39.25 +0.07 (0.18%)
After hours: 6:26PM EDT
|Bid||39.23 x 1100|
|Ask||39.27 x 4000|
|Day's Range||39.08 - 39.76|
|52 Week Range||30.95 - 52.46|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.48|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Jul 28, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.36 (8.66%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Jun 12, 2020|
|1y Target Est||47.86|
With the global economy showing some serious volatility, holding stocks with secure balance sheets and reliable cash flows is one way to beat the volatility and sleep easy at night. If you're looking for some stocks that effectively "print money," keep reading to see why Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B), and Altria (NYSE: MO) all fit the bill. It's hard to think of a bigger cash cow than Facebook.
At the end of February we announced the arrival of the first US recession since 2009 and we predicted that the market will decline by at least 20% in (Recession is Imminent: We Need A Travel Ban NOW). In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each […]
* AT&T (NYSE:T) * Altria Group (NYSE:MO) * RCI Hospitality (NASDAQ:RICK) * Molson Coors Beverage (NYSE:TAP) * Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) * Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY) * Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG) * ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC) * Champignon Brands (OTCMKTS:SHRMF)Although it's natural to mourn the cessation of the bull market, from another perspective, the novel coronavirus has gifted patient investors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Previously, so many companies had fundamentally strong business, but were gutted once the pandemic struck. Now, these stalwarts can be reasonably considered cheap stocks to buy.Better yet, no matter what your thoughts are on the market's trajectory, investors should be looking to advantage these lows. For instance, if you still believe in a quick, V-shaped economic recovery, then acquiring cheap stocks now would see you earn a swift profit.However, if we take the opposite road and slog it out through years of frustration, this would still be a net positive -- unless you must cash out now for whatever reason. That's because a slow recovery allows you to build a robust portfolio of high-quality names. By the end of these trials, you'll thank yourself for thinking ahead.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAt the same time, not all cheap stocks to buy are viable bets for the long haul. As the bankruptcies of once-iconic American companies have demonstrated, we are still in the midst of an unprecedented calamity. Therefore, even solid names will likely suffer volatility, especially if we have an extended recovery.For this list of discounted companies, I'm primarily looking at businesses that can ride out the present calamity; hence, my focus on the vice industry. As well, I'm considering investments that may not find favor now but should have long-term upside. * 7 Red-Hot Vaccine Stocks Racing to Develop a Coronavirus Cure As with any pick you're considering, you should already acknowledge that turbulence is a given. Implement common-sense risk mitigation and you'll likely do well with these cheap stocks. AT&T (T)Source: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com AT&T is not only regarded among many analysts as one of the best cheap stocks to buy during this crisis, it's also incredibly boring. But remember, in the new normal, boring typically means stable, and stability is a very good thing. Here, this translates to T stock sporting a nearly 7% dividend yield.Additionally, AT&T features a forward price-earnings ratio of 9.5. That's incredibly low compared to both the telecommunications industry and broader benchmarks. Still, there's a reason for the discount. Over the years, the company has become very bloated, with some high-dollar decisions not working out favorably.Still, it's possible that the market is focusing too much on the negatives of T stock and not enough on the positives. For instance, the 5G network rollout will provide years of support for AT&T. In addition, the company owns HBO, which gives AT&T's streaming service much more gravitas than the competition. Altria Group (MO)Source: Kristi Blokhin / Shutterstock.com Admittedly, in the pre-pandemic years, Altria Group was disappointing. As you know, smoking rates are on the decline. Even worse, a new competitor, vaporizers or e-cigarettes, began providing a cleaner alternative to combustible cigarettes.However, MO stock became interesting when Altria invested heavily in Juul. However, underage vaping controversies saw Juul hit with lawsuits and ugly public accusations. Invariably, Altria's stake in Juul turned into a debacle.So, with all that, does Altria really belong in this list of cheap stocks to buy? While the headlines look terrible for the tobacco giant, the coronavirus may provide a surprising catalyst. According to research in Canada, recessions have a positive impact on smoking and imbibing rates. * 7 Cheap Stocks to Buy With Great Potential If this translates stateside -- and there's no reason to believe it wouldn't -- smoking rates could rise. Also, growing tensions between the U.S. and China may restrict vaporizer sales, which would cynically benefit Altria. RCI Hospitality (RICK)Source: Shutterstock Due to its universally attractive -- though admittedly shady -- business, RCI Hospitality is usually a solid bet, irrespective of broader market conditions. While RICK stock has seen a significant rise in value since hitting a bottom in March, shares are still sharply discounted relative to their pre-pandemic highs.But can RCI make good as a recession-resistant investment under these trying times? I will concede that this is a riskier proposition compared to other cheap stocks. Certainly, new normal protocols such as social distancing don't help when you're in the gentlemen's business. Still, this industry did very well, relatively speaking, during the Great Recession. I wouldn't be surprised if RICK stock provides an encore performance.At the end of the day, RCI meets a human need for close companionship that no technology can replicate. Granted, it's a cheap, twisted take on said companionship, but the demand