Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now for June 2022

Markets overall continued to trend downward recently on heavy selling action. Geopolitical tensions and uncertainty due to a host of factors, inflation being a big one, caused investors to flee.

However, we’re now seeing an uptick. Markets may have turned a corner. In fact, we recently hit an incredibly bullish indicator that historically has preceded big future returns.

Markets and Big Money in the Last Six Months

At MAPsignals, we follow the Big Money because it tends to produce outlier stocks and drive markets. When price movements occur on big volumes, it’s often intuitions, pension funds, and other “whale” investors influencing the swings. We created the Big Money Index (BMI) to track this activity and help show where markets could go.

When it’s hit oversold in the past, big returns followed. Well, the BMI recently hit oversold levels (the green horizontal line), but as you can see, it’s quickly snapped back:

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That’s due to a decrease in selling and more sustained buying:

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We’re seeing lots of buying in the energy sector. The materials, real estate, and industrials sectors are expected to grow too based on earnings, per FactSet. This shows how growth stocks not always tech related. They can be in any in any industry that’s growing.

The best outlier stocks (regardless of sector) have three common traits: strong fundamentals, great technicals, and a history of Big Money activity in the shares. At MAPsignals, we believe Big Money trading can alert you to the forward fundamental picture of a stock. And we want the odds on our side when looking for the highest quality stocks.

Focusing on quality is critical when markets are under pressure. Using the MAPsignals database, we’ve filtered for strong fundamentals and future growth to identify five ideas for potential long-term investment: PXD, COP, ADM, VRTX, & META.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD) Analysis

Up first is Pioneer, an oil and gas exploration company focused on Texas that pays a current dividend of more than 4.3%.

Even though great stocks can be volatile, like PXD this year, these companies are worthy of attention, especially when they grow earnings and return lots of cash to investors. Check out PXD:

  • 1-month performance (+5.6%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

Just to show you what our Big Money signals look like, have a look at the top buy signals PXD has made over time in the chart below. Blue bars are showing it was likely being bought by a Big Money player, according to MAPsignals.

When you see a lot of them, I call it the stairway to heaven:

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Source: www.MAPsignals.com

But, what about fundamentals? As you can see, PXD’s sales and profits have been strong:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+154.4%)
  • Profit margin (+11.8%)

ConocoPhillips (ODFL) Analysis

Next up is ConocoPhillips, the huge, global energy company with a nearly 1.6% current dividend.

Check out these technicals for COP:

  • 1-month performance (+13.9%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

Let’s look longer-term. This is the Big Money action on ConocoPhillips since 2016, and it’s clear that if you bought when Big Money was selling, you’d be doing quite well:

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Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Now let’s dive deeper. As you can see, ConocoPhillips has had double-digit growth in sales and big profits:

  • 3-year sales growth rate (+30.8%)
  • Profit margin (+17.5%)

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) Analysis

The third growth stock idea is Archer-Daniels-Midland, the agricultural commodities processor.

Strong candidates for growth usually have Big Money buying the shares. Archer-Daniels-Midland has that. Also, the stock has fallen recently:

  • 1-month performance (-0.2%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

Below are the Big Money signals ADM has made since 2016. That’s the JUICE!

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Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Now let’s look under the hood. Archer-Daniels-Midland’s sales growth is solid. And given its strong sales, valuation, and current 1.8% dividend, I expect more growth in the coming years:

  • 3-year sales growth rate (+10.9%)
  • Forward price-to-earnings ratio (8.2x)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (VRTX) Analysis

Number four on the list is a health care giant and long-time Big Money favorite, Vertex. It creates treatments for the world’s most serious diseases, like cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.

Here are the technicals important to me:

  • 1-month performance (+7.1%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

It’s a hugely successful stock. Below are the Top 20 Big Money buy signals for VRTX since 2018 – it’s been a Top 20 buy more than 20 times since then:

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Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Let’s examine a bit more. Vertex has been growing sales nicely and expects earnings to grow too, likely due to its profit margin:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+22.5%)
  • 2-year vs. 1-year EPS growth estimate (+7.9%)
  • Profit margin (+30.8%)

Meta Platforms, Inc. (META) Analysis

Our last growth candidate – Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram – is a beaten-down giant in the technology industry. Meta helps connect people worldwide and is a huge player in advertising.

