After a year of solid gains on the S&P 500, one would expect stocks with strong fundamentals to be a thing of the past. Yet for those willing to search in the nooks and crannies, there are still companies that shine brightly in the valuation sphere.
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Here are five such issues that are cheap by a number of widely respected fundamental measures.
France Telecom SA (NYSE:FTE) appears to be a stock that's got it all. With a market cap of nearly $54 billion, a one year trailing P/E ratio of 9 and a dividend yield of 6.10%, FTE looks like a value investing juggernaut. Add to this a steady dividend over the last five years and one is hard-pressed to find a downside. Moreover, price-to-sales on the shares is a mere 0.91 while price-to-book comes in at just 1.37.
Down Against its Peers
If there is a worry, it comes in the shape of the stock's performance over the last twelve months, when it registered a 18.5% loss against a 6.8% gain in the global telecom sector as measured by the ishares S&P Global Telecommunications Sector Index Fund (NYSE:IXP).
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA) is a provider of internet, video and telephone cable services across the United States. The company has a market cap of $63 billion, pays an annual dividend of 1.7% and trades with a P/E of 18. CMCSA trades above the company's breakup value, with a price/book of 145 and price-to-sales of 1.70. (Learn more about breakup value in Use Breakup Value To Find Undervalued Companies.)
Chinese Energy Behemoth
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP), better known as "Sinopec," is involved in all aspects of exploration and production of Chinese oil and gas as well as the production of numerous petrochemical products.
Sinopec has a very competitive P/E of 8.51 and the dividend yield is 2.10% per annum. Better still, the company's shares trade at a mere 0.30x sales.
National Grid Plc (NYSE:NGG) is a British based electric and gas utility that serves customers across the New England states. NGG has a dividend yield of 4.60% and trades with a P/E of 10.78 and a Price/Sales ratio of 1.32.
They exist: big cap names with impressive fundamentals, even after a full year's worth of gains. By most value investing parameters, the above four names qualify as worthy candidates for the buy list.
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