Top Stocks To Buy Today As Markets Sharply Decline To End Week

After the major indices hit records yet again on Thursday, stocks sharply declined to close the week. The Dow Jones dropped 200 points, or 0.6%, while S&P 500 fell 0.3%. The Nasdaq NDAQ , however, traded flat thanks to gains from Microsoft MSFT and Facebook. Investor doubt on President Biden’s ambitious $1.9 trillion stimulus plan weighed on stocks. The honeymoon phase of the Biden presidency appears to be over, as Republicans appear to be against another stimulus bill of this size, while some moderate Democrats appear to be criticizing the size of the bill and stimulus checks as well. There are some concerns of overstretched valuations and a stuttering economic recovery as well. For investors looking to make the most of this market, the deep learning algorithms at Q.ai have crunched the data to give you a set of Top Buys. Our Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) systems assessed each firm on parameters of Technicals, Growth, Low Volatility Momentum, and Quality Value to find the best long plays.

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Evertec Inc (EVTC)

Evertec Inc is our first Top Buy today. Evertec is based in Latin America and operates a full service transaction processing business. Evertec offers services such as merchant acquiring, payment processing, and business process management. Our AI systems rated the company C in Technicals, C in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.32% to $38.17 on volume of 304,271 vs its 10-day price average of $39.19 and its 22-day price average of $39.45, and is down 0.42% for the year. Revenue grew by 3.32% in the last fiscal year and grew by 23.68% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 40.19% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 75.13% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $487.37M in the last fiscal year compared to $407.14M three years ago, Operating Income was $144.5M in the last fiscal year compared to $97.58M three years ago, EPS was $1.41 in the last fiscal year compared to $0.76 three years ago, and ROE was 42.57% in the last year compared to 43.27% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 5.3% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 17.14.

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Factset Research Systems Inc (FDS)

Connecticut based Factset Research Systems FDS is our next Top Buy for today. The company is a provider of integrated data and software focused on financial data. Our AI systems rated Factset Research Systems C in Technicals, C in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.83% to $324.72 on volume of 223,367 vs its 10-day price average of $327.79 and its 22-day price average of $329.62, and is down 1.78% for the year. Revenue grew by 1.44% in the last fiscal year and grew by 12.26% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 1.78% in the last fiscal year and grew by 20.59% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 1.97% in the last fiscal year and grew by 45.14% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $1494.11M in the last fiscal year compared to $1350.14M three years ago, Operating Income was $439.66M in the last fiscal year, compared to $371.1M three years ago, EPS was $9.65 in the last fiscal year compared to $6.78 three years ago, and ROE was 47.55% in the last year compared to 49.21% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 28.86.

MORE FROM FORBESFactSet Research Systems (FDS)

Verisk Analytics Inc (VRSK)

Verisk Analytics VRSK is today’s third Top Buy. Verisk Analytics is a data analytics and risk assessment firm with clients in insurance, natural resources, financial services, government, and risk management sectors. Our AI systems rated Verisk Analytics D in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.08% to $194.87 on volume of 570,773 vs its 10-day price average of $195.81 and its 22-day price average of $200.02, and is down 3.95% for the year. Revenue grew by 5.4% in the last fiscal year and grew by 28.1% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 17.51% in the last fiscal year and grew by 20.87% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 49.24% in the last fiscal year and grew by 22.47% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $2607.1M in the last fiscal year compared to $2145.2M three years ago, Operating Income was $831.1M in the last fiscal year compared to $808.0M three years ago, EPS was $2.7 in the last fiscal year compared to $3.29 three years ago, and ROE was 20.77% in the last year compared to 34.08% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 4.87% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 36.7.

MORE FROM FORBESVerisk Analytics (VRSK)

National Fuel Gas Co (NFG)

National Fuel Gas Co NFG is our next Top Buy. The company is a diversified energy firm with five operating segments: Exploration and Production, Pipeline and Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing. Our AI systems rated the company C in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 2.72% to $41.51 on volume of 522,819 vs its 10-day price average of $43.46 and its 22-day price average of $42.49, and is up 0.63% for the year. Revenue was $1546.29M in the last fiscal year compared to $1592.67M three years ago, Operating Income was $454.57M in the last fiscal year compared to $492.79M three years ago, EPS was $(1.41) in the last fiscal year compared to $4.53 three years ago, and ROE was (6.02%) in the last year compared to 21.51% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 11.13.

MORE FROM FORBESNational Fuel Gas (NFG)

Quanex Building Products (NX)

Quanex Building Products is our final Top Buy today. Quanex Building Products is an industry-leading manufacturer of components sold to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the building products industry. Quanex also designs and produces energy-efficient fenestration products in addition to kitchen and bath cabinet components. Our AI systems rated the company C in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.34% to $25.05 on volume of 221,392 vs its 10-day price average of $25.65 and its 22-day price average of $23.99, and is up 13.25% for the year. Revenue was $851.57M in the last fiscal year compared to $889.78M three years ago, Operating Income was $56.13M in the last fiscal year compared to $38.16M three years ago, EPS was $1.17 in the last fiscal year compared to $0.76 three years ago, and ROE was 11.22% in the last year compared to 6.62% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 18.02.

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