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The corporate governance policies of a company, such as its board composition and shareholder rights, have important implications to the company’s performance.
RiskMetrics Group gives ratings for four areas of corporate governance, on risks related to: the board, the audit committee, the compensation committee, and shareholder rights.

We ran a screen on large-cap companies rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages. We screened these companies for those seeing “low risk” ratings on all four corporate governance areas covered by RiskMetrics.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.


We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.



Do you think these companies are being run well? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by market cap.

1. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Personal Computers Industry. Market cap of $363.97B. The stock is currently trading 8.16% above its 20-day moving average, 14.46% above its 50-day MA, and 17.87% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.76, and P/FCF ratio at 12.51. The stock has had a good month, gaining 18.24%.

2. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $230.47B. The stock is currently trading 4.54% above its 20-day moving average, 10.49% above its 50-day MA, and 7.56% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 7.85% over the last year.

3. International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM): Diversified Computer Systems Industry. Market cap of $219.65B. The stock is currently trading 2.84% above its 20-day moving average, 7.01% above its 50-day MA, and 15.66% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 43.73% over the last year.

4. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO): Beverages Industry. Market cap of $157.25B. The stock is currently trading 1.27% above its 20-day moving average, 3.45% above its 50-day MA, and 7.63% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 28.83% over the last year.

5. Philip Morris International, Inc. (NYSE:PM): Cigarettes Industry. Market cap of $127.64B. The stock is currently trading 5.68% above its 20-day moving average, 6.24% above its 50-day MA, and 16.81% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.25% over the last week.

6. Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $124.40B. The stock is currently trading 3.75% above its 20-day moving average, 7.95% above its 50-day MA, and 10.75% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has had a good month, gaining 13.69%.

7. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $119.45B. The stock is currently trading 0.83% above its 20-day moving average, 2.41% above its 50-day MA, and 7.62% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 3.73%, current ratio at 2.23, and quick ratio at 1.84. The stock has gained 9.% over the last year.

8. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): Catalog & Mail Order Houses Industry. Market cap of $100.59B. The stock is currently trading 5.87% above its 20-day moving average, 12.57% above its 50-day MA, and 23.22% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.57%.

9. Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX): Specialty Eateries Industry. Market cap of $29.21B. The stock is currently trading 1.37% above its 20-day moving average, 7.34% above its 50-day MA, and 18.84% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 58.61% over the last year.

10. Public Storage (NYSE:PSA): REIT. Market cap of $20.34B. The stock is currently trading 1.33% above its 20-day moving average, 4.40% above its 50-day MA, and 12.41% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 24.68% over the last year.

11. General Growth Properties Inc. (NYSE:GGP): REIT. Market cap of $16.11B. The stock is currently trading 1.67% above its 20-day moving average, 4.52% above its 50-day MA, and 11.96% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 53.83% over the last year.

12. El Paso Corp. (EP): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $16.09B. The stock is currently trading 3.90% above its 20-day moving average, 5.10% above its 50-day MA, and 25.29% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 66.96% over the last year.

13. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC): Security Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $13.92B. The stock is currently trading 2.46% above its 20-day moving average, 3.54% above its 50-day MA, and 9.74% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 25.56% over the last year.

14. Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN):
Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $10.73B. The stock is currently trading 1.74% above its 20-day moving average, 8.37% above its 50-day MA, and 15.56% above its 200-day MA. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 49.64% over the last year.

*RiskMetrics ratings sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: 14 Rallying Large Caps With Low Corporate Governance Risk