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by Fred Fuld III
During the last six months, the stock market has taken a tumble, with the S&P 500 down almost 20% year-to-date.
Some investors and traders are now looking for bargains, hoping for a short term or even a long term bounce.
So how do you go about choosing a stock to buy in these volatile times? One strategy is to look for stocks that are not only selling below their book value, but also below their cash per share, especially if the company has low or no debt.
The cash per share is the amount of money that would be distributed for each share if the company went out of business today. In other words, if all the other company’s assets were totally worthless, how much would shareholders receive for each share, just from the cash in the bank the company has.
So if you can buy the stock for less than the cash per share, you should be getting a fairly good deal, not counting other factors.
If the company is also profitable, that is another benefit.
The following are four stocks with have low or no debt, are trading below the cash per share, and are profitable with price to earnings ratios below 32. As a matter of fact, three of the companies have P/E ratios below 15. All of the following are low cap or extremely low cap, so should be considered very, very speculative.
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