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Play 5 Stocks with Rising P/E to Defy Bargain Investing

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Bargain stocks or stocks with low P/E are always investors' darlings as the ratio indicates undervaluation. This ratio is obtained by dividing a stock's current market price with its historical or estimated earnings. It measures how much an investor needs to shell out per dollar of earnings.

So the golden rule is - the lower the P/E of a stock, the higher its value for investors. This is because value investors believe that a stock's current market price is not reflective of its historical/future earnings and therefore chances of outperformance are higher.

Naturally, there are very few investors who pay attention to stocks with an increasing P/E. But this often overlooked trend can prove worthwhile in finding great stocks. Let's dig a little deeper.

Inside the Rising P/E Investing

Investors should note that stock prices move in line with earnings performance. If earnings come in stronger, the price of a stock soars. Solid quarterly earnings and guidance in turn boost the earnings forecast, leading to stronger demand for the stock and an uptrend in its price.

So, if the price is rising steadily, it means that investors are assured of the stock's fundamental strength, and expect some strong positives out of it as along with solid and faster earnings growth. Moreover, studies have revealed that stocks have seen their P/E ratios jump over 100% from their breakout point in the cycle. So, if you can pick stocks early in their breakout cycle, you can end up seeing considerable gains.

The Winning Strategy

In order to shortlist stocks that are exhibiting an increasing P/E, we chose the following as our primary screening parameters.

EPS growth estimate for the current year is greater than or equal to last year's actual growth

Percentage change in last year EPS should be greater than or equal zero

(These two criteria point to flat earnings or a growth trend over the years.)

Percentage change in price over four weeks greater than the percentage change in price over 12 weeks

Percentage change in price over 12 weeks greater than percentage change in price over 24 weeks

(These two criteria show that price of the stock is increasing consistently over the said timeframes.)

Percentage price change for four weeks relative to the S&P 500 greater than the percentage price change for 12 weeks relative to the S&P 500

Percentage price change for 12 weeks relative to the S&P 500 greater than the percentage price change for 24 weeks relative to the S&P 500

(Here, the case for consistent price gains gets even stronger as it displays percentage price changes relative to the S&P 500.)

Percentage price change for 12 weeks is 20% higher than or equal to the percentage price change for 24 weeks, but it should not exceed 100%

(A 20% increase in the price of a stock from the breakout point gives cues of an impending uptrend. But a jump of over 100% indicates that there is limited scope for further upside and that the stock might be due for a reversal.)

In addition, we place a few other criteria that lead us to some likely outperformers.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Only companies with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) can get through.

Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: High trading volume implies that the stocks have adequate liquidity.

Just these few criteria narrowed down the universe from over 7,700 stocks to just 28.

Here are five out of the 28 stocks:

D.R. Horton Inc. DHI : The company is one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S. Its Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 34%, at the time of writing. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2.

The TJX Companies Inc. TJX : The company is a leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. Its Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 32%. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. TV : This Zacks Rank #2 company is a well-known media company in the Spanish-speaking world and a major player in the international entertainment business. Its Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 35%.

Constellation Brands Inc. STZ : The company is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2. The Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 37%.

TETRA Technologies Inc. TTI : It is an energy services company. It has a Zacks Rank #2 and the Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 37%.

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