Whether a stock has the potential to offer considerable returns is determined primarily by its earnings and valuation ratios. Simultaneously, it is important to check whether its price performance exceeds its peers or the industry average.
On such comparison, if we find that a stock is unable to match up to wider sectoral growth despite having impressive earnings momentum or valuation multiples, it may be better to avoid it.
However, those outperforming their respective industries or benchmarks should be included in your portfolio, since they have a higher chance of securing significant returns. Picking a stock that outperforms its peers ensures that you have a winning option on your hands.
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 1 to 3 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, four weeks and one 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 (Strong Buy) 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 five of the eight stocks that made it through the screen:
Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN - Free Report) : leading, multi-jurisdictional owner and manager of gaming and racing facilities with video gaming terminal operations, and a focus on slot machine entertainment, Penn National has a VGM Score of B. Over 30 days, the Wyomissing, PA-based company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 and 2019 increase 1.2% and 2.5%, to $1.69 and $2.04 per share, respectively.
Turtle Beach Corporation (HEAR - Free Report) : Turtle Beach designs, commercializes, and markets high-end audio technologies and gaming headsets. The 2018 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this San Diego, CA-based company is $1.01, representing some 520.8% earnings per share growth over 2017. Next year’s average forecast is $1.66, pointing to another 64.4% growth. Turtle beach has a VGM Score of A.
Comstock Resources, Inc. (CRK - Free Report) : Comstock Resources, headquartered in Frisco, TX, is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties. The firm has a VGM Score of A and an excellent earnings surprise history. It has a 100% track of outperforming estimates over the last four quarters at an average rate of 48.3%.
Visteon Corporation (VC - Free Report) : Visteon is a leading global provider of automotive electronics systems. Sporting a VGM Score of A, this Van Buren Township, MI-headquartered company’s expected EPS growth rate for three to five years currently stands at 15.00%, comparing favorably with the industry's growth rate of 12.20%.
Penn Virginia Corporation (PVAC - Free Report) : Founded in 1882 and headquartered in Houston, TX, Penn Virginia is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations primarily focused on the Eagle Ford shale in south Texas. The company has a VGM Score of B and an enviable earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in each of the last four quarters.
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