I’ve been a skeptic about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for some time. While Apple stock looks cheap, I’ve argued that it should look cheap. Growth concerns across the board mean that AAPL earnings — and, thus, AAPL stock — shouldn’t necessarily get a high valuation.
But I admit that Apple earnings on Tuesday were quite impressive — and answered a number of concerns I’ve cited in the past. The headlines centered on iPhone X shipments, but looking closer, there’s more good news.
In fact, I see at least four positive takeaways from the report that specifically address long-running concerns from AAPL stock bears like myself. And while I’m not ready to turn completely bullish on Apple stock, I do see why the stock has gained 7%+ in the last two sessions. And I can see why bulls might see Apple stock as ready to bust through resistance and, perhaps, become the first company with a $1 trillion market capitalization.
The iPhone/Hardware Problem (or Solution?)
When it comes to Apple stock, it’s still iPhone or bust. The iPhone continues to drive over 60% of revenue, and likely a higher share of profit. And so the concerns heading into the report about weakening iPhone X sales had some basis in reality. Smartphone growth looks sluggish, if not negative; overall, worldwide unit shipments were down 3% in the first quarter.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $9.36, but opened at $9.43. Rent-A-Center shares last traded at $9.54, with a volume of 375675 shares changing hands.
- [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 Max Byerly]
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Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(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) .
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , Diamondback Energy (FANG) and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) .
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For his final “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer also checked in with Brad Jacobs, chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics (XPO) , the transportation provider with shares up 16% in 2018.
- [By Neha Chamaria]
Right now, I believe Mastercard (NYSE:MA), Brookfield Renewable Partners(NYSE:BEP), and XPO Logistics(NYSE:XPO) fall right into place, because each stock has been a multibagger and has strong tailwinds behind it.
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But then there’s the little-known trucking company JB Hunt (JBHT) , which popped 6.1% because the company saw some surprise growth that no one was expecting. That news was so strong, FedEx (FDX) and XPO Logistics (XPO) also rose 2.2% and 4.6%.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)is gearing up for a big earnings announcement this week. The satellite radio provider reports first-quarter results before Wednesday’s market open, and a lot is riding on its financial performance. Sirius XM has been one of the market’s biggest winners since bottoming out at $0.05 — yes, a nickel — in 2009. The stock is now a 127-bagger, and it hit a new 12-year high just last month.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
There are two ways to buy into the country’s lone provider of satellite radio, and one Wall Street pro thinks you should consider the road less traveled. Buckingham analyst Matthew Harrigan is downgrading shares of Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) on Monday, lowering his rating from buy to neutral.
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Remember, Apple (AAPL) had run because its service-revenue stream made the tech giant part of an elite group of companies. It joined Costco (COST) , Netflix (NFLX) , and SiriusXM (SIRI) , Spotify (SPOT) and Amazon (AMZN) (home of Amazon Prime) as companies that charge you recurring fees that you don’t seem to notice or care about. So, Apple’s stock no longer represents the tug to the group, and each company has to develop a separate power base away from Cupertino.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)
- [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 Stephan Byrd]
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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 Lisa Levin]
Analysts at Berenberg upgraded Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) from Sell to Hold.
Emerson Electric shares fell 0.43 percent to close at $69.90 on Monday.