Check out these technicals:

  • YTD performance (-42.0%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

META is more than 270 days from its 52-week high, but believe me, it’s still a high-quality stock. It’s made the MAPsignals Top 20 report many times since 2015:

Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Now look under the hood. META has been growing sales and earnings at big rates, its outlook is solid, and the valuation is attractive:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+37.2%)
  • 3-year EPS growth rate (+26.4%)
  • 2-year vs. 1-year EPS growth estimate (+19.4%)
  • Forward price-to-earnings ratio (16.7x)

Bottom Line and Explanatory Video

PXD, COP, ADM, VRTX, & META represent top growth stocks to buy now for June 2022. Strong fundamentals and historical Big Money buy signals make these stocks worthy of extra attention for long-term investors, despite being in non-traditional growth sectors or suffering recent dips.

To learn more about MAPsignals’ Big Money process please visit: www.mapsignals.com

Disclosure: the author holds no positions in PXD, COP, ADM, VRTX, or META.

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Best ETFs to Buy Now for June 2022

Investors continue to weather the market storms as volatility has become the norm. Selling is rampant, frightening investors with the uncertainty. Naturally, they’re seeking safety.

But money is flowing into certain sectors, which I’ll show you in a bit. First, let’s talk about Big Money – what it is, how it moves markets, and what it’s been doing lately.

Markets and Big Money in the Last 6 Months

My research firm, MAPsignals, measures Big Money investor activity. That includes institutions, pension funds, big individual investors, and so on. Our research shows Big Money moves markets. And right now, Big Money has been selling stocks and ETFs, driving markets downward:

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That’s making major indices dip along with the Big Money Index (BMI), which is a 25-day moving average of large-scale investor buy and sell activity. It’s nosedived recently and could be headed for more of the same:

In the face of uncertainty, investors seek safety. It’s coming in certain sectors, like energy, staples, utilities, and other traditionally defensive areas. Given these conditions, we’ve identified some ETFs we think have great long-term potential: IYE, FCG, FTXG, FXU, and XLP.

Long-term investors should look for ETFs (and their stocks), with great setups. Remember, ETFs are just baskets of stocks, so we need to look at them in detail. MAPsignals specializes in scoring more than 6,500 stocks daily. If I know which stocks compose the ETFs, I can apply stock scores to the ETFs. Then I can rank them all from strongest to weakest.

Let’s get to the five best ETF opportunities for June 2022.

iShares U.S. Energy ETF (IYE) Analysis

The current geopolitical situation has brought oil and gas back to the forefront while driving up prices for energy. As you can see, Big Money has been buying IYE in chunks over the past year, with heavy buying starting in October 2021 and really ramping up this year:

IYE holds several big stocks. One example is Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY), which has 1-year sales growth of 51.5% and a profit margin of 10.7%. Investing legend Warren Buffett recently announced a big stake in OXY too. Here is the one-year Big Money action for OXY:

First Trust Natural Gas ETF (FCG) Analysis

Natural gas is seen by some as a bridge energy source between fossil fuels and cleaner sources like wind, partly because of its ample supply. As global energy markets continue to shift, natural gas is becoming more popular. Big Money has been buying too, which always helps:

One great stock FCG holds is Coterra Energy Inc. (CTRA). This independent oil and gas company has seen big three-year sales growth of 41.5% and sports a profit margin of 31.6%. Earnings have been strong too, growing 106% over three years. The Big Money is jumping in on CTRA:

First Trust NASDAQ Food & Beverage ETF (FTXG) Analysis

We can always count on food demand, right? It’s biological. Well, in all seriousness, global demand for food as well as the products and services used to create it is strong and made stronger by geopolitical issues. That’s reflected in FTXG. While there have been some dips, the trend on this one points up:

A fantastic stock within FTXG is Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), the food processor and producer of agricultural commodities. It’s rocketed since the new year, which isn’t surprising given its growing sales (one-year sales growth of 32.4%) and three-year EPS growth of 19.1%. ADM has been drawing in lots of Big Money:

First Trust Utilities AlphaDEX Fund (FXU) Analysis

When investors seek safety, that often means utilities that pay dividends. As always with ETFs, fundamental strength within underlying assets is a high priority. We see that with FXU, which has peaks and valleys along the way, but an overall positive trajectory:

One rock-solid dividend stock within this ETF is NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG), an energy producer, seller, and distributor. Big Money has been all over it recently, with nine buy signals in the last month alone. NRG grew sales in one year by 200% and EPS by 314% over three years. It pays a nearly 3.1% current dividend and has jumped in price significantly since a year ago:

Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) Analysis

It’s rare to get excited about consumer staples, but it’s justified right now. XLP holds huge household names and has seen Big Money lifting its price recently. It’s clear that in the past year, buying at the low points has worked out:

