October Stock Basket: Open Season for Stocks
By: Jeffrey A. Hirsch & Christopher Mistal
October 17, 2019
This basket is being presented in order to take advantage of the “Best Months” of the year (November through April/June) for stocks. We will look to add these 20 stocks, in the table below, near current levels or on minor dips. We will allocate a hypothetical $2000 from the cash position in the portfolio to each position. For each stock we have provided the ticker, name, sector, general business description, plus annual sales growth, PE, price-to-sales ratio, market value, a dividend yield and a suggested buy limit and stop loss.
These 20 stocks all have reasonably solid valuations, revenue and earnings growth. Most also exhibit positive price and volume action as well as other constructive technical and chart pattern indications. Oil and gas explorers and producers do not have great technicals at this time but appear to be in the process of finding a typical seasonal low. The group of 20 covers a broad array of sectors and industries. It also runs the gamut of market capitalization with a mix of large caps with more than $5 billion in market value, midcaps in the $1-5 billion range, and small caps under $1 billion.
We first sifted through the universe of nearly 8,000 U.S. traded stocks for those with a market cap of at least $50 million and average daily volume of 50,000 shares or more on average over the past twenty trading sessions. Then we winnowed the list down to only those stocks with relatively low price-to-sales and price-to-earnings ratios. From there we searched for stocks that were exhibiting revenue and earnings growth.
We then dug into numerous individual company charts before settling on these final 20 stocks. Our underlying theme was to find reasonably priced stocks quietly growing sales and earnings that are flying somewhat under the radar with only a few on The Street paying close attention to them. As market cap goes higher, this becomes increasingly challenging and a history of earnings surprises becomes even more important. 
At the end of the screening process we were left with a reasonably diverse basket. Oil & gas are well represented with five stocks, but the remainder of the basket includes medical, semiconductors, construction, transportation/aerospace and consumer stocks. We did not search specifically for top-performing stocks within any specific sector, this just happens to be where relative value and growth currently exist.
[Almanac Investor Stock Basket October 16, 2019 Closes]