Top 5 Undervalued Stocks For 2019

One popular approach to investing based on Benjamin Graham’s methods is to use the so-called “Graham Number.” There are some important differences between the Graham Number and the Graham Formula, but using the Graham Number is definitely useful even if the investor only uses it as a screening tactic.

I have selected the best companies trading below their Graham Number. The companies selected all are suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor, and have been valued as undervalued based on the ModernGraham valuation model. Further, the overall screen found 28 companies meeting these criteria (out of over 745 companies covered). The full list can be found near the end of this article. To cut down on the length of the post, I have selected 10 stocks trading furthest below their Graham Number.

Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks For 2019: Enpro Industries(NPO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News coverage about EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. EnPro Industries earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.9443513305379 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund grew its holdings in EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO) by 19.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 36,168 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,888 shares during the quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned approximately 0.17% of EnPro Industries worth $2,799,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks For 2019: Equifax, Inc.(EFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Companies that get a bad reputation from consumers often do so because they don’t have to make their experience better to keep customers. Great examples of this are a cable company that operates as a monopoly in many areas, like Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), or a bank you just can’t get away from, like Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Or even a company with all kinds of data about you that doesn’t seem to manage that data carefully, like Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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    Why Is Equifax (EFX) Down 3.4% Since its Last Earnings Report? (finance.yahoo.com) Equifax to Attend the Cowen 46th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York City (finance.yahoo.com) Credit freezes will be free, thanks to banking deregulation law and Equifax changes (rssfeeds.usatoday.com) Equifax (EFX) Data Shows Private Label Credit Card Delinquency Rates Up 57 Basis Points, Highest Since 2011 (streetinsider.com) Equifax Inc. (EFX) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of Equifax traded up $0.55, hitting $115.21, during trading on Friday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The stock had a trading volume of 360,176 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,087,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.92 billion, a PE ratio of 19.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.44 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a current ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $147.02.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Zacks: Analysts Expect Equifax Inc. (EFX) Will Announce Earnings of $1.54 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Equifax CEO Makes Biggest Insider Stock Buy in 15 Years (finance.yahoo.com) Initiating Free Research Reports on Capital One Financial and Three Other Credit Services Equities (finance.yahoo.com) Equifax to Present at the Baird 2018 Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference in New York City; Meet with Investors in Boston (finance.yahoo.com) Equifax Inc. (EFX) CEO Mark W. Begor Acquires 8,700 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)

    NYSE EFX traded up $0.33 on Friday, hitting $114.29. The stock had a trading volume of 1,227,163 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,079,903. The company has a current ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Equifax has a 52-week low of $89.59 and a 52-week high of $147.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.14, a P/E/G ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 0.94.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks For 2019: MGE Energy Inc.(MGEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Friday.

    Separately, ValuEngine cut shares of MGE Energy from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, June 6th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Prudential Financial Inc. reduced its position in MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE) by 18.2% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 104,636 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 23,210 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in MGE Energy were worth $5,871,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Danielson (NYSE: CVA) and MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks For 2019: Amedisys Inc(AMED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED) hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $75.59 and last traded at $74.60, with a volume of 202894 shares. The stock had previously closed at $74.00.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BioScrip (NASDAQ: BIOS) and Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care (NASDAQ:AMED) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) is projected to post quarterly loss at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.97 billion.
    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.59 per share on revenue of $909.36 million.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $294.79 million.
    General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $980.61 million.
    Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $598.45 million.
    Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1 per share on revenue of $746.42 million.
    Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $319.71 million.
    National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.
    The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVG) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.75 per share on revenue of $320.92 million.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $172.22 million.
    AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
    Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion.
    Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $869.64 million.
    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $39

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care (NASDAQ:AMED) had its target price lifted by Robert W. Baird to $66.00 in a report issued on Tuesday. They currently have a neutral rating on the health services provider’s stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED) – Equities researchers at SunTrust Banks increased their Q3 2018 EPS estimates for Amedisys in a research note issued on Tuesday, June 5th. SunTrust Banks analyst D. Macdonald now anticipates that the health services provider will earn $0.77 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.73. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Amedisys’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.79 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.84 EPS and Q4 2019 earnings at $0.88 EPS.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks For 2019: Layne Christensen Company(LAYN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    Critical Survey: Layne Christensen (LAYN) and Real Goods Solar (RGSE) (americanbankingnews.com) Glass Lewis joins ISS in supporting Layne Christensen buyout (seekingalpha.com) Glass Lewis Joins ISS in Recommending that Layne Christensen Stockholders Vote for the Proposed Merger with Granite (prnewswire.com) Net income boost as investors vote on Layne closure (globalwaterintel.com) Edited Transcript of LAYN earnings conference call or presentation 6-Jun-18 1:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)

    LAYN stock traded down $0.17 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $15.58. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 16,668 shares, compared to its average volume of 247,366. The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.67. The company has a market capitalization of $318.08 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -21.64 and a beta of 0.50. Layne Christensen has a 12 month low of $8.19 and a 12 month high of $16.96.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Barclays PLC increased its holdings in shares of Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN) by 1,886.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 56,851 shares of the construction company’s stock after acquiring an additional 53,989 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in Layne Christensen were worth $848,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Layne Christensen (NASDAQ:LAYN) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Layne Christensen earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the construction company an impact score of 45.8722865003839 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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