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Chicago, IL – January 18, 2021 – Stocks in this week’s article are PepsiCo, Inc. PEP, Lennar Corporation LEN, Diamondback Energy, Inc. FANG, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated HBAN and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. CNP.

Invest in These 5 Stocks with Attractive Sales Growth

A steady sales growth is the key to survival for any company in today's highly competitive environment. Companies have stepped up marketing initiatives over digital platforms and become more professional about sales management to drive top-line growth.

Flat or declining sales growth indicates obstacles at the company, which will limit scope for sustained growth. Stagnant companies may generate profits for a short period, but they do not ensure enough growth to attract new investors.

Also, revenues are often more closely monitored than earnings when assessing the growth of a business. It's worth keeping in mind that in cases when companies incur a loss, albeit transitorily, they are valued on their revenues, as top-line growth (or decline) is usually an indicator of a company's future earnings performance.

So, the price-to-sales ratio can turn out to be an appropriate metric for stock valuation. This metric's importance further lies in the fact that management has limited opportunities to manipulate revenues, unlike earnings.

Yet, focusing only on sales growth is not enough. A consideration of a company's cash position, along with its sales number, can be a more dependable strategy. Substantial cash in hand and a steady cash flow give a company more flexibility with respect to business decisions and investments.

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