There are some bargains to be had in some of the world’s most powerful companies run by the most powerful women.
If your portfolio needs a shot in the arm, consider some of these ridiculously successful names…
Any investor knows that the companies in which they chose to invest better be run by some smart people with serious savvy.
The 2015 Forbes list of the 25 Most Powerful Women shows that there are some bargains to be had in some of the world’s most powerful companies run by the most powerful women.
Sure, the list prominently features politicians such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as big names like Oprah Winfrey and Mrs. Z, a.k.a. Beyonce Knowles-Carter—and don’t we wish we could invest in them.
But the list also features CEOs of the biggest brands and the most powerful women are heading companies that, by the numbers at least, are hitting some home runs.
Hewlett Packard is off the list, though CEO Meg Whitman is ranked the 14th most powerful woman on the list, because of HP’s recent split and a lack of data on the new companies.
Of the list, we’ve ranked the top 5 companies headed by the most influential women by their firms’ PEG ratios.
The PEG, or the price-to-earnings ratio divided by growth, is one of the most popular ways to value a stock. The lower the number, the better—that means you’re paying less for the company’s expected growth going forward.
We’ve also included the companies’ price to earnings ratio estimates. All data comes from Nasdaq.com.
1. General Motors (NYSE:GM)
CEO Mary Barra
Forbes ranking: #5
GM has been hovering between $30 and $40 a share for the last five years, and hasn’t really done anything huge to boost its price. But, Barra’s company recently reported a 15.9 percent increase in sales year over year, and some are calling it a buy now. With a PEG of just .46, it could be a huge bargain going forward.
2: International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM)
CEO Virginia Rometty
Forbes ranking: #13
Over the last three years, Rometty has worked to bring IBM’s stock back in line with other tech companies’ returns. Mostly. The company hasn’t seen the growth it did two years ago. Though many are bearish on the stock, IBM is making huge strides to becoming a cloud computer powerhouse, and who doesn’t use the cloud?
3: Oracle Corp. (NYSE:ORCL)
CEO Safra Catz
Forbes ranking: #24
P/E: 15.45 (2015)
One look at IBM’s path to cloud computing should be hint at what Oracle is doing. Catz is also trying to remake her firm into a large computing powerhouse. So far, analysts haven’t been thrilled with her progress. But, if you’re looking for a long-term growth stock, with a PEG of just 1.69, it should be on your radar.
4: Mondelez Intl. Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ)
CEO Irene Rosenfeld
Forbes ranking: #17
Mondelez is the multinational firm behind your favorite foods, including almost everything made by Kraft Foods, like Oreo, Triscuit and more. Rosenfeld has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. The company has been on a steady rebound since its stock fell off a cliff in 2012, when it spun off the Kraft Foods Group, which is a grocery foods firm. The firm beat recent earnings projections, but not by much. Some are saying it’s a buy, though its earnings are remaining flat. But, if long-term growth is your thing, a low PEG could make Rosenfeld’s stock one to hold onto for a while, especially if you like Triscuits and Cadbury chocolates.
5: Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)
COO Sheryl Sandberg
Forbes ranking: #8
Facebook is at an all-time high, and that’s referenced in its huge price-to-earnings ratio. Sandberg has taken it to a company that is now seeing more than 8 million video views a month, and 1.5 billion active users. It has a low PEG too, which means that if you expect to see Facebook grow even more, it could be seen as a bargain. The company saw $4.3 billion in ad revenue in the last quarter.