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4 Stocks Trading Near Historical Low Price-Book Ratios

Companies have strong business predictability and are trading at historical low valuations

According to the Historical Low Price-Book Screener, a GuruFocus Premium value screen, four stocks trading near historical low price-book ratios are J2 Global Inc. (NASDAQ:JCOM), JM Smucker Co. (NYSE:SJM), Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK)(NASDAQ:DISCA) and CVS Health Corp. (NYSE:CVS).

Dow caps week with a bang on coronavirus treatment hopes

On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 26,075.30, up 369.21 points from Thursday’s close of 25,706.09 and 247.96 points from the July 2 close of 25,827.36.


Stocks closed higher for the week on the heels of Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) reporting that its coronavirus treatment candidate, remdesivir, reduced the risk of mortality by 62% compared with standard care. The news come as several states in the U.S. report increasing mortality rates to Covid-19.


To combat volatile market swings driven by the coronavirus, investors can seek companies with predictable revenue and earnings growth over the past 10 years and are now trading within 30% above their historical low price-book valuation. The Historical Low Price-Book Screen listed 26 such companies from U.S.-based exchanges, excluding over-the-counter stocks.

J2 Global

J2 Global closed at $56.99, just 0.26% above its 52-week low.


The Los Angeles-based company provides business cloud services and digital media services. GuruFocus ranks J2 Global’s profitability 9 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a high Piotroski F-score of 7, a five-star business predictability rank and an operating margin that is outperforming 89.02% of global competitors.


Gurus with holdings in J2 Global include Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio)’s Fisher Asset Management, Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio)’s Royce & Associates and Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)’ Renaissance Technologies.


JM Smucker

JM Smucker manufactures packaged food products, including strawberry jam and jelly. GuruFocus ranks the Orrville, Ohio-based company’s profitability 8 out of 10 on the back of operating margins increasing approximately 1.30% per year on average over the past five years and outperforming over 88% of global competitors. Other positive investing signs include price valuations trending near multiyear lows, contributing to a GuruFocus valuation rank of 6 out of 10.



Discovery broadcasts a wide range of content through its network brands, including Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, HGTV and Food Network. GuruFocus ranks the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company’s profitability 9 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a high Piotroski F-score of 8, a four-star business predictability rank and profit margins that outperform over 93% of global competitors.


Discovery’s valuation ranks 10 out of 10 on the back of price valuations near 10-year lows. The company’s price-earnings ratio of 6.99 outperforms 83.53% of global diversified media companies.



CVS Health provides health care services across over 10,000 pharmacy locations in the U.S. GuruFocus ranks the company’s profitability 8 out of 10, driven primarily by a five-star business predictability rank and a high Piotroski F-score of 7 despite operating margins underperforming 57.14% of global competitors.


CVS Health’s valuation ranks 9 out of 10 on the back of price valuations outperforming over 83% of global competitors. The company’s price-earnings ratio tops 92.86% of global health care peers.


Disclosure: The author is long J2 Global.

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James Li
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