Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019

When fear and volatility rear their ugly heads, investors will traditionally turn to more conservative investments — such as gold. Presumably, this is what happened during the bitterly fought presidential campaign. In 2016, the price of gold, which ended the year up about 8%, had climbed as much as 28% at one point.

Similarly, many gold stocks enjoyed quite the ride last year — rides that have extended into the new year, leaving some companies trading at seriously low prices. Of course, this doesn’t mean these companies are worthy of investment. So let’s grab our pickaxes and see what we can uncover.

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Minding the miners

When considering gold-mining companies’ stocks, it’s important to recognize that the traditional price-to-earnings ratio doesn’t have as much merit. Because of non-cash charges — like depreciation — it’s not uncommon for companies to take large writedowns on their assets, resulting in skewed earnings figures. Yamana Gold, for example,recorded non-cash impairment charges of $2.6 billion.In the company’s annual report, management acknowledged that “the largest contributor to the impairment was the writedown of values relating to exploration landand potential ounces.”

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: WGL Holdings Inc(WGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

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

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

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

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

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Level 3 Communications, Inc.(LVLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) was in advanced talks to merge with Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT). Back on July 13, Benzinga Pro reported Level 3 was reviewing strategic alternatives.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A rumored merger with CenturyLink (CTL) sent Level 3 Communications (LVLT) soaring to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    Shares of Level 3 Communications climbed 11% to $51.87 today, even as the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,133.04. CenturyLink didn’t perform too badly, either: It gained 9.7% to $31.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After opening up 0.6% this morning, Level Three Communications (LVLT) jumped as much as 5.9% on reports that it was considering ways to increase shareholder value (nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?). Citigroup’s Michael Rollins and Neth Wiedemann offer their take:

    Online news source Benzinga recently tweeted that an industry source has told them Level 3 is “reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize holder value, including outright sale or large buyback”. Level 3 shares are up ~4% today after a ~3% move yesterday and shares are up ~10% over the past week. The company has not responded to the news, nor can we substantiate the speculation.

    Level 3 remains our top-pick within our coverage group given its growth, financial flexibility, valuation, and strategic optionality.Level 3 currently trades around ~10x our 2016 OIBDA estimate and ~11x our 2016 discretionary FCF estimate, which we believe is too cheap given its growth profile and deep strategic asset-mix of metro and long-haul fiber.

    We believe that Level 3′s extensive enterprise presence could be attractive for a cable player looking to move up-market and accelerate its investment from thesmall- to medium-sized businesses segment into the enterprise market. We also believe that Zayo Group Holdings (ZAYO) may be an attractive acquisition target for a cable company looking to accelerate an enterprise strategy. We also would not dismiss the possibility that Level 3 and Zayo could consider a merger scenario to become a larger competitor for the enterprise market against the incumbents AT&T (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ).

    Shares of Level 3 have gained 3.7% to $56.39 at 1:20 p.m. today, while Zayo Group Holdings has risen 1% to $28.78, AT&T has advanced 0.5% to $42.61, and Verizon Communications is up 0.7% to $55.87.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Calavo Growers, Inc.(CVGW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Calavo Growers Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW) had the man at the top buying stock last week. CEO Lecil Cole purchased 95,000 shares of the avocados and other perishable foods distributor at prices between $55.44 and $56.92 a share. The total for the purchase was set at $5 million. The stock closed the day last Friday at $58.30, in a52-week range of$48.745 to $71.48. The consensus price target is set at $73.17.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agricultural Produce Companies

    Limoneira Company (NASDAQ: LMNR): -32.1 percent since 2011. Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW): +168.2 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap avocado and fresh food stock Calavo Growers (NASDAQ: CVGW) has elevated short interest of 33.51% according to Highshortinterest.com. Founded in 1924, Calavo Growers is a global avocado-industry leader and an expanding provider of value-added fresh food serving retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. The Companys Fresh segment procures and markets fresh avocados and select other fresh produce (tomatoes) while the Renaissance Food Group segment (RFG) creates, markets and distributes a portfolio of healthy, fresh foods, including fresh-cut fruit, fresh-cut vegetables and prepared foods. The Foods segment manufactures and distributes guacamole and salsa. Fresh food products are sold under the respected Calavo brand name as well as Garden Highway, Chef Essentials and a variety of private label and store brands.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Wipro Limited(WIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The industry — valued at over $150 billion and comprising companies such as Wipro Limited (ADR) (NYSE: WIT), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ: CTSH), Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE: INFY) and Tata Consultancy Services — has thus far been competing effectively on certain unique selling propositions such as low-cost technology skills and high quality manpower.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [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

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Live Ventures Incorporated(LIVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long onsmall cap real-time deal engine stock Live Ventures Inc (NASDAQ:LIVE):

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2019: Southern Company (SO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is quickly transforming itself from a mostly coal-generated utility to one powered by nuclear, natural gas, and other renewables. The company enjoys a state-regulated monopoly position in four states which together account for approximately 80% of earnings.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) traded down about 1.2% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $44.31 after closing Friday at $44.84. The 52-week high is $53.51. Volume was over 7 million, about 40% above the daily average of around 5 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) dropped about 2% Tuesday to post a 52-week low of $43.16 after closing at $44.04 on Monday. The 52-week high is $53.51. Volume was around 7.3 million, about 35% higher than the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    My timing, however, isn’t always so good, and I sometimes get in too early. But owning a great dividend-paying company at a fair price is better than owning a bad company at any price. Which is why I’m happy to have bought U.S. utility giant The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) and healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR). And I’ll be just as happy if they fall further from here.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) traded down about 2.9% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $45.81 after closing Tuesday at $47.20. The 52-week high is $53.51. Volume was about 5.5 million, about 15% above the daily average of around 4.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.