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Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now

I have a well-deserved reputation as a cheapskate. I brown bag my lunches most days, keep my thermostat at 79 degrees, and — if my wife doesn’t intervene — I’ll generally wear my clothes until they’re moth-eaten and threadbare. I’m good with that. As Benjamin Franklin said, a penny saved is a penny earned.

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Perhaps not shockingly, I take the same approach in my investing. I like cheap stocks and, specifically, cheap dividend stocks. I like getting paid in cold, hard cash, after all.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3) Other downside catalysts have come and gone, such asEmerson Electric (EMR) effectively ruling out aRockwell deal;

    4) However, our view that the upward trajectory in customer capex spending remains muted combined with the stock still trading at >19x NTM EPS limits our upgrade to just Market-Perform despite our long-term bullish view of industrial automation in general and Rockwell specifically

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

  • [By Rising Dividend Investing]

    Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks

    We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
    As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
    Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing hou seholds” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
    This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
    We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
    Share prices for stocks in the Indu strial sectors are mo

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    It’s no surprise to see the nation’s largest healthcare insurer on the list. Not only is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) doing brisk business in the age of the Affordable Care Act, but its subsidiary Optum is as well.In fact, 25 of the top 100 hirers last year were from the healthcare sector.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 1.25% at $192.77. The stock’s 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 2.6 million. The company had no specific news, but the increasingly likely defeat of another ACA repeal effort lifted healthcare stocks late in the day.

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    We reprise five of last year’s components: Boeing (BA), CVS Health (CVS), International Business Machines (IBM), Omnicom Group (OMC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), which means they obviously are buys.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    “[RadioShack management] led the company from one declining business to another – International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), PC-compatible Tandy Computers, and ‘The Repair Shop’ at RadioShack – and from one declining brand to another (e.g., Realistic, Optimus, Presidian, and Accurian),” Forbes stated.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    If you’re looking to add some solid dividend stocks to your portfolio, I have a few ideas. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), all of which I own in my own portfolio, are some of the best dividend stocks available.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018

Conduent (CNDT), the business services company recently spun out of Xerox (NYSE:XRX), is too cheap at the current price of $16. Using a sum-of-the-parts valuation looking at fair market value for the company’s pieces generates a mid-$20s/share valuation, representing more than 50% upside. CNDT is a classic “multiple ways to win” spin-off situation. The company is looking to exit unprofitable, pre-spin-off legacy contracts and businesses inherited from Xerox which will help grow their already significant free cash flow generation. Even before considering benefits from such business moves, CNDT’s current valuation of 7x EBITDA is only in-line with low-value-add call center companies, giving no credit for two special businesses within it that have not yet been discovered by the market.

What makes the Conduent story truly exciting is two gems in their portfolio that if traded standalone would account for more than 2/3rds of the company’s current enterprise value: 1) Con duent’s Electronic Tolling business, which shares what is essentially a duopoly market with Transcore (unit of Roper, (ROP)) and Kapsch (BZ6 GY), and 2) BenefitWallet, a fast-growing Health Savings Account (NYSE:HSA) provider. Applying market multiples to these two assets implies the remaining Conduent assets trade at a ~50% discount to peers.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Adding this software to its lineup is a savvy move because it makes Arista’s hardware even more efficient. It’s a breakout move that makes Arista even stronger in the cloud computing market – a sector IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) says will be worth $200 billion by 2020.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    After reporting much better than expected results for its third quarter fiscal 2017 ended October 30,NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)has continued to build new markets signing new collaborations with the tech giantsMicrosoft (NSDQ:MSFT)and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM). In my view, these new developments will enable NVIDIA to maintain its impressive growth and to drive its shares even higher.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    IBM (NYSE:IBM) is rolling out a new weapon in cyberdefense: its Jeopardy!-winning cognitive supercomputer Watson. So how will a game show contestant help prevent hacking? Glad you asked, but first, a little background.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    But the changing consumer behavior has hit the brick and mortar chains hard. In a press release, Macy’s (NYSE:M) announced that it would be closing 68 stores and laying off more than 10000 people after the company reported a dismal quarter. The same store sales declined by 2.1%. It is not Macy’s alone, other departmental stores are facing similar challenges. The holiday season report led to ablood bath in retail stocks yesterday. Macy’s was down 13%, JCP (NYSE:JCP) down 7.2% and Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) was down 19%. Those are pretty scary numbers. On the other hand, Amazon stock gained more than 3% yesterday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Kohls Corp. (NYSE: KSS) has faced an incredibly tough year so far, with its stock down nearly 25%, not to mention its facing the onslaught of e-commerce from sites like Amazon. Faced with the problem of adapt or die, Kohls is taking steps to change its format, but is it too late?

