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Investing in cheap stocks can seem fail-proof. And to be sure, the underlying logic is sound.

Early investors should seek out equities that are fundamentally undervalued, and others will follow as the strength of said equities becomes more apparent. Then the underlying equity rises in price concurrently with demand and investors benefit via price appreciation. 

But the world doesn’t work in such easily identifiable patterns. If it — or at least,  the investment world as a microcosm of the larger world — did, then Benjamin Graham would be all the rage on Wall Street. Further, many of the growth stocks that dominate our daily media headlines wouldn’t receive much investment interest, because these stocks are anything but “cheap”. 

Which leads me to my next point, or rather a question: how can investors objectively define a subjective term like cheap? After

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With the market up near all-time highs, it’s getting hard to find cheap stocks, but you can do it if you look in the right places. Right now, that includes retail landlords like Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) and Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), as well as net lease player W.P. Carey (NYSE: WPC). The first two will probably take a strong stomach to own, but the third is a real estate investment trust (REIT) even the most conservative investor could easily love. Here’s a quick rundown on each.

A giant in the hard-hit mall sector

Simon Property Group owns around 200 enclosed malls and outlet centers. The coronavirus has not been kind to its business, with the REIT collecting just 85% of the rent owed in the third quarter. Funds from operations (FFO), which is like earnings for an industrial company, was off by 33% year over year

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Car insurance is fairly expensive for Rhode Island drivers. The average driver pays $1,300, about $300 more than the US national average, according to the Insurance Information Institute. There are some ways to save if you’re willing to put in a few minutes of work. 

Shopping around for coverage is the best way to make sure you’re getting the best price for you. Your premium, or the amount you’ll pay for auto insurance coverage, depends on several factors, including things like your credit score, the type of car you drive, how many years of driving experience you have, and even where you live in Rhode Island.  

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From June, the FTSE 100 index zigzagged downwards, losing ground as rising Covid-19 infections worried investors. By Halloween, the Footsie had dropped 590 points — almost a tenth (9.6%) — as share prices drifted downwards. Then came a near-record month, with cheap shares staging a massive comeback and the FTSE 100 leaping by almost an eighth (12.4%) in November. However, not all stocks rose in this relief rally, with several quality companies lagging behind.

Bottom-fishing for cheap shares

From early June until today, 29 FTSE 100 members have seen their share prices decline. The worst performer has crashed by almost a quarter (24.1%), while the best of these 29 losers had its share price dip by just 0.3%. Overall, the average decline among these laggards is 9%, with 12 stocks recording higher falls than this. I see this ‘dirty dozen’ as fertile ground for bottom-fishing — finding unloved and cheap

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“Verizon’s strategic position isn’t nearly so dire as AT&T’s.”


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Verizon Communications

shares received a boost Wednesday from MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett, who lifted his rating on the telecom giant to Buy from Neutral and changed his price target on the stock to $66 from $59.

His core thesis is that with the stock trading at just half of the broader market’s price/earnings ratio,

Verizon

shares (ticker: VZ) are “simply too cheap.”

Moffett isn’t exactly a raging bull on Verizon, but he does see room for the stock to gain ground from here, even as the company continues to lose market share to

T-Mobile US

(TMUS), which he continues to recommend. He also maintains his Sell rating on

AT&T

(T), which he sees as losing market share to both of its rivals and which is hampered by considerable leverage.

Moffett notes that T-Mobile’s combination

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Looking for top stock picks to buy at cheap prices could be a worthwhile use of an investor’s time. It may enable them to unearth high-quality businesses that have been overlooked by other investors. It may also mean that their holdings have greater scope for capital growth than the wider stock market.

As such, by comparing companies to their sector peers, focusing on their track records and considering their long-term growth strategies, it is possible to find the most attractive buying opportunities at the present time.

Comparing top stock picks with their peers

Identifying top stock picks could be made easier through a comparison between a company and its peers. This may provide guidance to an investor in areas such as a company’s market position and how stable its financial performance could be in future. It may mean that an investor can find the strongest businesses in a sector that

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High street retailers have had a disastrous year with multiple lockdowns bringing businesses to a standstill, but with a Black Friday boost and Christmas coming, some could be in line for an end of year bump, according to investment experts.

The pandemic has had a major impact on the high street with the share prices of a number of Britain’s largest retailers plummeting, but some have held up better than expected. We look at three companies that could benefit from their very own “Santa rally”.

Dixons Carphone

The owner of Curry’s and PC World started its Black Friday sale early in the month to boost sales and encourage people to spend on electronic goods. 

So far this year, shares are down 20pc, more than the market average, but with new video game consoles (most notably the PS5 for sale) there is hope of a bounce in the final month of

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Yext YEXT provides a relatively simple, yet vital service at a time when nearly all information is available digitally. The tech company helps its clients ensure that their digital footprints provide accurate factual information about their businesses or organization.

Yext stock has climbed roughly 100% since early April and even though it trades for under $20 a share, it still rests well below its 2018 highs. Yext shares have also jumped during the last several sessions heading into its third quarter earnings release that’s due out after the market closes on Thursday, December 3.

Staying on Brand & Message

Yext aims to help businesses provide people with “dynamic answers and clear calls-to-action wherever they search.” The firm, which went public in 2017, also aims to reduce “data discrepancies, manual work, and support costs across your teams and internal systems.”

The ability to consistently provide the most up-to-date and accurate information

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November proved to be a huge relief for UK shareholders, as cheap shares rebounded on good news. First, Joe Biden beat Donald Trump to become US president #46. Second, news of three efficacious Covid-19 vaccines sent share prices soaring skywards. In the best month since January 1989 (+14.4%), the FTSE 100 index surged by almost 690 points in November. This leap of an eighth (12.4%) added £180bn to the FTSE 100’s market capitalisation. December has also got off to a good start. As I write, the Footsie has added more than 115 points (1.9%) in an early Christmas gift for investors. Though global stocks have soared since Halloween, I still believe you can buy cheap shares in quality companies today.

The FTSE 100 is not expensive

Although UK shares have just had a great month, they’ve also suffered a grim year. For the record, the FTSE 100 has lost 1,160

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While

Cyber Monday
is in the past, there are several deals still available on cheaper items. In fact, there are plenty of expensive and more budget-friendly items that are discounted for $25 or less, making them ideal for stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, or for a treat for yourself. 

Our favorite deals under $25 include a LifeStraw personal water filter, Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, and Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer.

Whether you’re trying to scratch those last few gifts off your list, or went way below your budget during Cyber Monday, our favorite deals under $25 are just below — and they’re all still available.  

The best Cyber Monday 2020 deals under $25:


The Cuisinart Classic Round Waffle Maker is an affordable appliance that makes thin, crispy, American waffles.

 


Whether you prefer to go old-school with

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