Top Cheap Stocks For 2019

Sure, having a college degree can pay off …

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce estimates a college graduate will earn more than $1 million in extra lifetime wages compared to someone who simply graduates high school.

And the Pew Research Center says the difference is around $17,500 annually.

But that extra earning potential isn’t cheap…

The College Board reports that a moderate college budget for an in-state public college for the 2017–2018 academic year averaged $25,290. For a private college it was $50,900.

Room and board can run another $12,000. On top of that, you have books, transportation, and other fees.

To help their children attend the college of their dreams, many parents (and grandparents) have stepped forward to take out loans or co-sign on a kid’s behalf.

Now, the parents and grandparents may find themselves behind the eight ball when it comes to their own retirements.

In fact, more older Americans are carrying student loan debt than at any time in the past.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2019: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2019: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded up 2.85% at $158.65. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was about 35% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company’s stock was raised to Outperform at RBC Capital Markets this morning.

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) which traded down 7.68% at $148.54. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $171.13. Volume was more than three times the daily average of around 5.3 million. The company reported quarterly earnings last night and investors didn’t like what the saw or heard.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    IoT-powered devices also can work on a broader level. IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Watson — the company’s AI platform — powers a slew of health-related services. This includes everything from allowing for more precise cancer treatments to using data to target alternate uses for drugs and helping government better manage healthcare programs.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2019: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey, Nicholas Rossolillo, and Maxx Chatsko]

    We asked three Motley Fool investors to identify a company they consider to be much a better value than digital money. They chose (NYSE:CRM), Zoetis (NYSE:ZTS), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) as the top alternatives to any cryptocurrency available. 

  • [By ]

    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer analyzes Thursday’s trending stocks from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange including Macy’s (M) , Amazon (AMZN) , Etsy (ETSY) , XPO Logistics (XPO) and Groupon (GRPN) . 

  • [By Steve Symington, Jeremy Bowman, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    So we asked that question to three top Motley Fool investors. Read on to learn why they put New Relic (NYSE:NEWR), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and Ebay (NASDAQ:EBAY) on their short lists of stocks capable of outperforming a five-bagger.

  • [By Steve Symington, Travis Hoium, and Neha Chamaria]

    We asked three top Motley Fool investors exactly that. Read on to learn why they think iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and Enphase (NASDAQ:ENPH) fit the bill.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

    A number of other research firms have also issued reports on RCII. TheStreet upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note on Monday, July 9th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $17.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 4th. Janney Montgomery Scott lowered shares of Rent-A-Center from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, June 18th. Finally, Northcoast Research lowered shares of Rent-A-Center from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 19th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Rent-A-Center presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $11.00.

  • [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 Ethan Ryder]

    Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $9.36, but opened at $9.43. Rent-A-Center shares last traded at $9.54, with a volume of 375675 shares changing hands.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) surged on Tuesday after Vintage Capital Management increased its offer to acquire the company. Rent-A-Center disclosed on Monday that it had received an offer from one of the companies involved in its strategic review process soon after that process was ended. Rent-A-Center stock was up about 15% at 12:35 p.m. EDT.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2019: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company, like other major defense contractors, has had a very solid few years, and the future looks solid. 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.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) dropped about 2.1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $187.32. Shares closed at $191.40 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $230.00. Volume was 25% higher than the daily average of around 1.6 million. The defense giant had no specific news.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Shares of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) have both more than doubled over the past five years, thanks to a truce in the partisan Washington budget battles and increased demand from an ever more dangerous world. But both stocks head into earnings season in the doldrums, with Northrop Grumman flat for the year and General Dynamics actually down 5%.

  • [By ]

    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.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Sciple: That will be our first look at how any of these companies was affected by the shutdown. We had a lot of defense contractors reporting earnings in this past week. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), Northrop (NYSE:NOC). Of course, those numbers are not embracing a significant chunk of the government shutdown. However, they did give relatively muted guidance looking out into next year. Can you talk about that a little bit? 

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