For the second consecutive day, the three major market indexes finished significantly greater on Thursday, rebounding from previously this week’s pullback. The bullishness implies that financial concerns over the increase in weekly unemployment claims and the financial meltdown afflicting Chinese property development firm Evergrande have eased. Additionally, the market gained a lift from the Fed on Wednesday, when the banking system suggested that it would not withdraw assistance for the economy immediately.
Whereas the Fed has indicated that interest rates would rise in 2022, the current interest rate situation remains constant. As a result, the access to cheap capital and the continuation of the economic expansion should benefit growth stocks. AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) and Gates Industrial Corporation plc (GTES) are two cheap companies that have excellent growth characteristics, and it may be prudent to place your bets on them right now.
AstraZeneca Plc (AZN)
AZN is a multinational pharmaceutical firm focused on cancer, cardiovascular, renal and biochemistry, infection, neurology, and gastrointestinal. The London-based company’s COVID-19 vaccinations, marketed as Covishield and Vaxzevria, have recently acquired prominence.
Just this month, the CASPIAN Phase 3 studies revealed that AZN’s IMFINZI (durvalumab) in combination with a variety of chemotherapies exhibited a persistent, clinically significant overall survival (OS) advantage at three years in individuals with advanced-stage small-cell lung cancer administered in the first-line situation. AZN’s overall revenue grew 31% year-on-year to $8.22 billion in the second quarter ending June 30, 2021.
Gates Industrial Corporation plc (GTES)
GTES is a producer and distributor of specialist power distribution and hydraulic systems located in Denver, Colorado. The assets are used in a variety of end markets, including building, agriculture, power, automobile, transport, broad industrial, and retail. GTES launched two new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pulleys in June, the Gates Parabolic Pitch (GPP) in 8mm and 14mm profiles.
The firm claims that the new GPP belts would increase customer productivity by being sturdier, more resilient, quieter, and require less service. GTES’ net sales grew 58.7 percent year over year to $915.1 million in the second quarter ended July 3, 2021. Its operating income increased considerably year over year, from $149.1 million to $149.1 million.
It earned $96.9 million in net income, compared to a loss of $22.4 million in the previous quarter. The firm earned $0.33 per share, in contrast to a loss of $0.08 per equity in the very same period of 2020. Its total assets rose at a 3.6 percent compound annual growth rate over the last three years, but its leveraged free cash flow surged at a 24.9 percent annualized pace. Additionally, its 1.37x future Price/Sales ratio is 9.4% lesser than 1.51x.