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Chicago, IL – February 16, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are THOR Industries, Inc. THO, CNH Industrial N.V. CNHI, Valero Energy Corp. VLO, Hologic, Inc. HOLX and Suzano S.A. SUZ.

5 Stocks with High ROE to Buy as Inflation Blows Hot Again

The U.S. equity markets witnessed intense volatility in the past few trading sessions as inflationary pressures refused to abate, with the consumer price index (CPI) rising more than expected in January. The latest data revealed that CPI was up 0.5% in January following a 0.1% rise in December compared to broad-based expectations of a 0.4% increase. This, in turn, signified that inflation was still a force to reckon with and offered further ammunition to the Fed to continue its aggressive stance against it.

A few days earlier, Fed had raised the interest rates by 25 basis points – much akin to the broader expectations – and kept the door ajar for future hikes as it indicated that the battle against inflation was far from over. It also expected economic growth to remain subdued in 2023. Average hourly earnings in January fell 0.2% on a sequential basis and were down 1.8% from a year ago. The uncertain business environment failed to paint a clearer picture of the overall economy and led to the cacophony that drove the broader equity market volatility.

As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of "backing and filling" in the market, they can benefit from "cash cow" stocks that garner higher returns. However, identifying cash-rich stocks alone does not make for a solid investment proposition unless it is backed by attractive efficiency ratios like return on equity (ROE). A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting cash at a high rate of return. THOR Industries, Inc., CNH Industrial N.V., Valero Energy Corp., Hologic, Inc. and Suzano S.A. are some of the stocks with high ROE to profit from.

Why ROE?

ROE = Net Income/Shareholders' Equity

ROE helps investors distinguish profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful in determining the financial health of a company. In other words, this financial metric enables investors to identify companies that diligently deploy cash for higher returns.

Moreover, ROE is often used to compare the profitability of a company with other firms in the industry — the higher, the better. It measures how well a company is multiplying its profits without investing new equity capital and portrays management's efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Here are five of the 22 stocks that qualified the screen:

THOR Industries: Founded in 1980, Indiana-based Thor Industries is the largest manufacturer of RVs in the world. The company builds a variety of RVs in North America and Europe. It sells those vehicles along with related parts and accessories to independent, non-franchise dealers throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

It delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 28.4%, on average. It has a VGM Score of B. Currently, Thor Industries carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

CNH Industrial: Headquartered in London, the United Kingdom, CNH Industrial is one of the leading equipment and services companies engaged in the manufacture and sale of agricultural and construction equipment. Currently, CNH Industrial has a commercial presence in approximately 180 countries.

CNHI carries a Zacks Rank #2. It delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 14.1%, on average. 

Valero Energy: San Antonio, TX-based Valero Energy is the largest independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States. The company was founded in 1980. Valero Energy has a refining capacity of 3.1 million barrels per day across 15 refineries located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The company has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 6% and delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 19%, on average. Valero Energy carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Hologic: Headquartered in Bedford, MA, Hologic develops, manufactures and supplies diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products that cater to the healthcare needs of women. The company is currently focusing on expanding its business across the patient continuum of care and has launched software products based on its investments in artificial intelligence.

The company has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 15.2% and delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 30.6%, on average. Hologic sports a Zacks Rank #1.

Suzano: Headquartered in Salvador, Brazil, Suzano produces and sells eucalyptus pulp and paper products. With more than 90 years of experience, this vertically integrated firm is one of the largest producers of paper and graphic products in South America. 

Suzano has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 8.8% and delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 53.8%, on average. It has a VGM Score of A. It sports a Zacks Rank #1.

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