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Validea Joseph Piotroski Strategy Daily Upgrade Report - 11/28/2019

The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski. This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.

ENI SPA (ADR) (E) is a large-cap growth stock in the Oil & Gas Operations industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% 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: Eni SpA (Eni) is an Italy-based company engaged in the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, in the supply and marketing of gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power, in the refining and marketing of petroleum products, in the production and marketing of basic petrochemicals, plastics and elastomers and in commodity trading. The Company's segments include Exploration & Production, Gas & Power, and Refining & Marketing. Its Exploration & Production segment engages in oil and natural gas exploration and field development and production, as well as LNG operations in over 40 countries, including Italy, Libya, Egypt, Norway, the United Kingdom, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, the United States, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Australia, Venezuela, Iraq, Ghana and Mozambique. Its Gas & Power segment engages in supply, trading and marketing of gas, LNG and electricity, international gas transport activities and commodity trading and derivatives.

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.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

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NOW INC (DNOW) is a small-cap growth stock in the Oil Well Services & Equipment industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 80% 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: NOW Inc. (NOW) is a global distributor to the oil and gas and industrial markets. The Company operates under the DistributionNOW and Wilson Export brands. Its segments include the United States, Canada and International. As of December 31, 2016, its segments, the United States, Canada and International, had over 200, 55 and 35 locations, respectively. The United States segment comprises United States Energy, United States Supply Chain and United States Process Solutions. NOW's energy product offerings are used in the oil and gas industry, including upstream drilling and completion, exploration and production, midstream infrastructure development and downstream petroleum refining, as well as in other industries, such as chemical processing, power generation and industrial manufacturing operations. It provides supply chain management to drilling contractors, exploration and production (E&P) operators, midstream operators, downstream energy and industrial manufacturing companies.

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.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: FAIL
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

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NK LUKOIL PAO (ADR) (LUKOY) is a large-cap value stock in the Oil & Gas - Integrated industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% 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: NK Lukoil PAO is an energy company. The primary activities of LUKOIL and its subsidiaries are oil exploration, production, refining, marketing and distribution. Its segments include Exploration and Production; Refining, Marketing and Distribution, and Corporate and other. The Exploration and Production segment includes its exploration, development and production operations related to crude oil and gas. These activities are located within Russia, with additional activities in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Middle East, Northern and Western Africa, Norway, Romania and Mexico. The Refining, Marketing and Distribution segment includes refining, petrochemical and transport operations, marketing and trading of crude oil, natural gas and refined products, generation, transportation and sales of electricity, heat and related services. The Corporate and other segment includes operations related to finance activities, production of diamonds and certain other activities.

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.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: FAIL CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: FAIL
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Joseph Piotroski has returned 144.95% vs. 175.44% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Joseph Piotroski: Piotroski isn't your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he's not even a professional investor. He's a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers". In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 -- more than double the S&P 500's gain during that time. Piotroski's findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

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.

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