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33 Undervalued Stocks for 2022

Here’s the new list of Morningstar’s top analyst picks for the fourth quarter.

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The U.S. stock market’s bounce over the summer was short-lived: Stocks finished the third quarter down more than 4%, as measured by the Morningstar US Market Index. Stubbornly high inflation, rising interest rates, and talk of a possible economic recession continued to rattle markets during 2022′s third quarter. The U.S. stock market was down nearly 25% for the year to date by the end of September.

Heading into the fourth quarter, stocks look downright cheap according to our metrics: The median stock in Morningstar’s North American coverage traded at more than a 20% discount to our fair value estimate.

“It appears to us that the market has overcorrected to the downside,” writes Morningstar chief U.S. market strategist Dave Sekera in his latest stock market outlook.

Stocks look undervalued almost across the board viewed through several different lenses:

  • By investment style, small-value stocks are the most undervalued style, trading 47% below our fair value estimate, with large-cap core stocks only about 13% undervalued.
  • By sector, communication services and consumer cyclicals are the two most undervalued, trading 43% and 25% below our fair values, respectively. Defensive stocks in the utilities, healthcare, and consumer defensive sectors, meanwhile, are about fairly valued.
  • By Morningstar Economic Moat Rating, which is a sign of a company’s competitive advantages, wide-moat stocks are undervalued by a larger percentage (27%) than either narrow-moat or no-moat stocks.

33 Undervalued Stocks for 4Q 2022

Here’s the list of Morningstar’s top stock picks for the fourth quarter of 2022.

  1. Alphabet GOOGL
  2. ASML Holding ASML
  3. Bath & Body Works BBWI
  4. Beyond Meat BYND
  5. BlackRock BLK
  6. Boston Beer SAM
  7. Celanese CE
  8. Citigroup C
  9. Comcast CMCSA
  10. Compass Minerals CMP
  11. Delta Air Lines DAL
  12. Dominion Energy D
  13. Edison International EIX
  14. Equitrans Midstream ETRN
  15. Exxon Mobil XOM
  16. Gap GPS
  17. Goldman Sachs GS
  18. Hain Celestial Group HAIN
  19. Hanesbrands HBI
  20. Illumina ILMN
  21. ITT ITT
  22. Lithium Americas LAC
  23. Moderna MRNA
  24. NiSource NI
  25. Park Hotels & Resorts PK
  26. Pentair PNR
  27. Salesforce CRM
  28. Schlumberger SLB
  29. ServiceNow NOW
  30. Simon Properties Group SPG
  31. Ventas VTR
  32. Walt Disney DIS
  33. Zimmer Biomet ZBH

Here’s a brief summary of how valuations stack up across sectors, along with some key Morningstar metrics about each stock pick. Data is as of Sept. 30, 2022.

Undervalued Basic-Materials Stocks

Basic-materials stocks lagged the broader market during the third quarter of 2022 by about 4 full percentage points: Morningstar sector strategist Seth Goldstein reports that nearly two thirds of the names that Morningstar covers are trading at 4- and 5-star levels. While building-materials stocks remain fairly valued, most of the stocks in the chemicals industry are undervalued, with about two thirds of the stocks in the metals and mining industry and about half of the stocks in the agriculture industry trading below fair value, too.

Celanese

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.55
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Compass Minerals

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.48
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Lithium Americas

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.40
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Very High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

High-Quality Communication-Services Stock Picks

Negative sentiment persisted for the communication services sector during the third quarter, with the group again lagging the broader market, observes Morningstar sector director Mike Hodel. U.S. telecom stocks were his especially hard, and pessimism engulfs media stocks, as investors question the business model. Most of the names that Morningstar covers in the sector ended the quarter in undervalued territory, and none are overvalued. “We continue to see bargains among the carnage,” notes Hodel.

Alphabet

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.57
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

Comcast

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.49
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Walt Disney

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.55
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Best Consumer Cyclical Stocks Today

Consumer cyclical stocks, as a group, posted gains in the third quarter versus a loss for the broader market. Despite the rally, the stocks we cover in the consumer cyclical sector are 25% undervalued, with 72% of the stocks trading in 4- and 5-star range. Morningstar sector director Erin Lash thinks near-term concerns over consumer willingness to spend continues to weigh on shares. We think travel and leisure and apparel retail are among the most undervalued industries within the sector, she adds. There are fewer bargains in the restaurant subsector.

Bath & Body Works

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.40
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Hanesbrands

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.29
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Gap

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.33
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Very High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Undervalued Stocks in the Consumer Defensive Sector

Consumer defensive stocks lost ground during the third quarter, in line with the broader market. “Supply chain issues have served to upend stock at the shelf and compound cost pressures,” says Morningstar’s Lash. Even after a tough quarter, though, the sector remains fully valued, trading at just a 3% discount to our fair value estimates. There are pockets of opportunity in the sector: Stocks in the alcoholic beverage and consumer packaged goods industries remain undervalued.

