|Bid||19.74 x 4000|
|Ask||20.00 x 1800|
|Day's Range||19.66 - 20.59|
|52 Week Range||16.52 - 27.72|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.94|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||105.13|
|Earnings Date||Oct 31, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||22.91|
After big gains for a stock, sell signals often arise. But don't count on the analyst community to tell you when it's happening.
Under Armour Inc. and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have launched the first kids collection of their collaboration, a line that includes sweatshirts, bags and PR2 shoes. The Project Rock 1 shoe was a popular item, selling out in 30 minutes when it was launched last summer. The latest youth merchandise is part of the new Iron Will collection, which has also brought medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn on board as a brand ambassador. Under Armour stock has gained 16.1% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 20.3% for the period.
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With 99% of S&P 500 companies having reported numbers so far, it's safe to say that the second-quarter earnings season is essentially over. How'd it go? Very, very mixed.The numbers were broadly better than expected -- more than half of companies reported better revenue numbers than expected, while three-fourths of companies reported better profit numbers than expected. But, the beats weren't very compelling, and things are slowing -- the market's revenue growth rate in Q2 2019 was the slowest since Q3 2016, while the profit growth rate was negative.Broadly, then, it wasn't a great earnings season. But, it wasn't an awful one, either.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHaving said that, the second-quarter earnings season was awful for a handful of stocks, which bucked the broader market trend and reported worse-than-expected second-quarter revenues and profits. Many of these stocks were hammered, considering the sentiment backdrop during Q2 wasn't great.Which stocks got killed this earnings season? And will they remain in a downtrend for the foreseeable future? * 10 Healthcare Stocks to Buy Despite the Headlines Let's answer those questions by taking a deeper look at seven stocks that flopped this earnings season -- all of them are down more than 20% since they reported earnings -- and see whether these stocks have any bounce-back potential. Worst Stocks That Flopped This Earnings Season: Ulta (ULTA)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 30%It wasn't a kind earnings season for retailers, as trade war woes broadly weighed on management sentiment and resulted in depressed back-half 2019 outlooks. But, for cosmetics retailer Ulta (NASDAQ:ULTA), the second-quarter earnings season was particularly ugly.In late August, Ulta reported second-quarter numbers that missed everywhere. The headline revenue and earnings numbers both missed expectations. Comparable sales growth in the quarter came up shy of estimates. Margins fell short of estimates, too. The full-year revenue growth, comparable sales growth, margin and profit guides were all cut in a big way -- to well-below consensus marks.In response to the across-the-board miss quarter, ULTA stock plunged -- by about 30%. It now trades at its lowest levels since Christmas Eve 2018, when the broader indices were flirting with bear market territory.Can the stock rebound from these depressed levels? I think so. The secular growth drivers in the cosmetics industry remain favorable, supported by Selfie Generation consumers who are obsessed with looking good. Ulta still dominates this industry. The only problem is that after several years of red-hot growth, the industry is cooling off in 2019. Historically speaking, such cooling off periods are never that big, and never last that long.As such, the macro backdrop will improve here. Probably by 2020. When it does, Ulta's numbers will bounce back, and ULTA stock will rebound in a big way. Uber (UBER)Source: NYCStock / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 28%Ride-sharing giant Uber (NYSE:UBER) has been a public company for about three months now. Over those three months, not only did UBER not get an IPO honeymoon, but the stock has actually been through a tremendous amount of pain -- headlined by the stock's huge plunge following its latest earnings report.In early August, Uber reported second-quarter numbers that missed estimates across the board. The headline revenue and profit numbers missed Street estimates. So did bookings and monthly active platform consumers. Perhaps more importantly, top-line growth metrics (revenue growth, bookings growth and user growth) all slowed dramatically from Q1, while core platform margins actually deteriorated year-over-year.In other words, Uber put up a quarter that both missed estimates by a wide margin, and illustrated that the company's growth trajectory is flattening out while margins aren't improving.That's a losing combination. Thus, it should be no