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Zacks #1 Stocks on the Move 01/18/2017

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CyberOptics CYBE
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Olympic Stee ZEUS
7.86%
Ballard Powe BLDP
7.85%
AK Steel Hol AKS
6.56%

Tale of the Tape

Will Sanchez Energy (SN) Continue to Surge Higher?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:59 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in Sanchez Energy Corp SN. The stock has moved higher by 34.9% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

We certainly think that this might be the case, particularly if you consider SN’s recent earnings estimate revision activity. From this look, the company’s future is quite favorable; as SN has earned itself a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), meaning that its recent run may continue for a bit longer, and that this isn’t the top for the in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Telenav (TNAV) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:57 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Telenav Inc TNAV has been on the move lately as the stock has risen by 10.1% in the past four weeks, and it is currently trading well above its 20-Day SMA. This is a pretty solid move higher, but the question that has to be on investors’ minds right now is; can this trend continue?

While there can be no telling for sure, it is certainly encouraging that earnings estimates have risen in the past few weeks on the company, suggesting that sentiment on TNAV is moving in the right direction. In fact, the stock currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), suggesting that the recent run could certainly continue for this in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Can The Uptrend Continue for Penumbra (PEN)?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:54 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Investors certainly have to be happy with Penumbra Inc PEN and its short term performance. After all, the stock has jumped by 16.2% in the past 4 weeks, and it is also above its 20 Day Simple Moving Average as well. This is certainly a good trend, but investors are probably asking themselves, can this positive trend continue for PEN?

While we can never know for sure, it is pretty encouraging that estimates for PEN have moved higher in the past few weeks, meaning that analyst sentiment is moving in the right way. Plus, the stock actually has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), so the recent move higher for this spotlighted company may definitely continue over the next few weeks.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Hill International (HIL) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:51 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in Hill International Inc HIL. The stock has moved higher by 31.7% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

We certainly think that this might be the case, particularly if you consider HIL’s recent earnings estimate revision activity. From this look, the company’s future is quite favorable; as HIL has earned itself a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), meaning that its recent run may continue for a bit longer, and that this isn’t the top for the in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Zacks’ Best Private Investment Ideas

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Can the Rally in Exfo (EXFO) Shares Continue?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:48 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Exfo Inc EXFO has been on the move lately as the stock has risen by 21.4% in the past four weeks, and it is currently trading well above its 20-Day SMA. This is a pretty solid move higher, but the question that has to be on investors’ minds right now is; can this trend continue?

While there can be no telling for sure, it is certainly encouraging that earnings estimates have risen in the past few weeks on the company, suggesting that sentiment on EXFO is moving in the right direction. In fact, the stock currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), suggesting that the recent run could certainly continue for this in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Will Corecivic (CXW) Continue to Surge Higher?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:46 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in Corecivic Inc CXW. The stock has moved higher by 14.3% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

We certainly think that this might be the case, particularly if you consider CXW’s recent earnings estimate revision activity. From this look, the company’s future is quite favorable; as CXW has earned itself a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), meaning that its recent run may continue for a bit longer, and that this isn’t the top for the in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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While we are happy to share many articles like this on the website, our best recommendations and most in-depth research are not available to the public.

Starting today, for the next month, you can follow all Zacks' private buys and sells in real time. Our experts cover all kinds of trades… from value to momentum . . . from stocks under $10 to ETF and option moves . . . from stocks that corporate insiders are buying up to companies that are about to report positive earnings surprises. You can even look inside exclusive portfolios that are normally closed to new investors. Click here for Zacks' private trades >>

Can The Uptrend Continue for Box (BOX)?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:44 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Investors certainly have to be happy with Box Inc BOX and its short term performance. After all, the stock has jumped by 15.8% in the past 4 weeks, and it is also above its 20 Day Simple Moving Average as well. This is certainly a good trend, but investors are probably asking themselves, can this positive trend continue for BOX?

