|Bid||43.50 x 800|
|Ask||45.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||43.80 - 44.84|
|52 Week Range||31.67 - 72.27|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||3.36|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||65.58|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||32.90|
Most mutual funds that invest in small-cap stocks tend to close to new investors as soon as the assets get to a point where it becomes harder to outperform the benchmark. It's not often you find a portfolio manager that invests $3.9 billion in small-cap stocks and delivers market-beating performance, but that's what you get with Amy Zhang, who has run the Alger Small Cap Focus Fund (MUTF:AOFAX) since 2015. Zhang's performance is off the charts in 2019, up almost 32% year to date through July 22, nearly 10 percentage points higher than the Russell 2000 Growth Index, the fund's benchmark.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsZhang uses a focused approach keeping her portfolio to 49 holdings, much less than the 1,239 in the benchmark. The median market cap is $3.67 billion; Zhang's looking for stocks to buy that can become mid-cap stocks. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio Here are 10 of the stocks Zhang currently holds that you might want to put on your watchlist. Small-Cap Stocks to Buy: Canada Goose (GOOS)The third-largest holding in AOFAX, Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) accounts for 3.15% of the portfolio. It's down almost 6% year to date. If you don't know about Canada Goose's parkas and other outdoor wear, you have likely spent the past couple of years living very close to the Equator where down jackets aren't necessary. I picked GOOS as my pick in InvestorPlace's top stock picks of 2019. I'm currently in 8th place, well back of Louis Navellier, whose Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) pick was a timely one. The apparel brand continues to make all the right moves. As for Canada Goose, its shares got clipped at the end of May when its earnings missed analyst expectations and it gave a conservative outlook for the remainder of the year. CEO Dani Reiss is building the perfect three-legged stool of brick-and-mortar, wholesale, and e-commerce. This focus will drive its stock higher in the long haul. In the meantime, investors should expect lots of volatility. GOOS and Lululemon are two of Canada's greatest exports in recent years. Five Below (FIVE)The fourth-largest holding in AOFAX, Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) accounts for 3.14% of the portfolio. It's up 25.7% year to date.I originally recommended the discount chain's stock in April 2017 when it was trading at $44, well below its current levels. I like its concept of selling products for $5 or less with a big focus on teens and pre-teens. It plans to open 2,000 stores over the next few years. Morgan Stanley analyst Simeon Gutman recently resumed coverage of Five Below giving it an "overweight" rating and a $135 target price. The analyst sees FIVE generating significant free cash flow by the end of 2020 and beyond. * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) The best part: for every store it opens, it gets all of its investment back in less than a year, making it an excellent candidate based on return on capital invested. Shopify (SHOP)Source: Shutterstock The sixth-largest holding in AOFAX, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) accounts for 2.93% of the portfolio. It's up 154% year to date.This is the problem with mutual funds. Because the holdings are listed as of the most recent quarter-end -- April 30 for AOFAX -- we have no way of knowing if Zhang has sold any of her holdings. We won't know the latest holdings until it updates the portfolio at some point in August. With the e-commerce platform up by more than double in just seven months, only those committed to holding the Canadian tech phenom for 2-3 years should consider buying at this point. However, make no mistake. Shopify is the real deal.As CNBC on-air personality Jim Cramer recently said, Shopify has the potential to be the next Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). It has way too small a market cap ($37.9 billion) given how big it could become. Veeva Systems (VEEV)The eighth-largest holding in AOFAX, Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) accounts for 2.87% of the portfolio. It's up 93% year to date.Veeva helps life sciences companies manage all of their data and content on one platform, making the clinical trial process much more efficient. Given how complicated this process can be, anything that helps scientists and medical practitioners stay on course is a godsend. By buying VEEV stock, you're getting both a tech company and a health care business all wrapped up in one. One way that it's trying to keep growing is by broadening its portfolio of cloud-based products beyond the life sciences vertical into other industries. Using its Vault content management products, which currently account for almost half its revenue, look for it to take what it's learned from life sciences and transfer this knowledge to companies other than healthcare. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Last August, I recommended VEEV as one of seven growth stocks to buy. It's up 93% since then with plenty of gas in the tank to get to $200 and beyond. Wingstop (WING)The ninth-largest holding in AOFAX, Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) accounts for 2.69% of the portfolio. It's up 48% year to date.Restaurant Business's Peter Romeo recently interviewed Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison about its business. Morrison, who has been CEO for the past seven years, discussed how the company is at an inflection point where technology is required to continue growing its business. Morrison would like to see Wingstop become one of the world's top 10 restaurant brands. Currently, it has annual sales of $1.3 billion; it's the 45th largest company on Technomic's Top 500 Restaurants list. To improve service times, the company is looking to implement small holding stations so that customers can retrieve them without having to deal with an employee. It's small technological advancements like this that will keep it growing. Wingstop has grown same-store sales for 15 consecutive years, doing it in good times and bad. Look for it to expand its delivery business over the next 2-3 years. Chegg (CHGG)The 11th-largest holding in AOFAX, Chegg (NASDAQ:CHGG) accounts for 2.63% of the portfolio. It's up 52.7% year to date.College graduates from 2007 through 2015 are most likely familiar with the company because of its printed textbook division, which rents and sells printed textbooks. However, in recent years, the company has moved toward a digitally-focused business that helps students stay on track through various solutions, including study and tutor programs. Most of these digital services fall under its Chegg Services segment. In Q1 2019, this segment grew revenues by 34% compared to 7% for Required Services, the operating division that provides the printed textbooks.I recently recommended CHGG as one of seven stocks that will make a student's life easier. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 Chegg is expected to make $0.56 a share in 2019 and $0.77 in 2020. With revenue growth of 20% or more for the foreseeable future (not to mention it competes in a desirable market), I could see CHGG stock hitting $100 in the next 12-24 months. nLight (LASR)The 17th-largest holding in AOFAX, nLight (NASDAQ:LASR) accounts for 2.12% of the portfolio. It's down 13.2% year to date.Although I have heard of most of the companies in Zhang's portfolio, I'm unfamiliar with nLight, a company that specializes in the development of high-powered laser technologies for end-user buyers. Serving many different industries in need of lasers that can cut and weld at high speed, nLight continues to grow its business outside North America. Based in Vancouver, Washington, nLight's 2018 revenues were $191 million, 38% higher than a year earlier. According to the company, it competes for a total addressable market of $2 billion, expected to grow to $4 billion by the end of 2020. Over the past four years, the company has grown revenues by more than 30% a year while increasing gross margins from 25% in 2015 to 35% in 2018. With zero debt and $142 million in cash on the balance sheet, LASR is an excellent combination of growth and value. BlackLine (BL)The 19th-largest holding in AOFAX, BlackLine (NASDAQ:BL) accounts for 2.05% of the portfolio. It's up 20% year to date.If you're a corporate accountant, there's a good chance you've heard of BL's cloud-based financial automation software that helps companies keep accurate financial records. Recently, BlackLine's Finance Controls and Automation Platform was named 2019's "Accounting Automation Platform of the Year" by Corporate Vision Magazine. More than 2,700 companies and 227,000 people use BlackLine's platform. The company's customers buy monthly subscriptions with 1-3-year terms. In the quarter ended March 31, its subscription and support revenue was $61.3 million, 26% higher than a year earlier. Not yet profitable, it's got to get to approximately $100 million in quarterly revenues before it turns into the black. Based on current growth rates, that should happen in the next 24-36 months. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond Of all the stocks on this list, BL is the one with the most risk at this point in its development. WisdomTree Investments (WETF)The 35th-largest holding in AOFAX, WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) accounts for 1.64% of the portfolio. It's down 4.1% year to date.If you bought one of WisdomTree's ETFs five years ago and also bought its stock, I can almost guarantee you would have done better with the ETF. That's because WisdomTree's stock has had a miserable run over this period, down 6.6% on an annualized basis, including dividends. By comparison, the WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Fund (NYSEARCA:EES) is up 7.2% over the same period. What is the problem for the ETF provider? Its operating margins are shrinking. In the three months ended March 31, it had an operating margin of 19.9%, 200 basis points lower than at the end of December and 600 basis points lower than a year earlier. However, it's important to remember that a significant amount of its operating expenses in recent quarters is the result of its April 2018 acquisition of ETF Securities' European ETF business, which gave WisdomTree much greater scale in the European market. The largest global independent ETF provider in terms of assets under management, WisdomTree's stock is cheap under $7. HealthEquity (HQY)The 39th-largest holding in AOFAX, HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY) accounts for 1.23% of the portfolio. It's up 36% year to date.The Utah-based company specializes in providing HSA's (Health Savings Accounts) for U.S. companies and their employees. It is currently the HSA platform for 141 health plans and 45,000 employers. Founded in 2002, the number of Healthequity's HSA members at the end of April was 4.05 million people, up 17% from a year earlier. It continues to be the go-to company for HSA's. It's a big reason why I recommended the company in November 2017, calling it one of seven stocks to double your money. Despite declining by 15% since its selection, I can see why Zhang has included HQY in her portfolio. HQY recently announced that it would acquire WageWorks (NYSE:WAGE), a leader in administering HSA's for $2 billion. That's a 28% premium on WageWorks' stock based on the 30-day volume-weighted average closing price before the offer becoming public knowledge on April 30. The move accelerates the company's push into the HSA marketplace.At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains takes a look at three sportswear stocks to consider buying as the second quarter 2019 earnings season kicks off.
