Is Apple Inc. (AAPL) Among These Three Stocks Near 52-Week Lows Worth Buying?

Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), RDA Microelectronics (NASDAQ:RDA), Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU), Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS)

Just as we examine companies each week that may be rising past their fair value, we can also find companies potentially trading at bargain prices. While many investors would rather have nothing to do with companies tipping the scales at 52-week lows, I think it makes a lot of sense to determine whether the market has overreacted to the downside, just as we often do when the market reacts to the upside.

Here’s a look at three fallen angels trading near their 52-week lows that could be worth buying.

Fabless or fabulous?
China-based Rda Microelectronics Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RDA) , a fabless semiconductor company that makes wireless connectivity and radio-frequency products, certainly didn’t make any friends in March when it announced a secondary offering of 8.35 million shares. The move will boost its total outstanding share count by 17%, which, not coincidentally, is nearly the same as the amount the shares have fallen since that announcement — 20%.

While I agree that shareholders shouldn’t be thrilled with this secondary, RDA is a consistent moneymaker with a solid balance sheet and has ample emerging-market opportunities that simply can’t be ignored.

Apple Inc. (AAPL)From a balance sheet perspective, Rda Microelectronics Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RDA) had $117.5 million in cash ($2.44 per share) and no debt in its most recent quarterly report. Tack on an anticipated sale of 8.35 million shares at $9.25 per share, and RDA will raise in the neighborhood of $77 million in additional cash. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that RDA is setting up to make a sizable acquisition and/or planning to initiate a quarterly dividend at some point in the near future.

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There’s also a tremendous need and opportunity for lower-end 2G and 3G wireless components in the majority of Asia and Eastern Europe, where 4G has yet to penetrate with any efficacy. This means that while RDA’s technologies might appear largely outdated to the tech-savvy investor in the U.S., understanding that Rda Microelectronics Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RDA)’s customer is likely to be in the emerging markets gives it what I’d say is at least another decade of consistent cash flow. At five times forward earnings, it’s worth a flier.

The revival of king coal
It was at this time last year that decade-low natural gas prices had clean-energy supporters lauding what looked like the quick demise of king coal. Natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel, was being selected for electric-generating purposes by many utilities because its cost was significantly lower than coal prices. However, natural gas prices have essentially doubled off their lows in the past year and given hope once again to coal enthusiasts (like me) that a turnaround is at hand. That’s why I feel Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU), a U.S. and Australian coal miner, could be ripe for a rebound.

I do have some concerns about mining costs in its Australian operations, which will keep my expectations for a recovery tempered in the very short term, but multiple factors are working in the company’s favor that should help boost its stock price over the long run.

For starters, Peabody is relying on exports to emerging markets (can you say “China”?) to drive bottom-line growth in a market where oversupply is hurting prices and demand. This is similar to the reason that I chose Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI) in my contrarian and value-tracking portfolio. Its long-term export contracts set up through the West Coast and Gulf of Mexico are aimed at quadrupling its export exposure by 2020. The point is that demand is out there; it just happens to be overseas at the moment.