Once the most valuable company in the world, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) stock dipped below $400 this week to bottom out at its lowest levels since 2011. Yet as shares of Apple continue to free-fall, the stock's valuation becomes increasingly more attractive. The stock is currently trading at just nine times earnings, well below the market average of 15 times earnings.
From a valuation standpoint, this means Apple stock is trading at its cheapest level in at least 10 years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Why you want to own it
The stock looks even better when you consider Apple's balance sheet, which boasts zero debt and more than $137 billion in cash and investments. And we can't forget the stock's 2.6% dividend yield. Better still, the company's massive cash reserves mean there's plenty of room for dividend increases or stock buybacks in Apple's future.
Best Cheapest Companies To Invest In 2014: Canaccord Finl Inc (CF.TO)
Canaccord Financial Inc., an independent and full-service investment dealer, provides various investment products, brokerage services, and investment banking services to private, institutional, and corporate clients. The company operates in two segments, Canaccord Genuity and Canaccord Wealth Management. The Canaccord Genuity segment engages in the investment banking, research, and trading activities on behalf of corporate, institutional, and government clients, as well as in principal trading activities. It offers an integrated platform for equity research, sales and trading, and investment banking services. This segment focuses its service offerings in the areas of mining and metals, energy, technology, life sciences, consumer products, real estate, infrastructure, sustainability and cleantech, financials, agriculture and fertilizers, media and telecommunications, transportation and industrial products, paper and forestry products, investment trusts, support services, an d structured products. The Canaccord Wealth Management segment provides wealth management solutions and brokerage services to individual investors, private clients, charities, and intermediaries. Its services include wealth management strategies, investment opportunities, and financial planning solutions. The company also offers insurance and estate planning services to its Canadian private clients, which comprise retirement protection programs, capital preservation plans, and insurance strategies for handling capital gains. The capital markets division of the company, Canaccord Genuity, has operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia, China, Singapore, and Barbados. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Best Cheapest Companies To Invest In 2014: Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD)Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, incorporated on August 2, 1977, is a brewing company. The Company produces, markets, distributes and sells a balanced portfolio of approximately 200 beer brands. These include global flagship brands Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck��; multi-country brands, such as Leffe and Hoegaarden, and many local champions, such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Quilmes, Michelob, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske and Jupiler. The Company also produces and distributes soft drinks, particularly in Latin America. The Company operates in seven segments: North America, Latin America North, Latin America South, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Global Export & Holding Companies. On October 20, 2010, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas-AmBev (AmBev) and Cerveceria Regional S.A. closed a transaction pursuant, to which they combined their businesses in Venezuela, with Regional owning an 85% interest and AmBev owning the remaining 15% in the new company. On February 28, 2011, the Company closed a transaction with Dalian Daxue Group Co., Ltd and Kirin (China) Investment Co., Ltd to acquire a 100% equity interest in Liaoning Dalian Daxue Brewery Co., Ltd. The Company�� beer portfolio is divided into global, multi-country and local brands. Beer can be differentiated into the categories, such as premium brands; mainstream or core brands, and value, discount or sub-premium brands. The Company also has a presence in the soft drink market in Latin America through its subsidiary AmBev and in the United States through Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (Anheuser-Busch). Soft drinks include both carbonated soft and non-carbonated soft drinks. Its soft drinks business includes both its own production and agreements with PepsiCo related to bottling and distribution. The brands that are distributed under these agreements are Pepsi, 7UP and Gatorade. AmBev has long-term agreements with PepsiCo whereby AmBev has the exclusive right to bottle, sell and distribute certain brands of PepsiCo�� portfolio of carbonated soft drinks in Brazil. In the United States, Anheuser-Busch also produces non-alcoholic malt beverage products, including O��oul�� and O��oul�� Amber, energy drinks and related products. In the United States, its indirect subsidiary, Metal Container Corporation, manufactures beverage cans at eight plants and beverage can lids at three plants for sale to its Anheuser-Busch beer operations and United States soft drink customers. Anheuser-Busch also owns a recycling business, which buys and sells used beverage containers and recycles aluminum and plastic containers; a manufacturer of crown liner materials for sale to its North American beer operations, and a glass manufacturing plant which manufactures glass bottles for use by its North American beer operations. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Sam Collins]
Anheuser-Busch (BUD) has a market capitalization of $150.59 billion. The company employs 116,278 people, generates revenue of $39.046 billion and has a net income of $7.959 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $14.479 billion. The EBITDA margin is 37.08 percent (the operating margin is 30.19 percent and the net profit margin 20.38 percent).
Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 35.73 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 107.13 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.10 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.55. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.55 in the form of dividends to shareholders.
Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.67, the P/S ratio is 3.83 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.97. The dividend yield amounts to 1.67 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.86.
