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There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected the five most undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for Defensive Investor according to the ModernGraham approach. This is a sample of one screen that is included in ModernGraham Stocks & Screens, our monthly publication. Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.

This month, Wells Fargo drops off this list and CA, Inc. is added.

Value investors seeking to follow Benjamin Graham's methods may also wish to review some 5 Outstanding Dow Components or 5 Low PEmg Companies for the Defensive Investor while proceeding with further research of all of the following companies:

Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC)

Intel Corp. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham requirements, passing every test of both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. This is a company that appears to present low risk of financial strife and may present relative safety of principal. As a result, value investors seeking to follow the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should feel very comfortable proceeding with further research into the opportunity. An example of further research would be to look into some competitors, such as by a review of ModernGraham's valuation of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and ModernGraham's valuation of Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN).

From a valuation standpoint, the company looks very strong, having grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.95 in 2009 to $2.00 for 2013. This level of growth easily supports the market's implied estimate for growth of 1.89%, and the ModernGraham valuation model returns an intrinsic value that exceeds the current market price. Therefore, the company appears to be undervalued at the current time.
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Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE)

Deere & Co. is a strong company and passes the requirements for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The only knocks on the company in that regard is that the PB ratio is a little high, but that is not enough to eliminate the company from further review by either investor type. The ModernGraham valuation model also views Deere & Co. favorably, as a result of the strong growth the company has demonstrated over the historical period. The company's EPSmg (normalized earnings) have grown from $3.83 in 2008 to an estimated $6.86 for 2013. This level of growth surpasses the market's implied growth rate of only 2.16%, and as a result it would appear the company is undervalued at this time. Defensive Investors and Enterprising Investors should take a look at our review of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) as they do further research to determine whether Deere & Co. would be suitable for their individual portfolios.
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AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL)

Aflac is suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor, having passed all of the requirements of each investor type. As a result, value investors seeking to follow the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should feel very comfortable proceeding with further research into the company. Such research may include a review of ModernGraham's valuation of Unum Group (NYSE:UNM).

From a valuation perspective, the company appears strong, having grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.01 in 2009 to $5.59 for 2013. This is a level of demonstrated historical growth that significantly outpaces the market's current implied estimate of only 1.49% earnings growth. The ModernGraham valuation model accordingly returns an estimate of intrinsic value that is well above a margin of safety when compared to the market price.
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JP Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM)

JP Morgan Chase is a very strong candidate for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. Despite the financial crisis, the company passes all of the requirements of either investor type. As a result, value investors seeking to follow the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods, should feel very comfortable proceeding with further research into the company to determine whether it would fit in their individual portfolios. This research should include a review of some competitor companies, through a review of ModernGraham's valuation of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC).

From a valuation perspective, the company appears strong after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.51 in 2009 to $4.41 for 2013. This solid level of demonstrated historical growth outpaces the market's current implied estimate for growth of 2.26%, leading the ModernGraham valuation model to return an intrinsic value estimate that is well above the market price.
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CA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA)

CA Technologies looks very good in the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods for value investors. The company passes the requirements of the Defensive Investor, failing only the current ratio requirement, and as a result is suitable for both Defensive Investors and Enterprising Investors. All Intelligent Investors should feel comfortable proceeding with further research to determine if CA Technologies would be right for their individual portfolios, and that research may include reviewing other companies that pass the ModernGraham requirements with a particular emphasis on a comparison with ModernGraham's valuation of International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) and ModernGraham's valuation of Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL).

From a valuation perspective, CA Technologies also looks good, having grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.76 in 2009 to an estimated $2.02 for 2013. This is a solid level of growth that leads the ModernGraham valuation model to calculate an intrinsic value that surpasses the market's current price. Therefore, the company appears to be undervalued at the present time.
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What do you think? Are these companies a good value for Defensive Investors? Is there a company you like better?

Disclosure: The author held a position in Deere & Co. (DE), but did not hold a position in any other company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing those holdings within the next 72 hours.

Source: 5 Undervalued Companies For The Defensive Investor - March 2014