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Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2019

Our Top Pick for 2017 for dividend investors is a leading UK-based offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry, notes Bill Mathews, editor of The Cheap Investor.

Nobel Corporation (NE) is a well-known company; it has a solid balance sheet, yet it is selling near its low. Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry.

The company owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry.

Through its subsidiaries, Noble performs contract drilling services with a fleet of 30 offshore drilling units, consisting of 16 semisubmersibles and drillships and 14 jackups.

The company is focused largely on ultra-deepwater and high-specification jackup drilling opportunities in both established and emerging regions worldwide.

The stock was a high-flying Wall Street favorite in May 2013, when it was selling at $35. Since then the stock has fallen dramatically, largely in response to the plunge in crude oil prices.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2019: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) major shareholder Edward P. Garden sold 764,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.53, for a total value of $12,628,920.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 240,365 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,973,233.45. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    A.R.T. Advisors LLC lowered its stake in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 150,664 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 36,036 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned 0.06% of Wendys worth $2,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wendys (NASDAQ: WEN) and Empire Resorts (NASDAQ:NYNY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hsbc Holdings PLC lowered its position in shares of Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 91.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,590 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 299,154 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Wendys were worth $484,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2019: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. reduced its stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) by 4.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 80,915 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,534 shares during the quarter. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $5,527,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    In common with many other industrial companies, like Danaher, Pentair has been taking action to become a more focused investment proposition for investors. The sale of its valves and controls business to Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) in the spring of 2017 turned out to be well-timed for Emerson, as it occurred precisely at the time when oil and gas capital spending started picking up.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    D.A. Davidson & CO. lifted its position in shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) by 1.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 574,584 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 7,640 shares during the period. Emerson Electric makes up about 0.8% of D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings, making the stock its 25th biggest holding. D.A. Davidson & CO.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $39,244,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    While long-term secular growth looks assured, it’s the cyclical part of its growth that has come under scrutiny in 2018. It hasn’t been an easy year for Rockwell shareholders, not least because they watched on as management rejected a $225 bid from Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) in the fall, and then watched on as its peer significantly outperformed while Rockwell’s stock has declined in 2018.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. cut its stake in shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) by 1.8% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 111,625 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 2,015 shares during the quarter. Emerson Electric makes up approximately 2.4% of Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 17th biggest position. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $7,624,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Element Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund acquired 202,986 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $13,864,000.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) saw a large drop in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 21,844,410 shares, a drop of 21.9% from the May 31st total of 27,979,079 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 5,032,779 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 4.3 days. Currently, 45.0% of the shares of the stock are short sold.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and six have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $8.75.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    An issue of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) bonds fell 1% against their face value during trading on Thursday. The high-yield issue of debt has a 6.625% coupon and will mature on November 15, 2020. The debt is now trading at $99.07 and was trading at $100.50 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets often predict parallel moves in its stock price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp decreased its holdings in shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) by 52.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 72,200 shares of the company’s stock after selling 79,200 shares during the period. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp owned about 0.14% of Rent-A-Center worth $623,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of rent-to-own retailer Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) soared on Monday after the company agreed to be acquired for $15 per share. This comes less than a week after Rent-A-Center received a lower buyout offer following the completion of its strategic review. The stock was up about 22.2% at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2019: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by investment analysts at Cowen in a report issued on Friday. They presently have a $165.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock. Cowen’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 0.94% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. They currently have a $169.00 price objective on the industrial products company’s stock. Deutsche Bank’s price target suggests a potential upside of 6.52% from the stock’s current price.

Best Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2019: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    The deal, in effect, makes General Dynamics-owned (NYSE:GD) Gulfstream both a customer of and subcontractor to Triumph on G650 wing box and wing completion work. Wing production work currently being performed at Triumph facilities in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, will move to Gulfstream’s Georgia facility.

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    Finally, General Dynamics Corp. (GD) , along with Lockheed and BAE Systems, could possibly profit from heightened demand ships and other vehicles. 

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on General Dynamics (GD)

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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019

Reliance Industries Ltd. is making room to add as much as 200 billion rupees ($3 billion) to borrowings, using its cash buffer to manage rising funding costs and $13 billion of maturities over the next three years.

The billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led company will seek approval to issue redeemable non-convertible debentures at its July 5 shareholder meeting in Mumbai, it said in its latest annual report, without specifying how the money will be used. Reliance has total debt of about $33 billion, more than half of which is due for repayment by 2022, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Reliance has large debt, interest repayments due in the next 3 years

Source: Bloomberg

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The retail-to-refining conglomerate’s debt has tripled over five years as it invested $37 billion in a telecom venture and to bolster its traditional petrochemicals business. Its latest plan extends a strategy of raising cheaper debt, riding on its better-than-sovereign ratings, while also actively investing about $12 billion in reserves to generate returns.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) $2.8 billion purchase of Chile-based health insurer Empresas Banm茅dica seems to be paying off, giving a boost to the company’s full-year outlook.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Before the opening bell Tuesday, Dow Jones Industrial Average component UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) is expected to report another solid quarter. After all, the company has beat analysts’ earnings estimate for eight straight quarters and revenues in six of those eight.

  • [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.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    IBM (NYSE:IBM) is the market leader in blockchaintechnologies, but its core business is filled with legacy operations offsetting the higher growth of its cloud, mobile, analytics, security, and social businesses. As a result, analysts expect IBM’s revenue and earnings to only rise about 1% this year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) were down 8 percent to $148.75 despite reporting a first quarter earnings beat. The company reaffirmed its FY18 outlook of EPS of at least $13.80 and free cash flow of $12 billion.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Berkshire Hathaway(NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) held its annual meeting last weekend. In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill talks with special guest Matt Koppenheffer of Fool Germany about some Volkswagen, some Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), and a whole lot of Berkshire. Berkshire just got really interested in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), but how is this different from the company’s ill-fated investment in IBM (NYSE:IBM)?

  • [By Anders Bylund, Timothy Green, and Steve Symington]

    Anders Bylund (IBM): Big Blue is changing, and the transformation hurts. The technology giant has been shedding hardware operations in recent years in an effort to refocus on artificial intelligence, mobile software, and cloud computing.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Since International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) began its latest transformation, the tech company has been building up its capabilities in fast-growing areas. These areas include cloud computing, analytics, artificial intelligence, security, and blockchain, to name a few.

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    File photo provided by IBM in 2017 shows the information and computing giant's CEO, Ginni Rometty. (Photo: IBM)

    The 2017 rankings had 24 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, down from 32 in 2016.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.4 per share on revenue of $5.63 billion.
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million.
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $22.75 billion.
    General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $7.6 billion.
    The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion.
    Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $4.91 per share on revenue of $22.52 billion.
    Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.61 per share on revenue of $6.61 billion.
    Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.81 per share on revenue of $1.66 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.15 billion.
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.82 billion.
    Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SI
  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Summit Financial Group Inc. lowered its position in General Dynamics Co. (NYSE:GD) by 26.8% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,470 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 2,000 shares during the quarter. Summit Financial Group Inc.’s holdings in General Dynamics were worth $1,020,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on General Dynamics (GD)

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  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Code Pink takes issue with BlackRock's investments in aerospace and defense companies such as General Dynamics Corp.(NYSE: GD), Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    USG Co. (NYSE:USG) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks reduced their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of USG in a report issued on Monday, July 9th. SunTrust Banks analyst K. Hughes now forecasts that the construction company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.61. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Hold” rating and a $44.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for USG’s FY2018 earnings at $2.05 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.71 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.53 EPS.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Warren Buffett likes to hold his stock positions for the long run, and his experience with USG (NYSE:USG) has been typical of his other long-term investments. The Oracle of Omaha started buying shares of the manufacturer of Sheetrock drywall and other building materials back in 2000, accumulating a sizable stake that has ballooned to more than 30% of the company. USG ended up going through bankruptcy in order to get a handle on its asbestos liability claims, but thanks largely to Buffett’s involvement, the building materials company not only survived bankruptcy but also saw share prices soar briefly on hopes that USG would once again fully participate in the then-strong housing boom.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of USG (NYSE:USG) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of USG from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price for the company from $35.00 to $24.00 in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Jefferies Group reiterated a hold rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of USG in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of USG from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Buckingham Research boosted their target price on shares of USG from $34.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Finally, Nomura boosted their target price on shares of USG from $39.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $39.00.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    As USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) drags its feet on an offer to sell the company for $42 per share, Berkshire intends to use its 30.8% ownership stake to motivate its top brass to make a deal. Berkshire told Bloomberg it intends to vote its shares against USG’s board members who are up for re-election at this year’s annual meeting, a clear message that Buffett is ready to cash in, even if USG’s management and board are not.

