Friday, January 07, 2011

High Yield French Stocks

Investors keep hearing about the financial problems of Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and Greece. However, France is making major moves to strengthen its economy and reduce its large national debt. After all, the country doesn't want to end up like one of the PIIGS.

There are plenty of investment opportunities in French stocks, and according to's recently updated list of stocks based in France, there are ten that pay yields in excess of 1%. .

For example, France Telecom (FTE) is the largest telecom company in France and the third largest in Europe. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 9.8 and a forward PE of 9.1. The Price Earnings Growth ratio is a reasonable 1.06, and the yield is an incredible 6.1%.

Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) is the Paris based pharmaceutical company which has products that include Plavix, Ambien, Allegra, and Nasacort. The PE is 10.1 with a forward PE of 6.9. The yield is decent 3.3%.

Veolia Environnement S.A. (VE) is a conglomerate involved in four businesses: water and wastewater services, environmental services, energy services, and bus, train, and ferry transportation services. The PE is 14 with a forward PE of 15.7. The PEG is an excellend 0.99 and the yield is a nice 4.1%.

To see a list of the rest of the French stocks that trade in the US, which you can download, sort, and update, go to

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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