Beyond Meat

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.22
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Very High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Boston Beer

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.48
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Hain Celestial Group

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.45
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Top Energy Stocks List

Energy stocks lost some ground during the third quarter as a slowing demand outlook helped alleviate tightness in global oil markets, says Morningstar sector director David Meats. Given their outperformance during the past 12 months, however, energy stocks are only about 9% undervalued as a group. Stocks in the oil-services segment look particularly attractive, trading at an average discount of 33% to our fair value estimates.

Equitrans Midstream

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.53
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Exxon Mobil

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.86
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 3 Stars

Schlumberger

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.73
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

Favorite Financial-Services Stocks

Financial-services stocks outperformed the broader market during the third quarter but still endured losses. The average financial-services stock we cover is about 23% undervalued, reports Morningstar sector director Michael Wong. In fact, about 77% of the financial-services stocks we cover are trading below their fair values, with the most opportunities among the credit services firms, asset managers, and banks.

BlackRock

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.65
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

Citigroup

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.53
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Goldman Sachs

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.67
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Top Stock Picks in Healthcare

Healthcare stocks suffered losses during the third quarter. However, given its defensive nature, the healthcare sector is only modestly undervalued, with the average stock trading about 6% below fair value. Half of the healthcare stocks we cover are trading in 4- and 5-star range, reports Morningstar sector director Damien Conover. Biopharma stocks look particularly undervalued given what we view as exponential growth potential. “While the new U.S. drug policies embedded within the Inflation Reduction Act may create headwinds, we view the changes as manageable,” he argues.

Illumina

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.62
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

Moderna

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.51
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Very High
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

Zimmer Biomet

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.60
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Best Industrials Stocks List

Industrials stocks outperformed the broader market during the third quarter of 2022, yet the sector remains about 17% undervalued. “Concerns of an imminent economic recession have led to a precipitous selloff in the industrial products industry,” says Morningstar sector director Brian Bernard. About two thirds of the stocks we cover in the industry are undervalued. More than half of the stocks in the transportation, business services, and construction subsectors look undervalued, too.

Delta Air Lines

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.49
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

ITT

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.65
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Pentair

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.63
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Top Stocks in the Real Estate Sector

Real estate stocks significantly underperformed the broad market during the third quarter; the sector is now trading at a 17% discount to our fair value estimate. Rising interest rates have led to a decline in the sector’s performance despite strong fundamental growth, says Morningstar senior equity analyst Kevin Brown. In particular, income investors have reduced their REIT exposure as bond yields have risen. “We believe the short-term disruption to the sector has created significant discounts for investors looking to increase their real estate exposure,” asserts Brown.

Park Hotels & Resorts

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.40
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Simon Property Group

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.56
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Ventas

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: None
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.58
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

High-Quality Technology Stock Picks

Technology stocks performed on par with the broader market during the third quarter, leaving the tech sector trading about 22% below our fair value estimate going into the fourth quarter—a significant reversal from just one year ago, explains Morningstar sector director Brian Colello. Software stocks are about 28% undervalued, while semiconductor stocks are trading at a 26% discount to fair value and hardware stocks at a 25% discount. “For long-term patient investors, we would still recommend high quality, wide-moat names in software and semis,” concludes Colello.

ASML Holding

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.60
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Salesforce

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value 0.60
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

ServiceNow

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.56
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: High
  • Morningstar Rating: 5 Stars

Best Stocks Today in the Utilities Sector

Utilities stocks continued to outperform the broader market during the third quarter, despite high inflation and rising interest rates. “Utilities have benefited from the market’s recession concerns,” explains Morningstar senior equity analyst Travis Miller. As a result, utilities stocks, as a group, look about 3% overvalued. The sector looks vulnerable, warns Miller, especially as U.S. Treasuries rates topped the Morningstar US Utilities Index‘s dividend yield for the first time in 14 years.

Dominion Energy

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Wide
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.84
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Low
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

Edison International

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.78
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Medium
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

NiSource

  • Morningstar Economic Moat Rating: Narrow
  • Price/Fair Value: 0.79
  • Morningstar Uncertainty Rating: Low
  • Morningstar Rating: 4 Stars

How to Find Undervalued Stocks

Undervalued stocks are those that trade below what they’re worth. Investors can turn to several metrics to gauge a stock’s worth. Some investors use standard metrics, such as price/earnings or price/cash flow. Others may look at a stock’s price relative to a company’s future growth prospects, or where a stock is trading relative to its 52-week high price.

At Morningstar, we define undervalued stocks as those that are trading below our calculated fair value estimate, adjusted for what we call uncertainty—both of which are wrapped into the Morningstar Rating for stocks. Stocks rated 4 and 5 stars are undervalued; those rated 3 stars are fairly valued; and those rated 1 or 2 stars are overvalued. For more about how we calculate our fair value estimates, think about uncertainty, and more, read Morningstar’s Guide to Stock Investing.

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Susan Dziubinski does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.