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Chicago, IL – October 19, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON – Free Report), CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG – Free Report), Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE:PEP – Free Report), Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT – Free Report) and LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (NYSE:LYB – Free Report).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Top ROE Stocks to Buy Heading into Q3 Earnings Season

The Q3 earnings season is off to a slow start and is likely to pick up pace with more releases flowing in. Although earnings growth is trending lower than in comparable periods, expectations are high that the current quarter will likely continue with the healthy growth momentum of the past few quarters.     

As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of “backing and filling” in the market, they could benefit from ‘cash cow’ stocks that garner higher returns.

However, singling out cash-rich stocks alone does not make for a solid investment proposition unless they are backed by attractive efficiency ratios like return on equity (ROE). A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting its cash at a high rate of return.

ROE: A Key Metric

ROE = Net Income/Shareholders’ Equity

ROE helps investors distinguish profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful in determining the financial health of a company. In other words, this financial metric enables investors to identify stocks that diligently deploy cash for higher returns.

Moreover, ROE is often used to compare the profitability of a company with other firms in the industry – the higher, the better. It measures how well a company is multiplying its profits without investing new equity capital and portrays management efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Screening Parameters

In order to shortlist stocks that are cash rich with high ROE, we have added Cash Flow greater than $1 billion and ROE greater than X-Industry as our primary screening parameters. In addition, we have taken a few other criteria into consideration to arrive at a winning strategy.

Price/Cash Flow less than X-Industry:This metric measures how much investors pay for one dollar of free cash flow. A lower ratio indicates that investors need to pay less for a better cash flow generating stock.

Return on Assets (ROA) greater than X-Industry:This metric determines how much profit a company earns for every dollar of asset, which includes cash, accounts receivable, property, equipment, inventory and furniture. The higher the ROA, the better it is for the company.

5-Year EPS Historical Growth greater than X-Industry:This criterion indicates that continued earnings momentum has translated into solid cash strength.   

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2:Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.

Here are five of the 28 stocks that qualified the screen:

Monsanto Company(NYSE:MON – Free Report): Missouri-based Monsanto is a leading global provider of agricultural products. The company has a stellar trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 244.8% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 12.1%. Monsanto carries a Zacks Rank #2.

CBRE Group, Inc.(NYSE:CBG – Free Report): Headquartered in Los Angeles, CBRE Group is a commercial real estate services and investment firm, offering a wide range of services to tenants, owners, lenders and investors in office, retail, industrial, multi-family and other types of commercial real estates in all major metropolitan areas across the globe. The company has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 18.7% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 13%. CBRE Group sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Pepsico, Inc.(NYSE:PEP – Free Report): Headquartered in Purchase, NY, PepsiCo is one of the leading global food and beverage companies with premier brands like Frito-Lay snacks, Pepsi-Cola beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices and Quaker foods. The company has a Zacks Rank #2. Pepsico has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 4.7% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 7.1%.

Applied Materials, Inc.(Nasdaq:AMAT – Free Report): Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Applied Materials offers manufacturing equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, display, and related industries worldwide. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 2.7% and long-term earnings growth projection of 17.1%.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V.(NYSE:LYB – Free Report): Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, LyondellBasell is among the leading plastics, chemical and refining companies globally with operations across 18 countries. The company’s products are used across a bevy of industries including electronics, automotive parts, packaging, construction materials and biofuels. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a trailing four-quarter average earnings surprise of 1.2% and long-term earnings growth projection of 8%.

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