5 Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now


Argentina’s new president ‘rushing’ to fix poverty Argentina and a group of American hedge funds may soon end a 15-year battle.

Negotiating through a mediator, Argentina offered to pay six hedge funds that own the country’s debt a total of $6.5 billion of the $9 billion it owes.

The hedge funds are referred to as “vultures” in Latin America because they buy bonds extremely cheaply, sue the countries for full repayment and often make a big profit once they’re paid.


Two firms, Montreux Partners and Dart Management, agreed in principal to the terms of the deal Friday, according to the Argentine finance ministry. The firms could not be immediately reached for comment.

5 Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

    Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the largest computer-services provider, sold $1.25 billion of seven-year notes in May at a record low coupon of 1.625 percent. That compares with a 5.7 percent rate on 10-year debt issued in 2007 by the Armonk, New York-based company.

  • [By Beth Piskora]

    They are listed below:

    Altera (ALTR)yielding 1.7%

    Apple (AAPL)yielding 2.5%

    Applied Materials (AMAT)yielding 2.6%

    Cisco (CSCO)yielding 2.9%


    EMC Corp. (EMC)yielding 1.5%

    International Business Machines (IBM)yielding 2.0%

    KLA-Tencor (KLAC)yielding 3.2%

    Microchip Technology (MCHP)yielding 3.6%

    Oracle (ORCL)yielding 1.5%

    Qualcomm (QCOM)yielding 2.1%

    Texas Instruments (TXN)yielding 2.9%

    Xilinx (XLNX)yielding 2.3%

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  • [By Mani]

    International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is making the right kind of investments to position itself to win across key growth drivers including cloud, mobile, analytics and big data. All these mega-themes are expected to evolve in the next 3-5 years.

  • [By Benjamin Shepherd] The US health care industry is among the heaviest regulated in the nation. Most health care-related companies must answer to federal, state and, in many cases, local regulators.

    That regulatory burden will only grow more complex, as myriad new rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” come into effect over the next few months. In just 22 days, the first insurance exchanges are supposed to come online. On January 1, the individual mandate and changes in coverage standards become effective.

    Many health care businesses and organizations were dragging their feet in complying with Obamacare’s provisions, waiting to see how the Supreme Court would come down on the law. The court didn’t rule on Obamacare until June 2012, a decision in which it upheld the law almost in its entirety.


    Given that delayed decision, a study conducted by the Government Accountability Office this past June found that only 44 perc ent of key activities required for full compliance had been completed, particularly where health insurance exchanges were concerned.

    As a result, there’s a massive scramble underway to achieve minimum compliance levels with the law. But there’s a paucity of workers with the requisite knowledge of federal and insurance regulations required to help companies and state governments navigate the labyrinth of regulations.


    That’s creating a lot of work for consultancies such as Huron Consulting Group (NSDQ: HURN), which focuses almost exclusively on the health care sector.

    While the company also works in the legal, financial, education and life sciences arenas, it primarily helps hospitals, health systems and physician groups reduce costs, maximize reimbursements from both federal and private insurers and transition towards the value-based care mandated under Obamacare. In future years, reimbursements will transition towards rewarding health c are organizations tha

5 Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

5 Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

5 Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [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.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [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 Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.


    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

5 Best Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at Mizuho downgraded UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH) from Buy to Neutral.

    UnitedHealth shares fell 4.20 percent to $136.90 in pre-market trading.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Netflix tumbled 13% to $94.34 after gaining far fewer overseas subscribers than it had forecast. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was able to offset International Business Machines’ (IBM) 5.7% drop to $143.98 with gains from Goldman Sachs (GS), which gained 2.5% to $162.71, UnitedHealth Group (UNH), which rose 2.1% to $130.50, and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which advanced 1.6% to $112.67. IBM was hit by disappointing guidance, while Goldman Sachs shrugged off a low quality beat, Johnson & Johnson lifted guidance, and UnitedHealth easily topped earnings forecasts.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aetna (AET) beat earnings forecasts but said it is reconsidering its participation in the Affordable Care Act public exchanges, while Leerink considered whether CVS Health (CVS) has been losing pharmacy benefit customers to UnitedHealth (UNH).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How good were UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) earnings today? So good its stock has jumped the most in more than six years–and lifted competitors like Humana (HUM), Cigna (CI), Aetna (AET), and Anthem (ANTM) as well. Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains why the market is in love with UnitedHealth’s earnings:

    John Murphy riding for UnitedHealthcare celebrates after winning stage seven of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge on August 23, 2015 Getty Images

    UnitedHealthreported a solid 3Q setting off the Managed Care earnings season on a high note. The company posted a healthy 9 c EPS beat at $2.17 and modest revenue beat while raising FY16 EPS guidance by 13 c to ~$8.00. The beat was driven by an 80 bps beat on Consolidated Medical Loss Ratio and a lower effective tax rate offset by 50 bps worse SGA ratio as the company invests for future growth. Consolidated MLR of 80.3% was better than consensus by 80 bps. Importantly, the quality of the quarter as measured by reserve strength and cash flows was excellent with an improvement in DCP of 52 Days by 2 days YoY and QoQ by 1 day, while Adj. CFO of $3.2 B offered CFO to NI ratio of 1.7x. Optum shone in all three segments of Optum Rx, Optum Health & Optum Insight with top line growth of 9% and margin expansion to 6.9% in 3Q. Balance Sheet deleveraging continues with a reduction in Debt to Cap by 2% to 46.9%. Shareholder dividends have grown by 25% YoY with continued share re purchase despite the deleveraging efforts post CTRX. The unparalleled strength of the platform was effectively highlighted by the stellar performance and we have even greater conviction in our top pick status on this name.

    Shares of UnitedHealth Group have jumped 7.1% to $$143.71 at 3:13 p.m. today, which would be the largest one-day move since the stock gained 8.1% on April 21, 2011. Humana has gained 2.4% to $173.90, Cigna has climbed 4.5% to $124.00, Aetna has risen 2.8% to $111.55, and Anthem has rallied 4.5% to $123.62.