For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL –July 25, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB – Free Report), KEMET Corp. (NYSE: KEM – Free Report), Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: APAM – Free Report), Ultra Clean Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT – Free Report), Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY – Free Report).
Facebook & 4 Other Stocks with Relative Price Strength
Earnings growth and valuation multiples are indeed important for investors to determine a stock's ability to offer considerable returns. But these are also essential in determining whether a stock’s price performance is better than its peers or the industry average.
If the stock’s performance is lacking that of the broader groups despite impressive earnings growth or valuation multiples, then something must be wrong.
It’s always advisable to stay away from these stocks and bet on those that are outperforming their respective industries or benchmarks. This is because betting on a winner always increases the odds of winning.
Then again, it is imperative that you determine whether or not an investment has relevant upside potential when considering stocks with significant relative price strength. Stocks delivering better than the S&P 500 over a period of one to three months at the least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth, and are the best ways to go about this strategy.
Finally, it is important to find out whether analysts are optimistic about the upcoming earnings results of these companies. In order to do this, we have added positive estimate revisions for the current quarter’s (Q1) earnings to our screen. When a stock undergoes an upward revision, it leads to additional price gains.
Relative % Price change – 12 weeks greater than 0
Relative % Price change – 4 weeks greater than 0
Relative % Price change – 1 week greater than 0
(We have considered those stocks that have been outperforming the S&P 500 over the last 12 weeks, 4 weeks and 1 week.)
% Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0: Positive current quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.
Zacks Rank equal to 1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks – that have returned more than 26% annually over the last 26 years and surpassed the S&P 500 in 23 of the last 26 years – can get through. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Current Price greater than or equal to $5 and Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: A minimum price of $5 is a good standard to screen low-priced stocks, while a high trading volume would imply adequate liquidity.
VGM Score less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.
Here are the 5 of the 11 stocks that made it through the screen:
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB – Free Report): Facebook, through its web-based portal, helps in creating and fostering social networks. Sporting a VGM score of “B,” this Menlo Park, CA-headquartered company’s expected EPS growth rate for 3 to 5 years currently stands at 24.90%, comparing favorably with the industry growth rate of 18.50%.
KEMET Corp. (NYSE: KEM – Free Report): Headquartered in Simpsonville, SC, KEMET is one of the leading manufacturer and seller of capacitors to a global client base. The company has a VGM score of “A” and an excellent earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in three of the last four quarters at an average rate of 72.92%.
Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: APAM – Free Report ): A provider of broad range of U.S. and international equity investment strategies, Artisan Partners Asset Management has a VGM score of “A.” Over the past 30 days, the Milwaukee, WI-based firm has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 and 2018 increase 3.5% and 4.9% to $2.37 and $2.58 per share, respectively.
Ultra Clean Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT – Free Report ): Headquartered in Hayward, CA, Ultra Clean Holdings offers critical subsystems targeting the semiconductor capital equipment market. The company has a VGM score of “A” and an excellent earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in each of the last four quarters at an average rate of 27.98%.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY – Free Report ): Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Cypress Semiconductor is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The 2017 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this company is 44 cents, representing 161.2% earnings per share growth of over 2016. Next year’s average forecast is 80 cents, pointing to another 79.6% growth. Cypress Semiconductor has a VGM score of “B.”
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