"Buy Low" Bets: Agriculture and Energy

12/07/2016 7:00 am EST

Focus: STOCKS

Crista Huff

Editor, Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor

We're adding two stocks to Buy Low Opportunities Portfolio — one an agriculture firm and the other a multi-national oil company; both are rated as "Strong Buys", notes growth and income expert Crista Huff, editor of Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is an agricultural commodity company. Its earnings outlook is turning around in fiscal 2017 (December year-end).

Analysts expect EPS to grow 28.8% in the coming year. The corresponding P/E is low for a consumer staple stock, at 14.7.

Archer Daniels tends to increase its dividend annually. The current dividend yield is 2.8%. Archer Daniels has a moderate debt ratio of 24%.

Let's take advantage of the post-election drop in consumer staples stocks and buy ADM. There's going to be a lot of upside resistance when ADM approaches its 2015 high near $51.

I'm looking at ADM for a shorter-term hold, with a potential total return of about 17%. 

Total SA (TOT), a French multi-national oil and gas company, fell in 2014, due to industry-wide prospects of falling earnings. That situation is finally turning around.

Total, and many energy peers, are expected to see large increases in EPS in fiscal 2017 (December year-end), with Total's EPS expected to rise 33.2%. Importantly, the 2017 P/E is only 10.1, indicating a very low valuation.

TOT has a steady dividend yield of 5.89%. The payout changes slightly each quarter, with the last seven quarterly payouts ranging between $0.67 and $0.69 per share. The company's 2015 debt ratio was moderate at 28%.

This is a great time to buy TOT. It offers strong earnings growth, very low P/E, large dividend, strength in the price chart, and good prospects for the energy industry.

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By Crista Huff, Editor of Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor

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