  • [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Chuck Saletta]

    And while it may not always work out well to simply copy the moves other investors make, it can pay off to use their buying and selling moves as jumping-off points in your own research. We asked three real-world investors for their insight, and they wrote about two recent Buffett buys ofApple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) andUSG Corporation(NYSE:USG), and a recent Baker Brothers buy ofHeron Therapeutics Inc(NASDAQ:HRTX).

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019

HCA Holdings (HCA) is a long position that I hold in my personal portfolio. This article discusses the reasons I like the stock.

The stock appeared in my value model which ranks it in the cheapest 5% and frankly I wish I noticed it earlier. As the chart shows, the stock could have been bought at even better prices for the last two years and only just recently made a new two-year high. Longer-term investors will like the fundamentals, price, and uptrend, while shorter-term investors will like the potential support (red dotted line) which may present a setup for them.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    AerCap (NYSE: AER) and Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Rent-A-Center (RCII)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and six have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $8.75.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

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

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

    Yet finding the best stocks to buy and hold isn’t easy. So to help get you started, we asked three Foolish investors to pick a growth stock that they believe investors would be wise to buy now and hold for the long term. Read on to learn why they like SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO).

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Paychex (PAYX) , Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) and XPO Logistics (XPO) .

    Cramer was bearish on 3M (MMM) , Fitbit (FIT) and Granite Construction (GVA) .

  • [By ]

    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer said XPO Logistics (XPO) is a remarkable company.

    Cramer said UPS (UPS) has labor problems and people think FedEx (FDX) is expensive. “XPO has got a lot of things that they can do,” Cramer said. “They’re in M&A mode.”

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Chuck Saletta]

    And while it may not always work out well to simply copy the moves other investors make, it can pay off to use their buying and selling moves as jumping-off points in your own research. We asked three real-world investors for their insight, and they wrote about two recent Buffett buys ofApple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) andUSG Corporation(NYSE:USG), and a recent Baker Brothers buy ofHeron Therapeutics Inc(NASDAQ:HRTX).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    USG Co. (NYSE:USG) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks reduced their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of USG in a report issued on Monday, July 9th. SunTrust Banks analyst K. Hughes now forecasts that the construction company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.61. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Hold” rating and a $44.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for USG’s FY2018 earnings at $2.05 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.71 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.53 EPS.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Warren Buffett likes to hold his stock positions for the long run, and his experience with USG (NYSE:USG) has been typical of his other long-term investments. The Oracle of Omaha started buying shares of the manufacturer of Sheetrock drywall and other building materials back in 2000, accumulating a sizable stake that has ballooned to more than 30% of the company. USG ended up going through bankruptcy in order to get a handle on its asbestos liability claims, but thanks largely to Buffett’s involvement, the building materials company not only survived bankruptcy but also saw share prices soar briefly on hopes that USG would once again fully participate in the then-strong housing boom.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Eaton Vance Management lifted its holdings in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 141.6% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 514,556 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 301,597 shares during the quarter. Eaton Vance Management’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $88,005,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ClariVest Asset Management LLC reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,268 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,773 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Parker Hannifin worth $20,913,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 3.19% at $231.43. The stock’s 52-week range is $164.96 to $250.79. Volume was about 20% lower than the daily average of around 4 million shares. The company had no specific news, but is set to report earnings before markets open Tuesday morning.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) has done an admirable job of navigating the ever-changing landscape of healthcare reform over the past several years. The company was slow to embrace the health insurance exchanges set out in the Affordable Care Act, and that helped leave UnitedHealth less vulnerable when the Trump administration sought to repeal and replace Obamacare. Even as many focused on the positives of tax reform, UnitedHealth had to find ways to navigate the return of the excise tax on health insurance premiums in 2018 without seeing a material negative impact to its bottom line.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    In this episode of The Motley Fool’s Industry Focus: Healthcare, host Kristine Harjes and Motley Fool contributor Todd Campbell discuss how these companies are trying to reshape treatment, and what factors could determine which company captures more market share. Also, Harjes and Campbell explain why UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) investors ought to be paying more attention to the Medicare and Medicaid markets than to the market for employer-sponsored health insurance.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    The market didn’t exactly jump for joy with Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)following its first-quarter results on Wednesday. Revenue rose 6.3% to hit $1.375 billion, in line with analyst expectations but the satellite radio provider’s weakest top-line growth since 2011.Free cash flow, operating cash flow, and earnings grew even faster, up 31%, 34%, and 40%, respectively. Sirius XM’s profit of $0.06 a share did beat Wall Street’s bottom-line target.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    One of the market’s most unlikely success stories over the past decade could be cooling down.Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)hit a 12-year-high on Monday, only to trade lower on Tuesday following an analyst downgrade.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Swiss National Bank cut its position in Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) by 13.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 5,157,758 shares of the company’s stock after selling 818,600 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank owned about 0.11% of Sirius XM worth $32,184,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