Top 5 Computer Hardware Stocks To Watch For 2014: ZipRealty Inc.(ZIPR)
ZipRealty, Inc., a residential real estate brokerage company, provides brokerage services to buyers and sellers in the United States. The company, through its Website ziprealty.com, provides access to Multiple Listing Services (MLS) home listings data, including pictures from the local MLSs; and allows consumers to receive an automatic email notification each time a property that meets their desired search criteria, is made available on the local MLSs. Its Website also offers neighborhood data, such as population, comparable home sales, average income, education level, occupation mix, cost of living, crime statistics, weather, school district information, maps, and driving directions; online images and virtual tours; schedule visits; and home offers. In addition, the company operates ZAP, a Web-based agent platform and customer relationship management system integrated to its Website. Its ZAP integrates and records consumer contact information and Website behavior, agent b ehavior, and transaction information into a common platform; and records relevant consumer behavior, such as logon frequency and times, specific homes viewed and printed, searches made by clients, requested visits to view homes, and online offers, as well as captures and stores agent activities, including agent email communications organized by clients. The company offers its services through its agents in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C. ZipRealty, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Emeryville, California.
Best Cheapest Companies To Invest In 2014: Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)
Optical Cable Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells fiber optic, and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market in the United States and internationally. The company offers fiber optic cables for military field applications, and indoor and outdoor use; and copper datacom cables, including unshielded and shielded twisted pair for copper network installations. It also provides fiber optic connectivity products, such as fiber optic wall mounts, cabinet mounts and rack mount enclosures, pre-terminated fiber optic enclosures, fiber optic connectors, splice trays, fiber optic jumpers, plug and play cassette modules, pre-terminated fiber optic cable assemblies, adapters, and accessories; and copper connectivity products, including category compliant patch panels, jacks, plugs, patch cords, faceplates, surface mounted boxes, distribution and multi-media boxes, copper rack mount and wall mount enclosures, cable assemblies, cable organizers, and other wiring products for datacenter, telecommunications closet, equipment room, and workstation applications. In addition, the company offers data cabinets, wall-mount enclosures, cable management systems, and open frame relay racks for commercial and residential use; various enclosures, modules, and modular outlets for single dwelling and multiple dwelling residential uses; and cellular distribution system, a distributed antenna system for in-building enhancement of wireless communications signals. Further, it provides applied interconnect systems, such as specialty fiber optic connectors and connectivity components, ruggedized copper datacom connectors, and related systems and solutions for military and harsh environment applications. The company sells its products to distributors, original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, and end-users. Optical Cable Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia .
Best Cheapest Companies To Invest In 2014: Affymax Inc.(AFFY)
Affymax, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development of drugs for the treatment of serious and life-threatening conditions. It develops peginesatide (Hematide), which has completed Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic renal failure. Hematide is a synthetic peptide-based erythropoiesis stimulating agent designed to stimulate production of red blood cells. The company has strategic alliance agreements with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Nektar Therapeutics AL, Corporation to develop and commercialize Hematide. Affymax, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is based in Palo Alto, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
Nearest Resistance: $2
Nearest Support: $1.55
Catalyst: Turnaround Murmurs
Affymax (AFFY) is seeing surprising trading volume on the Nasdaq today for a third session in a row. The sudden spike in the biopharmaceutical firm surrounds earnings -- not the numbers per se but the comments made by management during the earnings call. Speculators think that those comments could bode well for AFFY's diabetes drug, but the rumors are still very much just that.
Between hints at bankruptcy and management opting to fire themselves, AFFY has been in freefall in 2013. Even though the stock has more than doubled this week, it's still down 90% on the year. And at this point, headline risk is still far too high to consider this stock a high-probability trade.
If you've got skin in the game and want to speculate on AFFY's fortunes, that's one thing. Buying because of this week's price action alone would be a mistake.
Best Cheapest Companies To Invest In 2014: CoreSite Realty Corporation(COR)
CoreSite Realty Corporation operates as real investment trust in the United States. The company engages in the ownership, acquisition, construction, and management of data centers. It provides data centers that optimize, secure, and interconnect the mission-critical IT assets of the organizations. The company offers private data centers and suites, cage-to-cabinet colocation, and interconnection services, such as Any2, CoreSite's Internet exchange. Its data centers are located in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay and Northern Virginia areas, Chicago, and New York City. The company provides its data centre services to enterprises, cloud providers, financial firms, and Government agencies. As of March 31, 2011, its property portfolio included 11 operating data center facilities, 1 data center under construction, and 1 development site. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Bryan Perry]
CoreSite Realty Corp. (NYSE: COR) is structured as a REIT and is an owner, developer and operator of tactically positioned real estate, intended to meet the strict needs of the information technology community. It is one of the world’s biggest carrier-neutral suppliers of wholesale data center and co-location services, offering private data centers and suites, cage-to-cabinet co-location and interconnection opportunities.
COR went public in the fall of 2010. Since the company is structured as a REIT, it must pay out at least 90% of net income to shareholders who, in turn, must pay ordinary income taxes on dividend income unless the shares are held in a retirement account.
The two Wall Street analysts that cover the stock have the company earning a consensus 98 cents for 2011. That’s a 24% year-over-year growth rate in an economy forecast to grow by 2%. As such, if the company is set to pay out 90% of earnings, then we should see a forward dividend yield of around 6% for 2011, assuming earnings per share of roughly $1. COR currently yields 3.57%. Buy it up to $16.