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    BFAds.net also pulled out some specific deals on offer for Cyber Monday:

    Target Inc. (NYSE: TGT): 15% off nearly everything online and in stores on both Sunday and Monday Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): 20% off in-store and online from Nov. 27-30 with code DEALSEEKER Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M): $50 off Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2 Smart Watches Wal-Mart: Samsung HDTVs over 50% off MSRP Amazon: Amazon Echo for $139.99, a savings of $40

    Most online retailers will have Cyber Monday deals. Some, including Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY), are promoting the deals generally without preview promotion. ItsCyber Monday deals will begin on Sunday and many of them will also be available in brick-and-mortar stores.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    Shareholders are right to be concerned about the declining revenues Kohl’s(NYSE: KSS) reported in both 2016 (-2.7%) and the first quarter of 2017 (-3.2%).Some investors may also be worried about the traffic decreases that have impacted Kohl’s, and other retailers, in recent months.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Top Medicaid stocks to buy in 2017 include Aetna (NYSE:AET), Centene (NYSE:CNC), and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). Here’s why these three stand out.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.27% at $174.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $130.01 to $176.14. Volume was about 50% lower than the daily average of around 2.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded down 4.33% at $156.57. The stock’s 52-week range is $116.02 to $164.97. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The U.S. Justice Department joined a lawsuit against the company alleging overcharges to the Medicare program.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 1.32% at $165.21. The stock’s 52-week range is $118.97 to $165.33, also a new high set today. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Monday.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team contend that Brexit is “bad for all our companies it is just a matter of degree.” They explain why Tyco International (TYC), Idex (IEX), Danaher (DHR),Honeywell International (HON) and Emerson Electric (EMR) could feel some degree of pain:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lower WACC has moved in lockstep with higher multiples and as the rate regime shifts, we see limited excuses for another leg absent material growth. EPS growth/visibility at a reasonable price will matter, with those that are not reflecting upside today seeing multiple expansion and safety stocks that are not safe reverting. With this backdrop, our top picks are Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, and Danaher, with a positive bias on Neutral-rated United Technologies, while we are most negative onGeneral Electric and Rockwell Automation (ROK), with a negative bias on N-rated $51.92 Emerson Electric (EMR)…

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

  • [By Rising Dividend Investing]

    Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks

    We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
    As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
    Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing hou seholds” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
    This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
    We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
    Share prices for stocks in the Indu strial sectors are mo

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3) Other downside catalysts have come and gone, such asEmerson Electric (EMR) effectively ruling out aRockwell deal;

    4) However, our view that the upward trajectory in customer capex spending remains muted combined with the stock still trading at >19x NTM EPS limits our upgrade to just Market-Perform despite our long-term bullish view of industrial automation in general and Rockwell specifically

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) was down, falling around 26 percent to $9.88. Rent-A-Center reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but the company’s sales missed analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc basicallyabove break even with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY)taking off againwhile small capshhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)have both been sliding in recent years:

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    With a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 28.79, FedEx’s valuation is in line with UPS (27.52) and far cheaper than XPO Logistics (XPO) (90.25).

