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NextEra had good results relative to a group of peers in a factor-based analysis. NextEra has an appealing profitability and income profile. Its price momentum looks decent, with a caveat. Its relatively small size (a small mid-cap) coupled with its industry (renewable energy) further weight the odds that this company could be a strong performer in the future. If you want in on renewable energy, we recommend NextEra. The Analysis Overview I created a portfolio of stocks in the alternative energy sector, looking specifically for companies with a market cap over $1B but less than $4B. This is a sweet spot that offers strong potential for growth but is also substantial enough not to be too speculative. It's my believe that alternative energy is on the ascendance, where as fossil fuels will inevitably decline (NextEra isn't a pure play in this regard however, natural gas assets are part of its portfolio). If you share this belief and you want exposure to this ma
I created a portfolio of the top pharmaceutical companies trading in the US and ran a quality of earnings analysis on them. With the highest possible score being nine, GSK scored the best with seven. Here are the results: Quality of Earnings - Major Pharmaceuticals Here's the balance of the companies in the portfolio. We can see that AZN was the worst at two. Quality of Earnings - Major Pharmaceuticals 2 Just for laughs, lets see how GSK and AZN have performed from a price perspective. Interestingly, AZN has been outperforming GSK. It'll be interesting to say if this trend will continue or if it will, more correctly I believe, reverse.