(VIANEWS) – Provident Financial Services (PFS), Clearfield (CLFD), Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC) are the highest sales growth and return on equity stocks on this list.

Here is a list of stocks with an above 5% expected next quarter sales growth, and a 3% or higher return on equity. May these stocks be a good medium-term investment option?

1. Provident Financial Services (PFS)

51.4% sales growth and 10.66% return on equity

Provident Financial Services, Inc. operates as the holding company for Provident Bank that provides various banking services to individuals, families, and businesses in the United States. The company's deposit products include savings, checking, interest-bearing checking, money market deposit, and certificate of deposit accounts, as well as IRA products. Its loan portfolio comprises commercial real estate loans that are secured by properties, such as multi-family apartment buildings, office buildings, and retail and industrial properties; commercial business loans; fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgage loans collateralized by one- to four-family residential real estate properties; commercial construction loans; and consumer loans consisting of home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, marine loans, personal loans, and auto and recreational vehicle loans. The company also offers cash management, remote deposit capture, payroll origination, escrow account management, and online and mobile banking services; and business credit cards. In addition, it provides wealth management services comprising investment management, trust and estate administration, financial planning, tax compliance and planning, and private banking. Further, the company sells insurance and investment products, including annuities; operates as a real estate investment trust for acquiring mortgage loans and other real estate related assets; and manages and sells real estate properties acquired through foreclosure. As of December 31, 2019, it operated 83 full-service branch offices in northern and central New Jersey, as well as in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1839 and is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, Provident Financial Services has a trailing twelve months EPS of $2.31.

PE Ratio

Provident Financial Services has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 8.96. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $8.96 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 10.66%.

Volume

Today’s last reported volume for Provident Financial Services is 940694 which is 133.77% above its average volume of 402401.

Moving Average

Provident Financial Services’s worth is below its 50-day moving average of $22.77 and below its 200-day moving average of $22.52.

2. Clearfield (CLFD)

38.9% sales growth and 26.07% return on equity

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets, and sells standard and custom passive connectivity products to the fiber-to-the-premises, enterprises, and original equipment manufacturers markets in the United States and internationally. The company offers FieldSmart, a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes, and other enclosures. It also provides WaveSmart, which are optical components integrated for signal coupling, splitting, termination, multiplexing, demultiplexing, and attenuation for integration within its fiber management platform; and outdoor cabinet and fiber active cabinet products. The company offers StreetSmart, a portfolio of fiber management products; FieldShield, a fiber pathway and protection method for reducing the cost of broadband deployment; and YOURx platform that consists of hardened terminals, test access points, and various drop cable options for portions of the access network across various fiber drop cable media. It also provides CraftSmart, a line of optical protection field enclosures, including CraftSmart Fiber Protection Pedestals and CraftSmart Fiber Protection Vaults integrated solutions optimized to house FieldSmart products at the last mile access point of the network in above-grade or below-grade installations. The company offers fiber and copper assemblies with an industry-standard or customer-specified configuration; and designs and manufactures custom solutions for in-the-box and network connectivity assemblies specific to that customer's product line. It provides its fiber to anywhere platform for various incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, wireless operators, and multiple systems operators and cable TV companies, as well as the utility/municipality, enterprise, and data center markets. The company was formerly known as APA Enterprises, Inc. and changed its name to Clearfield, Inc. in January 2008. Clearfield, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, Clearfield has a trailing twelve months EPS of $3.45.

PE Ratio

Clearfield has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 13.31. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $13.31 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 26.07%.

Growth Estimates Quarters

The company’s growth estimates for the ongoing quarter is a negative 1.5% and positive 18.5% for the next.

3. Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC)

34.8% sales growth and 10.97% return on equity

Wintrust Financial Corporation operates as a financial holding company. It operates in three segments: Community Banking, Specialty Finance, and Wealth Management. The Community Banking segment offers non-interest bearing deposits, non-brokered interest-bearing transaction accounts, and savings and domestic time deposits; home equity, consumer, and real estate loans; safe deposit facilities; and automatic teller machine (ATM), online and mobile banking, and other services. It also engages in the retail origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market; and provision of lending, deposits, and cash management services to condominium, homeowner, and community associations, as well as asset-based lending for middle-market companies. In addition, this segment offers loan and deposit services to mortgage brokerage companies; lending to restaurant franchisees; direct leasing; small business administration loans; commercial mortgages and construction loans; and financial solutions. It provides personal and commercial banking services primarily to individuals, small to mid-sized businesses, local governmental units, and institutional clients. The Specialty Finance segment offers commercial and life insurance premiums financing for businesses and individuals; accounts receivable financing, value-added, and out-sourced administrative services; and other specialty finance services, as well as data processing of payrolls, billing, and cash management services to temporary staffing industry. The Wealth Management segment provides trust and investment, asset management, tax-deferred exchange, securities brokerage, and retirement plan services. The company operates 181 banking facilities and 229 ATMs in the Chicago metropolitan area, southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, and Florida. Wintrust Financial Corporation was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, Wintrust Financial Corporation has a trailing twelve months EPS of $7.49.

