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  • Top Utilities Stocks Ranked And Rated

    VALUATION WATCH: Overvalued stocks now make up 47.99% of our stocks assigned a valuation and 16.72% of those equities are calculated to be overvalued by 20% or more. Nine sectors are calculated to be overvalued--with two at or near double digits.

    ValuEngine Index Overview

     

     

     

     

     

    IndexWeek OpenFriday PMChange% ChangeYTD
    DJIA17375.1817445.670.420.41%-2.12%
    NASDAQ5081.725026.47-55.25-1.09%6.34%
    RUSSELL 20001212.421204.59-7.83-0.65%-0.01%
    S&P 5002080.982085.664.680.22%1.30%

     

    ValuEngine Market Overview

     

     


     

    Summary of VE Stock Universe
    Stocks Undervalued52.01%
    Stocks Overvalued47.99%
    Stocks Undervalued by 20%20.83%
    Stocks Overvalued by 20%16.72%
    ValuEngine Sector Overview

     
















    SectorChangeMTDYTDValuationLast 12-MReturnP/E Ratio
    Aerospace0.37%-1.73%3.02%12.11% overvalued-0.83%20.75
    Medical-0.04%-2.71%12.65%11.42% overvalued13.46%31.23
    Consumer Staples-0.18%-2.06%-0.31%7.18% overvalued-0.25%23.18
    Business Services-0.39%-1.82%4.19%6.20% overvalued-1.48%24.14
    Retail-Wholesale-0.10%-2.07%-2.79%2.96% overvalued5.98%25.12
    Consumer Discretionary0.08%-1.08%5.66%2.59% overvalued-0.15%27.74
    Finance-0.04%-1.16%1.02%1.47% overvalued-0.78%17.37
    Computer and Technology-0.43%-1.55%-1.40%0.63% overvalued-2.40%29.02
    Multi-Sector Conglomerates-0.03%-2.94%-4.24%0.51% overvalued-7.82%22.79
    Utilities-0.24%-1.68%-5.05%0.16% undervalued-4.95%21.22
    Construction0.09%-0.44%1.85%3.75% undervalued1.41%23.94
    Industrial Products-0.42%-1.82%-3.13%4.44% undervalued-8.43%19.12
    Auto-Tires-Trucks-0.21%-1.50%-2.10%5.68% undervalued-9.34%15.49
    Transportation-0.80%-3.17%-6.04%6.12% undervalued-7.24%16.99
    Basic Materials-1.36%0.32%-11.66%14.47% undervalued-34.13%21.65
    Oils-Energy-2.20%-3.85%-14.96%14.56% undervalued-45.90%23.24

     

    Sector Talk--Utilities

    Below, we present the latest data on Utilities stocks from our Professional Stock Analysis Service Top five lists are provided for each category. We applied some basic liquidity criteria--share price greater than $3 and average daily volume in excess of 100k shares.

    Top-Five Utilities Stocks--Short-Term Forecast Returns

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TickerNameMkt PriceValuation(%)Last 12-M Retn(%)
    PCGPG&E CORP53.368.49%21.08%
    FEFIRSTENERGY CP34.45-8.29%6.29%
    PEGPUBLIC SV ENTRP42.316.53%19.96%
    BIPBROOKFIELD INFR42-2.84%5.03%
    IDAIDACORP INC63.33-1.01%17.54%

    Top-Five Utilities Stocks--Long-Term Forecast Returns

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TickerNameMkt PriceValuation(%)Last 12-M Retn(%)
    PCGPG&E CORP53.368.49%21.08%
    FEFIRSTENERGY CP34.45-8.29%6.29%
    PEGPUBLIC SV ENTRP42.316.53%19.96%
    BIPBROOKFIELD INFR42-2.84%5.03%
    IDAIDACORP INC63.33-1.01%17.54%

    Top-Five Utilities Stocks--Composite Score

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TickerNameMkt PriceValuation(%)Last 12-M Retn(%)
    FEFIRSTENERGY CP34.45-8.29%6.29%
    VZVERIZON COMM47.66-9.23%-2.58%
    PCGPG&E CORP53.368.49%21.08%
    BIPBROOKFIELD INFR42-2.84%5.03%
    PEGPUBLIC SV ENTRP42.316.53%19.96%

    Top-Five Utilities Stocks--Most Overvalued

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TickerNameMkt PriceValuation(%)Last 12-M Retn(%)
    VGVONAGE HOLDINGS6.272.21%83.98%
    FTRFRONTIER COMMUN5.3541.56%-17.69%
    VIVHYVIVENDI-ADR25.8621.79%1.25%
    POMPEPCO HLDGS27.2721.78%1.15%
    TETECO ENERGY22.2619.76%28.67%

    Find out what Wall Street Investment and Media Professionals already know,
    ValuEngine offers sophisticated stock valuation and forecast research as well as a variety of portfolio screening and creation tools.

