A large number of investors have witnessed their portfolios decrease in recent months. Many of us are looking for brighter days ahead as the stock market remains volatile. Meanwhile, investors would be wise to explore value stocks in today’s market. Value stocks are typically well-regarded corporations whose share prices seem to trade under their actual value. These stocks can also provide more stability and the capacity to weather economic storms.
Investors may be paying attention to Tyson Foods (TSN), for example. The food service firm just released its second-quarter results, with total sales up 15.9% and profits per share up 75% year-over-year. If good stock performance reveals itself in conjunction with other similar businesses, we would see accelerated growth in the relative sector or industry. This could also apply on a broader scale.
Whichever industry or sector, these value stocks are modestly priced, have strong fundamentals, and they come with an honest reputation. And let’s not forget: These value stocks pay dividends.
Considering market uncertainty, I’ve narrowed it down to three favorites of mine. According to analysts, these well-known tickers make for smart and healthy additions to our portfolios:
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Procter & Gamble Co (PG)
The Procter & Gamble Company (PG), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a U.S. global consumer products firm founded in 1837 by William Procter and James Gamble. It focuses on personal health/consumer health and personal care and hygiene items. PG’s products are divided into numerous categories, including beauty, grooming, health care, fabric & home care, and infant, feminine, and family care. PG‘s product portfolio also included beverages, food, and snacks until Pringles was sold to Kellogg’s.
PG has shown remarkable resilience in the face of adversity, even during the pandemic’s peak. PG’s earnings history is impressive, having exceeded Wall Street’s earnings forecasts for quite a consecutive streak. Its latest earnings report beat EPS forecasts by 2.59% and revenue by 3.68%. Until PG reports again at the end of July, its current quarter shows $19.5 billion in sales, at $1.25 per share. PG currently has a dividend yield of 2.47%, with a quarterly payout of 91 cents per share. The median price target for PG among analysts that provide 12-month price projections is 175.00, with a high of 185.00 and a low of 145.00. The median estimate reflects an increase of 18.64% over prior pricing, and the experts’ consensus also gives PG a hard-to-miss buy rating.
Caterpillar Inc (CAT)
Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) is a Fortune 100 company based in the U.S. that develops, produces, manufactures, distributes, and sells engines, machinery, insurance, and other financial products to clients through a global dealer network. It is the world’s biggest manufacturer of construction equipment. CAT was 65th on the Fortune 500 list and 238th on the Global Fortune 500 list in 2018. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is CAT’s primary benefactor, so to speak. CAT was founded on April 15th, 1925, and it is headuartered in Deerfield, Illinois.
CAT said recently that it had purchased Tangent Energy Solutions. Tangent primarily provides turnkey solutions to improve energy efficiency to its clients. Furthermore, CAT’s software solutions are capable of assessing energy market potential. Regarding its earnings history, it has been incredibly successful in beating expectations. CAT shows decent year-over-year growth of 4.32% (EPS) and 3.25% (revenue). CAT currently has a dividend yield of a 2.16%, with a quarterly shareholder payout of $1.11 per share. CAT has a consensus price target of 245.00, with a high of 350.00 and a low of 164.00 among analysts issuing annual price forecasts. The median estimate reflects an increase of 18.93% from its previous price, and CAT comes with a robust buy rating that us investors should keep on our radar.
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Citigroup Inc (C)
Citigroup Inc. (C) is a New York-based international investment bank and financial services firm.
C is the third biggest bank in the United States, and one of the “Big Four” – together with JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC). As of 2021, C was placed 33rd on the Fortune 500. Citigroup has about 200 million client accounts, operates in more than 160 countries, and employs roughly 204,000 people. C is now undergoing an overhaul led by CEO Jane Fraser to improve risk and compliance procedures. As a result, we very much hope to see the investment act as evidence of Fraser’s success as a financial architect.
One thing to note right off the bat, and something that I’m sure C is pleased with, is that famed investor Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway recently disclosed having a $3 billion stake in the bank. This alone would certainly provide some relief, especially to those who have seen nice returns from Buffet-blessed equities. C has bested analysts’ EPS and revenue projections rather easily throughout the pandemic’s impact, except for just one revenue miss in Q4 of 2021. C reports again in July, but until then, offers a showing of $1.63 per share and sales of $18.2 billion. C boasts a dividend yield of 3.87%, which provides a quarterly shareholder payout of 51 cents per share. C has a median price target of 61.50, with a high of 95.00 and a low of 53.00 among analysts providing 12-month price estimates. The forecast is a 15.71% rise from its most recent price, and C holds a buy rating that stems from a solid foundation, and proven resilience during worrisome economic times.
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