You Asked for It: Here’s the Daily Elite 25


Please keep posting your information and lists of the fastest-growing profitable and cheap companies! That is the kind of research that made me an Infinity Member!
—Lance F.

Count me in as someone who would be very interested! Anything to help in the process of choosing good stocks would be appreciated (as this series already has). Thanks.
—Doug M.

Over the past week, we introduced Daily readers to our three-step method for picking elite stocks.

We asked the Palm Beach community if you wanted us to keep a periodic list of these types of companies… and the response was overwhelming.

We received dozens of letters from subscribers like Lance F. and Doug M. urging us to keep a list. (Check out Wednesday’s Mailbag for more responses.)

And we can’t blame them…

These are the types of companies that have tripled the annual returns of the S&P 500 over the past 20 years.

Every $1,000 invested in these companies would have grown to over $50,000 over two decades.

That blows away the $4,200 you would have made if you bought and held the S&P 500 over the same span.

Just look at the chart below to see the difference. The red line is the cream of the crop.

Chart

We heard your feedback loud and clear. So we’ll keep a periodic list of potentially elite companies that could climb that red line.

If you don’t want to be like 99% of people who stay on the black line (or below), you should learn our three-step method…

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Here’s a quick recap of our three-step method…

The first step is to find companies with a high return on invested capital (ROIC). Just doing that would put you on the blue line in the chart above.

The second step is to find companies with a high ROIC and high growth. Just doing that would put you on the green line in the chart above.

The third step is to find companies with the first two steps that are also cheap. We look at three ratios to determine if an elite company candidate is cheap:

  • Price to free cash flow
  • Enterprise value divided by EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization)
  • Price-to-earnings ratio divided by the growth rate (PEG ratio)

It’s this final step that will book your ticket on the red line…

Introducing the Daily Elite 25

There are 4,200 publicly listed U.S. companies with market caps over $200 million.

Using our three-step test, we narrowed that down to the Daily Elite 25.

Value Rank

Company Name

Ticker

Industry

1

Natural Health Trends Corp.

NHTC

Personal Products

2t

Gilead Sciences

GILD

Biotech

2t

American Public Education Inc.

APEI

Education and Training

4

American Outdoor Brands

AOBC

Retail/Guns

5

Qiwi Plc

QIWI

Payment Processor

6

Michael Kors

KORS

Retail

7

Meridian Biosciences

VIVO

Pharmaceutical Equipment

8

Michaels Companies Inc.

MIK

Retail

9

United Therapeutics

UTHR

Biotech

10

Caesarstone Ltd.

CSTE

Home Improvement

11

Nautilus Inc.

NLS

Sporting Goods

12

Lear Corp.

LEA

Auto Parts

13

Brinker International

EAT

Restaurants

14

HNI Corp.

HNI

Home/Office Furnishings

15t

Verisign Inc.

VRSN

Internet Services

15t

Skyworks Solutions

SWKS

Semiconductors

17

AbbVie Inc.

ABBV

Biotech

18t

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

JAZZ

Biotech

18t

Brunswick Corp.

BC

Recreational Goods

20

USANA Health Sciences

USNA

Biotech

21t

Robert Half International

RHI

Staffing Services

21t

National CineMedia Inc.

NCMI

Marketing Services

23

Patrick Industries

PATK

Building Materials

24

L Brands Inc.

LB

Retail

25

Sally Beauty Holdings

SBH

Retail

The “t” indicates a tie.

You should view this list like a basket. In other words, don’t just select a few companies from it a la carte style.

Instead, you want to own enough of these companies to give yourself a diversified portfolio.

Here’s why…

As you can see, No. 1 on our list is multilevel marketing company Natural Health Trends.

Natural Health Trends sells health products through the internet in China (like Amway does in the United States).

It has the best ROIC. It’s fast growing. And it’s the cheapest company on the list.

But although NHTC passes our test, it’s a high-risk play.

Some Chinese companies have a reputation for sketchy accounting practices. And Natural Health Trends could be a target for Chinese regulators.

Don’t bet the farm on it.

We understand most people won’t have enough money to invest in all 25 companies on this list.

So we’ve highlighted 11 that would give you a diversified portfolio. You’ll get a slightly different return than the entire portfolio, but it should be close.

Just remember: The list will change over time as we remove companies that become too expensive and add new elite candidates.

If you want to pick your own companies, make sure you don’t choose them from the same industry. In other words, don’t load up on retailers or drug companies.

We hope this list helps you make a fortune in the markets… And if it does, don’t forget to let us know right here.

Regards,


Nick Rokke, CFA
Analyst, The Palm Beach Daily

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One of the biggest beneficiaries of this trend is Goldman Sachs (GS).

Goldman employees have a history of holding high-level government positions. And Trump has tapped at least five Goldman alumni to hold important positions.

With all these people whispering in Trump’s ear, investors are looking for Goldman to thrive. And it has…

GS just broke out to a new all-time high, surpassing its previous high in 2007.

If Trump continues to roll back financial regulations, it’ll continue to be good news for this sector.

—Nick Rokke

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