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5 Companies With High Business Predictability Ratings

Moody's tops the list

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Jun 20, 2018
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According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, the following stocks have reported high business predictability ratings and positive total returns over the past six months. At least five gurus are shareholders of these companies.

Moody's

Moody's Corp. (

MCO, Financial) offers opinions and reports to investors and institutions. It has a market cap of $33.61 billion. The company has a 3.5 out of five-star business predictability rating.

The stock has risen 19.3% since the beginning of the year and is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 33.11. The price has been as high as $179.84 and as low as $118.33 in the past 52 weeks. It is currently 2.60% below its 52-week high and 48.03% above its 52-week low. According to the discounted cash flow calculator, the stock is overpriced by 178% at $175.16.

Of the gurus invested in Moody's, the largest shareholder is

Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) with 12.86% of outstanding shares, followed by Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.96% and Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.89%.

Medtronic

Medtronic PLC (

MDT, Financial) manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies. It has a market cap of $116.8 billion. The company has a business predictability rating of 4.5 stars.

The stock has risen 7.4% since the beginning of the year and is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 38.16. The price has been as high as $89.72 and as low as $76.41 in the past 52 weeks. It is currently 3.87% below its 52-week high and 12.88% above its 52-week low. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 257% at $86.25.

With 1.38% of outstanding shares, Dodge & Cox is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by the 

Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.14% and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 1.13%.

McGrath RentCorp

McGrath RentCorp (

MGRC, Financial) provides modular building and portable storage solutions. It has a market cap of $1.55 billion. GuruFocus gives the company a perfect business predictability rating of five stars.

The stock has risen 38.2% since the beginning of the year and is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 9.73. The price has been as high as $68.79 and as low as $32.71 over the past 52 weeks. It is currently 6.47% below its 52-week high and 396.701.77% above its 52-week low. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued with a 17% of margin of safety at $64.34.

McGrath RentCorp's largest guru shareholder is

Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.69% of outstanding shares, followed by Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.19% and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.13%.

MarketAxess

With a market cap of $8.04 billion, MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (

MKTX, Financial) operates an electronic fixed-income trading platform. The company has a 4.5-star business predictability rating.

The stock price has increased 6.4% since the beginning of the year and is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 52.80. The price has been as high as $229.84 and as low as $171.45 in the past 52 weeks. It is currently 6.95% below its 52-week high and 24.74% above its 52-week low. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 85% at $213.87.

With 2.22% of outstanding shares,

PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Simons with 0.8% and Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.73%.

Morningstar

Morningstar Inc. (

MORN, Financial), which provides independent investment research, has a market cap of $129.92 billion. GuruFocus gave the company a business predictability rating of 4.5 stars.

The stock has risen 34.5% since the beginning of the year and is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 34.79. The price has been as high as $133.93 and as low as $75.93 over the past 52 weeks. It is currently 2.99% below its 52-week high and 71.10% above its 52-week low. According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 166% at $129.92.

With 3.47% of outstanding shares, Baron is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Royce with 1.4%, Simons with 1.28% and

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.1%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned in this article.

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