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

  • [By ]

    One of the foremost leaders in the smart software space is IBM (NYSE: IBM).

    The companys main AI initiative, Watson, is designed to process massive amounts of unstructured data, learn from it and provide decision support for humans.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    There has been no shortage of partnerships backing up these advantages. Dow component IBM (NYSE:IBM) is arguably leading the charge on blockchain acceptance. IBM is pioneering a project at a dozen major banks in the South Pacific that’s aiming to expedite transaction settlement over its proprietary blockchain network. This project involves using Stellar’s Lumens coin as an intermediary currency to speed up settlement times on cross-border money flows.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

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

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Code Pink takes issue with BlackRock's investments in aerospace and defense companies such as General Dynamics Corp.(NYSE: GD), Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC).

  • [By ]

    In addition to increasing the dividend, Action Alerts PLUS holding Raytheon announced in late March that under the Department of Defense’s DARPA program, it was developing technology that could control swarms of both air-based, and ground-based drone vehicles that might be launched using a “drag and drop” visual interface. My price target: $245.

    General Dynamics (GD)

    This is one firm where we have already seen cash flows and margins improving. GD is also another defense name that increased their dividend in March. Think the Navy gets some love in the 2018 federal budget that earmarked $654 billion for the Pentagon? Me too. Know who runs the Virginia class submarine program? General Dynamics. In fact, the Navy just awarded a $696 million modification to that program for 2019.

  • [By ]

    Moreno was also upbeat on General Dynamics (GD) , which just made a bullish crossover, but felt that Raytheon had the best chart of them all.

    Cramer agreed, saying he’s bullish on all of these names.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)stock has had an odd couple of years, gaining more than 17% in 2017 but still lagging most of its defense rivals. Interest in defense stocks, including General Dynamics, has ebbed in recent months, but the company still trades at a discount to some of its chief rivals.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks For 2019: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Investors bought shares of Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday following insider selling activity. $108.48 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $91.31 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $17.17 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Kohl’s had the 23rd highest net in-flow for the day. Kohl’s traded down ($2.44) for the day and closed at $73.28Specifically, Director Steven A. Burd sold 4,945 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.67, for a total transaction of $379,133.15. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Richard D. Schepp sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.52, for a total value of $1,177,800.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 161,050 shares in the company, valued at $12,645,646. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 345,311 shares of company stock worth $22,677,767. 1.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) shares reached a new 52-week high and low on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $75.67 and last traded at $74.85, with a volume of 426980 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $71.71.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    California State Teachers Retirement System trimmed its stake in shares of Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) by 3.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 325,416 shares of the company’s stock after selling 11,625 shares during the quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System’s holdings in Kohl’s were worth $21,318,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    It’s all retail all the time this week, with Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), and Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF) among the big names scheduled to report. Last week saw mixed signals from retailers, with Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) both delivering impressive results while J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) received poor reviews from the Street. TGT is arguably the biggest one to watch in the days ahead (see more detail below).

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019

The WTI grade of crude oil has gained about 8.5 percent year-to-date and is at $65-plus per barrel. Oil breached the $70-a-barrel level in May, although it has pulled back since then. 

An Argus analyst said rising oil prices will work in favor of oil and gas exploration and production company Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA).

The Analyst

Analyst Bill Selesky upgraded Apache from Hold to Buy with a price target of $56, suggesting 35-percent upside when the company's dividend is considered.

The Thesis

Rising oil prices and Apache's decision to allocate nearly 70 percent of 2018 capital spending to Permian basin production will benefit the company, Selesky said in a Monday note.

The analyst estimates WTI oil prices to average $56 a barrel in 2018 compared to $50 in 2017, although he expects it to remain volatile and trade in a range of $48-$64.

