Investing 101: Stocks Under $10 Undervalued by Graham With Quarterly Gains

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Sometimes stocks that are priced low can produce a lot of movement because any change in price represents a bigger percentage change. Because of the inherent risk of the price movements, traders like to have some sort of affirmation that the stock is in a bullish trend and/or undervalued.

Investors have many ways to value a stock, but one of the stricter ways is the Graham method. Benjamin Graham is considered the "Godfather" of value investing and was a former mentor of Warren Buffett. He developed his method from earnings per share (EPS) and book value per share, and it is his calculation for the maximum fair-value price of a stock. Stocks trading significantly below their Graham Number are considered to be potentially undervalued.

The Graham Number = Square Root of (22.5) x (TTM EPS) x (MRQ Book Value per Share).


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To make the list below, we started with stocks between $1-$10 that have posted positive gains over the past quarter. Then we checked those names against their Graham fair-value, or Graham Number.

The names below are still considered undervalued despite being up this quarter. Do you think they have more room to run?

List sorted by market cap. (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)

1. ARMOUR Residential REIT (NYS: ARR) : Market cap at $1.2B, most recent closing price at $6.80. The stock gained 0.60% over the past quarter. Diluted TTM earnings per share at 0.53, and a MRQ book value per share value at 6.79, implies a Graham Number fair value = sqrt(22.5*0.53*6.79) = $9.0. Based on the stock's price at $6.93, this implies a potential upside of 29.85% from current levels.

2. Monster Worldwide (NYS: MWW) : Provides online employment solutions worldwide. Market cap at $964.47M, most recent closing price at $8.66. The stock gained 20.89% over the past quarter. Diluted TTM earnings per share at 0.46, and a MRQ book value per share value at 10.09, implies a Graham Number fair value = sqrt(22.5*0.46*10.09) = $10.22. Based on the stock's price at $8.86, this implies a potential upside of 15.34% from current levels.

3. Astoria Financial (NYS: AF) : Operates as the bank holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association that provides various banking services in the United States. Market cap at $855.32M, most recent closing price at $9.03. The stock gained 2.63% over the past quarter. Diluted TTM earnings per share at 0.51, and a MRQ book value per share value at 13.37, implies a Graham Number fair value = sqrt(22.5*0.51*13.37) = $12.39. Based on the stock's price at $9.2, this implies a potential upside of 34.63% from current levels.

4. Iridium Communications (NAS: IRDM) : Provides mobile voice and data communications services through satellites to businesses, the U. Market cap at $620.55M, most recent closing price at $8.66. The stock gained 5.08% over the past quarter. Diluted TTM earnings per share at 0.59, and a MRQ book value per share value at 9.77, implies a Graham Number fair value = sqrt(22.5*0.59*9.77) = $11.39. Based on the stock's price at $8.4, this implies a potential upside of 35.58% from current levels.

5. X-Rite (NAS: XRIT) : Develops a range of color management systems primarily in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Market cap at $478.05M, most recent closing price at $5.54. The stock gained 17.87% over the past quarter. Diluted TTM earnings per share at 0.68, and a MRQ book value per share value at 3.15, implies a Graham Number fair value = sqrt(22.5*0.68*3.15) = $6.94. Based on the stock's price at $5.55, this implies a potential upside of 25.09% from current levels.

6. Wilshire Bancorp (NAS: WIBC) : Operates as the holding company for Wilshire State Bank that offers a range of financial products and services. Market cap at $377.08M, most recent closing price at $5.23. The stock gained 15.25% over the past quarter. Diluted TTM earnings per share at 0.54, and a MRQ book value per share value at 3.76, implies a Graham Number fair value = sqrt(22.5*0.54*3.76) = $6.76. Based on the stock's price at $5.22, this implies a potential upside of 29.48% from current levels.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned above. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.


Kapitall's Danny Guttridge does not own any of the shares mentioned above. EPS and BVPS data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

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