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Alberto Abaterusso
Alberto Abaterusso
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5 High-Performing Stocks

Progressive tops the list

The following stocks have had positive margins over the past week, month, year and three years.

Further, these stocks are beating the 20-Year High-Quality Market Corporate Bond because they are granting earnings return of more than 6.7% while the bond is offering an average monthly spot rate of 4.77%. These large-cap stocks also pay dividends.

Insurance company Progressive Corp. (NYSE:PGR) has climbed 2.2% over the last week, 10% over the last month, 8.9% so far this year, 18% over the past 52 weeks and 121.3% over the last three years through Jan. 24.

The stock was trading around $65.2 per share on Friday for a market capitalization of $32 billion. The stock has a price-book ratio of 3.54, a price-sales ratio of 1.23 and a price-earnings ratio of 14.75 compared to industry medians of 1.43, 1.22 and 17.27.

Progressive has paid dividends since 1985. The company will pay a variable annual dividend of $2.5140 per ordinary share, reflecting a 123.5% increase from the prior dividend, on Feb. 11 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 4. The forward dividend yield is 3.85% versus an industry median of 3.17%.

The Peter Lynch chart suggests the stock is cheap.

The analyst recommendation rating is 2 out of 10. The average target price is $74.69 per share. 

Progressive's financial strength and profitability and growth were both rated 4 out of 10 by GuruFocus

Waste Management Inc. (NYSE:WM) has gained 1.3% over the last week, 9% over the last month, 7% year to date, 6% over the last 52 weeks and 81.6% over the past three years through Jan. 24.

The stock was trading around $95.2 per share on Friday for a market capitalization of $40.6 billion. The stock has a price-book ratio of 6.52, a price-sales ratio of 2.8 and a price-earnings ratio of 18.05 compared to industry medians of 1.98, 1.40 and 22.75.

The company, which provides waste disposal services, has paid dividends since 1998. The company is distributing a dividend of 46.5 cents per share for a forward dividend yield of 1.97% versus an industry median of 1.96%.

The Peter Lynch chart suggests the stock is overpriced. 

Waste Management has a recommendation rating of 1.7 out of 5 and an average target price of $101 per share.

GuruFocus has assigned a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10.

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (NYSE:CP) has gained 3% over the last week, 15% over the last month, 14% year to date, 8.1% over the last 12 months and 74% over the past three years through Jan. 24. 

The stock was trading around $205.37 per share on Friday for a market capitalization of $28.85 billion. The stock has a price-book ratio of 5.88 versus an industry median of 1.3, a price-sales ratio of 5.4 versus an industry median of 1.03 and a price-earnings ratio of 20.1 compared to the industry median of 15.94.

The Canadian railroad company has paid dividends since 1984. The company is distributing a quarterly dividend of 47.8 cents per share for a forward dividend yield of 0.94% versus an industry median of 2.66%. The next quarterly payment will happen on Jan. 28.

According to the Peter Lynch chart, the stock is not cheap. 

Canadian Pacific Railway has a recommendation rating of 1.8 out of 5 and an average target price of $217.87 per share.

GuruFocus has assigned Canadian Pacific Railway a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10.

Canadian National Railway Co. (NYSE:CNI) has risen 1.1% over the last week, 13.4% over the last month, 12.4% so far this year, 5.1% over the last 12 months and 64.7% over the past three years through Jan. 24.

The stock was trading around $83.44 per share on Friday for a market capitalization of $60.71 billion. The stock has a price-book ratio of 4.56, a price-sales ratio of 5.96 and a price-earnings ratio of 14.2 compared to industry medians of 1.26, 1.03 and 15.94.

The railroad company has paid dividends since 1996. The company is distributing a quarterly dividend of 34.1 cents per share for a forward dividend yield of 1.63% versus an industry median of 2.66%.

The stock appears to be priced fairly.

The stock has a recommendation rating of 2.5 out of 5 and an average target price of $89.63 per share.

GuruFocus has assigned National Railway a financial strength rating of 6 out of 10 and profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10.

Hong Kong-based electricity company CLP Holdings Ltd. (CLPHY) has gained 1.2% over the last week, 2.71% over the last month, 4.3% year to date, 15.7% over the past 52 weeks and 44% over the last three years through Jan. 24.

The stock was trading around $11.7 per share on Friday for a market capitalization of $29.42 billion. The stock has a price-book ratio of 1.99 versus an industry median of 1.52, a price-sales ratio of 2.51 versus an industry median of 1.61 and a price-earnings ratio of 14.59 compared to the industry median of 16.12.

CLP Holdings is paying a quarterly dividend of 7.8 cents per share, yielding a forward dividend of 2.65% versus an industry median of about 3.53%.

According to the Peter Lynch chart, the stock is not expensive.

Wall Street recommends holding the stock with an average target price of $11.11 per share.

GuruFocus has assigned a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability and growth rating of 6 out of 10.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned in this article.

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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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