Apache intends to operate 13-15 rigs in the Permian this year, likely leading to stronger earnings growth, Selesky said. 

Continued efforts to save costs and deleverage will boost earnings, the analyst said. 

Citing higher oil prices and guidance for higher production, Argus increased its earnings per share estimate for 2018 from $1.30 to $1.60.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Telekomunikasi Indonesia (NYSE:TLK), the largest telecommunications company in Indonesia, reported first-quarter results on Tuesday, May 2. Top-line sales rose modestly in the first quarter thanks to higher wireless subscriber counts and a healthy broadband business, but those upsides had to overcome a substantial headwind from a mass exodus of old-school wireline subscribers.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn (NYSE:TLK) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Macquarie from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

    Trending Hot Stock’s Analysis Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) (thestockgem.com) Royal Bank of Canada Raises Amphenol (APH) Price Target to $80.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Analyst Earnings Forecasts Summary: Amphenol Corporation’s (APH) (getstocksnews.com) Global Medical Pressure Sensors Market 2018 Manufacturers- Amphenol, Honeywell, NXP+Freescale and TE … (themobileherald.com) What’s Better? Amphenol Corporation (APH) Buy or Sell (nasdaqfortune.com)

    A number of research firms have issued reports on APH. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Amphenol from $87.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine raised shares of Amphenol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $82.00) on shares of Amphenol in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Amphenol in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Amphenol has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $92.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greenleaf Trust reduced its holdings in Amphenol (NYSE:APH) by 4.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 17,234 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after selling 714 shares during the period. Greenleaf Trust’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $1,484,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its holdings in shares of Amphenol (NYSE:APH) by 4.5% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 1,105,805 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after buying an additional 47,719 shares during the period. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V.’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $95,258,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. They currently have a $169.00 price objective on the industrial products company’s stock. Deutsche Bank’s price target suggests a potential upside of 6.52% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Parker Hannifin (PH)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by investment analysts at Cowen in a report issued on Friday. They presently have a $165.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock. Cowen’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 0.94% from the company’s current price.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Nucor (NYSE: NUE) and USINAS SIDERURG/S (OTCMKTS:USNZY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

  • [By ]

    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer interviewed Nucor’s (NUE) CEO John Ferriola on CNBC’s Mad Money.

    “He’s saying we may have announced tariffs, but let’s see them implemented,” Cramer said. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas decreased its position in Nucor (NYSE:NUE) by 37.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 100,602 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 60,213 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in Nucor were worth $6,146,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By ]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked back in with John Ferriola, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor (NUE) , the steelmaker that today posted a penny-a-share earnings beat on a 16% increase in year-over-year revenues. The company also issued strong guidance for the upcoming quarter now that new imported steel tariffs are beginning to take hold. Shares of Nucor were down 0.4% by the close.

  • [By ]

    Cramer and the AAP team note that seven of the companies in their portfolio are reporting this week, including Abbott Laboratories (ABT) , Nucor (NUE) and Honeywell (HON) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    Steel giant Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) recently reported its first-quarter 2018 numbers, and CEO John Ferriola has an important message to give to shareholders: “Nucor’sdisciplined strategy for profitable growth is working.”

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Summit Financial Group Inc. lowered its position in General Dynamics Co. (NYSE:GD) by 26.8% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,470 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 2,000 shares during the quarter. Summit Financial Group Inc.’s holdings in General Dynamics were worth $1,020,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)stock has had an odd couple of years, gaining more than 17% in 2017 but still lagging most of its defense rivals. Interest in defense stocks, including General Dynamics, has ebbed in recent months, but the company still trades at a discount to some of its chief rivals.

  • [By ]

