|Bid||85.05 x 800|
|Ask||89.99 x 800|
|Day's Range||87.52 - 89.27|
|52 Week Range||45.10 - 91.49|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.57|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||158.54|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
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The stock market has been a charging bull since 2019 began. Given how 2018 ended, this has been quite a surprise. Much of the selloff was explained by expectations that Q4 wasn't going to be strong and that growth in 2019 would be diminished. And most of the numbers that are coming in reinforce that view.So, why is the market charging ahead as if there's nothing to fear?Because things are going according to plan. The market hates uncertainty. Even less than ideal certainties are better than pleasant surprises.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAnd that's why small-cap stocks -- which usually do best in times of strong economic expansion -- continue to do well, even now. As long as the market knows the economy isn't going to hit bumps that slow it one quarter and grow it the next -- forcing the Federal Reserve out of its complacency -- stocks can chug along happily. * 15 Stocks That May Be Hurt by This Year's Big IPOs The seven small-cap stocks that make the grade below are all highly rated momentum stocks in my Portfolio Grader. They should see big gains as this "Goldilocks economy" continues. Small-Cap Stocks to Buy: Alarm.com (ALRM)Source: Shutterstock Alarm.com (NASDAQ:ALRM) is a wireless and cloud-based security system company that focuses on residential and commercial properties.It's based in Northern Virginia, which hosts many of the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and there are plenty of expensive houses that got the company off its feet 19 years ago. Since then, it has scaled up its business and diversified both its customer and geographic base.Now the company has expanded into the smart property market, using its security systems to enable homeowners and business owners the ability to remotely monitor and manage a variety of systems.By expanding its footprint nationally and keeping up with the latest technological breakthroughs, ALRM remains one of the fastest growing security systems in the market.ALRM stock is up 53% in the past 12 months, and roughly 18% year to date, so it is solidly performing on its own merits, not just rising with higher tide of the broad stock market. AppFolio (APPF)Source: Citrix Online via FlickrAppFolio (NASDAQ:APPF) is the next iteration of cloud-based software solutions companies.The first wave saw companies simply moving some parts of their data to the cloud so that it was more accessible and provided an offsite back-up for corporate-based servers.The next wave is companies that are targeting specific industries with cloud-based solutions that are built for these niche industries. And that is where APPF comes in.It caters to small- and medium-sized businesses in the property management and legal sectors. This sector hasn't generally been at the top of the cloud providers priority list, since enterprise-level companies are a much bigger fish to land. And while there are plenty of these firms around the U.S., the time and energy to build something at their price point and with custom features just wasn't worth the money. * 7 Winning High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Payouts Over 5% APPF tapped into this market, and it's doing very well with its line of products. Its Q4 earnings were released earlier this month and while earnings were flat, revenue was up a whopping 33%. APPF stock is up almost 80% in the past year and is up 28% year to date. DSW (DSW)Source: Shutterstock DSW (NYSE:DSW) is a pretty familiar name to most consumers. It is one of the largest shoe stores in the U.S., with over 500 locations across the country.As the big-box department stores started their demise, companies like DSW saw an opportunity to move into a specific niche that was no longer being served well by department stores.You see, as much as e-commerce hurt department stores, so did the fact that they didn't have the ability to dig down into their offerings. They could provide some choices, but consumers were getting used to searching out variety online or in a dedicated store.DSW filled that need perfectly, and its e-commerce site allows shoppers to go the e-commerce route if they so desire.But remember, this is a discount shoe retailer, not a tech firm. It has performed well, up 19% in the past 12 months, and it delivers a very respectable 3.9% dividend. As a total return play, this is a great long-term buy. Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT)Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on non-viral liver diseases. It currently has Ocaliva on the market which is treats a handful of these diseases and has little competition in the space.It was also in Phase 3 trials with a new drug for a fatty liver disease called Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and was competing with a similar drug from Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD). When Gilead announced that its drug had failed, things looked bleak.Until ICPT announced its drug had passed the trials. That leaves NASH treatment in the hands of ICPT for now.Bear in mind, this is a biotech that is very focused. Right now, things are going well and the stock is up 71% for the year. Its up only 20% year to date, since it has been more volatile on this NASH news. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash There's plenty of opportunity here, even for a buyout by a bigger firm, so enjoy the ride -- but remember, it will be bumpy. Restoration Hardware (RH)Source: Shutterstock Restoration Hardware Holdings (NYSE:RH) is the holding company for what's better known to consumers as Restoration Hardware. It maintains an enormous and sumptuous product catalog that it distributes as an RH brand.The company has been around since the 1979 and made a good run at expanding smaller retail outlets in upper-middle-class malls and shopping districts around the country. But when the tech bubble burst and then the financial crisis hit, RH had to go back to the drawing board -- adapt or die.And it adapted. RH rebuilt as a brand for its ideal customers - high-end and aspiring high-end consumers. It closed many of its smaller locations and opened glorious showpieces around the country that showed off the furniture and accessories as well as offered interior designers to help with building out rooms and homes. Most also have lovely restaurants as well.This boutique