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Top Growth Stocks This Week

Daisy Mock

Analysts are bullish on these following companies: GW Pharmaceuticals, Geron, SmartFinancial. These companies are relatively strong financially, and have a great outlook in terms of profits and cash flow. If your holdings could benefit from diversification towards growth stocks, whether it be in reputable tech stocks or green small-caps, take a look at my list of stocks with a bright future ahead.

GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:GWPH)

GW Pharmaceuticals plc, a biopharmaceutical company, engages in discovering, developing, and commercializing cannabinoid prescription medicines using botanical extracts derived from the Cannabis plant. Founded in 1998, and currently headed by CEO Justin Gover, the company size now stands at 593 people and with the company’s market capitalisation at USD $3.60B, we can put it in the mid-cap category.

GWPH’s forecasted bottom line growth is an exceptional 70.33%, driven by underlying sales, which is expected to more than double, over the next few years. An affirming signal is when net income increase is supported by top-line growth. Since net income isn’t artificially inflated by one-off initiatives such as cost-cutting, we know this profit growth is more likely to be sustainable. Moreover, the 67.29% growth in operating cash flows shows that a decent part of earnings is driven by robust cash generation from operational activities, not one-off or non-core activities. GWPH’s impressive outlook on all aspects makes it a worthy company to spend more time to understand. A potential addition to your portfolio? Take a look at its other fundamentals here.

NasdaqGM:GWPH Future Profit Feb 8th 18

Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN)

Geron Corporation operates as a biopharmaceutical company. Founded in 1990, and run by CEO John Scarlett, the company employs 17 people and has a market cap of USD $417.19M, putting it in the small-cap stocks category.

GERN’s forecasted bottom line growth is an optimistic double-digit 45.55%, driven by underlying sales, which is expected to more than double, over the next few years. An affirming signal is when net income increase is supported by top-line growth. Since net income isn’t artificially inflated by one-off initiatives such as cost-cutting, we know this profit growth is more likely to be sustainable. GERN’s bullish prospects on both the top and bottom lines make it an interesting stock to invest more time to understand how it can add value to your portfolio. Could this stock be your next pick? Other fundamental factors you should also consider can be found here.

NasdaqGS:GERN Future Profit Feb 8th 18

SmartFinancial, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMBK)

SmartFinancial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for the SmartBank that provides various banking services to individuals and corporate customers in the United States. Started in 2007, and now led by CEO William Carroll, the company employs 222 people and with the company’s market capitalisation at USD $243.35M, we can put it in the small-cap group.

Driven by the exceptional 89.43% sales growth over the next few years, SMBK is expected to deliver an excellent earnings growth of 70.69%. It appears that SMBK’s profitability may be sustainable as the fundamental push is top-line expansion rather than unmaintainable cost-cutting activities. We see this bottom-line expansion directly benefiting shareholders, with expected positive return on equity of 8.84%. SMBK’s bullish prospects on both the top and bottom lines make it an interesting stock to invest more time to understand how it can add value to your portfolio. Considering SMBK as a potential investment? Take a look at its other fundamentals here.

NasdaqCM:SMBK Future Profit Feb 8th 18

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.