When it comes to the stock market, the general consensus is that cheap stocks are cheap for a reason. However, there are times where a good business or good opportunity is under-appreciated by the stock market.
Those stocks seem to slip through the cracks, even though many of these companies are well-known entities.
Granted, a lot of times cheap stocks fail to pay off. However, we’ve seen more than enough examples where a $15 stock goes to $50 or a $20 stock scores to $75. Are we looking at that opportunity for some of the names below?
Let’s look at seven cheap stocks to speculate on with a few hundred bucks:
Ford (NYSE:F) Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) Opendoor Technologies (NASDAQ:OPEN) BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) SoFi Technologies (NASDAQ:SOFI) Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO) AcuityAds Holdings (NASDAQ:ATY)
Now, let’s dive in and take a closer look at each one.
Cheap Stocks to Buy: Ford (F)
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2023: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)
XPO Logistics, Inc. provides third-party logistics services using a network of relationships with ground, sea, and air carriers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It operates in three segments: Express-1, Concert Group Logistics, and Bounce Logistics. The Express-1 segment offers ground expedited surface transportation services for freight. It operates a fleet ranging from cargo vans to semi tractor trailer units. The Concert Group Logistics segment provides domestic and international freight forwarding services through a network of independently owned stations. Its domestic freight forwarding services include air charter, expedites, and time sensitive services, as well as cost sensitive services comprising deferred delivery, less than truckload, and full truck load services; and international freight forwarding services consist of on-board courier and air charters, time sensitive services, less-than-container and full-container-loads, and vessel charters. This segm ent also offers documentation on international shipments, customs clearance and banking, trade show shipment management, time definite and customized product distributions, reverse logistics and on site asset recovery projects, installation coordination, freight optimization, and diversity compliance support services. The Bounce Logistics segment provides premium freight brokerage services for truckload shipments. The company serves approximately 4,000 retail, commercial, manufacturing, and industrial customers through 6 U.S. operations centers and 22 agent locations. It offers its services to the automotive manufacturing, automotive components and supplies, commercial printing, durable goods manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer products, and high tech sectors. The company was formerly known as Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. and changed its name to XPO Logistics, Inc. in September 2011. XPO Logistics, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Buchanan, Michi gan.
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Breakups are a great way for companies to unlock a lot of value, Cramer reminded viewers. That's certainly been the case with XPO Logistics (XPO) – Get Report, which recently spun off GXO Logistics (GXO) – Get Report, and with the former L Brands, which split itself into Victoria's Secret (VSCO) – Get Report and Bath & Body Works (BBWI) – Get Report.
- [By Jeremy Bowman (TMFHobo)]
There’s a lot going on with XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) these days.
The transportation company just spun off its contract logistics division, GXO Logistics (NYSE:GXO), making it easier for investors to value the stock compared with less-than-truckload peers like Old Dominion and Saia. XPO also just posted record results in its second-quarter earnings report, showing the company is benefiting from the economic reopening.
- [By Lou Whiteman (TMFeldoubleu)]
With Motley Fool analyst Nick Sciple returning from his honeymoon, Motley Fool contributor Lou Whiteman joins this episode of Industry Focus: Energy to bring us up to speed on stories he might have missed in July, including Boeing (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), and XPO Logistics’ (NYSE:XPO) earnings.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Monday was an extremely strong day for the stock market, as major indexes finished well above where they started the session. Favorable economic data on retail sales renewed confidence that the U.S. economy continues to do well despite headwinds elsewhere around the world, and investors were pleased to see the U.S. and China discuss their respective currencies as part of their broader trade talks. Some benchmarks rose as much as 2%, but certain individual stocks saw even larger gains. NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) were among the top performers. Here’s why they did so well.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2023: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)
Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified manufacturing and technology company. The company engages in appliance solutions, climate technologies, industrial automation, motor technology, network power, process management, professional tools, and storage solutions businesses. Its appliance solutions business provides appliance controls, appliance motors, heating products, and white-rodgers; climate technology business provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions for residential, industrial, and commercial applications; and industrial automation business offers bearings and power transmission products, electrical power generation products, electric motors, variable speed drives and servos, electrical products, material joining solutions, fluid automation products, and wind turbine systems. The company?s motor technology business provides appliance motors, HVACR motors, DC motors, fractional horsepower motors, integral horsepower a nd larger motors, and drives; network power business provides power, precision cooling, connectivity, and embedded solutions; and process management business provides various wireless related products from self-organizing field networks to wireless asset and people tracking. Its professional tools business offers pipe working and threading equipment, pressing technology, utility locating and visual diagnostics systems, drain maintenance tools, power tools, air tools, general purpose hand tools, wet/dry vacs, job site storage equipment, truck tool boxes and equipment, and van storage equipment; and storage solutions business provides shelving and storage products for residential, commercial, and foodservice needs, as well as offers specialized carts, mobile computer workstations, and cabinet fixtures. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
- [By Lee Samaha]
In PMT, Honeywell’s process-solutions rival Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) continues to report strong results. But whereas Emerson’s CEO David Farr is expecting to benefit from relatively stronger LNG (liquefied natural gas) spending in the current cycle, Honeywell’s LNG revenue accounts for just 5% of its PMT sales, and it’s more heavily exposed to petrochemical and refining spending.
