Magna International, Inc. ($MGA) Stock Analysis

This weekend I reviewed an old favorite stock, Magna International, which trades under the ticker MGA. As of the 6/12 close, MGA traded at $44.16 per share. From an investor’s standpoint, their 14.9 P/E (ttm) & 1.28 P/B look appealing, especially when combined with their 3.62% Dividend Yield.

MGA Stock Fundamentals Show Great Value

Magna International $MGA Stock Fundamentals

In addition to these great numbers, Magna International has a healthy Payout Ratio of 46.4%, with a Market Cap of $13.18B & $1.26B in Total Cash (mrq). MGA has $4.92B in Total Debt (mrq), with a Debt/Equity ratio of 47.15, and a 56.66% Institutional Ownership.

When compared to its peers in the Consumer Discretionary sector, MGA’s appeal becomes even more apparent.

Magna International $MGA Stock Fundamentals Vs. The Consumer Discretionary Sector

Magna International’s P/E(ttm) is 72% lower than their sector peer, and their P/B is 79.55% lower than average.

Magna International Inc. $MGA Stock Fundamentals Vs. the Consumer Discretionary Sector Averages

While their Beta is 14% higher than average, the rest of their fundamentals look fantastic. They have a 31.6% advantage over their average peer’s dividend, and have a safe Payout Ratio at 46.4%, which is 1.76% better than average.

MGA’s Market Cap is 38.6% larger than their average Consumer Discretionary peer’s stock, with 10.56% more Total Cash (mrq) & 86% better Debt/Equity (ttm).

They have 5% less Institutional Ownership than the average peer.

Consumer Discretionary Sector Stock Fundamental Overview

Magna International Also Outperforms The Auto Components Industry Averages

Magna International $MGA Stock Vs. The Auto Components Industry Average Fundamentals

MGA’s P/E (ttm) is 29% lower than the Auto Components Industry Average, with a 45% better P/B than their average peer. Their 58.8% better yield makes them a more attractive buy, which looks to be safe based on their Payout Ratio.

MGA’s Market Cap is 521% larger than their average peer in their industry, with 192% more Total Cash.

Magna International $MGA’s Stock Technicals Overview

MGA has a current price of $44.16, with a 10 Day Moving Average of 45.48. MGA’s 50 Day M/A is 39.63, and their 200 Day M/A is 47.47.

Magna International $MGA Stock Technicals Overview

With an RSI of 56, they look prime to perform well, especially during these turbulent times in the market.

Magna International $MGA Stock Vs. The S&P 500 & NASDAQ Indexes

Since they began being traded on 10/4/1984, MGA stock has increased by 1,208.44%.

When you factor in their historic dividend yields, that figure comes out closer to 2,050.5% in gains.

During that same time period, the S&P 500 has only posted 1,769.5% gains, excluding dividends.

Magna International $MGA Stock Performance Vs The S&P 500 Since IPO

The NASDAQ in that time has grown by 3,767.32%, excluding dividends.

Magna International $MGA Stock Growth Vs. The NASDAQ Since IPO

Magna International $MGA Has A Solid Debt Rating

MGA is rated A3 at Moody’s which is Upper-Medium Grade Investment Level Debt. This is becoming more and more important, as many businesses are under increasing distress due to 2020’s market turbulence.

Magna International $MGA Stock's Debt Rating From Moody's Is A3 - Upper-Medium Grade Debt

Tying It All Together

I have owned Magna previously, and loved it for its fundamentals. I am beginning to revisit them due to their strength of business, safe dividend yield, and growth potential.

I plan to begin rebuilding a long position in MGA over the coming weeks, but my entry point will be dependent upon external market conditions as the week progresses.

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*** I do not currently own MGA, although I am beginning to look at their stock for an eventual entry ***

SPXS & SQQQ Calls – Buying Long Options Into Short Convictions

This week I bought some options, mostly targeting Inverse S&P 500 & Inverse NASDAQ Index ETNs. This enables me to have a pessimistic view of markets in the near-to-mid term, without taking the risk of playing the Volatility ETN game with long positions.

