New analyst coverage unearths extensive data on stocks for investors. As analysts are privy to vital information, which is crucial for investment decisions, they are much relied on as lack of information creates chances of misinterpretation (over- or under-valued).
Coverage initiation on a stock by analyst(s) usually portrays higher investor inclination. Investors, on their part, often assume that there is something special in a stock to attract analysts to cover it. In other words, they believe that the company coming under the microscope definitely holds some value.
Obviously, stocks are not randomly chosen to cover. New coverage on a stock usually reflects a reassuring future envisioned by the analyst(s). At times, increased investor focus on a stock motivates analysts to take a closer look at it. After all, who doesn’t like to produce something that is already in demand? Hence, we often find that analysts’ ratings on newly added stocks are more favorable than their ratings on continuously covered stocks.
Needless to say, the average change in broker recommendation is preferred over a single recommendation change.
Impact on Stock Price
The price movement of a stock is generally a function of the recommendations on it from new analysts. Stocks typically see an upward price movement with a new analyst coverage compared to what they witness with a rating upgrade under an existing coverage. Positive recommendations — Buy and Strong Buy — generally lead to a significantly more positive price reaction than Hold recommendations. On the contrary, analysts hardly initiate coverage with a Strong Sell or Sell recommendation.
Now, if an analyst gives a new recommendation on a company that has very few or no existing coverage, investors start paying more attention to it. Also, any new information attracts portfolio managers to build a position in the stock.
So, it’s a good strategy to bet on stocks that have seen increased analyst coverage over the last few weeks.
Number of Broker Ratings now greater than the Number of Broker Ratings four weeks ago (This will shortlist stocks that have recent new coverage).
Average Broker Rating less than Average Broker Rating four weeks ago ('Less than' means 'better than' four weeks ago).
Increased analyst coverage and improving average rating are the primary criteria of this strategy but one should consider other relevant parameters to make the strategy foolproof.
Here are the other screening parameters:
Price greater than or equal to $5 (as a stock below $5 will not likely create significant interest for most investors).
Average Daily Volume greater than or equal to 100,000 shares (if volume isn’t enough, it will not attract individual investors).
Here are four of the nine stocks that passed the screen:
Stifel Financial Corp. SF, a financial services and bank holding company, currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Shares of the company have gained 36.6% year to date, outperforming its industry’s rise of 5.3%. The company's earnings estimates have risen 2.9% for the current year over the past 60 days, depicting analyst optimism over the stock’s earnings potential. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Napco Security Technologies, Inc. NSSC, a manufacturer and seller of security products and software worldwide, currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Shares have gained 90.5% year to date, outperforming its industry’s rally of 28.3%. The company's earnings estimates have risen 8.5% for the current year over the past 60 days.
Tricida, Inc. TCDA, a pharmaceutical company, currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Shares of the company have gained 46.2% year to date, outperforming its industry’s rise of 4.2%. Tricida’s earnings surpassed the consensus estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, the average positive surprise being 20%.
Under Armour, Inc. UA develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth. The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 and shares have gained 47.5% year to date, outperforming its industry’s rally of 23.6%.
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