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Zacks.com featured highlights include Humana, Boise Cascad, Expeditors International of Washington, Cross Country Healthcare, and Olympic Steel

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Chicago, IL – April 13, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Humana HUM, Boise Cascade BCC, Expeditors International of Washington EXPD, Cross Country Healthcare CCRN, and Olympic Steel ZEUS.

5 Top-Ranked Stocks to Play DuPont Analysis

Return on equity is one of the most coveted metrics. The metric enables investors to differentiate between a profit-churner and a profit-burner. It is profitability ratio that measures the earnings a company generates from its equity.

To shortlist these gems, one can look at the DuPont technique to analyze basic ROE at an advanced level. Here is how DuPont breaks down ROE into its different components:

ROE = Net Income/Equity

Net Income / Equity = (Net Income / Sales) * (Sales / Assets) * (Assets / Equity)

ROE = Profit Margin * Asset Turnover Ratio * Equity Multiplier

Why Use DuPont?

Although one can't play down the importance of normal ROE calculation, the fact remains that it doesn't always provide a complete picture. The DuPont analysis, on the other hand, allows investors to assess the elements that play a dominant role in any change in ROE. It can help investors to segregate companies having higher margins from those having high turnover. For example, high-end fashion brands generally survive on high margin as compared with retail goods, which rely on higher turnover.

In fact, it also sheds light on the company's leverage status, which can go a long way in selecting stocks poised for gains. A lofty ROE could be due to the overuse of debt. Thus, the strength of a company can be misleading if it has a high debt load.

So, an investor confined solely to an ROE perspective may be confused if he or she has to judge between two stocks of equal ratio. This is where DuPont analysis wins over and spots the better stock.

Investors can simply do this analysis by taking a look at the company's financials.However, looking at financial statements of each company separately can be a tedious task. Screening tools like Zacks Research Wizard can come to your rescue and help you shortlist the stocks that look impressive with a DuPont analysis.

Here are five of the eight stocks that made it through the screen:

Humana: This Zacks Rank #2 company is one of the largest health care plan providers in the United States. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The average earnings surprise of HUM for the past four quarters is 3.10%.

Boise Cascade: This Zacks Rank #1 company operates as a wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor.

The average earnings surprise of BCC for the past four quarters is 48.40%.

Expeditors International of Washington: The Zacks Rank #1 company is a leading third-party logistics provider. The company is engaged in the business of global logistics management, including international freight forwarding and consolidation, for both air and ocean freight.

The average earnings surprise of EXPD for the past four quarters is 34.18%.

Cross Country Healthcare: This is a national leader in providing innovative healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #1.

The average earnings surprise of CCRN for the past four quarters is 41.52%.

Olympic Steel: The Zacks Rank #1 company is a leading U.S. metals service center focused on the direct sale and distribution of large volumes of processed carbon, coated and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate steel and aluminum products.

The average earnings surprise of SCHN for the past four quarters is 49.65%.

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The Research Wizard is a great place to begin. It's easy to use. Everything is in plain language. And it's very intuitive. Start your Research Wizard trial today. And the next time you read an economic report, open up the Research Wizard, plug your finds in, and see what gems come out.

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