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Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now

There are ton of high-growth stocks out there. Everyone talks about the FANGs all the time. There are also all the hyper-growth Chinese internet stocks, the class of digital retailers which are riding e-commerce tailwinds to super-charged growth rates, all those big-growth cloud companies and a ton more.

In sum, there are a bunch of high-growth stocks in the stock market. But not all of them are stocks you should buy. And not all of them are stocks you should buy here and now.

After all, when it comes to the stock market, timing is everything.

With that in mind, here’s a list of four high-growth stocks which could be big winners in July.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Much like Alibaba and iRobot, Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP) is a secular growth stock which has hit a rough patch recently.

At its core, Shopify is a company which provides omni-commerce solutions for retailers of all sizes. Namely, this involves providing uniform sales capability across multiple digital retail channels (social media, website, mobile, etc) to both digital retail entrepreneurs and huge enterprises. This business model falls in the overlap of two mega-trends (e-commerce and decentralization), and as such, Shopify’s growth has been huge and the stock has been a big winner.

But Shopify stock has dropped off its highs recently due to legislation. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court recently ruled that states have the constitutional power to require collection of sales taxes from digital retailers. Many market watchers view this is a big negative for all of e-commerce, since it means higher prices will now get passed onto consumers. That could slow down the e-commerce revolution, and investors are selling Shopify stock as a result.

But that won’t happen. E-commerce’s benefits are multi-faceted, and stretch far beyond low prices. Namely, e-commerce offers a wide array of convenience benefits which are ultimately unaffected by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Meanwhile, Shopify also thrives due to its exposure to the decentralization megatrend. That megatrend is hardly affected by recent legislation.

Overall, then, the robust Shopify growth narrative which includes powering the e-commerce and decentralization mega-trends remains largely in tact. Consequently, Shopify stock could have a huge bounce-back in July as negative sentiment from the Supreme Court ruling normalizes.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Uniti Group Inc.(UNIT)

Uniti Group (NASDAQ:UNIT) focuses on a different type of real estate than most real estate stocks. Specifically, the REIT focuses on communications infrastructure. Uniti’s portfolio consists of fiber networks, towers and other infrastructure related to telecom. The company operates both in the United States and Latin America.

The customer base for such REITs usually consists of the country’s largest telecom providers. In UNIT’s case, their primary customer has been the struggling firm Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN), from whom UNIT stock spun off. At its peak, WIN accounted for 65% of Uniti’s revenue. As WIN heads toward a possible bankruptcy, UNIT has moved away from the troubled telecom company.

Though the relationship with WIN exposes UNIT investors to possible perils, one developing phenomenon could make it worth the risk — 5G. The major telecom companies will each spend tens of billions of dollars over the next few years to build 5G telecom networks. 5G will increase speeds exponentially. Consequently, this will increase the demand for towers, small cells and fiber networks. This need for more infrastructure will be a boon to telecom REITs.

The current annual dividend stands at $2.40 per share, which brings the yield to about 11.8%. Analysts predict earnings per share (EPS) of $2.51 for 2018. Hence, the dividend should sustain itself despite the issues with Windstream. Stock appreciation also remains a possibility. At just above $20 per share, it trades approximately in the middle of its 52-week range. UNIT stock traded as high as $32.73 per share in 2016.

It could reach that high and beyond with the increasing demand for telecom real estate. Increased demand would also increase profits, creating a virtuous cycle that also takes the dividend higher. For those that can stomach the risks associated with Windstream, UNIT stock could profit investors on both income and growth.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) is my pick from the healthcare sector. Up 34% YTD through July 2 compared to 12% for its medical instrument peers, it has managed to deliver an annualized total return of 44% over the past three years, 2.5 times the return of its peers.

I first recommended ISRG in March 2013. I reaffirmed my recommendation four months later despite it falling by 13% on concerns the company’s da Vinci robotic surgical systems — which cost in the millions to purchase — would no longer be a spending priority for hospitals looking to cut costs under Obamacare.

I wasn’t buying the word on the street feeling surgeons would continue to clamor for their use and hospitals would comply. Since 2013, revenues have grown by 38% to $3.1 billion, while non-GAAP net income has increased by 56% over the same period to $1.05 billion from $671 million.

In May, Intuitive Surgical announced that the FDA approved its da Vinci SP robotic system for use in single-incision urological procedures.

Shipments of the new product will begin in Q3 2018, providing another growth vehicle for ISRG, the leaders in medical technology for minimally invasive procedures.

