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Zacks #1 Stocks on the Move 11/24/2017

Company Name Symbol %Change
TESSCO Techn TESS
6.23%
Northern Oil NOG
5.09%
XOMA Corpora XOMA
3.85%
Dynamic Mate BOOM
3.78%
Axcelis Tech ACLS
3.61%

Tale of the Tape

What Falling Estimates & Price Mean for Patterson Companies (PDCO)

Posted Fri Nov 24, 09:00 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio.

One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is Patterson Companies, Inc. PDCO,  which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year. A Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) further confirms weakness in PDCO.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen eight estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with just no upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from $2.29 a share a month ago to its current level of $2.09.

Also, for the current quarter, Patterson Companieshas seen six downward estimate revisions versus one revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to 53 cents a share from 59 cents over the past 30 days. 

The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 11.2% in the past month.

Patterson Companies, Inc. Price and Consensus

So it may not be a good decision to keep this stock in your portfolio anymore, at least if you don’t have a long time horizon to wait.

If you are still interested in the  Medical - Dental Supplies industry, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock – Align Technology, Inc. ALGN. The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and may be a better selection at this time. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank  stocks here.

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Time to Focus on Arista Networks (ANET) for Strong Earnings Growth Potential

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:59 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Growth stocks can be some of the most exciting picks in the market, as these high-flyers can captivate investors’ attention, and produce big gains as well. However, they can also lead on the downside when the growth story is over, so it is important to find companies which are still seeing strong growth prospects in their businesses.

One such company that might be well-positioned for future earnings growth is Arista Networks, Inc. ANET. This firm, which is in the Communication-Components industry, saw EPS growth of 35.3% last year, and is looking great for this year too.

In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 61.2%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 23.4%, suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul.

Arista Networks, Inc. Price and Consensus

And if this wasn’t enough, the stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 12%. Thanks to this rise in earnings estimates, ANET has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) which further underscores the potential for outperformance in this company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So if you are looking for a fast growing stock that is still seeing plenty of opportunities on the horizon, make sure to consider ANET. Not only does it have double-digit earnings growth prospects, but its impressive Zacks Rank suggests that analysts believe better days are ahead for ANET as well.

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Are Options Traders Betting on a Big Move in Vical (VICL) Stock?

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:58 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Investors in Vical Incorporated VICL need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Jun 15, 2018 $4.00 Call had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell-off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for Vical shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, Vical is a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) in the Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry that ranks in the Top 41% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 60 days, one analyst has increased their earnings estimates for the current quarter, while none have dropped their estimates. The net effect has taken our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from a loss of 25 cents per share to a loss of 20 cents in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about Vical right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Oftentimes, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

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How Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) Stock Stands Out in a Strong Industry

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:57 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Axcelis Technologies, Inc. ACLS. This is because this security in the Electronics-Manufacturing Machinery space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Electronics-Manufacturing Machinery space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 19 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, Axcelis Technologies is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. Price and Consensus

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have risen from 31 cents per share to 39 cents per share, while current year estimates have risen from $1.27 per share to $1.44 per share. This has helped ACLS to earn a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), further underscoring the company’s solid position. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider Axcelis Technologies. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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EP Energy (EPE) in Focus: Stock Moves 6.9% Higher

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:56 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

EP Energy Corporation EPE was a big mover last session, as the company saw its shares rise nearly 7% on the day. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This reverses the recent trend for the company—as the stock is now down 17.9% in the past one-month time frame.

The company has seen two negative estimate revisions in the past few weeks, while its Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter has also moved lower over the past few weeks, suggesting there may be trouble down the road. So make sure to keep an eye on this stock going forward, to see if this recent move higher can last.

EP Energy currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) while its Earnings ESP is positive.

A better-ranked stock in the Oils-Energy sector is Denbury Resources Inc. DNR, which currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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Options Traders Expect Huge Moves in HollyFrontier (HFC) Stock

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:53 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Investors in HollyFrontier Corporation HFC need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Dec 15, 2017 $27.00 Call had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell-off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for HollyFrontier shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, HollyFrontier is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) in the Oil and Gas - Refining and Marketing industry that ranks in the Top 48% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 60 days, five analysts have increased their earnings estimates for the current quarter, while none have dropped their estimates. The net effect has taken our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from 24 cents per share to 76 cents in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about HollyFrontier right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Oftentimes, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

Looking to Trade Options? 

Each week, our very own Dave Bartosiak gives his top options trades. Check out his recent live analysis and options trade for the NFLX earnings report completely free. See it here: Bartosiak: Trading Netflix's (NFLX) Earnings with Options or check out the embedded video below for more details:

 

How ManTech International (MANT) Stock Stands Out in a Strong Industry

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:52 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is ManTech International Corporation MANT. This is because this security in the Financial - Leasing Companies space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Financial - Leasing Companies space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 15 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, ManTech International is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

ManTech International Corporation Price and Consensus

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have risen from 36 cents per share to 39 cents per share, while current year estimates have risen from $1.53 per share to $1.56 per share. This has helped MANT to earn a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), further underscoring the company’s solid position. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider ManTech International. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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Why Potlatch (PCH) Stock Might be a Great Pick

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:51 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Potlatch Corporation PCH. This is because this security in the Building Products - Wood space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Building Products - Wood space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of three out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, Applied Industrial is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

Potlatch Corporation Price and Consensus

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have increased from 57 cents per share to 58 cents per share while current year estimates have also risen from $2.38 per share to $2.39 per share. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), which is also a favorable signal. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider Potlatch. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 27 billion devices in just 3 years, creating a $1.7 trillion market.
Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 6 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2020.

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Should You Get Rid of Realogy Holdings (RLGY) Now?

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:50 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio.

One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is Realogy Holdings Corp. RLGY, which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year. A Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) further confirms weakness in RLGY.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen six estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with just no upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from $1.70 a share a month ago to its current level of $1.55.

Also, for the current quarter, Realogy Holdings has seen four downward estimate revisions versus no revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to 25 cents a share from 31 cents over the past 30 days. 

The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 19.1% in the past month.

Realogy Holdings Corp. Price and Consensus

So it may not be a good decision to keep this stock in your portfolio anymore, at least if you don’t have a long time horizon to wait.

If you are still interested in the  Real Estate - Operations industry, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock – Colliers International Group Inc. CIGI. The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and may be a better selection at this time. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank  stocks here.

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It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 27 billion devices in just 3 years, creating a $1.7 trillion market.

Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 6 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2020.

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Looking for a Growth Stock? Why It is Time to Focus on KB Financial (KB)

Posted Fri Nov 24, 08:49 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Growth stocks can be some of the most exciting picks in the market, as these high-flyers can captivate investors’ attention, and produce big gains as well. However, they can also lead on the downside when the growth story is over, so it is important to find companies which are still seeing strong growth prospects in their businesses.

One such company that might be well-positioned for future earnings growth is KB Financial Group Inc. KB. This firm, which is in the Banks-Foreign industry, saw EPS growth of 21.3% last year, and is looking great for this year too.

In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 50.4%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 18.2%, suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul.

KB Financial Group Inc Price and Consensus

And if this wasn’t enough, the stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 11.1%. Thanks to this rise in earnings estimates, KB has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) which further underscores the potential for outperformance in this company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So if you are looking for a fast growing stock that is still seeing plenty of opportunities on the horizon, make sure to consider KB. Not only does it have double-digit earnings growth prospects, but its impressive Zacks Rank suggests that analysts believe better days are ahead for KB as well.

More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone!

It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 27 billion devices in just 3 years, creating a $1.7 trillion market.
Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 6 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2020.

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