surprise that since the Q2 print, UBER stock has shed about 30%. * 7 Automotive Stocks to Buy Now Is there rebound potential here? Yes. But, only in the long run. Ride-sharing still projects as the next big thing in the transportation world, and at scale, the vast majority of transportation will be done through ride-sharing. At scale, then, Uber will be a very big company -- much bigger than it is today. But, Uber has lost its stride at the moment. Until the company gets that winning stride back through reinvigorated growth or improving margins, UBER stock will have a tough time rebounding from here. Beyond Meat (BYND)Source: calimedia / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 27%Once one of the hottest stocks on Wall Street, plant-based meat company Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND), went ice cold this earnings season after the company reported second-quarter numbers that -- while good -- didn't quite live up to lofty investor expectations.In late July, Beyond Meat reported second-quarter numbers that were actually pretty good. Revenues rose nearly 300% year-over-year and topped Street estimates. Margins improved meaningfully, and came in well ahead of expectations. The full-year revenue and adjusted EBITDA guides were really good. But, in the earnings report, Beyond Meat also announced a secondary offering that spooked investors -- mostly because the offering was priced at $160 per share, while the stock was trading above $200 per share at the time.In other words, while Beyond Meat did report blowout second-quarter numbers, management also confirmed in that report through a secondary offering that above $200, BYND stock was overvalued.The stock has naturally sold off ever since, but has found solid footing in that $150 to $160 range, or right around where the secondary offering was priced. That's a healthy sign. It's also a healthy sign that ever since the Q2 earnings print, the plant-based meat craze has only gained more momentum with more fast-casual chain contract wins.Broadly, then, Beyond Meat's secular growth narrative remains very robust. The post-Q2 earnings sell-off was just a natural correction following a parabolic run higher. After the stock consolidates in the $150 to $160 range for a few more months, BYND stock should be ready to resume its secular march higher. This is a long term winner. Etsy (ETSY)Source: kenary820 / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 27%Another red hot stock that went ice cold this earnings season is arts and crafts e-commerce marketplace Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY).In early August, Etsy reported second quarter numbers that were mixed. Earnings topped expectations, and the full-year revenue and volume growth guides were both lifted. At the same time, though, revenues missed expectations, and the full-year EBITDA margin guide was cut. The big problem is that heading into the print, ETSY stock was priced for perfect, not mixed (the stock traded at over 60-times forward earnings at the time).Thus, mixed results produced a huge sell-off in ETSY stock which has lasted ever since. Since that early August earnings report, ETSY stock has shed nearly 30%.Can the stock rebound from here? I think so. This is still a big growth company (33% revenue growth projected this year) supported by secular e-commerce adoption drivers and protected by a moat of over 2 million active sellers and 40 million active buyers. Plus, there are some pretty big growth initiatives that are just starting to rollout, including free shipping on orders over $35 and an in-platform ads business for its sellers. Sure, these growth initiatives cost money to get going (hence the reduced margin guide for 2019), but they are ultimately very additive to the long-term growth narrative. * 7 Low-Risk Mutual Funds to Buy Now Thus, I think ETSY stock can and will bounce back from here. Technical support may not arrive until the mid-$40's, so investors may want to wait for that support to show up. But, in the long run, this stock has the firepower to run back toward $60-plus prices. Under Armour (UAA)Source: 2p2play / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 33%Yet another red-hot stock that went ice cold this earnings is athletic apparel brand Under Armour (NYSE:UAA).In late July, Under Armour reported second quarter numbers that simply weren't that good. Sure, earnings topped expectations. But, revenues missed expectations, and revenue growth was yet again a meager 3%, while North American revenues continued to decline. Also, sure, gross margins were up big, but they were supposed to be up big, and the company didn't drive any positive operating leverage, so operating margin expansion wasn't as big as investors were hoping for.Big picture, Under Armour's second-quarter print confirmed that this is a slow growth company with margins that are gradually moving -- not rushing -- higher. Heading into the print, UAA stock was priced for so much more. That's why the stock has collapsed more than 