    Tags: PCG, FE, PEG, BIP, IDA, VZ, VG, FTR, VIVHY, POM, TEF, utilities
    Aug 17 10:56 AM | Link | Comment!
  • ValuEngine Top-Five Upgraded STRONG BUY Stocks For The Day

    VALUATION WATCH: Overvalued stocks now make up 46.21% of our stocks assigned a valuation and 15.97% of those equities are calculated to be overvalued by 20% or more. Eight sectors are calculated to be overvalued--with two at-or-near double digits.

    Top Stocks

    --ValuEngine Top-Five Upgraded STRONG BUY Stocks for the Day

    ValuEngine tracks more than 7000 US equities, ADRs, and foreign stock which trade on US exchanges as well as @1000 Canadian equities. When EPS estimates are available for a given equity, our model calculates a level of mispricing or valuation percentage for that equity based on earnings estimates and what the stock should be worth if the market were totally rational and efficient--an academic exercise to be sure, but one which allows for useful comparisons between equities, sectors, and industries. Using our Valuation Model, we can currently assign a VE valuation calculation to more than 2800 stocks in our US Universe.

    We also use trading data to provide forecast estimates for a variety of time horizons for almost ever equity in our database. Our Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations are based upon the 1-year forecast return figure. Using valuation and forecast figures, you can rank and rate our covered stocks against each other, to find out, in an objective and systematic way, the most attractive investment targets based on your own risk/reward parameters. We re-calculate the entire database every trading day, so you are assured that every proprietary valuation and forecast datapoint is as up-to-date as possible.

    Below, we present the latest top-five list of upgraded stocks from our models. They are presented in alphabetical order. Bank of Yokohama is the top pick here.. These stocks represent STRONG BUY stocks. Members can always screen for these stocks using our advanced screening page HERE or our 5-Engine Stock page HERE.

    Here are the top-five STRONG BUY upgrades for the day:

    TickerCompany NameMarket PriceValuationLast 12-M Return1-M Forecast Return1-Yr Forecast ReturnP/E RatioSector Name
    AXAHYAXA SA -SP ADR27.13N/A13.70%1.06%12.79%10.6184Finance
    BKJAYBANK YOKOHAMA26.6N/A21.74%1.11%13.32%N/AFinance
    HLFHERBALIFE LTD59.687.53%15.91%1.05%12.60%11.65625Retail-Wholesale
    NPTNNEOPHOTONICS CP5.76-27.21%118.18%1.10%13.23%16.61539Computer and Technology
    UHALAMERCO INC367.41N/A39.70%1.03%12.43%15.31354Transportation

    Below is today's data on BKJAY:

    The Bank of Yokohama, Ltd. (OTCPK:BKJAY) provides banking and related products and services to individual and corporate clients primarily in Kanagawa Prefecture and southwestern Tokyo in Japan. It offers various deposit products; housing and consumer loans; investment trust products; and personal annuity insurance and whole life insurance products.

    VALUENGINE RECOMMENDATION: ValuEngine updated its recommendation from BUY to STRONG BUY for BANK YOKOHAMA on 2015-08-07. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that BANK YOKOHAMA has the probability to OUTPERFORM average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits ATTRACTIVE Company Size and Momentum.

    ValuEngine Forecast
     Target
    Price*
    Expected
    Return
    1-Month26.901.12%
    3-Month26.931.23%
    6-Month27.162.11%
    1-Year30.1813.44%
    2-Year26.800.75%
    3-Year20.97-21.17%

    Valuation & Rankings
    Valuationn/aValuation Rank(?) n/a
    1-M Forecast Return1.12%1-M Forecast Return Rank 99
    12-M Return21.96%Momentum Rank(?) 82
    Sharpe Ratio0.29Sharpe Ratio Rank(?) 69
    5-Y Avg Annual Return6.38%5-Y Avg Annual Rtn Rank 66
    Volatility21.79%Volatility Rank(?) 71
    Expected EPS Growthn/aEPSGrowth Rank(?) n/a
    Market Cap (billions)8.59Size Rank 89
    Trailing P/E Ration/aTrailing P/E Rank(?) n/a
    Forward P/E Ration/aForward P/E Ratio Rank n/a
    PEG Ration/aPEG Ratio Rank n/a
    Price/Salesn/aPrice/Sales Rank(?) n/a
    Market/Bookn/aMarket/Book Rank(?) n/a
    Beta0.58Beta Rank 63
    Alpha0.06Alpha Rank 75

    ValuEngine.com is an independent research provider, producing buy/hold/sell recommendations, target price, and valuations on over 7,000 US and Canadian equities every trading day.
    Visit our website for more information and a free trial.

