Quarterly earnings season is in full swing, as the big names in tech start to roll out their Q3 results. Despite lingering coronavirus setbacks within industries such as travel and hospitality, the economy continues to head in the right direction and the early third-quarter results help highlight this fact (also read:
Early Q3 Results Show Earnings Recovery in Place).
Meanwhile, Wall Street awaits what’s next on the stimulus front, as it weighs the likely outcomes from the election that is only two weeks away. These unknowns are cause for near-term concern, but investors who are looking six months or a year out don’t need to be as worried about timing the market. And even with all of the worries, the S&P 500 is up 5% in the last month and 7% in 2020.
Therefore, some investors might want to be on the hunt for stocks, especially when we remember that the Fed has decided to keep its interest rate pinned near zero. So today we screened for highly-ranked “cheap” stocks trading for under $10 a share…
One dollar or less used to be the common threshold for what we call “penny stocks.” Today, the SEC has expanded penny stocks to securities that trade for less than $5 a share. Many investors avoid these stocks because they are speculative in nature.
Meanwhile, penny stocks often trade infrequently and hold wide bid/ask spreads. These stocks also carry many other traits that, in many cases, cause excessive volatility. With that said, some penny stocks perform incredibly well, which helps them remain attractive.
Stocks Under $10
Moving on, let’s briefly discuss the next class of cheap stocks. Stocks that trade in the $5 to $10 range are generally less risky than their penny stock counterparts. Investors might be more likely to have heard of these companies or seen the tickers. They are, however, still inherently more speculative than many other higher-priced stocks.
Investors can obviously find winning stocks for under $10 if they are extremely selective. So today, we narrowed the list of thousands of these more speculative stocks down to a more manageable group of $10 and under stocks that might help boost your portfolio.
• Price less than or equal to $10 • Volume greater than or equal to 1,000,000 • Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2
(No Holds, Sells or Strong Sells.)
• Average Broker Rating less than or equal to 3.5
(Average Broker Rating of a Hold or Better.)
• # of Analysts in Rating greater than or equal to 2
(Minimum of at least two analysts covering the stock.)
• % Change F1 Earnings Estimate Revisions -- 12 Weeks greater than or equal to 0
(Preferably upward earnings estimate revisions, but definitely no downward revisions.)
three stocks of the nearly 40 highly-ranked stocks trading under $10 a share that made it through today’s screen… Range Resources Corporation ( RRC Quick Quote RRC - Free Report) Ford Motor Company ( F Quick Quote F - Free Report) Gerdau S.A. ( GGB Quick Quote GGB - Free Report)
Overall, all three of these stocks offer solid growth potential. Yet, it isn’t wise to pack your portfolio full of cheap, $10 or less stocks. Still, these stocks are certainly worth further investigation because grabbing a few of the top names from this list might bolster your returns. And let’s not forget that picking a few cheap stocks can also be quite fun.
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