Advertisement
investing

The Best Stock in Indiana: Zimmer Biomet

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Hoosier state to identify the best stock in Indiana to buy now.

We scoured the nation to identify the best stock in every state. Zimmer Biomet (symbol ZBH) is the publicly traded company we picked in Indiana. The company headquarters is located in Warsaw.

A word of caution: Since we selected a single stock from each state (plus one from D.C), and choices in some states are sparse, a few of our picks are best suited to investors comfortable with a higher degree of risk. This is not necessarily one of our 51 favorite stocks in the entire U.S., in other words.

Zimmer Biomet by the Numbers

  • Headquarters: Warsaw
  • Share price: $129.34
  • Market value: $26.1 billion
  • Price-earnings ratio: 15
Advertisement - Article continues below

(Prices and data are as of June 22, 2017)

The company that resulted from the 2015 merger of Zimmer and smaller competitor Biomet is the leading maker of orthopedic implants, such as knee and hip replacements, for the U.S., Europe and Japan.

The company has gotten off to a rocky start this year, as production delays at its manufacturing facility depleted inventory. As a result, Zimmer Biomet reduced its 2017 sales and earnings estimates. Concerns over the supply chain have created volatility in the stock, says CFRA analyst Jeffrey Loo. But he thinks that the shares already reflect those worries and that the issue will be resolved by the second half of this year. Zimmer shares trade at 15 times estimated year-ahead earnings—below health care companies’ current average of 16 times estimated earnings. Yet the global, long-term demand for Zimmer’s orthopedic implants remains intact, given aging populations and rising obesity levels. The stock is “top pick” at investment research firm Needham & Company, which assigns a 12-month price target of $153.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

11 Dividend-Paying Stocks You Should Think Twice About
dividend stocks

11 Dividend-Paying Stocks You Should Think Twice About

Dividend-paying stocks often can be a store of safety, but 2020 has been difficult on income equities. These 11 picks look like shaky plays despite th…
September 21, 2020
Medicare Basics: 11 Things You Need to Know
Medicare

Medicare Basics: 11 Things You Need to Know

There's Medicare Part A, Part B, Part D, medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans and so on. We sort out the confusion about signing up for Medicare --…
September 16, 2020
Where You Should Invest Now
investing

Where You Should Invest Now

Kiplinger.com senior investing editor Kyle Woodley joins our Your Money's Worth podcast to answer investor questions about tech stocks, the election a…
September 22, 2020

Recommended

Bonds: 10 Things You Need to Know
Investing for Income

Bonds: 10 Things You Need to Know

Bonds can be more complex than stocks, but it's not hard to become a knowledgeable fixed-income investor.
July 22, 2020
Best Bond Funds for Every Need
Investing for Income

Best Bond Funds for Every Need

In a changing market, it’s important to remember why we hold bonds in the first place.
September 15, 2020
Does a 40% Bond Allocation Make Sense in Today’s Portfolios?
retirement planning

Does a 40% Bond Allocation Make Sense in Today’s Portfolios?

For many investors, the short answer is no. Here’s why, and what you might consider instead.
September 7, 2020
Is the Stock Market Closed on Labor Day?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Closed on Labor Day?

The good news: Stock markets and bond markets alike get the day off for Labor Day. But traders don't get an early start to the weekend.
September 5, 2020