Jensen: Buy American
One of strategies I am using to mitigate these overseas headwinds is to allocate more of my portfolio to U.S.-centric companies. I particularly like some retail stocks for their low valuations, improved balance sheets and the fact that they should benefit from receding prices at the pump. Here are two of my favorites.
Macy's (M) operates more than 800 stores under the Macy's and Bloomingdale's names in 45 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Four reasons Macy's offers solid value at $36:
- The company has a solid balance sheet, selling at 7x operating cash flow, and provides a 2.2% dividend yield.
- The market undervalues Macy's growth prospects given it has a five-year projected price-earnings-growth ratio of 0.85. It also should benefit from the turmoil going on with one of its prime competitors, J.C. Penney (JCP) .
- The company has consistently beaten earnings estimates over the past three years. The average beat above consensus over the past four quarters has been north of 17%.
- The stock is selling at a very reasonable 9.7x forward earnings, a discount to its five-year average (12.1).
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) operates more than 1000 stores primarily under the Abercrombie and Hollister brand names. Approximately 90% of its stores are located in the U.S.