30% since the print.Will the stock rebound from here? Yes. For three big reasons.First, under $20, UAA stock is now undervalued relative to its long-term growth potential. Second, the stock is running into some major technical support levels, which have historically signaled a bottom in the stock before a substantial recovery rally. Third, trade war tensions, which have weighed on the entire athletic apparel sector for the past month, should ease going forward from here, providing an upward sentiment lift for UAA stock. iRobot (IRBT)Source: Grzegorz Czapski / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 34%Consumer robotics leader iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) both manufactures a lot of product in China and sells a lot of product into China. As such, this company finds itself at the epicenter of the trade war, so ever since the trade war escalated to a new level back in April 2019, IRBT stock has been under tremendous pressure.That tremendous pressure continued this earnings season. In late July, iRobot reported second-quarter numbers that comprised slowing revenue growth trends and a big full-year 2019 revenue guide cut, which implied that this slowdown is set to continue for the foreseeable future. IRBT plunged after the report, and because trade relations have only deteriorated since then, it has continued to drop into early September.From late July to early September, IRBT stock has dropped 34%. The stock is now more than 50% off its late April 2019 highs.Is a big rebound coming? In the long run, yes; iRobot is the leader in the secular growth consumer robotics space, which is on the cusp of going mainstream. Over the next few years, robotic vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, car cleaners etc. will become the household norm, and many of those products will be iRobot products. Thus, in the long run, there's a ton of growth potential here, the sum of which should drive IRBT stock higher from today's depressed prices. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September But, this stock also has a ton of trade war exposure, and until tariffs go away or get reduced, it's tough to see investors wanting to "buy the dip" in IRBT stock. So long as "buy the dip" appetite remains depressed, IRBT stock will remain depressed, too. Canopy Growth (CGC)Source: Jarretera / Shutterstock.com Loss Since Earnings Report: 24%Pot stocks had a really tough time this earnings season amid relatively sluggish revenue growth and depressed margins, and the leader of the pack -- Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) -- was no exception.Canopy reported first-quarter numbers in mid-August. They were nothing short of awful. Revenues and profits missed by a mile. Margins dropped big year-over-year. Kilograms sold grew only marginally quarter-over-quarter. Revenues actually declined sequentially. The cash balance -- one of the most attractive features of Canopy relative to other pot stocks -- dropped 30% from a year ago.All in all, it was not a good report. Broadly speaking, it confirmed that growth is slowing, profits are still a long way out, and cash burn is a problem that isn't going away any time soon. CGC stock plunged in response. It has stayed in sell-off mode ever since, and today it trades nearly 25% below its Q1 earnings price.Will CGC stock bounce back? Long term, yes. Given its huge growing capacity, global distribution, big balance sheet and Acreage deal to enter the U.S. market, Canopy still projects a leader in the global cannabis market at scale -- and that positioning ultimately implies that Canopy could one day be a $50 billion to $100 billion company. Thus, in the long run, there's huge upside potential here.But, near-term pain will persist for the foreseeable future. Put simply, other cannabis companies are making more progress than Canopy at the current moment, on both the top and bottom-line. Canopy needs to step up its game and regain its competitive edge before investors take a chance on buying what has turned into a falling knife.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long BYND, UAA and CGC. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September * 7 of the Worst IPO Stocks in 2019 * 7 Best Stocks That Crushed It This Earnings Season The post 7 Worst Stocks That Flopped This Earnings Season appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Under Armour's latest spot features Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Baltimore's own St. Frances Academy football team.
Kelley McCormick, who joined Under Armour in December 2017, said she will be leaving the Baltimore-based sportswear maker and transitioning into an advisory role while she considers future opportunities.
Under Armour is looking to Stephanie Pugliese to inject new life into a region where the company's sales have fallen flat in recent years.
Under Armour shares climb Thursday after the company names veteran apparel industry executive Stephanie Pugliese as president of its struggling North America business.
