Value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. After all, who wouldn’t want to find stocks that are either flying under the radar and are compelling buys, or offer up tantalizing discounts when compared to fair value?
One way to find these companies is by looking at several key metrics and financial ratios, many of which are crucial in the value stock selection process. Let’s put Matson, Inc. (MATX Quick QuoteMATX ) stock into this equation and find out if it is a good choice for value-oriented investors right now, or if investors subscribing to this methodology should look elsewhere for top picks:
A key metric that value investors always look at is the Price to Earnings Ratio, or PE for short. This shows us how much investors are willing to pay for each dollar of earnings in a given stock, and is easily one of the most popular financial ratios in the world. The best use of the PE ratio is to compare the stock’s current PE ratio with: a) where this ratio has been in the past; b) how it compares to the average for the industry/sector; and c) how it compares to the market as a whole.
Hot Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)
Sears Holdings Corporation (“Holdings”) is the parent company of Kmart Holding Corporation (“Kmart”) and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (“Sears”). Holdings (together with its subsidiaries, “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”) was formed as a Delaware corporation in 2004 in connection with the merger of Kmart and Sears (the “Merger”) on March 24, 2005. We are an integrated retailer with significant physical and intangible assets, as well as virtual capabilities enabled through technology. We operate a national network of stores with 1,672 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States operating through Kmart and Sears. Further, we operate a number of websites under the sears.com and kmart.com banners which offer millions of products and provide the capability for our members and customers to engage in cross-channel transactions such as free store pickup; buy in store/ship to home; and buy online, return in store. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ethan Ryder]
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- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
The new company, Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD), did not start to fall apart right away. However, a decade after the deal, the company was reeling. When old-line retailers begin to crumble and then go under, the major culprit for causing the demise is usually identified as Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN). For Sears, that is only moderately true. Much of the harm it suffered was self-inflicted.
Hot Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pearson, Plc(PSO)
Pearson plc (Pearson), incorporated on August 12, 1897, is an international education and media company. The Company has operations in the education, business information and consumer publishing markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Core and Growth. The Company creates and manages intellectual property, which it promotes and sells to its customers under brand names. It has three lines of business corresponding to the stages of learning: schools, higher education and professional, which includes the Financial Times (FT) Group. The Company delivers its content in a range of forms and through a range of channels, including books and online services. The Company offers services, as well as content, from test creation, administration and processing to teacher development and school software. It operates in approximately 70 countries across the world. Pearson consists of its education business, including the FT Group and holds interest in Penguin Random House.
Pearson education is a provider of educational materials and learning technologies. It provides test development, processing and scoring services to governments, educational institutions, corporations and professional bodies around the world. It publishes across the curriculum and provides a range of education services, including teacher development, educational software and system-wide solutions, and also owns and operates schools. Its professional testing business, Pearson VUE (VUE), is involved in electronic testing business for regulatory and certification boards, providing a suite of services from test development to test delivery and data management. Pearson VUE offers exams through a network of over 7,200 test centers across 190 countries, delivering the national council licensure examination (NCLEX) exam for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the graduate management admission test (GMAT) for the Graduate Management Admissions Council and numerous information technology (IT) exams, such ! as Cisco and CompTIA.
In the United Kingdom, Pearson VUE works with professional and government bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Pearson VUE also includes Certiport, engaged in IT performance-based exams delivered through a global network of academic test centers, and general educational development (GED) Testing Service, a joint venture with the American Council on Education to deliver a high school equivalency exam. The businesses in Pearson’s English division include Wall Street English (center-based learning for consumers); English Language Teaching (institutional English language publications, including brands, such as Longman); Pearson English Business Solutions (online business English learning solutions), and Grupo Multi (the adult English language training company in Brazil). The FT is a news organization. The FT provides a range of essential services, including news, comment, data and analysis. The FT consists of the FT newspaper and FT.com, Financial Publishing, FT Chinese, FT Labs and Medley Global Advisors.
The Company’s North American business serves educators and students in the United States and Canada from early education through elementary, middle and high schools and into higher education. It offers a range of products and services, such as courseware, including curriculum textbooks and other learning materials; assessments, including test development and scoring, and services, including the provision of online learning services.
The Company’s North America school business offers early learning solutions that help educators and families teach fundamental math and literacy skills; elementary and secondary imprints publish school programs in reading, literature, math, science and social studies, and digital instructional solutions for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (k-12), such as enVisionMATH and Miller-Levine Biology. Its! solution! s include learning assessments to help gauge how students learn, talent assessments to help growing companies develop their workforce, and clinical assessments to help psychologists and speech/language/hearing/occupational and physical therapists diagnose and monitor patients. Its North America Higher Education business offers learning services for students, colleges and universities in the United States.
The Company’s core markets are the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, the Benelux countries and Italy. In the United Kingdom school market, the Company offers academic and vocational qualifications in names, such as Edexcel, Bachelor of Technology (BTEC) and London Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). Learners take its qualifications in over 80 countries. The Company uses its online marking technology to mark examination papers and its ResultsPlus service provides analysis of every learner’s examination results. The Company also offers digital products, such as Bug Club and ActiveLearn.
