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Facebook and HCA Holdings are Aggressive Growth Stocks

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This week Brian Bolan and Terry Ruffolo discuss more than Brian’s red sports coat, they talk growth in a weak market. Facebook posted great results lately and Brian takes a look at what impressed him the most on the metrics end.

A detailed look at what Brian called a great tool here at Zacks, the price and consensus chart, shows the power of earnings estimate revision investing. Our Aggressive Growth Strategist pointed out that the gap in space between the yearly lines on that chart shows implied earnings growth rates and how they have influenced the stock price. It is definitely worth a look, as it can help investors see how past implied growth rates have impacted stocks.

The next company in the spotlight is HCA Holdings (HCA - Free Report) . Brian notes that just because the market is softer doesn’t mean people will stop visiting the hospital. Terry notes that the style score of “A” for growth, value and momentum isn’t something that Brian normally likes, but since they are all strong metrics with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) he thought it would work well. The chart for this stock also shows some resilience, especially over the second half of January when the market was falling, this stock was rising.

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