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This model ranks Power Corp. among the best stocks in Canada

Power Corporation of Canada's Paul Desmarais Jr., chairman and co-chief executive officer checks his watch prior to their annual meeting in Montreal, May 13, 2011.


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Montreal-based Power Corporation of Canada (market cap $11-billion) is a diversified international management and holding company with interests the financial services, communications and other business sectors in North America, Europe and Asia.

Fourth-quarter earnings announcement hurt shares recently, but that made valuations very attractive for a solid business.

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Recently upgraded by Joel Greenblatt-based model as the No. 1 stock in Canadian market based on the combined earnings yield and return on total capital ranking.

Also gets strong interest from James O'Shaughnessy-based value model because of size ($33-billion in trailing 12-month sales), $11.38 in cash flow per share, and 4.3 per cent dividend yield.

Other strong points:

  • Has price/sales ratio of just 0.33
  • Sells for just 0.43 times book value
  • Debt/equity ratio is a reasonable 26 per cent
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