Which stocks are ready to take off in 2020? This is the question growth investors constantly have on their minds. However, finding these stocks that are primed for explosive growth is no simple task.
That’s where TipRanks comes in. Using the platform’s Stock Screener tool, I got access to market data that let me zero in on 3 stocks with strong long-term growth narratives.
I’m putting these names at the top of my buy list based on their upside potential from the current share price. We’re talking 20% or more here. Not to mention each boasts a “Strong Buy” consensus rating, which is generated from all ratings assigned by Wall Street analysts over the last three months.
Here are the 3 monster growth stocks poised to soar in 2020:
L3Harris Technologies (LHX)
L3Harris is a technology, defense and information services provider that designs C6ISR systems and products, wireless equipment and tactical radios. The company, which is a product of the Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies merger this past June, looks poised to deliver gains in 2020 on top of the 47% year-to-date growth it has already achieved.
LHX has the advantage over other defense companies in that the merger has led to several synergies. For example, the combination of antennas from L3 and combined processing from Harris for avionics applications and the integration of Harris’ payloads on L3’s airborne platforms is expected to lead to an increase in revenue generation.
4-star Morgan Stanley analyst Rajeev Lalwani also sees possible wins from the company's tactical radios that include Manpack, its electronics for F-35 and its electronic warfare for F-16 and F-18. All of this lends the analyst to his conclusion that LHX has “positioned itself as one of the better margin narratives in the industry”.
Lalwani rates LHX stock a "buy" along with $259 price target. If everything goes as planned, LHX will soar about 30% over the next 12 months. (To watch Lalwani's track record, click here)
“Given above-average potential around sales growth, margin expansion, FCF generation, and capital returns, alongside a leadership team that has previously executed, we see no reason why the legacy HRS premium valuation should not be retained has previously executed, we see no reason why the legacy HRS premium valuation should not be retained,” Lalwani added.
The rest of the Street takes a similar approach when it comes to LHX. The defense stock sports a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and $238 average price target, indicating 20% upside potential. (See L3Harris stock analysis on TipRanks)
Facebook has been a tear this year — with shares soaring 42% — and analysts say the gains may not be done yet.
Ahead of its upcoming Q3 earnings release, the Street is standing firmly in Facebook’s corner with both Barclays and Deutsche Bank recently publishing bullish calls.
Based on each firm’s channel checks, demand for Facebook ads remains healthy. According to Deutsche Bank’s Lloyd Walmsley, data indicates that there wasn’t any ad spend deceleration from the second quarter and that same client spending improved for FB.
Adding to the good news, Walmsley sees gains in store thanks to Instagram Checkout as well as the company’s focus on monetizing Instagram influencers. Instagram Checkout lets users easily buy products they discover on the social media platform. Its growing number of partners and the addition of new features like alerts is expected to contribute to impressive top-line results in 2020.
Walmsley rates FB stock a Buy along with $230 price target, which implies about 23% upside from current levels. (To watch Walmsley's track record, click here)
Similarly, Barclays’ Ross Sandler likes what he’s seeing. “We get the sense that Facebook is starting to come out of the privacy and regulatory fog it has been in the past two years, and get back to a stronger innovation cycle. Management likely paints a scenario of steady deceleration and heavy investment for 2020, but we think Facebook may be the only mega-cap to see margin expansion and rapidly accelerating EPS growth next year,” the analyst explained.
As a result, the 5 star analyst reiterated his Buy rating and $240 price target. He is confident in FB’s ability to surge 29% over the next twelve months. (To watch Sandler’s track record, click here)
Overall, Wall Street is clearly bullish on FB. With 7 Buy ratings received from top analysts in just the last 25 days, it’s no wonder the stock has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus. In general, analysts see 28% upside potential for FB based on its $237 average price target. (See Facebook stock analysis on TipRanks)
Despite some recent shakiness, Atlassian stock is up over 30% year-to-date, and several Wall Street analysts believe it remains one of the strongest names in the software space.
According to 5-star SunTrust analyst Joel Fishbein, the force behind popular software products like JIRA and Service Desk presents investors with an exciting growth opportunity thanks to upcoming catalysts. Specifically, TEAM’s partnership with Okta (OKTA) could drive significant growth. The collaboration will see Okta's authentication technology integrated into Atlassian's cloud products, allowing IT admins to automate provisioning. The analyst notes that this partnership as well as the enhancement of its cloud products through its Code Barrel acquisition could result in annual contract value (ACV) expansion.
Fishbein believes that these positive catalysts and its solid past performance make it a stand-out. On October 17, TEAM reported that during its fiscal first quarter, it saw revenue gain 36% year-over-year and added more than 7,000 new net customers.
“Atlassian’s low touch sales and marketing, viral product adoption, focus on R&D and product innovation, and highly profitable model sets them apart in a crowded field,” the top analyst commented. This prompted him to rate the stock a Buy along with $162 price target, which implies about 40% upside potential. (To watch Fishbein’s track record, click here)
The rest of the Street echoes the analyst’s sentiment. 8 Buy ratings and 2 Holds received in the last three months add up to a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus. Additionally, its $153 average price target puts the upside potential at 31%. (See Atlassian stock analysis on TipRanks)