Power Co., Energy East Corp., First United Corporation and iStar Financial Inc.
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2006
Many value investors look for stocks trading at
Price/Earnings multiples below 15 and Price/Book multiples below 3.
Combining these valuation measures with a Zacks Rank of #1 ("Strong
Buy") or #2 ("Buy") helps to ensure that a stock is truly undervalued.
The High Rank Value Profit Track strategy finds such bargains. This
screen generated a 13.7% return in 2005. Four stocks meeting this
strategy's exclusive criteria are American Electric Power Co., Inc.
(NYSE:AEP), Energy East Corp. (NYSE:EAS), First United Corporation
(Nasdaq:FUNC) and iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE:SFI). View the entire
list of stocks for the High Rank Value Profit Track at
Here are details about four companies currently identified by the
High Rank Value Profit Track:
American Electric Power Co., Inc. (NYSE:AEP) reaffirmed its 2006
full year earnings guidance of $2.50 to $2.70 per share in early
March. Analysts are in agreement as evidenced by current estimates of
$2.61 per share, up from three months-ago levels of $2.60. In early
February, the company reported ongoing earnings for the fourth quarter
of 29 cents per share, beating the consensus estimate by almost 12%.
The public utility holding company has a price-to-earnings (P/E)
multiple of 12.35 and price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.46.
Energy East Corp. (NYSE:EAS) offers a price-to-earnings (P/E)
multiple of 13.34 and a price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.26. The
company released unaudited fourth-quarter earnings of 43 cents per
share in early February, exceeding the year-prior result. EAS noted
that earnings were ahead of last year primarily due to higher margins
on electric sales and an increase in electric deliveries.
First United Corporation (Nasdaq:FUNC) satisfies the criteria for
this Profit Track with a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 11.41 and
price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.53. The company, a Zacks #1 Rank
(Strong Buy) name, is a one-bank holding company with two non-bank
subsidiaries. In late February, the company posted fourth-quarter
earnings of 69 cents per share, which was ahead of the year-prior
iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE:SFI) reported fourth-quarter earnings
of 81 cents per share in late February, matching the consensus
estimate. The company mentioned that Last year it achieved a number of
significant milestones that helped it compete during a challenging
year and position it well for the long-term. SFI's shares offer a
price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 11.27 and a price-to-book (P/B)
multiple of 1.75. Results for the first quarter will be available on
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