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U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s recent commentary on potential “gradual increases in federal fund rates over time,” reminds equity investors that a positive economic outlook often spurs investment in growth companies (defined by both current profitability and the rate of growth in earnings).

U.S. stocks showing solid profitability

RankCompanyTickerMorningstar SectorMarket Cap ($Mil U.S.)Earnings Deviation5Yr EPS Growth Rate (%)3Yr EPS Growth Rate (%)Quarterly Earnings Momentum (%)Trailing ROE (%)Forward ROE (%)D/E Rel. to Sector Median *Dividend Yield (%)
1NutriSystem Inc.NTRI-QCons. Cyclical 1,571.4 14.264.345.79.348.654.10.01.3
2Trex Company Inc.TREX-NBasic Materials 2,009.6 12.838.238.36.763.551.90.00.0
3Sherwin-Williams Co.SHW-NBasic Materials 32,899.4 4.119.719.23.777.569.40.81.0
4TJX Companies Inc.TJX-NCons. Cyclical 44,128.7
5Lam Research Corp.LRCX-QTechnology 24,796.9 10.342.823.823.022.626.90.91.2
6Manhattan Assoc Inc.MANH-QTechnology 3,228.5 4.430.425.1-0.671.583.10.00.0
7Ross Stores Inc.ROST-QCons. Cyclical 21,148.2
8Paychex Inc.PAYX-QIndustrials 20,333.5 2.28.710.32.342.644.20.03.3
9Toro Co.TTC-NIndustrials 7,643.7 4.117.317.56.443.647.80.81.0
10Church & Dwight Co.CHD-NCons. Defensive 13,006.1
11PetMed Express Inc.PETS-QCons. Defensive 809.7
12Lear Corp.LEA-NCons. Cyclical 10,195.5 9.532.833.
13Electronic Arts Inc.EA-QTechnology 33,613.3 13.353.620.29.333.532.00.90.0
14McCormick & Co.MKC-NCons. Defensive 11,992.5
15Henry Schein Inc.HSIC-QHealthcare 14,333.3 1.510.710.45.319.620.80.50.0

Source: Morningstar Canada

*Here, an industry relative D/E ratio of 0.8, for example, indicates that the company has a D/E ratio 20% lower than the sector to which it belongs.

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