Bank of America Sees Double-Digit Upside in These 2 Stocks

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In the constantly changing environment of the stock market, investors are continually seeking advice on which stocks to buy and sell.  Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, recently identified two stocks that they believe have the potential to double an investor’s investment. The investment bank recently mentioned these stocks in a note to clients, citing their strong fundamentals and positive growth prospects. These two stocks will be discussed in this blog and how they will benefit investors.

Weatherford International:

Weatherford International (WFT: NYE), an oilfield services company, is expected to benefit from the surge in energy demand driven by the global economic recovery and geopolitical uncertainties. The company’s expertise in drilling and production technologies positions it well to capitalize on increased exploration and development activities. Moreover, Weatherford’s recent cost-cutting measures and focus on operational efficiency are expected to boost its profitability.

 It has grown its revenues by 17% year-over-year to $1.31 billion in the third quarter, beating the market and analysts’ expectations. It has also increased its earnings per share by 325% year-over-year to $1.66, 55 cents higher than the forecast. WFRD’s stock price has soared by 94% this year, outperforming the S&P 500 by 87%. WFRD has overcome bankruptcy and COVID-19 challenges and has become a lean and profitable company with a new CEO and a focus on technology and digital transformation.

WFRD’s adjusted EBITDA margin is 23%, second only to Schlumberger among the big three diversified oilfield services companies. WFRD’s free cash flow conversion is similar to the big three. Bank of America analyst Saurabh Pant is bullish on WFRD and sees upside potential from its international markets, balance sheet optimization, and shareholder distributions.

 

Granite Ridge Resources:

Granite Ridge Resources (GRNT: NYE) is an oil and gas company that owns assets in five major US basins. It operates through third-party partners, which gives it flexibility and low costs. GRNT went public in October 2020 through a SPAC deal, but its stock price has fallen 41.5% since then. In September 2021, it issued 7.1 million shares at $5 each, which caused a 20% drop in its share price.

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GRNT’s third-quarter revenues were $108.4 million, down 20% year-over-year, but above the forecast by $6.74 million. Its non-GAAP EPS was 21 cents per share, missing the estimates by 3 cents per share and lower than the $0.47 result from the 3rd quarter of 2022. 

Bank of America’s John Abbott is bullish on GRNT and thinks its low share price is a good entry point. He rates GRNT a Buy, with a $9 price target, implying a 50% upside in one year. He also likes its 7% dividend yield and its potential upside.

 

Conclusion:

Bank of America’s recommendation of Weatherford International and Granite Ridge Resources highlights their potential for substantial growth. Investors seeking to diversify their portfolios and tap into promising sectors should consider these two stocks as strategic investment opportunities. The investment bank believes that these stocks have the potential to double in value over the next few years, making them attractive investments for long-term investors.

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