The Stock Score Report was right about these winning stocks

 

The market volatility in 2018 has been tough for investors to handle after years of steady gains. Concerns over rising inflation and higher interest rates have created fear among some investors that the bull market has run its course.

The market was cruising during the latter part of 2017 and the first part of 2018, but February saw a lot of profit taking, and unable to build on any short rallies in the months since, the Dow Jones has fallen 9.6% from its all-time high set in January.

The overall mood has been bearish, but there have been some stocks that have managed to weather the storm and continue to build on last year’s gains. These stocks will have the strongest technical rankings in the market, but unless we see strong underlying fundamentals it becomes harder to expect shares to continue trending higher.

Due to the need of combining both technical and fundamental rankings, we have been watching the Stock Score Report screener on InvestorsObserver, that combines both technical and fundamental data when ranking the stocks in the overall universe.

High overall rankings indicate the stocks have managed to outperform the overall market over the long and short term, while having strong enough fundamentals to continue rewarding investors.

Here are five stocks we have highlighted from the screener that lived up to their ranking.

At Home

Home goods retailer At Home (HOME) has repeatedly appeared near the top of the rankings, and we first looked at the stock at the beginning of December when shares traded at $25.28 with an overall ranking of 89. We lasted featured the stock on April 8, and it had already appreciated to $31.99 at that time, and its ranking was even higher at 95. Since our last report, the stock has traded up to $36.17, for a total gain of 43% since our first report. HOME remains near the top of the rankings, with an overall ranking of 93 from InvestorsObserver’s Stock Score Report. HOME is now trading at $36.11 with an average price target of $36.25.

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Burlington Stores

Burlington Stores (BURL) is another off-price retailer that has managed to remain near the top of the rankings over the last six months. The first time we spotted the stock was during the first half of November, when the stock was trading at $97.69 and had an overall ranking of 89. Over the months we have discussed the stock on several occasions, as shares have continued to rise, and the stock has remained at the top of the Stock Score Report. Since our November article the stock has risen from $97.69 to $135.84, which translates to a 39.0% increase. The stock remains attractive with an overall ranking of 89 from InvestorsObserver’s Stock Score Report. Analysts have a $147.46 price target on the stock.

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Mastercard

Payment processor Mastercard (MA) has benefited from a strong economy, low unemployment, and solid consumer confidence. The entire sector has shown strength, and we first looked at Mastercard mid-November when shares were trading at $148.98. The stock had a ranking of 87 at the time, and we noted that its strong recent performance, in tandem with solid fundamentals and strong earnings growth suggested shares could move higher. We have covered the stock twice since our first report, as shares continued to rise and the stock remained near the top of the rankings. Since our first look, MA has risen to 24.3%, and the stock hit a new all-time high on May 2 after a strong quarterly report. MA remains near the very top of the rankings, with an overall ranking of 91 from InvestorsObserver’s Stock Score report, with near perfect technical scores. MA trades at $185.30 with an average price target of $192.33.

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Visa Inc.

Another payment processor that has remained a fixture near the top of the rankings is Visa Inc. (V). When we first spotlighted the stock in November, V was trading at $110.91, and InvestorsObserver gave it an overall ranking of 87. Since our November report, the stock has risen by 14.2% to $126.63. V remains a top ranking stock, with a current overall ranking of 94, with near perfect technical scores and a strong 87 fundamental ranking. The company has grown earnings nicely in recent years, and analysts expect it to grow earnings by 18.2% per annum over the next five years, which should keep shares moving in the right direction. Analysts have a $143.22 average price target on the stock.

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US Foods Holding Corp.

We noticed US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD) toward the start of December when the stock got an overall ranking of 89, and shares were trading at $30.25. The stock had just gapped up after a strong quarterly report and looked poised to build on its gains. After selling off with the overall market at the start of February, the company posted another set of impressive quarterly numbers, which drove the stock to a new all-time high. While shares are moving in the right direction, the stock has been volatile, leading to a lower short-term technical ranking that pulls its overall ranking down to 70 from InvestorsObserver’s Stock Score Report, which is still acceptable, but not quite as high as we would like to see. The good news is that analysts remain bullish and expect shares to move higher, with a $36.71 price target on the stock, which is 8.2% above its current price. Analysts see 25.4% per annum earnings growth for the next five years, which should push shares higher, but investors should be prepared for some volatility during the ride.

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Symbols: BURL HOME MA USFD V
Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.

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