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5 Stocks With Recent Price Strength to Strengthen Portfolio

Zacks Equity Research

“In the stock game, winning means reaching a higher price.” However, striking the right chord each time needs a fair amount of luck.

No matter how disciplined and systematic investors are, equity market volatility will always manage to get the better of them. While a few lucky ones rake in the moolah, others fall victim to ad hoc strategies.

One could resort to commonly used techniques to find beaten down stocks that have the potential to recover faster than others. However, even such investment choices bear the risk of disappointment. Particularly, one could fall into the value trap if the hidden weaknesses in selected stock are not identified.

So, wouldn’t it be a safer strategy to look for stocks that are winners currently and have the potential to gain further?

Sounds a good idea? Here is how to execute it:

One should primarily target stocks that have recently been on a bull run. Actually, stocks seeing price strength recently have a high chance of carrying the momentum forward.

If a stock is continuously witnessing an uptrend, there must be a solid reason or else it would have probably crashed. So, looking at stocks that are capable of beating the benchmark that they have set for themselves seems rational.

However, recent price strength alone cannot create the magic. Therefore, you need to set other relevant parameters to create a successful investment strategy.

Here’s how you should create the screen to shortlist the current as well as the potential winners.

Screening Parameters:

Percentage Change in Price (4 Weeks) greater than zero: This criterion shows that the stock has moved higher in the last four weeks.

Percentage Change Price (12 Weeks) greater than 10: This indicates that the stock has seen momentum over the last three months. This lowers the risk of choosing stocks that may have drawn attention due to the overwhelming performance of the overall market in a very short period.

Zacks Rank 1: No matter whether market conditions are good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Average Broker Rating 1: This indicates that brokers are also highly hopeful about the stock’s future performance.

Current Price greater than 5: The stocks must all be trading at a minimum of $5.

Current Price/ 52-Week High-Low Range more than 85%: This criterion filters stocks that are trading near their respective 52-week highs. It indicates that these are strong enough in terms of price.

Just these few criteria narrowed down the universe from over 7,700 stocks to just five.

Here we present those five stocks:

The Meet Group Inc. MEET operates a powerful live-streaming video platform, empowering global community to forge meaningful connections. The company’s stock price has surged 40.9% in the last 12 weeks. It has expected earnings growth of 19.4% for current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 4.9% over the last 60 days. The Meet Group generated a positive earnings surprise of 50.9% in the last four quarters.

Verint Systems Inc. VRNT provides actionable intelligence solutions and value-added services worldwide. The company’s stock price has increased 21.2% in the last 12 weeks. It has expected earnings growth of 11.3% for current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 0.3% over the last 60 days. Verint Systems generated a positive earnings surprise of 12.8% in the last four quarters.

First BanCorp. FBP operates as a bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico that provides a range of financial products and services to retail, commercial, and institutional clients. The company’s stock price has advanced 26.3% in the last 12 weeks. It has expected earnings growth of 19.4% for current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 2.8% in the last 60 days. First BanCorp generated a positive earnings surprise of 18.7% in the last four quarters.

Sotherly Hotels Inc. SOHO is a self-managed and self-administered lodging REIT focused on the acquisition, renovation, upbranding and repositioning of upscale to upper-upscale full-service hotels in the Southern United States. The company’s stock price has advanced 10.7% in the last 12 weeks. It has expected earnings growth of 9.7% for current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 2.7% in the last 60 days. Sotherly Hotels generated a positive earnings surprise of 160.7% in the last four quarters.

AIT Therapeutics Inc. AITB is a clinical-stage medical device and biopharmaceutical company, develops nitric oxide (NO) delivery systems to treat respiratory and other diseases. The company’s stock price has advanced 44.3% in the last 12 weeks. It has expected earnings growth of 38.7% for current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 23.5% in the last 60 days. AIT Therapeutics generated a positive earnings surprise of 19.1% in the last four quarters.

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