    General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) is diversified across the Aerospace & Defense sector with 25% of sales in information technology, followed by aerospace orders (24%), marine systems (23%), combat systems (16%), and mission systems (12%). The acquisition of CSRA makes it one of the largest IT contractors to the U.S. government.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    The deal, in effect, makes General Dynamics-owned (NYSE:GD) Gulfstream both a customer of and subcontractor to Triumph on G650 wing box and wing completion work. Wing production work currently being performed at Triumph facilities in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, will move to Gulfstream’s Georgia facility.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    For investors looking to put new money to work in a defense prime today, I’d recommend General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) over either Raytheon or Northrop Grumman. General Dynamics currently trades at a 20% discount to its rivals on a price-to-earnings basis and at a 13% discount on a price-to-sales basis due to continued weakness in its business jet division. There’s more risk to General Dynamics, but there is also more potential upside should it get its aerospace business on track and close that valuation gap.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2019: ONEOK Inc.(OKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Westwood Holdings Group Inc. lowered its position in ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) by 39.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 191,644 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 123,100 shares during the period. Westwood Holdings Group Inc.’s holdings in ONEOK were worth $10,908,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its stake in ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) by 1.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 535,375 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 5,560 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in ONEOK were worth $30,474,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $68.88 and last traded at $68.33, with a volume of 81549 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $67.81.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now

Hybrid cloud data services provider NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) hosted its annual Analyst Day on April 5. The company raised its short- and long-term growth outlooks. They also added firepower to the capital returns program, adding $4 billion to the share buyback program and promising to double the dividend.

Investors and analysts alike applauded. Analysts upgraded NetApp stock. Investors bought NetApp stock.

Now, NTAP stock trades trades right around all-time highs despite the S&P 500 being 8% off recent highs.

Can this rally in NetApp stock continue?

I think so. NTAP is fundamentally transforming its business model to be not only relevant, but necessary, in today’s data-driven digital world. Growth prospects are consequently improving. Meanwhile, the stock remains cheap.

Overall, I think NetApp stock can rally to and above the $75 mark over the next several months. Here’s a deeper look.

Big Growth Narrative in Data

NTAP has successfully pivoted its business model from low-growth to improving-growth by focusing on providing solutions for companies immersed in secular data-driven digital transformations.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Meridian Wealth Management LLC cut its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) by 6.4% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 18,875 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock after selling 1,292 shares during the quarter. UnitedHealth Group comprises 2.0% of Meridian Wealth Management LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 14th biggest position. Meridian Wealth Management LLC’s holdings in UnitedHealth Group were worth $4,039,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Going into earnings season, one school of thought was that investors might be concerned more about companies’ forward guidance in some cases than in Q1 results. There was worry that perhaps the recent market turmoil and fears of a possible trade war could dampen some S&P 500 firms’ expectations for what the near future might bring. It’s less than a week since earnings began and guidance could still represent a speed bump in coming weeks, but so far it hasn’t been a problem. For instance, UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) raised fiscal year guidance Tuesday, and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) raised its revenue guidance. In other signs of general good cheer, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) raised its quarterly dividend, while Netflix (NFLX) reported big gains in subscriber growth. It’s still really early and things could change, but maybe some of those guidance fears could have been, shall we say, misguided? 

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    WINTON GROUP Ltd cut its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) by 21.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 118,812 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock after selling 32,650 shares during the period. UnitedHealth Group accounts for approximately 0.7% of WINTON GROUP Ltd’s portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest holding. WINTON GROUP Ltd’s holdings in UnitedHealth Group were worth $25,426,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 3.08% at $223.90 in a 52-week range of $164.60 to $250.79. Volume of about 3.5 million shares was about 10% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By ]

    On Tuesday, he’ll be tuning into UnitedHealth Group (UNH) , Goldman Sachs (GS) , Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM) . Cramer had great things to say about all four companies.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. reduced its stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) by 4.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 80,915 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,534 shares during the quarter. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $5,527,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    Stocks This Week: Wells Fargo, Emerson Electric and CSX (finance.yahoo.com) Emerson Electric (EMR) & Philips (PHG) Financial Review (americanbankingnews.com) Emerson Electric (EMR) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Is It Time To Buy Emerson Electric Co (NYSE:EMR)? (finance.yahoo.com) Emerson Electric: An Autonomous Future (seekingalpha.com)

    EMR has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Emerson Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. UBS initiated coverage on shares of Emerson Electric in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $73.26 price objective on the stock. Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $78.00 price objective on shares of Emerson Electric in a research note on Wednesday, April 18th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on shares of Emerson Electric from $79.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 3rd. Finally, Berenberg Bank raised shares of Emerson Electric from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $69.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Emerson Electric has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $73.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. cut its stake in shares of Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) by 1.8% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 111,625 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 2,015 shares during the quarter. Emerson Electric makes up approximately 2.4% of Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 17th biggest position. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $7,624,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Hartford Investment Management Co. lessened its stake in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) by 36.3% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 83,231 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 47,372 shares during the period. Hartford Investment Management Co.’s holdings in Emerson Electric were worth $5,755,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    XPO Logistics (XPO) : “This stock just won’t come down. “

