Top 5 Stocks With Increasing Cash Flows

While in the heart of the first-quarter earnings season, investors might find it easy to look for profits and surprises to scoop up big gains. But if you pick stocks just because they are making profits, there’s no guarantee that the money is getting channelized to meet their obligations. A profit making company could have cash flow deficiency and that could lead it to filing for bankruptcy.

So for any potential investment over the long term, one must look at a company’s ability to produce cash – the lifeblood of business, the fuel for growth and the cushion amid downturns.

In any business, money flows in and out, but net cash flow indicates how much money the company is actually generating. Having positive cash flows indicates enhanced liquidity, giving the company more means for debt repayment, expenses, dividend payouts, stock buyback and finally reinvestment in business. On the other hand, a negative cash flow implies that a company’s liquid assets are decreasing, resulting in reduced flexibility to support these moves. So putting your hard earned money in stocks with less cash does not make any sense at all.

However, positive cash flows alone are not sufficient to predict a company’s future growth. If cash flow is increasing over time, it implies management’s efficiency in regulating its cash movements, reaping more money from its business, depending less on outside financing and finally its improving fundamentals.

So for stock picks don’t look at profits only. Make sure to look for stocks with dependable and increasing cash flows.

Screening Parameters:

Let’s look for stocks for which cash flow has been increasing over time. For this, we screen for stocks whose cash flow in the latest reported quarter is at least equal to or greater than the 5-year average cash flow per common share. This points to a positive trend and growing cash over a period of time.

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