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A Trio of Stocks for Growth-Oriented Investors

These companies are growing their trailing 12-month net earnings significantly

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Nov 22, 2021
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  • Growth-oriented investors looking for cheap stocks may find opportunities in Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Amerco Inc and IAC/InterActiveCorp.
  • Wall Street is positive about these companies.
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Growth-oriented investors may want to consider the following stocks, since they represent businesses with price-earnings ratios below 20 that recorded significant improvements in their trailing 12-month earnings per share over the past year.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co

The first company that qualifies is Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (

ADM, Financial), a Chicago-based multinational food processing and commodities trading company.

The trailing 12-month net earnings per share were $4.63 as of the three months ended Sept. 30, growing 63.6% from $2.83 in the prior-year quarter.

The price-earnings ratio is 14.11 (versus the industry median of 18.33) as of Friday.

Following a nearly 34% increase over the past year, the stock traded at $65.34 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $36.55 billion and a 52-week range of $48.28 to $69.30.

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GuruFocus assigned a score of 5 out of 10 to the company's financial strength and 6 out of 10 to its profitability.

On Wall Street, the stock has a median recommendation rating of overweight and an average target price of $70.15 per share.

VANGUARD GROUP INC is the largest top fund holder of the company with 10.35% of total shares outstanding. The investment firm is followed by STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE CO with 8.36% and BlackRock Inc. with 7.15% of shares outstanding.

Amerco Inc

The second company that makes the cut is Amerco Inc (

UHAL, Financial), a Reno, Nevada-based do-it-yourself moving and storage operator for household and commercial goods in North America.

The trailing 12-month net earnings per share increased by 99.4% to $51.59 as of the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $25.87 as of the prior-year quarter.

The price-earnings ratio is 14.40 (versus the industry median of 21.43) as of Friday.

After an 82.72% increase that occurred over the past year, the stock was trading around $742.86 per share on Friday for a market capitalization of $14.57 billion and a 52-week range of $399.80 to $769.90.

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GuruFocus assigned a score of 5 out of 10 to the company's financial strength and 8 out of 10 to its profitability.

On Wall Street, the stock has a recommendation rating of overweight with a target price of $875 per share.

Among the top fund holders of the company, VANGUARD GROUP INC is the largest with 4.08% of shares outstanding, followed by BlackRock Inc. with 3.89% and

David Abrams (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.86%.

IAC/InterActiveCorp

The third company that matches the criteria is IAC/InterActiveCorp (

IAC, Financial), a New York-based operator of media and internet companies worldwide.

The trailing 12-month net earnings per share were $11.72 as of the quarter that ended on Sept. 30, representing a turnaround from the net loss of $0.53 as of the prior-year quarter.

The price-earnings ratio is 10.99 (versus the industry median of 25.97) as of Friday.

Following a 38.13% increase over the past year, the stock was trading around $128.76 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $11.53 billion and a 52-week range of $90.48 to $179.12.

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GuruFocus assigned a score of 7 out of 10 to the company's financial strength and 2 out of 10 to its profitability.

On Wall Street, the stock has a median recommendation rating of overweight and an average target price of $181.57 per share.

VANGUARD GROUP INC is the largest shareholder of the company with 7.90% of total shares outstanding, followed by PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/ with 7.16% and BlackRock Inc. with 5.28%.

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