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CREDIT SUISSE: Here's the best stock to buy in every sector

June 11,2018 13:10

Year-to-date performance: -6.89%. Credit Suisse's take: "We see significant opportunities for growth in the ag business while the current pullback in the stock due to market concerns around lithium have created a compelling value opportunity." Source ...and more »

Stock to buy in every sector: Credit Suisse - Business Insider


Getty ImagesCredit Suisse asked its analysts for their top picks in the sector they cover.
The list covers 94 stocks, or about 15% of their coverage universe.

Credit Suisse has released its annual list of its top investment ideas in the United States.
The Swiss bank asked each of its analysts to round up their top three stock picks for the next six to 12 months, resulting in a massive list of 94 equities, or about 15% of the stocks covered by its research department.
"These should not be viewed as portfolios," the bank warns. Rather, it says, "they are simply a current snapshot of the analysts' top picks in their coverage universes." So if you're looking to dive into a particular sector, these may be the places to start.
We've rounded up Credit Suisse's top pick for each sector and included the bank's take on why it's worth investing in. Scroll to check out the full list:


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Ticker: FMC
Sector: Chemicals & Agricultural Science
Year-to-date performance: -6.89%
Credit Suisse's take: "We see significant opportunities for growth in the ag business while the current pullback in the stock due to market concerns around lithium have created a compelling value opportunity."
Source: Credit Suisse

US Steel

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Ticker: X
Sector: Metals & Mining
Year-to-date performance: -1.86%
Credit Suisse's take: "The US flat rolled market is firing on all cylinders, as (a) seasonally demand is accelerating and peaks in 2Q, (b) scrap prices recover from historically low levels at the start of winter, and b) S/D fundamentals benefit from limited imports and a strong US/global economy. We like X for its strong leverage to the cycle, accretion from its Granite City BF restart, and likely asset sales as the company refocuses on its core steelmaking operations."
Source: Credit Suisse


Sealed Air Corp.

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Ticker: SEE
Sector: Paper & Packaging
Year-to-date performance: -12.2%
Credit Suisse's take: "We believe recent share price weakness offers an attractive entry point. In part, we believe weakness has been driven by near-term resin cost headwinds that we view as passing. We believe SEE has entered a period of strong EPS growth."
Source: Credit Suisse

Fortune Brands Home & Security

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Ticker: FBHS
Sector: Homebuilding & Building Products
Year-to-date performance: -16.15%
Credit Suisse's take: "Fortune Brands is among the best-positioned names within our coverage as: (1) it leverages its base of established brands, especially in plumbing, to gain share, (2) seeks expansion in attractive, higher margin categories through acquisitions, and (3) maintains a balanced capital structure, including returning cash to shareholders. As such, the company has delivered industry-leading margins, which we expect to hold as we enter the middle to latter parts of the housing cycle."
Source: Credit Suisse


Marriott Vacation Worldwide

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Ticker: VAC
Sector: Leisure
Year-to-date performance: -9.57%
Credit Suisse's take: "Marriott Vacations (VAC) is a top tier timeshare company — an industry we like given strong forward macro indicators, consolidation and the shift of consumer spending to travel and leisure. VAC is acquiring a close competitor, ILG, in a transaction we think is highly accretive — with minimal synergies reflected in the stock."
Source: Credit Suisse

McCormick & Company

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Ticker: MKC
Sector: Packaged Food
Year-to-date performance: -0.43%
Credit Suisse's take: "McCormick will continue to drive robust 3-4% organic growth and gross margin expansion through unparalleled pricing power at retail, RB Foods' accretion and strong momentum in its Flavor Solutions segment."
Source: Credit Suisse


Home Depot

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Ticker: HD
Sector: Retail: Hardlines
Year-to-date performance: +3.99%
Credit Suisse's take: "We view HD as a best-in-class retailer with a strong management team that participates in one of the strongest segments of retail, marked by oligopoly pricing, reduced supply, and relative insulation from e-commerce. At a time when most retailers are on defense, HD has a unique ability to reinvest its margins, leveraging its lead in the category and the strength of the cycle. That has served HD well in recent years, with early investments online, in distribution and on the Pro side of the business, supporting significant outperformance."
Source: Credit Suisse


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Ticker: PVH
Sector: Softlines Retail & Global Brands
Year-to-date performance: +18.9%
Credit Suisse's take: "We think PVH's +13-15% long-term EPS algorithm is becoming easier to achieve and Consensus underappreciates the upward P&L pressure from PVH's increasing mix towards its higher-margin and faster-growing international business (~50% of revenues)."
Source: Credit Suisse


