Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now

The economy grew at a 2.8% annual rate in the third quarter, an unexpectedly strong performance that defied predictions that slowing growth in new home sales over the summer and the threat of a government shutdown were cutting into growth.

The performance beat the average estimate of 2% annualized growth, as predicted in a survey of economists conducted by Bloomberg News. It represents an acceleration from 2.5% growth in the second quarter.

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The details of the numbers are weaker than the headline figure, said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance. About a quarter of the gain came from an unanticipated buildup in inventories, he said. Growth in consumer spending was slower than in the second quarter, and investment in housing decelerated as interest rates rose, he said. Factoring out the inventory gains, the economy grew at a 2% rate in the quarter, pretty much as forecast, he said.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nintendo Co Ltd (NTDOY)

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the leisure machine business. The Company operates in two business segments. The Leisure Machine segment is engaged in the development, manufacturing and sale of portable and console game machines as well as game software. The Others segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of poker cards and karuta (Japanese-style playing cards), the sale of Pokemon (a Japanese animation character) goods, the management of intellectual property rights and the provision of electronic registration services of home use console machines, among others.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    The latest gaming consoles have hit store shelves in most major sales territories with varying degrees of success. Sony’s (NYSE: SNE  ) more powerful hardware and gaming-centric design for the PlayStation 4 seems to be getting the best reception. The multimedia focus of the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Xbox One and its associated Kinect 2.0 camera drive up the system’s price, potentially causing consumers to look elsewhere. Meanwhile, Nintendo’s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) Wii U console was designed and marketed around its GamePad controller, a device in which most of the market apparently has no interest.

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    Now that the Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Xbox One have launched in a large number of territories, attention turns to whether or not these systems will deliver the content necessary to create long-term success. As the Wii U from Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) has demonstrated, hardware launches are often followed by long periods of software drought. Take this fact and combine it with the tendency of the first-quarter release window to be the weakest of the year from both the quality and the commercial standpoints and there is reason to suspect that 2014 will fall victim to undesirable trends. On the contrary, this year’s first quarter will see the release of some very big games. One of them could even shape the outcome of the console wars. 

  • [By Tyrone Cousin]

    Nintendo  (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) drastically cut its sales forecast after its flagship Wii U game experienced depressing sales. In response, the game maker said it would post an operating loss, which will place added pressure on the multinational consumer electronics company to take serious action to turn its business around, according to the Wall Street Journal. On Jan. 17, the Japanese game maker said it expected to sell a mere 2.8 million Wii U consoles. This was a big blow for Nintendo, as this figure was less than one-third of initial sales estimates.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (the Index). The Index is designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging markets. The Index was developed by Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. as an equity benchmark for emerging market stock performance. The Index is a capitalization-weighted index that aims to capture 85% of the (publicly available) total market capitalization. Component companies are adjusted for available float and must meet objective criteria for inclusion in the Index. The Index is reviewed quarterly.

The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Fund’s investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    And what about those emerging markets? Well, this week they’ve been rising–a lot. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) has gained 5% this week as of 1:56 p.m. today, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is down 0.3%. How extreme has the turn in emerging markets been? Consider this chart:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

    Yet an interesting thing happened. While the news stories have gone from bad to worse, most emerging markets have been quietly enjoying a rally since early February. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) is up about 7%, and the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (EZA) is up fully 17%.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Park Electrochemical Corporation(PKE)

Park Electrochemical Corp., an advanced materials company, engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of high-technology digital and radio frequency/microwave printed circuit materials products principally for the telecommunications, Internet infrastructure, and high-end computing markets. It also provides advanced composite materials, parts, and assemblies for the aerospace markets; and involves in the design and manufacture of composite aircraft and space vehicle parts. The company?s printed circuit materials are used to fabricate complex multilayer printed circuit boards and other electronic interconnect systems, including back-planes, wireless packages, high speed/low-loss multilayers, and high density interconnects. It operates in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    You can put American Assets Trust, Inc. (NYSE:AAT) and Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE) on your watchlist, if not in your portfolio. These two stocks are the best of the best among names you’ve probably not heard of. Just because you haven’t heard of a stock, however, doesn’t mean it can’t dole out nice rewards. Indeed, I’m convinced the more obscure names like PKE and AAT are the market’s best trading opportunities specifically because they’re picks off the beaten path – the trades aren’t crowded yet.

  • [By Wallace Witkowski]

    Park Electrochemical Corp. (PKE)  is expected to post third-quarter earnings of 28 cents a share.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Printed-circuit materials maker Park Electrochemical (NYSE: PKE  ) announced yesterday its second-quarter dividend of $0.10 per share, the same rate it’s paid since 2009.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Insteel Industries Inc.(IIIN)

