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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Introduction

Collection House (OTC:CLHSF, ASX:CLH) is a small-cap $133 million revenue Australian stock with little coverage. It is trading cheap at a valuation of 6x EV/EBITDA, with excellent cash flow conversion. The stock has also posted solid and consistent growth, with a fully franked (tax-free) dividend of just under 6%.

Its closest Australian comparable, Credit Corp. Group, is trading at a 15x P/E, about 60% higher than CLHSF.

This is precisely what we look for in a company:

Consistent growth Defensive earnings Excellent free cash flow generation, at 12% of market cap A realistic chance of substantial multiple appreciation

The business

Collection House is in the business of purchasing bad debts and collecting them. The company also lends against receivables, allowing businesses owed debt by a bust supplier to recover at least some of their losses. In addition, it offers legal advice to those in financial distress, financial education and advice for individuals requiring debt restructuring. Collection House employs about 850 people across Australia and is predominantly B2B, but has recently forayed into consumer finance with its ThinkMe Finance product. ThinkMe is a finance brokerage for those who are self-employed or credit-impaired and otherwise locked out of reasonable finance opportunities.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    Given the rapid growth the data center market is poised to experience over the coming years, AMD seems to have been perfect with the timing of its Naples server CPU. As per a recent JLL report, the data center market is set to double in size over the next 5 years. The upcoming launch in Q2 2017 will position the company to gain market share in this rapidly growing market. The impact on overall business will be significant, given that AMD has been absent from this market so far. AMD’s presence in the OpenCAPI project, a consortium of tech companies including Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and others to enhance data center computing should help the company’s aspirations in the server market. According to VentureBeat, “companies will be able to build products that meet the specs by joining the consortium or by getting a license from the group.”

  • [By Timothy Green]

    With International Business Machines’ (NYSE:IBM) fourth-quarter results already reported, the company’s recently released annual report doesn’t unveil anything new. But the company did discuss a wide variety of topics related to its ongoing transformation, highlighting key initiatives that are helping to return it to growth. Here are 10 numbers that stood out to me as I perused Big Blue’s report.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. (Photo: IBM)

    “IBM has been one of industrys earliest and unambiguous leaders on the subject of climate change with a commitment that goes back decades. Ten years ago, we declared that climate change was one of the most critical global environmental challenges facing the planet,” the statement reads.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 0.45% at $153.82. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was less than half the daily average of around 4 million. The tech giant had no specific news.

  • [By Ross Cameron – Warrior Trading]

    I know all of this because when I opened my first trading account with $1,000, investing in companies like Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), I was pretty quickly discouraged by the truly minuscule returns I was getting. These were the big names that I was supposed to build my account on. Instead I was getting around $20 day.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Recently, I’ve been bullish on International Business Machines’ (NYSE:IBM) opportunity in the machine learning space. The company’s Watson machine learning service is helping enterprise companies sift through massive amounts of their own data and pull out the most useful information for their businesses.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rounding out the top 10 in terms of total installed solar PV capacity are Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD) with 108 MWs of installed capacity, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ: AAPL with 94 MWs, Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) with 51 MWs, Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) with 50 MWs, IKEA with 44 MWs, Macy’s Incl. (NYSE: M) with 39 MWs, General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) with 30 MWs, and tied with 23 MWs, Hartz Mountain and Bed, Bath and Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Takata, whose faulty airbags led to the recall of 42 million cars, said in a statement that excluding costs related to the recalls, the company has “continued to produce healthy profits and cash flows from its existing businesses.” Safety technology company Key Safety Systems Inc. (KSS) agreed to buy the bulk of Takata’s assets for 175 billion yen ($1.588 billion). Japan’s Ningbo Joyson Electronics Corp. acquired KSS for $920 million on Feb. 2, 2016.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    2017 Retail Death No. 2: Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): Kohl’s slashed its full-year forecast of earnings per share to $3.60-$3.65 just yesterday (Jan. 5) – down from $3.80-$4.00 roughly two months ago in November 2016. Its reason for doing so was comparable holiday sales, which fell 2.7% in 2016 from fourth-quarter 2015.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was last trading at $173.21 versus a Merrill Lynch price objective of $200.00 for the company. That implies a gain of 15% if Merrill Lynch is right, and then there is the 1.8% dividend yield to consider for total return investors. General Dynamics has a consensus analyst target price of $186.06 and a 52-week range of $121.61 to $180.09.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now

Dollar General (DG) is worth considering for investment due to its niche moat, sound balance sheet, strong management and solid growth outlook. While management’s growth outlook may be a bit bullish, the current price still offers solid return prospects, making it a buy at present prices.