Five Below

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Ticker: FIVE
Sector: Staples Retail & Distribution
Year-to-date performance: +43.15%
Credit Suisse's take: "(1) Insulation from online competition and a white space opportunity that could be larger than management predicts wrapped in the quickest new store return model we've seen. (2) Solid visibility for 20% top- and bottom-line growth through 2020 and 20% EPS growth beyond as share repo begins."
Source: Credit Suisse


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Ticker: RUN
Sector: Alternative Energy
Year-to-date performance: +108.26%
Credit Suisse's take: "Non-regulated residential rooftop solar financing and installation market leader. With a market price that reflects current contract with limited credit for growth."
Source: Credit Suisse


Marathon Oil

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Ticker: MRO
Sector: Exploration & Production - Large Cap
Year-to-date performance: +21.58%
Credit Suisse's take: "MRO's divestiture of its Canadian oil sands mining business coupled with two Permian acquisitions last year sharply improved the company's portfolio, a dynamic we believe is still underappreciated by investors. Meanwhile, MRO offers one of the most attractive oil and cash flow per debt-adjusted share growth profiles among the global E&Ps."
Source: Credit Suisse

WPX Energy

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Ticker: WPX
Sector: Exploration & Production - Small to Mid Cap
Year-to-date performance: +24.9%
Credit Suisse's take: "WPX stands out as having the most differentiated Permian takeaway portfolio in the SMID E&P space, which provides protection from widening Mid-Cush basis―a key investor concern. Moreover, shares have historically traded at a discount in-part due to an elevated leverage profile vs peers."
Source: Credit Suisse



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Ticker: HAL
Sector: Oil Services & Equipment
Year-to-date performance: -1.41%
Credit Suisse's take: "North America has come back first and fastest; considering HAL is the biggest player in the NAM onshore market, this is a major positive. In many ways HAL has been cursed by the step change in NAM activity. Rather than a 20% CAGR for five or six quarters, the rig count doubled in a few months. We do not view this as a negative, as activity will now move forward from a higher level than expected. HAL has the most exposure to the fastest-growing segment of the NAM market (completions) than any other large company we cover."
Source: Credit Suisse

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Ticker: MPC
Sector: Refining & Marketing
Year-to-date performance: +17.24%
Credit Suisse's take: "CEO Gary Heminger has been focused on the right steps to add value at MPC. We liked the acquisition of Galveston Bay, as it is a high-quality refinery in a good location with helpful access to export markets, bought on a low multiple. We thought the acquisition of the Hess Retail store footprint was similarly strong, with management able to beat seemingly lofty synergy targets."
Source: Credit Suisse


Exelon Corporation

Ticker: EXC
Sector: Utilities
Year-to-date performance: +1.85%
Credit Suisse's take: "Strong non-regulated nuclear cash flows are set to in crease 2H18 and beyond with electric market reforms support above-average utility growth, dividend and de-levering. The stock remains inexpensive on our sum of the parts target price, with >12% total return expected. EXC also has a series of positive catalysts coming up: the NJ zero emission credit subsidy program (signed into law on May 23), the Fast Start energy market reform approval at FERC (Sept/Oct), and baseload energy market reform approvals (mid-2019). "
Source: Credit Suisse

Blackstone Group

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Ticker: BX
Sector: Asset Managers / Retail Brokers
Year-to-date performance: +0.37%
Credit Suisse's take: "Markets are missing the improvement in underlying earnings power: Given the rapid growth in BX's core/underlying earnings power (carry generating AuM, carry eligible AuM, fee-earning AuM), we think BX could roughly double its 2015 (last cycle peak) Distributable Earnings (DE) generation in three to five years."
Source: Credit Suisse


JPMorgan Chase

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Ticker: JPM
Sector: Banks
Year-to-date performance: +2.56%
Credit Suisse's take: "JPMorgan represents the value inherent in the universal banking model--best-in-class execution—leveraging its complete, scaled and well-integrated product set to drive profitable and sustainable revenue growth. Add to that a willingness to drive down unit operating costs (capacity for investment to drive incremental growth; a virtuous circle) and an ability to optimize capital; this sustains better-than-average earnings growth and ROEs."
Source: Credit Suisse


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Ticker: MET
Sector: Insurance - Life
Year-to-date performance: -5.94%
Credit Suisse's take: "MET has a relatively high degree of control over its future success, driven by strong retirement, group benefits, and international businesses, which have low sensitivity to equity market fluctuations. Further, with the majority of its variable annuities (VA) business divested via the BHF spinoff, we expect the large one-time charges experienced over the last several years to subside, as the VA business was the source of most of the charges."
Source: Credit Suisse


Nationstar Mortgage Holdings

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Ticker: NSM
Sector: Mortgage Finance
Year-to-date performance: -4.51%
Credit Suisse's take: "NSM agreed to be acquired by WMIH for a combination of cash and stock; the deal should not affect the operations of the company. Servicing profitability (pretax) has been improving while the company has been growing its subservicing mix - this shift toward a less capital intensive business model should allow for better returns on capital and better free cash flow generation."
Source: Credit Suisse

