U.S. Markets open in 9 hrs 6 mins

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Westell Technologies, Flotek Industries, Arcos Dorados Holdings, Houston Wire & Cable and Limelight Networks

Zacks Equity Research
Northern Trust (NTRS) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – April 6, 2018 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Westell Technologies, Inc. WSTL, Flotek Industries, Inc. FTK, Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. ARCO, Houston Wire & Cable Company HWCC and Limelight Networks, Inc. LLNW.

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1Stock of the Day pick for free.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

5 of the Best Stocks Under $10 for 2018

Here at Zacks, we don’t generally classify stocks as “cheap” or “expensive,” and rather than looking at the stock’s face value, we have a system that puts an emphasis on earnings estimate revisions to find stocks that will hopefully be winners for investors.

That being said, low-priced stocks can be attractive to smaller investors that can’t necessarily afford large stakes in companies with higher priced shares. When looking at these low-priced stocks, we can look at the same trends in growth, value, and momentum and apply the Zacks Rank to properly analyze the potential that these companies have.

Today we’ve highlighted five stocks that are currently trading for under $10 per share. All of these stocks currently sport a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or better, and the selected companies are showing signs of outpacing the market in the upcoming calendar year.

Check out these five great stocks under $10 for 2018:

1. Westell Technologies, Inc.

Prior Close: $3.25

Westell Technologies designs a broad range of digital and analog products used by telcos to deliver services, primarily over telephone wires. The company sports an “A” grade in our Growth category. For its soon-to-be-reported full year ending in March, Westell is projected to post earnings growth of 225%. The company is also expected to start its next fiscal year off hot with further EPS growth of 100% in the first quarter. That strong earnings momentum should be enough to inspire positive trading throughout the rest of the year.

2. Flotek Industries, Inc.

Prior Close: $6.05

Flotek Industries develops and delivers prescriptive chemistry-based technology, including specialty chemicals, to clients in the energy, consumer industrials and food & beverage industries. FTK is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) with great growth prospects. Earnings are expected to soar into the green, while sales are expected to improve by double digits in each of the next two fiscal years. The stock is also starting to generate positive momentum, gaining more than 18% over the past three months, despite broader market volatility.

3. Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.

Prior Close: $9.05

Acros Dorados Holdings operates as a franchisee of McDonald's with its operations divided in Brazil, North Latin America division, South Latin America, and the Caribbean division. ARCO is currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and its earnings are expected to improve at an annualized rate of 19% over the next three to five years. But the stock has a PEG ratio of just 1.2, so investors are getting a great price for some of that near-term growth. Meanwhile, with a P/S ratio of 0.6, ARCO is also looking cheap based on its revenue picture right now. Acros is also offering an annual dividend of about 10 cents per share.

4. Houston Wire & Cable Company

Prior Close: $7.58

Houston Wire & Cable is one of the largest distributors of specialty wire and cable and related services in the U.S. electrical distribution market. The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), as well as an “A” grade for Value in our Style Scores system. Shares are trading at a respectable 16.8x forward 12-month earnings. The stock also has a P/B ratio of 1.4 and P/S of 0.4, both of which are discounts to the respective industry averages of 2.0 and 0.8. HWCC is also projected to witness EPS growth of 200% this fiscal year, according to current consensus estimates.

5. Limelight Networks, Inc.

Prior Close: $3.99

LimeLight provides content delivery network solutions and partners with over 1,300 brands to deliver live and on-demand video around the world. The company is expected to witness decent growth this year, with earnings expected to improve 10% and revenue projected to improve 7%. Those figures are also projected to improve by 45% and 8%, respectively, in the upcoming year. Limelight has managed to surpass consensus estimates in five-consecutive quarters and will look to continue that momentum. The stock is now a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Bottom Line

A stock’s market price is certainly not the most important factor to consider when considering whether or not to add it to your portfolio, and sales and earnings growth projections can prove to be tough to live up to.

Nevertheless, we can always use Zacks’ proven methods of finding quality stocks, and these five companies just happen to be showing strength while also trading for under $10 per share.

Today's Stocks from Zacks' Hottest Strategies

It's hard to believe, even for us at Zacks. But while the market gained +21.9% in 2017, our top stock-picking screens have returned +115.0%, +109.3%, +104.9%, +98.6%, and +67.1%.

And this outperformance has not just been a recent phenomenon. Over the years it has been remarkably consistent. From 2000 - 2017, the composite yearly average gain for these strategies has beaten the market more than 19X over. Maybe even more remarkable is the fact that we're willing to share their latest stocks with you without cost or obligation.

See Them Free>>

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1 Stock of the Day pick for free.

About Zacks Equity Research

Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.

Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

Strong Stocks that Should Be in the News

Many are little publicized and fly under the Wall Street radar. They're virtually unknown to the general public. Yet today's 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" were generated by the stock-picking system that has nearly tripled the market from 1988 through 2015. Its average gain has been a stellar +26% per year.See these high-potential stocks free >>.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zacksresearch

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Zacks-Investment-Research/57553657748?ref=ts

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Media Contact

Zacks Investment Research

800-767-3771 ext. 9339



Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit https://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report
Houston Wire & Cable Company (HWCC) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Limelight Networks, Inc. (LLNW) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Westell Technologies, Inc. (WSTL) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Flotek Industries, Inc. (FTK) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (ARCO) : Free Stock Analysis Report
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
Zacks Investment Research