5.25 0.00 (0.00%)
Pre-Market: 7:15AM EST
|Bid||5.27 x 1000|
|Ask||5.50 x 2900|
|Day's Range||5.20 - 5.52|
|52 Week Range||4.83 - 11.69|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.37|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||10.25|
|Earnings Date||Mar 11, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||6.25|
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Former Procter & Gamble Co. manager Matthew Moellering has been named interim CEO of Express Inc., an apparel retailer based in Columbus.
[Editor's note: This story was originally published in August 2018. It has since been updated and republished to reflect changes in stock price, although the writer's opinions may have changed.] The stock market is a mess right now. Ever since Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) dropped the ball, the whole tech sector has rolled over and markets have dropped. The broad market volatility, however, does not change the bull thesis on cheap stocks. In the group of stocks under $5, macro market movements can cause some noise in shares. But, the investment thesis on cheap stocks is predicated on huge moves higher in the long-term. Thus, near-term, macro-driven movements amount to nothing more than a sideshow. From this perspective, now might be a good time to pile into some stocks under $5. These stocks are a high-risk bunch. But, they do have high-reward potential, too. Just look at the three stocks under $10 that I recommended buying in late March, including Pandora (NYSE:P). InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips All three stocks were considered high-risk losers at the time. But since then, P stock has risen nearly 80%. * 7 Stupidly Cheap Stocks to Buy Now With that in mind, here is a list of five cheap stocks, which I think have equally big upside potential over the next several months. Source: Shutterstock ### Pier 1 (PIR) PIR Stock Price: 71 cents Furniture retailer Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) has had a tough time getting its act together for several years. Peer Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH) has seen its stock rise 30% over the past year thanks to a red-hot housing market and robust demand for home furnishings. PIR stock, however, has collapsed during that same stretch. These problems aren't new. Over the past five years, this stock has lost more than 90% of its value. Having said that, there is visibility for a turnaround in PIR stock in the near future. At its core, Pier 1 has been killed by rising e-commerce threats creating huge pricing and traffic headwinds. Pier 1, which stands somewhat square in the middle of price and quality, doesn't really have anything special about the business to protect against these headwinds. Consequently, sales and margins have dropped in a big way. But, the company recently unveiled a three-year strategic plan to turn the business around. The plan includes a re-launch of the Pier 1 brand this fall and bigger investments into omni-channel commerce capabilities and marketing. No one knows whether or not this plan will actually work. But, home furnishings is a market with enduring demand, so that helps. Plus, search interest related to the company is actually starting to grow on a year-over-year basis, illustrating that this plan is off to a good start. Meanwhile, PIR stock is dirt cheap. This company used to have earnings power of $1 per share. Even half of that earnings power (50 cents) would be huge for a $2 stock. At 50 cents per share in earnings power, it wouldn't be unreasonable to see this stock hit $8 (a market-average 16x multiple). Source: Shutterstock ### Groupon (GRPN) GRPN Stock Price: $3.63 Much like Pier 1, savings-king Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) feels like one of those companies that were loved yesterday but will be forgotten tomorrow. But, I don't think that's true. I get that the savings and deals market is commoditized now. I also understand that Groupon really isn't a household name for coupons like it used to be. But, I'm a numbers a guy. And the numbers are pretty good here. The customer base is actually still growing (up more than 2% year-over-year last quarter). Thus, global popularity of the Groupon platform is only growing. Meanwhile, margins are improving thanks to management's focus on higher-margin businesses. Operating expenses are also being removed from the system, so the company's overall profitability profile is dramatically improving. Aside from the numbers, Groupon launched an aggressive 2018 advertising campaign with hyper-relevant Tiffany Haddish that scored just shy of 100 million views. I think this campaign will have a long-term positive effect on usage, which could drive the stock higher. Plus, the company is putting itself up for sale, and some analysts think this company can fetch a $12 takeover price. * 10 Stocks to Buy for a Rate Hike Slowdown Put it all together, and it looks like GRPN stock could have a big-time rally in 2019. Source: Brownpau via Flickr (Modified) ### Zynga (ZNGA) ZNGA Stock Price: $4.32 I'm not a huge fan of the mobile gaming sector. It's a tough space plagued with competition and low margins. Plus, competition is only building thanks to social media apps becoming increasingly multi-purpose. But, mobile gaming company Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) seems to have found the key to success in the mobile gaming world. Zynga used to be a mega-popular browser game company with tons of users. But then the company overreached by branching into games that had heavy overlap with the traditional video game market, like sports titles. They couldn't compete in that market. Eventually, the over-extension sparked user churn, and ZNGA stock spiraled downward. That forced Zynga to re-invent itself into something much more relevant and defensible. They did just that. Zynga has transitioned its business