I don’t see Intuitive Surgical slowing down anytime soon.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iRobot Corporation(IRBT)

For all intents and purposes, iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) is the face of the global consumer robotics revolution.

iRobot is most famous for its robotic vacuum cleaner, but it also makes other household robots, such as a robotic pool cleaner and robotic mop. It is also rumored that the company is going to extend its product portfolio to soon include other robots, such as a robotic lawnmower.

From this perspective, iRobot is much more than just the company behind robotic vacuum cleaners. They are a company leading a household consumer robotics revolution which has a wide array of applications.

IRBT stock, though, doesn’t always act like this is the case. Over the past two quarters, IRBT stock has dropped like a rock because management has provided weak profit guides. But those weak profit guides are a direct result of the company investing into new products, which grow the company’s addressable market and add firepower to the long-term growth narrative.

Overall, then, such margin concerns are unnecessarily short sighted. It seems the market is starting to realize this, and IRBT has been bouncing back lately.

Second quarter earnings are due at the end of the month. Those number should be quite good as Google Trends for iRobot have remained quite favorable. Those strong numbers should affirm the recent bounce in IRBT stock, and send this stock back to all-time highs.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NutriSystem Inc(NTRI)

Like Weight Watchers, NutriSystem reported stronger-than-expected results. NutriSystem also raised its fiscal 2018 earnings per share guidance to $2.04-$2.14 from $1.99-$2.09 and increased its full-year top-line outlook to $693 million-$708 million from its previous guidance of $685 million-$705 million.

NutriSystem has rallied around 30% since it reported its results, but NTRI stock is still trading at a low forward price-to-earnings ratio of around 16.

NutriSystem appears to be developing innovative new marketing segmentation strategies and potent new products. For example, the company has launched ads targeting diabetes patients and later this year, responding to demand it identified among its customer base, will begin targeting vitamin users with a new line of vitamin pack products.

Additionally, NutriSystem says that the engagement with its app is rising and it has identified proven marketing techniques of recapturing former customers who have left the program. Finally, the company recently added 19 new items to its menu, suggesting that it is focused on incorporating additional, innovative, popular foods to its offerings.

In my experience, companies that innovate frequently and significantly are much more likely to succeed than those that largely stay with the status quo. Judging by Nutrisystem’s results, the company’s significant, frequent changes on the product and marketing fronts appear to be working. These effective adaptations make NutriSystem stock very attractive.

Finally, the revenue generated by NutriSystem’s South Beach line jumped 150% year-over-year in the first quarter, suggesting that the line’s popularity is rapidly increasing.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now

Cryptocurrency mining describes the process by which persons and/or businesses with high-powered computers and servers compete against one another to solve highly complex mathematical equations that are the result of the encryption designed to protect transactions on a blockchain network. The first to solve a group of equations and verify that those transactions (known as a block) are true — i.e., that the same virtual token wasn’t spent twice — receives what’s known as a "block reward." This reward is paid out in tokens of the virtual currency that’s being proofed.

For example, bitcoin currently has a block reward of 12.5 tokens. This means that the first person, group of individuals, or business to validate a block of transactions will receive 12.5 bitcoin tokens. With the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency currently hovering just above $8,000 per coin, we’re talking about a more than $100,000 haul for cryptocurrency miners who are successful in beating others to the proverbial punch.

Though cryptocurrency mining has been profitable, it’s clearly not feasible for everyone. Nevertheless, there are ways investors can gain exposure to crypto mining, should they choose, through the stock market. Here are four top cryptocurrency mining stocks that have either direct or partial exposure, based on sales, to the industry.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Amazon.com, Inc.(AMZN)

E-commerce behemoth Amazon helped round out another strong quarter for the FANG stocks last Thursday. The company reported adjusted earnings of $3.27 per share, crushing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.22 per share. Meanwhile, total revenue was up 43% year over year and forecasted Q2 revenue was on the high end of our prior consensus estimate.

Amazon also notched net sales of $5.44 billion in its Web Services unit, marking growth of 49% from the prior-year period and coming in ahead of our consensus estimate. Further, the company reported first quarter physical stores sales of $4.26 billion, underscoring the scope of the Whole Foods acquisition.

Amazon is currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: iRobot Corporation(IRBT)

Shares of iRobot are still reeling from a more than 34% single-day drop in early February, as the market reacted to seemingly disappointing forward earnings guidance from the Roomba maker.

During the subsequent conference call, however, CEO Colin Angle elaborated that the company is purposefully opting to foresake some near-term profits in order to invest in driving top-line growth and maintaining market share in these crucial early stages of its long-term story.

"This is a movement in time where over the next three years the true winners in the consumer robot industry are going to be determined for the next decade," Angle added. He also noted that household penetration in the robotic vacuum market — which comprises the vast majority of iRobot’s current sales — is still "extremely low," in the single-digit percent range, while strong economic conditions are driving healthy global growth for the category.

