Michael Dell's Top Stocks
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Another big advantage is debt reduction to the tune of $332 million in 2012. The stock now pays a 4.1% dividend yield.
The company reported mixed results for the first quarter, with cost controls helping to make up for soft same-store sales. Analyst Will Slabaugh of Stephens Inc. noted that the "uneven" economy was a cause for the slight sales decrease at Applebee's.
Chief Executive Julia Stewart noted that IHOP is "still number one in market share in family dining, and people have always loved us and thought of us first and foremost." Of the eight analysts following the stock, five have a hold recommendation and three a buy, with the average target price for the stock being $77.80, a 7.5% upside. With DineEquity, Michael Dell's hedge fund could be on target.
Asbury saw EPS improvement of 42.6% during the first quarter, making it the fourth consecutive quarter of record results. During 2012 EPS was up to $2.64 compared to $1.42 in the previous year. The market is expecting Asbury to grow EPS to $3.12 this fiscal year.
Thanks to rising demand in autos, analysts think Asbury's sales will be up 9.2% in 2014 and 4.9% in 2014. The market expects U.S. light vehicle sales volume of 15.4 million units in 2013, up from 14.4 million in 2012. The benefits to Asbury Automotive should be great. The auto retailer is expected to see a bright future, with analyst expecting EPS to grow at an annualized 23.8% over the next five years, which puts its PEG at a mere 0.55.
The recent big move for PVH is its acquisition of Warnaco Group, which is expected to spur growth in the Asian markets, where Warnaco has an impressive presence. The acquisition will also put the Calvin Klein brand under one roof, whereas Warnaco previously licensed the Calvin Klein jeanswear and underwear businesses.
The company beat 1Q EPS expectations, posting $1.60 versus consensus of $1.50, and also set fiscal 2014 EPS guidance at $7.00. Fifteen analysts have the stock rated a "buy," while only four have the stock as a "hold." Consensus shows that analysts expect PVH to grow EPS at an annualized 12.1% over the next five years. The consensus price target is $119.40, a 6% upside from current levels.
Billionaire Ken Griffin is alongside Dell as one of PVH's largest hedge fund shareholders (check out Griffin's latest buys).
Delphi has a global presence and has strategically located over 90% of its production in low-cost regions. Delphi is still a turnaround play after dumping its unprofitable European businesses.
Revenue growth in Asia is expected to outpace other regions, where Delphi already has a strong backlog. Also, the acquisition of FCI Group's Motorized Vehicle Division in 2012 is expected to boost operating margins and be accretive to 2013 EPS. Much like Asbury, Delphi is expected to grow EPS at an impressive 16.4% annualized rate over the next five years, putting its PEG at only 0.69.
Billionaire Paul Singer's Elliott Management is heavily concentrated in Delphi, with nearly 30% of its portfolio invested in the company (see Elliott's top picks).
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