I've yet to get my hands on one of Sony's
According to CNET's review, in fact, PS3's "swanky design and bevy of features . . . make it hard to resist -- even at $600."
Save your allowance
That's a nose-bleed price tag to be sure, but bargain hunters among the investing -- as opposed to the gaming -- set should sit up and notice: Sony's stock is a relative bargain, trading with a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio that's half its industry's average and with a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio roughly 35% off its five-year high.
These discounts, moreover, come despite the fact that Sony did more than $63.5 billion in business in fiscal 2006, raking gobs more revenue than competitors like Philips
The short story, then, is this: With no less an authority than Dr. Jeremy Siegel suggesting that U.S. investors consider allocating up to 40% of their portfolios to foreign stocks, Sony looks like an intriguing way to "go global" just now.
Make no mistake: Sony has had its struggles of late. While its revenue figures were juicy last year, free cash flow (FCF) -- cash from operations minus expenditures -- was another story. The company has a great FCF track record, but in fiscal 2006, it shed a big chunk of the stuff. And by now, everyone and his uncle is aware of Sony's massive battery recall, with the Tokyo-based concern reeling back in more than 9 million of the suckers over potential safety concerns.
My take, though, is that this global electronics titan has its game face on and that recent woes are just about fully baked into its stock price. The shares are more than 20% below their 52-week high, having declined by more than 11% during the last three months alone. Against that backdrop, I've opted to add Sony to my Motley Fool CAPS list of stocks that I think will outperform the market over the next year. You can do the same, or, if you think there's still room for the company to fall further, you can rate it "underperform" in CAPS, too.
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Establishing a CAPS profile is easy, and once you're up and running with a group of picks, you can watch how your predictions fare relative to those of the CAPS community at large. If enough folks are bullish on Sony, it just might take top honors as the best international stock for 2007.
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Shannon Zimmerman runs point on the Fool's Champion Funds newsletter service and co-advises GreenLight. At the time of publication, he didn't own any of the companies mentioned. CNET is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Microsoft is an Inside Value selection. You can check out the Fool's strict disclosure policy by clicking right here.