The Company provides English language schools in China and Brazil; partner schools in Brazil and India; vocational and higher education institutions from Saudi Arabia to South Africa, as well as textbooks and educational software. In Brazil, the Company offers sistemas or learning systems, which include Certificate of Conformity (COC), Dom Bosco, Pueri Domus and NAME. In South Africa, the Company runs over 10 of its CTI and MGI campuses throughout the country. Its campuses prioritize digital learning and enable students to access their courses through tablet devices.
The Company competes with Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, K-12 Inc and ETS.
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UBS Group reissued their neutral rating on shares of Pearson (NYSE:PSO) in a research note published on Monday, The Fly reports.
Several other equities analysts have also commented on the stock. Barclays reaffirmed an underweight rating on shares of Pearson in a research report on Monday, August 2nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Pearson from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a report on Monday, August 23rd. Credit Suisse Group reiterated an underperform rating on shares of Pearson in a report on Monday, August 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pearson from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, August 3rd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $13.00.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market saw modest gains on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average adding about 0.2%. Investors were generally pleased to see further signs of progress on a potential U.S. trade deal with China, and past fears about potential economic headwinds in the U.S. seemed to give way to greater optimism about the economy’s overall prospects. Yet some stocks weren’t able to join the rally. Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), Pearson (NYSE:PSO), and Dorman Products (NASDAQ:DORM) were among the worst performers. Here’s why they did so poorly.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Credit Suisse Group downgraded shares of Pearson (NYSE:PSO) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a research note released on Tuesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports.
Hot Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)
Twitter, Inc. operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. The company offers various products and services, including Twitter that allows users to create, distribute, and discover content; and Periscope and Vine, a mobile application that enables user to broadcast and watch video live. It also provides promoted products and services, such as promoted tweets, promoted accounts, and promoted trends that enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products, and services; and subscription access to its data feed for data partners. In addition, the company offers a set of tools, public APIs, and embeddable widgets for developers to contribute their content to its platform; syndicate and distribute Twitter content across their properties; and enhance their Websites and applications with Twitter content. Twitter, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
Shares of Immunomedics (NASDAQ:IMMU) rose nearly 12% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The $5 billion biopharma announced fiscal first-quarter and full-year 2018 financial results, although as a pre-commercial company, investors were more interested in the business updates provided.
- [By Max Byerly]
Swiss National Bank cut its holdings in Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU) by 4.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 203,050 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 8,600 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in Immunomedics were worth $4,806,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Max Byerly]
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Hot Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited(JKS)
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., incorporated on August 3, 2007, operates in the photovoltaic (PV) industry. The Company has a vertically integrated solar power product value chain, ranging from recovering silicon materials to manufacturing solar modules and solar power generation. The Company’s segments are the manufacturing segment and the solar power projects segment. The manufacturing segment comprises its vertically integrated solar power product manufacturing business, under which the Company manufactures silicon ingots, wafers, cells and solar modules. The solar power projects segment comprises the downstream solar power generation, construction and operation business, including power generation; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and connecting solar power projects to the grid, and operation and maintenance (O&M) of the solar power projects. The Company sells its solar modules under the JinkoSolar brand.
The Company’s Eagle II solar modules can reach peak power output of 260 to 270 watts for a 60-cell module. The Eagle solar modules are potential induced degradation (PID) free modules to be certified under weather conditions of approximately 90 degrees Celsius and over 90% relative humidity. The Company has an annual capacity of approximately three gigawatts each for silicon ingots and wafers, approximately 2.5 gigawatts for solar cells and over 4.3 gigawatts for solar modules. Its manufacturing facilities are primarily located in Shangrao, Jiangxi Province, Haining, Zhejiang Province, and Penang, Malaysia. The Company’s products include recovered silicon materials, silicon ingots, silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules. The Company’s services include solar system EPC and processing services. It offers monocrystalline silicon ingots, monocrystalline silicon wafers, multicrystalline silicon ingots and multicrystalline silicon wafers.
The Company competes with Trina Solar Ltd., Canadian Solar Inc. and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.
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JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:JKS)Q42018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET
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- [By Ethan Ryder]
ValuEngine cut shares of JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.
A number of other research firms have also issued reports on JKS. Roth Capital upgraded JinkoSolar from a neutral rating to a buy rating and decreased their target price for the company from $20.00 to $11.50 in a report on Monday, February 4th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded JinkoSolar from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, February 4th. Williams Capital initiated coverage on JinkoSolar in a report on Wednesday, December 19th. They issued a sell rating and a $1.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded JinkoSolar from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $18.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reiterated a neutral rating on shares of JinkoSolar in a report on Tuesday, November 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $12.58.
- [By Travis Hoium]
Shares of JinkoSolar Holding(NYSE:JKS) fell as much as 12.5% in trading Wednesday after news of a lawsuit broke. The stock ended the session down 9.2%.