treatment has paid off. RH is up 77% in the past year and is still only trading at a trailing-12-months price-to-earnings ratio of 32. As long as the economy keeps going, RH is going with it. NuStar Energy LP (NS)Source: Shutterstock NuStar Energy LP (NYSE:NS) is a midstream energy company that operates as a limited partnership.Basically, that means NS operates pipelines and storage for petroleum and anhydrous ammonia. Anhydrous ammonia is made from natural gas and steam and is used as a fertilizer.As for the limited partnership piece, that means NS is structured so that stockholders are looked at as owners and get net profits distributed to them in the form of a dividend. This means shareholders aren't "double taxed" on their gains.With U.S. energy production growing and exports also growing, the U.S. energy patch is in a bull market, especially with prices in the upper $50's. Also, NS stock should see some strength in its fertilizer business as the economy expands and spending is solid. * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Bull Market's Anniversary Right now, NS is delivering a whopping 9% dividend, and that's after a 29% run on the stock year to date. Just remember this stock will be a bit volatile since it's a smaller energy company that will be influenced by energy prices and demand. Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF)Source: Shutterstock Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF) has been around since 1847. And it's very likely you have never heard of it.Why? Because it has done one thing in all that time, and unless you're a domestic steel company, its name likely never came up.Granted the U.S. steel industry has been through some significant ups and downs over the past 50 years. But the thing about a company like CLF, which has seen its share of good times and bad times over the past 172 years, is it knows how to adapt.CLF supplies iron ore pellets to the U.S. steel industry. Its mines are in Michigan and Minnesota. It pelletizes the ore in a production facility in Ohio, and the headquarters is in Cleveland.That means all its production and distribution is U.S.-based. That keeps things simple in what can be a very complex global market.This is certainly one sector that has benefited from the U.S.-China trade war, with CLF up 33% in the past year. And it's still trading at a 2.7 P/E. But remember, this is a commodity-based company, so the P/E isn't going to reach big double-digits.In January a major global steel company cut steel production by about 40 million tons a year because of dam disaster at one of its properties in Brazil. That spells opportunity for CLF for 2019 and beyond. It also pays a solid 2% dividend.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy Today * 7 ETFs to Buy to Ride the Longevity Economy * 7 Winning High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Payouts Over 5% Compare Brokers The post 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade appeared first on InvestorPlace.
AppFolio (APPF) is likely to benefit from sustained focus on product and technology-related innovations. Also, synergies from acquisition remain a key catalyst.
AppFolio (NASDAQ:APPF) stock has built a niche as a cloud services and software systems provider for small and medium-sized businesses in the real estate and legal sectors.Source: Citrix Online via FlickrThis is a very big market, and up until now, it has been underserved by tech providers that offer powerful tools that their big competitors have access to.But the age of scale is becoming an old concept. Technology tends to automate services, freeing personnel up to do other, higher-function jobs. This tends to benefit larger companies, since they can do more with less people, adding to their margins.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOn the smaller scale, however, most companies are already leveraged, and it's more about finding new ways to compete in a crowded market, especially with larger, more tech-powered competition.That's the first phase, when tech is a tool of the big guy. Maybe it's a proprietary system built by an in-house IT department, or maybe it's working with an outside tech firm to customize a solution. * 9 High-Growth Stocks to Buy Now for Monster Returns The second wave is when the technology can be accessed by smaller players in the game. This is happening to financial services right now. It also is playing out in the auto industry, aerospace, manufacturing, consumer retail and many other sectors. Tech Transitions and APPF StockUsually, the more traditional the sector, the slower the tech transition. There's also the issue of regulation. The more regulated an industry, the tougher it is for tech firms to navigate the regulations and still provide profits for shareholders and services for clients.But once the door is opened in a particular sector, a new wave of change hits fast. And fairly quickly, the winners are the small and mid-sized companies that understand the power of technology … and the tech firms that establish themselves open up wide competitive moats with their competition.For example, in the banking industry, big banks saw the power of automating their business once the financial crisis hit. And over time, that automation helped reduced their staff, move into online banking and build a cohesive national or regional network.Small banks and credit unions were struggling since these big chains were encroaching. But then neo-banks and financial technology firms came in and changed the landscape. Now, local and regional banks can compete effectively with large institutions and provide similar services with more local and personal flavor.We're seeing this transition in the real estate sector now, where Davids are now equipped to fight Goliaths. And APPF stock is leading that charge.APPF stock is up 59% in the past year, but it's still well off its 52-week highs. Although even at this level, it has a current price-to-earnings ratio of 116. That is high, but its growth and its potential are certainly apparent.It fourth-quarter and year-end numbers come out on Feb. 28, which will set its short-term direction. Long term, AppFolio is a leader in a sector where its services are in great demand. And right now, APPF stock is well priced.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 6 Hot Stocks For Goldman Sachs' New Investing Strategy * 10 Smart Money Stocks to Buy Now * The 10 Best Cheap Stocks to Buy Right Now Compare Brokers The post Ride the Small-Cap Melt-Up with AppFolio Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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