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Chicago, IL – May 8, 2020 – Stocks in this week’s article are Logitech International (LOGI - Free Report) , MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (MTSI - Free Report) , Murphy USA Inc.  (MUSA - Free Report) , Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VRTX - Free Report) and The Clorox Company (CLX - Free Report) .

5 Stocks that Look Appealing on Relative Price Strength

Fears are growing over the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on business as the raging pandemic is crushing economies and destroying equities. In the meantime, oil prices are experiencing growing pains with the contagion-induced lockdown crippling demand amid a supply glut. In a nutshell, there is no escaping the resulting chaos in the markets.

While the volatility and uncertainty will continue until coronavirus recedes, it would be prudent not to panic and focus on the big picture. Agreed, some heartburn is inevitable but having an investing plan and sticking with it might turn this current selloff into an opportunity to buy solid names at depressed prices. One of the ways potential stock ideas could be identified is to look for signs of relative price strength.

The Relative Price Strength Approach

Whether a stock has the potential to offer considerable returns is determined primarily by its earnings and valuation ratios. Simultaneously, it is important to check whether its price performance exceeds its peers or the industry average.

Upon such comparison, if we find that a stock is unable to match up to wider sectoral growth despite having impressive earnings momentum or valuation multiples, it may be better to avoid it.

However, those outperforming their respective industries or benchmarks should be included in your portfolio, since they have a higher chance of securing significant returns. Picking a stock that outperforms its peers ensures that you have a winning option on your hands.

Then again, it is imperative that you determine whether or not an investment has relevant upside potential when considering stocks with significant relative price strength. Stocks delivering better than the S&P 500 over a period of 1 to 3 months at the least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth and are the best ways to go about this strategy.

Finally, it is important to find out whether analysts are optimistic about the upcoming earnings results of these companies. In order to do this, we have added positive estimate revisions for the current quarter’s (Q1) earnings to our screen. When a stock undergoes an upward revision, it leads to additional price gains.

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