5 Undervalued Large-Cap Stocks For Value Investors - March 2017

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Includes: AMP, DWDP, FITB, STI, SYMC
by: Benjamin Clark

Summary

FITB, AMP, DOW, STI, and SYMC are all rated as suitable for the Defensive Investor and/or the Enterprising Investor following the ModernGraham approach.

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

The five companies all have a market cap of $10 billion or greater.

There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham valuation model, I've screened the 830+ companies reviewed by ModernGraham to select five large-cap undervalued companies for value investors.

Each company has been determined to be suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising 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.

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB)

Fifth Third Bancorp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last 10 years. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.82 in 2012 to an estimated $1.74 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 0.75% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham's formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last 10 years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.92 in 2012 to an estimated $7.78 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 2.14% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham's formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

Dow Chemical Co. (DOW)

Dow Chemical Co. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.21 in 2012 to an estimated $3.85 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 2.2% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham's formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI)

SunTrust Banks, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last 10 years. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.02 in 2012 to an estimated $3.29 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 2.24% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham's formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into SunTrust Banks, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $59.54. The company pays a dividend of $0.96 per share, for a yield of 2.2%, putting it among the best dividend-paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share - ModernGraham) was 12.98, which was below the industry average of 13.43, which, by some methods of valuation, makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC)

Symantec Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last 10 years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.5 in 2013 to an estimated $1.84 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 2.19% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Symantec Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $12.19. The company pays a dividend of $0.53 per share for a yield of 2.2%, putting it among the best dividend-paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share - ModernGraham) was 12.88, which was below the industry average of 36.31, which, by some methods of valuation, makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-1.56.

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