Synchrony Financial

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Ticker: SYF
Sector: Specialty Finance
Year-to-date performance: -9.19%
Credit Suisse's take: "Synchrony, a leader in retail cards and financing of large ticket purchases and healthcare is well positioned for continued strong growth, and is protected from rising credit losses (relative to peers). Long-term lockup for the bulk of its large contracts insulates SYF from the current competitive environment."
Source: Credit Suisse


Biomarin Pharmaceuticals

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Ticker: BMRN
Sector: Biotechnology — Small to Mid Cap
Year-to-date performance: -1%
Credit Suisse's take: "We view BMRN as one of our highest conviction long-term ideas with a clear catalyst path to drive sustained growth (pegvaliase commercial launch, Phase 3 data for vosoritide late 2019, and Phase 3 data for valrox early 2020). Without a clear fundamental overhang in the name (the contra-case on BMRN we most often hear from investors is not on competition or pricing, for instance, but rather that key catalysts are too far off in the future), we expect the weight on BMRN shares could start to lift as investors reassess pegvaliase commercial launch expectations and refocus on positive fundamental pipeline developments."
Source: Credit Suisse

HCA Healthcare

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Ticker: HCA
Sector: Healthcare Facilities
Year-to-date performance: +16.49%
Credit Suisse's take: "HCA is a play on the long-term secular growth in demand for medical services. As the market leader, we believe HCA is poised to continue to generate above-average volume growth and market share gains. The company has strong positioning in large urban markets and continues to invest in its existing hospital operations to improve access and expand its reach. Given the company's low leverage profile coupled with its strong FCF generation and track record for returning capital to shareholders, capital deployment is a further differentiator for HCA."
Source: Credit Suisse


Express Scripts

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Ticker: ESRX
Sector: Healthcare Technology & Distribution
Year-to-date performance: +4.25%
Credit Suisse's take: "With a deal spread now approaching 15% as of June 1, ESRX remains our top pick in our HCT&D universe despite an ongoing proposed merger with leading health insurer Cigna."
Source: Credit Suisse

UnitedHealth Group

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Ticker: UNH
Sector: Managed Care
Year-to-date performance: +12.92%
Credit Suisse's take: "With almost $225 billion in revenues, UNH is a Dow component stock that represents a compelling core holding to play health care's secular growth. UNH targets attractive long-term EPS growth of 13-16%. UNH's health benefits franchise (UHC) is positioned to capture share and grow earnings. UHC's relationship with Optum enables it to manage medical costs effectively, enhancing the competitiveness of its offerings."
Source: Credit Suisse


Merck Pharmaceuticals

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Ticker: MRK
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Year-to-date performance: +10.85%
Credit Suisse's take: "MRK is our Top Pick in our universe driven by the strong uptake of Keytruda monotherapy and our expectation of rapid uptake in combination with Alimta in additional 1L non-small cell lung cancer patients after full KEYNOTE-189 full data release at this year's AACR. MRK is also positioned to pursue business development deals using its large cash reserves, further boosted by corporate tax reform."
Source: Credit Suisse


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Ticker: Bombardier (Toronto)
Sector: Aerospace & Defense
Year-to-date performance: +64.19%
Credit Suisse's take: "Our outperform thesis is based on the following: (1) We believe in the turnaround story, and note that this management team has consistently hit targets during its first three years; (2) We believe additional CSeries orders are likely following the JV transaction with Airbus, which the companies hope to close before the Farnborough Air Show in July; (3) beyond CSeries, other businesses are improving with BT backlog and sales expanding nicely, and BT, Bizjet and Aerostructures all enjoying solid margin improvement; (4) even after the 7% dilution from the offering, shares remain extremely attractive on our 2020 forecast."
Source: Credit Suisse



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Ticker: FDX
Sector: Airfreight & Ground Transport
Year-to-date performance: +0.07%
Credit Suisse's take: "FDX is our top pick, as a stepdown in Ground capex in conjunction with accelerating volumes and solid pricing should lead to meaningfully better Ground margins. TNT operations are also back to normal and its integration presents an opportunity to generate earnings growth as FDX executes on its plan to improve operating profit at the combined Express business by $1.2-1.5B by FY20 vs. FY17. In the longer term, we expect the USPS to raise prices for parcel delivery, which should act as a secular tailwind that lifts pricing across the entire industry."
Source: Credit Suisse


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Ticker: FLR
Sector: Engineering & Construction
Year-to-date performance: -4.72%
Credit Suisse's take: "Given the outperformance of broader industrials, and with the market near an all-time high, we believe investors will gravitate back to E&C, as fundamentals for the group are improving. We believe FLR will be the go-to name, viewed as a higher-quality bellwether with a diverse end market offering, and more important a more cyclical growth bias. Furthermore, with commodity CapEx improving, FLR is best positioned competitively."
Source: Credit Suisse


Deere & Co.

