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Bull or Bear: Find Market Beating Cheap Stocks

Even into the fourth month of the year, global financial markets are showing no signs of clarity and investors are scouring for reasons to cheer. Global demand is at its lowest levels, crude oil prices are insanely volatile and the Fed’s rate hike schedule is still uncertain, leaving investors wondering what’s next.

Investors’ Dream: More Stability, Less Uncertainty

Given the constant tug of war between bulls and bears, it is difficult to chalk out a profitable investment strategy. The safest bets would be stocks that have already beaten the market so far this year.

So how about adding market-beating stocks that are cheap too? Actually, stocks with these features should be able to navigate with little downside risk if the year turns more turbulent. Let’s quickly go though the parameters for selecting such stocks before running the screen.

The Bargain Hunting Strategy

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of market environment.

Percentage Change F1 Earnings Estimate Revisions (4 Weeks) greater than 0: A stock seeing positive earnings estimate revisions has significant upside potential.

Relative % Price Change (year-to-date) greater than 5: This parameter aids in screening stocks that have outperformed the S&P 500 on a year-to-date basis.

Market Capitalization greater than $100 million: This implies that the stock is liquid.

We now further filter the stocks using some important valuation metrics:

P/E using (F1) less than X industry: The P/E ratio is a powerful tool revealing a firm's earnings strength. This parameter shortlists stocks that are trading cheaper than the industry average.

P/B less than X industry: The P/B ratio helps to determine how a company’s stock price compares to its intrinsic value. This is another parameter to ensure the value feature of the stocks.

PEG less than X industry: A lower-than-industry PEG ratio implies that investors need to pay less for a stock that has robust earnings growth prospect.

Here are five of the 19 stocks that qualified the screening:

Infosys Limited (INFY)

FedEx Corporation (FDX)

Tyco International PLC (TYC)

Unilever PLC (UL)

Antero Resources Corporation (AR)

“This time it's different” are the four most dangerous words in the investing world. In spite of the tussle between the bulls and the bears, investors should see the opportunities that await and brace for the challenges.

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