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Chicago, IL – January 19, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Microsoft Corp. (MSFT - Free Report) , CDW Corp. (CDW - Free Report) , SEI Investments Co. (SEIC - Free Report) and W.W. Grainger (GWW - Free Report) .

4 GARP Stocks for a Winning Portfolio

Investors on the lookout for stocks with the potential for maximum growth and value investing may consider the growth at a reasonable price or GARP strategy.

This popular strategy helps investors gain exposure to stocks with impressive growth prospects that are trading at a discount. GARP investing employs popular value metrics — price-to-earnings (P/E) and price-to-book value (P/B) ratio — to evaluate whether a stock is undervalued.

GARP Metrics – Mix of Growth & Value Metrics

The GARP strategy seeks to offer an ideal investment by utilizing the best features of both value and growth investing. Investors adopting the GARP approach will prefer to buy stocks that are priced below the market or any reasonable target determined by fundamental analysis. These stocks also have solid prospects in cash flow, revenues, earnings per share (EPS) and so on.

Growth Metrics

Both strong earnings growth history and impressive earnings prospects are the main concepts that GARP investors borrow from the growth investing strategy. However, instead of super-normal growth rates, pursuing stocks with a more stable and reasonable growth rate is also a tactic of GARP investors. Hence, growth rates between 10% and 25% are considered ideal under the GARP strategy.

Another growth metric that is considered by both growth and GARP investors is return on equity (ROE). GARP investors look for strong and higher ROE compared to the industry average to identify superior stocks. Moreover, stocks with positive cash flow find precedence under the GARP plan.

Value Metrics

GARP investing gives priority to one of the popular value metrics – the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. Though this investing style picks stocks with higher P/E ratios than value investors, it avoids companies with extremely high P/E ratios. Moreover, the price-to-book value (P/B) ratio is also considered.

Using the GARP principle, we have run a screen to identify stocks that should offer solid returns in the near term.

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

Microsoft Corp. is a broad-technology provider whose offerings comprise operating systems, cross-device productivity applications, server applications, business solution applications, desktop and server management tools, software development tools and video games. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Microsoft has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 14.75%, on average. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2022 has moved north by 0.1% to $9.13 per share over the past 60 days.

CDW Corp. is a leading provider of integrated information technology (IT) solutions to small, medium and large business, government, education and healthcare customers. The company carries a Zacks Rank #2 currently.

CDW has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 12.17%, on average. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 has moved north by 0.3% to $7.83 per share over the past 60 days.

SEI Investments Co. is an asset management company offering wealth management business solutions that includes investment processing, management and operations solutions. The company has a Zacks Rank #2.

SEI Investments has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 1.87%, on average. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 has moved north by 0.5% to $3.76 per share over the past 60 days.

W.W. Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating products and services which operates primarily in North America, Japan and the U.K. The company carries a Zacks Rank #2 currently.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for W.W. Grainger’s 2021 has moved north by 0.1% to $19.60 per share over the past 60 days.

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