You've saved $1,000 from your part-time job while going to school to get that college degree you've always wanted. You want to invest it. The question is where to safely put it so that it grows to be worth more than $1,000 in a few years. Do you look for stocks to buy? Do you purchase a simple fund-of-funds mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund? Or, do you put it in a high-interest savings account where the principal is guaranteed?These are some of the possible ideas facing young investors unfamiliar with the options available to them. To help you grow your hard-earned savings, I've put together a collection of seven ways you can hit the ground running in your pursuit of a suitable investment. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut remember this: The most important message I can give you is that the investment itself isn't nearly as important as the amount of time your savings are in the market. * 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half With all of that in mind, here are seven stocks to buy for young investors. Electronic Arts (EA)Source: Shutterstock An essential part of investing is understanding why you own a particular stock. In the case of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), I'm recommending its stock for two reasons. The first reason is that young people generally understand and play video games. Electronic Arts is one of the world's largest publishers of video games. In fiscal 2019, Electronic Arts had annual net revenues of $5 billion, operating cash flow of $1.5 billion and $1 billion in net income. Highlights of fiscal 2019 include launching free-to-play game Apex Legends, repurchasing 11 million of its shares, and growing its net bookings by 5% to $3.7 billion. Thanks to EA's free-to-play franchise, analysts are high on EA stock. On July 2, BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson raised its price target by $14 to $130, 30% higher than where it's currently trading. A big reason for the rise in price has to do with the early hype for the second season of Apex Legends. According to reports, more than three million views of the trailer for the second season were viewed in the first four days of its release with a 95% like-to-dislike ratio. If you already play the games, why not own the stock? Scotts Miracle-Grow (SMG)Source: Shutterstock As you're likely to notice, all seven of these stocks are trading around $100. I chose to recommend stocks around this dollar amount so you could buy 10 shares of whichever stock you select. As I write this, Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG) is trading just below $100. If you're not familiar with Scotts, it is in the business of making your lawn and gardens look fantastic. In business since 1868, it is North America's leading company in the consumer lawn and garden industry with 2018 sales of $2.7 billion. If you're looking for a stable company, SMG is it, targeting 2-4% sales growth each year, 4.6% growth in operating income and 8-10% earnings-per-share growth, delivering 10-12% annual returns for shareholders. In fiscal 2019, Scotts expects sales growth of at least 13% with non-GAAP EPS rising by at least 13% to $4.20. Since 2014, Scotts has grown its free cash flow by 77% to $274 million in 2018, which means it has a free cash flow yield of 3.5% based on an enterprise value of $7.9 billion. * 7 of the Best Emerging Markets Stocks to Buy Furthermore, as the cannabis industry grows, Scotts' Hawthorne Gardening subsidiary will continue to benefit from that growth. Owning SMG is an excellent way to make a side bet on the cannabis industry. Columbia Sportswear (COLM) Source: McArthurGlen Designer Outlets via Flickr (modified)You would think with the success of Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) in recent years that Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM) would be suffering a sales outage. Not so. In fact, COLM stock is trading within 10% of its all-time high, which it hit in March. However, the demand for warm outdoor wear continues to grow, leaving plenty of revenue for upstarts like Canada Goose and legacy brands such as Columbia and the North Face. Today, consumers expect their winter coats to be able to handle any weather, including frigid, sub-zero conditions. "Consumers today expect technical attributes to their garments, and that means winter clothes should be able to function in extreme climates," said Edward Hertzman, the founder and president of the trade publication Sourcing Journal in February. "It's no longer a crazy idea for a T-shirt to be able to sweat-wick, have UV protection, or have cooling or moisture retention qualities. This technology already exists, and people expect it. Companies are just responding to consumer expectations."When you're trying to meet these customer expectations, it helps that you've been around since 1938 as Columbia has. Consumers have grown to trust its products whose brands include Columbia, Sorel, prAna and Mountain Hardwear. But make no mistake, the Columbia brand is what drives the company higher. In 2018, the Columbia brand accounted for 82% of the company's overall revenue with the U.S. home to 62% of its total sales. The opportunity, if you buy CLM stock, is its growth outside the U.S. for all four of its brands, including Columbia. While COLM might not be nearly as trendy as GOOS, it trades at 2.5 times sales, almost three times less than Canada's iconic brand. To me, that spells value. Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ)Source: Shutterstock If you're going to invest in U.S.-listed stocks, I believe it makes sense to own one or more of the companies that operate the stock exchanges where these seven stocks are bought and sold. Naturally, Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) is listed on Nasdaq, the stock exchange it's owned since its creation in 1971. In 2007, Nasdaq merged with OMX, a Scandinavian company that launched the first derivative exchange in Europe, to become known as the Nasdaq OMX Group. In 2014, the company changed its name to Nasdaq Inc.It continues to make acquisitions to grow Nasdaq Inc. beyond merely an operator of stock exchanges. On Jan. 1, 2017, Nasdaq appointed Adena Friedman as its CEO. Friedman is one of just 26 women to be the chief executive of an S&P 500 company.In the first quarter of 2019, Nasdaq continued its transition into the financial technology industry by acquiring Cinnober for $190 million. The Swedish company provides fintech services to financial institutions around the world through its TRADExpress Platform, which helps stock exchanges trade more efficiently. In 2018, Nasdaq had $2.5 billion in revenues from five different revenue streams, with 70% of it recurring in nature through subscriptions. Over the past three years, it has grown its non-GAAP EPS by 12% annually from $3.39 in 2015 to $4.75 in 2018. * 7 Education Stocks to Buy for the Future of Academia Friedman's push to fintech and data analytics will reap dividends for years to come. Medtronic (MDT)Source: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine via Flickr (Modified)My objective with this article is to provide young investors with seven different options from seven different sectors, all trading around $100 a share. Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) fits the bill for the healthcare sector. If you're not familiar with Medtronic, it got its start in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop. Since then, it has grown to become one of the world's biggest and best manufacturers of medical devices. Whether we're talking insulin pumps, transcatheter heart valves, neurosurgery imaging and all the other medical technology it makes, Medtronic is a leader in its field. In fiscal 2019, the company had $30.6 billion in sales divided among four main operating units: Restorative Therapies ($8.2 billion), Cardiac & Vascular ($11.5 billion), Minimally Invasive Therapies ($8.5 billion) and the Diabetes Group ($2.4 billion). Each of these units in their own right would be a large company. By investing in Medtronic stock, investors get a significant diversification of revenue streams, along with a $2.16 annual dividend, which is currently yielding 2.2%. In May, Medtronic announced fourth-quarter results that were better than expected. On the top line, it had sales of $8.15 billion, $30 million higher than the consensus estimate. On the bottom line, Medtronic's non-GAAP EPS was $1.54, 7 cents better than analyst expectations. As people continue to live longer, the demand for Medtronic's products will increase, providing shareholders with above-average long-term returns. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)Source: Mark Hunter via Flickr (Modified)Over the past 20 years, shareholders of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) have achieved an average annual total return of 10.6% through July 2. A $10,000 investment on July 6, 1999, is worth $75,436 today. How does that compare to the S&P 500?Well, if you use the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) as your proxy, it trounces the index by 450 basis points annually. The company's growth accelerated in 2009 when The Stanley Works merged with the Black & Decker Corporation to form one of the world's largest tool companies. A merger of equals, each share of Black & Decker stock was exchanged for 1.275 shares of Stanley common stock. The deal was valued at $4.5 billion with Stanley shareholders owning 50.5% of the merged entity -- Stanley Black & Decker -- and Black & Decker shareholders owning the rest.At the time, the two companies rationalized the deal because of the $350 million in cost synergies, two highly complementary brands, and $1 in EPS accretion within three years of closing the merger. Since the merger was completed on March 12, 2010, SWK stock is up 11.5% compounded annually through July 2. Not wanting to miss out on the popularity of online shopping, SWK has focused on e-commerce in recent years, and it has paid off, going over $1 billion in sales in 2018. Although they only accounted for 7.2% of its $13.98 billion in 2018 revenue, its e-commerce revenues are growing at double digits. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice Its omnichannel focus is critical to the success of SWK stock in the years to come. Stocks to Buy: Hilton Worldwide (HLT) Source: eGuide Travel via FlickrIf you've traveled at all, you're likely familiar with the Hilton Hotels brand. Two years ago, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) wasn't just an operator of hotels. It also owned hotels and a timeshare company. To extract greater value for its shareholders, the company decided to spin off Park Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:PK) and Hilton Grand Vacations (NYSE:HGV) into their own independent, publicly traded companies, so that each could focus on their segment of the travel market. Of the three stocks, HLT had been the best performer since the split in January 2017. Looking into the future, Hilton sees considerable growth for its all-suites brands -- Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites -- and that growth should help propel HLT higher in the next 12-24 months. In the first quarter, Hilton opened 21 all-suites properties, it signed deals for another 37 and plans to open 130 by the end of 2019. The all-suites properties account for approximately 10% of Hilton's total number of properties. In addition to the 130, its opening for the all-suites division, Hilton has a total pipeline of 600 at the current time.One country where Hilton is focusing its all-suites growth is Canada, where it continues to get record visitors combined with higher revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR). It recently opened its 30th all-suites hotel in Canada. It also sees potential in the Caribbean and Latin America.Up more than 40% year to date, Hilton stock remains a great play heading into the summer season. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Education Stocks to Buy for the Future of Academia * 5 Stocks to Buy as You Rebalance Your Portfolio The post 7 Simple Ways for Young Investors to Invest Their First $1,000Â appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The second quarter of 2019 has ended and that means we're at the halfway point in the Best Stocks for 2019 contest.Over the last three months, trade-war headlines and Federal Trade Commission announcements kept the markets interesting to say the least. But the S&P 500 and Dow are making new all-time highs, and the Nasdaq is close to doing the same.In the Best Stocks contest, we had wild swings as marijuana stocks briefly fell out of favor and the trade war hit some stocks more than others. While the stock that finished in first place clearly broke away from the pack, the race was tight between second and fifth places.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 So without further ado, let's take a look at how each of the Best Stocks' competitors did in Q2. Syrah Resources (SYAAF)Investor: Eric Fry Year-to-Date Change Through Q2: -40%Syrah Resources (OTCMKTS:SYAAF) is an all-in bet on the electric vehicle revolution -- and revolution hasn't come just yet. No matter which auto company ends up dominant and which battery they use, the anode on these batteries must be graphite. And SYAAF holds the largest graphite mine in the world.Right now, however, Syrah is cash flow-negative and the current demand for graphite isn't enough to drive it.But Eric Fry points out two positives:* "Syrah has been narrowing its operating losses, mostly by mining its graphite more efficiently … Quarterly cash-flow from operations has improved from a low of -$41 million in September 2016 to -$8 million in the most recent quarter. But a minus sign is still not a plus sign.