is there. Molson Coors Beverage (TAP)Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Another vice-related company, Molson Coors Beverage is more palatable for investors than RCI. I mean that figuratively and literally. As a provider of multiple beer brands, including low-cost, budget-friendly beers like Coors Light and Keystone Light, Molson Coors has distinct relevance during our troubles.For many of us, drinking booze is a way to help get the edge off. Obviously, with the quarantines and social isolation, along with mass uncertainty over the viability of our economy, many reasons exist to knock down a cold one. But so far, it's TAP stock that's the one getting knocked down.Currently, shares are trading at levels last seen in the early years of last decade. What gives? * 25 Stocks to Buy for the Reopening Rally Unfortunately, shuttered restaurants have had a huge impact on Molson Coors and several other beverage makers. But with most states reopening -- and some blatantly ignoring common sense -- it's possible that cheap beer will start flowing again. Therefore, you'll want to keep Molson on your list of cheap stocks to consider. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD)Source: legacy1995 / Shutterstock.com Similar to Molson Coors, Anheuser-Busch specializes in cheap beer. For many years, Anheuser's flagship brand, Bud Light, has been the most popular beer in America, followed by Coors Light. Personally, I like the taste of Coors Light as far as cheap light beer goes. But Bud Light? It's simply awful.However, the customer is always right. And for the long term, you don't want to fight the tape on BUD stock. Right now, though, shares are at a remarkable discount. With BUD, you have to go back to the Great Recession years to see prices this low.Understandably, that might raise concerns. Typically, cheap stocks are cheap for a reason. In this case, Anheuser-Busch got rattled by the mass restaurant closure. Also, all popular cheap beer brands suffered a massive revenue reduction due to the quarantining of sports.However, the eventual return of sports -- as NASCAR demonstrated -- augurs well for BUD stock. Sure, there many not be fans in the stands but that will change over the next few years. Additionally, sports events provide an incentive for increased grocery sales of cheap beer, which is a net positive for this industry. Yamana Gold (AUY)Source: Shutterstock Fundamentally, you wouldn't consider Yamana Gold cheap. Currently, shares sport a forward P/E ratio of 31.5, which is high compared to the metals and mining industry. But on a technical basis, it's still one of the cheap stocks that you can pick up below double-digit prices.I'll freely concede that such thinking alone is a terrible reason to buy equity in an organization. But AUY stock is riding on the enthusiasm of the gold market. And while the yellow metal has frustrated many investors over the years, this time is different.Yes, those may be the four most dangerous words in investing. However, when Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell states that the U.S. economy faces unprecedented risks, this phrase is justified. * 7 Excellent Penny Stocks Ready to Roar Further, the labor market continues to print an ugly picture. Over a nine-week period, 40 million Americans filed for initial jobless claims. This number will probably continue to rise uncomfortably, giving AUY stock a cynical edge. Simon Property Group (SPG)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Usually, being the biggest U.S. operator in an industry is cause for celebration. But for Simon Property Group, which specializes in shopping malls, this distinction suddenly became a liability. Obviously, with the onset of stay-at-home orders, social distancing protocols and a sense of fear over contracting Covid-19, very few people could -- or even wanted -- to leave their homes. Naturally, SPG stock tanked.However, shares might interest risk-tolerant contrarians. I must be clear: This is among the riskiest of risky cheap stocks. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend spending a dime more than what your dumb money allocation allows.That said, Simon Property will gradually open stores as states lift their restrictions. As out-of-state travel data revealed, pent-up demand caused many Americans to run to regions that first reopened their businesses. We could see a similar dynamic play out for SPG stock.Another reason to be optimistic is that the company owns a large portfolio of outlet malls. Although traditional department stores are out of favor, retailers offering discounts will never go out of style. ViacomCBS (VIAC)Source: Jer123 / Shutterstock.com At first glance, you'd expect the quarantines to help lift ViacomCBS. Although a traditional content and entertainment powerhouse, ViacomCBS offers mainstream programs that many viewers find compelling. Yet that didn't help VIAC stock on the technical front, with shares plummeting throughout much of February and March.To be fair, VIAC has found robust momentum since hitting its March bottom. Despite that, shares are still discounted relative to their beginning-of-year price. Thus, ViacomCBS qualifies as one of the cheap stocks to buy amid this pandemic.More importantly, VIAC stock has a credible upside pathway. Mainly, the underlying company probably slipped into the background as pure streaming plays like Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) stole its thunder. However, as we work through this crisis, ViacomCBS becomes more compelling. * 10 Lithium Stocks to Buy Despite the Market's Irrationality For one thing, ViacomCBS has trusted news brands, which is more crucial than ever before. Additionally, the return of sports -- even in a mitigated fashion -- is a net positive for VIAC due to its live broadcasts. Champignon Brands (SHRMF)Source: Shutterstock Technically the cheapest of the cheap stocks on this list, Champignon Brands can be had for less than two bucks. Admittedly, this announcement will cause many investors to turn away from this company, and that's a good thing. You don't want to touch SHRMF stock if you can't take the heat.But if you can stomach the volatility, Champignon could be one of the most exciting opportunities available. Levered toward the burgeoning psychedelic medicine industry, SHRMF stock may strike you as another vice name. Actually, it's much more than that. Psychedelics offer profoundly positive implications toward addressing mental health issues.Most notable of all, Champignon Brands operates in a market that features incredibly high barriers to entry. Unlike cannabis, which anyone with enough drive can engage, psychedelics are strictly controlled by the federal government. Thus, your money is going to medicinal research, not toward a shady retail market.A former senior business analyst for Sony Electronics, Josh Enomoto has helped broker major contracts with Fortune Global 500 companies. Over the past several years, he has delivered unique, critical insights for the investment markets, as well as various other industries including legal, construction management, and healthcare. As of this writing, he is long AT&T, Altria, gold bullion and Champignon Brands. 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No matter how dire things may have appeared in previous bear markets, bull-market rallies eventually erase all evidence of downward moves in the stock market. Also keep in mind that you don't have to be rich to generate a handsome return from the stock market. With the exception of the oil and gas industry, there's probably not a harder-hit industry lately than bank stocks.
Aurora Cannabis (NYSE: ACB) stock has skyrocketed by a triple-digit percentage in recent days after the Canadian cannabis producer reported better-than-expected fiscal 2020 third-quarter results. You might think that after this huge gain, Aurora is outperforming rival Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON), which posted Q1 results earlier this month that were below expectations. Which of these two marijuana stocks is the better pick going forward?
The market’s least-volatile stocks look very different today than they did just three months ago, thanks to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After a prolonged shutdown, Ford Motor Co. officially resumed production at its North American factories this week. It hasn’t been as smooth a process as the company might have hoped: Ford had to temporarily close two critical facilities this week to allow for a deep cleaning after workers tested positive for the coronavirus. An Explorer SUV plant in Chicago was closed a second time after an employee at a nearby supplier facility tested positive for the virus, causing a parts shortage.This is the reality of manufacturing for the time being as companies fret about worker safety and the legal and reputational risks of not doing enough to protect employees. Unlike Ford, whose products fall into a category of consumer spending that’s become even more discretionary amid the pandemic, wide swaths of the industrial sector were deemed essential and allowed to remain operational. Those companies, too, have had their share of growing pains as they adjust to a new way of working.Boeing Co. temporarily closed its factories in the Puget Sound area in March after a worker died of the coronavirus and later briefly shuttered work at its 787 plant in South Carolina. CBS Minnesota reported earlier this month that a Honeywell International Inc. facility in Minneapolis had closed after a worker tested positive. Whirlpool Corp. closed its Amana, Iowa, refrigerator plant at least twice after employees tested positive for the virus, according to the Gazette local paper. Deere & Co. and Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA are among the many others that have had to close plants on a limited basis to avoid outbreaks among workers. Lockheed Martin Corp., meanwhile, said this week it will temporarily slow production of the F-35 fighter jet because of delays at suppliers. It’s a lot harder, though, to bring factories back to life than it is to just figure it out as you go along. Ford may be a manufacturer, but because it’s one of the few to have experienced an extended lockdown, it’s arguably a better benchmark for the non-industrial economy. You better believe that office-based companies that have sent most of their workers home are keeping a close eye on how the likes of Ford fare in flipping the switch back on. Seeing the automaker’s setbacks this week, companies that can operate without their employees clustered in the same place may be less keen to rush back. They’re getting a more continuous stream of work out of their employees now than they would if they had to hit the pause button and clear out the office every few weeks. And the mixed messages from the White House aren't helpful: President Donald Trump is due to visit a Ford factory in Michigan that’s been converted to ventilator production and has been wishy-washy on whether he will adhere to the company’s face-mask requirements. Already, American Express Co. CEO Steve Squeri and Visa Inc. CEO Al Kelly said this week that most of their employees would work from home for the rest of the year. Some 28% of employers recently surveyed by Challenger, Gray & Christmas said they would make work-from-home arrangements permanent for at least some employees. Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and social media site Twitter Inc. are among those who have publicly said remote working will be their indefinite default option. Facebook Inc. said Thursday it would follow suit and move to a more permanent remote workforce.At the end of the day, manufacturing or non-manufacturing, it's all interconnected. How permanent this shift to work from home will be is debatable, but if companies end up needing less office space, by default that means fewer HVAC systems, commercial lighting, fire and security products or even 3M Co.’s Post-it notes. And if workers aren’t going to be commuting, do they still need to buy cars from Ford? There's a lot riding on getting reopening right. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
With volatility through the roof over the last few months, finding a good dividend stock isn't as easy as it once was. With that in mind, let's take a look at three dividend stocks that are selling for cheap today. AT&T (NYSE: T) has lurched from one repositioning to the next over the last few years.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced a probe into Altria and Philip Morris for alleged patent violations over iQOS heat-not-burn technology.
