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A Trio of High Performers to Consider

They recently topped the S&P 500

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Alberto Abaterusso
Jun 12, 2020
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Shareholders of Rockwell Automation Inc (

ROK, Financial), Pool Corp (POOL, Financial) and Visa Inc (V, Financial) have seen their holdings post higher returns than the S&P 500 index in recent years. The benchmark for the U.S. market was up 4% over the past year, 23.5% over the past three years and 43.4% over the past five years through June 11.

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

Rockwell Automation Inc

Shares of Rockwell Automation Inc have risen 29.4% over the past year, 27.1% over the past three years and 66.3% over the past five years through June 11, surpassing the S&P 500 by 25.4%, 3.6% and 30%, respectively.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based provider of solutions for the automation and digital transformation of industrial processes has also paid quarterly dividends over the years in question. On Sept. 10, the company will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $1.02 per common share, producing a forward dividend yield of 1.97% as of June 11.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 5 out of 10 for the company’s financial strength and a high rating of 8 out of 10 for its profitability.

The stock price traded at $206.06 per share at close on June 11 for a market capitalization of $23.87 billion.

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The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 34 and a price-book ratio of 38.7. These ratios suggest that the stock is not cheap.

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

Pool Corp

Shares of Pool Corp have risen 31.7% over the past year, 111.5% over the past three years and 270.8% over the past five years through June 11, surpassing the S&P 500 by 27.7%, 88% and 227.4%, respectively.

The Covington, Louisiana-based distributor of swimming pools and related leisure products worldwide has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. Currently, the company pays a quarterly cash dividend of 58 cents per common share, producing a forward dividend yield of 0.9% as of June 11.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 5 out of 10 to the company’s financial strength and a high rating of 9 out of 10 to its profitability.

The stock price was trading at $251.63 per share at close on June 11 for a market capitalization of $10.05 billion.

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The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 39.56 and a price-book ratio of 29.58. These ratios suggest that the stock is not trading cheaply.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommended three strong buy ratings and three hold ratings for this stock.

Visa Inc

Shares of Visa Inc rose by 11.5% over the past year, 99.8% over the past three years and 175.5% over the past five years through June 11, surpassing the S&P 500 by 7.5%, 76.3% and 132.1%, respectively.

The San Francisco-based global provider of payment services has also paid quarterly dividends over the periods in question. The company is currently paying a cash quarterly dividend of 30 cents per common share, which generates a 0.61% forward dividend yield as of June 11.

GuruFocus assigned a very good rating of 7 out of 10 to the company’s financial strength and the highest rating of 10 out of 10 to its profitability.

The stock price traded at $188.88 per share at close on June 11 for a market capitalization of $414.89 billion.

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The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 34.03 and a price-book ratio of 14.45. These ratios suggest that the stock price is not at its cheapest.

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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