DG’s efficient store operations and business model enable it to offer a unique blend of value and convenience, giving it a niche moat within a competitive retail sector. Its efficient store operations come from its streamlined mix of products (10,000 vs. 50,000 from competitors like Dollar Tree (DLTR)). Given its annual revenues of nearly $23 billion, this small product line enables it to purchase items in large quantities, thereby leveraging considerable pricing power compared to DLTR. Furthermore, it makes stores extremely easy to keep organized and stocked (saving considerable sums on employee and supply chain costs). The company also enjoys an advantage in real estate costs due to its simple, cheap and minimal maintenance, rural-based small-box layout (~7,400 sq. ft.).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Blaming the unwillingness of its target even to discuss a buyout, Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) on Tuesday announced that it has withdrawn its unsolicited offer to acquire Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) for $225 a share in a deal valued at nearly $30 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

  • [By Rising Dividend Investing]

    Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks

    We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
    As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
    Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing households” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
    This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
    We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
    Share prices for stocks in the Industrial sectors are mo

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    KeyBanc analysts upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Friday, noting that the company has a number of positive developments that could provide a floor for the stock.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Underweight” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Christopher O’Cull said, “We are raising our rating for The Wendy’s Company to HOLD as we believe: 1) Wendy’s SRS performance will diverge from the industry for the foreseeable future as new products are supported by more effective use of marketing dollars; 2) better menu and promotional management will lead to improved franchisee profitability (a focus of the new CFO Todd Penegor); and 3) the opportunity to extend the re-franchising program will provide a floor on the stock.”

    Wendy’s shares were up 7 cents, or 0.81%, during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 57.01% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was last trading at $173.21 versus a Merrill Lynch price objective of $200.00 for the company. That implies a gain of 15% if Merrill Lynch is right, and then there is the 1.8% dividend yield to consider for total return investors. General Dynamics has a consensus analyst target price of $186.06 and a 52-week range of $121.61 to $180.09.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now

Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI) will, like all gold stocks, profit from rising gold prices. But Gold Fields will also perform well when gold prices remain stable or decline thanks to:

a strong balance sheet, the expected growth in production and the foreseen decline in its production costs. The Belgian Dentist and gold stocks

The archetypal Belgian dentist is known to be a “tax-efficient” investor. For years, a lot of gold stock IDRs (International Depositary Receipts) were quoted on the Belgian stock exchange. The fact that those IDRs were not registered, but bearer shares enabled the Belgian dentists to avoid paying dividend taxes. By the way, one of those IDRs was Gold Fields.

Time for value?

I’m not telling something new when I say that the US stock market is not cheap. The numbers in Exhibit 1 speak for themselves.

Exhibit 1: Worldwide valuations

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Downbeat holiday sales reports byKohl’s(NYSE:KSS) andMacy’s(NYSE:M) pushed the department store sector, and much of retail, in the red on Thursday. As of 11:38 a.m. EST, Kohl’s was down 19.5%, Macy’s was down 14.4%, and peers includingNordstrom(NYSE: JWN) andJ.C. Penney(NYSE: JCP) also tumbled, falling 9.8% and 6.7%, respectively.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kohl’s (KSS) ledthe S&P 500 lower today as retail stocks got crushed.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Kohl’s dropped 4.8% to $38.56 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to2,373.47. TheSPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) fell 1.5% to$41.81.

    Bespoke Investment Group contends that productivity, or the lack thereof, isone reason why traditional retailers have been getting their clock cleaned by online retailers:

    Nonstore retailers are shockingly productive in terms of revenue per employee. While other industries having seen modest gains in terms of nominal sales per employee over the past 25 years, they’re puny compared to the radical transformation of the Nonstore productivity figures. In the most recent month of reporting, Nonstore retailers sold over $90,000 of goods per employee…contrasted with an abysmal $9,750 per employee for Department stores and sales of $15,000-$25,000 per employee in other sub-industries from our sample.

    Kohl’smarket cap fell to $6.8 billion today from $7.1 billion on Friday It reported net income of $556 million on sales of $18.7 billion in fiscal 2017.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Takata, whose faulty airbags led to the recall of 42 million cars, said in a statement that excluding costs related to the recalls, the company has “continued to produce healthy profits and cash flows from its existing businesses.” Safety technology company Key Safety Systems Inc. (KSS) agreed to buy the bulk of Takata’s assets for 175 billion yen ($1.588 billion). Japan’s Ningbo Joyson Electronics Corp. acquired KSS for $920 million on Feb. 2, 2016.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    Shareholders are right to be concerned about the declining revenues Kohl’s(NYSE: KSS) reported in both 2016 (-2.7%) and the first quarter of 2017 (-3.2%).Some investors may also be worried about the traffic decreases that have impacted Kohl’s, and other retailers, in recent months.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rounding out the top 10 in terms of total installed solar PV capacity are Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD) with 108 MWs of installed capacity, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ: AAPL with 94 MWs, Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) with 51 MWs, Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) with 50 MWs, IKEA with 44 MWs, Macy’s Incl. (NYSE: M) with 39 MWs, General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) with 30 MWs, and tied with 23 MWs, Hartz Mountain and Bed, Bath and Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

"Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."   Author Charles Dudley Warner made that joke more than a century ago. He was right, though.   Of course, we can't control the weather. But with winter just around the corner, you can use one simple strategy to lower your gas bill…   Weather forecasters spend countless hours each year trying to tell us what the winter will be like. This year, some experts say we'll see above-normal snowfall in the Northeast. And AccuWeather predicts some chilly weather in January that could hurt the citrus crop.   But remember, it's weather. No one can consistently and accurately predict what's going to happen.   Nevertheless, the experts might be on to something this year. You see, propane provider AmeriGas Partners (APU) says third-quarter temperatures were 5.5% cooler in the areas it serves compared with last year.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) which rose about 9% to $64.92. The stocks 52-week range is $49.31 to $65.29. Volume was1.8 million compared to its average volume of less than 1 million.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Diageo plc(DEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Retirees should generally invest in companies with wide moats and solid dividends. In a previous article, I noted that AT&T and Unilever were easy-to-understand companies that were ideal for most retirement portfolios. Today, I’ll add two more companies to that list — alcoholic beverage giants Diageo (NYSE:DEO) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Given this less than favorable outlook, the analysts downgrade Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO)’s stock rating from Buy to Hold with a price target on the U.K.-listed stock of GBP25.50.

  • [By Mark Fritz]

    Distillers

    Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF.B): Hold.
    Price Target: $46.00.

    Davide Campari Milano SpA (ADR) (OTC: DVDCY): Buy.
    Price Target: 7.40 euros.

    Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO): Hold.
    Price Target: 25.50 pounds.

    PERNOD RICARD EUR1.55 (OTC: PDRDF): Hold.
    Price Target: 98 euros.

    REMY COINTREAU EUR1.60 (OTC: REMYF): Hold.
    Price Target: 99 euros.

    The authors relied on U.S. Census data, industry sources and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: New York REIT, Inc.(NYRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) dropped about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.95 after closing at $5.05 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $10.15. Volume was around 4 million, about 40% above the daily average of around 2.9million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) dropped about 11.8% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $8.55 after closing at $9.69 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.15. Volume was nearly 20 times the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The company, which is in the process of liquidating its assets in New York City, announced quarterly results Wednesday afternoon, including a liquidation value of the portfolio of $9.25 per share.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) dropped about 2.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.01after closing Tuesday at $8.25. The 52-week high is $10.15. Volume of around 4.7 million shares traded was more than triple the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York REIT Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) also matched a 52-week low of $3.90 Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.15. Volume of about 1.7 million was about 20% below the daily average. The company had no specific news. The stock is set to close up about 0.3% today.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.(ZLTQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    This week, Botox maker Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) shelled out $2.5 billion for body-sculpting outfit Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc (NASDAQ:ZLTQ). The pairing is a nice opportunity for both organizations to cross-sell to one another’s customers. Allergan’s Botox customers seeking a more youthful face will also likely want the better body Zeltiq Aesthetics provides, and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ customers are natural candidates for Botox injections that Allergan facilitates.

    The acquisition, though, is just a microcosm of a bigger trend that’s still picking up steam. That trend is, as the industry’s capabilities to restore youth, slim waists, whiten teeth, improve skin, and nip and tuck here and there improve with science, demand for these increasingly effective ‘tweaks’ is soaring. Names like the aforementioned Allergan, Cynosure, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYNO), Zeltiq Aesthetics and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) are all driving impressive growth. And, they’re all looking to expand their footprint in front of the rising tide.

    Not every name riding this growth wave is going to be a large cap stock or a household name though. There’s a small cap stock called RepliCel Life Sciences (OTCMKTS:REPCF, CVE:RP) that could soon be turning a lot of heads not just of investors, but of potential suitors.

    In simplest terms, RepliCel Life Sciences has two key sciences that serve as the foundation for three therapies and one medical device.

    The first of the two biological premises is based on the company’s non-bulbar dermal sheath fibroblast platform, and currently includes treatments for chronic tendinosis and skin aging. The second is the company’s dermal sheath cup (DSC) cell platform for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness).

    The three marketable products those two sciences are driving are RCT-01 for tendon repair, RCS-01 for skin rejuvenation, and RCH-01 for hair regeneration. The device is a dermal injector – currently categorized as R

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now

Everything has gone up. The "Trump Bump" has turned into a frenzy…   Nothing is cheap anymore… right?   My friend, you are not looking hard enough…   Something cheap (and hated) is always out there! Sometimes you just have to look past the headlines to find it…   For example, did you know there is an asset out there – that trades in the U.S. – that is currently trading for 50% less than it traded for 40 years ago in 1977?   It's true. Take a look…  
Not only is it down from 1977 prices… It has fallen more than 40% since late 2015!   When an asset is in freefall like this, investors give up on it. Speculators stop buying it. And when it gets really bad, people start betting it will keep falling. And that's when I get interested.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    KeyBanc analysts upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Friday, noting that the company has a number of positive developments that could provide a floor for the stock.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Underweight” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Christopher O’Cull said, “We are raising our rating for The Wendy’s Company to HOLD as we believe: 1) Wendy’s SRS performance will diverge from the industry for the foreseeable future as new products are supported by more effective use of marketing dollars; 2) better menu and promotional management will lead to improved franchisee profitability (a focus of the new CFO Todd Penegor); and 3) the opportunity to extend the re-franchising program will provide a floor on the stock.”