Even more important, iRobot knows that the consumer robotics industry will grow to represent much more than "just" robotic vacuums. In floorcare, the company is enjoying steady growth for its supplementary Braava jet floor mopping robots. With the help of their fortress-like patent portfolio and sophisticated mapping and navigation technology, management has also spoken at length of their plans to make iRobot’s products the central hubs for enabling smart homes to behave more intelligently in the future.

It’s also developing a robotic lawnmower, which would propel it into a new multibillion-dollar market in the coming years. And Angle has previously revealed that iRobot is further exploring consumer robotic solutions for laundry folding, bathroom cleaning, and loading and emptying dishwashers.

As it stands, iRobot is still a relatively small company with a market capitalization of under $2 billion. But if even a fraction of its ambitious plans come to fruition when our kids are grown, I think it will prove to be a stock that early investors will be more than happy to brag about.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(AMD)

Perhaps the most prominent names of the bunch are NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), which are best known for their graphics card and PC-based microprocessors, respectively. Neither company has exactly been forthcoming with regard to how much of their sales are tied to cryptocurrency mining, but each company has clearly benefited in recent quarters from the sale of graphics processing units (GPU). NVIDIA’s full-year results pointed to 41% year-over-year sales growth, with Advanced Micro’s sales up 25% on an annual basis. 

In fact, demand for GPUs has been so strong that the price of graphics cards, new and old, has been shooting higher. This actually creates a bit of a conundrum for NVIDIA and AMD, as Advanced Micro Devices is more commonly known. The core customers for both companies are avid gaming enthusiasts and enterprise clients. If crypto mining demand continues to pluck supply from the market, the high price for graphics cards could cause a rebellion among NVIDIA’s and AMD’s core customers. Then again, if these companies create a product specifically for crypto mining, they’ll drive down prices by increasing supply and squash the sales and margin boost they’ve recently experienced.

While both companies certainly have a lot going on beyond the cryptocurrency mining industry, it’s possible that their share prices could reflect the ebbs and flows of virtual currency token prices, so it’s something to keep in mind.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

You might be surprised to see that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the world’s largest publicly traded company and a stock that the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, has come to fancy, was among the leading household names shown the door in Q1. David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management, which initially bought its first stake in Apple back in the third quarter of 2016, sold its entire position of nearly 4.59 million shares. Meanwhile, Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital Management sold the entirely of its 1.26 million-share stake in Apple during Q1, which it had also held since the third quarter of 2016. As a whole, according to data from Bloomberg, large institutional investors sold 153 million Apple shares in the first quarter.

A woman holding an Apple iPhone X on the beach.

IMAGE SOURCE: APPLE.

Why no love for the king of all tech and consumer stocks? Investors’ angst primarily centers around the belief that Apple’s iPhone sales growth can’t possibly continue at the same torrid pace it’s been on for years. Though iPhone revenue jumped a healthy 14% on a year-over-year basis, to $38 billion in Q1 2018, total units sold rose by a mere 3%, to 52.2 million iPhones. The $1,000 price tag of the newly introduced iPhone X certainly helped push sales higher, but the slow crawl of physical-unit sales is a clear concern among Wall Street pundits. 

Apple’s saving grace has been its incredible shareholder-return policy, which includes the biggest dividend in the world (in terms of total annual payout), and mammoth share buybacks. In fact, the company repurchased $23.5 billion worth of its own stock last quarter, all on the open market, and its board authorized the repurchase of an additional $100 billion worth of stock. These repurchases reduce the company’s existing share count, aiding earnings-per-share (EPS) growth and (presumably) making the company look more attractive from a valuation basis. 

Given that Apple recently raised its dividend by 16% and is valued at only 14 times next year’s EPS, I believe pessimists will be proven wrong over the long run.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has been on a mission, both in reality and in the stock market. The company’s goal is to become the leader in global streaming. With 125 million customers, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that leadership goal. Heck, its market cap is just $7 billion short of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS).

That puts things in perspective a bit.

But NFLX stock has been even more impressive than the company. It’s up 132% over the past 12 months and 73% since the start of 2018. That’s paved a solid — if also explosive — uptrend for investors. Take note of the chart to see what I mean.

As you can see, Netflix stock has been a beast. Notice that when it started 2018, shares weren’t over $200 yet! Now we’re already over $300. The move has been intense, but so long as the trends stay in place it’s hard to bet against NFLX.

