For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – June 25, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article include: QuinStreet, Inc. (QNST - Free Report) , Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (HOLI - Free Report) , ION Geophysical Corp. (IO - Free Report) and ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (ZTO - Free Report) .
Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:
4 Stocks Making the Most of New Analyst Coverage
As analysts are the key information intermediaries in capital markets, initiation of coverage by them offers critical information on a stock and is of great value to investors.
Coverage initiation by analyst(s) on a stock portrays higher investor inclination. Investors, on their part, often assume that there is something special in a stock to attract analysts’ interest. In other words, they believe that a company coming under coverage has value that can’t be ignored.
Obviously, stocks are not randomly chosen to cover. New coverage usually reflects a reassuring future envisioned by the analyst(s). At times, increased investors’ 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 ratings on continuously covered stocks.
It is worth mentioning here that the average change in broker recommendation is always preferred over a single recommendation change.
New Analyst Coverage & Impact on Price Movement
The price movement of a stock is the function of the recommendations on it from new analysts. Typically, stocks see an upward price movement on new analyst coverage compared to what was 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.
Meanwhile, investors start paying more attention to the stock (that has very few or no existing coverage) on which an analyst provides a new recommendation. Also, any new information attracts portfolio managers to build a position in the stock.
Below, we have selected five stocks that have seen increased analyst coverage over the last few weeks.
And that's what we're screening for today…
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