The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust has generated a total return of 26.4 percent year-to-date, but much of those overall gains have been driven by a handful of megacap stocks. In fact, 65 stocks in the S&P 500 are currently in the red year-to-date in 2021.
When a stock struggles in a bull market, it’s often an indication that there’s something fundamentally wrong with the underlying company’s business. However, sometimes market technicals, cyclicality, investor sentiment or even a healthy valuation reset can trigger temporary underperformance in high-quality stocks.
This time of year, it may feel like you’ve missed out on big rallies in the best stocks. But, there may still be a chance to buy some high-quality stocks for 2022 at a discount to what you would have paid a year ago.
But there’s a big difference between buying the dip in a quality stock and trying to catch a falling knife.
Benzinga screened for S&P 500 stocks that have consensus Buy ratings among Wall Street analysts, forward PE ratios of under 15 and year-to-date losses of at least 15 percent. Here are the seven stocks on sale that met those three criteria:
- Global Payments Inc (GPN), year-to-date loss of 41.9 percent.
- Viatris Inc (VTRS), year-to-date loss of 29.7 percent.
- Incyte Corporation (INCY), year-to-date loss of 26.6 percent.
- Fidelity National Information Servcs Inc (FIS), year-to-date loss of 23.1 percent.
- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (VRTX), year-to-date loss of 20.9 percent.
- FleetCor Technologies, Inc. (FLT), year-to-date loss of 17.1 percent.
- Fiserv Inc (FISV), year-to-date loss of 15.5 percent.
By Wayne Duggan
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