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  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Somebody’s got to deliver all of those products that we’re ordering online, and increasingly, that somebody isXPO Logistics(NYSE:XPO). The freight and logistics company has become the leader in last-mile delivery of heavy goods like furniture and appliances, making it a key partner of retailers like Amazon, IKEA,Wayfair, and Home Depot.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by research analysts at Bank of America in a research note issued on Friday. They presently have a $105.00 target price on the transportation company’s stock. Bank of America’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 4.86% from the stock’s previous close.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The chart below shows how McDonald’s compares with some of its closest peers based on its valuation and expected growth rate.

    Company P/E Ratio 2-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate
    McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) 26.2 23.6%
    Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) 26.2 27.3%
    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) 21.8 58.1%
    Restaurant Brands International(NYSE:QSR) 21.4 41.9%
    Yum! Brands(NYSE:YUM) 23.2 29.7%

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance. EPS = earnings per share.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wendys (NASDAQ: WEN) and Empire Resorts (NASDAQ:NYNY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) major shareholder Edward P. Garden sold 764,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.53, for a total value of $12,628,920.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 240,365 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,973,233.45. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
    Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
    LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
    Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
    A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
    Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Argus in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. They currently have a $16.34 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock, down from their prior price target of $19.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    A.R.T. Advisors LLC lowered its stake in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 150,664 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 36,036 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned 0.06% of Wendys worth $2,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Parker-Hannifin (PH)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by investment analysts at Cowen in a report issued on Friday. They presently have a $165.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock. Cowen’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 0.94% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ClariVest Asset Management LLC reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,268 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,773 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Parker Hannifin worth $20,913,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    In terms of dividend growth, only four of the above stocks — 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble — feature among the 10 fastest dividend-growth kings. In other words, there are six other stocks from the dividend kings list that have grown their dividends at a faster pace than most stocks in the above table in the past decade, some even at double-digits.

    Six top dividend kings by dividend growth

    Dividend King 10-Year Dividend CAGR Current Dividend Yield Payout Ratio (TTM)
    Lowe’s Companies 18.5% 2% 34.5%
    Hormel Foods 16.3% 2.1% 39.2%
    Parker-Hannifin Corp(NYSE:PH) 14% 1.7% 35.2%
    Nordson Corporation 12.2% 0.9% 13.3%
    Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) 9% 2% 37.4%
    American States Water(NYSE:AWR) 7.6% 1.9% 54.8%

    TTM: Trailing 12 months. Data sources: YCharts and Yahoo! Finance. Table by author.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ardevora Asset Management LLP reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 0.5% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 154,400 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 800 shares during the quarter. Ardevora Asset Management LLP’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $26,407,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Warren Buffett likes to hold his stock positions for the long run, and his experience with USG (NYSE:USG) has been typical of his other long-term investments. The Oracle of Omaha started buying shares of the manufacturer of Sheetrock drywall and other building materials back in 2000, accumulating a sizable stake that has ballooned to more than 30% of the company. USG ended up going through bankruptcy in order to get a handle on its asbestos liability claims, but thanks largely to Buffett’s involvement, the building materials company not only survived bankruptcy but also saw share prices soar briefly on hopes that USG would once again fully participate in the then-strong housing boom.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    USG Co. (NYSE:USG) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks reduced their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of USG in a report issued on Monday, July 9th. SunTrust Banks analyst K. Hughes now forecasts that the construction company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.61. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Hold” rating and a $44.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for USG’s FY2018 earnings at $2.05 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.71 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.53 EPS.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    As USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) drags its feet on an offer to sell the company for $42 per share, Berkshire intends to use its 30.8% ownership stake to motivate its top brass to make a deal. Berkshire told Bloomberg it intends to vote its shares against USG’s board members who are up for re-election at this year’s annual meeting, a clear message that Buffett is ready to cash in, even if USG’s management and board are not.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of USG (NYSE:USG) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of USG from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price for the company from $35.00 to $24.00 in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Jefferies Group reiterated a hold rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of USG in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of USG from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Buckingham Research boosted their target price on shares of USG from $34.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Finally, Nomura boosted their target price on shares of USG from $39.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $39.00.