    Wendy’s shares were up 7 cents, or 0.81%, during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 57.01% year-to-date.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is a company that thrives on of new car sales. If you have had satellite radio and are not solely reliant on what you get for music in streaming or your library, then chances are pretty good that you won’t want to go back to just having old-fashioned FM/AM radio.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Kohls Corp. (NYSE: KSS) has faced an incredibly tough year so far, with its stock down nearly 25%, not to mention its facing the onslaught of e-commerce from sites like Amazon. Faced with the problem of adapt or die, Kohls is taking steps to change its format, but is it too late?

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The next market worry is retail, with shares of Macy’s (M) falling over 14%, Kohl’s (KSS) down 19% and L Brands (LB) sinking more than 7%. 

    Cramer said the good news is that money is not leaving the stock market, it’s simply moving from the new winners back to the old winners, stocks like Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) , two Action Alerts PLUS holdings.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    It was a rough 2016 holiday season for brick-and-mortar retailers. Department store shares got thumped last week after Macy’s (NYSE:M) and Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) both lowered their full-year earnings guidance and said their comparable-stores sales dropped. Those two stocks fell by double digits.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    2017 Retail Death No. 2: Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): Kohl’s slashed its full-year forecast of earnings per share to $3.60-$3.65 just yesterday (Jan. 5) – down from $3.80-$4.00 roughly two months ago in November 2016. Its reason for doing so was comparable holiday sales, which fell 2.7% in 2016 from fourth-quarter 2015.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    By now, we all know retailers are facing a tough time. More and more, people are choosing to shop online, putting sales under pressure and leaving many with too many stores. Some department stores have begun to acknowledge the problems–but will they be able to adjust quickly enough in a rapidly changing landscape? Credit Suisse analyst Christian Bussand team believe this process is “well under way” but that didn’t stop them from downgrading Kohl’s (KSS) and J.C. Penney (JCP), even as they upgraded Nordstrom (JWN) and Burlington Stores(BURL). They explain why:

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) will share its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $2.07 and $47.13 billion in revenue. Shares were at $161.80 at the close on Friday, in a 52-week trading range of $107.79 to $164.00. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $181.90.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded down 4.33% at $156.57. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.02 to $164.97. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The U.S. Justice Department joined a lawsuit against the company alleging overcharges to the Medicare program.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When you look at the stocks that have led us higher–Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan (JPM) , Travelers (TRV) , United Health (UNH) , Walt Disney (DIS) , American Express  (AXP) , Verizon (VZ) , Boeing (BA) , Caterpillar (CAT) and Chevron (CVX) , all up more than 10%–you come up with stocks where there just aren’t a lot of profit-takers.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 0.70% at $185.20. The stock’s 52-week range is $132.39 to $188.66. Volume was around half the daily average of about 3.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Top Medicaid stocks to buy in 2017 include Aetna (NYSE:AET), Centene (NYSE:CNC), and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). Here’s why these three stand out.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Blaming the unwillingness of its target even to discuss a buyout, Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) on Tuesday announced that it has withdrawn its unsolicited offer to acquire Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) for $225 a share in a deal valued at nearly $30 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3) Other downside catalysts have come and gone, such asEmerson Electric (EMR) effectively ruling out aRockwell deal;

    4) However, our view that the upward trajectory in customer capex spending remains muted combined with the stock still trading at >19x NTM EPS limits our upgrade to just Market-Perform despite our long-term bullish view of industrial automation in general and Rockwell specifically

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team contend that Brexit is “bad for all our companies it is just a matter of degree.” They explain why Tyco International (TYC), Idex (IEX), Danaher (DHR),Honeywell International (HON) and Emerson Electric (EMR) could feel some degree of pain:

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded down 1.01% at $167.82. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.90 to $169.95. Volume was about 60% below the daily average of around 3.6million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 0.45% at $153.82. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was less than half the daily average of around 4 million. The tech giant had no specific news.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now

SpaceX made another huge step toward becoming the space industry’s king of reusable hardware.

On Friday it launched a used spacecraft (the Dragon) on top of a partially used rocket (the Falcon 9) for the first time ever.

Liftoff occurred just before 10:40 a.m. ET at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and everything went off without a hitch. The first-stage Falcon 9 booster used in Friday’s launch was safely recovered once again, so it could potentially be used in a third mission.

The fact that SpaceX can re-fly large portions of its hardware is a big deal. Not long ago, many in the space industry didn’t think it could be done. It’s a stunning feat because it allows SpaceX to cheapen the price of a single launch.

