BofA Securities Adds 2 Red-Hot Stocks to Buy to Growth 10 Portfolio for Q2

NRG derives revenue from the sale of electricity in the wholesale and retail markets and the sale of capacity. The company also owns a 64.5% interest in NRG Yield, a publicly traded, dividend growth-oriented company that owns 5 GW of long-term contracted renewable assets.

Last Summer, NRG bought Centrica’s North American energy business in a $3.6 billion deal that nearly doubled the number of homes and businesses NRG serves across the United States and Canada. The all-cash deal to buy Direct Energy gave NRG 3 million more retail customers and is expected to generate about $740 million in annual adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

NRG Energy stock investors receive a 3.39% dividend. The BofA Securities has a price target of $45, near the consensus target of $45.60. The shares closed trading at $38.39 on Tuesday.

Here are three additional companies with the highest projected five-year earnings growth estimates.

Marathon Petroleum

This is a solid way for more conservative investors to play the energy sector. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) is one of the largest independent petroleum refining and marketing companies in the United States.

Until just recently, Marathon Petroleum operated approximately 2,750 retail sites under the Marathon and Speedway brands. In addition, it operates a logistics network of pipelines, barges, trucks and terminals that store and transport crude and products.

Last year, the company announced it would sell Speedway to 7-11 in an all-cash deal valued at $21 billion, or $16.5 billion after-tax. The sale transforms the company’s balance sheet and creates options to revisit the corporate structure of MPLX. Many on Wall Street feel that with Speedway removed, the dislocation in refining value becomes even more transparent as the company trades much cheaper than its industry peers do. The deal now is expected to close in the second quarter.

The analysts project 51% growth in earnings per share (EPS) over the next five years.

Shareholders receive a 4.32% dividend. The lofty $83 BofA Securities price target is well above the $60.25 consensus estimate. Marathon Petroleum stock closed most recently at $53.68.