Do these shares offer good value for money? Next plc, ITV plc, Vodafone Group plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Could these stocks deliver improving investment outlooks? Next plc (LON:NXT) (NXT.L), ITV plc (LON:ITV) (ITV.L), Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) (VOD.L) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) (RDSB.L)

Royal Dutch Shell Plc
Royal Dutch Shell Plc

With the FTSE 100 having declined significantly in recent months, I’m considering the investment prospects of Next plc (LON:NXT) (NXT.L), ITV plc (LON:ITV) (ITV.L), Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) (VOD.L) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) (RDSB.L). Could they offer good value for money?

With a P/E ratio of around 11, I think that the Next share price could offer investment appeal. Sure, the UK economy could experience a challenging period, and consumer confidence may be weak. But with the company having a track record of changing its strategy in response to an evolving operating environment, I’m optimistic about its future prospects.

The recent update by Next showed that it was able to deliver sales growth amid tough trading conditions. While growth could be slow in the short run, I’m upbeat about its long-term investment prospects.

ITV has a dividend yield of over 6% at the moment. I think this could suggest that the media stock offers a margin of safety, with its operational performance having been strong in recent quarters in my view.

Although there is expected to be a lack of EPS growth ahead over the next couple of years, the ITV share price could benefit from a planned strategy change. Since I’m optimistic about the long-term prospects for the UK economy, I’m upbeat about the outlook for the company in future years.

Vodafone’s dividend yield currently stands at over 7%, which makes it one of the highest-yielding stocks in the FTSE 100. Investors appear to be concerned about the financial prospects for the company, with it investing heavily in acquisitions and 5G.

In my view, the company could experience further volatility in the near term, with investor sentiment being weak. But with Vodafone putting in place a variety of partnership agreements and its acquisitions having the potential to catalyse its financial performance, I’m upbeat about its long-term share price growth prospects.

Shells’ recent share price performance has been disappointing. The oil price has come under pressure, and this has contributed to a decline in the company’s share price over recent months.

This trend may continue in the short run, with the oil price facing an uncertain future. Shell’s long-term growth strategy includes rationalising its asset base, deleveraging and focusing on improving its free cash flow. This could lead to a stronger business and improving investment performance in my opinion.

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