Top 5 Low Price Companies To Own In Right Now

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Want to get in on the smartphone phenomenon? Truth be told, one company sits at the crossroads of smartphone technology as we know it. It’s not your typical household name, either. In fact, you’ve probably never even heard of it. But it stands to reap massive profits no matter who ultimately wins the smartphone war. To find out what it is, click here to access the “One Stock You Must Buy Before the iPhone-Android War Escalates Any Further.”

Top 5 Low Price Companies To Own In Right Now: Inc.(SPRT), Inc. provides online care services for the digital home and small business primarily in North America. Its services and software products install, set up, connect, repair, and protect personal computers (PCs) and related devices that are essential to its customers; and it offers it as one-time services and subscriptions, and as software products to consumers who prefer do-it-yourself solutions. The company?s online care services include installation and setup services; connect and secure services that configure, connect, and establish secure connections between the computer, the wireless network, and supported devices; diagnose and repair services to identify, diagnose, and repair technical problems comprising the removal of viruses, spyware, and other forms of malware; and mobile device services. Its online care services also consist of tune-up services, which optimizes key systems settings for faster start-up and shut-down, loading of programs, and Internet browsing; online data backup; and server and network monitoring and management, hosted email and virtual desktops, and disaster recovery services. In addition, the company offers various software products, such as Advanced Registry Optimizer to identify and repair errors in the registry database on PCs; Cosmos software to maintain and optimize the performance of PCs; Hard Disk Tune-Up that improves the performance of a computer by defragmenting programs and data stored on the hard drive; MemTurbo, which increases available memory and improves PC performance; RapidStart software for removing or delaying unnecessary startup programs, processes, and services; and SUPERAntiSpyware software, an anti-malware technology. It provides its products and services through its channel partners and directly to consumers. The company was formerly known as SupportSoft, Inc. and changed its name to, Inc. in June 2009., Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in R edwood City, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    What: Shares of (NASDAQ: SPRT  ) plunged 26% during intraday trading Thursday after the company beat expectations with its third-quarter results, but outlined disappointing support program changes which will negatively affect its business at Comcast in 2014.

  • [By Roberto Pedone] (SPRT) is a provider of online care for the digital home and small business. This stock closed up 2.7% to $5.89 in Tuesday’s trading session.

    Tuesday’s Range: $5.67-$5.92

    52-Week Range: $3.67-$6.28

    Thursday’s Volume: 304,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 377,189

    From a technical perspective, SPRT spiked higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $5.51 with decent upside volume. This move also pushed shares of SPRT into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $5.80. Shares of SPRT have been uptrending for the last month, with the stock moving higher from its low of $5.01 to its intraday high of $5.92. During that uptrend, shares of SPRT have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SPRT as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $5.51 or above more near-term support at $5.43 and then once it sustains a move or close above Tuesday’s high of $5.92 to its 52-week high at $6.28 with volume that hits near or above 377,189 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SPRT will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $6.28, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $7 to $8.

Top 5 Low Price Companies To Own In Right Now: SofTech Inc (SOFT)

SofTech, Inc., incorporated on June 11, 1969,is a provider of engineering software solutions with its ProductCenter PLM (product lifecycle management) technology and its computer-aided design product CADRA offering. On May 24, 2011, the Company sold its Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) product line. In October 2013, SofTech, Inc announced that it has completed the sale of substantially all of the assets of its CADRA product line.


The Company’s ProductCenter technology manages the engineering data and electronic files of discrete parts designed in third party design technologies offered primarily by Solidworks, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) and Autodesk. ProductCenter is an enterprise, collaborative PLM solution delivering a combination of document management, design integration, configuration control, change management, bill of materials management and integration capability with other enterprise systems. ProductCent er is designed to help companies optimize the product development process. ProductCenter provides for the secure management of product information and allows engineers and the entire design chain to manage, share, modify and track product data and documents throughout the product development lifecycle.

The Company’s ProductCenter supports engineering change management and bill of materials management for automating business processes. ProductCenter also enables integration with other business applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) for continuous data exchange across the product lifecycle.


The Company’s CADRA offering is a drafting and design software package for the professional mechanical engineer. The CADRA family of CAD/CAM products includes CADRA Design Drafting, a mechanical design documentation tool, CADRA NC, a 2 through 5 axis NC programming application, and CADRAWorks with SolidWorks p! roviding for an integrated drawing production system and three dimensional (3D)solid modeler. The CADRA family of products includes a collection of translators and software options.

The Company competes with Autodesk, Dassault, Siemens, and PTC

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap tech, mobile or cloud computing stocks SofTech, Inc (OTCMKTS: SOFT), Firstin Wireless Technology Inc (OTCMKTS: FINW) and Izea Inc (OTCMKTS: IZEA) have been getting some extra attention lately in various investment newsletters or alerts. That’s because at least one of these stocks appears to be the subject of paid third party promotions while another is the focus of an apparent investor relations campaign. Keeping that in mind, are these three tech orientated stocks going to bring profits to investors and traders or bring out the luddite in them? Here is a closer look:

Top 5 Low Price Companies To Own In Right Now: First Financial Bankshares Inc.(FFIN)