model from web-focused to mobile-first while narrowing its gaming title focus. This pivot has streamlined operations, re-invigorated top-line growth, cut costs and improved profitability. Consequently, the numbers supporting Zynga are pretty good. Mobile revenue growth was up 9% in the third quarter. Mobile bookings growth hit 23% year-over-year. The company also reported a huge audience of 22 million mobile daily active users (+10%) and 87 million mobile monthly active users (+9%). From where I sit, this pivot appears to be in its early stages. Mobile is a secular growth narrative, and ZNGA has developed a gaming portfolio that is focused and tailored to that growth narrative. Thus, so long as mobile engagement heads higher, Zynga's numbers should get better. Better numbers will inevitably lead to a higher stock price. Source: arotech.com ### Arotech (ARTX) ARTX Stock Price: $3.21 There is no hiding the fact that the defense sector is hot right now. President Donald Trump came into office, upped the ante on defense and military spending, and in response, the whole world is spending more on defense and military. Defense contractors win when this happens. That is why mega-cap defense contractors like Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) have been on fire for the past several quarters. But one micro-cap defense contractor that has missed out on this rally is Arotech (NASDAQ:ARTX). Over the past several years, the financials at Arotech haven't gained any ground. Five years ago, revenues were $88 million and operating profits were $3.5 billion. Last year, revenues were $98 million and operating profits were $2.9 million. In other words, profits haven't risen in five years. When profits don't go up, the stock tends not to go up. It is a simple relationship. But, profits are stabilizing. When profits go from declining to stabilizing, they usually go to growth next. And, when profits go up, stocks tend to go up. * 10 Best Stocks Under $10 As such, it looks like Arotech is finally joining the tide when it comes to big boosts in defense and military spending. This tide will inevitably lift Arotech's earnings power substantially, and ARTX will rally as a result. Source: Shutterstock ### Blink Charging (BLNK) BLNK Stock Price: $1.73 When it comes to cheap stocks, there are few as volatile as Blink Charging (NASDAQ:BLNK). Over the past two years, BLNK stock has gone from $30 to $5, and popped from $5 to $15 … it now sits at a paltry $1.73. This volatility won't give up any time soon. Thus, if you want to avoid volatility, I'd say avoid BLNK stock. That being said, if this company's secular growth narrative surrounding building a network of electric vehicle charging stations globally materializes within the next five years, this stock could be a 5-to-10 bagger. It is a big risk. But, eventually, global infrastructure will need to match demand. At that point in time, there will be some huge contracts awarded to electric vehicle charging station companies. Will Blink be one of them? Perhaps. Tough to tell. But if they do land some big contracts, this stock could have another huge pop in a short amount of time. As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB, PIR, GRPN and ARTX. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Tech Stocks to Buy Now for 2025 * 10 Best Stocks Under $10 * 15 Artificial Intelligence Stocks Leading the New Wave Compare Brokers The post 5 Stocks Under $5 to Buy Before They Soar appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Express Inc. said Tuesday Chief Executive David Kornberg will leave the fashion and apparel company, after four years in the role. The company named current Chief Operating Officer Matthew Moellering as interim CEO, until a permanent CEO is named. Kornberg will no longer be CEO effective Jan. 22, and will remain employed with the company through Feb. 21. Kornberg joined Express in 1999 and has served as CEO since Jan. 30, 2015. The stock was still inactive in premarket trade. Since Kornberg became CEO, the stock has lost 58.7% through Friday, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF has lost 3.4% and the S&P 500 has gained 33.9%.
Express, Inc. (EXPR), a leading fashion apparel retailer, today announced the departure of Chief Executive Officer David Kornberg. Mr. Kornberg will remain employed by the company through February 21, 2019. The Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Moellering, age 52, as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Interim President until a permanent Chief Executive Officer and President is appointed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- EXPRESS, Inc. (EXPR) today announced Express's exclusive design collaboration with actress, model and designer Olivia Culpo. Available in 300 stores and online at Express.com/OliviaCulpo on January 16, the Express x Olivia Culpo Collection is the first in a series of capsule collections that will be announced by Express throughout 2019.
Express, Inc. (EXPR), a leading fashion apparel retailer, today confirmed that fourth quarter to date business performance is tracking within the guidance the Company issued on November 29, 2018. The Company expects to report results for the fourth quarter and full year periods ending February 2, 2019 during the week of March 11, 2019. Express is a leading fashion destination and apparel brand for both women and men.
This is one of the most succinct taunts to emerge from the ongoing tensions between Italy and the EU. The full FT story is here, and here is an analysis on Poland and Italy’s “new European Spring”. For Italy, the current battleground is banking.
Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings made by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30th. What do these smart investors think about Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR)? Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. […]