3 Stocks Set to Soar in the Second Half of 2021
With the first half of 2021 almost in the books, it’s time to consider what stocks to hold for the second half. Vale (VALE), ArcelorMittal (MT), and N...
With the first half of 2021 almost in the books, it’s time to consider what stocks to hold for the second half. Vale (VALE), ArcelorMittal (MT), and Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) are poised to see their shares rise in the weeks ahead.
As we head into July, it’s time to think about what stocks will perform well in the second half of 2021. The last six months have been dominated by energy stocks, financial stocks, and real estate stocks with a lot of back and forth between growth and value. Going forward, many sectors and industries could see increased volatility, as investors await a clear message on inflation.
That’s why I am focusing on individual securities that currently exhibit characteristics that could drive their prices higher in the second half of the year. These characteristics include companies that have strong growth potential and are trading at an attractive valuation. Plus, these stocks are also showing bullish momentum.
So, I ran a screen in our database for stocks that were rated a Buy or Strong Buy in our POWR Ratings system that also had strong grades in the Growth, Value, Momentum, and Sentiment components. Three of the top stocks in this screen include Vale (VALE), ArcelorMittal (MT), and Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) which is why I am highlighting below.
VALE is the world’s largest producer of iron ore, iron ore pellets, and nickel. It supplies its iron ore and iron ore pellets to the steel industry. A growing global population and rapidly moving urbanization are expected to fuel steel demand for years. This certainly bodes well for the company. VALE also produces manganese ore, ferroalloys, metallurgical and thermal coal, and copper.
The company has a logistics network that integrates mines, railroads, ports, and ships. This has provided an edge for the company in the iron ore market as it significantly lowers costs. The firm has been currently gaining from a rally in iron prices. The metal reached an all-time high in May as demand in China is massive right now due to supply concerns.
The country, which accounts for half of the world’s steel, is spending more on infrastructure. So, the price of iron is expected to remain high for the foreseeable future. VALE should also benefit from strong demand for nickel, as the metal is used in electric vehicle batteries. Plus, copper prices have also rebounded due to robust demand in China.
The company has an overall grade of A, which translates into a Strong Buy rating in our POWR Ratings system. The company has strong grades across the board highlighted by a Growth Grade of A. Analysts expect sales to soar 115.5% and earnings to surge 508.7% year over year this quarter. VALE also has a Quality Grade of A due to its rock-solid balance sheet. The company has a current ratio of 2.0 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.5.
We also provide grades Value, Momentum, Stability, and Sentiment Grades for VALE which you can find here. VALE is ranked #2 in the Industrial – Metal industry. You can find other top stocks in this industry by clicking here.
MT is the world’s leading steel and mining company. It has a presence in over 60 countries, where its products are mainly sold to customers in the automotive, general, and packaging industries. The company also produces wire rods, rebar, billets, blooms and wire drawing, and tubular products.
MT has been benefiting from an increase in demand for steel as the economy has been opening up. Since its products serve two critical infrastructure industries, construction, and transport, MT should also benefit from any future infrastructure bill. The firm has also been focused on cost reduction and revealed a $1-billion fixed cost reduction program that it expects to complete by the end of next year.
The company is expanding its automotive steel line of products by launching a new generation of advanced high-strength steel. MT has an overall grade of A, which is a Strong Buy in our POWR Ratings system. Like VALE, MT has a Growth Grade of A, driven by its massive growth potential. Earnings are forecasted to soar over 1,100% year over year in this quarter.
MT also has a Value Grade of B as its stock appears undervalued. It has a trailing P/E of 12.13 and a tiny forward P/E of 5.13. MT also has a high upside potential based on an average of analyst price targets. It is currently trading 29.5% below its average price target.
For the rest of MT’s grades (Momentum, Stability, Sentiment, and Quality), click here. MT is the #10 ranked stock in the A-rated Steel industry. For more top stocks in this industry, make sure to visit this link.
Newell Brands Inc. (NWL)
NWL is a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer and commercial products. Some of its well-known brands include Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmer’s, Oster, Rubbermaid, Sunbeam, and FoodSaver. Its products cater to indoor and outdoor organizations and include food and home storage products, stationery, power tool accessories, and household staples.
The company has seen strong demand for its products, especially in its Home Fragrances and Home Appliances businesses. Unlike many other businesses, NWL has not experienced any supply chain issues, which combined with healthy consumer demand has certainly benefited the company. The firm has also capitalized on the shift to digital shopping as its -commerce business accounted for more than half of total sales in the first quarter.
The company’s Project FUEL plan has resulted in enhanced productivity, improved pricing, and other cost-cutting initiatives. These efforts have so far aided revenues. NWL is also working on increasing efficiency in its manufacturing plants, and procurement and distribution centers. Going forward, the company is well-positioned to gain from its booming online channel.
NWL has an overall grade of B and a Buy rating in our POWR Ratings system. It has a Growth Grade of A as it’s expected to grow sales 21% and earnings 50% year over year this quarter. NWL also has a Momentum Grade of B as its stock is up 26.7% year to date. To access all of NWL’s grades (Value, Stability, Sentiment, and Quality), click here.
NWL is ranked #21 in the A-rated Home Improvement & Goods industry. For more top stocks in this industry, click here.
VALE shares were trading at $22.85 per share on Monday morning, up $0.17 (+0.75%). Year-to-date, VALE has gained 45.10%, versus a 14.99% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
About the Author: David Cohne
David Cohne has 20 years of experience as an investment analyst and writer. He is the Chief Value Strategist for StockNews.com and the editor of POWR Value newsletter. Prior to StockNews, David spent eleven years as a consultant providing outsourced investment research and content to financial services companies, hedge funds, and online publications. David enjoys researching and writing about stocks and the markets. He takes a fundamental quantitative approach in evaluating stocks for readers.3 Stocks Set to Soar in the Second Half of 2021 appeared first on StockNews.com