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4 High Earnings Yield Picks to Buy for Promising Rewards

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Earnings yield is useful for investors who are concerned about the rate of return on an investment. This metric, expressed in percentage, is calculated as annual earnings per share (EPS) divided by market price per share — the inverse of the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. 

While comparing stocks, if other factors are similar, the one with higher earnings yield is considered undervalued. That’s because this metric measures the anticipated yield (or return) from earnings for each dollar invested in a stock today.

Earnings yield is not as widely used as P/E ratio as a valuation metric but investors most commonly compare the earnings yield of a stock to the prevailing interest rates, such as the current 10-year Treasury yield, to get a sense of the return on investment it offers compared to virtually risk-free returns.

If the yield on the stock is lower than the 10-year Treasury yield, the stock would be considered overvalued relative to bonds. Conversely, if the yield on the stock is higher, it would be considered undervalued.

The Winning Strategy

We have set Earnings Yield greater than 10% as our primary screening criterion but it alone cannot be used for picking stocks that have the potential to generate solid returns. So, we have added the following parameters to the screen:

Estimated EPS growth for the next 12 months greater than or equal to the S&P 500: This metric compares the 12-month forward EPS estimate with the 12-month actual EPS.

Average Daily Volume (20 Day) greater than or equal to 100,000: High trading volume implies that a stock has adequate liquidity.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5.

Buy-Rated Stocks: Stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) have been known to outperform peers in any type of market environment. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Our Choices

Here are four of the 43 stocks that made it through the screen:

PDC Energy Inc. (PDCE - Free Report) : Headquartered in Denver, PDC Energy is an independent upstream operator engaged in the production of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #1. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2021 earnings suggests year-over-year growth of 113.5%.

Toll Brothers (TOL - Free Report) : Pennsylvania-based homebuilder, Toll Brothers currently carries a Zacks Rank #1. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 3.8% for the next three-five years. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings suggests year-over-year growth of 48.3%.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (SBH - Free Report) : Headquartered in Denton, TX, Sally Beauty is an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies.The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2021 earnings suggests year-over-year growth of 75.7%.

AutoNation (AN - Free Report) : Based in Florida, AutoNation is one of the largest retail automobile dealership groups in the United States. This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected EPS growth rate of 8.1% for the next three-five years. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings suggests year-over-year growth of 11.1%.

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