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2014 has not been a great year for the Beginners Portfolio, with Tesco, Quindell and Blinkx hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But Ive spent enough time talking about what went wrong with them, so today Ill take a look forward to the three stocks that I think could be the portfolios winners in 2015.
I added Barclays (LSE: BARC) (NYSE: BCS.US) to the portfolio inFebruary at245.2p, thoughmy hopes for an early profit were dashed as evidence of further misbehaviour during the banking crisis emerged and today were sitting ona 16% loss.
But Barclays eased through Decembers Bank of England stress test (while Lloyds and TSB only just squeaked past), so its capital position looks strong enough to survive a very serious economic crunch.
What makes Barclays look good nowis its 21% EPS growth forecast for 2014 followed by a further 29% next year, giving usa forward P/E of under 9 for 2015. And by that time, dividends should be recovering well and yielding more than 4%.
There are risks should any further wrongdoings emerge, but I reckon theres enough safety margin in the shareprice.
BAE Systems (LSE: BA) has keptitsEPS nicely stable through the recession, with a bit of volatilityyear-to-year, but thathappens withintermittent payments over multi-year contracts.
With anorder backlog of 39.7bn at the halfway stage in June, BAE has plenty of work lined up, and by Q3 time we heard the firm had won 7.9bn in new orders in the nine months to date.
BAE has kept its dividends rising throughout too, and there are yields of 4.6% and 4.7% expected for 2014 and 2015. The portfolio is up 28.5% on BAE so far, and with a forward P/E falling to a little over 11 for 2015 I can see another strong year ahead.
And finally, after it has more than doubled in value since arrival in the portfolio, do I really think Persimmon (LSE: PSN) has more to come? I certainly do.
Interest rates look like theyll be super low for some time yetand stamp duty has just been reduced, and all of our housebuilders are reporting risingsales quarter after quarter.
Persimmon is on a P/E for 2015 of just over 10, and its handing out bigchunks of cash we had a cash return of 70p per share in July 2014, and theres a further 95p planned for 2015. I can see more growth to come.
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