I evaluated 60 different companies this week to determine whether they are suitable for Defensive Investors, those unwilling to do substantial research, or Enterprising Investors, those who are willing to do such research. I also put each company through the ModernGraham valuation model based on Benjamin Graham’s value investing formulas in order to determine an intrinsic value for each. Out of those 60 companies, only 21 were found to be undervalued or fairly valued and suitable for either Defensive or Enterprising Investors. Therefore, these 5 companies are the best undervalued stocks of the week.
Assurant Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.
While ModernGraham supports the bottom-up approach to investing, many investors do utilize the top-down method, whereby an industry is selected before the company itself. With that in mind, this article will take a brief look at the best companies of the Insurance industry, selecting the most promising investment opportunities within the industry, and giving a broad look into the industry as a whole.