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Alberto Abaterusso
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A Trio of High Performing Stock Picks to Consider

They have topped the US market recently

August 12, 2020 | About:

Shareholders of Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN), NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) and Linde PLC (NYSE:LIN) have seen their holdings return higher percentages than the S&P 500 index in recent years. The benchmark for the U.S. market returned 14.2% over the past year, 36.6% over the past three years and 59.4% over the past five years through Aug. 11.

Accenture PLC

Shares of Accenture PLC have returned 18.5% over the past year, 76% over the past three years and 121% over the past five years through Aug. 11, beating the S&P 500 by 4.3%, 31.2% and 61.6%, respectively.

The Irish global professional services company has also paid dividends over the years in question. On Aug. 14, Accenture PLC will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 80 cents per common share for trailing 12-month and forward dividend yields of 1.41%.

GuruFocus assigned a high rating of 8 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a very high rating of 9 out of 10 for its profitability.

The stock price was trading at $228.57 per share at close on Aug. 11 for a market capitalization of $145.62 billion.



The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 29.91 and a price-book ratio of 9.09. These ratios suggest that the stock is not at its cheapest.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued an overweight recommendation rating for this stock with an average target price of $225.80 per share.

NextEra Energy Inc

Shares of NextEra Energy Inc have returned 28.8% over the past year, 88% over the past three years and 155% over the past five years through Aug. 11, outperforming the S&P 500 by 14.6%, 51.4% and 95.6%, respectively.

The Juno Beach, Florida-based generator and distributor of electric power in North America has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On Sept. 15, the company will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $1.40 per common share, generating a trailing 12-month dividend yield of 1.91% and a forward dividend yield of 2.02%.

GuruFocus assigned a low rating of 3 out of 10 to the company's financial strength and a positive rating of 6 out of 10 to its profitability.

The stock price was trading at $277.79 per share at close on Aug. 11 for a market capitalization of $136.02 billion.



The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 38.31 and a price-book ratio of 3.69. These ratios indicate that the stock is not trading cheaply.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend an overweight rating with an average target price of $284.38 per share for this stock.

Linde PLC

Shares of Linde PLC rewarded their shareholders with a return of 27% over the past year, 87% over the past three years and 115.4% over the past five years through Aug. 11, topping the S&P 500 index by 12.8%, 50.4% and 56%, respectively.

The British industrial gas company has also paid dividends over the years in question. On Sept. 18, the company will distribute a quarterly cash dividend of 96.3 cents per common share. The payment produces a trailing 12-month dividend yield of 1.51% and a forward dividend yield of 1.58%.

GuruFocus assigned a positive score of 6 out of 10 to the company's financial strength rating and a very high score of 8 out of 10 to the profitability rating.

The stock price was trading at $244.85 per share at close on Aug. 11 for a market capitalization of $128.63 billion.



The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 57.77 and a price-book ratio of 2.85. These ratios tell that the stock is not cheap.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend an overweight rating for this stock and have established an average target price of $259 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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