Published Tue, 18 Jun 2019 20:23:36 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
Despite increasing signs of a slowing economy, the stock market remains richly valued at ~21.5x earnings. Besides the period of high valuation from the late 1990s to today, driven largely by accommodative monetary policy, there are only a handful of instances - typically brief spikes - when the S&P 500's P/E ratio was higher.
Moreover, this year, defensive stocks such as those in the utility, real estate, and consumer staples sectors have outperformed, driving their yields to unattractively low levels.
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This has put income-oriented investors with money to invest in a difficult spot. Where can one find stocks that offer above-average yields that are safe and likely to grow in the years ahead?
That is the subject of the present article. Here are five dividend-paying stocks that fit the above description and appear undervalued at this time. For investors hunting for yield, these stocks are attractive prospects for further research:
1. H&R Block (HRB)
HRB helps people with their income tax preparation and paperwork. The company does this mainly through its retail offices but also through its online do-it-yourself program. The company trades at a trailing twelve month P/E ratio of 13.3.
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The company has a manageable 1.9x long-term debt to EBITDA ratio, and interest expenses are only about 2.4% of revenue and 14.8% of free cash flow. Although last year it was closer to 10% of free cash flow, a drop in free cash flow... Read more
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