PE Ratio

Wintrust Financial Corporation has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 9.64. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $9.64 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 10.97%.

4. WesBanco (WSBC)

18.4% sales growth and 7.51% return on equity

WesBanco, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for WesBanco Bank, Inc. that provides retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust, brokerage, and mortgage banking and insurance services. It operates in two segments, Community Banking, and Trust and Investment Services. The company offers commercial demand, individual demand, and time deposit accounts; money market accounts; interest bearing and non-interest bearing demand deposits, as well as savings deposits; and certificates of deposit. It also provides commercial real estate loans; commercial and industrial loans; residential real estate loans, including loans to purchase, construct, or refinance borrower's home; home equity lines of credit; installment loans to finance the purchase of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and other recreational vehicles, as well as home equity installment loans, unsecured home improvement loans, and revolving lines of credit; and commercial, mortgage, and individual installment loans. In addition, the company offers trust and investment services, as well as various investment products comprising mutual funds and annuities; and securities brokerage services. Further, WesBanco, Inc., through its non-banking subsidiaries, acts as an agency that specializes in property, casualty, life, and title insurance, as well as benefit plan sales and administration to personal and commercial clients; provides broker dealer and discount brokerage services; holds investment securities and loans; and holds and leases commercial real estate properties, as well as acts as an investment adviser to a family of mutual funds. As of December 31, 2020, it operated 233 branches and 226 ATMs in West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, southern Indiana, and Maryland, as well as six loan production offices in West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Maryland. WesBanco, Inc. was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, WesBanco has a trailing twelve months EPS of $2.85.

PE Ratio

WesBanco has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 10.89. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $10.89 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 7.51%.

Yearly Top and Bottom Value

WesBanco’s stock is valued at $31.04 at 16:22 EST, way below its 52-week high of $41.37 and higher than its 52-week low of $29.50.

Growth Estimates Quarters

The company’s growth estimates for the present quarter and the next is 14.3% and 20.9%, respectively.

5. Central Valley Community Bancorp (CVCY)

13.8% sales growth and 12.61% return on equity

Central Valley Community Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for the Central Valley Community Bank that provides various commercial banking services to small and middle-market businesses and individuals in the central valley area of California. The company accepts demand, savings, and time deposits; NOW and money market accounts; certificates of deposit; and non-interest bearing demand deposits. Its loan products include commercial and industrial loans, as well as loans secured by crop production and livestock; owner occupied and investor commercial real estate, real estate construction and other land, agricultural real estate, and other real estate loans; and equity loans and lines of credit, and installment and other consumer loans. The company also offers domestic and international wire transfer, safe deposit box, Internet banking, and other customary banking services. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated 20 full-service banking offices in Cameron Park, Clovis, Exeter, Folsom, Fresno, Gold River, Kerman, Lodi, Madera, Merced, Modesto, Oakhurst, Prather, Roseville, Sacramento, Stockton, and Visalia. Central Valley Community Bancorp was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Fresno, California.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, Central Valley Community Bancorp has a trailing twelve months EPS of $1.7.

PE Ratio

Central Valley Community Bancorp has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 12.17. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $12.17 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 12.61%.

Dividend Yield

As stated by Morningstar, Inc., the next dividend payment is on Feb 8, 2023, the estimated forward annual dividend rate is 0.48 and the estimated forward annual dividend yield is 1.88%.

Sales Growth

Central Valley Community Bancorp’s sales growth is 25.1% for the current quarter and 13.8% for the next.

Moving Average

Central Valley Community Bancorp’s value is way below its 50-day moving average of $23.78 and higher than its 200-day moving average of $19.32.

6. ESCO Technologies (ESE)

8.9% sales growth and 8.22% return on equity

ESCO Technologies Inc. produces and supplies engineered products and systems for industrial and commercial markets worldwide. It operates through Aerospace & Defense, Utility Solutions Group, and RF Shielding and Test segments. The Aerospace & Defense segment designs and manufactures filtration products, including hydraulic filter elements and fluid control devices used in commercial aerospace applications; filter mechanisms used in micro-propulsion devices for satellites; and custom designed filters for manned aircraft and submarines. It also designs, develops, and manufactures elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions for U.S. naval vessels; and mission-critical bushings, pins, sleeves, and precision-tolerance machined components for landing gear, rotor heads, engine mounts, flight controls, and actuation systems for the aerospace and defense industries. The Utility Solutions Group segment provides diagnostic testing solutions that enable electric power grid operators to assess the integrity of high-voltage power delivery equipment; and decision support tools for the renewable energy industry, primarily wind and solar. The RF Shielding and Test segment designs and manufactures RF test and secure communication facilities, acoustic test enclosures, RF and magnetically shielded rooms, RF measurement systems, and broadcast and recording studios; and RF absorptive materials and filters, active compensation systems, antennas, antenna masts, turntables, electric and magnetic probes, RF test cells, proprietary measurement software, and other test accessories to perform various tests. It also provides services, such as calibration for antennas and field probes, chamber certification, field surveys, customer training, and various product tests. The company distributes its products through a network of distributors, sales representatives, direct sales teams, and in-house sales personnel. The company was incorporated in 1990 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, ESCO Technologies has a trailing twelve months EPS of $3.29.

