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Zacks.com featured highlights include Cleveland-Cliffs, WestRock, 3M Company, Valley National Bancorp, and Matador Resources

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Chicago, IL – May 12, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are One such method is selecting stocks with steady sales growth. In this regard, stocks like Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. CLF, WestRock Co. WRK, 3M Company MMM, Valley National Bancorp VLY and Matador Resources Co. MTDR.

5 Stocks with Solid Sales Growth to Navigate Market Turmoil

Due to high volatility in the markets, it has become increasingly difficult for investors to select stocks and generate robust returns. Markets are currently bearing the brunt of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and unprecedented inflation numbers.

The conventional stock picking strategy is useful amid such a challenging operating backdrop. One such method is selecting stocks with steady sales growth. In this regard, stocks like Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., WestRock Co., 3M Company, Valley National Bancorp, and Matador Resources Co. are worthy bets.

Sales growth is an important financial indicator, which is often neglected while searching for a profitable investment strategy. Maintaining steady sales growth is vital for any business to remain competitive. Revenues are often more closely monitored than earnings when assessing the growth of a business.

It's worth keeping in mind that when companies incur a loss, albeit briefly, they are valued on their revenues, as top-line growth (or decline) is usually an indicator of future earnings performance.

So, the Price-to-Sales (P/S) ratio can be an apt metric for stock valuation. It remains a major stock selection criterion as management usually has limited opportunities to manipulate revenues, unlike earnings. Thus, the P/S ratio is subject to lesser influence than the Price-to-Earnings ratio.

Sales growth in isolation, however, does not assure success. Considering a company's cash position along with its sales number can be a more dependable strategy. Substantial cash in hand and steady cash flow give a company more flexibility with respect to business decisions and investments.

Selecting the Winning Stocks

To shortlist stocks with impressive sales growth and a high cash balance, we have selected 5-Year Historical Sales Growth (%) greater than X-Industry and Cash Flow more than $500 million as our main screening parameters.

Here are five of the 29 stocks that qualified the screening:

Cleveland, OH-based Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America. CLF is also the biggest flat-rolled steel producer in the region.

Cleveland-Cliffs' expected sales growth rate for 2022 is 12.9%. The stock currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.

Atlanta, GA-based WestRock is a multinational paper and packaging solutions provider for consumer and corrugated packaging markets. WRK is one of the largest integrated producers of containerboard by tons produced and one of the largest producers of high-graphics preprinted linerboard based on net sales in North America.

WestRock's sales are expected to increase 13.6% for fiscal 2022. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 at present.

Based in St. Paul, MN, 3M Company operates as a diversified technology firm. MMM has manufacturing operations across the globe and serves a diversified customer base.

3M Company's expected sales growth for 2022 is 1.6%. The company, at present, carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Valley National, based in Wayne, NJ, offers various commercial, retail, insurance and wealth management financial services products. VLY conducts operations through more than 230 branch offices across northern and central New Jersey, the New York City Boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, Florida and Alabama.

Valley National's expected sales growth rate for 2022 is 26.5%. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 at present.

Dallas, TX-based Matador Resources is among the leading oil and gas explorer in the shale and unconventional resources in the United States. MTDR's upstream operations are primarily concentrated in the Delaware and Midland basins — two sub-basins of Permian — and South Texas' Eagle Ford shale.

Matador Resources' expected sales growth rate for 2022 is 73.4%. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 currently.

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