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3 A-Grade Stocks With Best-In-Class Momentum

If you are looking for fresh investing inspiration, look no further. The following three stocks are displaying very strong momentum right now. Year-to-date the returns of these stocks easily surpass the S&P 500’s 19% gain. And what’s more the Street is confident that this momentum is sustainable. That’s reflected in the ‘buy’ consensus for each stock. Here we use TipRanks to find out why best-performing analysts believe these stocks are poised for continued outperformance:

Lululemon Athletica inc. (LULU)

Vancouver-based specialty retailer Lululemon is buzzing right now. The company is a key pioneer of the popular athleisure look. With over 400 stores to its name, LULU sells technical, high quality, and premium-priced athletic apparel- and most crucially, is set for significant expansion.

Shares have exploded 67% year-to-date, with a 10% boost in just the last five days. Indeed, the company has just reported first-rate earnings results for the second quarter. LULU’s 2Q EPS of $0.96 sailed past Street estimates for $0.89. This was largely due to: 1) big same-store-sales (SSS) beat (+17% ex-FX vs Street +12%) and; 2) largely ~in-line gross margins.

In a report titled “Warrior 2Q: Best-in-Class Momentum + Investing for the Long-Term Continues”, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Binetti ramped up his price target from $198 all the way to $235 (16% upside potential). “We’re significantly impressed that LULU accelerated SSS (1-yr and 2-yr basis) in an increasingly volatile macro in 2Q” the analyst explained.

Similarly high praise comes from Bank of America’s Rafe Jadrosich, who has a buy rating and $230 price target on the stock. That’s up from just $200 previously. “We believe LULU is one of the best sq. footage growth stories in retail with a strong brand, innovative product and significant international expansion opportunity. We expect solid same-store sales growth to support continued operating margin expansion” cheers the analyst, calling LULU an ‘outlier’ in the challenging retail environment.

Overall the stock has a Moderate Buy analyst consensus, with some analysts citing an ‘elevated’ valuation as keeping them on the sidelines.  

Docusign Inc (DOCU)

As the name suggests, Docusign helps organizations connect and automate including how they prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements. On September 5, DOCU returned to its usual beat and raise story- reassuring investors that last quarter’s disappointing billings growth was just a blip on the radar. The company posted robust 2Q headline numbers with billings the clear star of the show accelerating 47% year over year supported by a top line that beat the Street by ~7%. For instance, revenue of $235.61 million swept past the $220 million expected by analysts.

“Based on the stellar results last night, our increased confidence in the company's ability to execute, and increased estimates we are upgrading DOCU to Outperform from Neutral and raising our price target to $65 from $48” top Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives told investors. His new price target indicates 16% upside potential from current levels.

For Ives a main highlight was DOCU's impressive international business. The company reported 47% y/y growth with particular strength in the UK, Canada and Australia as this segment continues to catch up with its North American counterpart. This is very encouraging says Ives, as international is a major key in DOCU's strategy to maintaining its steep growth trajectory.

As a result, the analyst concluded: “Our lingering concerns around the company's ability to navigate success and execution issues, especially internationally, is now a worry in the rear view mirror in our opinion.”

Indeed, the stock boasts a Strong Buy Street consensus, with 8 out of 9 analysts rating DOCU a ‘buy’ right now. “eSignature is still a largely untapped opportunity and the competition is falling farther and farther behind” enthuses JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens. Meanwhile the average price target of $67 indicates 20% upside potential for the coming months.

Match Group Inc (MTCH)

If you are looking for love, chances are you have checked out one of Match Group’s offerings. The company is the name behind some of the biggest online dating platforms in the business- from Tinder, to OKCupid to Match.com.

Shares have rallied an incredible 90% year-to-date, but analysts remain confident further growth lies ahead. Indeed, SunTrust Robinson analyst Youssef Squali has just moved to the bull camp while hitching his price target from $90 to $106. “Positive intra-quarter app traffic and revenue trends for MTCH's myriad of brands across several geographies show sustained positive momentum QTD [quarter to date], causing us to raise our estimates and upgrade the stock to Buy from Hold” explained the analyst.

He is confident that, come Q3, Tinder will once again print one of its best quarterly net adds ever, with further headroom to grow. “Non-Tinder subsidiaries seem to have stabilized with legacy brands -- Match and OkCupid, turning the corner given a bigger marketing push, while newer brands namely Hinge, Pairs, and Harmonica are showing early promise” the analyst added. And keep an eye out for short term catalysts including pending divestiture from the mothership IAC (IAC) and a buyback reload.

Encouragingly, the Street remains on side despite Facebook’s (FB) recent expansion into the dating arena. The social media giant has just announced that it is planning to introduce its dating product to 20 geographies, including the US. The product is mostly the same as the one launched at the F8 developer conference in 2018 with the rollout of the “secret crush” feature from F8 2019 and a deeper Instagram integration. “More bark than bite so far” wrote Squali on September 5, adding “while it is a major headline risk for Match Group, the worldwide market leader, we do not see it as posing a material financial risk to the company.”

He believes that 1) Match's portfolio approach of brands focusing on specific interest groups, 2) under-penetration of the category in most markets served, and 3) current leadership position, should ensure continued healthy growth with relatively limited FB impact.

In total, MTCH shows a Moderate Buy consensus, with 6 buy ratings vs 4 hold ratings. The average price target works out at $95 (16% upside potential).

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