One great stock in XLP is Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), the bulk warehouse retailer. COST is fundamentally strong – it has one-year sales growth of 17.5% and a three-year EPS growth rate of 16.7%. But it’s down 24% this year so far. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this one rise again (it’s had 48 Top 20 Big Money buy signals since 1991):

Here’s a Big Money recap:

  • When Big Money buying heats up, stocks and ETFs tend to rise
  • Deep selling on great quality can be a phenomenal opportunity
  • Repeated buying usually means outsized gains

Bottom Line and Explanatory Video

 

IYE, FCG, FTXG, FXU, and XLP are my top ETFs for June 2022. They cover mostly defensive sectors where money is flowing in as investors seek shelter. These picks can rise higher, in my opinion, largely because they each hold great stocks. With markets rocky, safety is at a premium, and these ETFs are proving to be havens right now.

To learn more about MAPsignals’ Big Money process please visit: www.mapsignals.com

Disclosure: the author holds no positions in IYE, FCG, FTXG, FXU, XLP, OXY, CTRA, ADM, or NRG in at the time of publication, but holds long positions in COST in managed accounts.

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Best Stocks to Battle Inflation Fears for May 2022

As such, we’ve seen big selling over the past six months by Big Money investors like institutions and pension funds. Inflation and equity downturns can be a nasty combo punch for investors, and we’re seeing it now.

Markets and Big Money in the Last Six Months

My research firm, MAPsignals, tracks the Big Money because we believe that’s what tends to move markets. Right now, there’s huge selling (red bars) and an almost complete lack of buying (blue bars):

But there have been some sectors doing well despite the mass market downfall. Three are energy, materials, and utilities. They’re rising because of inflation and the current geopolitical situation’s effect on supply chains.

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But that doesn’t mean the only winners are there, just that those sectors are generally benefiting from current market conditions. See, when it comes to inflation, investors need stocks that can handle storms. Those tend to be strong, big companies with healthy balance sheets as well as pricing power that enables paying dividends. Here are five stocks that can go a long way to help battle inflation: ADM, MOS, CTVA, EOG, and JNJ.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) Analysis

Up first is Archer-Daniels-Midland, the agricultural commodities giant.

Companies with pricing power can do well in inflationary environments. With ADM focused on food staples and suffering from supply chain issues, it is experiencing elevated prices and strong demand at the same time. It’s weathered the storm well and pays a nearly 1.9% current dividend. Stocks like ADM are worthy of attention, especially on pullbacks. Check out Archer-Daniels-Midland:

  • 1-month performance (-10.8%)
  • Year-to-date performance (+25.0%)
  • Recent Big Money buy signals

To show you what our Big Money signals look like on a stock, have a look at all the buys in ADM over the past year:

Looking more broadly, Archer-Daniels-Midland has been a high-quality stock for years. The blue bars in the chart below show when ADM was a high-ranking stock likely being bought by a Big Money player, according to MAPsignals. When you see a lot of blue, like ADM has recently, it can be very bullish:

Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Those blue signals indicate Big Money buying and solid fundamentals. As you can see, Archer-Daniels-Midland’s sales and earnings growth have been strong, making it worthy of attention:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+32.4%)
  • 3-year EPS growth rate (+19.1%)

The Mosaic Company (MOS) Analysis

Next up is Mosaic, a fertilizer and feed company that pays a nearly 0.8% current dividend.

Check out these technicals for MOS:

  • Year-to-date performance (+51.0%)
  • 1-month performance (-19.6%)
  • Recent Big Money buy signals

As markets have turned from growth to value and geopolitical tensions have risen, stocks in certain sectors, like materials, have benefitted. MOS is definitely one of those, as you can see the Big Money buying that’s been prevalent the last year:

Now let’s look long-term. Below are the top buy signals for Mosaic since 2009. The Big Money has been on it in waves:

Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Now let’s look under the hood. As you can see, Mosaic has had strong recent sales growth and owns a healthy profit margin:

  • 1-year sales growth (+42.3%)
  • Profit margin (+13.2%)

Corteva Inc. (CTVA) Analysis

Another inflation-beating name is Corteva, an agricultural firm focused on solving the world’s biggest food challenges. It currently pays a 1.0% dividend.

Strong inflation-beating stocks almost always have Big Money buying support. Corteva has had that in the past year, and its recent dip may provide an attractive buy opportunity.

  • Year-to-date performance (+13.0%)
  • 1-month performance (-10.3%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

Below are the blue Top 20 Big Money buy signals CTVA has made in the last year. Look at how Big Money drives up prices. That’s the JUICE!

Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Let’s look deeper. Earnings growth for Corteva has been impressive. I expect more of the same in the coming years. Its minimal debt is also encouraging for the future.

  • 3-year EPS growth rate (+121.9%)
  • Debt/equity ratio (+6.2%)

EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) Analysis

Number four on the list is EOG Resources, which is a low-cost oil and natural gas company. It currently pays a dividend of slightly more than 2.5%.

Here are the technicals important to me:

  • 1-month performance (-2.6%)
  • Year-to-date performance (+36.5%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

With the energy sector on a rise for a while, EOG has seen a lot of Big Money buying:

Given that, it’s not surprising EOG Resources is a Big Money favorite recently. But it’s been like that for some time. Below are the Big Money Top 20 buy signals for EOG since 2004:

Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Let’s look under the hood. EOG Resources sales have jumped quite a bit and its profit margin keeps investors happy:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+99.1%)
  • Profit margin (+23.6%)

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Analysis

Our last inflation beater is Johnson & Johnson, the health care giant. It’s involved in many aspects of health care and pays a nearly 2.6% dividend currently. JNJ has been strong since markets got rocky last fall:

Check out these technicals:

  • 1-month performance (-2.1%)
  • Year-to-date performance (+3.0%)
  • Historical Big Money signals

JNJ is a high-quality stock. It’s made the MAPsignals Top 20 buy report 113 times since 1990. As you can see below, it’s been a Big Money favorite:

Source: www.MAPsignals.com

Now let’s look below the surface a bit. JNJ sales have been growing, it’s highly profitable, and the stock is not too expensive right now:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+13.5%)
  • Profit margin (+22.3%)
  • Forward price-to-earnings ratio (+17.2x)

Bottom Line

ADM, MOS, CTVA, EOG, and JNJ represent the best stocks to battle inflation for May 2022. This group has been able to handle volatile markets well. They’re strong, fundamentally-sound stocks that pay dividends and are set up for success in inflationary environments.

To learn more about MAPsignals’ Big Money process please visit: www.mapsignals.com

Disclosure: the author holds long positions in EOG in personal and managed accounts.

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Big Money Interest Grows Archer-Daniels-Midland

And the agricultural processer could keep climbing due to increasing commodity prices. But another likely reason is Big Money lifting the stock.

So, what’s Big Money? Said simply, that’s when a stock goes up in price alongside chunky volumes. It’s indicative of institutions betting on the shares.

Smart money managers are always looking for the next hot stock. And Archer-Daniels-Midland has many fundamental qualities that are attractive.

This sets up well for the stock going forward. But how the shares have been trading points to more upside. As I’ll show you, the Big Money has been consistent in the shares.

You see, fund managers are always looking to bet on the next outlier stocks…the best in class. They spend countless hours sizing up companies, reading reports, speaking to analysts…you name it. When they find a company firing on all cylinders, they pounce in a big way.

That’s why I’ve learned how critical it is to gauge Big Money demand for shares. To show you what I mean, have a look at all the Big Money signals ADM has made the last year.

The last few weeks have seen Big Money activity, too. Each green bar signals big trading volumes as the stock ramped in price:

Source: www.mapsignals.com

In the last year, the stock attracted 23 Big Money buy signals. Generally speaking, recent green bars could mean more upside is ahead.

Now, let’s check out technical action grabbing my attention:

Outperformance is important for leading stocks.

Next, it’s a good idea to check under the hood. Meaning, I want to make sure the fundamental story is strong too. As you can see, Archer-Daniels-Midland has been growing sales and earnings at double-digit rates. Take a look:

  • 1-year sales growth rate (+32.4%)
  • 3-year EPS growth rate (+19.1%)

Source: FactSet

Marrying great fundamentals with technically superior stocks is a winning recipe over the long-term.

In fact, ADM has been a top-rated stock at my research firm, MAPsignals, for years. That means the stock has buy pressure, strong technicals, and growing fundamentals. We have a ranking process that showcases stocks like this on a weekly basis.

ADM has a lot of qualities that are attracting Big Money. It’s made this list 11 times since 2001, with its first appearance on 11/05/2001…and gaining 780.9% since. The blue bars below show the times that Archer-Daniels-Midland was a top pick.

Source: www.mapsignals.com

It’s been a top stock in the consumer staples sector according to the MAPsignals process. I wouldn’t be surprised if ADM makes additional appearances in the years to come. Let’s tie this all together.

The Bottom Line

The Archer-Daniels-Midland rally could have further to go. Big Money buying in the shares is signaling to take notice. Shares could be positioned for further upside, and it pays a current 1.9% dividend. Given the historical gains in share price and strong fundamentals, this stock could be worth a spot in a growth-oriented portfolio.

