Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018

The New Home Company Inc. (NYSE:NWHM) is an undervalued homebuilder set for growth going into 2018. According to extensive modelling, it appears that the company is undervalued by about 18% at the current market price.

NWHM was recently named the Fastest Growing Public Company in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal, based on revenue growth of 208% over the last two years. Despite this growth, the stock has only returned 6% per year since the IPO in 2014. This lags the S&P 500 by about 4%.

New Home Company is setting itself up for future growth, with numerous expansion plans currently in place. It was recently announced that the company will open two neighborhoods at Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo. The Azure neighborhood features 79 homes priced from the high $300,000s to the mid-$400,000s. The Cobalt neighborhood features 72 paired homes that are priced from the mid-$500,000s.

Additionally, New Home Company announced the acquisition of 53 Single-Family Homes in Gilbert, Arizona. The homes will offer three to six bedrooms, three and one-half to five and one-half bathrooms, three- to four-car garages and up to 5,028 square feet of floor space. Pricing is expected to start in the $700,000s.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded up 1.15% at $44.90X. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $46.01. Volume was about 45% below the daily average of around 12.8 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coca-Cola (KO) is in the midst of a massive reorganization that should provide a boost its business down the road. Unfortunately, its earnings show a company that could remain stuck in place for a while.

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    Coca-Cola reported a profit of 43 cents a share, missing forecasts for 44 cents, on sales of $9.1 billion, beating expectations for $8.9 billion. Coke also said that earnings could fall 1% to 3% in 2016. The company said that it would cut its corporate staffing by about 20%, as it seeks to cut costs.

    Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog sees “limited near-term upside” in shares of Coca-Cola. She explains why:

    Solid Performance in Most Markets Offset By Strong Headwinds in a Few Maintain Cautious Near-Term Outlook KO reported Q1 EPS of $0.43, below our/cons. ests. of $0.44. Broadly, KOs story and our cautious view of it remains unchanged. We see much to be encouraged by, including the renewed focus on growth, a new management team and reporting structure, strong performance of Coke Zero, and increased productivity savings targets (now $3.8bn by 2019, up from $3bn).

    However, we expect headwinds to remain very strong for the near-term, reflected in KOs underwhelming FY17/FY18 guidance which remains largely unchanged. Bottom Line We continue to believe that KO has a significant opportunity in FY18/19 following its Transition period to reaccelerate earnings growth and demonstrate the merits of its strategic overhaul. We therefore encourage l.t. investors to stay invested, but given substantial headwinds, we see limited near-term upside in the stock. We maintain our Market Perform rating and our $42 – $44 valuation range, but lower our FY17/FY18 EPS $0.01 to $1.88/$1.94.

    Shares of Coca-Cola have dropped 0.3% to $43.13 at 3:02 p.m. today.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO)’s bottom half of 2017 will be led by its new CEO James Quincey while the company will show “clearer evidence” of margin improvements and earnings per share upside as bottler re-franchising deals close.


    Keurig Kold machines – a similar partnership between the coffee maker and beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) – hit stores in September 2015 at the hefty price of $369.99. The machines allowed consumers to create their own soda pods.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We recently reached out to our retailer contacts to get an updated read on recent performance of Monster. Based on retailer feedback, we see a negative risk/reward for the stock ahead of Q4 results on 3/1 given: (1) soft scanner data, particularly in Dec & Jan as energy sales are definitely soft compared to other categories according to one retailer while another reported Monster started 2017 off horribly; (2) Java production issues persist; (3) poor retailer feedback on the rollout of Mutant continues in part based on the view that Coca-Cola (KO) is not executing on all cylinders and consumer reception of the product has not shown it to be anything great and certainly at this point is no threat to Mt. Dew; and (4) retailers modest outlook for Monster in 2017 (low- to mid-single digit growth on average).

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.(FCAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    The showstopper by far in the early going is Waymo’s self-driving minivan (pictured below) in partnership with Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) . Waymo’s ultimate mom-mobile, coming from a business that was spun-off from Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) last month, is equipped with self-driving sensors and vision systems.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Equifax, Inc.(EFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) blames its software for exposing the highly sensitive details of the credit company’s 143 million users. The software firm fires back and says it’s a people problem.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The top man at Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) sold a big chunk of stock last week. CEO Richard Smith parted ways with 74,346 shares at prices that fell between $130.74 and $131.40. The total for the trade was set at $10 million. The stock ended the weekat $132.80. The 52-week range for the shares is $104.66 to $139.67, and the consensus price objective is $140.50.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Investors can't necessarily be faulted for this line of thinking since the markets have seemingly ignored geopolitical tensions both domestic and abroad, terror attacks, a massive cyber breach at Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), among many other concerning and alarming headlines, Cramer explained. While the world seems shaken to its very core, attacked on all fronts, major indices continue trading at new all-time highs as if everything is perfect in the world.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    In just the first six months of 2017, there were 230% more data breaches in the United States than the prior year. Some of the major U.S. companies that experienced breaches include Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX).

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    And the credit reporting bureau Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced Sept. 7 that 143 million people could potentially be affected by a breach of the most sensitive data: names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) posted a new 52-week low of $101.27 on Wednesday, down about 12.7% from Tuesday’s closing price of $115.96. The stock’s 52-week high is $147.02. Volume totaled around 12.6 million shares, about 12 times the daily average. The company is getting hammered following its announcement of a data breach involving records for 143 million Americans.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Buy For 2018: Murphy Oil Corporation(MUR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Tristan Liu]

    Murphy USA (MUSA) first caught my attention after Southeastern Asset Management acquired a massive stake ($668mm) in its former parent company Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) in Q1 2013. One thing about Murphy Oil Corporation I noticed after an initial glance through their 10-K and annual report was its ownership of a valuable fuel and convenience retailer segment with high ROIC, valuable real estate, low CAPEX requirements, and relatively decent growth prospects that was under-followed and whose underlying value was concealed by the parent company’s core production and exploration business.

  • [By Joshua Bondy]

    Murphy Oil (NYSE: MUR  ) has already spun off its US retail operations into Murphy Oil USAandis exploring the possibility of spinning off its U.K. refining operations. Divesting its refineries will help direct excess cash to developing new fields.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, it was all about oil afterOPEC “reached an understanding” on capping oil production. And that made Murphy Oil (MUR) the hottest stock in the S&P 500.

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