It happened in 2008 and 2009, and, despite the huge “melt-up” rally off the March lows, many of the top companies that investors are very familiar with have taken a beating. Needless to say, the ones that have been beaten down the most are in sectors that are struggling the most with the temporary new normal of shelter-in-place, and other restrictions. While conditions are improving as the country opens up, some sectors continue to fare better than others, and some incredible bargains are there for the taking.
We screened the BofA Securities research database looking for well-known companies that are likely to survive the current troubles and very well could offer patient investors some huge returns over the next year or so. Long-term investors that did that in 2008 and 2009 absolutely killed it over the next few years. While all five of these stocks are rated Buy, remember that no single analyst report should be used as a sole basis for any buying or selling decision.
This is a small-cap gold stock for aggressive investors looking for sector exposure. B2Gold Corp. (NYSE: BTG) is a global, growth-oriented, mid-tier gold producer whose primary assets include gold mines located in Nicaragua (La Libertad and El Limon), the Philippines (Masbate), Namibia (Otjikoto) and Mali (Fekola).
The company recently announced positive drill results from the Mamba zone, which is located within the Anaconda area approximately 20 kilometers from the Fekola Mine, as well as positive infill drill results from the Fekola mineral resource area and step-out results north of the Fekola resource.
The company posted strong first-quarter results and the analysts said this:
B2Gold delivered a strong first quarter earnings result and ended the quarter with net debt of just $17 million, down 86% from year-end 2019. The quarterly dividend was doubled to $0.02 per share, good for an annualized yield of 1.5%; substantial 2020 cash flow is expected. Due to core mine outperformance, 2020 guidance was reiterated despite that the Nicaraguan assets could remain suspended.
The BofA Securities price target for the shares is $6.40, and no Wall Street consensus target was available. B2Gold stock closed Thursday at $5.52 a share.
If any stock has taken a beating over the past three years, it has been this legendary corporation. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) businesses are organized broadly under seven segments: Power, Renewable Energy, Energy Connections, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation and GE Capital. The company’s products and services include power generation equipment, aircraft engines, locomotives, medical equipment, compressors and others. Over half of the business is tied to service and aftermarket support.
In 2018, the venerable American industrial giant got the ultimate humiliation of being removed from the Dow Jones industrial average after a stay of over 100 years. General Electric is still one of the most valuable brands in the world.
The massive restructuring and debt reduction plans that have been announced come after years of acquisitions and changes in the core business at GE, and in some cases what many on Wall Street thought were ill-advised moves by the former CEO Jeff Immelt. The company’s once dependable dividend has been chopped to $0.04 a share and may be eliminated altogether at some point.
Investors receive just a 0.65% dividend. BofA Securities has an $11 price target, while the consensus target is much lower at $8.86. General Electric stock closed at $6.48 on Thursday.
This smaller cap bank could be an outstanding addition for more aggressive portfolios. Huntington Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: HBAN) operates as a holding company for the Huntington National Bank, which provides commercial, small business, consumer and mortgage banking services.