Hot Value Stocks To Watch For 2022

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (VRTS Quick QuoteVRTS ) has increased its regular quarterly cash dividend. The company announced a dividend of $1.50 per share, representing an 83% hike from the prior payout. The dividend will be paid out on Nov 12 to shareholders on record as of Oct 29, 2021.

Based on the current dividend, Virtus Investment’s dividend yield currently stands at 2.01%, considering last day’s closing price of $298.92. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the company has hiked its dividend. In 2020 also, it had increased dividend by 22% to 67 cents per share.

Virtus Investment has a share-repurchase authorization in place. As of Jun 30, 2021, 4.9 million shares remained available for buyback. Thus, the company is able to enhance shareholder value through efficient capital-deployment actions.

The company’s shares have rallied 15.8% in the past six months, underperforming the industry’s rise of 24.2%.

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Hot Value Stocks To Watch For 2022: Murphy Oil Corporation(MUR)

Murphy Oil Corporation is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company. As used in this report, the terms Murphy, Murphy Oil, we, our, its and Company may refer to Murphy Oil Corporation or any one or more of its consolidated subsidiaries.

The Company was originally incorporated in Louisiana in 1950 as Murphy Corporation. It was reincorporated in Delaware in 1964, at which time it adopted the name Murphy Oil Corporation, and was reorganized in 1983 to operate primarily as a holding company of its various businesses. For reporting purposes, Murphy’s exploration and production activities are subdivided into four geographic segments, including the United States, Canada, Malaysia and all other countries. Additionally, “Corporate” activities include interest income, interest expense, foreign exchange effects and administrative costs not allocated to the segments. The Company’s corporate headquarters are located in El Dorado, Arkansas.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) took off on Thursday, rising more than 12% by 10:30 a.m. EDT after the company agreed to form a strategic joint venture (JV) with Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Murphy Oil Co. (NYSE:MUR) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.11.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Murphy Oil Co. (NYSE:MUR) saw some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors purchased 1,420 put options on the company. This is an increase of 1,929% compared to the average volume of 70 put options.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Hot Value Stocks To Watch For 2022: KMG Chemicals, Inc.(KMG)

KMG Chemicals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures, formulates, and distributes specialty chemicals worldwide. The companys Electronic Chemicals segment is involved in the sale of high purity and ultra purity wet process chemicals primarily to clean and etch silicon wafers in the production of semiconductors. This segments products include sulfuric, phosphoric, and nitric and hydrofluoric acids; ammonium hydroxide; hydrogen peroxide; isopropyl alcohol; other specialty organic solvents; and various blends of chemicals. Its Other Chemicals segment engages in the supply of penta products consisting of solid blocks and concentrated solutions to industrial customers who use these preservatives to pressure treat wood products, primarily for utility poles and cross-arms, to extend their life by protecting against insect damage and decay, as well as sale of hydrochloric acid, which is a byproduct of penta production for use in the steel and oil well service industries. This segment is also involved in the manufacture and distribution of industrial sealants, lubricants, and related equipment primarily to the oil and gas storage, pipeline, and gas distribution markets. KMG Chemicals, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    KMG Chemicals (NYSE:KMG) released its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The specialty chemicals company reported $1.26 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.98 by $0.28, MarketWatch Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $122.39 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $121.10 million. KMG Chemicals had a net margin of 11.87% and a return on equity of 16.21%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Brown Advisory Inc. increased its stake in KMG Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:KMG) by 37.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 176,895 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after acquiring an additional 48,374 shares during the period. Brown Advisory Inc.’s holdings in KMG Chemicals were worth $13,051,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Hot Value Stocks To Watch For 2022: Mercantile Bank Corporation(MBWM)

Mercantile Bank Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan that provides commercial banking services for small-to medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. It accepts various deposit products, including checking, savings, and term certificate accounts; time deposits; and certificates of deposit, as well as repurchase agreements. The company also offers commercial and industrial loans; vacant land, land development, and residential construction loans; owner occupied real estate, non-owner occupied real estate, and multi-family and residential rental property loans; single-family residential real estate loans; home equity line of credit programs; and consumer loans, such as loans for new and used automobiles, boats, credit cards, and overdraft protection. In addition, it provides courier services and safe deposit facilities; insurance products, such as private passenger automobile, homeowners, personal inland marine, boat owners, recreational vehicle, dwelling fire, umbrella policies, small business, and life insurance products. The company operates 48 banking offices in Western and Central Michigan; and 48 automated teller machines. Mercantile Bank Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Mercantile Bank (NASDAQ:MBWM) will issue its quarterly earnings data before the market opens on Tuesday, October 16th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.61 per share for the quarter.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Mercantile Bank (NASDAQ:MBWM) Q2 2018 Earnings Conference CallJul. 17, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Royal Bank of Canada raised its position in Mercantile Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:MBWM) by 9.6% during the 1st quarter, reports. The firm owned 220,880 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 19,273 shares during the period. Royal Bank of Canada’s holdings in Mercantile Bank were worth $7,344,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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