Price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is often used by investors to pick undervalued stocks. However, it is difficult to use the P/E ratio to compare stocks with fixed income securities. This is where the inverse strategy – Earnings Yield – comes handy.
Earnings yield is calculated as (Annual Earnings per Share/Market Price) x 100. While comparing similar stocks, the one with the higher earnings yield has the potential to provide comparatively greater returns.
This metric is often used to compare the performance of a market index with the 10-year Treasury yield as well. For instance, if the yield of the market index is more than the 10-year Treasury, stocks can be considered as undervalued in comparison to bonds. In such a case, investing in the stock market would be a better option for a value investor.
However, you need to keep in mind that T-bills are safe bets while stock investments always have an element of risk. Hence, it would be prudent to add a risk premium to the Treasury yield while comparing it with the earnings yield of a stock or the overall market.
The Winning Strategy
We have set Earnings Yield greater than 10% as our primary screening criterion, but it alone cannot be used for picking stocks that have the potential to generate solid returns.
So, we have added the following parameters to the screen:
- Estimated EPS growth for the next 12 months greater than or equal to the S&P 500: This metric compares the 12-month forward EPS estimate with the 12-month actual EPS.
- Average Daily Volume (20 Day) greater than or equal to 100,000: High trading volume implies that a stock has adequate liquidity.
- Current Price greater than or equal to $5.
- Buy-Rated Stocks: Stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) have been known to outperform peers in any type of market environment.
Here are four of the 13 stocks that made it through the screen:
Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (JCI) is a supplier of automotive interiors, batteries and other control equipment.The company carries a Zacks Rank #1 and its expected EPS growth rate for the next 3–5 years is 12.5%.
Seagate Technology PLC (STX) is the second-largest manufacturer of hard disk drives in the U.S. This Zacks Rank #1 company has an expected EPS growth rate of 4.05% for the next 3–5 years. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
NN, Inc. (NNBR) is an independent manufacturer and supplier of high quality, precision steel balls and rollers to both domestic and international anti-friction bearing manufacturers. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has an expected EPS growth rate of 20% for the next 3–5 years.
KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR) provides a range of asset management services to its investors and capital markets services to firm, portfolio companies and other clients. This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected EPS growth rate of 20.5% for the next 3–5 years.
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