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Global stock markets shed $3 trillion in market value over the two days following the Brexit vote.
While U.S. markets recouped a good deal of those losses this week, there are still a number of "cheap" stocks trading at a discount today…
The Brexit crisis rattled investors and sent many to the exits. But Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald says that instead of fleeing markets, investors should look at the sharp sell-off as an opportunity to make some serious money.
Now is the time to be on the lookout for cheap stocks to buy…
"The overwhelming majority of investors run for the hills when the markets go haywire, which is why their portfolios are a fraction of what they could be, and why they repeatedly miss out on the enormous gains they so desperately want," Fitz-Gerald said.
"But the best investors and the most consistently profitable players have a very different take," he continued. "Many run straight into the fire knowing full well that they've got the advantage – not to mention plenty of profit potential."
Fitz-Gerald says that even though every investor fantasizes about scoring huge returns, very few actually have the reflexes needed to achieve them. They let hyped-up headlines and fear stop them from acting. He says overcoming those fears can lead to more profitable investing.
Without question, Fitz-Gerald is not suggesting you buy into every sell-off. Remaining highly selective is key.
When looking for cheap stocks to buy, find companies that never disappear, have proper risk management, and that are part of unstoppable trends that never go away.
Here are the five best cheap stocks to buy that top Fitz-Gerald's list. One is one of the leading defense stocks on the market now. Another is a true tech innovator and one of the biggest companies in the world…
The 5 Best "Cheap" Stocks to Buy Now
Fitz-Gerald's five "cheap" stock picks to buy are all staples that happen to be "on sale" now.
They are all marquee names with solid businesses. All were roughed up during the two-day Brexit rout that left shares trading at attractive prices. And despite this week's gains, they are all still attractively priced.
The first two stocks are for investors comfortable with some volatility. The next three are more defensive-like plays.
- Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) fell to a low of $663 on Monday. Today (Friday) shares are up $7.62 at $711.22. Alphabet stands out as the world's No. 1 Internet search engine. It is also a true innovator, engaged in some very cutting-edge projects.
- Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) dropped down to $108.23 during Monday's sell-off. It is currently changing hands at $115.13. The world's leading social networking site has now become a leader in the mobile ad and news space, as well as the world of virtual reality.
- Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), a leading and diversified defense company, fell to a low of $134.21 Monday. That was actually a muted decline. Shares are currently trading at $135.59, not far from its 52-week high of $137.74.
- Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) shares slipped to $66.95 intraday Monday. Shares are now changing hands at $69.22. The tobacco titan's 3.19% yield and seven-year uninterrupted streak of dividend hikes is a strong buffer during times of rocky stock markets.
- American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE: AWK) dipped to $80.03 Monday. At last check, AWK shares were trading at $85.10. American Water Works is a leading utility stock. Utility stocks are dubbed "widow and orphan stocks" because of their high and reliable dividends, and are considered low risk.
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