For nearly a decade, Americans have benefited from a magical trio of cheap loans, low prices and soaring stocks.
It’s been a heady mix of mortgage rates below 4%, cheap gas and double-digit investment returns.
But nine years into the economic expansion, the pixie dust may be wearing off.
The Federal Reserve is raising benchmark interest rates, which means more expensive auto loans and mortgages. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has crept to a four-year high above 4.5%. That’s still historically low, but it means borrowers can afford a little less house for their money.
After years of super-low inflation, Americans are paying more for the things they buy.
Gas prices this summer are expected to be the highest in four years. Bank of America forecasts global oil prices to top $100 a barrel next year. That means higher costs for airlines, truckers, package delivery companies and big consumer brands. Manufacturers report higher costs for steel and aluminum.
Best Low Price Stocks For 2019: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) dropped 11.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $4.51. Shares closed at $5.10 on Thursday and the stock’s 52-week high is $7.32. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company took a ratings downgrade to Sell from Morgan Stanley this morning.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) Director Steven Joseph Murray sold 500,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.97, for a total transaction of $2,485,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 11,442 shares in the company, valued at $56,866.74. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.
- [By Logan Wallace]
ValuEngine upgraded shares of Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.
A number of other analysts have also commented on FIT. Craig Hallum initiated coverage on Fitbit in a report on Monday, March 19th. They set a buy rating on the stock. Roth Capital assumed coverage on shares of Fitbit in a research note on Friday, January 5th. They set a buy rating and a $10.00 price target for the company. Bank of America reaffirmed an underperform rating on shares of Fitbit in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Fitbit from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating and decreased their price target for the company from $5.00 to $4.00 in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Fitbit from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Fitbit has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $6.16.
Best Low Price Stocks For 2019: Nomura Holdings Inc ADR(NMR)
- [By Money Morning News Team]
Nomura Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NMR) is a Japanese financial services company that provides a variety of financial services to corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals around the world.
Best Low Price Stocks For 2019: Nustar Energy L.P.(NS)
- [By Max Byerly]
NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, April 27th, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 8th will be paid a dividend of 0.60 per share by the pipeline company on Monday, May 14th. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 11.49%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 7th.
Best Low Price Stocks For 2019: ENGlobal Corporation(ENG)
- [By Max Byerly]
ENGlobal (NASDAQ:ENG) will be announcing its earnings results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 9th.
ENGlobal (NASDAQ:ENG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 15th. The construction company reported ($0.08) earnings per share for the quarter. ENGlobal had a negative net margin of 29.16% and a negative return on equity of 17.18%. The firm had revenue of $14.43 million during the quarter.
Best Low Price Stocks For 2019: Natus Medical Incorporated(BABY)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford
- [By Logan Wallace]
Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY) and EnteroMedics (NASDAQ:RSLS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.
- [By Brian Orelli]
Natus Medical (NASDAQ:BABY) is gearing up for a strong second half of the year, but the medical device maker’s investments in growth and integration of acquisitions have made for a weak start to the year.
Best Low Price Stocks For 2019: CHS Inc(CHSCL)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
CHS (NASDAQ:CHSCL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Friday.