The mission is part of SpaceX’s ongoing partnership with NASA to complete unmanned trips to the International Space Station.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will dock at the station on Sunday. On board is more than 4,800 pounds of cargo, including science experiments and supplies for the crew.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.32% at $165.21. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $165.33, also a new high set today. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    When you look at the stocks that have led us higher–Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan (JPM) , Travelers (TRV) , United Health (UNH) , Walt Disney (DIS) , American Express  (AXP) , Verizon (VZ) , Boeing (BA) , Caterpillar (CAT) and Chevron (CVX) , all up more than 10%–you come up with stocks where there just aren’t a lot of profit-takers.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.27% at $174.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $130.01 to $176.14. Volume was about 50% lower than the daily average of around 2.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 1.25% at $192.77. The stock’s 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 2.6 million. The company had no specific news, but the increasingly likely defeat of another ACA repeal effort lifted healthcare stocks late in the day.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018

A few years ago, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) introduced a new class of cheaper “basic economy” fares to help it compete with ultra-low cost carriers on certain routes. Last year, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) confirmed that they would introduce their own basic economy fares to stay competitive.

Earlier this week, American and United began selling these basic economy tickets — but only for a handful of routes. This will allow them to see how customers react before rolling out basic economy more broadly.

The idea behind Basic Economy

Delta Air Lines launched basic economy fares to solve a particular problem. Delta was matching low fares offered by various budget carriers. Customers buying those cheap fares, typically far in advance, would get to select the best economy-class seats on the flight. Meanwhile, business travelers who booked just a week or two before the flight and paid much higher fares would often end up stuck in the middle seats.

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here are the number of stores at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to the number of stores in 2007:

    J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP): 1,014 vs. 1,067. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS): 1,155 vs. 929. Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M): 880 vs. 853. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN): 348 vs. 157. TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX): 582 vs. 2,500. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT)*: 4,574 vs. 4,141.

    Source: SEC Filings

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    BFAds.net also pulled out some specific deals on offer for Cyber Monday:

    Target Inc. (NYSE: TGT): 15% off nearly everything online and in stores on both Sunday and Monday Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): 20% off in-store and online from Nov. 27-30 with code DEALSEEKER Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M): $50 off Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2 Smart Watches Wal-Mart: Samsung HDTVs over 50% off MSRP Amazon: Amazon Echo for $139.99, a savings of $40

    Most online retailers will have Cyber Monday deals. Some, including Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY), are promoting the deals generally without preview promotion. ItsCyber Monday deals will begin on Sunday and many of them will also be available in brick-and-mortar stores.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    * The market bent yesterday but today it stabilized. (A good showing, all things being considered–but in no way decisive going forward).
    * Gold +$5/oz.
    * Crude oil +$0.50 and the rise is taking up some energy stocks.
    * The Russell returned to the spotlight.
    * Life insurance–particularly Lincoln National (LNC) (on an upgrade). Hartford Financial Services (HIG) gets a small lift.
    * Retail returned from the depths. The standouts–L Brands (LB) , Kohl’s (KSS) , Bed Bath (BBBY) , Nordstrom (JWN) and Gap (GPS) .
    * Ag equipment–after an analyst upgrade yesterday.
    * Brokerages.
    * Homebuilders catch a bid.
    * Day one of the Masters Golf Tournament.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    On Thursday, look for Kohls Corp. (NYSE: KSS) to report its fiscal second-quarter results. The analysts consensus estimates are EPS of $0.29 and revenue of $3.92 billion. Shares were changing hands at $41.89 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $40.55, and the stock has a 52-week range of $35.16 to $59.67.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By A.J. Bursick]

    Here are just a few of the big-headline IP theft cases from 2015 – the year they hit an all-time high…

    On May 7, 2015, Xiawen Huang, a dual U.S.-China citizen, was arrested in North Carolina for stealing IP from two energy firms for which he once worked and later setting up a competing company in China using Chinese government funds and the stolen IP. He pled guilty in October of that year and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On May 19, 2015, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration announced the arrest of a Chinese professor and the indictment of five other Chinese citizens in what turned out to be a decade-long scheme to steal microelectronics designs from American companies on behalf of the Chinese government. The men’s cases are still pending, but they remain under house arrest. On Dec. 7, 2015, the FBI arrested a former software engineer for International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in China for allegedly stealing proprietary source code from his one-time employer in the United States on behalf of Beijing’s government, according to Reuters on Dec. 8, 2015. He plead guilty in May of this year, with an added charge of “economic espionage,” and is due to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains, NY, tomorrow (Oct. 13, 2017).