  • [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Chuck Saletta]

    And while it may not always work out well to simply copy the moves other investors make, it can pay off to use their buying and selling moves as jumping-off points in your own research. We asked three real-world investors for their insight, and they wrote about two recent Buffett buys ofApple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) andUSG Corporation(NYSE:USG), and a recent Baker Brothers buy ofHeron Therapeutics Inc(NASDAQ:HRTX).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on General Dynamics (GD)

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  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    What gives? Well, all of the top six holdings in the fund—Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), and Northrup Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)—all either met or exceeded Q4 earnings estimates. Together, those six companies make up about 45 percent of the fund.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

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

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    For investors looking to put new money to work in a defense prime today, I’d recommend General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) over either Raytheon or Northrop Grumman. General Dynamics currently trades at a 20% discount to its rivals on a price-to-earnings basis and at a 13% discount on a price-to-sales basis due to continued weakness in its business jet division. There’s more risk to General Dynamics, but there is also more potential upside should it get its aerospace business on track and close that valuation gap.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

    Get General Dynamics alerts:

    U.S. Air Force Awards General Dynamics Cloud Services Contract (finance.yahoo.com) General Dynamics (GD) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) America Desperately Needs More Submarines. And That Is Good News for General Dynamics. (yahoo.com) GD completes Hawker Pacific acquisition (janes.com) General Dynamics Unit Secures Work for Aircraft Computer System Repairs, Replacement (govconwire.com)

    Shares of NYSE:GD traded up $3.17 on Tuesday, reaching $199.62. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,149,954 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,720,029. General Dynamics has a 52-week low of $190.30 and a 52-week high of $230.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a current ratio of 1.34. The stock has a market capitalization of $57.94 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.06, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.84.

  • [By ]

    Moreno was also upbeat on General Dynamics (GD) , which just made a bullish crossover, but felt that Raytheon had the best chart of them all.

    Cramer agreed, saying he’s bullish on all of these names.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and six have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $8.75.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) shares made an incredible gain on Monday after the company announced that it would be taken private by Vintage Rodeo Parent, an affiliate of Vintage Capital Management.

  • [By ]

    Engaged Capital maintained large positions in Rent-A-Center (RCII) , TiVo (TIVO) , Hain Celestial (HAIN) , SunOpta and Jamba Inc. (JMBA) , all companies that have either previously been targeted by Welling or currently are in his cross-hairs.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) saw a large drop in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 21,844,410 shares, a drop of 21.9% from the May 31st total of 27,979,079 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 5,032,779 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 4.3 days. Currently, 45.0% of the shares of the stock are short sold.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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

  • [By ]

    The reluctance of millennials to spend their tax cuts could hurt the stock prices of many consumer companies. Shares of department stores such as Kohl’s (KSS) and an electronics retailer like Best Buy (BBY) have run up this year on expectations of consumers shopping till they drop this spring/summer. Considering there are more than 83 million millennials in the U.S., that’s a big pool of humans letting down some of the country’s biggest companies. 

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACB) rose 11.4 percent to $2.93 in pre-market trading.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 6.3 percent to $4.76 in pre-market trading as the company announced the publication of CE Mark multicenter clinical study results on C-Scan® in Gut.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) rose 6 percent to $ 35.20 in pre-market trading.
    Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: APOP) rose 6 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading.
    Hexindai Inc. (NASDAQ: HX) rose 5.7 percent to $12.70 in pre-market trading.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares rose 5.3 percent to $2.07 in pre-market trading.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) rose 5 percent to $58.20 in pre-market trading after reporting a $10 billion buyback plan.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) rose 4.1 percent to $8.63 in pre-market trading.
    MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ: MOR) rose 3.5 percent to $26.99 in pre-market trading.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) shares rose 3.4 percent to $2.90 in pre-market trading. after reporting Q1 results.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 3.4 percent to $28.76 in pre-market trading.
    Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS) shares rose 3.3 percent to $67.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Micro Focus International plc (NYSE: MFGP) shares rose 3.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading.

     

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) had its target price increased by Morgan Stanley from $41.00 to $45.00 in a research report released on Wednesday morning. The brokerage currently has an underweight rating on the stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    California State Teachers Retirement System trimmed its stake in shares of Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) by 3.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 325,416 shares of the company’s stock after selling 11,625 shares during the quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System’s holdings in Kohl’s were worth $21,318,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.