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Alberto Abaterusso
Alberto Abaterusso
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A Trio of Strong Performers to Consider

They recently beat the S&P 500

June 24, 2020 | About:

Shareholders of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) and Lowe's Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) have seen their stocks return more than the S&P 500 index in recent years. The index increased by about 5.5% over the past year, 28% over the past three years and 48.5% over the past five years through June 23.

These stocks also hold positive recommendation ratings on Wall Street.

Abbott Laboratories

Shares of Abbott Laboratories have returned 8.4% over the past year, 86% over the past three years and 85% over the past five years through June 23, beating the S&P 500 by 2.7%, 58% and 36.5%, respectively.

The U.S. medical devices giant has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On Aug. 17, the company will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 36 cents per common share, which generates a forward dividend yield of 1.58% as of June 23.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 5 out of 10 for the company’s financial strength and a very good rating of 7 out of 10 for its profitability.

The stock price traded at around $91.30 per share at close on June 23 for a market capitalization of $161.5 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 45.88 and a price-book ratio of 5.38. These ratios suggest that the stock is not at its cheapest.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued an overweight recommendation rating for this stock and have established an average target price of $102.19 per share.

Mastercard Inc

Shares of Mastercard Inc have returned 18.2% over the past year, 147.5% over the past three years and 225% over the past five years through June 23, topping the S&P 500 by 12.5%, 118.6% and 176.5%, respectively.

The Purchase, New York-based credit card services giant has also paid quarterly dividends over the periods in question. On Aug. 7, the company will distribute a quarterly dividend of 40 cents per common share, which produces a forward dividend yield of 0.53% as of June 23.

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

The stock price was trading at around $306.90 per share at close on June 23 for a market capitalization of $308.03 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 38.95 and a price-book ratio of 56.96. These ratios suggest that the stock is not cheap.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommended a buy rating for this stock and have produced an average target price of $322.13 per share.

Lowe's Companies Inc

Shares of Lowe's Companies Inc returned 36.7% over the past year, 76.5% over the past three years and 92.8% over the past five years through June 23, beating the S&P 500 index by 31%, 48.5% and 44.3%, respectively.

The Mooresville, North Carolina-based home improvement retailer in North America and Mexico has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. The company is currently paying a quarterly dividend of 55 cents per common share, generating a 1.61% forward dividend yield as of June 23.

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

The stock price was trading at around $134.3 per share at close on June 23 for a market capitalization of $101.38 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 22.75 and a price-book ratio of 59.36. These ratios suggest that the stock is not trading cheaply.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a buy rating for this stock with an average target price of $138.68 per share.

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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