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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly The company is a regional bank and trust company operating in Pennsylvania. It’s recently posted earnings and stock price put the PE at 12.5, well under sector and market levels. It is also trading at less than 70% of book value. Earnings for 2021 are expected to grow by over 40%. We like the dividend yield, which has only a 65% payout ratio. We would trade this with a $14 stop-loss. Yield 5.07% (Analysts’ price target is $19.75)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly MTG provides mortgage insurance in the US, Puerto Rico and Guam. The company released an operational update to end-August indicating the inventory of delinquent loans continues to decrease, with the % of new delinquency notices dropping by over 25% since June. It trades at 69% of book value and EPS is expected to grow to $1.50 per share from $1.44 this year. While still levered to an economic recovery, we make this a Top Pick. The yield is supported by a payout ratio of less than 10% of cash flow. We would trade buy this with a $7.00 stop-loss. Yield 2.69% (Analysts’ price target is $12.43)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly The company provides personal and commercial residential insurance through the Atlantic coast and Alabama and expanding into Mississippi. Recent annual earnings showed a 10% increase in revenues and EPS has grown to $0.42 per share from a 2019 average of $0.02. Analysts look for EPS to grow over 40% next year. It trades at 83% of book value. It pays a small dividend that is well supported by cashflow. We would trade this with a $11.50 stop-loss. Yield 1.94% (Analysts’ price target is $17.00)
insurance
COMMENT
The recent sell-off Historically, September strikes fear in investors. We some tremors mid-last week in tech stocks. There are three meanings: 1) the ghost of September is haunting us and foretelling volatility in the COVID year and amid U.S. elections; 2) the cracks in the tech stocks foreshadows a long-awaited rotation into growth and cyclical stocks; and 3) the recent sell-off means nothing at all and sell-offs in FAANGs like Apple are a blip as these stocks continue to rise. Make sure your portfolio is positioned for any of these fates.
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BUY
Consolidation in pipelines coming? No, not likely. There are ENB and Transcanada which dominate this space, plus regional players like Pembina. There was a flurry of M&A three years ago, but he doesn't see that appetite now. ENB has been shaking off non-core assets to reduce debt and strengthen their balance sheet. ENB is recession-resilient. Today, they finally got approval to reopen their line in Michigan. Expect modest organic growth in their gas business. Their renewables are small, but growth and are important for the future--pay attention to this. Finally, the biggest catalyst is the line 3 replacement. Pays a 7.8% yield.
oil / gas pipelines
SELL
It's small, illiquid, not profitable with a terrible chart.
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BUY

A safe dividend payer. ENB also. Likes its stable contracts and cash flows, and is a leader in renewable projects in Asia, Europe and North America so it's geographically diverse. Good. Also pays a healthy dividend around 3-4%. In the past year, renewable stocks have been a bullseye for investors as ESG gathers strength.

Utilities