$9 & $10 SPXS Call Options With A 10/16/2020 Expiration

I purchased some $9 & $10 call options that expire by the 16th of October this year. This enables me to sell SPXS for $9 & $10 based on each contract before that date, regardless of the price.

The best profits will be if it climbs above those levels, as the options are then “in-the-money”, and can be exercised at a discount to the current share price.

Given it’s recent performance & the current state of markets, I can see both price points going into the money within that time period. If they do, selling the options then will be great.

If not, I can sell them prior to that date, still profiting, while giving the rest of the risk from the current price to the $9 & $10 Strike Prices until the expiration date.

$10 SQQQ Call Options With a 6/5/2020 Expiration

Looking to add a little more short term risk, I also bought some $10 SQQQ call options that expire on 6/5/2020. The NASDAQ will likely lose steam the fastest of the indexes, given that it has benefitted the most from speculative long-positions since March.

Given the recent global situations between COVID-19 & civil unrest/uprisings, there should be enough issues plaguing the markets to put these options in the money, and at the bare minimum making them able to be flipped for a profit before the expiration at the end of the week.

Based on the existing plays I had going for SQQQ longs, this complements it well, and risks much less money with more to gain.

Market Outlook – 5/31/2020

This week ahead should have some excitement to it. The last week of the month certainly finished off strong in the final minutes, but what really changed? Most likely folks looking to pump up June numbers by planting seeds early to pull as the trouble starts…

But Stock Went Up For May?!

The S&P 500 & NASDAQ all had pretty decent months for May, but on what? Talks of more companies working on a virus vaccine, talks of more financial stimulus packages, and folks giving recent earnings calls a “mulligan” & readjusting their expectations to be modeled around next year’s projections…

So the answer there is nothing… Lots of speculation, hopes & dreams…

Markets Will Have To Brace For Global Unrest

People are losing jobs left & right around the United States, and on top of that there has been well-recorded rioting taking place all weekend/last week. The markets somewhat traded cautiously last week given the news of China & Hong Kong protests, but with the weekend’s China-India scuffle, they’re likely going to be much more reflective of the current state of affairs in the coming days-to-weeks.

Coronavirus is still a factor at play, although it seems to be less popular in the headlines than it was previously.

This Week’s Plays & What I’m Watching In The Market

While still holding long positions, I began buying call options in short-S&P 500 EFTs & VIX based products, with mid-October expirations. If the prices are right I’ll add onto them this week, as I see within the next week or two there will be some turbulence in the markets.

Looking at the charts from last week, indexes look to be stalled, not sure of which way to turn, especially looking at the candlesticks from the last few days.

While the NASDAQ’s moving averages have been greatly helped by the rush to Bio-tech & healthcare, the S&P 500’s price, 200 Day & 10 Day Moving Averages are all cozying up to one another.

S&P 500 Chart - 1 Year - 5/31/20

With the lack of strength behind recent buying & conviction, and the optimism in light of conflict, I see these options being able to help reduce to risk to my long-term holds while the market corrects its prices.

I’ve been holding more cash recently, but still maintain the view that the value-oriented names with less levels of debt and a safe dividend yield will be best suited for the start of summer, where buy-in opportunities will begin to present themselves again…

5/10/2020 Weekly Stock Market Outlook

This past week was much like the previous; lots of noise coming from earnings reports & global economic data that lead to cautious movements for the most part dictated around how indexes opened. It was almost like watching a bunch of deaf folks play musical chairs in the dark, lots of early-round momentum lead to folks moving in one direction, but prices didn’t indicate that anyone knew where they were going, or why.

If Things Are Better Than The Worst Case Expectations, Is That Really Good?

Clearly markets agree with that statement more often than not; they’re supposed to be a judge of the current value of businesses contained within them, but as growth stocks have been favorites over the last number of years, they also project a certain amount of hopes & expectations. “We should be trading on 2021 expectations” has become an overused drinking phrase on the daily market TV coverage, which is going to be especially difficult to gauge, given most folks don’t seem to have an idea as to how bad these global economic shutdowns will be in the coming weeks, much less years.

Benjamin Graham made it pretty clear that predicting the future isn’t an easy task, much less one that you should base investments & trades on, yet folks don’t seem to care.

