Validea Joseph Piotroski Strategy Daily Upgrade Report – 5/24/2019

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The following are today’s upgrades for Validea’s Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski . This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.

VALHI, INC. ( VHI ) is a small-cap value stock in the Chemical Manufacturing industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 80% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Valhi, Inc. is a holding company. The Company operates through three segments: Chemicals, Component Products, and Real Estate Management and Development. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including NL Industries, Inc., Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (Kronos) and CompX International Inc. (CompX). The Chemicals segment operates through Kronos. Kronos is a producer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2). The Component Products segment operates through CompX. CompX is a manufacturer of security products used in the recreational transportation, postal, office and institutional furniture, cabinetry, tool storage, healthcare and a range of other industries. The Real Estate Management and Development segment operates through Basic Management, Inc. ( BMI ) and The LandWell Company (LandWell).

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: FAIL
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: FAIL
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

MARATHON OIL CORPORATION ( MRO ) is a large-cap value stock in the Oil & Gas – Integrated industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 90% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Marathon Oil Corporation is an exploration and production (E&P) company. The Company operates through two segments: United States E&P and International E&P. The United States E&P segment explores for, produces and markets crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in the United States. The International E&P segment explores for, produces and markets crude oil and condensate, NGLs and natural gas outside of the United States, and produces and markets products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas ( LNG ) and methanol, in Equatorial Guinea (E.G.).

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS FAIL
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC. ( WCC ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Electronic Instr. & Controls industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 80% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: WESCO International, Inc. is a distributor of products and provider of supply chain management and logistics services used in industrial, construction, utility and commercial, institutional and government (CIG) markets. The Company is a provider of electrical, industrial and communications maintenance, repair and operating ( MRO ) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) products, construction materials, and supply chain management and logistics services. Its product categories include general supplies, wire, cable and conduit, communications and security, electrical distribution and controls, lighting and sustainability, and automation, controls and motors. The Company provides customers a portfolio of solutions within a range of service categories, including construction, e-commerce, energy and sustainability, engineering services, production support, safety and security, supply chain optimization, training and working capital.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: FAIL
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

CITI TRENDS, INC. (CTRN) is a small-cap value stock in the Retail (Apparel) industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 90% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Citi Trends, Inc. is a retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s segment is retail operations. The Company operates approximately 520 stores in both urban and rural markets in over 30 states. The Company offers products under its brands, such as Citi Steps and Red Ape. The Company’s merchandise includes apparel, accessories and home. Within apparel, the Company offers fashion sportswear for men, women and children, including offerings for newborns, infants, toddlers, boys and girls. Accessories include handbags, jewelry, footwear, belts, intimate apparel, scrubs and sleepwear. The Company’s home merchandise includes decorative home product, functional home product, beauty, books, toys and electronic accessories. The Company sources its merchandise from approximately 1,700 vendors, consisting of domestic manufacturers and importers.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: FAIL
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

Since its inception, Validea’s strategy based on Joseph Piotroski has returned 129.97% vs. 146.50% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Joseph Piotroski : Piotroski isn’t your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he’s not even a professional investor. He’s a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled “Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers”. In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 — more than double the S&P 500’s gain during that time. Piotroski’s findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

About Validea : Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


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