* SYAAF is in the process of issuing new debt and equity to raise an additional $78 million. But this new cash isn't coming cheap. In order to attract these funds, the company is issuing stock at 56 cents a share -- a steep 20% discount to where the stock was trading before the company announced this financing."However, the stock has one thing going for it in this contest. As of this writing, SYAAF trades at just 61 cents and has a market cap of $213 million. And the best stocks for 2019 contest counts percent gained. That means less is needed to move the needle here than with other stocks on this list -- namely the Reader's Choice.Read more about SYAAF from Eric Fry here. Weibo (WB)Source: Shutterstock Investor: Kyle WoodleyYTD Change: -28%Those who follow the markets even casually won't need an explanation for a nearly 35% drop in a Chinese stock over the last three months. Of course it was the trade war.Weibo (NASDAQ:WB), the Chinese microblogging platform, has little to do with trade between the U.S. and China. But it has been caught in the crossfire nonetheless.As Investorplace's Luke Lango writes:"Broadly speaking, Weibo is China's Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). But, Wiebo has more users than Twitter, is more profitable than Twitter, and is growing more quickly than Twitter. Despite all that, Weibo has a market cap about half that of Twitter. Why? ARPU rates. Weibo monetizes its users less than Twitter. This is just a time issue."WB's growth -- particularly when it comes to digital ads -- has stalled out as a result of the macro concerns surrounding the Chinese economy, largely as a result of the trade war.Weibo reported earnings of 56 cents and revenues of $399 million for the first quarter, both beating expectations and showing large amounts of growth from the year-ago quarter. But WB fell on lowered Q2 guidance. * The 7 Top Small-Cap Stocks Of 2019 So WB stock's outlook for the second half largely depends on the trade war. If it continues, the stock will likely stall out, but if an agreement is finally reached, look for a nice pop in the price. Canada Goose (GOOS)Source: Shutterstock Investor: Will AshworthYTD Change: -11%Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) had posted at 10% YTD gain by the end of Q1, and it has now swung just as far in the opposite direction. The main culprit? A May 29 earnings report that showed the clothing brand's explosive growth is finally slowing.But InvestorPlace's Will Ashworth thinks that this slowing growth is not only okay, it's inevitable:"Canada Goose, like all growth stocks, is moving through a transitional period, where it goes from the 'It' brand to something more sustainable with the corporate infrastructure in place to meet the increased demand. "With the shock of slowing growth already priced into GOOS stock, the second half should hold more gains as margins improve and the company's expansion into China continues to take hold.Read more about GOOS from Will Ashworth here. LyondellBasell (LYB)Source: Via LyondellBasellInvestor: Charles SizemoreYTD Change: 3.7%LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB) has jumped from 9th place to 7th over the course of Q2. With a gain of just 3.7% YTD, this just goes to show the current volatility of the market. So what happened for LYB this quarter?First, and best for LYB stock price, LyondellBasell walked away from a merger with Brazilian chemical company Braskem in early June. Shares ripped higher on the news. LYB shares hit a multi-year low on May 31, and gained 16% in the month of June.Is there more growth ahead for LYB? It's a plastics company, so it's rightfully under increased scrutiny and regulation when it comes to environmental impact. But Sizemore believes LYB is positioning itself well for a more environmentally conscious world:"LYB is not quietly waiting for its business to be regulated into extinction. The company recently announced a partnership with Finnish refiner Neste to begin commercial-scale production of bio-based plastic from renewable materials, and the company has numerous other green initiatives. Environmentalists may never love the company. But LYB is giving fewer reasons to hate it with every passing day." * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half LyondellBassell also has a dividend payout of 4.8%. The higher yield is at least partially attributable to stock price, the company has steadily increased its dividend since its introduction seven years ago and still has a low payout ratio of just 36%.Read more about LYB from Charles Sizemore here. Viper Energy Partners (VNOM)Source: Shutterstock Investor: Neil GeorgeYTD Change: 21%Petroleum-company landlord Viper Energy Partners (NASDAQ:VNOM) has fallen from third place to sixth over Q2. This isn't great. But since VNOM is a property holder, not directly a petroleum producer, it misses a lot of highs and lows of the industry.Consider Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:FANG), which originally set up the company. It's stock chart for the year looks more like a rollercoaster than most stocks described as such -- and it's only up 16% in the first half. If you're looking for a thrill ride, go with a more traditional petroleum play, but if you're looking for an investment, VNOM is safer, albeit less exciting. Neil George writes:"Petroleum prices never, ever keep going in one direction for long. There is a constant flow of supply and demand estimates and news and analysis that send prices for crude oil and natural gas up or down day by day and week by week … So, zero or infinity pricing just isn't in the cards for petroleum products. Rather than placing bets on oil soaring or plummeting, I've focused primarily for the longer-term on companies that go about their businesses whether crude oil prices are popping or dropping".George also points out that at current prices, VNOM is cheap. It trades at just 2.37 book value. VNOM also has a dividend yield just below 5%, which is incredible for a stock that's doubled in value since just June 2017.VNOM may have fallen this quarter, but it definitely still has the potential to take the crown.Read more about VNOM from Neil George here. Amazon (AMZN)Source: Shutterstock Investor: Readers' ChoiceYTD Change: 29%Readers' Choice stock Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) waned