Liquidity of a stock is an important parameter that many investors tend to ignore. It primarily determines a company’s capability to meet debt obligations by converting assets into liquid cash and equivalents.
These stocks have always been in demand owing to their potential to provide maximum returns. However, one should be alert enough before investing in such stocks. While a high liquidity level may imply that the company is clearing its dues at a faster rate compared with peers, it may also indicate that the company is failing to use its assets efficiently. Hence, one may consider a company’s efficiency level in addition to its liquidity for identifying prospective winners. Measures to Identify Liquid Stocks Current Ratio: It measures current assets relative to current liabilities. This ratio is used for measuring a company’s potential to meet both short- and long-term debt obligations. Thus, a current ratio — also known as working capital ratio — below 1 indicates that the company has more liabilities than assets. However, a high current ratio does not always indicate that the company is in good financial shape. It may also mean that the company has failed to utilize its assets significantly. Hence, a range of 1 to 3 is considered ideal. Quick Ratio: Unlike current ratio, quick ratio — also called “acid-test ratio" or "quick assets ratio" — indicates a company’s ability to pay short-term obligations. It considers inventory excluding current assets relative to current liabilities. Like the current ratio, a quick ratio of greater than 1 is desirable. Cash Ratio: This is the most conservative ratio among the three, as it takes into account only cash and cash equivalents, and invested funds relative to current liabilities. It measures a company’s ability to meet its current debt obligations using the most liquid of assets. Though a cash ratio of more than 1 may point to sound financials, a higher number may indicate inefficiency in cash utilization. So, a ratio greater than 1 is desirable at all times but may not always appropriately represent a company’s financial condition. Screening Parameters
In order to pick the best of the lot, we have added asset utilization, which is a widely used measure of a company’s efficiency, as one of the screening criteria. Asset utilization is the ratio of total sales over the past 12 months to the last four-quarter average of total assets. Though this ratio varies across industries, companies with a ratio higher than their respective industries can be considered efficient.
In order to ensure that these liquid and efficient stocks have solid growth potential, we have added our proprietary Growth Style Score to the screen. Current Ratio, Quick Ratio and Cash Ratio between 1 and 3 (While liquidity ratios of greater than 1 are desirable, significantly high ratios may indicate inefficiency.) Asset utilization greater than industry average (Higher asset utilization than the industry average indicates a company’s efficiency.) Zacks Rank equal to #1 (Only Strong Buy-rated stocks can get through). You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here Growth Score less than or equal to B (Back-tested results show that stocks with a Growth Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 handily beat other stocks.) These criteria have narrowed down the universe of more than 7,700 stocks to only eight. Here are four of the eight stocks that qualified the screen: Domiciled in Lynnwood, WA, Zumiez Inc. ( ZUMZ Quick Quote ZUMZ - Free Report) is one of the leading global lifestyle retailers. The company through its distinctive brand offering and diverse product selection has carved a niche in the rapidly changing apparel industry. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its fiscal 2020 earnings has been revised upward by 59.9% to $2.51 in the past 60 days. The company has a Growth Score of A. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 41.23%, on average. Carle Place, NY-based, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. ( FLWS Quick Quote FLWS - Free Report) is an e-commerce provider of floral products and gifts. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2020 earnings has been revised upward by 31.7% to $1.08 over the past 60 days. The company has a Growth Score of A. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 14.72%, on average. Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. ( SWBI Quick Quote SWBI - Free Report) manufactures, designs, and sells firearms worldwide. The company offers revolvers and pistols; modern sporting rifles, bolt action rifles, and handcuffs; and other firearm-related products to gun enthusiasts, collectors, sportsmen, competitive shooters, hunters, individuals desiring home and personal protection, law enforcement, security agencies, officers, and military agencies. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2021 earnings has been revised upward by 24.1% to $2.42 in the past 60 days. The company has a Growth Score of A. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 14.12%, on average. Based in New York, NY, Evercore Inc. ( EVR Quick Quote EVR - Free Report) is a premier global independent investment banking advisory firm. The company operates from its offices and affiliates in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has been revised upward by 20% over the last seven days to $3.84 per share. The company has a Growth Score of B. Get the remaining stocks on the list and start putting this and other ideas to the test. It can all be done with the Research Wizard stock picking and back testing software. The Research Wizard is a great place to begin. It's easy to use. Everything is in plain language. And it's very intuitive. Start your Research Wizard trial today. And the next time you read an economic report, open up the Research Wizard, plug your finds in, and see what gems come out. Click here to sign up for a free trial to the Research Wizard today. Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. Disclosure: Performance information for Zacks’ portfolios and strategies are available at: https://www.zacks.com/performance.