    These few cases, and the hundreds of them since (Bloomberg reported today that the FBI can’t release exact figures insofar as case amount, only that they’re indeed “in the hundreds”), gives Lighthizer plenty to work with in regards to President Trump’s executive order probe.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 1.97% at $170.10. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.90 to $170.62, a new 52-week high posted today. Volume was nearly 3 times the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Georgia Tech’s College of Computing offers an online Knowledge Based AI course to 300 students each semester staffed by a professor and eight teaching assistants (TA). Over the course of the class, they were inundated with the 10,000 messages received via the classes online forum, which became too onerous to handle. They added a ninth TA in the most recent semester using tools from International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) and its cognitive supercomputer Watson.

Top Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Top Medicaid stocks to buy in 2017 include Aetna (NYSE:AET), Centene (NYSE:CNC), and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). Here’s why these three stand out.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 0.52% at $192.75. The stock’s 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 2.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.07% at $162.30. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $164.97. Volume was half the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 0.37% at $220.41. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about a 65% below the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) will share its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $2.07 and $47.13 billion in revenue. Shares were at $161.80 at the close on Friday, in a 52-week trading range of $107.79 to $164.00. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $181.90.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded down 4.33% at $156.57. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.02 to $164.97. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The U.S. Justice Department joined a lawsuit against the company alleging overcharges to the Medicare program.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018

One stock not participating in the Trump rally since November’s election is Nike (NYSE:NKE). Wall Street investors are re-evaluating the company’s long-term future, if tariffs on Nike’s overseas production become reality in 2017. While a far-fetched notion a year or two ago, Trump has promised to “punish” companies that import goods into America, rightly or wrongly.

Nike stock was already coming off its most overvalued price point ever in 2015. Now it may have to deal with a whole new set of rules for manufacturing costs, supply chain movements, and public/consumer perception of its brand’s worth.

Is “Made in America” fever on the verge of becoming the front burner political issue of 2017? If so, Nike’s brand may see serious backlash by consumers. Just ended in December, Georgetown students highlighted the poor working conditions of Nike’s Vietnam factories with a campus sit-in.

Nike import business model

Considering Nike’s fortune has been built on an import business model, using ultra-cheap foreign labor in Asia to manufacture shoes and apparel, investors have plenty to worry about. The definition of a business profit is selling a good or service for more than it costs to produce. Nike’s success is largely a function of making goods in Asia for a cut rate, then shipping product to America (and elsewhere in the world) to be sold to dramatically richer consumers. Slick marketing, including the use of sports idols to hock its brand name to children, applying the U.S. and international tax codes to full advantage, and riding free trade to America from Asian production facilities have been the recipe for oversized business profits for four decades at Nike.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    It’s no surprise to see the nation’s largest healthcare insurer on the list. Not only is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) doing brisk business in the age of the Affordable Care Act, but its subsidiary Optum is as well.In fact, 25 of the top 100 hirers last year were from the healthcare sector.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 2.63% at $227.97. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $228.38 and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 30% above the daily average of around 2.9 million. The healthcare company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.92% at $160.64. The stock’s 52-week range is $117.83 to $164.97. Volume was roughly equal to the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 0.37% at $220.41. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about a 65% below the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.07% at $162.30. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $164.97. Volume was half the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team contend that Brexit is “bad for all our companies it is just a matter of degree.” They explain why Tyco International (TYC), Idex (IEX), Danaher (DHR),Honeywell International (HON) and Emerson Electric (EMR) could feel some degree of pain:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was last trading at $173.21 versus a Merrill Lynch price objective of $200.00 for the company. That implies a gain of 15% if Merrill Lynch is right, and then there is the 1.8% dividend yield to consider for total return investors. General Dynamics has a consensus analyst target price of $186.06 and a 52-week range of $121.61 to $180.09.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Huntington’s problems may not end at the water’s surface, either. While it’s the principal contractor building the Ford-class carriers, Huntington will cooperate with peer shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build the new Columbia class of ballistic missile submarines, which will replace the current Ohio class (and up until recently, it was commonly called the “Ohio Replacement Class”).

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Foley]

    The core issue for Intel is whether it can replace its PC derived income growth with growth from its Data centersegment. Many tech companies like Intel are in a transition at present, but Intel’s advantage here is that at least it is reporting top line growth unlike other tech companies such as International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM). Intel, in my opinion, will continue to grow meaningfully in telecom and the Cloud segments, but its most recent guidance probably points to declines in the Client Computing Group (CCG)next quarter. Weak PC demand is the cause for this. Furthermore, weak server demand is another issue in the Data center segment that has brought down expected growth rates in this segment to single figures for 2016. Nevertheless, Cloud sales to service providers are much more robust and grew by 32%, which resulted in the Data center divisiongrowing10% year-over-year with $4.5 billion in revenue for the last quarter.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    International Business Machines (IBM) led the S&P 500 lower today after beating earnings forecasts but missing on revenue.

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    IBM dropped, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Barclays analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide contend that IBM’s earnings “suggest [a] turnaround might be elusive.” They explain why:

    The major Y/Y deterioration in gross margin, and IBMs dependence on discrete items to pad EPS, stand to frustrate investors. We highlighted last week that the stocks rally could come to an end as it is time to show progress on the turnaround. 1Q results did not deliver much progress and could signal that investors might have given IBM too much credit to deliver on its ambitious turnaround built around the cloud and cognitive. We recommend investors stay on the sideline.

