3 Top-Rated Value Stocks to Buy in March

Growth stocks have delivered a stellar performance since the stock market retreat  in mid-March. In fact, the broader market’s skyrocketing rally has been driven primarily by growth stocks in the technology space. However, many analysts fear that the markets may now have entered bubble territory and that that danger has yet to register with investors. If the markets start correcting, they suggest, overpriced growth stocks will witness a major pullback…

We think that to hedge against a major pullback, it could be wise to invest in value stocks that are fundamentally sound and hold the potential to deliver solid returns in the long run. Many investors have already started rotating away from pricey growth stocks and into fundamentally sound bargains. This is evidenced by SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF’s (SPYV) 6.2% returns year-to-date versus the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Growth ETF’s (SPYG) 1.4% gains.

CVS Health Corporation (CVS – Get Rating), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD – Get Rating), and Honda Motor Company, Ltd. (HMC – Get Rating) are currently trading below their peers in terms of price/sales and price/earnings. These companies, we believe,  have solid business models and are constantly innovating  to stay ahead of the game.

CVS Health Corporation (CVS – Get Rating)

CVS delivers integrated healthcare services in the U.S.  The company has operations in the retail pharmacy and pharmacy services segments. Its  stock has gained 8.9% over the past six months to close yesterday’s trading session at $69.64.

CVS  recently completed administering its  first round of COVID-19 vaccine doses at nursing facilities. The company   plans to administer COVID-19 vaccines at more than 80 pharmacy locations in Florida.

In terms of non-GAAP forward price/earnings, CVS is currently trading at 9.4x, 61.5% lower than the industry average  24.58x. In terms of forward price/sales, CVS is trading at 0.33x, 96.66% lower than the industry average  9.90x.

CVS is expected to see a revenue growth of 2.4% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and 4.2% in 2021. Its  EPS is estimated to grow 8.3% in 2022 and at a rate of 3.8% per annum over the next five years.

CVS’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR Ratings. The stock has an overall rating of B, which equates to Buy in our proprietary ratings system. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 different factors with each factor weighted to an optimal degree.

It has an A  grade  for Value and B for Stability. In the B-rated, 5-stock Medical- Drug Stores industry, it is ranked #1.

In total, we rate CVS on eight different levels. Beyond what we stated above, we have also given CVS grades for Quality, Sentiment, Momentum, and Growth. Get all the CVS ratings here.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD – Get Rating)

GILD develops, researches and markets medical treatments for a variety of health conditions. The company focuses primarily on AIDS, liver diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory issues. GILD has returned 6.3% over the past three months and closed the last trading session at $63.68.

The company is collaborating with…

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