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6 Guru Stocks Expected to Boost Earnings

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature, as of March 12, the following guru-held companies are trading at a discount and have positive three- to five-year future earnings estimates.


Roper Technologies

Shares of Roper Technologies Inc. (ROP) were trading around $323.30 on Thursday.

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The diversified technology company has a GuruFocus profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

Analysts project a three-year to five-year earnings growth rate of 11.67%. The return on equity of 20.9% and return on assets of 10.71% are outperforming 91% of companies in the industrial products industry.

With 1.51% of outstanding shares, Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.30% and the Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.24%.

Starbucks

On Thursday, Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) was trading around $68 per share.

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With a market cap of $80 billion, the seller of coffees, teas, espresso and other beverages as well as food and accessories has a GuruFocus profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

Analysts project a three-year to five-year earnings growth rate of 11.28%. The return on assets of 17.66% is outperforming 96% of companies in the restaurants industry.

Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio)'s Pershing Square Capital Management is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.47% of outstanding shares, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.42% and Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.13%.

Watts Water Technologies

Watts Water Technologies Inc. (WTS) was trading around $91 per share on Thursday.

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With a market cap of $3.09 billion, the company provides flow control and other water conservation products. It has a GuruFocus profitability rating of 7out of 10.

Analysts project a three-year to five-year earnings growth rate of 8%. The return on equity of 14.48% and return on assets of 7.89% are outperforming 80% of companies in the industrial products industry.

With 2.91% of outstanding shares, Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s GAMCO Investors is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Simons with 1.27% and Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.18%.

WestRock

WestRock Co. (WRK) was trading around $26 per share on Thursday.

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The manufacturer of corrugated packaging has a market cap of $6.78 billion and a GuruFocus profitability rating of 7 out of 10. Its earnings per share have grown 13.5% over the past five years.

Analysts project a three-year to five-year earnings growth rate of 1.94%. The return on equity of 7.36% and return on assets of 2.81% are outperforming 55% of companies in the packaging and containers industry.

With 0.59% of outstanding shares, Sarah Ketterer (Trades, Portfolio)'s Causeway Capital is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.12% and Robert Olstein (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.09%.

Urban Outfitters

On Thursday, Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) was trading around $15.84 per share.

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With a market cap of $1.55 billion, the apparel and home goods retailer has a GuruFocus profitability rating of 9 out of 10. Its earnings per share have increased 0.5% over the last five years.

Analysts project a three-year to five-year earnings growth rate of 3.13%. The return on equity of 11.7% and return on assets of 5.54% are outperforming 71% of companies in the retail, cyclical industry.

With 0.45% of outstanding shares, Richard Snow (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Louis Moore Bacon (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.26% and HOTCHKIS & WILEY with 0.13%.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) was trading around $46 per share on Thursday.

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The operator of retail pharmacies has a market cap of $41.05 billion and a GuruFocus profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

Analysts project a three-year to five-year earnings growth rate of 1.2%. The return on equity of 16.05% and return on assets of 5.77% are outperforming 66% of companies in the healthcare providers and services industry.

With 0.22% of outstanding shares, Tom Gayner (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.14% and Smead Value Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.09%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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