    International Business Machines’ market capitalization fell to $152.5 billion today from $160.4 billion yesterday.

    Barron’s Teresa Rivasrecommends staying away from IBM.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) traded up 1.08% at $150.58. The stock’s 52-week range is $139.13 to $182.79. Volume was equal to the daily average of around 4.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018

Energy investors are making a big mistake…   They're "bottom fishing" in the major oil and gas stocks… trying to catch the bottom.   This, of course, is a bad idea. Energy stocks have been crashing this year. But expectations are still high.   History tells us this kind of bottom fishing won't end well. The smart move is to wait for a better entry point before getting in.   Let me explain…   Bottom fishing can be hard to avoid… Instead of buying what's going up – what's in an uptrend – investors have a habit of buying what's falling.   It seems like a smart move…   You're buying what's cheap. You're buying what no one else wants. And heck, if you get lucky, you've got a remarkable success story to brag about.   But those success stories are rare… And trying to catch one can be costly.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was last trading at $173.21 versus a Merrill Lynch price objective of $200.00 for the company. That implies a gain of 15% if Merrill Lynch is right, and then there is the 1.8% dividend yield to consider for total return investors. General Dynamics has a consensus analyst target price of $186.06 and a 52-week range of $121.61 to $180.09.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high bullish options activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). He said that traders were buying the May 190 calls for $3.30. The trade breaks even at $193.30 or around 3 percent higher. Najarian bought calls in General Dynamics and he is planning to hold them for two weeks.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Since the early 1960s, aerospace and defense companies have been building vehicles for space agencies like NASA. For example, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) was contracted to help build the propulsion rocket systems for the famous Apollo missions.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Blaming the unwillingness of its target even to discuss a buyout, Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) on Tuesday announced that it has withdrawn its unsolicited offer to acquire Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) for $225 a share in a deal valued at nearly $30 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3) Other downside catalysts have come and gone, such asEmerson Electric (EMR) effectively ruling out aRockwell deal;

    4) However, our view that the upward trajectory in customer capex spending remains muted combined with the stock still trading at >19x NTM EPS limits our upgrade to just Market-Perform despite our long-term bullish view of industrial automation in general and Rockwell specifically

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team contend that Brexit is “bad for all our companies it is just a matter of degree.” They explain why Tyco International (TYC), Idex (IEX), Danaher (DHR),Honeywell International (HON) and Emerson Electric (EMR) could feel some degree of pain:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lower WACC has moved in lockstep with higher multiples and as the rate regime shifts, we see limited excuses for another leg absent material growth. EPS growth/visibility at a reasonable price will matter, with those that are not reflecting upside today seeing multiple expansion and safety stocks that are not safe reverting. With this backdrop, our top picks are Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, and Danaher, with a positive bias on Neutral-rated United Technologies, while we are most negative onGeneral Electric and Rockwell Automation (ROK), with a negative bias on N-rated $51.92 Emerson Electric (EMR)…

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    This is the industrial giant’s 23rd consecutive week as the Dow’s worst performer. The company maintains a big lead over the second worst stock, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), down about 8.1% for the year, and third-worst, Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), down about 7%. Only five of the 30 Dow stocks are trading down so far this year.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    The worries here have always been competition and a lack of profits, but the company has made solid progress on both fronts, counting many blue chip players as partners, including Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reported its most recent quarterly results after markets closed Tuesday. Big Blue said that it had $2.97 in earnings per share (EPS) and $19.3 billion in revenue versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $2.74 in EPS and $19.45 billion in revenue. The second quarter from last year had $2.95 in EPS and $20.24 billion in revenue.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    In the year 2000, IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) most notable cash cow was the computer server the software giant sold nearly $11.5 billion worth of them that year.Today, servers still figure in IBM’s product mix, but their sales have dwindled by more than 70% in the 21stcentury, making up just 4% of IBM’s total revenue last year.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    For starters, like we mentioned earlier, AMD recently restructured its long term debt, effectively locking in low interest rates for a longer period of time, while also reducing its interest burden. After clawing back some GPU market share from arch-rival NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)over the last few quarters, AMD has bagged some important deals with the likes of Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and more recently,Alphabet’s (NSDQ:GOOGL)Google. As we discussed in an earlier post, AMD’s deal with Google is of specific importance, because it could open the doors to other cloud platforms, like the ones run by Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM). Last but not the least, the latest round of rumors has it that Intel wants to license AMD’s Radeon GPU technology, which could be another handy deal for AMD.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Georgia Tech’s College of Computing offers an online Knowledge Based AI course to 300 students each semester staffed by a professor and eight teaching assistants (TA). Over the course of the class, they were inundated with the 10,000 messages received via the classes online forum, which became too onerous to handle. They added a ninth TA in the most recent semester using tools from International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) and its cognitive supercomputer Watson.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.32% at $165.21. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $165.33, also a new high set today. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.11% at $169.87. The stock’s 52-week range is $122.22 to $3170.00, a new high posted this afternoon. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3.5 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 1.22% at $192.88. The stock’s 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76. Volume was about 10% above the daily average of around 2.7 million shares. The health insurer had no specific news Wednesday.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kohl’s (KSS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after offering earnings guidance that was well below analyst forecasts.

