a story. A long time ago, when I was in college, I actually bought Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) stock on the thesis that Baja Fresh, which they owned at the time, was the next hot concept, and way better than Chipotle. Now, you fast forward a couple of years, Baja Fresh basically was worthless to Wendy’s. Chipotle had gone on to be the winner in the burrito space. Obviously since reverted to the mean. But, made a lot of money on Wendy’s because of Tim Horton’s. They also own Tim Hortons, and Tim Hortons is growing crazy for them, they’re growing all across Canada and the U.S.

  • [By Rich Duprey, Daniel Miller, and Dan Caplinger]

    We asked three Motley Fool contributors to identify top stocks under $20 that investors could buy right now to generate exceptional returns. Below they discuss Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX), Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN).

  • [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.

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