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This Trio of Growth Stocks May Present Value Opportunities

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Investors who are focusing on growth may want to have a look at the following stocks, as their price-earnings ratios are less than 20 and they have increased their earnings per share over the past year.

Amdocs Ltd

The first stock to have a look at is Amdocs Ltd (NASDAQ:DOX), a Chesterfield, Missouri-based global provider of software and services to several companies operating in communications, media and financial services industries.


The company posted a 42% year-over-year increase in its trailing 12-month EPS to $3.65 as of the second quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended on March 30.

The price-earnings ratio is 17.81 (versus the industry median of 25.25) as of June 10.

Following a 6.6% increase over the past year, the stock traded at a price of $65.01 per share at close on Wednesday for a market capitalization of $8.68 billion. The 52-week range was $44.05 to $77.29.

Amdocs is currently paying a quarterly cash dividend of 32.8 cents per common share. The next payment is scheduled to send out on July 24.

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

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend an overweight rating for this stock and have established an average target price of $74.43 per share.

RGC Resources Inc

The second stock to have a look at is RGC Resources Inc (NASDAQ:RGCO), a Roanoke, Virginia regulated provider of natural gas..

The company posted a 26.4% year-over-year increase in its trailing 12-month EPS to $1.39 as of the second quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended March 30.

The price-earnings ratio stands at 18.19 (versus the industry median of 16.43) as of June 10.

As a result of a nearly 5% decline over the past year, the stock traded at a price of $25.29 per share at close on Wednesday for a market capitalization of $205.82 million. The 52-week range was $23.15 to $31.98.

RGC Resources Inc is currently paying a quarterly cash dividend of 17.5 cents per common share with the next payment to release on Aug. 1.

GuruFocus assigned a moderate rating of 4 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a positive rating of 6 out of 10 for its profitability.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued a buy rating for this stock and have set an average target price of $34 per share.

Value Line Inc

The third stock to have a look at is Value Line Inc (NASDAQ:VALU), a New York-based independent provider of investment research services.

The company reported a 48.1% year-over-year increase in its trailing 12-month EPS to $1.57 as of most recent quarter, which ended on Jan. 31.

The price-earnings ratio is 17.31 (versus the industry median of 14.97) as of June 10.

Following a 4.5% increase over the past year, the stock traded at a price of $27.17 per share at close on Wednesday for a market capitalization of $261.29 million. The 52-week range was $18.40 to $36.60.

The company is currently paying a quarterly cash dividend of 21 cents per common share. The last payment was made on May 11, up 5% from the previous distribution.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 6 out of 10 for both the company's financial strength and its profitability.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued a hold rating for this stock.

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

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