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5 Cheap, Low-Risk Stocks to Buy

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The balance sheet may not look all that swell on the surface, but once you dig down deep, the long-term debt of the company is primarily lease obligations. The company's liquidity is in good condition.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree (DLTR) operates over 4,200 retail variety stores in the U.S. and Canada, featuring the sale of merchandise from food to household goods for $1. With the unemployment levels of this country remaining at elevated levels, Dollar Tree and its peer group have been in growth mode for several years. Many people who normally shop at normal-priced stores have also begun to shop at Dollar Tree. This whole sector has been the subject of takeovers and attempted takeover in the past few years.

Dollar Tree is expected to grow earnings by 22% in 2012 and 15% in 2013. Results have consistently bettered analysts' expectations in each of the last four quarters by an average of 3.5 cents or nearly 4%. The stock sells at 21 times current earnings and has traded with a one year historic volatility of 22.7%.

As of the most recently reported quarter, Dollar Tree was one of Dollar Tree's holdings.

-- Written by Scott Rothbort in Millburn, N.J.

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At the time of publication, Rothbort had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions can change at any time.

Scott Rothbort has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the Founder and President of LakeView Asset Management, a registered investment advisor specializing in customized separate account management for high net worth individuals. In addition, he is the founder of TheFinanceProfessor.com, an educational social networking site; and, publisher of The LakeView Restaurant & Food Chain Report. Rothbort is also a Term Professor of Finance at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business, where he teaches courses in finance and economics. He is the Chief Market Strategist for The Stillman School of Business and the co-supervisor of the Center for Securities Trading and Analysis.

Mr. Rothbort is a regular contributor to TheStreet.com's RealMoney Silver website and has frequently appeared as a professional guest on Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Television, Fox Business Network, CNBC Television, TheStreet.com TV and local television. As an expert in the field of derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), he frequently speaks at industry conferences. He is an ETF advisory board member for the Information Management Network, a global organizer of institutional finance and investment conferences. In addition, he is widely quoted in interviews in the printed press and on the internet.

Mr. Rothbort founded LakeView Asset Management in 2002. Prior to that, since 1991, he worked at Merrill Lynch, where he held a wide variety of senior-level management positions, including Business Director for the Global Equity Derivative Department, Global Director for Equity Swaps Trading and Risk Management, and Director for secured funding and collateral management for the Global Capital Markets Group and Corporate Treasury. Prior to working at Merrill Lynch, within the financial services industry, he worked for County Nat West Securities and Morgan Stanley, where he had international assignments in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. He began his career working at Price Waterhouse from 1982 to 1984.

Mr. Rothbort received an M.B.A., majoring in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business, New York University, in 1992, and a B.Sc. in Economics, majoring in Accounting, from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1982. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Mr. Rothbort is married to Layni Horowitz Rothbort, a real estate attorney, and together they have five children.

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