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Zacks Value Trader Highlights: Progressive, Ryder System, East West, Intel and Hewlett Packard

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Chicago, IL –July 20, 2018 – Zacks Value Trader is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here:


5 Value Stocks to Buy and Hold for 5 Years

Welcome to Episode #100 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio service, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

Buy and hold investing and value investing have a lot in common.

Both require a lot of patience.

That’s why value investors, even famous ones like Warren Buffett, are often also buy and hold investors.

But where do you begin to look for value stocks to hold for several years?

How to Screen for Buy and Hold Stocks

Tracey ran a screen with these three criteria to narrow the pool of stocks to something manageable.

1.       A P/E under 15 which is what Tracey uses to find value stocks. While 15 is the typical cut-off for value stocks it also means the stock has valuations below that of the average of the S&P 500, which is currently 18.3.

2.       A Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) even though the Zacks Rank is a short-term recommendation.

3.       A dividend yield of 1% or higher.

The screen returned 163 stocks which is just big enough to not be overwhelming.

Looking through the list, Tracey pulled out 5 stocks from various industries that she considers candidates for the buy and hold strategy.

5 Value Stocks to Buy and Hold for 5 Years

1.       The Progressive Corporation (PGR - Free Report) is one of the largest automobile insurers in the United States. For all the talk of autonomous cars, they clearly haven’t really arrived yet. Progressive is expected to grow earnings by 60.5% in 2018. This big cap just beat on earnings again and is trading at just 13.9x.

2.       Ryder System, Inc. (R - Free Report) operates in commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain. It has been under performing the S&P 500 for several years and is down 14% year-to-date. But the shares are cheap with a forward P/E of 13 and a PEG ratio of just 0.9. Investors also get a dividend yielding 2.8% for their patience.

3.       East West Bancorp (EWBC - Free Report) is a rare commercial bank with business in both the US and Greater China markets. Earnings are expected to rise 35.5% in 2018 and another 8.4% in 2019. Yet the shares are trading with a forward P/E of just 13.9.

4.       Intel (INTC - Free Report) may not be the king of the semiconductors any more but its still expected to grow earnings by 16.5% in 2018. Additionally, investors get an added bonus of a dividend which is currently yielding 2.3%.

5.       Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE - Free Report) operates the cloud, storage and networking parts of the old Hewlett Packard business. It’s dirt cheap with a forward P/E of just 10.8. It’s returning $7 billion to shareholders through fiscal 2019. HPE currently pays a dividend yielding a juicy 3%.

All of these companies are mid-to-large caps but the screen did include some cheap small cap stocks that pay dividends.

Why aren’t they included here?

Find out the answer to this question and get all of Tracey’s other advice about being a buy and hold investor on this week’s podcast.

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