A Car Company That's Coming Back Strong
Thanks to a new administration in Japan, one of the world's great car companies is awakening from its slumber to take its rightful place with other world-class car makers, notes Jason Cimpl of Chartwatch.
Honda Motors (HMC) has failed to make much headway during the past two years. However, a recent victory by newly appointed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe helped pull the shares above $35 and could have paved the way for huge future gains.
Though the stock was trapped in a narrow trading range ($30 to $34) for much of last year, we recently noted that Honda was set to break out.
I listed three reasons to be bullish. First, the shares were cheap, trading at 9.5 times forward EPS. Second, HMC yielded 2.9%. Finally, the victory by Abe would cause the yen to fall, helping Japanese exporters.
Honda is still cheap. The stock has a forward P/E ratio of 10.8 times 2014 EPS expectations of $3.43.
Moreover, the dividend is still high despite the recent rally above $35. The shares yield 2.6% and management expects to increase the dividend by 15% in 2013.
Finally, Abe's victory has already resulted in yen depreciation. The currency has plummeted during the past month. This decline helped to boost valuations of Japan's exporters—like Honda—and it gave the shares the juice to surpass $35 resistance (blue arrows).
This chart shows the price of HMC shares along with an important long-term support level to monitor.
I've been a long-time bull of Honda.