This article will be the Sixth in a series where I look for stocks I think will do well this upcoming year. In this article I am focusing on Services stocks and to screen for them I will use the same criteria that I used in a previous article of mine for finding stocks in the financial sector. Because there were no stocks that matched my criteria and I wanted at least two, I had to slightly modify my criteria. The difference between the criteria I used to search for financial stocks and services was I eliminated the price-to-book criteria.
For my search I used the free stock screener from FinViz.com and used the following screener settings:
- I selected only stocks in the Conglomerates category.
- Companies with a market capitalization of $2 Billion or greater.
- A PEG (Price/Earnings to Growth ratio) of less than 2.
- Positive Return on Assets.
- Positive Return on Equity.
- Positive EPS growth this year.
- Positive EPS growth quarter over quarter.
- Positive Sales growth this year.
- Positive Sales growth quarter over quarter.
- Long Term debt/Equity ratio of less than 1.
- Dividend Yield of greater than 3%.
Two companies met all of the above criteria, and they are listed below with a short business summary, PE ratio, and dividend yield from Yahoo Finance, and 1-year performance from FinViz.com:
Watsco, Inc. Common Stock (WSO)
Watsco, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment, and related parts and supplies in the United States. Wasco has a PE of 25.53 and a dividend yield of 3.70%.
1-Year Performance: +13.90%
Paychex, Inc. (PAYX)
Paychex, Inc. provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. Paychex has a PE of 20.94 and a dividend yield of 4.10%.
1-Year Performance: +0.55%
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
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