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Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Chevron, Kinder Morgan, Agilent Technologies, Apple and Microsoft

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Chicago, IL – January 27, 2023 – Today, Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights Chevron (CVX - Free Report) , Kinder Morgan (KMI - Free Report) , Agilent Technologies (A - Free Report) , Apple (AAPL - Free Report) and Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) .

These 3 Companies Can't Get Enough of Their Own Stock

Stock buybacks, also regularly known as share repurchase programs, are a common strategy we see implemented by companies.

There are several reasons companies elect to buy back their stock; they've decided to utilize excess cash, they want to limit dilution caused by employee stock option programs, or simply because they believe their shares are undervalued.

Three companies –Chevron,Kinder Morgan and Agilent Technologies – have all announced repurchase programs in 2023. Below is a chart illustrating the performance of all three over the last year, with the S&P 500 blended in as a benchmark.

Let's take a closer look at how each one stacks up.


Chevron is one of the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas companies, with operations that span almost every corner of the globe. Yesterday, the company announced a sizable $75 billion share repurchase program.

The recent surge in energy prices has benefitted the company in a big way; CVX reported free cash flow of a steep $12.3 billion in its latest quarter, good enough for a 16% sequential uptick and an 84% Y/Y increase.

In addition, the company's dividend is in decent shape, currently yielding 3.2% annually paired with a sustainable payout ratio sitting at 33% of its earnings.

Most importantly, the company is scheduled to release quarterly results tomorrow, January 27th, before the market open. Currently, the Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate of $4.16 suggests a 62% Y/Y increase in earnings.

And our consensus revenue estimate stands firm at $52.3 billion, suggesting an improvement of nearly 9% from the year-ago quarter.

Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan is a leading midstream energy infrastructure provider in North America. Earlier in the year, KMI increased its previously authorized $2 billion stock buyback to $3 billion.

An increase in energy prices has helped Kinder Morgan increasingly reward its shareholders; KMI's dividend payout grew nearly 3% over the last year, currently yielding a steep 6% annually.

Impressively, last year marked the fifth consecutive year of increased payouts.

Agilent Technologies

Agilent is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of a broad-based portfolio of test and measurement products serving multiple end markets. Currently, the company sports the highly-coveted Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

On January 9th, Agilent approved a fresh $2 billion share repurchase program.

Agilent has reported strong results as of late, exceeding the Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate by double-digit percentages in back-to-back releases. Just in its latest print, the company posted a 10% EPS beat and reported sales nearly 5% above expectations.

The company does pay a dividend, currently yielding a modest 0.6%. Still, while the yield may be on the lower end of the spectrum, Agilent's 8.6% five-year annualized dividend growth rate helps bridge the gap.

Bottom Line

Buybacks have been common in recent years, with titans such as Apple and Microsoft also regularly joining in on the fun.

Buybacks send a positive message to investors, indicating that the company is confident in its future prospects.

All three companies above – Chevron, Kinder Morgan and Agilent Technologies – have recently announced repurchase programs, with investors cheering on the news.

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