PE Ratio

ESCO Technologies has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 27.04. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $27.04 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 8.22%.

Volume

Today’s last reported volume for ESCO Technologies is 14344 which is 85.22% below its average volume of 97095.

Sales Growth

ESCO Technologies’s sales growth is 6.2% for the present quarter and 8.9% for the next.

Revenue Growth

Year-on-year quarterly revenue growth grew by 16.1%, now sitting on 885.99M for the twelve trailing months.

7. Telefonica Brasil, S.A. ADS (VIV)

7.5% sales growth and 8.03% return on equity

Telef̫nica Brasil S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides mobile and fixed telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Its fixed line services portfolio includes local, domestic long-distance, and international long-distance calls; and mobile portfolio comprises voice and broadband internet access through 3G, 4G, 4.5G, and 5G as well as mobile value-added services and wireless roaming services. The company also offers data services, including broadband and mobile data services. In addition, it provides pay TV services through direct to home satellite technology, IPTV, and cable, as well as pay-per-view and video on demand services; network services, such as rental of facilities; other services comprising internet access, private network connectivity, computer equipment leasing, extended service, caller identification, voice mail, cellular blocker, and others; wholesale services, including interconnection services to users of other network providers; and digital services, such as entertainment, cloud, and security and financial services. Further, the company offers multimedia communication services, which include audio, data, voice and other sounds, images, texts, and other information, as well as sells devices, such as smartphones, broadband USB modems, and other devices. Additionally, it provides telecommunications solutions and IT support to various industries, such as retail, manufacturing, services, financial institutions, government, etc. It markets and sells its solutions through own stores, dealers, retail and distribution channels, door-to-door sales, and outbound tele sales. The company was formerly known as Telecomunica̵̤es de Ṣo Paulo S.A. РTELESP and changed its name to Telef̫nica Brasil S.A. in October 2011. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Ṣo Paulo, Brazil.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, Telefonica Brasil, S.A. ADS has a trailing twelve months EPS of $0.52.

PE Ratio

Telefonica Brasil, S.A. ADS has a trailing twelve months price to earnings ratio of 14.14. Meaning, the purchaser of the share is investing $14.14 for every dollar of annual earnings.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 8.03%.

Yearly Top and Bottom Value

Telefonica Brasil, S.A. ADS’s stock is valued at $7.34 at 16:22 EST, way under its 52-week high of $11.78 and way above its 52-week low of $6.49.

8. Walt Disney (DIS)

6.7% sales growth and 3.5% return on equity

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. It operates through two segments, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution; and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. The company engages in the film and episodic television content production and distribution activities, as well as operates television networks under the ABC, Disney, ESPN, Freeform, FX, Fox, National Geographic, and Star brands; and studios that produces films under the Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Searchlight Pictures banners. It also offers direct-to-consumer streaming services through Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+; sale/licensing of film and television content to third-party television and subscription video-on-demand services; theatrical, home entertainment, and music distribution services; staging and licensing of live entertainment events; and post-production services by Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. In addition, the company operates theme parks and resorts, such as Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Disneyland Resort in California; Disneyland Paris; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort; and Shanghai Disney Resort; Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, National Geographic Expeditions, and Adventures by Disney, as well as Aulani, a Disney resort and spa in Hawaii. Further, it licenses its intellectual property to a third party for the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort; provides consumer products, including licensing of trade names, characters, visual, literary, and other IP for use on merchandise, published materials, and games; operates a direct-to-home satellite distribution platform; sells branded merchandise through retail, online, and wholesale businesses; and develops and publishes books, comic books, and magazines. The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California.

Earnings Per Share

As for profitability, Walt Disney has a trailing twelve months EPS of $-2.74.

The company’s return on equity, which measures the profitability of a business relative to shareholder’s equity, for the twelve trailing months is 3.5%.

Previous days news about Walt Disney(DIS)

  • According to MarketWatch on Thursday, 23 March, "Shares of Apple Inc. advanced 1.7%, Walt Disney Co. climbed 1.8%, Amazon.com Inc. rallied 1.6% and Paramount Global gained 2.6%. "
  • : Walt Disney world workers to get $18 minimum wage under union deal. According to MarketWatch on Thursday, 23 March, "The unions that represent workers at Walt Disney World said Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Walt Disney Co. that will raise the minimum wage to $18 an hour this year. ", "Representatives from Walt Disney did not immediately return a request for comment."