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3 Stocks With a Solid History of Sales and Earnings Growth

These businesses also have positive recommendation ratings on Wall Street

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May 09, 2021
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In my opinion, investors may want to consider the three stocks listed below, as they meet the following criteria:

  1. Their price-earnings ratios trade below 20.
  2. Their earnings and revenue, both on a per share basis, have advanced strongly over the past five years, while no losses were posted during the observed period.
  3. These stocks have positive recommendation ratings among sell-side analysts on Wall Street.

American Financial Group Inc

The first stock investors may want to consider is American Financial Group Inc (

AFG, Financial), a Cincinnati, Ohio-based provider of property and casualty insurance as well as annuity products in the United States.

The company saw its trailing 12-month revenue per share increase by 5.3% and its trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) without non-recurring items (NRI) increase by 14.2% over the past five years.

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The price-earnings ratio (7.75 as of Friday) declined 0.9% on average every year over the years observed.

The stock traded at around $128.70 per share at close on Friday for a market cap of $10.97 billion and a 52-week range of $51.55 to $128.87. Currently, the company pays a quarterly cash dividend of 50 cents per common share and has a forward dividend yield of 1.56% as of May 7.

GuruFocus assigned a score of 5 out of 10 to both the company's financial strength rating and its profitability rating.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a median rating of overweight for this stock and an average target price of $134.50 per share.

Western Alliance Bancorp

The second stock investors may want to consider is Western Alliance Bancorp (

WAL, Financial), a Phoenix, Arizona-based regional bank focusing on banking products and related services.

The company saw the trailing 12-month revenue per share increase by 16.5% while the trailing 12-month EPS without NRI increased by 21.5% on average every year over the past five years.

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The price-earnings ratio (17.43 as of Friday) has declined over the past five years.

The stock was trading at around $106.70 per share at close on Friday for a market cap of $11.04 billion and a 52-week range of $26.75 to $109.84. Currently, the company pays a quarterly cash dividend of 25 cents per common share and has a forward dividend yield of 0.94% as of May 7.

GuruFocus assigned a score of 4 out of 10 to the company's financial strength rating and of 6 out of 10 to its profitability rating.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a median rating of buy for this stock and an average target price of $120.17 per share.

Autohome Inc

The third stock investors may want to consider is Autohome Inc (

ATHM, Financial), a Chinese operator of websites that provide information to automobile consumers in the People's Republic of China

The company saw its trailing 12-month revenue per share increase by 16.5% and its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI increase by 29.2% per year over the past five years.

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The price-earnings ratio (22.16 as of Friday) increased by 0.5% during the time period in question.

The stock traded at around $93.02 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $11.63 billion and a 52-week range of $72.38 to $147.67. On March 5, the company paid an annual cash dividend of 87 cents per common share. It has a forward dividend yield of 0.94% as of May 8.

GuruFocus assigned the company a score of 6 out of 10 for its financial strength rating and 8 out of 10 for the profitability rating.

Wall Street sell-side analysts recommend a median rating of overweight for this stock and an average target price of about $123.07 per share.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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