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Energy, Basic Materials, Real Estate, Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Consumer Cyclical

Growth stocks outperformed value, again, in 2020. But in an environment of historically low interest rates (and with the coronavirus and a high unemployment rate seemingly poised to keep them low for a long time), many investors are searching for high levels of income, often be found in value stocks. During recent years, the performance record has favored growth. Since 2010, the Russell 1000 Growth Index has climbed more than 400%, compared to an advance of 200% for the Russell 1000 Value Index. In eight of the past 10 years, growth stocks topped value. That hasn't always been the case. In the previous decade, including the Great Recession, value stocks were better performers, advancing a low 8%, but still better than growth, which declined 15%. Value investors trace their roots to the famous "Security Analysis" textbook, written by Ben Graham, an economics professor at Columbia University. The tide may now be turning. Progress on COVID-19 vaccines has given a lift to some of the cyclical companies (energy companies and banks) that have lagged in recent quarters, and value stocks have kept pace with growth stocks in the past quarter. In any event, value is the place to achieve income. The current yield on the iShares Russell 1000 Value Index ETF is 2.5%, compared to the 1.0% current yield on the iShares Russell 1000 Growth Index ETF. This is not unimportant, as the current yield on the 10-year Treasury bond is 0.95%. For our list this week, we have screened our coverage universe for stocks that are BUY-rated by Argus Research analysts, have a Financial Strength rating of at least Medium, and have a yield of 3.0% or higher.

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