5 Companies For The Defensive Investor Near 52 Week Lows - July 2016

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Includes: BBBY, PBCT, PNC, USB, WFC
by: Benjamin Clark

Summary

BBBY, PBCT, PNC, USB, and WFC are all rated as suitable for the Defensive Investor following the ModernGraham approach.

All five are found to be significantly undervalued according to the ModernGraham valuation model.

The five companies are trading the closest to their 52-week lows out of all undervalued companies for the Defensive Investor.

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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 undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham trading closest to their 52 week low. Each of these companies has been determined to be suitable for the Defensive Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.

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.

PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:PNC)

PNC Financial Services Group Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company's strong financial position. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $5.16 in 2012 to an estimated $7.04 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 1.57% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY)

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.63 in 2013 to an estimated $4.91 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 0.18% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.

Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC)

Wells Fargo & Co qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company's strong financial position. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.59 in 2012 to an estimated $3.93 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 1.56% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)

U.S. Bancorp qualifies for both the Enterprising Investor and the more conservative Defensive Investor. In fact, the company passes all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company's strong financial position.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.19 in 2011 to an estimated $3.13 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 2.06% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.

People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT)

People's United Financial, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company's strong financial position. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.51 in 2012 to an estimated $0.83 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 4.97% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.

Disclosure: I am/we are long PBCT.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.