    Aug 10 4:18 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Rotten Apple?

    VALUATION WATCH: Overvalued stocks now make up 49.1% of our stocks assigned a valuation and 17.41% of those equities are calculated to be overvalued by 20% or more. Nine sectors are calculated to be overvalued--with two at or near double digits.

    --Rotten Apple? Apple Shares Enter Correction Territory

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players. The Company's products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and Mac OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a range of accessory, service and support offerings. It sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers. Apple Inc. is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

    It is rare to talk poorly of Apple shares, in fact, most of our discussions of the company are typically of the "fanboy" variety. We know about the category-leading products--indeed, Apple invented many of the categories! We know about the massive market cap--and the stock's resultant ability to move whole indices, the design wizards led by Jony Ive, the "can do no wrong" juggernaut of Cupertino, untouched by rumours of Asian sweatshops, bad wifi antennae, bendable cases, etc.

    And yet here we are: over the past few weeks the stock has shed lots of value, and is now down more than 10% since it released quarterly earnings in July. It is now pretty much flat for 2015. Sales of the "killer app" for Apple, as it were, the iPhone--responsible for more than 60% of the company's revenue, have not been quite as impressive as investors have come to expect.

    In addition, the jury is still out on the company's latest "must have" product-- that consumers did not even know they needed to have until Apple made it--the Apple Watch. Without mega growth in iPhones and a success with the Apple Watch, it is pretty much a given that the company will not be able to keep up its impressive record of growth and dominance.

    As we have noted in the past, Apple simply cannot continue to perform as it has because it is now far too large. The numbers just don't make sense when they get so big. How much cash can they keep on hand? How much of the market can they dominate in the face of cheaper Android phones, and--GASP-- a resurgent Microsoft with its latest OS release Windows 10?

    But, shares are not quite as expensive as they were the last time we saw a dip like this. They certainly have more room to fall but the company remains the one, the only, Apple after all. This may be just a temporary glitch. In the past, the stock has shed 10% or more on numerous occasions only to come roaring back stronger than ever--the last time this happened, in 2012, the shares lost almost half their value only to come back 200%.

    In addition, the company retains ample cash reserves to support the stock via a buy back program if they so desire. And, that new model iPhone is coming soon. If users leapfrog the iPhone 6 models for the newest and best smart phone from Cupertino, then the stock may shake off this correction and soar yet again.

    Betting against this company has been a bad move in the past, and dips were best considered to be buying opportunities. For now, our models remain enamored of the shares. ValuEngine continues its BUY recommendation on APPLE INC for 2015-08-04. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that APPLE INC has the probability to OUTPERFORM average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits ATTRACTIVE Company Size and Sharpe Ratio.

    Below is today's more extensive data on AAPL:


     






    ValuEngine Forecast
     Target
    Price*
    Expected
    Return
    1-Month115.801.02%
    3-Month116.551.67%
    6-Month118.093.01%
    1-Year128.6112.19%
    2-Year120.294.93%
    3-Year98.00-14.52%

     















    Valuation & Rankings
    Valuation0.99% undervaluedValuation Rank(?) 52
    1-M Forecast Return1.02%1-M Forecast Return Rank 98
    12-M Return19.93%Momentum Rank(?) 79
    Sharpe Ratio0.99Sharpe Ratio Rank(?) 93
    5-Y Avg Annual Return23.88%5-Y Avg Annual Rtn Rank 92
    Volatility24.09%Volatility Rank(?) 67
    Expected EPS Growth7.49%EPSGrowth Rank(?) 37
    Market Cap (billions)667.75Size Rank 100
    Trailing P/E Ratio13.01Trailing P/E Rank(?) 83
    Forward P/E Ratio12.11Forward P/E Ratio Rank 74
    PEG Ratio1.74PEG Ratio Rank 27
    Price/Sales2.98Price/Sales Rank(?) 32
    Market/Book5.71Market/Book Rank(?) 23
    Beta0.89Beta Rank 50
    Alpha0.16Alpha Rank 84

    ValuEngine.com is an independent research provider, producing buy/hold/sell recommendations, target price, and valuations on over 7,000 US and Canadian equities every trading day.
    Visit our website for more information and a free trial.

    Aug 06 10:42 AM | Link | Comment!
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