Investors are making ready for a dismal 2023 by doubling down on cash-rich firms . “We choose firms producing cash moderately than these that want capital to develop. Not solely are charges prone to stay larger than they’ve been in latest previous, however we’re seemingly exiting an period of hyper-accommodative financial coverage,” Bank of America mentioned in a Jan. 16 observe. The larger the free cash move yield, the higher an organization’s place to satisfy its debt obligations. An organization with a excessive free cash move can be capable of entry cash extra shortly within the occasion of an emergency or alternative. “Companies that pay dividends, firms with nice cash move, high quality steadiness sheets, worldwide stocks — worldwide worth particularly — that is the place the puck has been headed already, and I believe it can proceed,” Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, instructed CNBC final week. Using FactSet knowledge, CNBC Pro screened for stocks that boast heaps of cash and could possibly be nicely positioned for a rocky yr. These had been the factors used: Stocks with excessive free cash move yield of greater than 10% Low volatility (beta of lower than 1) Potential upside to cost goal Buy ranking of not less than 40% Stocks that appeared on the display screen beneath embrace these within the telecom, well being care, and client sectors, that are typically thought to be protected havens in a downturn. U.S.-listed Chesapeake Energy Corporation was the one power inventory to look on the display screen, with its free cash move yield at practically 14%. Analysts gave it a 53.7% upside, and the bulk (76.5%) gave it a “purchase” ranking. The inventory, like most power companies, did nicely previously yr — already climbing round 40%. Last week the agency introduced that it had agreed to promote half of its operations in south Texas for $1.43 billion in cash. Firms within the well being care or pharmaceutical industries additionally made the reduce, corresponding to U.S. firms Bristol-Myers Squibb and CVS Health . Financial companies agency Cantor Fitzgerald mentioned in a Jan. 17 observe that 2023 could possibly be Bristol-Myers Squibb’s “breakout yr,” and gave the inventory an obese ranking. “BMY has one of one of the best 2023E progress profiles of the US Pharma group … which stands out in a recession yr,” Cantor wrote. Canadian monetary agency Fairfax stood out for having the best FCF yield within the record — at 30.4%, whereas Hong Kong-listed WH Group — the most important pork producer on the earth — obtained the best purchase ranking at 94%. Two telecommunication companies — Britain’s Vodafone Group and Germany-based Deutsche Telekom — had among the many highest FCF yields at 27% and 23.7% respectively. Argus Research in a Jan. 20 report famous that Vodafone shares outperformed the benchmark over the previous three months. It added that its present valuation is affordable, given the sluggish progress outlook. — CNBC’s Michael Bloom and Fred Imbert contributed to this report.