30.89 -0.04 (-0.13%)
After hours: 7:35PM EDT
|Bid||30.93 x 3000|
|Ask||31.00 x 2200|
|Day's Range||30.60 - 31.24|
|52 Week Range||26.08 - 39.58|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.67|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||15.71|
|Earnings Date||Jul 23, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.08 (6.74%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Apr 08, 2020|
|1y Target Est||33.88|
Hollywood studios and labor unions on Monday proposed extensive coronavirus testing and other safeguards to allow actors and crew members to resume movie and TV show production in the United States. An entertainment industry task force sent dozens of recommendations to the governors of California and New York, two of the largest U.S. production hubs, and was awaiting a green light to return to sets. In a 22-page blueprint, the task force urged regular testing for cast and crew and daily monitoring of symptoms through temperature checks or other measures.
With concern about the coronavirus pandemic receding for the moment, investors are focused on reopening the global economy. More than half of people worldwide believe that capitalism does more harm than good. In the United States, fewer than one in five have a “very favorable” view of large enterprises, and only one in four say they trust corporate executives.
The number of global cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 6 million on Monday, after a weekend dominated by protests across the U.S. at the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.
Click here to read the full article. Newly installed WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has tapped Richard Tom -- who was Kilar's chief technology officer at Hulu and startup Vessel -- to be CTO at the AT&T-owned media company.With the move, Jeremy Legg, WarnerMedia's previous CTO, has joined AT&T Communications as EVP and CTO reporting to Jeff McElfresh, CEO of AT&T Communications.Tom, who reports directly to Kilar, will oversee WarnerMedia’s technology and operations organization including technology strategy, platform development and operations as well as shared services across the company. His purview includes HBO Max, the company's streaming-media service that debuted last week. In addition, the technology teams at Xandr, AT&T's advertising unit, now report to Tom.“Richard is a rare bird in that he brings deep technical chops, a dogged customer focus, clear and bold vision, and a magnetism that attracts other world-class builders to him,” Kilar said in announcing Tom's hire. “WarnerMedia’s future will be as much about technology as it will be about storytelling and having Rich report to me as our technical leader strongly signals that.”Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Tom served as an adviser and consultant for tech-focused consumer and business-to-business companies, as well as venture-backed startups.At Hulu, he built and led the technical infrastructure in the streaming service's early days, before leaving in 2013 with Kilar to co-found Vessel, a hybrid ad-supported/subscription short-form video service whose model was to provide early access to videos from top influencers and content companies. Vessel failed to get traction and the company was acquired by Verizon in 2016, after which Tom served as the telco's CTO of digital entertainment for about two years."Having been a part of the early innings of online video, it's incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to redefine the future again with Jason and the WarnerMedia team," Tom said in a statement, adding, "It's really fun to think about how technology will continue to help innovate the way WarnerMedia informs and inspires through amazing storytelling."Legg, prior to his appointment as CTO of WarnerMedia in December 2018, worked at Turner Broadcasting for over 14 years, most recently as chief technology officer.Regarding Legg's move to AT&T, Kilar said, “Jeremy, through his leadership of the technology organization, has had such a positive and material impact on WarnerMedia, with last week’s launch of HBO Max being just the most recent example."
Picking the best dividend stocks to add to your investment portfolio requires more than looking for the highest yields. For years of dependable dividend income, you need to find well-run companies with solid business models capable of maintaining the dividend through tough economic times. The companies are listed in order of their dividend yields based on recent share prices.
(Bloomberg) -- In his quest to expand U.S. mobile broadband capacity, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai hasn’t been afraid to anger colleagues in government.He’s taken on the Pentagon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as the departments of Transportation and Energy. Those agencies have warned that his plans to reallocate spectrum could endanger national security, harm weather forecasts, loosen control of the electrical grid and degrade vehicle safety.So far, Pai has prevailed.“Pai is willing to get himself on the hot seat,” said Doug Brake, telecom policy director for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based policy group that works to accelerate innovation.The fights are worth billions of dollars as industries jockey for rights to airwaves, riding a boom in usage for such things as online shopping, streaming television and social media. Appetite for gadgets and the airwaves on which to run them is only growing: the U.S. will have 1.2 billion mobile connected devices by 2023, up from 560 million in 2018, according to a forecast by Cisco Systems Inc.Pai’s independence may be tested in coming months as President Donald Trump has ordered the FCC to draw up regulations to keep social media companies such as Twitter Inc. from censoring political speech.“This debate is an important one,” Pai said in a statement. “The Federal Communications Commission will carefully review any petition for rulemaking filed by the Department of Commerce.”Pai, whose office didn’t reply to requests for comment, has an insiders’ profile that doesn’t suggest a penchant for inter-agency skirmishing. He is a former FCC commissioner, agency staff lawyer and U.S. Senate aide, and before that an attorney for Verizon Communications Inc. President Donald Trump elevated him three years ago to chairman of the commission, which was created in 1934 to keep radio signals straight and now doing the same with wireless broadband.Pai, 47, presents a whimsical public face for an agency steeped in arcane technical policy making. He spices his remarks with pop-culture references, citing the TV sitcom “The Office” and the film “The Big Lebowski.” His Twitter feed branches from telecom policy into philosophy, architecture and sports teams from Kansas City, not far from his childhood home in Parsons, Kansas.As chairman, he has made priorities of pruning regulations and pushing for more mobile broadband to feed the nation’s insatiable appetite. With backing from the agency’s Republican majority, he’s compiled a series of victories for the wireless industry -- and at times setbacks for older uses of airwaves.NOAA, for example, said the FCC’s push to reallocate some spectrum would set back satellite-assisted weather forecasting decades. The Transportation Department warned about road safety when a patch of airwaves set aside for driverless cars was reassigned. The Energy Department opposed taking spectrum used by the power companies.Perhaps most memorably, the Defense Department raised alarms about the FCC’s April 20 approval of a mobile broadband network, saying the service will interfere with military and civilian GPS.Wins and losses are closely linked in airwaves policy because of the nature of spectrum -- the invisible electromagnetic waves that carry communications. Each slice of airwaves can carry one use; a second use on the same frequencies threatens interference, just as a shouted conversation in a room can drown out a quiet chat.To avoid conflicts, regulators including the FCC put different services on separate airwaves. Antennas listen for the chatter on their assigned channels, and don’t pick up signals at higher and lower frequencies, which in turn are left to other users.Assignments, including some set decades ago, have come under question as the mobile broadband revolution deepens, bringing fresh demand for airwaves to handle booming wireless traffic. Old services are being forced to move to different airwaves or share their frequencies with new arrivals.Pai’s FCC has worked to set up frequencies for more Wi-Fi and the high-speed gadgetry that will combine to form the 5G revolution of fast, ubiquitous wireless connections -- a priority for the White House and big tech and telephone companies. The changeover promises such wonders as remote surgery, autonomous cars, rich virtual reality video feeds, and factories humming with connected equipment.Pai takes credit for rearranging a dozen swaths of spectrum. The amount of airwaves affected is more those used by all U.S. mobile broadband providers, Pai said in a video posted on the agency website last year.Friction is inevitable as broadband and other wireless technologies vie for space in the crowded tableau of airwaves swaths, known as bands.“Finding new bands or new opportunities to reallocate for new purposes is more difficult than ever before,” said FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, a Republican. “There’s no greenfields to pick from. And so finding new spectrum for a new purpose means reallocating someone who already exists there.”To others, the FCC’s airwaves fights show lax management by the Trump administration, leaving cabinet officers to push their own airwaves priorities.“This is a result of running the administration as if it were an episode of ‘The Apprentice,’” said Harold Feld, senior vice president with the policy group Public Knowledge. “The federal agencies have just stopped cooperating.”Space Force Commander General John Raymond said in a May 6 congressional hearing that Ligado Networks LLC’s plans for a mobile broadband network would interfere with GPS receivers, which rely on faint signals from satellites, and harm training.The FCC shot back that it wouldn’t be moved by “baseless fear mongering.”In a May 26 letter to Representative Adam Smith, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Pai defended the Ligado decision, saying it “included strict conditions to ensure that GPS operations continue to be protected from harmful interference.”In a teleconference with lawmakers on May 19, Pai said “America needs to lead in 5G and that requires us to think creatively about a variety of different spectrum bands.”Changes keep coming. The FCC in April voted to allow Wi-Fi on the 6 gigahertz airwaves, despite an expression of concern from the Energy Department. Utilities said the change risks interference to electric, water, and gas transmission and distribution systems. Chipmaker Broadcom Inc. called the action “momentous” and “a definitive moment in U.S. wireless history.”Airwaves AuctionMobile providers will get more opportunities in an auction slated to begin in July. Another, potentially larger airwaves sale is to begin Dec. 8 as the FCC offers a wide swath of prime airwaves now used by satellite providers such as Intelsat SA and SES SA. The satellite providers will move aside, keeping enough frequencies to serve current customers; new users will offer mobile broadband.Bidders may include largest U.S. providers Verizon, AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc., who all snapped up airwaves in earlier FCC auctions.“It isn’t easy to get the government to move quickly on anything,” Meredith Attwell Baker, president of CTIA, a wireless industry trade group with members including AT&T and Verizon, said in an email. Pai “deserves tremendous credit for making sure wireless providers have the spectrum they need to meet our nation’s 5G ambitions.”Not easy, and not without turmoil. The debate with NOAA concerned power levels for an airwaves swath that Verizon won in an FCC auction. The disagreement persisted for much of 2019 before agencies, working with the State Department, arrived at a unified position. The result was a lower power level than the FCC wanted, and more than NOAA preferred.Bipartisan leaders of both the House Science Committee and the Commerce Committee have asked the Government Accountability Office to probe how the NTIA and other federal agencies interact to resolve spectrum disputes.“Under the Trump administration, spectrum coordination efforts have repeatedly failed,” Democratic Representative Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, the Commerce Committee chairman, said in an email.Representative Greg Walden, of Oregon, the Commerce Committee’s top Republican, in an email said that “not everyone will be satisfied all of the time” as spectrum allocations are made.Others see confusion.“In this administration, instead of having everyone pull in the same direction, we have disputes that are pulling us apart,” said Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the agency’s senior Democrat.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Five years ago, AT&T (NYSE: T) bought DirecTV for $49 billion to become the largest pay TV provider in the U.S. and the world. At the time, AT&T believed it could bundle DirecTV's satellite TV channels into its pay TV and wireline businesses. AT&T also launched DirecTV Now, a streaming bundle of channels meant to challenge Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and other OTT platforms.
When it comes to high-yield but stable dividend payments, AT&T (NYSE: T) is a solid option. The company's acquisition of Time Warner (now the company's Warner Media group) was a high price tag that racked up significant debt, and the media business is now in decline due to the economic lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19. For investors looking for income, then, American Tower (NYSE: AMT) may get overlooked.
Cord-cutting is expected to accelerate through 2021, but some say the financial consequences for U.S. cable providers will be limited.
The global death toll from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 360,000 on Friday, as Brazil, South Korea, the Philippines, Iran and Portugal all reported spikes in infections.
HBO Max made its official entrance into the streaming wars on Wednesday — and its day-one performance highlights how consumers are embracing the new platform.
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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implores the people of her city to get out of the streets, to quit rioting, to quit damaging property, to quit “disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country.”
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Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), the company behind market-leading customer relationship management software, has been one of the biggest wheelers and dealers in tech for years now. And for longtime shareholders, CRM stock has been one of the biggest winners.Source: Bjorn Bakstad / Shutterstock.com Led by forward-thinking and acquisition-happy founder and CEO Marc Benioff, CRM stock has rocketed from under $4 a share in 2004, to all-time highs around $195 a share earlier this year.The company just released earnings, and while not every analyst loved them, the numbers weren't disappointing enough to suggest the long-term tailwinds at the company's back are changing. In fact, some of the numbers were pretty good.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips CRM Stock in Light of Q1 EarningsIf all you did was look at CRM stock immediately after fiscal first quarter 2021 results, you'd think its recent numbers just weren't very good. Shares fell about 4% following the results. * 7 Red-Hot Vaccine Stocks Racing to Develop a Coronavirus Cure However, let's get one thing clear: Salesforce's last quarter was good: the company beat both top- and bottom-line expectations. Revenue rose 30% year-over-year to $4.87 billion, better than the $4.85 billion consensus, and adjusted earnings per share clocked in at 70 cents, better than Wall Street's expectation for 69 cents per share.That said, Salesforce stock didn't fall for no reason. Wall Street took issue with the company's second-quarter guidance, which called for revenue between $4.89 billion and $4.93 billion, below the $5.04 billion consensus. Analysts also didn't see their second-quarter EPS estimate of 74 cents matched by the software giant's guidance, which called for EPS between 66 cents and 67 cents. Customer Relationship ManagementDoes guidance matter? Yes. But at the end of the day it's just a bunch of numbers in the air. It's the long-term earnings potential, growth potential, and staying power of any business that matters to Salesforce stock investors.By that measure, it's been nothing but good news filtering in for the cloud-based customer relationship software company. The same day CRM announced first-quarter earnings, Benioff announced what he called "one of the largest transactions we've ever done": a deal with AT&T (NYSE:T) that will allow the wireless giant to compile customer data into one place and access it from multiple touchpoints.Another partnership between Salesforce and enterprise cloud software company Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY) further shows that Salesforce has simply become an absolutely vital part of a space that isn't going away anytime soon. If you've got customers -- especially if you've got a lot of them -- Salesforce can make your life easier, strengthen your customer relationships, and optimize your interactions with them.Workday will integrate more deeply into Salesforce's Work.com, an incredibly relevant new suite of technologies focused on helping businesses re-open from the coronavirus-induced shutdown.Short-term gyrations in the wake of earnings reports are par for the course. What's not par for the course is a $150 billion growth stock like CRM, which has compounded revenue growth above 25% in the past five years and which is expected to continue posting 20% growth for the next five.Betting against Benioff has never been wise in the past, and with Salesforce firing on all cylinders in an economy facing record-setting unemployment claims and unpredictable business closures, it'll be a pleasure to watch what happens when the economy gets back on track.Louis Navellier had an unconventional start, as a grad student who accidentally built a market-beating stock system -- with returns rivaling even Warren Buffett. In his latest feat, Louis discovered the "Master Key" to profiting from the biggest tech revolution of this (or any) generation. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * Top Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner * The Huge Story for 2020 & Beyond That You Aren't Hearing About * Revolutionary Tech Behind 5G Rollout Is Being Pioneered By This 1 Company * The 1 Stock All Retirees Must Own The post Salesforce Stock Still a Buy as Its Software Gains Influence appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Just a few months ago, 5G was the market catalyst on every investor's mind. But when the novel coronavirus started to grab the headlines, the promise of a revamped mobile network took a backseat. To be sure, coronavirus news appears to be leading the charge when it comes to movement on the stock market. That being said, however, choosing a few 5G stocks to buy during this downturn is a good way to hedge for the future. The beneficiaries in the 5G space come from many different areas. From network providers to chipmakers, there are a lot of sectors that look poised to profit from the introduction of 5G. * 7 Red-Hot Vaccine Stocks Racing to Develop a Coronavirus Cure With all of that in mind, here's a look at five companies that should ride the 5G wave this year:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) * AT&T (NYSE:T) * Nokia (NYSE:NOK) * Crown Castle (NYSE:CCI) * Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)So, let's dive in. 5G Stocks to Buy: Skyworks Solutions (SWKS)Source: madamF / Shutterstock.com One of my favorite picks for 5G is Skyworks Solutions, a semiconductor firm headquartered in Irvine, California.The firm suffered some coronavirus-related pain when it released its fiscal second-quarter results. Like the rest of its peers, management had to downshift its expectations for the current quarter and was unable to offer long-term predictions.However, Skyworks Solutions does in fact have a bright long-term future. While tension between the U.S. and China does offer a potential roadblock, Skyworks' business with Huawei has been hurt by the trade war which could continue to weigh on the firm's future revenue. That said, if Skyworks is able to secure a deal with Samsung to supply the phone maker with 5G chips, it could help offset some of the Huawei pain. Additionally, Skyworks also has a solid relationship with Apple, which should continue to pay off as the firm rolls out new iPhone versions. Plus, Skyworks is carrying no long-term debt and has cultivated a sound cash pile. That's going to be essential for the firm to get through the coronavirus crisis during the current quarter, and makes SWKS stock a much safer investment than some of its heavily-leveraged peers. AT&T (T)Source: Lester Balajadia / Shutterstock.com Another beneficiary of the 5G revolutions is T stock. AT&T has an impressive future plan that could put the telecom giant at the top of the pack if management is able to execute. The firm's wireless business has been booming, even offering a revenue increase in the first quarter despite the pandemic. As far as future growth, the firm is banking on a huge 5G rollout this summer, at which time current customers are likely to buy new devices in order to access the faster speeds. Plus, AT&T is finally putting its strategic acquisitions to good use with a new streaming service -HBO Max -- that launched this past Wednesday.Moreover, the firm has said 5G is "transforming the future" -- likely a nod to the firm's extensive plans to create an ecosystem in which customers can bundle their streaming service together with their wireless network. The advertising potential from that kind of ecosystem is incredible. * 7 Low-Rated Stocks to Sell Before They Drag You Down So while AT&T offers a compelling buy-case, it's important to note that the firm is highly leveraged after the past few years of transforming itself. In turn, this is not the best-case scenario when you're marching into a stark economic downturn. However, if you're willing to take on that risk, T stock looks like one of the best 5G stocks to buy. Nokia (NOK)Source: RistoH / Shutterstock.com Nokia has had a rough year, as the firm muddled its way through the U.S.-China trade war and was then hit once again by the coronavirus pandemic. It's been a long time since investors were confident in the direction of NOK stock. But with the introduction of 5G on the horizon, Nokia looks like it could be a winning supplier.Nokia's first-quarter results were impressive, as the firm brokered 70 commercial 5G deals and installed 21 live networks. What's more, the firm didn't see demand wane at all in Q1 despite the challenges presented by coronavirus. Q2 is a different story, though, as CEO Rajeev Suri cautioned that the large-scale shutdowns would have an impact on the company's results. However, it's expected to make a solid recovery and finish the year strong.Moreover, Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold says Nokia offers the potential of better returns because of its depressed share price. Although, he admitted it's not quite as safe as competitors like LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC):"I do think that Ericsson has executed better and is ahead in technology and therefore is a better company for 5G. Nokia has made mistakes, and they've upset customers and they're behind. That said, I think an investor can make a bigger return investing in Nokia than in Ericsson…But we like both of these companies because of the 5G theme."That said, Leopold gives NOK stock a $5.50 price target -- suggesting a nearly 40% upside from where shares are trading today. Crown Castle (CCI)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com Tower REITs that rent out the infrastructure and space that wireless firms need to roll out a new network are another way to capitalize on 5G stocks. And while there are a few players in the industry, Crown Castle has a compelling value proposition because of its position in the U.S. market.Oppenheimer's Timothy Horan named CCI stock as a good 5G pick, fining the firm an "outperform" rating with a $175 price target. Horan noted that CCI is uniquely positioned because of the firm's focus on small cells, which are able to support more data. * 3 Social Media Stocks to Trade Out of the Covid-19 Crisis He sees the market for small cells growing from 100,000 to 1 million in the US, a compelling reason to consider CCI stock:"We expect small cells will eventually cover half the U.S. population, or 160 million people. This would be more than 1 million small cells in the U.S., up from about 100,000 today and about 250,000 macro cell sites." Apple (AAPL)Source: View Apart / Shutterstock.com Buying Apple stock isn't exactly a pure-play on the 5G revolution, but it offers investors a way to play the trend without jumping in headfirst. Apple stands to make a lot of money in the coming years as people upgrade their devices in order to make them 5G compatible. That said, Apple's upcoming iPhone model is expected to see a surge in demand as early adopters switch out their phones.Additionally, Apple has created a recurring revenue model that allows people to pay a subscription fee in order to continuously upgrade their phones. This method is a good way to ensure there's always money coming through the door. And with that, the leap from 4G to 5G is going to be a compelling reason for more people to sign up for the program.However, if 5G isn't the boom investors are expecting it to be, Apple is a safe pick because of its solid business and iron-clad financials. The company has enough cash to get through almost anything, which should give investors some comfort during uncertain times. Therefore, it makes the cut among 5G stocks because the new network will offer a powerful incentive for users to upgrade their phones over the next few quarters.Laura Hoy has a Finance degree from Duquesne University and has been writing about financial markets for the past 8 years. Her work can be seen in a variety of publications including InvestorPlace, Benzinga, Yahoo Finance and CCN. As of this writing she did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * Top Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner * The Huge Story for 2020 & Beyond That You Aren't Hearing About * Revolutionary Tech Behind 5G Rollout Is Being Pioneered By This 1 Company * The 1 Stock All Retirees Must Own The post The 5 Best 5G Stocks on the Market Today for Investors appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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* 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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