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Analysts Expect 3 Strong Performers to Move Higher

The following companies have performed very well so far this year as well as over the past several years. They have received high ranks from GuruFocus in regard to their financial strength and profitability, increasing the likelihood they will continue to report gains as share prices will be moved higher by the companies' ability to increase earnings. The existence of solid balance sheets will help these companies to remain profitable.


Further, sell-side analysts on Wall Street have issued an overweight recommendation rating for all three of them, sustaining expectations that these securities will keep on rewarding their shareholders with satisfying margins, eventually topping either their industries or the market.

Nike

Shares of Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE) have gained 25.4% so far this year, 22.5% over the last 52 weeks and 117.8% over the past five years through Oct. 10. The Beaverton, Oregon-based international footwear, apparel and accessories corporation has been distributing dividends since March 21, 1986.

On Sept. 30, 2019, Nike paid a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per common share, generating a forward dividend yield of 0.95% based on Thursday 's closing price of $93. For comparison, the S&P 500 Index yielded 1.95% as of Thursday.

The stock has a market capitalization of $145.2 billion. It also has a price-earnings ratio of 34.77, a price-sales ratio of 3.76 and a price-book ratio of 16.15. These ratios, along with the Peter Lynch chart, suggest the stock is not cheap.

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

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating with an average target price of $101.50.

Keyence

Shares of Keyence Corp. (KYCCF) have advanced 20% year to date, 18% over the last 52 weeks and 189% over the past five years through Oct. 10.

Shares of the Japanese manufacturer of factory automation solutions closed at $598.50 on Thursday for a market capitalization of $73 billion. It has a price-earnings ratio of 36.63, a price-book ratio of 4.9 and a price-sales ratio of 13.71, suggesting, along with the Peter Lynch chart, that the stock is not cheap.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 10 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a rating of 8 out of 10 for its profitability.

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating with an average target price of approximately $667 as of Oct. 10.

Intuit

Shares of Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) have climbed 36% year to date, 26.3% over the last 52 weeks and 235.8% over the past five years through Oct. 10. Currently, Intuit is rewarding its shareholders with the payment of quarterly dividends.

The Mountain View, California-based business and financial software company will pay 53 cents per common share to shareholders of record as of Oct. 10, producing an 0.8% forward dividend yield versus the S&P 500's yield of 1.95% as of Thursday's closing share prices.

Shares closed at $267.53 on Thursday for a market capitalization of $69.58 billion. The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 45.34, a price-sales ratio of 10.41 and a price-book ratio of 18.84. These ratios and the Peter Lynch chart suggest Intuit is not cheap.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 8 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a rating of 10 out of 10 for its profitability.

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating with an average target price of $280.56.

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