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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT): How to Go Big in a Bull Market

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It is time to put down your pen and pencil and witness the next rally in the stock market. Just kidding – what I am really trying to say is that Thursday’s trading session could be the floor we have needed to add positions to a stock portfolio.

Going forward

I believe the first round of deflationary monetary policy will be hitting the market in the next couple of years. The effects involve a rotation of cash out of Treasuries into the stock market. This is an environment that heavily favors those who are invested in equities rather than fixed income. That being the case, I want to lay out three opportunities with a good risk-to-reward scenario.

Big Bank

JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM)

I like JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) because I believe this company has a lot of investment potential. It has been able to benefit in an environment of falling loan loss allowances and improving economic sentiment in housing, paired with household formations that outstripped expectations.

It’s only a matter of time before younger adults go from leasing apartments to owning their own homes. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is also known for operating a lucrative asset-management division. In a stock bull market, this asset-management unit will generate even larger management fees.

The bank compensates its investors with a 2.9% dividend yield, and is projected to grow earnings by 6.3% on average over the next five years, a reasonable rate. Not only that, it pays better than Treasury bonds, making it a compelling investment going forward.

Global retail

I know investors find retail stocks to be very boring. It’s basically about cost cutting, share buybacks, and store openings. But just because the growth strategy is heavily predictable doesn’t necessarily mean that it is worthless. I believe that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is a compelling investment for those who aren’t looking to take too much risk and want to stay the course with a predictable earner.

The company’s earnings growth was somewhat negatively impacted by the dollar appreciation against a basket of currencies. The 4.7% decline in earnings from the international segments was offset with positive comparable-store sales (established stores) within the United States that have grown by 1.3%. The company bought back $2.2 billion in shares during the first quarter, which helped to boost earnings-per-share figures.

Going forward the company is investing into a global e-commerce initiative, which should give an added boost to earnings growth assuming currency markets remain constant. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is projected to grow its earnings by 9.3% on average over the next five years. The company’s growth strategy has been effective from a historical standpoint. Let’s not forget that it pays its investors a 2.5% dividend yield.

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