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3 Great Cheap Stocks to Buy Now as Earnings Heat Up

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On today’s episode of Full Court Finance at Zacks we look at some of the bullish market fundamentals amid the strong start to the busy part of first quarter earnings season. The episode then jumps into three highly-ranked Zacks stocks that are trading for under $30 a share that investors might want to buy.

Stocks pulled back through late afternoon trading on Monday, after all three major U.S. indexed surged higher last week. The dip makes sense given the recent wave that has seen the Nasdaq roar back to close Friday not far off from its mid-February records. Meanwhile, both the S&P 500 and the Dow have closed at multiple new highs in April alone.

Some of the inflation fears might have been overdone, as bond yields have slipped recently and remain historically low. Plus, U.S. GDP is projected to grow by over 6% in 2021—its strongest in over 30 years—as economies reopen and people return to something closer to their normal lives amid the vaccine rollout. And the current earnings season has showcased impressive results and positive guidance from big banks like JPMorgan (JPM - Free Report) to retailers such as Nike (NKE - Free Report) (also read: Big Banks Foreshadow the Improving 2021 Earnings Picture).

With this in mind, the first stock we dive into is Levi Strauss (LEVI - Free Report) , which lands a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) right now. The iconic fashion company, famous for its jeans, topped our Q1 estimates on April 8 and its stock has continued to climb, up 120% in the last year to crush Lululemon (LULU - Free Report) and many other brands.

Next up is Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (ETH - Free Report) , with it set to release its third quarter fiscal 2021 results on Thursday, April 29. The home furnishings retailer has been on an impressive run in the last year and in 2021 and it’s ready to benefit from housing market growth and home spending.

The episode then ends with historic toys and games maker, Mattel, Inc. (MAT - Free Report) ahead of its first quarter financial release on Thursday, April 22. The stock has gone on a nice run and the company is trying to adapt to changing consumer habits in our digital age.

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