At the end of the day, Mr. Market will come back to straighten things out…

What I’m Watching This Week

Earnings reports will slow down this week, which will likely change the structure of volume we’ve seen over the last few weeks, as less people will be trying to play the reports one way or the other.

I’ve also noted that the technical’s ratings for Materials Sector stocks seem to be outpacing the growth of their share prices, which still have shown W-o-W growth. I am in ADES, which has seen 25% growth in the last couple of weeks since I bought it.

CPI numbers will be reported Tuesday in the US, EIA Crude Stocks Wednesday, Jobless Claims on Thursday & Retail Sales, JOLTS Job Openings & the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.

While Friday was a strong close to the week, I’m not as confident in this upcoming week.

Checking In On The S&P 500 & NASDAQ Charts

Looking at charts for the NASDAQ & S&P 500, I’m still not certain we are out of the woods just yet.

S&P 500 Chart For The Past Year

The S&P 500 is still facing downwards pressure from the 50-Day & 200-Day Moving Averages, with an RSI of 58 on the 1 year chart, showing it is heating up a bit.

While the NASDAQ chart looks a bit more bullish, note the RSI is at 64, where a number over 80 in considered over-bought territory.

Tying It All Together

As I noted last week, a 2.5% drop in either index would be able to spur a technical sell-off of sorts. With last week’s gains that has built up a safety cushion.

With that being said, bad but not the worst-case scenario data may have been able to hide out behind massive amounts of earnings calls these last few weeks. Now that the Fed has cut down on the amount of their buying programs, and data will still be most likely coming out bad but not the worst, we should see some giveback from the indexes.

I would still be favoring names with good value & safe dividend yields, as they will continue to growth & be better suited to weather any potential storms. I also am still short the indexes & long volatility, although I did some rebalancing last week to favor more volatility.

Seagate Technologies, PLC. STX Stock Analysis

Seagate Technologies PLC trades under the ticker STX & is a Technology stock that closed for trading on 5/8/2020 at $51.06/share.

Seagate Technologies PLC. STX Stock Fundamentals Broken Down

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock's Fundamentals Broken Down

STX’s P/E (ttm) is 7.6, with a P/B of 7.33. They offer an attractive Dividend Yield of 5.09% annually, with a supportive Payout Ratio of 53.13%.

They sport a $13.14B Market Cap, with $1.614B in Total Cash (mrq), $4.17B in Total Debt (mrq), & a Total Debt/Equity (ttm) of 222.95.

Their 1.22 Beta & 89.17% Institutional Ownership also make them worth taking an additional look for an investor or trader’s portfolio.

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock Fundamentals Vs. The Information Technology Sector

Despite a 28% higher price per share than the average information technology sector stock, STX offers many attractive fundamentals that investors & traders should explore.

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock Fundamentals Vs. The Information Technology Sector

STX’s P/E(ttm) is almost 90% less than the average IT stock, despite having a 7.8% higher P/B.

STX’s Dividend Yield is 105% more than the average Information Technology Stock, and while their Payout Ratio is higher than average, it is still at a safe enough level for sustainability.

STX has 43% more Total Cash (mrq) than the average Information Technology Stock, although their Debt/Equity (ttm) is very high at 575% more than the average.

Despite this, they offer a 52% higher level of Institutional Ownership than average.

Information Technology Sector Fundamental Stock Averages

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock Fundamentals Vs. Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals Industry Averages

Seagate Stock continues to offer great fundamentals when compared with the Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals Industry averages.

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock Fundamentals Vs. Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals Industry Averages

STX’s P/E (ttm) is ~77% less than average compared with the Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals Industry, and their Dividend Yield is 10% higher than average.

While they are much smaller in Market Cap than average, they still have a 67% higher % Institutional Ownership, showing that major investors find more strength among them than their peers.

Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals Industry Stock Average Fundamentals

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock Technicals

STX’s 10-Day Moving Average is 48.72, and their 50-Day Moving Average is 47.97, adding support to their $51.06 share price.

However, their 200-Day Moving Average is 53.26, providing some future downwards pressure on the stock’s price.

Their RSI is 56 when looking at a one year chart.

