In this article, we discuss the 10 best Roth IRA stocks to buy according to hedge funds. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of these stocks, go directly to the 5 Best Roth IRA Stocks To Buy According To Hedge Funds.
Roth IRA accounts have exploded in popularity across the United States as more and more people realize the prudence of financial planning. Although Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) have existed for years, Roth IRAs — accounts whose contributions are taxed but the post-retirement withdrawals aren’t — were established through the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. There are some rules for tax-free privileges though. These include holding the account for at least five years and being at least six months shy of the retirement age of 60.
According to a study by Investment Company Institute, a global association of regulated funds, in 2017, close to 35% of households in the US owned some type of an IRA. Of these, roughly 35 million people, or nearly 27% of households, owned a traditional IRA while close to 20% owned a Roth IRA. The numbers indicate the incredible success of these accounts since they were first introduced. Amid the COVID-19 job crisis, many more Americans have come to realize the importance of savings and more and more people are saving through Roth IRAs.
However, to maximize the true potential of these accounts, like the Peter Thiel investment that earned him $5 billion in tax free withdrawals, owners of these accounts should look towards reliable and long-term equity investing as a way of growing their savings. Some of the best stocks to consider for Roth IRA right now include Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), among others discussed in detail below.
Here is our list of the 10 best Roth IRA stocks to buy according to hedge funds. The companies that have a reliable dividend history with healthy yields were preferred for the list. The growth potential of the stocks in the decades ahead based on their basic business fundamentals was also considered.
The hedge fund sentiment around each stock was gauged using the data of 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.
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Best Roth IRA Stocks To Buy According To Hedge Funds
10. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 44
On October 18, BMO Capital raised the price target on Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) stock to $423 from $415, maintaining an Outperform rating on the shares, underlining that the debt issuance trends were stronger than expected.
At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 44 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $16 billion in Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO), down from 55 in the previous quarter worth $13 billion.
“Moody’s Corporation provides credit ratings, financial intelligence, and analytical tools to assist businesses in making decisions. Moody’s reported excellent financial results due to continued growth in rated debt issuance. However, the stock detracted on investor expectations that issuance trends will moderate into 2021.The announced retirement of long-time CEO Ray McDaniel may have also weighed on sentiment. We continue to own the stock due to our views of the company’s long runway for growth and strong competitive advantages.”
9. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 47
Jefferies analyst Owen Bennett recently reiterated a Buy rating on Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) stock but lowered the price target to $55 from $58, noting that the operational performance of the firm was not very “inspiring” before the third quarter results. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley maintained an Overweight rating on the stock with a price target of $52. Altria has rallied on the back of a report that cigarette sales increased for the first time in twenty years in 2020, rising 0.4% year-on-year to 203.7 billion units sold.
On August 26, Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.90 per share, an increase of 4.7% compared to the previous dividend of $0.86 per share. The forward yield was 7.39%.
At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 47 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $948 million in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO), up from 38 in the previous quarter worth $1.1 billion.
Along with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) is one of the stocks that hedge funds are buying.
“Altria (MO) shook off the prospects of a ban on menthol and a potential cap on nicotine and gained 20%. We shared our thoughts on these regulations during the quarter, which are available here.
MO Valuation. MO is up ~ 18% YTD (even accounting for the recent sell-off). We expect MO to generate close to $5 in annual FCF per share over the next few years, putting the stock at ~ 10x, which is less than half the market’s multiple today. Over the last decade, shares have traded at an average multiple of 15x and within a range of ~ 10x – 20x (+/-1 standard deviation). The stock yields 7.2% at the current price, close to a 6% premium to treasuries. Historically, shares have traded closer to a 3% premium to the 10Y, which would imply a ~ $75 share price.”
8. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 62
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) is one of the most recognizable brand names in the world and the business fundamentals of the firm reflect this. In earnings results for the third quarter, posted on October 26, the company reported earnings per share of $0.65, beating market predictions by $0.07. The revenue over the period was $10 billion, up close to 15% compared to the revenue between June and September last year and beating estimates by $280 million. The global unit case volume rose 6% during the time.
Guggenheim analyst Laurent Grandet recently raised the price target on The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) stock to $175 from $171 and kept a Buy rating on the shares, noting that the firm still possessed potential to drive growth and margin upside despite tough competition.
Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Nebraska-based firm Berkshire Hathaway is a leading shareholder in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) with 400 million shares worth more than $21 billion.
7. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 63
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) pays a regular and healthy dividend to shareholders since the business is built on solid foundations. In September, the company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.64 per share, an increase of 2% from the previous dividend of $0.6275. The forward yield was 4.66%. In the third quarter earnings, the firm beat market expectations on earnings per share by $0.05 and raised the full-year profit guidance. It has also recently secured a $78 million government contract.
On October 21, Cowen analyst Colby Synesael raised the price target on Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) stock to $71 from $68 and maintained an Outperform rating, underlining that the stock appeared meaningfully undervalued given recent earnings results.
At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 63 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $10.9 billion in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), down from 69 in the previous quarter worth $11.3 billion.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are some of the top stocks to buy and hold right now, in addition to Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).
“We sold Verizon (VZ) based on concerns over how much they might spend in ongoing spectrum auctions. Management may legitimately view spending billions of dollars to expand their spectrum holdings as necessary, but we believe the payoff will be slow and will make it challenging to grow the dividend at a good pace.”
6. Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 75
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) stock was recently named among a list of high conviction picks by investment advisory UBS. The list includes firms with strong pricing power that can weather the margin pressures sweeping across the market due to the post-pandemic demand and supply chain issues. In August, Pivotal had assigned the stock a Street High price target of $1,000.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) stock has been soaring since a report from earlier this month that claims that Major League Baseball is in the hunt for partners as it aims to launch a streaming service for audiences across the world.
At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 75 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $19 billion in Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), up from 74 the preceding quarter worth $16 billion.
“The portfolio’s quality bias and valuation discipline have generated compelling returns over time with typically strong relative results in more challenging environments as it did through the first three quarters of 2020. However, that same quality bias tends to create a more challenging relative performance environment for the Strategy during periods of sharp economic acceleration, which tend to benefit stocks that are more commodity linked or of lower quality. This has been the case during the vaccine- and stimulus-driven rally experienced late last year and during the most recent quarter. Sectors that lagged in the quarter included communication services, where Charter trailed after generating robust returns earlier in the recovery.”
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