Even though the consumer price index rose 8.5% in July, slightly declining from the 40-year high, it still remains elevated. The high inflation and the better-than-expected economic data might…
give the Federal Reserve more reasons to hike the interest rates aggressively until price increases return to the central bank’s target level.
The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq Composite closed last week with 1.2%, 0.2%, and 2.6% losses, ending their four-week winning streak. Concerns over the potential economic slowdown in the United States and the weak global economy could keep the market under pressure in the near term.
As the U.S consumer price index is still hovering near the 40-year high level, it could be wise to invest in fundamentally sound stocks Sysco Corporation (SYY) and Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC) to inflation-proof your portfolio. Also, these stocks are rated Strong Buy in our POWR Ratings system.
Sysco Corporation (SYY)
SYY engages in the marketing and distribution of various food and related products primarily to the food service or food-away-from-home industry in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and internationally.
For the fourth quarter ending July 2, 2022, SYY’s sales increased 17.5% year-over-year to $19.00 billion. Its operating income grew 44.9% from its year-ago value to $876.80 million, while its net earnings improved 60.6% from its prior-year quarter to $588.30 million. The company’s EPS increased 62% year-over-year to $1.15.
The consensus EPS estimate of $1.01 for the first quarter ending September 2022 represents a 21.4% year-over-year improvement. Analysts expect the company’s revenue to increase 13.2% year-over-year to $18.63 billion for the same period. Moreover, it has an impressive earnings surprise history, as it surpassed the consensus EPS estimates in three of the trailing four quarters.
The stock has gained 14.7% over the past year and 16.9% over the past nine months.
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SYY’s POWR Ratings reflect this promising outlook. The company’s overall A rating translates to Strong Buy in our proprietary rating system. The POWR Ratings assess stocks by 118 different factors, each with its own weighting.
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