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5 Stocks With High ROE to Buy as Recession Fears Escalate

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The U.S. equity markets witnessed a sharp downtrend in the past couple of trading sessions due to heightened concerns regarding the economy's health. Investors mostly remained anxious about high inflation data and waited for cues for probable recession from the upcoming May Consumer Price Index report scheduled to be released today. The markets seemed to have factored in a steady rise in yields, with the Fed Chairman promulgating an aggressive monetary policy to tame the rising inflationary pressure.

After one of the biggest interest rate hikes since 2000 that put the federal funds rate in a range of 0.75-1%, the Fed aims to enforce similar increases in the remainder of the year to restore price stability. The central bank has also offered a broad outline of its reduction in asset holdings for monetary tightening. The Fed intends to reduce Treasury holdings and mortgage-backed securities by $30 billion and $17.5 billion, respectively, from June and extend the tallies to $65 billion and $35 billion after three months. But several experts feel that unless the Fed employs more stringent measures, the economy is likely to face a recession in early 2023.

As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of “backing and filling” in the market, they can benefit from ‘cash cow’ stocks that garner higher returns. However, identifying cash-rich stocks alone does not make for a solid investment proposition unless it is backed by attractive efficiency ratios like return on equity (ROE). A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting cash at a high rate of return. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LPX - Free Report) , The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG - Free Report) , Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM - Free Report) , Steel Dynamics, Inc. (STLD - Free Report) and Dillard's, Inc. (DDS - Free Report) are some of the stocks with high ROE to profit.

Why ROE?

ROE = Net Income/Shareholders’ Equity

ROE helps investors distinguish profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful in determining the financial health of a company. In other words, this financial metric enables investors to identify companies that diligently deploy cash for higher returns.

Moreover, ROE is often used to compare the profitability of a company with other firms in the industry — the higher, the better. It measures how well a company is multiplying its profits without investing new equity capital and portrays management’s efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Screening Parameters

In order to shortlist stocks that are cash-rich with high ROE, we have added Cash Flow greater than $1 billion and ROE greater than X-Industry as our primary screening parameters. In addition, we have taken a few other criteria into consideration to arrive at a winning strategy.

Price/Cash Flow lesser than X-Industry: This metric measures how much investors pay for $1 of free cash flow. A lower ratio indicates that investors need to pay less for a better cash flow-generating stock.

Return on Assets (ROA) greater than X-Industry: This metric determines how much profit a company earns for every dollar of asset, which includes cash, accounts receivable, property, equipment, inventory and furniture. The higher the ROA, the better it is for the company.

5-Year EPS Historical Growth greater than X-Industry: This criterion indicates that continued earnings momentum has translated into solid cash strength.   

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.

Here are five of the 19 stocks that qualified the screen:

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation: Headquartered in Nashville, TN, Louisiana-Pacific is a leading manufacturer of sustainable, quality engineered wood building materials, structural framing products and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. The company’s products are used primarily in new home construction, repair and remodeling and outdoor structures.

Louisiana-Pacific delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 14%, on average. It has a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.: New York-based Interpublic, together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. It offers multi-channel advertising and communications and marketing services such as meeting and event production, public relations, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate and brand identity and strategic marketing consulting to a broad list of customers in more than 110 countries.

The company has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 4.4% and delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 26%, on average. Interpublic carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Qualcomm Incorporated: Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Qualcomm designs, manufactures and markets digital wireless telecom products and services based on the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The products include CDMA-based integrated circuits (ICs) and system software for wireless voice and data communications as well as global positioning system products. The company delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 11.4%, on average.

Qualcomm carries a Zacks Rank #2. The company has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 16.3%. Qualcomm is well-positioned to benefit from solid 5G traction with greater visibility and a diversified revenue stream to meet its long-term revenue targets.

Steel Dynamics, Inc.: Based in Fort Wayne, IN, Steel Dynamics is among the leading steel producers and metal recyclers in the United States. It currently has a steelmaking and coating capacity of more than 11 million tons. Steel Dynamics is one of the most diversified steel companies in the United States, with a vast range of specialty products.   

This Zacks #1 Ranked company delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 2.5%, on average. Steel Dynamics' customer-focused approach, market diversification and low-cost operating platforms position the company well for growth opportunities.

Dillard's, Inc.: Founded in 1938, Dillard's is a large departmental store chain featuring fashion apparel and home furnishings. Its merchandise mix consists of both branded and private-label items. The company’s strategy is to offer more fashion-forward and trendy products to attract customers.  

Dillard’s is benefiting from continued momentum in consumer demand and better inventory management. The company has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 14.6% and delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 224.1%, on average. Dillard’s sports a Zacks Rank #1.

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