Seagate Technologies PLC, STX Stock Chart & Technicals For The Last Year

STX Has Outperformed The S&P 500 Since It Began Trading

STX has gained 326.62%, in addition to it’s Dividend Yield which over time brings the total gains for one share of STX from when it first began trading to ~406%.

In that same time, the S&P 500 has only grown 229.38%, excluding dividends.

Seagate Technologies PLC, STX Stock Performance Vs. The S&P 500 Index

Seagate Technologies STX Stock Has However Trailed The NASDAQ Index

STX’s 406% All-Time Gains are less than the 569%+ returns of the NASDAQ index (excluding dividends), but when looking at both charts it still looks like a strong portfolio candidate.

Seagate Technologies PLC, STX Stock Performance Vs. The NASDAQ Index

Seagate Technologies PLC STX Stock Offers An Investment Grade Debt Rating

Moody’s rates STX a Baa3, viewing their debt as investment grade. With the impending troublesome times, this combined with their attractive dividend yield & low P/E will attract more & more investors’ attention as they flee to safety.

Seagate Technologies PLC, STX Stock Is Rated Baa3, Investment Grade By Moody's Debt Rating

Tying It All Together

STX stock offers a lot of strong fundamentals that are attractive to investors & traders alike. Overall, they offer a unique place for your money, as they are a tech company that has decent fundamentals & yield, more like a value play.

I don’t currently hold any, although I may begin to consider buying some if it were to return to the $47-range, pending a further technical review at that point.

As I contend that there will be another NASDAQ correction coming up, buying shares at around $47 would offer a ~8% discount from the current price, with a 5% cushion for future fall via their dividend yield.

For longer-term focused investors this may not matter as much, but when I consider their Beta & then discount a market drop, this seems like a good buy-in level.

Regardless, it is certainly worth consideration for investors & traders alike upon further research!

*** I do not own shares of Seagate Technologies Plc, STX Stock***

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5/3/2020 Market Outlook – The Week Ahead

After an interesting week last week, it looks like we’re knocking on the door of the way down. It’s almost like there’s a door that the markets are knocking on, except on the other side is just the edge of the cliff, that we’re about to step off of.

The effects of the Covid virus have made global economic numbers dismal, earnings numbers were not fantastic & we learned that the Fed has begun to step back even further on their Treasury QE buying… Roadrunner Powell’s about to send Wall St. Coyote off the cliff potentially.

Fed Chair Powell catches Wall St by surprise

Lots Of Earnings Calls On Deck For This Week

Over 1,600 companies will be reporting earnings this week, which should add a lot of noise to the current situation. Based on everything that we saw last week, I’m not buying that we’re going to see anything good come from these calls, but there is enough volume of them to cause some chop for sure (upwards or downwards in this instance).

Considering that a majority of all positive market movement these days is coming from FAANG stocks, this should open up the stage for more fallout.

We’re Technically Closer There Than You Think

After looking at some of the last few month’s charts, we may be closer to the edge of the diving board than we think. Most of our market action these days is dictated on the open of the day, and then trades relatively floundery the rest of the day in one way or the other.

Looking at the charts for the S&P 500 & NASDAQ, a 2.5-3% gap down day could be the exact thing to trigger the next market downfall.

This will make market opens more interesting to watch, as a 2% gap down open already has stocks playing 1st & Goal for a fallout..

S&P 500 Chart For The Last Few Months
NASDAQ Chart For The Last Few Months

We’re playing with dynamite at a time where Fed Officials are stoking the fire, almost like a controlled burning of a building that will lead to the downfall of the block once the neighbors join in…

What I’ll Be Doing

I am still maintaining my short positions, I don’t see things turning around anytime soon, and I’m not convinced that we’ll find a miracle market mover this week either.

Headlines regarding state’s reopening may help soften some of the blows we are about to take, but after Gillead’s drug botch & earnings call, I don’t know that markets are too inclined to move on drug optimism as much as they were.

Factor in the other elements listed above & I don’t see this being a prime time to be buying stocks long, however, it is a great time to start putting together a “wish-list” and expected buy-in ranges for when things start to settle down after the next decline…

Weis Markets, Inc. WMK Stock Analysis

This week I had a look at Weis Markets, Inc., which trades under the ticker $WMK.

