The one issue both parties in Washington can agree on is infrastructure spending. Spending estimates for an infrastructure bill are as high as $2 trillion. That's why we're giving you the top stocks to buy now before the U.S. government allocates trillions for these major projects.
Democratic leaders have recently agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump on allocating as much as $2 trillion in new spending through a bipartisan bill that calls for the rebuilding of U.S. infrastructure.
Gridlock remains a reality in Congress for a variety of issues, but this infrastructure bill is an exception and could end up on the president's desk for signature by the end of the year.
This would be a monumental stimulus project, but it will also be a catalyst for infrastructure companies. But not all infrastructure stocks are worth owning.
Instead, we've used our proprietary stock ranking tool to find stocks with the best chance of breaking out higher. And the infrastructure bill could be just the catalyst they need to juice their returns.
The Money Morning Stock VQScore™ tracks and evaluates roughly 1,500 of the most profitable publicly traded companies and assigns a score to each of their stocks based on its likelihood to produce a rally soon.
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A stock with a score over 4 means that stock has "immediate breakout potential" and is considered one of the best stocks to buy right now.
Today, we're giving two of the best stocks to own if this $2 trillion bill passes to repair this country's bridges, roads, and pipelines.
Top Infrastructure Stocks to Buy Now, No. 2
Nucor was founded in 1940 and currently employs about 26,300 full-time employees. It focuses on manufacturing and selling steel and steel products throughout the United States and internationally.
The company operates across three major segments: raw materials, steel mills, and steel products.
The raw materials segment makes direct result iron (DRI); processes nonferrous and ferrous metals; brokers DRI, pig iron, and nonferrous and ferrous metals; and does natural gas drilling.
The steel mills segment makes cold-rolled, hot-rolled, and galvanized sheet steel and plate steel products, beam blanks, wide flange blanks, and sheet piling and H-piling products. It also produces merchant and concrete reinforcing bars and other bar steel products. It sells these products to fabricators, services centers, and manufacturers in the energy, heavy equipment, automotive, transportation, and agricultural sectors.
The steel products segment offers electrical conduits, hollow structural section steel tubing products, joist girders, steel joists, steel fasteners, steel decks, metal building systems, expanded metal products, steel grating, and wire products to fabricators, contractors, manufacturers, and distributors.
Nucor is a solid stock to own because it has few concerns about future debt and has a solid balance sheet. Its 0.42 debt to equity ratio is substantially lower than industry competitors. For example, Commercial Metals Co. (NYSE: CMC) sits at 0.93, and Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) is at 0.60.
Even though there are continuing tensions with China and worries about steel manufacturing in the United States, Nucor has still benefited from rising prices of steel, which have boosted margins.
This stock is an absolute bargain at its current price of $53.85.
Nucor's current price/earnings (P/E) ratio is 6.75, and the remainder of the steel sector comes in at an average of 23.43 times earnings. The company's price to cash flow sits just below 10, and the company's 2.97% dividend yield adds extra income to shareholders' portfolios.
Nucor also has a perfect VQScore of 4.75, which puts the stock at the top of the "Buy Zone."
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Top Infrastructure Stocks to Buy Now, No. 1
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This Illinois-based farm and industrial equipment company was founded in 1925 as Caterpillar Tractor Co. and changed its name to its current moniker in 1986. It currently employs about 104,000 full-time employees around the world.
The company produces and sells farming, mining, and construction equipment; industrial gas turbines; and natural gas and diesel engines. It has many segments, including construction industries, resource industries, energy & transportation, and financial products.
Caterpillar is an iconic American company, but its stock has unfortunately fallen victim to the whims of the trade struggle between the United States and China. The most recent threats from U.S. President Donald Trump regarding additional Chinese import tariffs has hurt industrial stocks like CAT.
But that's an opportunity for you. This stock could bounce back in a hurry, especially since the business continues to produce results.
When major infrastructure projects need to be completed, most people immediately think of Caterpillar. A new program worth $2 trillion is going to be a windfall for this company, which will get new orders for equipment from coast to coast.
In addition to the infrastructure bill, there's plenty to like about Caterpillar.
The company's cash flow has remained strong since the first stimulus package was approved under the Obama administration. The company has also doubled its dividend since 2010.
CAT stock trades at 8.7 times cash flow, and anything below 10 is considered a bargain. It also has a P/E ratio of 12.47 compared to 22 on average for the S&P 500.
In its Q1 earnings report, the company upped its profit outlook for the full year and reported record profits of $3.25 earnings per share.
CAT has a 4.75 VQScore and is primed for even bigger gains if this bill goes through.
The potential upside on this stock is $225 per share, which would deliver 70% gains from today's price of $133.94 a share.
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