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    Kohl’sdropped 19% to $42.01 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,269.00.

    RBC’s Brian Tunick and Bilun Boyner worry that the bear case gas been revived:

    Kohl’s reported Holiday comps of -2%, below our model for -0.5%, as sales remained volatile through the quarter. Similar to early commentary by peers, stronger sales for Black Friday and the week before Christmas were offset by softness in early November and December. In line with Q3, the strongest categories were men’s, home, and footwear while accessories was most challenging.

    In addition to the sales downside,Kohl’s lowered its EPS guidance to $3.603.65 (from $3.804.00) to reflect lower than expected gross margins (we estimate were down 5060bps versus our prior model for up 40bp), which was mainly due to mix, timing of sales, and promotional environment as the company worked to exit the year with clean inventory positions (planning to end the year with inventories down mid-to-high SD)…

    AlthoughKohl’s still has a reasonable 1H’17 opportunity with easy gross margin compares, Under Armour (UA) launch, and potential for a new CFO, we believe disappointing Holiday sales and the guidance cut removed most of the market’s excitement around a return to momentum, reviving the secular bear case around department stores and Kohl’s. Maintaining Underperform and lowering price target to $42.

    Kohl’s market capitalization fell to $7.7 billion today from $9.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $673 million on sales of $19 billion in 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The trifecta of headwinds that plagued UA last year (overexposure to sporting goods, overexposure to NA, and overexposure to performance apparel) has not abated, in our opinion. While UA is working to diversify its channel mix as evidenced by its recent entry into Kohl’s (KSS) (and forthcoming entry into DSW (DSW) and Famous Footwear later this year), our checks suggest the apparel segmentation efforts have fallen short of expectations. In addition, we are concerned about the lackluster trends in footwear (and Curry) as it is a key element to the growth story. Specifically, we believe the combination of a lack of newness/differentiation in the Curry 3 coupled with too many releases too soon at a higher price point ($140) resulted in tepid Q1 sales. The latest Curry 3Zero release at $120 appears to be doing modestly better. We highly regard the brand and its long-term growth prospects; however, the product and geographic diversification occurring now will take time to yield results. As such, we remain cautious on UA heading into its 1Q17 report on Thursday, April 27 BMO.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Kohls Corp. (NYSE: KSS) has faced an incredibly tough year so far, with its stock down nearly 25%, not to mention its facing the onslaught of e-commerce from sites like Amazon. Faced with the problem of adapt or die, Kohls is taking steps to change its format, but is it too late?

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here are the number of stores at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to the number of stores in 2007:

    J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP): 1,014 vs. 1,067. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS): 1,155 vs. 929. Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M): 880 vs. 853. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN): 348 vs. 157. TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX): 582 vs. 2,500. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT)*: 4,574 vs. 4,141.

    Source: SEC Filings

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018

You might be wondering if David’s Tea (NASDAQ: DTEA) is good value after its epic earnings miss. Though the valuation has never been this compelling from a numbers perspective, the numbers in this case do not tell the whole story.

I last wrote about David’s Tea on March 9th, in an article titled “Is the worst over?”. The company had put the botched IPO behind it and was in a crunch time situation to produce some growth. Clearly, the worst wasn’t over as the stock has declined 37% since. The good news is that now, for first time since the IPO, investors do have some numbers they can hang onto and aren’t investing based on pure hype. The bad news is that these numbers also explain why the stock is the cheapest it’s ever been.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Of the three classes of healthcare stocks, the insurers reflected this uncertainty the most the day after the election. Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) was up almost 5%, while UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) fell a bit under 1%, and Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH) plunged almost 16%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 1.25% at $192.77. The stock’s 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 2.6 million. The company had no specific news, but the increasingly likely defeat of another ACA repeal effort lifted healthcare stocks late in the day.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 2.63% at $227.97. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $228.38 and the high was posted this afternoon. Volume was about 30% above the daily average of around 2.9 million. The healthcare company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.07% at $162.30. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $164.97. Volume was half the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

Top Cheap Stocks For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rounding out the top 10 in terms of total installed solar PV capacity are Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD) with 108 MWs of installed capacity, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ: AAPL with 94 MWs, Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) with 51 MWs, Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) with 50 MWs, IKEA with 44 MWs, Macy’s Incl. (NYSE: M) with 39 MWs, General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE: GGP) with 30 MWs, and tied with 23 MWs, Hartz Mountain and Bed, Bath and Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY).