Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Our Long Idea reports aim to identify those firms that the market has overlooked and that, when analyzed beyond standard metrics, are significantly undervalued. These hidden gems provide excellent upside potential to any portfolio, with little downside risk.

In addition to individual Long Ideas, we provide Model Portfolios that provide well-screened lists of companies based on specific criteria such as return on invested capital (ROIC) or dividend yield. In 2016, we added two new Model Portfolios, Exec Comp Aligned With ROIC and Safest Dividend Yields, to go along with our longstanding Most Attractive & Most Dangerous Stocks Model Portfolio, which has a long history of outperformance.

Below presents the Long Idea highlights of 2016 and the performance of our new Model Portfolios.

Long Idea Highlights

It pays to read our Long Idea reports. In 2016, 10 out of our 15 Long Idea stock and mutual fund picks saw positive returns and 13 stocks outpe rformed the market (S&P 500). All told, the Long Idea stocks averaged a 9.9% return in 2016, which was slightly more than the S&P 500’s return of nearly 9.5%, thereby outperforming as a long portfolio. Some of the top picks can be seen in Figure 1 below.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: VIVUS, Inc.(VVUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term chart shows Arena Pharmaceuticals along with its small capobesitytreatmentpeers EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) all causing severe weight loss for investor portfolios:

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: LightPath Technologies, Inc.(LPTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap optical solutions manufacturing stockLightPath Technologies (NASDAQ: LPTH) in our short term portfolio:

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Carter's, Inc.(CRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Foresight Energy LP(FELP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate FORESIGHT ENERGY LP as a Sell with a ratings score of E+. This is based on a variety of negative investment measures, which should drive this stock to significantly underperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    After the recent distribution cut, Foresight’s distribution coverage is over 6.0x with much of the future cash flow dedicated to reducing leverage. It has over 80% of its coal sales priced for next year and its costs should improve as the low cost Hillsboro mine comes back into production early next year. It is also benefitting from cost synergies with the Murray operations. We believe Foresight’s new distribution level is sustainable. With its 15.5% yield, we feel FELP could be attractive to income seeking investors. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock’s performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 83.17%, worse than the S&P 500’s performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company’s earnings per share are down 82.85% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock’s sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.


Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AFC Enterprises Inc.(AFCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By AnnaLisa Kraft]

    AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE  ) , which owns the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen quick- serve chain, once an undiscovered gem, has now soared 66% over the last year.

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