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Jefferies Says Buy These Dividend-Paying Companies That Missed Expectations

We have written on numerous occasions that it has become harder with each passing trading day to find stocks that are not sky-high expensive. We are in the phase of the bull market in which stocks are melting up, because worried portfolio managers are concerned with performance and retail investors don’t want to miss the train leaving the station.

The Dow’s 12th record close Monday was the longest winning streak since 1987, and we know what happened then.

The Jefferies U.S. Insight team, along with the firm’s stable of outstanding analysts, looked through their coverage universe for companies that are still attractive, and they noted this:

We have highlighted 10 Buy-rated stocks which have underperformed since earnings report and where our analysts believe post-quarter selloffs are overdone and the underperformance offers opportunity. Two of these ten stocks are on our Franchise Picks list and in most of these cases, Jefferies’ fiscal 2017 earnings-per-share estimates are ahead of the Street’s.

We picked five that are solid companies that also pay very good dividends. In the event they stay out-of-favor, investors will get paid to wait. Two even make the Jefferies Franchise Picks list.


This is a company for which the new business may be growing faster than renewals. CA Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) provides information technology (IT) management software and solutions that help organizations plan, develop, manage and secure applications and IT infrastructure in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Mainframe Solutions, Enterprise Solutions and Services.

CA Technologies’ APM solution stands out with its customer experience capabilities, managing real-user transactions via JavaScript injection, SDK and deep packet analysis, ability to manage microservices and containers, and strength in its analytics engine to ingest a variety of...