Weis Markets, Inc WMK Stock Fundamentals

At the close of trading on 5/1/2020 it traded for $50.39/share, with a P/E (ttm) of 19.9 & a P/B of 1.28

Weis Markets, Inc. WMK Stock Fundamental Analysis

WMK offers a 2.46% Dividend Yield for it’s investors, with a 44% Payout Ratio, making it able to continue to be competitive with other players who also raise their yields annually, and they provide some defense during market downturns & times of uncertainty.

Their -0.15 Beta means they don’t tend to move with the market, making them especially appealing in troubled times like we are entering.

With an Estimated Market Cap of $1.36B, WMK currently recently reported having Total Cash (mrq) of $149.344M, with Total Debt (mrq) of $218.77M, & a Debt/Equity (ttm) of 19.71.

Their % Institutional Ownership is 38.8%.

Weis Markets, Inc. WMK’s Stock Fundamentals Vs. The Consumer Staples Sector

WMK costs 16% more than the average consumer staples stock, however they do offer attractive value metrics compared to the sector averages.

WMK’s P/E (ttm) is 30.6% less than the sector average, and their P/B is 98% lower.

Their Dividend Yield is 34% less than the sector average, with an equal Payout Ratio. The Average Market Cap of the Consumer Staples sector is 91% larger than WMK, at $15.45B, leading to WMK having 80% less on hand than the average stock in the sector.

WMK’s Total Debt/Equity (ttm) is 57% better than the sector average, which when combined with their favorable value metrics & their ability to accumulate Total Cash better than competitors gives them an edge in a turbulent market.

Consumer Staples Sector Average Stock Fundamentals

WMK Stock Vs The Food & Staples Retailing Industry Averages

WMK also has similar advantages over the other stocks in it’s industry. It is a smaller player with a 93% smaller market cap than average, that has a more faily valued shareprice, and responsible debt compared to its peers.

Comparing Weis Markets, Inc. WMK With The Food & Staples Retailing Industry Fundamental Averages

WMK’s P/E (ttm) is almost 42% better than the Food & Staples Retailing Industry Average, and their P/B is 50% better.

Pair that with their 120% cooler Beta, and their 84.7% lower Total Debt/Equity (ttm) than average, and you’ll notice that this small company offers a lot of standout strengths vs. it’s peers.

Food & Staples Retailing Industry Average Stock Fundamentals

Breaking Down Weis Markets, Inc.’s Technicals

Weis Markets, Inc. Stock Chart & Technicals

Over the last year, WMK has traded relatively flat, until the COVID-19 virus impact stunned markets. This strength should continue while we remain in these uncertain times.

WMK’s current price of $50.39 is above its 10-Day M/A: 48.75, it’s 50-Day M/A: 41.44 & its 200-Day M/A: 39.31, with an RSI of 71.

This strength should continue to climb as investors seek yield from companies with lower levels of debt.

Weis Markets, Inc WMK’s Stock Growth Story

Weis Markets, Inc was under $5 when it first began trading in the 1980’s, and is now 10x that amount. They have also offered a stable dividend that has increased just about annually since 1985.

While the broader indexes are filled with faster growing names, this is still nothing to be ignored. Buying one share of their stock when it opened at ~$4.80 would’ve resulted in over $36 in dividend yield collection alone 35 years later.

It is difficult to compare WMK against the S&P 500 or the NASDAQ given the nature of their negative Beta, but one thing is for certain, consistent income via the dividend & growth.

Tying It All Together

All-in-all, WMK is worth further investigation. As a means of collecting yield from a safer stock, as well as having a negative Beta, it makes it more advantageous in a time where markets are in turmoil. There is always a need for groceries & food, and those businesses continue to operate throughout this pandemic.

Factor in the fact that it is a much smaller player than most of it’s competitors, and it appears even more defensive for times like these.

Right now the price is a little high as it just hit a new high last week, but if it looks to continue climbing it may be more appealing if it re-checks out the ~$48 range depending on how the charts look at that point.

As always, please do your own research & due diligence before making any decisions.