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Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) offers technology and engineering solutions to industrial, commercial and consumer markets. While it has had exposure to oil and gas, the company is poised for earnings growth, and its dividend hike in November of 2018 marked the 62nd straight year of dividend hikes.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2023: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
Parker Hannifin Corporation manufactures fluid power systems, electromechanical controls, and related components worldwide. Its Industrial segment offers pneumatic and electromechanical components, and systems; filters, systems, and instruments to monitor and remove contaminants from fuel, air, oil, water, and other liquids and gases; connectors that control, transmit, and contain fluid; hydraulic components and systems for builders and users of industrial and mobile machinery and equipment; critical flow components for process instrumentation, healthcare, and ultra-high-purity applications; and static and dynamic sealing devices. This segment sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their replacement markets in the manufacturing, transportation, and processing industries. The company?s Aerospace segment provides flight control systems and components, including hydraulic, electrohydraulic, electric backup hydraulic, electrohydrostatic, and electro -mechanical components for precise control of aircraft rudders, elevators, ailerons, and other aerodynamic control surfaces. It also provides electronics thermal management heat rejection systems, and single-phase and two-phase heat collection systems for radar, ISAR, and power electronics. This segment markets its products primarily to OEMs in the commercial, military, and general aviation markets, as well as to end users. Its Climate and Industrial Controls segment offers systems and components primarily for use in the mobile and stationary refrigeration, and air conditioning industry; and in fluid control applications in various industries, such as processing, fuel dispensing, beverage dispensing, and mobile emissions. This segment serves OEMs and their replacement markets. Parker-Hannifin Corporation markets its products through direct-sales employees, independent distributors, wholesalers, and sales representatives. The company was founded in 1918 and is headquartered i n Cleveland, Ohio.
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Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI increased its holdings in shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp (NYSE:PH) by 9.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 37,709 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,348 shares during the quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI’s holdings in Parker-Hannifin were worth $5,624,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH) had its price target boosted by Wells Fargo & Co from $185.00 to $193.00 in a research note released on Thursday, The Fly reports. Wells Fargo & Co currently has a market perform rating on the industrial products company’s stock.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2023: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, primarily engages in leasing household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The company?s stores offer durable products, such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories under flexible rental purchase agreements that allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period. It also provides merchandise on an installment sales basis in its stores. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 3,008 company-owned stores in the United States, and in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, including 42 retail installment sales stores under the names ?Get It Now? and ?Home Choice?; and 18 rent-to-own stores located in Canada under the ?Rent-A-Centre? name. It also operates 209 franchised rent-to-own stores in 32 states under the ColorTyme trade name; and 384 kiosk locations under the ?RAC Acceptance? model. In addition, the company, th rough its ColorTyme?s franchised stores, offers custom rims and tires for sale or rental under the trade names ?RimTyme? or ?ColorTyme Custom Wheels?. Rent-A-Center, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
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Stocks to Watch Today: KHC, HD, JWN, M, AAPL
Kraft Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC) is still licking its wounds after an abysmal earnings report on Thursday and a weak 2019 outlook. The consumer goods giant is looking to reshape its business as consumer tastes continue to evolve. According to reports, the firm – backed heavily by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) – is considering a deal to sell its Maxwell House brand. Warren Buffett is also affecting shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Although AAPL stock added 0.4% in pre-market hours, Buffett said he would not purchase more shares of the company stock at these levels. However, should AAPL stock pull back in the near future, the “Oracle of Omaha” would consider purchasing more. Earnings season may be winding down, but concerns about the U.S. brick-and-mortar retail industry are always high. This week, Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN), and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) will report earnings from the holiday quarter. Look for earnings reports from American States Water Co. (NYSE: AWR), Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR), Etsy Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY), Life Storage Inc. (NYSE: LSI), Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS), Oneok Inc. (NYSE: OKE), Potbelly Corp. (NASDAQ: PBPB), Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE: APTS), Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII), Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE: SHAK), and Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC).
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- [By Ethan Ryder]
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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Own For 2023: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. Its Health Benefits segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; and non-employer based insurance options for purchase by individuals. It also provides health and well-being services for individuals aged 50 and older; and for services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals, as well as health plans for the beneficiaries of acute and long-term care Medicaid plans. This segment offers its services through a network of 730,000 physicians and other health care professionals, and 5,300 hospitals. Its OptumHealth segment provides health, financial, and ancillary services and products that assist consumers through personalized health management solutions; benefit administration, and clinical and network management; health-based financi al services; behavioral solutions; and specialty benefits, such as dental, vision, life, critical illness, short-term disability, and stop-loss product offerings. The company?s Ingenix segment offers database and data management services, software products, publications, consulting and actuarial services, business process outsourcing services, and pharmaceutical data consulting and research services. Its Prescription Solutions segment provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services comprising retail network pharmacy contracting and management, claims processing, mail order pharmacy services, specialty pharmacy, benefit design consultation, rebate contracting and management, drug utilization review, formulary management programs, disease therapy management, and adherence programs to employer groups, union trusts, managed care organizations, Medicare-contracted plans, Medicaid plans, and third party administrators. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Minne tonka, Minnesota.
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LHC Group (LHCG) : “No. I like UnitedHealth Group (UNH) and Centene (CNC) .”
Pitney Bowes (PBI) : “Whoa. no thanks.”
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Top holdings include the likes of Microsoft (MSFT), Walmart (WMT), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Procter & Gamble (PG) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH).
“VIG is well-diversified at the sector level, offering a much more balanced portfolio than either the iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY) or the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY),” Kern adds.
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The 60 or so holdings in this fund are a simple listing of the healthcare stocks that are present in the broader S&P 500 Index. These companies are then weighted by size, so familiar names like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), UnitedHealth Group (UNH) and Pfizer (PFE) top the list of components.