Finding a great growth stock can be a tough task. Not only are there a wide range of choices, but the space can be extremely volatile and fraught with risk as well. But thanks to our new style score system we have been able to identify a few growth stocks which have incredible potential in the near term.
One such company that stands out in this regard is undoubtedly The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. ( IPG ). Not only does this company have a favorable growth score, but it is ranked as a buy too. And while there are numerous reasons why IPG is so attractive right now, we have highlighted three of the most important-and pertinent to growth investors-below:
Earnings Growth for IPG
Arguably nothing is more important than earnings growth as surging profit levels is what most investors are after. And for growth investors, earnings growth in the double digits is definitely necessary and it is often an indication of strong prospects (and stock price gains) ahead for the company in question.
While IPG has put up a historical EPS growth rate of 23.26%, investors should really focus on the projected growth. Here, IPG is looking to grow at a rate of 17.35%, thoroughly crushing the industry average which calls for EPS growth of just 14.17% in comparison.
Cash Flow Growth for IPG
Cash is the lifeblood of any business, but especially so for growth oriented companies. A positive figure here indicates that cash is flowing into the business (obviously a good thing), while a negative reading here means that net cash is exiting the company.
Right now, IPG' current cash flow growth is an impressive 14.80%, a level that is far higher than many of its peers, and the industry average. In fact, the industry average sees negative cash flow growth of 9.37% in comparison, suggesting that IPG is a better pick from a cash flow look.
IPG Earnings Estimate Revisions Moving in the Right Direction
If the metrics outlined above weren't enough investors should also consider the positive trends that we are seeing on the analyst estimate revision front. Analysts have been raising their estimates for The Interpublic Group lately, and now the earnings picture is looking a bit more favorable for the company.
Over the past 30 days 6 EPS estimate has been revised higher compared to only 1 lower, at least for the current year time frame. And the magnitude of these revisions has also been impressive, as the consensus estimate for the full year has increased from $1.14 per share to $1.15 per share today.
For the reasons outlined above, investors shouldn't be surprised to note that The Interpublic Group has earned itself a growth score of 'B' as well as a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). This means that we believe The Interpublic Group stock is a potential outperformer that is an impressive choice for growth investors, making it a security that you need to keep on your radar in the near term.
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