Consumer Confidence Is Up, Here Are 6 Undervalued Consumer Goods Stocks
This week, reports have been made indicating that consumer confidence has reached a 3-month high in the US and a 6-month high in Europe. Confidence was also up in Japan during January from December, making this a potential global trend. In the US, the preliminary Thomas Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment has risen to 76.3 in February compared to January’s 73.8. This increase is higher than Bloomberg’s median predictions by 1.5.
In the Euro Zone, a gain in the consumer confidence index is a positive sign, making an easing of the debt crisis more plausible looking towards the future. Consumer spending accounts for around half of the Euro Zone’s economy so an increase in confidence could directly imply an increase in spending to come. The index is now at -23.6, increasing from the previously reported -23.9.
Keeping this optimism in mind, we ran a screen on consumer goods stocks with a market cap above $300M (small cap or larger). Consumer goods are the first to be impacted by increased spending. We then cross-referenced this list to see which of these companies are potentially undervalued by LFCF/EV ratio (Levered Free Cash Flow/Enterprise Value).