Disclosure: the author holds no positions in ADM at the time of publication.

Learn more about the MAPsignals process here.

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5 Stocks to Bet on as the Global Food Industry Changes Gear

The global food sector is in the midst of structural change with a number of significant investment themes building. Consumers around the world are becoming more aware of the animal welfare and environmental sustainability challenges within the global food system, and they are increasingly demanding food that is healthy, sustainable, and cruelty-free.

As a result, demand for alternative meat and plant-based products is accelerating and is expected to grow strongly over the longer term.

As shown in the chart below, global plant-based food sales are expected to grow at 19% p.a. between 2020 and 2030 driven by health, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability.

Plant-based food sales are expected to represent 7.7% of the global protein market in 2030. Dairy and meat substitution will continue to dominate the plant-based food sector as the transition away from traditional products accelerates.

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A similar theme is developing in the cultured/cultivated meat sector for similar reasons. As shown in the chart below, global demand for cultured/cultivated meat is expected to grow at 16% p.a. between 2021 and 2028 driven by rising demand for alternative protein sources, cellular technology advancements, and a growing focus on animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

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These emerging trends will significantly impact long-term stock performance within the food sector. Prudent investors are positioning their investment portfolios to benefit.

5 stocks positioned to benefit

Here are the top five stocks for investors looking to benefit from the changing face of the food sector:

MeaTech

MeaTech (NASDAQ: MITC) is a global food technology company developing advanced biotechnology and engineering capabilities to produce slaughter-free meat which is delicious, nutritious, and safer than farm-raised meat.

The company’s goal is to develop a replacement for conventional steak by maximizing cell-based content rather than using non-meat ingredients. By developing cultivated meat that better mirrors the characteristics of premium farm-raised steak, MeaTech is positioning itself as a provider for alternative meat products which resemble conventional meat in their taste and nutritional values.

The company recently announced the opening of its US office in California, which will help MeaTech accelerate its go-to-market strategy, enhance its investor relations activities, and will further improve the company’s access to R&D and technical talent.

Archer Daniels Midland

Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM) is a global leader in transforming agricultural products into food ingredients, fuels, and industrial products. The company is involved in all parts of the global food supply chain, and its mission is to enable nature’s power to improve people’s quality of life. Archer Daniels Midland is a long-term sector leader with solid fundamentals, a strong balance sheet, and a history of paying reliable dividends.

ELSE Nutrition

ELSE Nutrition (TSE: BABY) (OTCMKTS: BABYF) is an emerging leader in the infant formula and children’s nutrition markets. The company manufactures and distributes Else, the first 100% plant-based, dairy-free, and soy-free baby nutrition.

In an industry that continues to rely upon cow’s milk and soy (95% of infant formula is processed from dairy), Else Nutrition is offering an alternative product that caters to infants with intolerances and allergies from traditional products, as well as those who fail to thrive on dairy-based nutrition.

The company uses plant ingredients that are natural, healthy, tolerable, and easily digested by babies who aren’t benefiting from traditional infant formula. Most recently, Else announced the conclusion of a ground-breaking preclinical study, paving a novel product path in an eighty-billion-dollar infant formula market

Ingredion

Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) is an innovative producer of plant-based dairy and meat alternatives, and healthy beverages and baked goods. By pushing hard into health-based market segments which are structurally growing, Ingredion is positioned to benefit from the long term consumer trend towards plant-based meat alternatives and non-calorically sweetened beverages. The company’s revenue and market share growth prospects are strong as a result.

United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods (NYSE: UNFI) is a distributor of natural and organic food products. The pandemic was a transformational event for the company as it led to improved customer awareness of the company’s capabilities and the benefits of eating healthy and sustainable products. The company is uniquely positioned to capture a greater share of the grocery food market driven by its industry-leading products, value-added services, and private label portfolio.

Positioned to benefit from the tectonic changes in the food industry

The food industry is in the midst of structural changes which will greatly influence investment performance within the sector in the coming decade and beyond. Healthy and sustainable meat and dairy alternatives are positioned to gain significant global market share in the coming years, while the traditional meat and dairy sectors will face corresponding market share pressure.

Prudent investors are positioning themselves in the leading stocks which will benefit from the sector’s building tailwinds for superior long-term growth and stock performance. MeaTeach 3D, Archer Daniels Midlands, ELSE Nutrition, Ingredion, and United Natural Foods are particularly well-positioned to benefit from these growing structural tailwinds.