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Alberto Abaterusso
Alberto Abaterusso
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3 Strong Performers to Consider

They recently outperformed the S&P 500

June 01, 2020 | About:

Shareholders of Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL), Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (NYSE:J) have seen their holdings gaining higher share price returns than the S&P 500 Index in recent years. The S&P 500 rose by 7.3% over the past year, 26% over the past three years and 44.5% over the past five years through May 29.

Wall Street sell-side analysts also produced positive recommendation ratings for these stocks.

Ecolab Inc

Shares of Ecolab Inc have increased 14.5% over the past year, 62% over the past three years and 84.8% over the past five years through May 29, outperforming the S&P 500 by 7.2%, 36% and 40.3%, respectively.

The Saint Paul, Minnesota-based global provider of water, hygiene solutions and several other services has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On July 15, the company will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 47 cents per common share, generating a 0.88% forward dividend yield as of May 29.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 6 out of 10 for the company’s financial strength and a high rating of 8 out of 10 for its profitability.

The stock was trading at a price of $212.58 per share at close on May 29 for a market capitalization of $61.48 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 40.19 and a price-book ratio of 7.05. These ratios suggest that the stock is not at its cheapest.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued a hold recommendation rating for this stock.

Kansas City Southern

Shares of Kansas City Southern have increased by 34.3% over the past year, 56.8% over the past three years and 62.7% over the past five years through May 29, outperforming the S&P 500 by 27%, 30.8% and 18.2%, respectively.

The Kansas City, Missouri-based provider of domestic and international railroad transportation services in the U.S. and Canada has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On July 7, the company will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 40 cents per common share, which generates a forward dividend yield of 1.06% as of May 29.

GuruFocus assigned a moderate rating of 4 out of 10 to the company’s financial strength and a high rating of 8 out of 10 to its profitability.

The stock was trading at a price of $150.52 per share at close on May 29 for a market capitalization of $14.30 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 25.21 and a price-book ratio of 3.27. These ratios indicate that the stock price is not trading cheaply.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommended an overweight rating for this stock.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc

Shares of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc have increased by 9.3% over the past year, 59.6% over the past three years and 93.4% over the past five years through May 29, outperforming the S&P 500 by 2%, 33.6% and 48.9%, respectively.

The Dallas, Texas-based project delivery services company for the public and private sectors has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On June 17, the company paid a cash quarterly dividend of 19 cents per common share, generating a 0.9% forward dividend yield as of May 29.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 6 out of 10 to both the company’s financial strength and profitability.

The stock was trading at a price of $84.02 per share at close on May 29 for a market capitalization of $10.93 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 13.86 and a price-book ratio of 2. These ratios suggest that the stock price is not expensive.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a buy rating for this stock.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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Alberto Abaterusso
I am a contributor at GuruFocus. I primarily write about gold, silver and precious metals mining industries. My articles have also been widely linked by popular sites, including MarketWatch, Financial Times, 24hGold, Investopedia, Financial.org, CNBS, MSN Money, Zachs, Reuters and others. I hold a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Università degli Studi di Bari (Italy), Aldo Moro. I am based in The Netherlands.

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