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10 Undervalued High Free Cash Flow Stocks to Buy Amid Recession

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In this article, we discuss 10 undervalued high free cash flow stocks to buy amid recession. If you want to read about some more undervalued high free cash flow stocks, go directly to 5 Undervalued High Free Cash Flow Stocks to Buy Amid Recession.

Prominent stocks in the United States like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) are trading higher on the back of better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter of 2022 despite the Gross Domestic Product of the country contracting for the second straight three-month period and the central bank raising interest rates to slow down growth and tame inflation. The recession fears at the marketplace have brought stocks with high free cash flows to the limelight once more. 

As the macro situation continues to point towards a recession, investors are eagerly exploring for undervalued high free cash stocks that can be picked up at bargain prices to limit some of the losses suffered as a result of investments in high-risk growth stocks during the past few years. Concerns about consumer spending still abound though, limiting the choices for these investors. The Consumer Confidence Index decreased for a third straight month in July, dropping to 95.7 from 98.4 in June. This is the lowest it has been since early 2021.

The labor market is also cooling off as hiring slows, although unemployment numbers remain the lowest they have been in around five decades. According to statistics released by the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate was 3.6% in July. Labor costs increased by more than 5% on a year-on-year basis in July 2022. Businesses are now being forced to cut their workforce as a result, meaning that the unemployment rate might rise in the coming months, further affecting consumer spending numbers. 

Our Methodology

The companies that have high free cash flows and a PE Ratio of less than 15 were selected for the list. Data from around 900 elite hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey in the first quarter of 2022 was used to identify the number of hedge funds that hold stakes in each firm.

10 Undervalued High Free Cash Flow Stocks to Buy Amid Recession
10 Undervalued High Free Cash Flow Stocks to Buy Amid Recession

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Undervalued High Free Cash Flow Stocks to Buy Amid Recession

10. Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 200    

 

PE Ratio: 13.19

 

Free Cash Flow TTM: $35.8 Billion

Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) is a tech firm that owns and runs social media platforms. On July 27, the company posted earnings for the second quarter of 2022, reporting earnings per share of $2.46, missing market estimates by $0.09. The revenue over the period was $28.8 billion, down close to 1% compared to the revenue over the same period last year and missing analyst expectations by $130 million. The firm revealed that the monthly active users on the Facebook platform were 2.93 billion as of June 30, an increase of 1% year-over-year. 

On July 28, RBC Capital analyst Brad Erickson maintained an Outperform rating on Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) stock and lowered the price target to $190 from $200, noting that the Q2 results were in line with expectations but third quarter guidance below estimates.

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, 224 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $19 billion in Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META), compared to 248 in the preceding quarter worth $31 billion. 

Just like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) is one of the stocks on the radar of elite hedge funds. 

In its Q4 2021 investor letter, Boyar Value Group, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Corporate executives can have many different reasons for selling shares (anticipation of tax law changes, philanthropy, diversification, and much more), but the sheer number of billionaire founders who sold shares in 2021 should raise eyebrows and might well be signaling a market top. Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman and Scott Carpenter report not only that Mark Zuckerberg of Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META) (formerly known as Facebook) sold shares in his company almost every day last year but also that the founders of Google sold ~$3.5 billion worth of stock (the first time either Sergey Brin or Larry Page has sold shares since 2017).”

9. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 67  

 

PE Ratio: 10.02

 

Free Cash Flow TTM: $12.6 Billion  

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) engages in oil and gas exploration and production. On July 20, news agency Reuters reported that the company was considering the sale of the stake it had in the Ursa platform and Princess subsea well, located in the Gulf of Mexico. If sold, the exit would mark the departure of the firm from the entire US Gulf coast region. In the past free months, the firm has spent nearly $20 billion on well-timed acquisitions as it seeks to diversify while taking advantage of low valuations in the market due to recession fears. 

On July 26, Raymond James analyst John Freeman maintained a Strong Buy rating on ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) stock and lowered the price target to $135 from $160, backing the firm to continue to generate strong free cash flows in the coming months. 

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, 67 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $2.5 billion in ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), compared to 56 in the preceding quarter worth $1.5 billion.  

In its Q1 2022 investor letter, Diamond Hill Capital highlighted a few stocks and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“We redeployed capital into ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), which was trading at a discount to our estimate of intrinsic value and is well positioned over the long run due to its low-risk asset base.”

8. Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 21

 

PE Ratio: 8.41

 

Free Cash Flow TTM: $11 Billion  

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) makes and sells healthcare products across the world. On July 19, the firm posted earnings for the second quarter of 2022, reporting earnings per share of $1.56, beating market expectations by $0.01. The revenue over the period was $12.78 billion, down more than 1.4% compared to the revenue over the same period last year but beating analyst estimates by $40 million. The firm also announced that a previously announced share buyback program of $15 billion was still ongoing. 

In early May, investment advisory Morgan Stanley maintained an Equal Weight rating on Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) stock and raised the price target to CHF 94 from CHF 90. Analyst Mark Purcell issued the ratings update. 

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, 21 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $1.84 billion in Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), compared to 25 in the preceding quarter worth $1.88 billion.

7. BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 19

 

PE Ratio: 8.27

 

Free Cash Flow TTM: $24.6 Billion

BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP) is a diversified metals and mining firm. On July 18, the firm missed market estimates on iron ore production for the fourth fiscal quarter but affirmed that it expected to increase the production of commodities in the months ahead. The firm said the iron ore production targets were missed due largely to wet weather and a tight labor market. For the 2023 fiscal year, the mining firm forecast iron ore production of 278 million-290 million metric tons, higher than the 282.8 million tons it produced in the 2022 fiscal year.

On July 20, investment advisory UBS maintained a Neutral rating on BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP) stock and lowered the price target to GBP 2,050 from GBP 2,100. Analyst Myles Allsop issued the ratings update. 

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, 19 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $2.2 billion in BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP), compared to 25 in the previous quarter worth $2 billion.

6. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 104

 

PE Ratio: 7.98

 

Free Cash Flow TTM: $23 Billion

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) is a diversified holding company with interests in finance, transport, and utility businesses. Some of the products it sells include boxed chocolates, specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, components for aerospace and power generation applications, engineered products, recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewellery, and custom picture framing products. The firm employs over 370,000 people across the globe and is based in Omaha. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) is led by the legendary Warren Buffett, who has developed a reputation over the years of shrewd investments in times of recession that provide his firm with handsome long-term returns. 

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, 104 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $19 billion in Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B), compared to 108 in the preceding quarter worth $19.3 billion.

In addition to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) is one of the stocks that hedge funds are monitoring. 

In its Q1 2022 investor letter, Diamond Hill Capital, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Diversified holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B) reported strong earnings during the quarter and benefited from continued share repurchases below intrinsic value. The company also announced significant deployments of excess cash during the quarter, including the acquisition of Alleghany and a large increase in its stake in Occidental Petroleum.”

 

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