You love buying your shirts when they go on sale. And who can resist a buy-one-get-one-free offer? So when our stocks go on sale, why do we bemoan their low prices?
Smart investors like Warren Buffett or Marty Whitman love it when their stocks are suddenly selling at bargain-basement prices. For them, these companies become no-brainer buys.
The investors in the Motley Fool CAPS community also like a bargain, apparently. Below, you'll find three companies whose shares are selling at least 50% below their 52-week highs, but which still earn high honors from our investor-intelligence database. Consider it a BOGO sale on stocks.
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Naturally, we want you to look a bit closer at these stocks before buying. You can get low-priced appliances in the dent-and-ding section of your home-remodeling superstore, but their quality might not be so good. Same thing here: Make sure there's nothing seriously wrong with the company before you plug it into your portfolio.
Take two, they're small
Now that the Obama administration is ever so slowly starting to permit both drilling and exploration again in the Gulf of Mexico, there may be an opportunity for some smaller outfits to start getting in on the action. Unlike a company such as Hercules Offshore
The change in outlook helped Callon for a while, and its stock recovered from its lows, but management's decision back in February to tap the equity markets to raise cash signaled to investors that maybe the share price had peaked.
ATP Oil & Gas
Yet investors remain convinced Callon will weather the latest storm as 97% of the CAPS All-Star members rating the oil and gas exploration play see it as outperforming the broad market averages. But you can tell us in the comments section below or on the Callon Petroleum CAPS page whether it's got the goods to grow again.
"Negawatts" is a buzz phrase that's been around for more than a decade, but it's only now gaining traction because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put in place rules that equate energy generation with demand reduction and calling for comparable compensation as a result. Taking demand off the overburdened electric grid is now worth getting paid for. In short, "negawatts" are the future.
The immediate beneficiaries will be demand-response aggregators such as EnerNOC and Comverge
Presently in its 52-week-low and oversold by weekly stochastic, market is dipped, good earnings forecast, good asset to debt ratios, small cap tech, power-solutions for grid redistribution is a scarce service and will be considered more seriously in the wake of Japan's recent disaster.
A smaller FormFactor
Considering there ought to be limited fallout from Japan's earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster on FormFactor's ability to churn out wafer probe cards, the current weakness is a buying opportunity for investors. There will be rolling blackouts across Japan to deal with the situation, which will have some effect, but FormFactor's stateside Livermore, Calif., facility can more than compensate for any disruption the Japanese facilities feel.
It's that ability to overcome the problem that has customers lining up for FormFactor's product. Elpida Memory, which took over from Intel
Its about to break through to profitability on the turnaround path. This will gap up then, followed by moves dependent on the recovery. Pretty firm buy here.
FormFactor remains a shell of its former high-flying self, but you can see if it can return to form by adding it to your watchlist.
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Intel is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. EnerNOC is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. FormFactor is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick. The Fool owns shares of and has bought calls on Intel. Motley Fool Options has recommended a bull call spread position on FormFactor. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on Intel. The Fool owns shares of EnerNOC, and FormFactor. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.