By James Dennin for Kapitall.
The economy in the United Kingdom is heating up, which is good news for Prime Minister David Cameron as he prepares to call another election that could allow him and his party to maintain power.
Unemployment in the UK fell to its
lowest levels in almost six years
this summer, though wage growth was slow. That's prompted officials to keep interest rates low, even as employment starts to near capacity.
Cameron has a lot of reasons to call the election soon (in the UK, elections are scheduled by the Party in power, usually every 4–5 years at a time when they are popular). British businesses
are among the most confident
in the world, and plans are currently in the works for England to
build the first ever "space port,"
putting the country at the forefront of that nascent industry.
With that in mind, we decided to screen for British stocks that looked undervalued. Since the economy there has grown, we looked for stocks whose growth in earnings has outpaced their growth in share price.
To do that, we screened 50 British stocks that trade on US exchanges for
. This means that the average analyst estimate for the company's earnings per share has grown faster than its price.
This left us with just two stocks on our list. Do you think the British economy will continue to outperform? Use the list below to begin your analysis, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Click on the interactive chart to view data over time.
1. Intercontinental Hotels Group plc
): Owns, manages, franchises, and leases hotels and resorts. Market cap at $9.89B, most recent closing price at $42.10.
The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 1.52 to 1.64 over the last 30 days, an increase of 7.89%.