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Alberto Abaterusso
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3 Top Performers to Consider

They have beaten the US market recently

September 20, 2020 | About:

Shareholders of Dover Corp. (NYSE:DOV), Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE) and Brown-Forman Corp. (NYSE:BF.A) (NYSE:BF.B) have seen their holdings return more than the S&P 500 Index in recent years. The benchmark index for the U.S. market advanced by approximately 10.5% over the past year, 33% over the past three years and 25% over the past five years through Sept. 18.

Dover

Shares of Dover have returned 14% over the past year, 55% over the past three years and 135% over the past five years through Sept. 18, beating the S&P 500 by 3.5%, 22% and 110%.

The Downers Grove, Illinois-based specialty industrial machinery company has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On Sept. 15, Dover paid a quarterly cash dividend of 49.5 cents per common share, for a trailing 12-month dividend yield of 1.75% and a forward dividend yield of 1.76% as of Sept. 18.

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 traded around $112.6 per share at close on Sept. 18 for a market capitalization of $16.21 billion.



The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 24.37 and a price-book ratio of 5.25. These ratios tell the share price is currently not cheap.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued an overweight recommendation rating for this stock and have established an average target price of $121.15 per share.

Deere & Co.

Shares of Deere & Co. have returned 34.4% over the past year, 86.5% over the past three years and 180.4% over the past five years through Sept. 18, beating the S&P 500 by 24%, 54% and 155.4%.

The Moline, Illinois-based global manufacturer and supplier of farm and heavy construction machinery has also paid quarterly dividends over the observed years. On Nov. 9, the company will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 76 cents per common share, which produces trailing 12-month and forward dividend yields of 1.37% as of Sept. 18.

GuruFocus assigned a low rating of 3 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 $221.97 per share at close on Sept. 18 for a market capitalization of $69.56 billion.



The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 25.87 and a price-book ratio of 5.4. These ratios suggest that this stock is not trading cheaply.

Wall Street sell-side analysts issued an overweight recommendation rating for this stock and have produced an average target price of $224.06 per share.

Brown-Forman

Shares of Class A common stock of Brown-Forman have returned 12% over the past year, 105.3% over the past three years and 52.3% over the past five years through Sept. 18, beating the S&P 500 index by 1.5%, 72.3% and 27.3%.

Shares of Class B common stock have returned 21% over the past year, 77% over the past three years and 91% over the past five years through Sept. 18, beating the S&P 500 index by 10.5%, 44%, and 66%.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based manufacturer, import/export trader and seller of alcoholic beverages has also paid quarterly dividends over the years in question.

On Oct. 1, the company will, in line with the previous distribution, pay a quarterly cash dividend of 17.4 cents per common share. The payment, as of Sept. 18, produces trailing 12-month and forward dividend yields of 1.02% on Class A common stock and trailing 12-month and forward dividend yields of 0.91% on Class B common stock.

GuruFocus assigned a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 9 out of 10 to the company.

At close on Sept. 18, the share price was $68.08 for class A stock and $76.36 for class B stock, determining a market capitalization of about $35.13 billion.

Class A common stock:

Class B common stock:



The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 37.99 and a price-book ratio of 16.99. These ratios suggest that current share prices are not at their cheapest.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a hold rating for the stock and have established an average target price of $71.93 per share of Class A stock and $72.81 per share of Class B 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 how to pick potential value stocks. Gold, silver and precious metals mining industries is also my cup of tea. 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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