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Ticker: DE
Sector: Machinery
Year-to-date performance: -0.91%
Credit Suisse's take: "We believe DE could be the breakout stock this year and would draw similar analogies to CAT. We would buy the stock when it is clear markets are bottoming versus looking for green shoots. DE's story into 2019 looks even more encouraging. In addition to what will still be early innings of a Farm Equipment recovery, DE's earnings beyond 2018 benefit from the lack of one-time items (purchase accounting/deal costs) in Wirtgen's margins (margins go from 2-3% in FY'18 more toward the 11-12% range), cost synergies associated with Wirtgen and potential for share repurchase again post the debt pay-down."
Source: Credit Suisse

F5 Networks

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Ticker: FFIV
Sector: Communications & Networking Equipment
Year-to-date performance: +32.23%
Credit Suisse's take: "FFIV is the ADC market leader and its solutions are well positioned to grow as enterprises shift their workloads into hybrid cloud environments. In addition, FFIV has been transitioning well into a recurring revenue stream, deserving a multiple premium."
Source: Credit Suisse



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Ticker: GOOGL
Sector: Consumer Internet
Year-to-date performance: +5.5%
Credit Suisse's take: "Our Outperform investment thesis for GOOGL remains predicated on the following factors that can potentially drive material increases to our current estimates and hence share appreciation: (1) Ongoing monetization improvements in Search advertising through product updates such as Expanded Text Ads and Individual Bid Adjustments, (2) Greater-than-expected revenue contribution and margin expansion within Google's larger nonSearch businesses—namely YouTube (Bumper Ads) and Google Play (App Install, Sponsored Ads), (3) Optionality, upward bias to estimates, and long-term shareholder value creation from new monetization initiatives such as Maps as well as the eventual commercialization of Google's Other Bets."
Source: Credit Suisse


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Ticker: EQIX
Sector: Datacenter REITs
Year-to-date performance: -9.91%
Credit Suisse's take: "Despite solid 1Q18 results (See our note: EQIX: Solid 1Q18 Earnings Results), EQIX continues to trade near its 12-month lows on a P/FY2 AFFO multiple. We believe the upcoming investor day will re-ignite interest in the stock. EQIX is the most global and distributed data center REIT along with being the market interconnection leader."
Source: Credit Suisse



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Ticker: PYPL
Sector: Financial Technology & Payments
Year-to-date performance: +13.37%
Credit Suisse's take: "We are incrementally positive on PYPL following the acquisition of iZettle on May 16, which signals PYPL's expanding strength as fin-tech consolidator and leader in digital financial services. Recommend the stock for exposure to fast-growing online payments industry, leading consumer wallet platform."
Source: Credit Suisse

Analog Devices

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Ticker: ADI
Sector: Semiconductors
Year-to-date performance: +11.07%
Credit Suisse's take: "ADI is well positioned, with more than 80% of revenue in more favorable I/A/I buckets and well levered to (1) Accelerating penetration of ADAS, A2B, and BMS, (2) More integrated transceivers in Infrastructure, (3) HITT Rev synergies especially in Mil/Aero, (4) Factory Automation, and (5) Emerging opportunities in Healthcare. The addition of LLTC provides a significantly larger and leverageable position in Power Management which positions ADI to benefit from the proliferation of silicon in non-traditional applications. While scale has not historically been a strategic imperative in analog, we see increasing silicon content in non-traditional areas driving customers to seek fewer suppliers with greater capabilities over-time; providing the basis for faster than historical share gains."
Source: Credit Suisse



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Ticker: ORCL
Sector: Software
Year-to-date performance: +2.64%
Credit Suisse's take: "We are constructive on Oracle's autonomous cloud DBaaS opportunity and resurgence in license revenues, while our field work validates Oracle's strength in Cloud ERP applications. (1) We view the release of the Autonomous Database cloud (Data Warehouse Cloud GA in March 2018, OLTP GA in mid-2018) as significant catalysts. Shift to Autonomous Database cloud generates efficiencies for the customers (~50% three-year TCO savings vs. on-prem), and encourages spending on additional capabilities. For example 70% of on-premise ERP deployments run without Disaster Recovery (DR), but greater number of customers add this functionality in the cloud. (2) We expect continued stabilization of Oracle's license business, bolstered by its BYOL or "Bring Your Own License" program, continued 12c refresh, and resurgent IT datacenter spend."
Source: Credit Suisse


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