Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Ebola Stocks
Several low cap companies in the disposable protection business have seen their shares more than triple in the last month. For example, Alpha Pro Tech (APT) went from less than $3 per share to $10 in the last 30 days, but hassince dropped to less than $7 as of the close on the day this was written. The stock has a fairly high price to earnings ratio of 48, and reported an 88.8% quarterly earnings increase on a 9.8% rise in revenues.
The more conservative way to invest in this market is through one of the larger capitalization companies, such as CVS Health (CVS) or Clorox (CLX). Although not a large part of the business, CVS sells gloves, masks, hand sanitizors, and other germ prevention items. The stock trades at 19 times forward earnings and 16 times trailing earnings. Quarterly earnings were up 10.9% on a 10.7% revenue boost. It pays a 1.4% yield. The company reports its next quarterly earnings on November 4.
Clorox trades at 23 times earnings and 20 times forward earnings, with a 7.1% drop in earnings for the latest reported quarter and a slight drop in revenues. The yield is a generous 3.1%. Next earnings report is on Halloween.
If you want a free list of over a dozen Ebola stocks, you can access the list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. The list includes some financial ratios and the business connection. Let's hope this epidemic gets taken care of quickly.
Disclosure: Author does not own any of the above and has no plans to do so in the next 24 hours.