*** I Do Not Own Any Shares Of Weis Markets, Inc, WMK***

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4/26/2020 Market Commentary – The Week Ahead

This upcoming week should prove interesting for traders & investors. There is a lot of data to be announced/reported, as well as earnings reports, notably from some of the biggest names in tech (Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon etc…)

Factor in the recent volatility in oil, the speculations coming out of North Korea & the fact that reported numbers now both from the government & individual companies are containing time periods that were impacted from the lock-down & stocks have a lot to work with from a pricing perspective.

Reading Into Stock Earnings This Week

Some of the most prominent names in the Technology Sector will be hosting their earnings calls this week. Looking at the chart, Apple, Microsoft & Amazon appear to be better off than Alphabet. I’m going to be looking at how the impact of Pay-Per-Click revenue & sales etc.. are impacting Alphabet.

Google AdWords provides extra “digital-billboard” space to many small businesses, but with the already increasing Cost-Per-Clicks, a lot of companies are likely to be removing this from their budgeting.

Given the current state of small-business and their consumers, this should be something taken into consideration when trying to assess the strength of small-business & the economy.

I’ll also be keeping an eye on international markets, as well as the Materials, IT & Consumer Staples sectors, as outside of healthcare those had the strongest average improvements in technicals over this past week.

Economic Reports & News For The Week

There’s going to be a lot of numbers being reported this week that will also help guide us as to where we are heading next:

  • Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index
  • Goods Trade Balance
  • Durable Goods Orders ex Defense
  • Consumer Confidence
  • GDP Annualized
  • FED Rates Decision
  • Initial Jobless Claims
  • ISM Manufacturing PMI & Index and more….

I’ll be looking to see how these numbers begin to reveal more of the Corona-virus stats being reported by companies. Markets may give up some excellent deals as folks try to recalculate their positioning & re-balance their holdings according to the data being published.

This will be even more interesting, as it is likely that the more negative the headlines coming out of North Korea are, the more uncertain the market will become, adding to the existing volatility.

Volatility should kick up within the next two weeks, as unless all news & numbers we receive are good, there’s too much muck & ambiguity out there that is/has been recently impacting stock prices.

I am still in my previously mentioned short index, long volatility positions, and will continue adding to my long PSEC & ADES positions, as well as looking closer at UG as it approaches the $12-12.50 range (published in today’s notes here:

I’m still not convinced that stocks have recovered, and I think that the factors above present a lot of opportunity to shake out the prices of over-bought stocks.

This will provide a great hunting ground for building positions in some value & growth names I’ve been looking at recently.

US Equity Futures have opened lower, let’s see how the rest of the week plays out…

United Guardian Inc. ($UG) Stock Analysis

This week I took a look at United Guardian Inc., a micro-cap stock whose ticker is $UG. UG closed for trading on 4/24/20 at $14.70/share, with a Price/Earnings (ttm) of 14.1.

United Guardian Inc. UG’s Stock Fundamentals

UG’s P/B (ttm) is 6.35, and they offer an attractive 7.48% Dividend Yield. Their Beta is low, at 0.09, which is to be expected as their Market Cap is ~$67.53M, so they most likely move on their own news, with some sector momentum included.

An interesting observation I made here is that they have little-to-no debt, and while they only have $7.92M Total Cash (mrq), their higher-than-average Dividend Payout Ratio of 106% may have more options than other companies who face similarly high Payout Ratios.

They have 26.47% Institutional Ownership, which also makes sense given their small size does not enable larger investors to make as large of a profit based on their limited lot size.

Comparing United Guardian Inc. UG’s Stock With The Consumer Staples Sector

United Guardian Inc.’s Stock Fundamentals are very attractive when compared to the Consumer Staples Sector averages.

UG’s Price/Share is 66% less than the sector average, with a 49.8% lower P/E (ttm) & 92.6% lower P/B than the average for the sector.

United Guardian Inc. UG's Stock Fundamentals Compared To The Consumer Staples Sector Averages

Their Dividend Yield is 99.5% higher than the sector average, and although their Payout Ratio is 573% above average, it’s limited debt offer more flexibility in how they can approach fixing this should the problem persist long-term.

