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3 Stocks Growing Their Earnings Fast

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If you want to choose stocks that carry a high potential to keep on moving their share prices higher, then you should consider those stocks that beat the S&P 500 index, which is the benchmark for the U.S. market, in terms of their five-year earnings per share (EPS) growth rate

The S&P 500 has grown its EPS by a yearly average of about 6.5% over the past five years, pushing its share price up by 42.63% to $2,711.02 at close on March 13, 2020.


As a result of strong past results, Wall Street sell-side analysts have released positive recommendation ratings for NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), Avery Dennison Corp (NYSE:AVY) and WD-40 Co (NASDAQ:WDFC).

NextEra Energy

The Florida-based distributor of electricity in the U.S. and Canada has grown its trailing 12-month EPS without non-recurring items by 14.4% every year over the past five full fiscal years. On the tailwind of this, the share price ($221.56 as of March 13) has increased by 114.5%.

The stock has a market capitalization of $108.34 billion, a price-earnings ratio of 28.51 versus the industry median of 14.65 and a price-sales ratio of 5.6 versus the industry median of 1.2.

Wall Street recommends an overweight rating for this stock with an average price target of $264.07 per share.

GuruFocus assigned a low rating of 3 out of 10 for the company's financial strength but a good rating of 7 out of 10 for its profitability.

Avery Dennison Corp

The Californian global producer and seller of pressure-sensitive materials has grown its trailing 12-month EPS without non-recurring items by 9.7% every year over the past five full fiscal years. As a result, the share price ($106.08 as of March 13) rose 103.1%.

The stock has a market capitalization of $8.84 billion, a price-earnings ratio of 29.63 versus the industry median of 14.61 and a price-sales ratio of 1.27 versus the industry median of 0.84.

Wall Street recommends a hold rating for this stock and has set a price target of $138.80 per share.

GuruFocus assigned the company a moderate financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a high profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

WD-40 Co

The San Diego, California-based developer and seller of maintenance, homecare and cleaning products in the U.S. and internationally has grown its trailing 12-month EPS without non-recurring items by nearly 9% every year over the past five full fiscal years. As a result, the share price ($181.77 as of March 13) has risen by 117.2%.

The stock has a market capitalization of $2.49 billion, a price-earnings ratio of 46.02 versus the industry median of 14.12 and a price-sales ratio of 5.96 versus the industry median of 0.82.

Wall Street recommends a hold rating for this stock and has set an average price target of $187 per share.

GuruFocus assigned a good rating of 7 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a very high rating of 9 out of 10 for its profitability.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned in this article.

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