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Invest In 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

The Time For Cyclical Stocks Is Now

While it’s taken us roughly five years to get here, the global economy seems to be finally firing on all cylinders. Unemployment rolls are dropping, GDP growth is returning to struggling Europe and critical emerging markets- like China- are once again realizing production gains. All in all, that’s sent the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE:DIA) to record highs.

As we’ve moved passed the recovery phase of the business cycle, the time to bet on more “economically sensitive” stocks could be at hand. For investors, the cyclical stocks could prove to be the best buys in the upcoming year.

Best Earnings Growth In The S&P 500

Cyclical stocks are technically defined as those companies whose fortunes are closely tied to a booming economy. These include basic materials, technology and industrial firms and they will often see revenues rise when the economy is really cooking. Given the bullish prospects of 2014, they could just be the supersta rs of next year.

According to analysts at S&P Capital IQ, recent bullish factors will help drive the cyclicals higher in the months ahead. In the U.S., the housing market continues to improve as both pending home sales as well as new housing starts have been increasing over the last year. At the same time, the hydraulic fracturing boom has sent energy prices into the basement, benefiting both retail and industrial consumers of energy. Corporate technology spending has also improved as sales of productivity software and new devices have climbed.

Across the pond in Europe, economic growth has also returned- with many nations in the struggling Eurozone having moved out of recession. The continents debt woes have also quitted down in recent months. Likewise, Japan’s efforts to stimulate its stagnant economy have begun to bear fruit and many emerging markets are still producing swift GDP growth.

All in all, these factor should help propel earnings and stock valuations for the cyclicals.

Capital IQ predi! cts that earnings per share for the cyclicals in the S&P 500 should grow by 10.6% in 2014. That’s up from just 5.6% earnings growth this year. Already, the analysts’ predictions seem to be coming true. The various cyclical sectors have beat earnings forecasts by a wider margin than the broader index. Meanwhile, defensive sectors like utilities and consumer staples have failed to impress.

According, to Capital IQ, the projected earnings growth has the cyclicals are trading at a P/E of just 14.9. Making them “reasonably priced” and set for growth.

Playing The Cyclical Shift

Given that we’ve now moved into an economic expansion, the time to bet heavily on the cyclicals could be now. That means overweighting the industrials, materials and consumer discretionary sectors is order.

It stands to reason that manufacturing will continue to rise as the economy expands. Already, many industrial firms like Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE:ROK) and Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) have recently been reporting more mega-contracts for their products. ROK alone sees the energy boom adding roughly $100 million to its sales next year. All of this improved activity could make the iShares U.S. Industrials ETF (NYSE:IYJ) a major buy. The ETF tracks 223 different economically sensitive firms- including EMR, ROK and stalwarts like General Electric (NYSE:GE). All for just 0.45% in expenses.

Led by gains at Under Armor (NYSE:UA) and coffee purveyor Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX), consumer discretionary stocks are set to see a big 10.2% gain in earnings growth in 2013. As consumers open their wallets towards items that they “want” instead of “need”, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:XLY) could be a huge winner. While the ETF isn’t cheap on a P/E basis, the fund should keep rising as the economy keeps expanding.

Finally, fueling an economic expansion falls to the basic materials companies. Everything from oil and natural gas to copper and steel will be in greater demand as GDP keeps going. Meanwhile, Capital IQ’s data shows that both energy and materials names are some of the cheapest sectors in the S&P- giving investors the best “bargains”. Pairing the ultra-cheap expense ratios (0.14%) of the Vanguard Energy ETF (NYSE:VDE) and Vanguard Materials ETF (NYSE:VAW) gives investors plenty of e xposure to both sectors- currently 298 different stocks.
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The Bottom Line

Its official, the data is pointing towards the next phase of the business cycle- economic expansion. That means, it’s time for investors to load up on cyclical stocks. As these firms profit from the expanding economy, portfolios should benefit as well. The previous picks in the materials, consumer and industrial sectors make a great way to overweight the cyclicals.