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4 High-Flying Stocks to Bet On With Increasing Cash Flows

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Cash is the lifeblood of any business. It offers the flexibility to make decisions, the means to make potential investments and fuel to run its growth engine. In fact, it holds the key to a company’s existence, development and success.

In this regard, stocks like Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF - Free Report) , Internet Initiative Japan, Inc. (IIJIY - Free Report) , DLH Holdings Corp. (DLHC - Free Report) and Euroseas Ltd. (ESEA - Free Report) are worth buying.

Even a company generating profits might face bankruptcy while meeting obligations if it is low on cash flow. However, a company with a sturdy cash balance can effectively tide over any market mayhem. It also indicates that profits are being channelized in the right direction.

Particularly, the uncertainties in the global economy, market disruptions and dislocations, and liquidity concerns that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic have all the more established the relevance of analyzing a company’s cash-generating efficiency.

To figure out this efficiency, one needs to consider a company’s net cash flow. While in any business cash moves in and out, it is net cash flow that explains how much money a company is actually generating.

If a company is experiencing a positive cash flow, it denotes an increase in its liquid assets, which gives it the means to meet debt obligations, shell out for expenses, reinvest in business, endure downturns and finally return wealth to shareholders. On the other hand, a negative cash flow indicates a decline in the company’s liquidity, which in turn lowers its flexibility to support these moves.

However, having a positive cash flow merely does not secure a company’s future growth. To ride on the growth curve, a company must have its cash flow increasing because that indicates management’s efficiency in regulating its cash movements and less dependency on outside financing for running its business.

Therefore, keep yourself abreast with the following screen to bet on stocks with rising cash flows.

Screening Parameters:

To find stocks that have seen increasing cash flow over time, we ran the screen for those whose cash flow in the latest reported quarter was at least equal to or greater than the 5-year average cash flow per common share. This implies a positive trend and increasing cash over a period of time.

In addition to this we chose:

Zacks Rank 1: No matter whether market conditions are good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Average Broker Rating 1: This indicates that brokers are also highly hopeful about the company’s future performance.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5: This sieves out low-priced stocks.

VGM Score of B or better: This score is also of great assistance in selecting stocks. Importantly, this scoring system helps in picking winning stocks in their individual industry categories.

Here are four out of the 12 stocks that qualified the screening:

Fidelity National Financial Inc. is a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Fidelity National Financial’s 2022 earnings has moved up 4.6% over the past two months. FNF currently has a VGM Score of B.

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. offers a comprehensive range of Internet access services and Internet-related services to customers, including corporations and other Internet service providers, in Japan.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings of the fiscal year ending March 2022 moved 14.4% north in the past two months. IIJIY currently flaunts a VGM Score of A.

DLH Holdings Corp. serves clients throughout the United States as a full-service provider of healthcare, logistics, and technical support services to the Department of Defense and Federal agencies.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for DLH Holdings’ fiscal 2022 earnings has been revised 14.7% upward in the past two months. DLHC sports a VGM Score of A.

Euroseas was formed under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship-owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business for the last 136 years. It operates in the dry cargo, dry bulk and container shipping markets.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Euroseas’ current-year earnings has moved 9.2% north in the past month. ESEA currently sports a VGM Score of A.

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