2 Undervalued TSX Stocks That Should Be on Your Radar!

Bank of Nova Scotia and another cheap TSX value stock to keep a close watch on this year.

| More on:
Target. Stand out from the crowd

Image source: Getty Images

There’s no shortage of “value plays” on the TSX Index after doing a relatively decent job of holding its own in a bearish 2022. Looking ahead, Federal Reserve interest rates and hawkish chatter could continue to drag markets south.

Indeed, investors have no friend in the Fed.

As investors continue to duke it out with a seemingly unforgiving Federal Reserve, many may be conditioned for further pain in the new year. It seems like a good time to get out of the markets as the Fed continues to remind investors that it is not yet done raising interest rates and needs greater assurance that the annoying inflation “genie” is returning to his bottle.

Recent inflation data may be promising. But the Fed knows the danger of lingering inflation. Back down in a “winning” fight too soon and inflation could have a chance to squeeze consumers for longer than is needed.

So let’s delve deeper into two cheap TSX stocks that I view as undervalued. In a market that’s in a rough spot, I think the following names are the ones to watch through 2023.

Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) is a hard-hit Canadian bank with great international exposure (the Latin American business is viewed as a source of long-term growth). It’s this international segment that’s been a sore spot for the bank relative to its peers.

Undoubtedly, emerging markets may be growthier, but it often comes at the cost of greater volatility during rough economic patches. Higher rewards oftentimes entail higher risks.

BNS stock is down around 28% from its high — a more painful drop than some of its Big Five peers. The Latin American business may fall into a rut, as the recession hits. However, I still view emerging markets exposure as key to scoring better gains over the long term.

Bank of Nova Scotia stock faces a tough uphill battle, as the recession weighs in. Still, longer term, I view BNS stock as one of the best ways to further geographically diversify your portfolio without having to venture out of the TSX. Further, at 8.5 times trailing price-to-earnings, I think there’s never been a better time to consider Canada’s most internationally focused big bank. If the low multiple doesn’t entice you, the 6.2% yield may.

fool_stock_chart ticker=TSX:BNS]

TD Bank

TD Bank (TSX:TD) is another big bank that’s trying to climb out of a hole which 2022 kicked it into. The stock is down just shy of 20% at writing. With a 9 times trailing price-to-earnings multiple and a 4.44% dividend yield, TD stock may not be the cheapest play or the most appealing through the eyes of passive income investors.

Still, I view TD Bank as a well-managed industry player that’s not too phased by near-term headwinds. It’s focused on improving risk-adjusted growth over the long run. Recent M&A moves suggest TD is more than willing to brave macro headwinds en route to becoming a more dominant force in the Canadian and U.S. banking scene.

The road ahead is uncertain, but investors are in good hands with TD as the banking scene prepares to move through the chilly cold breeze of recession this winter.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Joey Frenette has positions in Toronto-Dominion Bank. The Motley Fool recommends Bank Of Nova Scotia. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

More on Bank Stocks

hand using ATM
Bank Stocks

Better Stock to Buy Now: TD Bank or Scotiabank?

As far as the large Canadian banks are concerned, let's dive into two of the best and see which one…

Read more »

edit Woman calculating figures next to a laptop
Bank Stocks

Should You Load Up on TD Stock Now?

TD stock is near its lowest price in three years. Is TD Bank now oversold?

Read more »

A close up color image of a small green plant sprouting out of a pile of Canadian dollar coins "loonies."
Bank Stocks

TD Stock’s Dividend Yield Hits 5.4%: Is It Finally Time to Buy?

While TD Bank stock trades sideways, it's a good time to lock in a higher dividend yield.

Read more »

Hands shaking over a business deal
Bank Stocks

National Bank to Buy Canadian Western Bank: What Investors Need to Know

National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA) is acquiring Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB) in a historic deal for Canadian banks.

Read more »

Dice engraved with the words buy and sell
Bank Stocks

TD Bank Stock: Buy, Sell, or Hold at the 12-Month Low?

TD is near its 12-month low. Is more downside on the way?

Read more »

Person holds banknotes of Canadian dollars
Bank Stocks

If the Loonie Falls Against the U.S. Dollar, This Canadian Stock Could Gain

TD Bank (TSX:TD) stock finally looks like a decent investment as the loonie weakens further against the U.S. dollar.

Read more »

hot air balloon in a blue sky
Bank Stocks

Prediction: These 2 Canadian Bank Stocks Are Next in Line to Pop

Two Canadian bank stocks, one big and one small, are likely to pop following their Q2 fiscal 2024 results and…

Read more »

Double exposure of a businessman and stairs - Business Success Concept
Bank Stocks

Should You Buy TD Bank Stock for its 5.3% Dividend Yield?

Down 29% from all-time highs, TD Bank stock offers you a tasty dividend yield in 2024.

Read more »