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Why This 1 Growth Stock Could Be a Great Addition to Your Portfolio

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It doesn't matter your age or experience: taking full advantage of the stock market and investing with confidence are common goals for all investors.

Achieving those goals is made easier with the Zacks Style Scores, a unique set of guidelines that rates stocks based on popular investing methodologies, namely value, growth, and momentum. The Style Scores can help you narrow down which stocks are better for your portfolio and which ones can beat the market over the long-term.

Why This 1 Growth Stock Should Be On Your Watchlist

Different than value or momentum investors, growth-oriented investors are concerned with a stock's future prospects, and the overall financial health and strength of a company. Thus, they'll want to focus on the Growth Style Score, which analyzes characteristics like projected and historical earnings, sales, and cash flow to find stocks that will see sustainable growth over time.

Occidental Petroleum (OXY)

Founded in 1920, Houston, TX-based Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an integrated oil and gas company, with significant exploration and production exposure. The company is also a producer of a variety of basic chemicals, petrochemicals, polymers and specialty chemicals. The company conducts its operations through three segments: Oil and Gas, Chemical, and Midstream and Marketing. At 2021-end, Occidental’s preliminary worldwide proved reserves totaled 3.51 billion BOE compared with 2.91 billion BOE at the end of 2020. As of Dec 31, 2021,the company's proved reserves consisted of approximately 50.4% oil, 21.8% NGL and 27.8% gas.

OXY boasts a Growth Style Score of B and VGM Score of A, and holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) rating. Its bottom-line is projected to rise 281.6% year-over-year for 2022, while Wall Street anticipates its top line to improve by 40.5%.

Nine analysts revised their earnings estimate higher in the last 60 days for fiscal 2022, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $4.72 to $9.73 per share. OXY also boasts an average earnings surprise of 26.2%.

Looking at cash flow, Occidental Petroleum is expected to report cash flow growth of 142.1% this year; OXY has generated cash flow growth of 25.5% over the past three to five years.

With solid fundamentals, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Growth and VGM Style Scores, OXY should be on investors' short lists.


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