Featured stock of the month: $CHTR Charter Communications

Charter Communications (ticker: $CHTR ) is a media sector company which provides cable services to residential and commercial customers in the United States.

It offers subscription-based video services and also provides internet services as well as other media-related services.

The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

As of the end of last year it had 29 million residential and small and medium business customers.

It has a market cap in excess of 100 billion USD and can therefore be categorised as a large cap stock.

While it is currently trading at a trailing P/E of 61, it has a forward P/E of 26.6 which does not make it expensive considering that it is a growth stock with excellent track record.

In fact, based on current estimates, it is expected to grow its earnings by 45% over the next 5 years which corresponds to a 5 year expected PEG ratio of 0.84, implying that it is currently trading at a discount.

As it is a growth stock it does not offer a dividend. Despite that, it has profusely rewarded its investors over the past years, with more than a 36% capital appreciation per year in the last 3 years and a stunning 30% per year over the past 10 years. For comparison, investing in a S&P500 ETF over the same 10 years would have yielded a 9.4% annual return.

YTD the stock is actually up, sporting a 3.9% increase, while the S&P500 is down 11.8%.

Charter communications is also a primus inter pares (first among equals) as it has fared better than its peers and outperformed $XLC (a popular communications services ETF which also features the stock amongst its holdings) by 36% over the past year.

The stock has a beta of 0.8 which makes it less volatile than the stock market average.

The company reported Q1 earnings on May 1st missing expectations. However, it showed a significant rise in customer numbers as well as in revenue which made the stock go up after the earnings release.

From a technical analysis perspective, the stock is well above the Fibonacci 61.8% retracement line from its mid February 2020 highs which may indicate further short-term upside potential.

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Beating the #market

Another week in red has gone by, with the three major US stock market indices losing between 1.7 and 2.6%.

Perhaps the most significant development, however, relates to the price of #oil which has finally seen a spike from the lows of the beginning of the week. This is thanks to the expectation that the major producers may soon agree to cut production which should better align supply with the reduced demand. I have tried to play this with a very short term trade but didn’t actually succeed as I sold my $USO position too quickly with a marginal loss. It has taught me another lesson about how pointless short term trades can be, at least for me, as I am fundamentally a long term investor. Always invest in what you understand ! I did however benefit from a 12% gain in my Occidental (ticker $OXY ) position.

This week I have started a new long position in ConAgra Foods (ticker is $CAG ): I don’t expect it to work wonders, as it is a value stock, but to actually provide a single to low teens return within the next year or so and therefore some stability to my portfolio. I have bought it on Tuesday and have already achieved a 4.28% gain. It also pays a 2.8% dividend and the next quarterly ex-dividend date is expected in late April. I felt the timing was right as they have increased their guidance and now see FY20 adjusted EPS earnings per share above the high end of $2 to $2.07.

A similar investment made earlier in March is in General Mills (ticker is $GIS ) which this week has gained 9.4% !

Here is a simple graph created with Yahoo Finance to compare these two stocks with the three major US indices for this past week. How did your portfolio fare compared to them?

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I currently have 14 long positions in my eToro portfolio and 9 out of 14 have beaten the US market this past week. Ultimately, beating the market is the most important goal.

Be an active investor and invest responsibly.

Have a great weekend, all !