Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018

Introduction

Several articles appeared in SA noting that Commerzbank AG (OTCPK:CRZBY, the ADR) could be an interesting M&A candidate. We agree with such thesis. The bank is being dramatically undervalued by the market. It is trading at half of its book value per share. In addition, its cash per share is more than ten times its current share price.

Obviously, the political conditions in Europe and the interest rates in the Eurozone are not helping the bank. Additionally, we believe that the EU may not be much interested in seeing mergers between banks. As compared to the US, the financial sector is highly consolidated.

In this article, we will provide all the good and bad reasons for executing a corporate transaction. Furthermore, we will develop several case scenarios. We will also explain how will they affect the share price.

Financial Valuations and Bank Reaction

Before we proceed further, have a look at the most significant financial stats of Commerzbank (source):

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ: TNAV) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $8.15 after the company reported the settlement of patent lawsuit. The company projects Q2 revenue of $51 million to $52 million and loss of $0.30 per share to $0.28 per share.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Brean Capital reported on Friday that it has upgraded natural gas utility company WGL Holdings Inc (WGL).

    The firm has raised its rating on WGL from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $46 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $40.62. The upgrade was primarily based on valuation and future investment opportunities.

    “Like many utilities in the gas LDC space, the shares of WGL Holdings have come off recent highs and are now trading at a level we consider attractive,” analyst Michael Gaugler comments. “Beyond valuation, we consider the recent announcement of conditional approval of Dominion’s Cove Point facility for LNG export as a positive development in terms of future investment opportunities, given the company’s one-third interest in the Commonwealth Pipeline project, which we believe will be revisited due to future increased demand.”

    WGL Holdings shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) shares shot up 18 percent to $149.16 after Elliott Management confirmed a $160 per share cash offer for athenahealth.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Athenahealth Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) shares jumped on Monday after it was announced that Elliot Management wants to take the company private. This is an unsolicited bid and the company has yet to respond. Either way, shareholders should be happy.

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    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation(COG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG) has a strong position in the Marcellus Shale, a low-cost region for natural gas production that puts the company’s break-even around $2.00 per mcf against spot prices around $2.80 per mcf. The company owns the rights to an additional 3,000 drilling locations within its undeveloped footprint which gives it the potential to increase output easily.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) is rated as a Hold with a new price target of $24. The EPS estimate has been cut from $0.60 to $0.47 for 2017, and the 2018 estimate has been increased from $0.70 to $1.19. Shares closed at $22.36 on Friday in a 52-week range of $19.77 to $25.74. The consensus 12-month price target is $28.72.

  • [By David Sterman]

    Take Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG(link is external)) as an example. As I noted earlier this month(link is external), Cabot’s current drilling plans are expected to lead to a big spike in output over the next few years. The company’s executives decided to plow ahead with development plans, even as rivals were retrenching. The fact that natural gas prices have risen more than 10% in the past three weeks simply underscores the wisdom of that strategy, and could lead to rising sales and profit estimates. 

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ion Geophysical Corporation(IO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Traders bought 1,224 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 1,230% compared to the typical volume of 92 call options.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ION Geophysical (NYSE: IO) and Glencore (OTCMKTS:GLNCY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

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