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8 Value Plays to Fortify Your Portfolio as Profit-Taking Sparks Market Correction

Published 30/05/2024, 04:55 pm
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  • Value stocks are coveted by investors and there has been a strong increase in demand this year.
  • There are multiple ways to gain exposure to some quality value stocks.
  • Let's take a look at how you can invest in them, both by buying shares and investing in dedicated ETFs.
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Value investing, a strategy pioneered by Benjamin Graham (Warren Buffett's mentor) and David Dodd, focuses on identifying stocks trading below their true worth.

This approach involves seeking companies with strong fundamentals – think profitability, healthy balance sheets, and sustainable competitive advantages – but whose stock prices haven't yet caught up.

By buying these undervalued stocks, investors aim to lock in a margin of safety, the difference between the current price and the stock's true potential.

This margin helps cushion potential downside and amplifies gains when the market corrects and recognizes the stock's true worth. Generally, value investors seek a minimum 33% discount to intrinsic value.

The good news is, there are plenty of attractive value plays out there. For instance, the S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSE:SPYV) (up 6% in 2024 and currently at all-time highs) offers a convenient way to gain exposure to a basket of value stocks.

S&P 500 Value ETF

However, it's worth noting that the broader S&P 500 has been outperforming this value ETF so far this year:

S&P 500 Vs. Value ETF

So, how can you invest in undervalued stocks? You have two main options:

1. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): These offer a diversified basket of value stocks, allowing you to spread your risk across multiple companies. Here are a few examples with their average annual returns over the past decade:

2. Individual Stocks: If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can research and invest in specific companies trading below their intrinsic value by double-digit margins. We'll explore some interesting options in the article below.

1. NRG Energy (NRG)

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) operates as an energy and utilities company for the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

NRG Energy Stock Price

It has a dividend yield of 1.90%.

On August 7 it will present results and for 2024, it expects EPS growth of 16.6% and revenues of 7.5%.

It has 10 ratings, of which 6 are buy, 3 are hold and 1 is sell.

Its fair value or intrinsic value by fundamentals is at $98.72, up 14.8% before Tuesday's open.

2. Kroger (KR)

Kroger Company (NYSE:KR) manufactures and processes food for sale in supermarkets and is based in Cincinnati, USA.

Kroger Stock Price

Its dividend yield is 2.19%.

It will report its accounts on June 13. In the previous report, it beat forecasts by 18.3%.

A few days ago it signed an agreement with GoodRx, a leading US discount provider.

Its intrinsic price is at $61.41, 15.9% above the price before Tuesday's open.

3. Target (TGT)

Target (NYSE:TGT) is a department store chain, founded in Minneapolis, United States, in 1962. It is the sixth-largest retail company in the country.

Target Stock Price

Its dividend yield is 3.03%.

It publishes its accounts on August 14, and EPS is expected to rise by almost 5%.

The market gives it an average potential of $175.77 and the intrinsic price to fundamentals is at $164.76, up 13.4% before Tuesday's open.

4. Mohawk Industries (MHK)

Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) produces residential home and commercial siding products in the United States and Europe. The company was incorporated as Shuttleworth Brothers Company in 1902.

Mohawk Industries Stock Price

Results will be known on July 25 and the expectation is for EPS growth of 4.3%.

The P/E from the first quarter is expected to be 13.55. It has 16 ratings, of which 5 are buy, 11 are hold and 1 is sell.

Its intrinsic price is at $141.93, 21.9% above the price before Tuesday's open.

5. Travelers (TRV)

Travelers Companies (NYSE:TRV) is the second-largest marketer of home insurance in the United States and the third-largest in life insurance.

It is headquartered in New York and was founded as St. Paul Fire & Marina in 1853, merging in 2004 with Travelers Property Casualty.

Travelers Stock Price

On June 28 it pays a dividend of $1.05 per share and yields 1.97%.

On July 18, it will report results and is forecasting an EPS increase of 39.3% and revenue of 11.4%.

It has 26 ratings, of which 9 are buy, 15 are hold and 2 are sell.

Its intrinsic value by fundamentals is 17.6% above its price before Tuesday's open, at $250.93.

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