in the last few days of Q2. When I wrote the update on June 26, the e-commerce giant was a hair's breadth from second place, but it ultimately finished the first half in fifth. That just shows the close nature of the Best Stocks for 2019 contest.Readers don't need to wonder if Amazon has more to come in 2019. It's Amazon, of course it does. Next week, Amazon has its now two-day long Prime Day. Last year, AMZN sold $1 billion worth of profits in 36 hours with a site outage.Furthermore, the company's famous two-day Prime shipping is being cut to one day. The initial cost will hit Amazon's profit in the Q2 report, but the move should further establish dominance for the company over Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT) and other traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.Of course the threat of government regulation looms large, especially when President Donald Trump targets Amazon by name at random. But will the current government manage to enact any regulation in the next two quarters? How efficiently has the current administration accomplished other pet projects for the president? * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy That Are Down in 2019 Regardless of whether regulation comes this year, next year, or in a future presidential administration, the back half of 2019 is unlikely to be boring for AMZN stock.Read more about Reader's Choice AMZN here. Adobe (ADBE)Source: Shutterstock Investors: John Jagerson and Wade HansenYTD Change: 33%After holding the second spot for some time, software company Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) finished the quarter in fourth. John Jagerson and Wade Hansen still believe ADBE stock is undervalued based on its fundamentals.Over the past few years, Adobe has been shifting most of its software to a subscription model, which has done wonders for ADBE's top and bottom lines. But as John and Wade said:"Revenue and EPS have been rising with the stock's price, but its earnings multiple remains near historical lows … The point behind a value-price comparison like this is to determine if investors are paying more, or less, for each dollar of earnings than they have in the past. Because growth is still strong, paying less for the stock now indicates the likely probability that the shares are still undervalued."This means there's likely more growth ahead for ADBE stock. But will it be enough to beat out the competition?Read more about ADBE from John and Wade here. Teladoc (TDOC)Source: MayApps207 via WikiMedia Investor: Jason MoserYTD Change: 40%Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) made a last-minute sprint for third place as the first half drew to a close. TDOC rallied 10% in the last three sessions of June, winning the tight race for third among ADBE and AMZN.Teladoc reported some great Q1 earnings and crossed 1 million doctor's visits for the first time, despite a weaker flu season. This company specializes in telehealth, or remote doctors' visits and other healthcare services. This places it at the forefront of the evolving healthcare industry, and its explosive growth shows that."The business is still unprofitable but what else is new? Profitability will come in time and management reiterates that the company will be cash flow positive for the first time in 2019 so we'll hold them to that target," wrote Jason Moser of The Motley Fool. * 10 Best S&P 500 Stocks to Buy For the Rest of 2019 TDOC has a growing business and investors are excited about it. Moser also anticipates additional partnerships with more traditional healthcare companies to be announced in the remainder of the year, meaning there's likely share price growth ahead as well.Read more about TDOC from Jason Moser here. Lululemon (LULU)Source: Shutterstock Investor: Louis NavellierYTD Change: 52%In Q2, the race was close … for second place. Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) was previously in first.The athleisure company, which Louis Navallier called "the North Star of retail clothing stocks," reported a remarkable double-beat-and-raise Q1 that showed the company is still growing -- and fast. The company also reported same-store sales of 14% compared to the expected 11.6%.Navellier cautioned that the ongoing trade war could lead to disappointing Q2 earnings for LULU, but also talked about many upcoming growth areas for the company:"LULU is now in expansion mode. It has built out its e-commerce business and is expanding its brick and mortar presence.Along with that expansion Lululemon has begun to offer yoga classes in some stores. It also keeps a tight rein on its brand, so it has complete control of its margins. This is one of the secrets of its success.Lululemon has even expanded its brand to include men's and children's lines as well. It has also launched a membership program that's still in beta testing, and just this week announced that it's going to begin a line of personal care products with Sephora."Can LULU reclaim the top spot? Definitely.Read more about LULU from Louis Navellier here. Charlotte's Web Holdings (CWBHF)Investor: Matt McCallYTD Change: 71%A 71% gain for a stock at the halfway point doesn't seem disappointing -- unless the stock was up 81% at the end of Q1. This is the case for Charlotte's Web holdings (OTCMKTS:CWBHF). But, as Matt McCall wrote, marijuana isn't just the hot sector of the moment, it's a sector at the beginning of a long-term growth narrative."Interest in sectors and asset classes ebbs and flows, and because the marijuana industry has been flying so high in recent months, we were overdue for a short-term correction.We're seeing that now. But don't make the same mistake a lot of people are making. Don't sell your holdings because some idiot tells you 'the marijuana bubble has popped.'Instead, focus on the long-term picture."A number of things happened in Q2 that should help CWBHF in Q3. The company named a new CEO, Adrienne Elsner, a former Kellog's (NYSE:K) executive. As McCall pointed out, her former position will help Charlotte's Web focus more on branding going forward. In Canada, CWBHF is now trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The next stop is the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange.In the days since Q2 ended, CWBHF has already reclaimed the top slot, meaning this is definitely one to watch for the rest of the year.Read more about CWBHF from Matt McCall here.As of this writing, Regina Borsellino held no positions in the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Education Stocks to Buy for the Future of Academia * 5 Stocks to Buy as You Rebalance Your Portfolio The post 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half appeared first on InvestorPlace.