First Financial Bankshares, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides commercial banking products and services primarily in Texas. It offers commercial banking services, which include accepting and holding checking, savings, and time deposits, as well as automated teller machines, drive-in and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, remote deposit capture services, Internet banking, transmitting funds, and other commercial banking services. The company also provides commercial, financial, agricultural, real estate construction, real estate mortgage, and consumer loans to businesses, professionals, individuals, and farm and ranch operations. In addition, it involves in the administration of various types of retirement and employee benefit accounts, which include 401(k) profit sharing plans and IRAs; and offers personal trust services that comprise the administration of estates, testamentary trusts, revocable and irrevocable trusts, and agency accounts. Further, the company offers securities brokerage services. As of December 31, 2009, it operated 48 financial centers in Texas, including 10 locations in Abilene, 2 locations in Cleburne, 3 locations in Stephenville, 3 locations in Granbury, 2 locations in San Angelo, and 3 locations in Weatherford, as well as 1 location each in Mineral Wells, Hereford, Sweetwater, Eastland, Ranger, Rising Star, Southlake, Aledo, Willow Park, Brock, Alvarado, Burleson, Keller, Trophy Club, Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur, Roby, Trent, Merkel, Clyde, Moran, Albany, Midlothian, and Glen Rose. The company was founded in 1956 and is based in Abilene, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer]

    In the following video, Motley Fool financial analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer discuss two stocks from the financial sector that they’re watching today. David tells us why he’s got his eye on JPMorgan  (NYSE: JPM  ) and the trials and tribulations of CEO Jamie Dimon and what he’ll be looking for at the company’s annual meeting in two weeks. Matt Koppenheffer discusses the smaller-cap First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ: FFIN  )  and why if Warren Buffett only had $1 million to invest, this might be one of the first places he’d look.

  • [By Profit Fan]

    After rising 67% in the past 52-weeks, it is understandable that the price targets for First Financial Bankshares (FFIN) are slightly under the bank’s current market price of $57.69 per share. But, the premium paid for these shares appear to be warranted.

Top 5 Low Price Companies To Own In Right Now: Pope Resources(POPE)

Pope Resources, a Delaware Limited Partnership, engages in the management of timber resources. It operates in three segments: Fee Timber, Timberland Management & Consulting, and Real Estate. The Fee Timber segment involves in growing, harvesting, and marketing timber to domestic and the Pacific Rim markets from its 175,000 acres of tree farms. The Timberland Management & Consulting segment provides investment management, disposition, and technical forestry services to the timberland owners. The Real Estate segment engages in securing permits, entitlements, and installing infrastructure for raw land development; and selling the land to buyers, who sell it to home buyers, operators, or lessors of commercial property. This segment also engages in the rental of residential and commercial properties in Port Gamble and Kingston, Washington. Pope Resources sells its logs to lumber mills and other wood fiber processors located in western Washington and northwest Oregon. As of Dece mber 31, 2010, it owned 114,000 acres of timberland in western Washington; 61,000 acres of timberland for the funds in Washington and Oregon; and 2,800 acres of real estate held for sale or development. Pope MGP, Inc. and Pope EGP, Inc. operate as the general partners of the company. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Poulsbo, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Timberland manager Pope Resources  (NASDAQ: POPE  ) announced today it would be paying its second-quarter distribution of $0.45 per unit, the same rate it paid for the last four quarters after it raised the payout  from $0.35 per unit.

Top 5 Low Price Companies To Own In Right Now: Perfect World Co. Ltd.(PWRD)

Perfect World Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, operation, and licensing of online games primarily in the People?s Republic of China, the United States, and the Rest of Asia. It develops online games based on its game engines and game development platforms. The company?s 3D massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) include Perfect World, an adventure and fantasy game with traditional Chinese settings; Legend of Martial Arts, an adventure story of Chinese swordsmen set in an ancient kingdom; and Perfect World II, which is set in a similar content and graphic background as Perfect World. It also offers Zhu Xian that is based on martial arts focused adventure set in a fantasy world; Chi Bi, a war story developed based on ancient Chinese history known as the Three Kingdoms; Hot Dance Party, a 3D online casual game; Pocketpet Journey West, a 3D MMORPG based on the classical novel of Chinese literature, Journey to the West ; Battle of the Immortals, a mysterious adventure, which enables game players to travel between eastern and western cultures, and adventures in historic sites and turf wars; and Fantasy Zhu Xian, a 2D turn-based MMORPG based on the Internet fantasy novel Zhu Xian. It also involves in the production and distribution of films, as well as television advertising activities. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Perfect World Co (NASDAQ: PWRD) is expected to post its Q4 earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $142.11 million.

    TICC Capital (NASDAQ: TICC) is estimated to report its Q4 earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $28.43 million.

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Perfect World Co.’s(PWRD) third-quarter profit rose 40% due largely to a revenue boost from the Chinese company’s core online-games business. American depositary shares of Perfect World were up 6% at $20 premarket as the company’s results for the period beat expectations.

  • [By Kevin Chen]

    Two companies that seem on an unstoppable path of profits are Giant Interactive  (NYSE: GA  ) and NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES  ) . Meanwhile, Shanda Games  (NASDAQ: GAME  ) and Perfect World  (NASDAQ: PWRD  ) haven’t done as well.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Perfect World (NASDAQ: PWRD  ) logs in with its quarterly results on Tuesday.

    Online gaming is hot in China, but Perfect World has seen better days. Analysts see revenue sliding 15% for the quarter, with earnings taking an even bigger 46% hit. Despite the uninspiring fundamentals, shares of Perfect World did hit a fresh 52-week high this past week. There are some potentially promising games in the pipeline, so clearly the market thinks Perfect World will turn things around.