Altria's (NYSE: MO) first-quarter earnings report saw sales surge 16% as shipment volumes jumped 6% from the year-ago period. It's also why Altria remains a top stock to buy even when the world isn't falling apart: Its products, like its Marlboro brand of cigarettes, are always in demand and it has been able to pay an ever-rising dividend for years. Shares of the domestic tobacco giant are down 26% this year due to troubles its investments in electronic cigarettes and marijuana have had, causing its payout to currently yield over 9% annually, but that makes its stock more attractive.
Altria Holds 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders; Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend of $0.84 Per Common Share
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Over the last 20 months, they have been impacted by valuation issues, a thriving black market, lower than expected demand, high inventory levels, mounting losses, health issues from the vaping scandals, and much more. The investor euphoria that surrounded cannabis stocks when Canada legalized marijuana for recreational use seems like a distant dream. The marijuana sector is still at a nascent stage and is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the upcoming decade.
With the prospects for global growth rapidly diminishing, electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs slashed its internal valuation by $7 billion, eliminating some 35% from the total and bringing it closer to the value assigned to it by its biggest investor, Altria (NYSE: MO). It's a major reversal for Juul Labs, and its tobacco giant partner too, as not too long ago the smoking-alternative leader saw significant expansion opportunities worldwide. Altria, after taking a $12.8 billion stake in Juul in 2018, has since written off three-quarters of the value of the investment.
Troubled e-cigarette maker Juul has dropped its internal valuation by 35% to approximately $13 billion, Bloomberg reports. The company cited public market volatility and new financial projections in the US and abroad.Tobacco giant Altria Group (MO) snapped up 35% of Juul in 2018 for a whopping $12.8 billion. MO’s current valuation of its stake equates to a total valuation of Juul of approximately $12 billion.Juul has been hit by litigation, lower-than-expected sales in Europe and rising regulatory pressure on the e-cigarette industry. For instance, in Europe the e-cigarette nicotine limit is capped at 20 milligrams per milliliter of fluid. That’s well under half the nicotine content of US Juul pods at 59 milligrams.Buzzfeed recently reported that Juul plans to stop selling its e-cigarettes in five European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Portugal, France, and Spain by the end of 2020. At the same time, the company will slash its 3,000-strong workforce by about a third.In April the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint alleging that Altria and JUUL Labs alleging that MO dealt with the e-vapor competitive threat by agreeing not to compete in return for a substantial ownership interest in JUUL.The administrative trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 5, 2021.“Altria has written down the value of JUUL twice, so investors likely already have low (if any) return expectations (viewed more as a future call option)” writes RBC Capital’s Nik Modi.“While selling at a loss is a near-term negative, we think some investors will view this as a positive event (similar to when the FTC blocked EPC/Harry’s)” he commented.Despite the JUUL troubles, Modi has a positive outlook on MO stock. He reiterated his Altria buy rating with a $68 price target following earnings, writing “A strong quarter with results ahead of even our bullish expectations.”Overall Altria shows a Strong Buy Street consensus with an average analyst price target of $49. With shares down 26% year-to-date, the target indicates upside potential of 35%. (See MO stock analysis on TipRanks).Related News: RBC: 2 Strong Value Stocks to Buy Now Beyond Meat: Is the Rally Over? Disney (DIS): Is It Time to Buy? More recent articles from Smarter Analyst: * Novavax Seeks To Raise $250 Million From Share Sale; Top Analyst Bumps Up PT * Baidu Pops 8% After-Hours On Strong Earnings Beat * Amazon Is Said To Be In Talks To Buy Bankrupt J.C. Penney * Starbucks Back To Business In Japan Today
Over the past 13 months, the marijuana industry has done a 180 -- and not the good kind. Following a first quarter in 2019 that saw more than a dozen pot stocks gain at least 70%, the past 13 months have featured across-the-board declines for North American cannabis stocks of 50% to 95%. Meanwhile, in the U.S., high tax rates on legal cannabis have made it virtually impossible for retailers to compete with the black market.