TORONTO , July 1, 2019 /CNW/ - As the country celebrates Canada Day on July 1 , a new international Kelton Global survey* commissioned by Canada Goose shows that Canadians are beaming with pride, while Americans admire their Northern neighbour for the country's many attributes. Founded in Toronto in 1957, Canada Goose proudly exports the brand of Canada around the world. In celebration of Canada's birthday, Canada Goose commissioned a new study to highlight what is at the heart of the love people have for Canada .
Over the past 4 quarter, LULU has moved double-digit percentages on earnings reports, keeping investors and traders on their toes.
It's time to dive into what investors should expect from Lululemon's (LULU) first quarter fiscal 2019 financial results that are due out after the closing bell Wednesday.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into connected stationary bike firm Peloton Interactive Inc. after it filed confidentially for an initial public offering.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in March 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]My InvestorPlace colleague Dana Blankenhorn recently wrote about the death of retail stocks. His conclusion was simple: Only those retailers who are saving people time and/or money will survive. End of story. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWhether they're shopping with brick-and-mortar, online only, or omnichannel entities, consumers are no longer interested in a leisurely stroll at the mall. They want to get in and get out. Even better if they never have to step foot in one ever again. Of course, I'm simplifying Dana's conclusions. He does mention several old school retailers who're doing well including Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) and Target (NYSE:TGT), but if you work in retail and are looking for a happy ending, Dana's not the person to perk you up. I don't see retail in quite the same light. Sure, stores are still closing, but it's my belief that everything happens for a reason. In this case, retailers opened too many stores, and landlords willy-nilly took on their leases with no thought about the long-term health of their malls. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge But despite all the doom and gloom, across the globe, there continue to be stories of retail stocks winning in 2019 and beyond. These are my best bets when it comes to retail stocks to buy. Tractor Supply (TSCO)Any time I read a story about this Tennessee-based lifestyle retailer, I'm tickled pink. I haven't written about Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO) much in recent years -- I recommended TSCO stock in March 2015 shortly after it was added to the S&P 500 -- so when I saw Market Watch contributor Tonya Garcia's story about the company, I just had to put it on my list. As Garcia states, Tractor Supply serves consumers looking for the rural lifestyle. The weekend warrior if you will. "We sell everything else but the tractor. Anything for an authentic rural lifestyle," Mary Winn Pilkington, vice president of investor relations and PR at Tractor Supply, told Marketwatch. "We like to say that our team members not only know our customers names, we know their animals names."The beauty of Tractor Supply is that almost everything it sells you can buy elsewhere. However, by going to TSCO, you're avoiding multiple stops. That's one of its biggest advantages. The other is a loyalty program 11-million strong that generates half its annual revenue. Should the economy go in the tank, Tractor Supply is a retail stock that won't be nearly as vulnerable to shifting consumer sentiment, making it a relatively safe retail stock to buy. Lululemon (LULU)Although I didn't pick Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) in InvestorPlace's 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- that honor goes to Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) which I discuss below -- I kind of wish I had. I got my wife a LULU gift card for our wedding anniversary in February. We recently stopped in at the only Lululemon store currently open in Halifax, Canada; it was packed on a Saturday afternoon. So busy, in fact, that we decided to leave because we couldn't get any service. Now don't misinterpret what I'm saying. Would I have liked to have gotten better service? Sure. But if you know anyone who's worked in retail for a long time, sometimes a store gets so busy, service standards go out the window. I've been in plenty of LULU stores and know it generally brings good service to the table. I've been recommending LULU stock for a number of years because its apparel for both women and men is outstanding. So too are its same-store-sales growth and profit margins. It also doesn't hurt that analysts like it. "Lululemon has an enviable competitive position with a powerful combination of highly productive stores, aspirational proprietary product, a healthy e-commerce channel, and the potential to still more than double revenue as the concept continues to expand around the globe," analysts from William Blair wrote. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge I couldn't agree more. Canada Goose (GOOS)Although I picked Canada Goose as the best stock for 2019, I personally wouldn't own it given I disagree with its treatment of coyotes and geese. Recently, Bill Maher, the host of HBO's hit show, "Real Time," had some not-so-kind words for the company. "New rule: No more d**ches. I mean the hipster d**ches who piss away $1,000 on a Canada Goose parka and the hipsterazzi who max out their credit cards to look like them," Maher said. He went on to describe how coyotes and geese are mistreated in the name of commerce. To be fair, Canada Goose maintains that PETA misrepresents the truth and has for some time. Suffice to say, it's an ongoing debate. However, just because I disagree with the company's choice of materials, doesn't mean I can't defend its business model. From a purely business perspective, its sales growth, profit margins, and perfect balance between wholesale, brick-and-mortar, and e-commerce makes it a very competitive retailer. CEO Dani Reiss is a billionaire as a result of the company's success, and its continued success makes it a good stock to buy. If he and all of the other Canada Goose employees can sleep at night, who am I to doubt the veracity of its claims? Best Buy (BBY)MarketWatch contributor Jeff Reeves recently published an article that counters the idea that brick-and-mortar retail is dead. Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and the next two stocks that follow are three of Jeff's ideas that I also believe make sense. The Best Buy of today is nothing like the struggling electronics retailer CEO Hubert Joly took over in 2012. In six years, it's figured out how to utilize its overly large real estate footprint, and to battle Amazon (NASDAQ:BBY) in the e-commerce arena, something no one could have imagined it could do when Joly came on board. It's one of the biggest success stories in 21st century retail. On February 27, Best Buy announced adjusted earnings per share in the fourth quarter of $2.72, 16 cents higher than the consensus estimate. Equally as impressive, analysts expected same-store-sales growth of 1.8% in the quarter. It delivered 3%, well ahead of expectations. To celebrate the solid year, Best Buy also announced it was increasing its quarterly dividend by 11% to $0.50 a share. Paying $2 on an annual basis, BBY stock yields a healthy 3.15%. In fiscal 2020, analysts, on average, expect to report earnings per share of $6, putting its forward EPS at a very affordable ten. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge As long as Joly is in the top job, all is well at Best Buy, and it's a good stock to buy. Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY)Although Best Buy and Bed, Bath & Beyond's (NASDAQ:BBBY) stock tickers are very similar, the state of their businesses, not to mention their respective valuations, are entirely different. As Reeves suggested, BBBY is a value play, trading at 6 times the consensus forward earnings estimate and 0.14 times sales. Before we get too excited, it's important to remember that Bed, Bath & Beyond's business has been in decline for a couple of years. A better-than-expected Q3 2018 report in January helps, but when you've been experiencing declining same-store sales for several quarters, that's not going to get BBBY's stock price back into the $80s where it traded in 2015. On the plus side, BBBY finished the third quarter with $1 billion in cash and short-term investments, double the amount a year earlier. In the first nine months of 2018, Bed, Bath & Beyond's free cash flow was $408 million, 79% higher than in the same period last year. I could think of worse things to do than getting paid $0.64 annually in dividends (4.1% yield) while you wait for BBBY stock to revert to its historical norms. It's not a slam dunk mind you, but if you're a value investor, it's still reasonably cheap. Five Below (FIVE)After three consecutive years with annual total returns of 20% or more, discount retailer Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) appears to be taking a breather so far in 2019. I first jumped on the Five Below bandwagon in April 2017 arguing that its $5 or less concept was very attractive to teens and pre-teen customers. As a result, it would deliver strong returns for shareholders over the next decade. I still feel this way. On March 7, Oppenheimer initiated coverage of the company with an "outperform" rating. "It operates a unique and defensible small-store format and enjoys significant opportunity for further, outsized unit expansion, for the foreseeable future," Oppenheimer analysts stated in a note to clients. "Improving brand recognition and a superior merchandising acumen position FIVE to capture share as other, less well-positioned operators falter… In our view, investors are apt to continue to pay up for industry-leading sales and EPS growth prospects. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge Oh, and case you're wondering about the quality of management, CEO Joel Anderson used to be the CEO of Walmart's (NYSE:WMT) online division before joining Five Below in 2014. LVMH (LVMUY)Unless you live in Europe, you might not have heard of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH (OTCMKTS:LVMUY), the company behind Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Glenmorangie, Veuve Clicquot, Guerlain, TAG Heuer, DFS, and Sephora. On March 7, Arnault moved into third place on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with a net worth of $83.1 billion, surpassing Warren Buffett.Arnault got started in luxury goods in 1984, buying the bankrupt company that owned Christian Dior. Selling all of that company's assets (except for Dior), he piled that money into buying a majority stake in LVMH. The rest is history. In February, rumors started to circulate that LVMH was interested in acquiring Pernod Ricard (OTCMKTS:PDRDY), the French-based spirits company, whose brands include Chivas Regal, Absolute, Havana Club, and Jameson. While the Pernod-Ricard brands aren't nearly as high end as LVMH's, a possible deal in partnership with Diageo (NYSE:DEO) could allow it to buy back the 34% Diageo holds in LVMH's drinks business.With LVMH and Five Below in your portfolio, you'll cover the entire spectrum of consumer taste. As of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Heavily Shorted Stocks to Sell -- Because the Bears Are Right * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault * 7 Stocks for You to Profit From (Legal) Insider Trading Compare Brokers The post 7 Retail Stocks Winning in 2019 and Beyond appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Canada Goose and Abercrombie & Fitch got pummeled by the market. Shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods actually rose, but in context, there wasn’t much to smile about.
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Abercrombie (ANF) delivers strong first-quarter fiscal 2019 results as comps turn positive at the A&F brand and operating expenses decline.