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Validea David Dreman Strategy Daily Upgrade Report - 2/14/2018

The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Contrarian Investor model based on the published strategy of David Dreman . This contrarian strategy finds the most unpopular mid- and large-cap stocks in the market and looks for improving fundamentals.

SONY CORP (ADR) ( SNE ) is a large-cap value stock in the Audio & Video Equipment industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 71% to 83% 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: Sony Corporation (Sony) is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of various kinds of electronic equipment, instruments and devices for consumer, professional and industrial markets, as well as game consoles and software. The Company's segments include Mobile Communications, Game & Network Services, Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound, Semiconductors, Component, Films, Music, Financial Services and All Other. It is engaged in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television programming and the operation of television and digital networks. It is also engaged in the development, production, manufacture and distribution of recorded music and the management and licensing of the words and music of songs. It is also engaged in various financial services businesses, including life and non-life insurance operations, through its Japanese insurance subsidiaries and banking operations through a Japanese banking subsidiary.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: FAIL
CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: PASS
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: FAIL
LOOK AT THE TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY: PASS

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

WESTERN DIGITAL CORP ( WDC ) is a large-cap value stock in the Computer Storage Devices industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 36% to 83% 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: Western Digital Corporation (Western Digital) is a developer, manufacturer and provider of data storage devices and solutions that address the needs of the information technology ( IT ) industry and the infrastructure that enables the proliferation of data in virtually every industry. The Company's portfolio of offerings addresses three categories: Datacenter Devices and Solutions (capacity and performance enterprise hard disk drives (HDDs), enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), datacenter software and system solutions); Client Devices (mobile, desktop, gaming and digital video hard drives, client SSDs, embedded products and wafers), and Client Solutions (removable products, hard drive content solutions and flash content solutions). The Company develops and manufactures a portion of the recording heads and magnetic media used in its hard drive products.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: FAIL
CURRENT RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: FAIL
LOOK AT THE TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY: PASS

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

MURPHY OIL CORPORATION ( MUR ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Oil & Gas Operations industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 50% to 69% 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: Murphy Oil Corporation (Murphy) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company's exploration and production business explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids across the world. Its exploration and production activities are subdivided into four geographic segments: the United States, Canada, Malaysia and all other countries. It explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids around the world. This business maintains upstream operating offices in several locations around the world, including Houston, Texas, Calgary, Alberta, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As of December 31, 2016, Murphy's principal exploration and production activities were conducted in the United States by Murphy Exploration & Production Company-USA (Murphy Expro USA), in Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, and Vietnam by Murphy Exploration & Production Company-International (Murphy Expro International) and its subsidiaries, and in Western Canada.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: FAIL
P/E RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: PASS
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: FAIL
CURRENT RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: FAIL
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: FAIL
YIELD: PASS
LOOK AT THE TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY: FAIL

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

NEW JERSEY RESOURCES CORP ( NJR ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Natural Gas Utilities industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 43% to 69% 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: New Jersey Resources Corporation is an energy services holding company. The Company's business is the distribution of natural gas through a regulated utility, which provides other retail and wholesale energy services to customers and investing in clean energy projects and midstream assets. It operates in four business segments: Natural Gas Distribution, Clean Energy Ventures, Energy Services and Midstream. The Natural Gas Distribution segment consists of regulated natural gas services, off-system sales, capacity and storage management operations. The Energy Services segment consists of unregulated wholesale energy operations. The Clean Energy Ventures segment consists of capital investments in clean energy projects. The Midstream segment consists of investments in the midstream natural gas market, such as natural gas transportation and storage facilities. The Home Services and Other operations consist of heating, cooling and water appliance sales and installations, among others.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: FAIL
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: FAIL
CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: PASS
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: FAIL
YIELD: FAIL
LOOK AT THE TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY: PASS

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

METLIFE INC (MET) is a large-cap value stock in the Insurance (Life) industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 64% to 83% 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: MetLife, Inc. is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company's segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings, and Corporate & Other. Its U.S. segment is organized into Group Benefits, Retirement and Income Solutions and Property & Casualty businesses. Its Asia segment offers products, including life insurance; accident and health insurance, and retirement and savings products. Latin America offers products, including life insurance, and retirement and savings products. Life insurance includes universal, variable and term life products. EMEA offers products, including life insurance, accident and health insurance, retirement and savings products, and credit insurance.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: PASS
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: FAIL
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: FAIL
YIELD: PASS

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

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION (ARCC) is a mid-cap value stock in the Misc. Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 70% to 84% 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: Ares Capital Corporation is a specialty finance company. The Company operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company's investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. It invests primarily in the United States middle-market companies. It may from time to time invest in larger or smaller (in particular, for investments in early-stage and/or venture capital-backed) companies. It invests primarily in first lien senior secured loans (including unitranche loans, which are loans that combine both senior and mezzanine debt, generally in a first lien position), second lien senior secured loans, and mezzanine debt, which in some cases includes an equity component. It invests in various industries, such as automotive services, business services, consumer products, and containers and packaging. Ares Capital Management LLC serves as its investment advisor.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: PASS
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: FAIL
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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

GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY (GM) is a large-cap value stock in the Auto & Truck Manufacturers industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 61% 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: General Motors Company designs, builds and sells cars, trucks, crossovers and automobile parts. The Company's segments include GM North America (GMNA), GM Europe (GME), GM International Operations (GMIO), GM South America (GMSA) and General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (GM Financial). The Company provides automotive financing services through General Motors Financial Company, Inc. The Company develops, manufactures and/or markets vehicles in North America under the brands, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. The Company also develops, manufactures and/or markets vehicles outside North America under the brands, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Opel and Vauxhall. The Company offers a range of after-sale vehicle services and products through the dealer network, such as maintenance, light repairs, collision repairs, vehicle accessories and extended service warranties. GM Financial is an automotive finance company, which provides automobile finance solutions.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: FAIL
CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: PASS
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS
LOOK AT THE TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY: FAIL

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

NEW RESIDENTIAL INVESTMENT CORP (NRZ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Consumer Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman changed from 83% to 97% 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: New Residential Investment Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on investing in, and managing, investments related to residential real estate. The Company's segments include investments in excess mortgage servicing rights (Excess MSRs); investments in mortgage servicing rights (MSRs); investments in servicer advances; investments in real estate securities; investments in residential mortgage loans; investments in consumer loans, and corporate. Its portfolio includes mortgage servicing related assets, residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans and other investments. The Company's servicing related assets include its investments in Excess MSRs, MSRs and servicer advances. The Company invests in agency RMBS and non-agency RMBS. The Company's other investments consist of consumer loans.

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.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: PASS
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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

Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on David Dreman has returned 118.87% vs. 166.18% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About David Dreman : Dreman's Kemper-Dreman High Return Fund was one of the best-performing mutual funds ever, ranking as the best of 255 funds in its peer groups from 1988 to 1998, according to Lipper Analytical Services. At the time Dreman published Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation, the fund had been ranked number one in more time periods than any of the 3,175 funds in Lipper's database. In addition to managing money, Dreman is also a longtime Forbes magazine columnist.

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.


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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