While most of Wall Street focuses on large and mega cap stocks, as they provide a degree of safety and liquidity, many investors are limited in the number of shares they can buy. Often the biggest public companies, especially the technology giants, trade in the low-to-mid hundreds, all the way up to over $1,000 per share. At those steep prices, it’s pretty hard to get any decent share count leverage.
Many investors, especially more aggressive traders, look at lower-priced stocks as a way to not only make some good money but to get a higher share count. That can really help the decision-making process, especially when you are on to a winner, as you can always sell half and keep half.
Each and every week, we screen our 24/7 Wall St. research database looking for stocks rated Buy at major firms and priced under the $10 level (last week’s picks included Jagged Peak Energy and Mohawk), and this week was no exception. We found five more stocks that could provide investors with some solid upside potential. While more suited for aggressive accounts, they could prove exciting additions to portfolios looking for solid alpha potential.
This was the first “smartphone” type company that was buried when Apple released the iPhone. BlackBerry Ltd. (NYSE: BB) continues transitioning from a mobile hardware provider to a mobile-focused security software and services company. Its portfolio of products includes BlackBerry Secure Unified Endpoint Management, crisis communication, corporate asset tracking, cybersecurity services and other secure collaboration software and communication technologies.
The company also licenses its brand/IP for mobile devices, and its QNX business provides leading embedded software systems. Earlier this year BlackBerry named Bryan Palma as president and chief operating officer. Palma was most recently Cisco’s senior vice president and general manager of customer experience for the Americas. Before joining Cisco, he was the vice president of cyber and security solutions at Boeing.
RBC has a $9 price objective on the shares, and the Wall Street consensus target price is $10.31. The shares traded on Friday’s close at $7.08.
This stock has pulled back sharply and is offering an outstanding entry point. Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is an energy producer focused on developing its multibasin portfolio of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) producing plays. Its operations also include the marketing of natural gas, oil and NGLs. All of its reserves and production are located in North America.
Its Canadian Operations segment includes the exploration for and development and production of natural gas oil and NGLs and other related activities within Canada. This includes Montney in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta and Duvernay in west central Alberta. The USA Operations segment includes the exploration for and development and production of natural gas, oil and NGLs and other related activities within the United States.
Encana investors receive a 1.72% dividend. The Merrill Lynch analysts remain positive on the with a $10 price target. The post consensus target is $10.54, and the shares closed on Friday at $4.55.