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5 Strong Buy Stocks with Notable Relative Price Strength

Nilanjan Choudhury

Investors generally gauge a stock’s potential return by examining earnings growth and valuation multiples. At the same time, it’s important to measure the performance of such a stock relative to its industry or peers, or the appropriate benchmark.

If you see that a stock is underperforming on fundamental factors, then it would be prudent to move on and find a better alternative. However, those outperforming their respective sectors in terms of price should be selected because they stand a better chance to provide considerable returns.

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.

Screening Parameters

Relative % Price change – 12 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change – 4 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change – 1 week greater than 0

(We have considered those stocks that have been outperforming the S&P 500 over the last 12 weeks, 4 weeks and 1 week.)

% Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0: Positive current quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

Zacks Rank equal to 1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks – that have returned more than 26% annually over the last 26 years and surpassed the S&P 500 in 23 of the last 26 years – can get through. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5 and Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: A minimum price of $5 is a good standard to screen low-priced stocks, while a high trading volume would imply adequate liquidity.

VGM Score less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.

Here are the 5 of the 8 stocks that made it through the screen:

Huntsman Corp. HUN: Headquartered in The Woodlands, TX, Huntsman is one of the world's largest manufacturers of diversified chemicals used in various applications. The company has a VGM score of “A” and an excellent earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in each of the last four quarters at an average rate of 20.12%.

The Chemours Co. CC: A global chemical company specializing in the production of titanium dioxide, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, Chemours has a VGM score of “A”. Over the past 30 days, the Wilmington, DE-based firm has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for years 2017 and 2018 increase 16% and 13%, to $3.35 and $4.00 per share, respectively.

Telecom Argentina S.A. TEO: Telecom Argentina is a provider of basic telephone service and fixed-line telecommunications in Argentina’s northern part. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, the company offers internet, fixed and mobile communications services to individual as well as corporate clients. Telecom Argentina has a VGM score of “A” and outperformed earnings estimates in the last two reported quarters.

China Lodging Group Ltd. HTHT: China Lodging Group is one of the country’s biggest and fastest-growing economy hotel chains with a diversified product portfolio to target distinct groups of customers. Sporting a VGM score of “B”, this Shanghai-headquartered company’s expected EPS growth rate for 3 to 5 years currently stands at 17.50% –– comparing favorably with the industry growth rate of 11.60%.

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc. HY: Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Hyster-Yale Materialsdesigns, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks, warehouse trucks, counterbalanced trucks, cargo, container handling trucks and aftermarket parts. The 2017 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this company is $3.80, representing some 41% earnings per share growth over 2016. Next year’s average forecast is $5.47, pointing to another 44% growth. CSX has a VGM score of “A”.

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