Insteel Industries, Inc. manufactures and markets steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. The company offers pre-stressed concrete strand (PC strand) and welded wire reinforcement (WWR) products. Its PC strand is a high strength seven-wire strand that is used to impart compression forces into precast concrete elements and structures, which may be either pre-tensioned or post-tensioned, providing reinforcement for bridges, parking decks, buildings, and other concrete structures. The company?s WWR is produced as either a standard or a specially engineered reinforcing product for use in nonresidential and residential construction. Its products comprise concrete pipe reinforcement, an engineered made-to-order product that is used as the primary reinforcement in concrete pipe, box culverts, and precast manholes for drainage and sewage systems, water treatment facilities, and other related applications; engineered structural mesh, an engineered m ade-to-order product, which is used as the primary reinforcement for concrete elements or structures; and standard welded wire reinforcement, a secondary reinforcing product for crack control applications in residential and light nonresidential construction, including driveways, sidewalks, and various slab-on-grade applications. Insteel Industries sells its products through sales representatives to the manufacturers of concrete products, distributors, and rebar fabricators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America. The company was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Insteel Industries (Nasdaq: IIIN  ) reported earnings on April 18. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended March 30 (Q2), Insteel Industries missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    With steely reserve, Insteel Industries  (NASDAQ: IIIN  )  declared it will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per share on June 28 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 14.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Forestar Group Inc (FOR)

Forestar Group Inc. (Forestar) is a real estate and natural resources company. The Company owns directly or through ventures almost 147,000 acres of real estate located in nine states and 12 markets and about 595,000 net acres of mineral interests. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had approximately 131,000 acres of timber on its 147,000 real estate acres and about 17,000 acres of timber under lease. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company generated revenues of $136 million. It operates in three segments: Real estate, Mineral resources and Fiber resources. Its real estate segment generated 78% of its 2011 consolidated revenues. The Company sells wood fiber from portions of its land, primarily in Georgia, and lease land for recreational uses. It leases its mineral interests to third parties for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, principally in Texas and Louisiana. On January 20, 2012, it sold its 25% interest in Palisades West LLC to Dime nsional Fund Advisors L.P. In September 2012, the Company acquired CREDO Petroleum Corp.

Real estate

In the Company’s real estate segment, it conducts an array of project planning and management activities related to the acquisition, entitlement, development and sale of real estate, primarily residential and mixed-use communities. It owns and manages its projects either directly or through ventures. Its development projects are principally located in the markets of Texas. The Company has over 16,000 acres entitled, developed and under development, consisted of land planned for over 27,000 residential lots and about 2,500 commercial acres. In 2011, it sold over 17,000 acres of undeveloped land through its retail land sales program. In addition, it sold 112 entitled acres from two residential projects. The majority of its projects are single-family residential and mixed-use communities. During 2011, the Company acquired 180 substantially completed residential lots in Houston, Texas; three multifamily develo! pment sites located in Austin, Denver, and Dallas.

The Company develops lots for single-family homes and develops multifamily properties on its commercial tracts or other developed sites it may purchase. In addition, the Company sells commercial tracts that are ready for construction of buildings for retail, office, industrial or other commercial uses. It sells residential lots primarily to national and regional homebuilders and, to a lesser extent, local homebuilders. The Company has 75 entitled, developed or under development projects in seven states and 11 markets, principally in the markets of Texas, encompassing over 16,000 remaining acres, consisted of land planned for over 27,000 residential lots and about 2,500 commercial acres. It also markets and sells undeveloped land through its retail sales program.

Commercial tracts are developed internally or sold to or ventured with commercial developers that specialize in the construction and operat ion of income producing properties, such as apartments, retail centers, or office buildings. The Company also sells land designated for commercial use to regional and local commercial developers. It has about 2,500 acres of entitled land designated for commercial use. Cibolo Canyons is a mixed-use project in the San Antonio market area.

Mineral Resources

The Company owns mineral interests beneath approximately 595,000 net acres located in the United States, principally in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. It is engaged in leasing certain portions of these mineral interests to third parties for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Of the Company’s 595,000 net acres of mineral interests, about 515,000 net acres are available for lease. It has about 80,000 net acres leased for oil and natural gas exploration activities, of which about 32,000 net acres are held by production from over 530 oil and natural gas wells that are opera ted by others. During 2011, the Company acquired unproved le! asehold p! roperties associated with 13,000 net mineral acres in Alabama and Georgia.

The Company has about 251,000 net mineral acres in East Texas and about 144,000 net mineral acres in Louisiana located within the East Texas and Gulf Coast Basins. It has mineral interests in and around production trends in the Wilcox, Frio, Cockfield, James Lime, Pettet, Travis Peak, Cotton Valley, Austin Chalk, Haynesville Shale and Bossier formations. The Company has about 1,000 net mineral acres in the Fort Worth Basin. It also has mineral interests in and around the Barnett Shale. The Company has about 40,000 net mineral acres in Alabama and about 157,000 net mineral acres in Georgia. The Company did not drill any wells in 2011.

Fiber Resources

The Company has about 131,000 acres of timber it owns directly or through ventures and about 17,000 acres of timber under lease. In 2011, it sold to Temple-Inland, over 323,000 tons of timber from its lands. During 2 011, about 131,000 acres of its land, primarily in Georgia, were leased for recreational purposes. During 2011, the Company sold 57,000 acres of timberland in Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Forestar Group (NYSE: FOR  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

  • [By Andy Batts]

    The shares of Forestar Group (FOR) are trading at ~30% discount to the company’s NAV. The company operates in three business segments: real estate, oil and gas, and other natural resources. Forestar has a rich portfolio of assets and businesses, including 133,000 acres of real estate; 752,000 acres of oil and gas properties; 1.5 million acres of water rights; and 275,000 acres of timberland.