While we can never know for sure, it is pretty encouraging that estimates for BOX have moved higher in the past few weeks, meaning that analyst sentiment is moving in the right way. Plus, the stock actually has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), so the recent move higher for this spotlighted company may definitely continue over the next few weeks. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Zacks’ Best Private Investment Ideas

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Starting today, for the next month, you can follow all Zacks' private buys and sells in real time. Our experts cover all kinds of trades… from value to momentum . . . from stocks under $10 to ETF and option moves . . . from stocks that corporate insiders are buying up to companies that are about to report positive earnings surprises. You can even look inside exclusive portfolios that are normally closed to new investors. Click here for Zacks' private trades >>

Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue?

Posted Thu Jan 19, 06:41 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in Applied Optoelectronics Inc AAOI. The stock has moved higher by 24.7% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

We certainly think that this might be the case, particularly if you consider AAOI’s recent earnings estimate revision activity. From this look, the company’s future is quite favorable; as AAOI has earned itself a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), meaning that its recent run may continue for a bit longer, and that this isn’t the top for the in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Schwab (SCHW) Meets Q4 Earnings Estimates, Revenues Lag

Posted Wed Jan 18, 10:12 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Have you been eager to see how The Charles Schwab Corporation SCHW performed in Q4 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this San Francisco-based brokerage company’s earnings release this morning:

In Line Earnings

Schwab came out with adjusted earnings per share of 36 cents in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

A rise in revenues was offset by higher costs.

How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?

You should note that the earnings estimate revisions for Schwab depicted a bullish trend prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate revised 2.9% upward to 36 cents per share over the last 30 days.

Further, Schwab has delivered positive surprises in one of the prior four trailing quarters. Overall, the company has a positive earnings surprise of 0.8% in the trailing four quarters.

The Charles Schwab Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

 

The Charles Schwab Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | The Charles Schwab Corporation Quote

Revenue Came In Lower Than Expected    

Schwab posted net revenues of $1.97 billion, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.98 billion. Also, it compared favorably with the year-ago number of $1.69 billion.

Key Statistics:
 

  • A steady focus on serving investor needs has helped Schwab’s business grow to $2.78 trillion in client assets as of Dec 31, 2016.
  • The company gathered $125.5 billion of core net new assets in 2016.
  • Increase in interest-earning assets by 22% during 2016 to $216 billion as of Dec 31, 2016


What Zacks Rank Says

The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) for Schwab. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. While things apparently look favorable, it all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.

(You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.)

How the Market Reacted So Far

Following the earnings release, Schwab shares were down nearly 1% in the pre-trading session. This is in line with what the stock witnessed in the prior-day’s session. Clearly, the initial reaction shows that the investors have not considered the results in their favor. However, the full-session’s price movement may indicate a different picture.

Check back later for our full write up on this Schwab earnings report!

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Citi (C) Beats on Q4 Earnings Estimates, Revenues Down

Posted Wed Jan 18, 09:32 am ET

by Zacks Equity Research

Have you been eager to see how Citigroup Inc. C performed in Q4 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this New York-based major bank’s earnings release this morning:

An Earnings Beat

Citigroup came out with earnings from continuing operations per share of $1.14, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.12.  Results were primarily aided by lower expenses, partially offset by reduced revenues.

How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?

You should note that the earnings estimate for Citigroup depicted optimism prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate increased 1% to $1.12 over the last 7days.

Also, Citigroup has a decent earnings surprise history. Before posting earnings beat in Q4, the company also delivered positive surprises in the past several quarters.

Citigroup Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

Overall, the company surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 7.8% in the trailing four quarters.

Revenue Came in Lower Than Expected

Citigroup’s adjusted revenues of $17.01 billion missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $17.05 billion. Also, revenues declined 9% year over year.

Key Takeaways

Adjusted Net Income stood at $3.57 billion, up 4% from the prior year quarter.

Operating expenses declined 9% year over year to $10.1 billion.

Revenues from fixed income markets and equity markets increased 36% and 15% on a year over year basis, respectively. However, investment banking revenues remained largely flat year over year.

Net interest margin fell 13 basis points from the prior year quarter to 2.79%.

What Zacks Rank Says

The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) for Citigroup. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. Now it all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.

(You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.)

Check back later for our full write up on this Citigroup earnings report!

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