Four Low-Risk Bargain Stocks

02/08/2011 10:10 am EST

Focus: STOCKS

The following is a group of four undervalued stocks, with price-to-free-cash-flow (P/FCF) ratios below five. In other words, free cash flow makes up more than 20% of each company's market capitalization.

Among these stocks, we found those with low levels of risk, as defined by the RiskGrade ratings developed by the RiskMetrics Group. RiskGrades is calibrated to be more intuitive and easier to use than standard deviation or beta. According to the company, their ratings system captures all the components of market risk: equity, interest rate, currency, and commodity risk.
The lower the RiskGrade rating, the lower the risk level for the stock. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT), the first company in our list, has a RiskGrade rating of 61, which means that it is less risky than 91% of tickers on the US markets.

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give a starting point for risk-averse investors looking to find value. Full details below.

P/FCF ratios, performance data, and short flow data sourced from Finviz.com, RiskGrades sourced from RiskMetrics group.

 

  1. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT): Telecom services - foreign industry. Market cap of $62.69 billion. P/FCF at 3.7. RiskGrade rating at 61. Short float at 0.1%, which implies a short ratio of 3.39 days. The stock has gained 6.33% over the last year.

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  1. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): REIT - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $10.98 billion. P/FCF at 1.48. RiskGrade rating at 66. Short float at 3.42%, which implies a short ratio of 1.77 days. The stock has gained 13.94% over the last year.

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  1. China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (LFC): Life insurance industry. Market cap of $110.18 billion. P/FCF at 3.91. RiskGrade rating at 91. Short float at 0.25%, which implies a short ratio of 3.03 days. The stock has lost 5.85% over the last year.

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  1. HSBC Holdings plc (HBC): Foreign money center banking industry. Market cap of $200.74 billion. P/FCF at 4.04. RiskGrade rating at 104. Short float at 0.12%, which implies a short ratio of 1.92 days. The stock has gained 13.34% over the last year.

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By the Staff at Kapitall.com

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