ALGN - Align Technology, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
179.37
+1.90 (+1.07%)
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179.37 0.00 (0.00%)
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Previous Close177.47
Open176.46
Bid178.92 x 900
Ask179.40 x 1000
Day's Range176.16 - 179.52
52 Week Range169.84 - 398.88
Volume936,913
Avg. Volume1,405,695
Market Cap14.326B
Beta (3Y Monthly)2.36
PE Ratio (TTM)34.84
EPS (TTM)5.15
Earnings DateOct 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est263.00
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FIT dropped 21% following earnings, against the 13% decline in GPRO, after the Q2 release came with a full-year guidance cut. And unlike GoPro, Fitbit isn't a market leader anymore: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) clearly has taken the smartwatch crown, with Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) also a legitimate player.For GPRO, there is at least is a case that the stock is cheap enough that even some growth can, at some point, drive the stock higher. FIT stock doesn't even have that case. The company does have a ton of cash: some $565 million (including marketable securities) at the end of the second quarter, against a market capitalization below $800 million. But it's also burning some of that cash, with even Adjusted EBITDA guided to a loss for the full year.Given market share erosion, it's hard to see how that reverses. The same is true of Fitbit stock. Arlo Technologies (ARLO)Source: Shutterstock For IP camera manufacturer Arlo Technologies (NYSE:ARLO), GPRO and FIT should have served as cautionary tales. 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But ALGN stock seemed like the kind of stock where investors would keep paying up for its growth.A jittery market ended the rally at the beginning of October. Soft Q4 guidance given with Q3 earnings later that month sent ALGN tumbling. The stock lost more than half its value in the fourth quarter alone. But a new year led to a new rally: by early May, Align Technology stock had risen 58% in 2019.Those gains now are gone. ALGN has fallen 47% and has reversed to a 16% loss for this year. Once again, it was weak guidance that tripped up the stock, as the company cited a slowdown in growth in China and choppy performance among teens in the U.S.ALGN is tempting on the decline. This still seems to be a wonderful business model. Growth should continue, particularly in developing markets. Management remained confident after Q2 that revenue in China would rebound. 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DXC Technology (DXC)Source: Shutterstock There may not be a better stock for contrarian investors right now than DXC Technology (NASDAQ:DXC), the result of a merger of Computer Sciences Corporation with assets from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE).DXC shares are down roughly two-thirds from all-time highs reached in September. The stock trades at less than five times the low end of updated 2019 adjusted EPS guidance -- and barely four times the high end. There are worries, notably in the consulting business. But a sharp sell-off of late, including a 30% one-day decline after second quarter earnings, seems like an overreaction.That said, investors do need to be careful. Selling pressure hasn't let up yet, though weaker broad markets are a factor. DXC does have a decent amount of debt: almost $10 billion against a market capitalization now just above $12 billion. DXC is cheap relative to guidance, but that guidance was cut sharply after the second quarter and could see another reduction before the year is out. Contrarian investing in this market has been difficult, if not dangerous.Still, a sub-5x P/E multiple is attractive. There should be room for cost cuts going forward. Investors need to understand just what they're getting into -- but it's hard to find much in the way of cheaper stocks than DXC.As of this writing, Vince Martin is long shares of NETGEAR. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall * 5 Stocks to Avoid Amid the Ongoing Trade War * 7 5G Stocks to Buy Now for the Future The post The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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As you will all three stocks below also boast a Strong Buy Street consensus, based on analyst ratings published over the last three months. Let's take a closer look now: Align Tech (ALGN)Align Technology has made a big name for itself in the world of orthodontics. The company has revolutionized the use of metal braces with its transparent Invisalign teeth aligner system. According to Align, over 7.2 million people including over 1.7 million teens have benefited from Invisalign. That makes the company the clear market leader in its field. The company faced a wave of insider sell transactions two and three months ago. However, the tide appears to be turning. In the last couple of days, President, CEO and director Joseph Hogan picked up $998 worth of ALGN stock. He now has a total Align holding valued at approximately $31.4 million. What’s more, this is an insider with a relatively strong track record on his Align transactions. He bought shares back in February 2018 at $252; sold at $350 in August of the same year; and is now buying again with the stock back down at $188.Raj Pudipeddi is chief marketing officer of ALGN. He has also just made his first transaction- buying $206,000 worth of shares on August 6.In fact Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien highlights the CEO transaction, as well as Align entering into an accelerated $200 million stock repurchase plan as evidence of management’s confidence in the business over both the intermediate and long term. This Top 100 analyst believes Align can outperform rivals, telling investors that the company "has much better products that will win in the marketplace." As a result O’Brien reiterated his buy rating and $240 price target.Credit Suisse’s Erin Wright is even more optimistic. 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It just submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the US FDA for a Triple Combination Regimen of VX-445 (Elexacaftor), Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor. “The submission of the NDA is a major step toward our goal of bringing this medicine to the largest remaining group of people with CF that still do not have an approved Vertex medicine, as well as toward providing significantly enhanced benefits to patients with two F508del mutations” Vertex’s chief medical officer wrote following the submission on July 22.And now two insiders have arguably demonstrated their confidence in the application by making large stock purchases. Michael Parini, an exec VP and the company’s chief legal and admin officer, snapped up $201,592 worth of stock this week, bringing his total holding to $6.2 million. Meanwhile chief commercial officer Stuart Arbuckle upped his holding by $330,578 to over $5.7 million. And these insiders aren’t the only financial experts demonstrating bullish sentiment right now. The stock shows a ‘Strong Buy’ Street consensus with 10 out of 12 analysts rating VRTX a buy. That’s with an average price target of $217 (25% upside potential). “Vertex put up another very strong quarter (top- / bottom-line beats) with all three cystic fibrosis assets topping expectations” enthused JP Morgan analyst Cory Kasimov on August 1. “With strong ongoing execution on the CF front, focus continues to turn to the pipeline for the next potential leg of the story. We are finding current stock levels increasingly attractive as 2020 is setting up to be a year of major growth potential both in terms of financial (via early 2020 triple approval) and clinical performance” the analyst told investors. Avrobio (AVRO)Biotech Avrobio is developing lentiviral-based gene therapies that it believes can transform patients' lives in a single dose. Its most advanced pipeline drug is for Fabry disease- a rare inherited disorder that results from the buildup of a particular type of fat in the body's cells. The market opportunity is significant: worldwide sales of roughly $4 billion in 2017 for lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs), which analysts see as Avrobio’s total addressable market.In the last two weeks, both a director and one of the company’s owners have each snapped up a further $15 million of Avrobio stock. That brings director Bruce Booth’s total holding in the company up to a whopping $100 million. Interestingly this is by far his biggest holding, but he does have million-dollar positions in three more biotech stocks: Magenta Therapeutics; Unum Therapeutics; and Miragen Therapeutics. Luckily for Booth, Avrobio has a very bullish outlook from the Street right now. Although only three analysts have published recent AVRO ratings- all three rate the stock a buy. Plus their $34 average price target indicates upside potential of 90%. Top Mizuho Securities analyst Difei Yang reiterated her buy rating and $28 price target on July 16. “We believe AVROBIO's robust clinical development program has potential to demonstrate significant clinical benefits in Fabry patients and ultimately position the company's gene therapy as a first-line treatment” she cheered. Yang made the call after AVRO released positive new trial data showing sustained efficacy and a promising safety profile. Most encouragingly, 3/5 patients treated in the Phase 1 trial have discontinued standard of care enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) so far, added the analyst. Looking forward, additional Fabry updates could be available in late 2019/early 2020 although no specific timeline has yet been provided by management. Discover stocks with positive insider sentiment here

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