A full-fledged price war has broken out in the world of online stock investing.
Just hours after Boston-based Fidelity Investments said it would slash its standard commission for online stock trades and ETFs by nearly 40% to $4.95, its San Francisco-based rival, Charles Schwab, matched the lower price.
As the bull market pushes stockshigher, placing a trade online is getting cheaperas competitors duke it out on price in an effort to retain market share and recruit new clients and sources of assets in the digital age.The price war is benefiting individual investors and active traders.
Just after midnight, Fidelity announced that it would charge online retail investors $4.95, down from $7.95, to place an online trade involving U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds. (ETFs are diversified funds that trade like stocks.) A little more than nine hours later, at 9:26 a.m. ET, Schwab announced thatit, too, wouldreduce its standard online stock and ETF trade commissionsto $4.95. (Schwab’s price cut on Tuesday follows an initial commission price reduction to $6.95 on Feb. 3.)
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.
Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.
- [By The Ticker Tape]
Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
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In the year 2000, IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) most notable cash cow was the computer server the software giant sold nearly $11.5 billion worth of them that year.Today, servers still figure in IBM’s product mix, but their sales have dwindled by more than 70% in the 21stcentury, making up just 4% of IBM’s total revenue last year.
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The grandfather of information technology, IBM (NYSE: IBM), is trading at a 14% discount to its 52-week high, with a forward P/E of just 11.3 and an attractive 3.8% dividend yield.
- [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]
Sunnyvale, California-based AMD (NSDQ:AMD) recently unveiled their machine learning strategy with the launch of the new Radeon Instinctaccelerators, MIOpen library and the ROCm software (launched earlier). Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning(ML) and Deep Learning(DL) have become the new buzzwords in the tech space. Most major technology companies including Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL), Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Facebook (NSDQ:FB) have taken the AI plunge, so it’s no surprise that AMD unveiled their machine learning strategy. It was only a matter of time. So how exactly does this alter AMD’s prospects? And what does it mean for AMD stock investors?
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
- [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 Lisa Levin]
Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.
- [By Max Byerly]
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- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basically breaking even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) all over the place (albeit it took off again last year) while small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both underperformed for over three years now:
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is a company that thrives on of new car sales. If you have had satellite radio and are not solely reliant on what you get for music in streaming or your library, then chances are pretty good that you won’t want to go back to just having old-fashioned FM/AM radio.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.
- [By Ashley Moore]
But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…
Company YTD Gains
Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%
Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.
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However, several Buffett stocks chalked up nice gains during the first quarter. The three top performers in Berkshire’s portfolio were Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), Mastercard (NYSE:MA), and Moody’s (NYSE:MCO). Here’s what drove these stocks higher — and what their prospects are for the rest of 2018.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)
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Its a smart move. Instead of going more upscale to try and compete with the fancier boutiques, Macys is now emulating the discount model that has served Kohls Corp. (NYSE: KSS) and TJX Cos. (NYSE:TJX) so well.
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
Retail stocks have been on a tear lately, causing investors to question whether the retail sector really is doomed. But that could not be farther from the truth, even for a stock like Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS).
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Walmart (WMT) was already on my “Best Short Ideas” list, and I added Kohl’s (KSS) and Target (TGT) to the roster on Thursday morning.
Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Kohls (KSS) is rising on Thursday, following its better-than-expected fourth quarter.
The retailer said it earned $1.44 a share on revenue that fell 2.8% year over year to $6.21 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.33 a share on revenue of $6.21 billion. Same-store sales slipped 2.2% in the quarter.
For the full year, Kohls said that it expects earnings between $3.50 and $3.80 a share, up from prior guidance of $3.60 to $3.65 a share; analysts are looking for earnings per share of $3.64. It sees sales falling in a range of down 1.3% to up 0.7%, which translates to $18.44 billion to $18.82 billion. Analysts are forecasting $18.69 billion in sales.
Cowen & Co.s Oliver Chen and his team reiterated a Market Perform rating and $53 price target on Kohls following the report. He writes that strong gross margins helped the results come in better than feared, and its inventory, down 6%, looked to be in good shape. From his note:
KSS+12c EPS beat was driven by bettergross margin (+14c, 33.4% or +33bps y/y vs our 32.8% y/y or -30bps y/y),sales (+6c, $6.205B or -3.6% y/y vs. our $6.152B or -3.7% y/y), andtax rate (+3c, 36.7% vs our 37.4%), partially offset by higher than anticipatedSG&A (-10c, $1.360B or +2.1% y/y vs our $1.332B or 0% y/y) andD&A (-1c, $239MM or +0% vs our $237MM, or -1% y/y).4Q EBIT margin was 7.6%, which declined -85bps y/y.
Kohls is up 0.7% to $42.06 in recent trading, although its fallen nearly 15% since the start of the year.
- [By Paul Ausick]
BFAds.net also pulled out some specific deals on offer for Cyber Monday:
Target Inc. (NYSE: TGT): 15% off nearly everything online and in stores on both Sunday and Monday Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): 20% off in-store and online from Nov. 27-30 with code DEALSEEKER Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M): $50 off Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2 Smart Watches Wal-Mart: Samsung HDTVs over 50% off MSRP Amazon: Amazon Echo for $139.99, a savings of $40
Most online retailers will have Cyber Monday deals. Some, including Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY), are promoting the deals generally without preview promotion. ItsCyber Monday deals will begin on Sunday and many of them will also be available in brick-and-mortar stores.
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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.
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)
- [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 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 Chris Lange]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $2.56 in EPS and revenue of $50.35 billion. Shares of UnitedHealth were at $192.52 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $211.22, and the 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76.
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)
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Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks
We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing households” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
Share prices for stocks in the Industrial sectors are mo
- [By Lisa Levin]
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.
- [By Stark Merrifield]
Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
KeyBanc analysts upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Friday, noting that the company has a number of positive developments that could provide a floor for the stock.
The analysts upgraded WEN from “Underweight” to “Hold.”
KeyBanc analyst Christopher O’Cull said, “We are raising our rating for The Wendy’s Company to HOLD as we believe: 1) Wendy’s SRS performance will diverge from the industry for the foreseeable future as new products are supported by more effective use of marketing dollars; 2) better menu and promotional management will lead to improved franchisee profitability (a focus of the new CFO Todd Penegor); and 3) the opportunity to extend the re-franchising program will provide a floor on the stock.”
Wendy’s shares were up 7 cents, or 0.81%, during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 57.01% year-to-date.
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]
Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.
Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.
Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2018: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)
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XPO Logistics (XPO) : “This stock just won’t come down. “
Over on Real Money, Cramer talks about how to trade the highly unlikely deal between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) . Get more of his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
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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%.
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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) .