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6 Guru Stocks Outperforming the Market

- By Tiziano Frateschi

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, the following stocks have outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 Index over the past 12 months and were bought by gurus during the fourth quarter.

Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI) has a market cap of $1.21 billion. It has outperformed the S&P 500 by 5% over the past 12 months.


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Shares are trading with a price-earnings ratio of 87.76. According to the discounted cash flow calculator, the stock is overpriced by 742% at $10.53 per share. The price is currently 25.57% above its 52-week low and 12.34% below its 52-week high.

The multi-platform news and information company has a profitability and growth rating of 6 out of 10. The return on equity of 1.41% and return on assets of 0.59% are underperforming 66% of companies in the Global Publishing industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.31 is below the industry median of 1.36.

Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.44% of outstanding shares, followed by Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.32%, Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.25% and Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.22%.

With a market cap of $7.13 billion, Sealed Air Corp. (SEE) has outperformed the S&P 500 by 5.07% over the past year.

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Shares are trading with a price-earnings ratio of 36.65. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 328% at $45.79 per share. The price is currently 51.89% above its 52-week low and 0.59% below its 52-week high.

The company, which provides food and product packaging solutions, has a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. The return on assets of 3.83% is outperforming 92% of companies in the Global Packaging and Containers industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.08 is below the industry median of 0.57.

The company's largest guru shareholder is the Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.55% of outstanding shares, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.22% and Pioneer Investments with 0.16%.

Qualys Inc. (QLYS) has a market cap of $3.21 billion. It has outperformed the S&P 500 by 5.10% over the past 12 months.

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Shares are trading with a price-earnings ratio of 59.98. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 462% at $81 per share. The price is currently 22.39% above its 52-week low and 17.90% below its its 52-week high.

The cloud security and compliance solutions provider has a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. The return on equity of 15.85% and return on assets of 10.07% are outperforming 75% of companies in the Global Software - Application industry. Its financial strength is rated 8 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 184.77 is above the industry median of 5.23.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Simons' firm with 2.25% of outstanding shares, followed by Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.15% and Pioneer Investments with 0.51%.

With a market cap of $28.72 million, Asta Funding Inc. (ASFI) has outperformed the S&P 500 by 5.11% over the past year.

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Shares are trading with a price-earnings ratio of 3.61. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued with a 63% margin of safety at $4.7 per share. The price is currently 53.57% above its 52-week low and 17.62% below its 52-week high.

The financial services company has a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. The return on equity of 9.08% and return of assets of 8.85% are underperforming 79% of companies in the Global Credit Services industry. Its financial strength is rated 8 out of 10 with no debt.

GasLog Ltd. (GLOG) has outperformed the S&P 500 by 5.12% over the past 12 months. The company has a market cap of $1.4 billion.

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Shares are trading with a price-earnings ratio of 37.64. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 252% at $17.25 per share. As of Thursday, the price was 9.59% above its 52-week low and 25.41% below its 52-week high.

The company, which provides maritime services, has a profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10. The return on equity of 4.14% and return on assets of 0.95% are underperforming 74% of companies in the Global Shipping and Ports industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.12 is below the industry median of 0.30.

With 1.35% of outstanding shares, Simons' firm is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Royce with 0.66% and Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.03%.

Endeavour Silver Corp. (EXK) has a market cap of $358.34 million. It has outperformed the S&P 500 by 5.11% over the past year.

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The stock is trading with a price-book ratio of 2.48. The price is currently 56.25% above its 52-week low and 17.91% below its 52-week high.

The mining company has a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The return on equity of -8.49% and return on assets of -7% are outperforming 56% of companies in the Global Silver industry. Its financial strength is rated 8 out of 10 with no debt.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Simons' firm with 3.89% of outstanding shares.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.