As a very small micro-cap stock, their Estimated Market Cap is 99.6% lower than average, and their Total Cash (mrq) is 98.9% lower than the averages.

As a result, UG’s stock % Institutional Ownership is 42% lower than the Consumer Staples Sector average, and their Beta is 87.5% lower than average.

United Guardian Inc. UG’s Stock Fundamentals Compared To The Personal Products Industry

United Guardian Inc. offers many advantageous fundamentals when compared to the Personal Products Industry averages.

Their Price/Share is 15.8% lower than average, with a 20.2% lower P/E (ttm) & 59.2% P/B.

An interesting stat I came across while looking at these numbers was that UG’s EPS Growth for last quarter is +138.46% Y-o-Y, while the rest of the sector declined 26.2%.

UG’s Dividend Yield is 7.94% higher than the Industry average, with their % Institutional Ownership 24.6% lower.

Much like when compared to their sector averages, UG’s Dividend Payout Ratio is 920% higher than the Personal Products Industry average, and their Market Cap is 99% less than average, with a 98% less than average Total Cash amount.

United Guardian Inc. UG’s Technicals & Chart

UG’s stock 10-Day Moving Average is 13.99, with their 50-Day MA at 14.70 & their 200-Day MA at 17.96.

While I’m not involved in the stock, it may become interesting once it gets between $12-12.50/share.

United Guardian Inc.’s Stock Growth Story

Since they became publicly traded on 3/17/1980, UG has grown by 163.77% including dividends collected, but not including the value of their three historic stock splits.

They do not explicitly outperform the S&P 500 or NASDAQ Indexes as they are a much smaller company than most, however, they do offer positive growth & a good return for a small sized position.

United Guardian Inc. UG's Stock Performance Vs. The S&P 500, All-Time

They also continue to return value to their shareholders by paying out their dividend twice per year.

United Guardian Inc. UG's Stock Performance Vs. NASDAQ Index - All Time

Tying It All Together

UG’s stock offers a lot of interesting fundamental growth opportunities. When compared to their sector & industry they are below almost all of the averages that we examined.

Another excellent point that is becoming even more important in economic times like these is their low-level/lack of debt.

This is increasingly rare, and if they’re able to provide a 7%+ cushion via yield, they are strategically ready to weather more storms than most other companies.

As mentioned before, I am not in this name, but would consider building a position once they re-enter the $12-12.50/share range.

United Guardian Inc. Stock may be worth looking at pending additional research.

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*** I Do not own any shares of UG Stock ***

4/23/2020 Market Outlook/Review

Looking at this week’s market moves so far, Energy (+7.59) & Materials (+3.66%) are the leading sectors, followed by Industrials (+1.92%) & IT (+1.65%).

Earnings results & oil price issues have caused some of this movement, but it is further reinforcing that people are looking for companies with lower debt, more cash and or better & safer dividends.

The Materials & IT Sectors offer this, as both have similar Debt/Equity Ratios, and where IT has high levels of cash, Materials are offering above average yields at safer Payout Ratios than most other sectors.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I purchased shares of Advances Emissions Systems Inc. (ADES Ticker), a Micro-cap value play that filled on Tuesday at $6/share (+9% so far EOD).

Names like these should continue to thrive under these lockdown conditions, as folks will continue to seek stocks that are value-oriented, and that offer better interest in their yields than other assets are currently offering.

Financials (+.09%), Consumer Discretionary (+.32%) & Real Estate (+.7%) have all performed the worst so far this week. I don’t know that I’m ready to go deep diving into that end of the pool just yet, but will be certainly looking at those companies over the weekend.

Coming up on Friday, I’m not expecting much from tomorrow, unimpressive numbers across the board continue to show the fragility of the market, and today’s morning bump, afternoon pump was certainly reassuring on my short positions.

Seeing things like Tom Hanks typewriter message kids on CNBC after the market closes also doesn’t reassure me that we’re out of the woods just yet…

Expecting to see folks sell off risk into the weekend, especially given the number of companies set to report earnings tomorrow. Let’s see what happens!

*** I have a long position in $ADES, as well as Short positions against the S&P 500, NASDAQ & Russell, & also am Long Volatility, related to the above article***