Over its previous highs and above $330, Netflix stock is basing nicely. Momentum is strong and the stock is not yet overbought (blue peaks on the chart). Should nearby support fail, investors would be lucky to gobble up the stock near $300. There should be support near this level, along with the 50-day moving average and a rising uptrend line of support.

Given that the company just beat earnings, revenue and subscriber estimates, as well as provided subscriber guidance that topped analyst estimates, I’d rather be a buyer on dips than a seller on rips.

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019

Most businesses posting rapid expansion right now will not be able to maintain that level of growth over time. On the other hand, there will be standouts — the rare companies with the right makeup and competitive advantages to capitalize on market trends and repeatedly take their businesses to the next level.

Having even a few of these companies working in your favor over the long term can be a life-changing event. To help put readers on to some high-growth stocks that still have big potential, we asked three Motley Fool investors to profile a top growth investment. Read on to see why they identified the following stocks as top stocks for growth-seeking investors.

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Clarke(T)

 There’s no denying AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has had its struggles. Wireless telecom as well as broadband have become commodities, and cable television is no longer just available through a literal cable.

Its recent effort to acquire Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) has also run into some political pitfalls. When it’s all said and done though, T stock is entrenched in the markets it needs to be entrenched in, and it’s got the size and cash-stash to but what it needs to buy to remain competitive. It’s not going anywhere.

That said, whether its revenue growth is impressive or not, nobody can deny that AT&T is one heck of a reliable dividend payer. It has been paid out every quarter like clockwork since the mid-80’s, and grown the whole time. Newcomers are going to enjoy a 5.6% yield on their investment.

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Axon Enterprise, Inc.(AAXN)

Now, Axon Enterprise had  just changed its corporate name to that name the very month that we did this podcast a year ago. It used to be known as TASER. But Axon Enterprise — the same company that sells Tasers and has innovated with the Taser — changed its name to its other key product, which is its police body cams. And that’s such an important trend.

I was talking about that a year ago — how Axon Enterprise’s main profit source [still is today] was the Taser, but as it builds out police body cams [not just here in the U.S., but globally], it’s a lower margin. They don’t make as much money off its product and they’re sort of in development stage, still. They started losing money with that a year ago, and so it was depressing the corporate results.

But, if you really thought about where the world is headed and how this company was leading us there, you recognized beyond the body cams themselves [the Axon body cams]; the company has Evidence.com, which is the website where up in the cloud all of these videos from all these police departments are stored, and that is a subscription service that police departments buy. So, Evidence.com, Axon, and Taser the stock was at $23 when we did this podcast and I picked it a year ago. It’s now up to $43.00. So, it’s been a tremendous year for Axon, ticker symbol AAXN, up 87%.

Now, I should mention that the S&P 500 over the last year is up 14.5%. We’ll round that up to 15% just to give Mr. Market his due, so we’re competing against a +15% with each of these picks. I’m going to foreshadow and let you know, dear listener, that this was the best of the five stocks. Nothing did better than +87%. A tremendous year for Axon and I’m really excited that it’s in the Rule Breakers portfolio. I hope it’s in your portfolio, too. In fact, the name of this sampler, when I pick stocks a little later, is going to be something like Five Stocks That I Own And You Should, Too.

Now, I wish I did own Axon. I don’t own all of my 220 picks, but I sure hope you listened a year ago. I know many of you do own Axon through Rule Breakers and wow, what a great year it’s been, and I really like this stock going forward. When I picked these stocks for April The Giraffe, unbeknownst to me at the time a year ago, I did say these are for the next three-plus years, so we’ll be reviewing this list of stocks each of the next three years. Year one awesome, Axon!

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: iRobot Corporation(IRBT)

Of these two companies, iRobot is scheduled to report its earnings first. The maker of the popular Roomba vacuum is scheduled to report its first-quarter results on Tuesday. 

In the fourth quarter, iRobot posted record fourth-quarter revenue of $327 million, up an impressive 54% compared to the year-ago period. The growth marked an acceleration compared to full-year revenue growth of 34%. Operating income also increased, rising from $18.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 to $23.1 million in Q4 2017.

But there’s more strong growth in front of the company, according to management. iRobot is optimistic about the "tremendous" opportunity ahead. "Global household penetration of robotic vacuum cleaners remains extremely low, in the single digits," said iRobot CEO Colin Angle in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings release. "Strong economic conditions worldwide are fueling overall global growth and positive consumer sentiment."

With management guiding for 2018 revenue to rise about 20% compared to 2017, based on the midpoint of the forecast range, investors should look for first-quarter revenue growth to handily exceed this growth rate. A first-quarter revenue growth rate beyond management’s expected full-year pace would leave more room for revenue growth to decelerate as the year goes on.