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New Analysts Initiate Coverage: 3 Stocks to Keep an Eye On

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Investors depend on research work provided by analysts as they fear that lack of information while exploring on their own might trigger errors. Here, analysts play a vital intermediary role as they have extensive access to relevant data.

Blue Bird Corporation (BLBD - Free Report) , CNA Financial Corporation (CNA - Free Report) and Cvent Holding Corp. (CVT - Free Report) are some stocks that have seen new analyst coverage lately and are therefore expected to attract investors' attention.

Coverage initiation of a stock by analyst(s) usually portrays higher investor inclination. Investors, on their part, often assume that there is something special in a stock to attract analysts to cover it. In other words, they believe that the company coming under the microscope definitely has some value.

Obviously, stocks are not randomly chosen to cover. New coverage on a stock usually reflects a reassuring future envisioned by the analyst(s). At times, increased investor focus on a stock motivates analysts to take a closer look at it. After all, who doesn’t love to produce something that is already in demand? Hence, we often find that analysts’ ratings on newly added stocks are more favorable than their ratings on continuously covered stocks.

It is needless to say, the average change in broker recommendation is more preferable than a single recommendation change.

How Does Analyst Coverage Influence Stock Price?

The price movement of a stock is generally a function of the recommendations on it from new analysts. Stocks typically see an upward price movement with a new analyst coverage compared to what is witnessed with a rating upgrade under an existing coverage. Positive recommendations — Buy and Strong Buy — generally lead to a significantly positive price reaction than Hold recommendations. On the contrary, analysts hardly initiate coverage with a Strong Sell or Sell recommendation.

Now, if an analyst gives a new recommendation on a company that has very little or no existing coverage, investors start paying more attention to it. Also, any new information attracts portfolio managers to build a position in the stock.

So, it’s a good strategy to bet on stocks that have seen increased analyst coverage.

Below, we have selected three stocks that have seen increased analyst coverage over the past few weeks.

Screening Criteria

Number of Broker Ratings now greater than the Number of Broker Ratings four weeks ago (this will shortlist stocks that have recent new coverage).

Average Broker Rating less than Average Broker Rating four weeks ago (“less than” means “better than” four weeks ago).

Increased analyst coverage and improving average rating are the primary criteria of this strategy but one should also consider other relevant parameters to make it foolproof.

Here are the other screening parameters:

Price greater than or equal to $5 (as a stock below $5 will not likely create significant interest for most investors).

Average Daily Volume greater than or equal to 100,000 shares (if the volume isn’t enough, it will not attract individual investors).

Here are three of the seven stocks that passed the screen:

Blue Bird: Based in Macon, GA, this company designs, engineers, manufactures and sells school buses and related parts in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

BLBD currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The stock has gained 75.1% over the past three months, outperforming the industry’s 7.7% rise. Earnings estimates for fiscal 2023 have increased to 46 cents per share from 35 cents per share over the past 30 days. The estimated figure implies 140% growth from the year-ago period, thanks to solid demand for Blue Bird’s best-in-class school buses. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

CNA Financial: This company is a subsidiary of Loews Corporation, providing commercial property and casualty insurance products in the United States and internationally.

CNA currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. The stock has gained 6.5% over the past three months, underperforming the industry’s 8% growth. Earnings estimates for 2023 indicate 10.7% growth from the year-ago period. Earnings estimates for 2023 have increased to $4.25 per share from $4.08 per share over the past 30 days.

Cvent Holding: Based in Tysons, VA, CVT provides a cloud-based enterprise event marketing, management, and hospitality platform in North America and internationally.

CVT currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The stock has gained 41.1% over the past six months, faring better than the industry’s 8.8% decline. Earnings estimates for 2023 indicate 18.4% growth from the year-ago period.

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