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[Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]Another day, another hack, another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock. That has been my motto for the better part of the past few years, as a huge surge in digital data volume globally has been accompanied by an equally large surge in headline cyber attacks. The big one was the Equifax (NYSE:EFX) scandal back in mid-2017, but that incident is far from isolated. Everyone from Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) to Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) to Uber (NYSE:UBER) to Capital One and even United States universities have dealt with a cyber attack of some sort over the past several years.Concurrent to the rampant rise in cyber attacks, demand for cybersecurity solutions has burgeoned, and cybersecurity stocks have bounced. The Prime Cyber Security ETF (NYSEARCA:HACK) is up roughly 50% since early 2017, almost double the S&P 500's return of 30%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy at Least Yielding 3% The pace of these attacks will only increase as more valuable data shifts online over the next several years. As such, demand for cybersecurity solutions will continue to grow and cybersecurity stocks will continue to outperform.With that in mind, here's a list of 15 cybersecurity stocks that investors should watch over the next several years. Indeed, I think a few of them could be huge winners. Palo Alto Networks (PANW)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com When it comes to cybersecurity stocks, the cream of the crop is Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW)."Another day, another hack, another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock" could just as easily read "another day, another hack, another reason to buy Palo Alto Networks stock." In other words, Palo Alto Networks is so big and so good at what it does that the company may as well be a substitute for the entire cybersecurity space.This dominance has manifested itself in a long and steady track record of 20%-plus revenue growth and healthy operating margin expansion, the sum of which has powered an almost 150% rally in PANW stock over the past five years.PANW stock has sold off over the past few months. This selloff is an opportunity. The fundamentals remain strong (28% revenue growth last quarter). The outlook remains robust (27% revenue growth projected for this year). Analysts remain confident (consensus price target implies 30% upside). The secular drivers behind the cybersecurity industry remain vigorous.Thus, recent weakness is an opportunity, and nothing more. Fortinet (FTNT)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com While Palo Alto Networks may be the cream of the crop in this industry, Fortinet (NASDAQ:FTNT) isn't too far behind.This is another really big, really strong cybersecurity company that has a strong track record of around 20% revenue growth and strong share price gains. Over the past five years, FTNT is up well over 200%.Revenue growth isn't slowing at all, implying that despite increased competition, Fortinet continues to ride secular tailwinds in cybersecurity to around 20% revenue growth. Thus, so long as cybersecurity tailwinds remain strong, FTNT stock should do well. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Could Be Takeover Targets Valuation was rich for a brief moment in time. That moment in time has now passed. With FTNT stock 15% off its recent highs, the forward price-to-earnings multiple has come down to 33, versus an all time high valuation of over 50 back in mid-2018. With the valuation now at much more reasonable levels, near-term upside looks compelling. As such, now looks like a good time to buy. Check Point (CHKP)Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com Another cybersecurity industry titan is Check Point (NASDAQ:CHKP). And, as an industry titan, CHKP stock is a likely winner if cybersecurity tailwinds stay strong.But, CHKP stock has struggled lately. CHKP hasn't gone anywhere in two years. A lot of this weakness in CHKP stock has to do with anemic revenue growth. Revenue growth was just 4% last quarter, an unusually low mark for a cybersecurity giant.Long story short, it looks like competition is weighing on CHKP stock. Thus, go-forward growth prospects -- while strong -- are muddied by competitive threats. Granted, CHKP stock sports a reasonable valuation at just a little less than 17 times forward earnings. But, that low valuation runs next to low growth, so the stock really isn't a bargain.Analysts aren't in love with this stock, and the chart isn't all that great, either. Thus, while CHKP should head higher in the long run thanks to industry tailwinds, the outlook for the stock in the near- to medium-term is much less promising than it is for FTNT or PANW. FireEye (FEYE)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com I'd lump cybersecurity company FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) more into the Check Point pile than the Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet pile.This is a solid company with healthy industry drivers, but revenue growth isn't robust. In 2019, that's caught up with the stock, which has fallen just over 15% this year. The company is also barely profitable, and that hasn't helped investor sentiment amid sluggish revenue growth.As such, FEYE stock doesn't look like a huge winner in the big picture. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge That being said, there is an argument to buy FEYE stock in the near to medium term. Ever since the start of 2016, FEYE stock has been highly cyclical. In that cycle, the stock usually bottoms when the trailing sales multiple hits three. Right now, we are just above 3. Thus, further weakness in the stock should be expected, but could eventually turn into a medium-term buying opportunity. Proofpoint (PFPT)Source: II.studio / Shutterstock.com Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) is the nascent, hyper-growth player in the cybersecurity space -- and one of the more exciting cybersecurity stocks.The company isn't all that big (under $7 billion market cap). But, what this company lacks in size, it makes up for in growth, with a 25% year-over-year revenue growth rate reported last quarter, and 20%-plus revenue growth expected in each of the next two years.Because of this massive growth in a rapidly expanding industry, PFPT stock has done quite well. The stock is up about 200% over the past five years.Analysts think this stock heads higher. So do I. Growth rates are huge, the valuation is reasonable and the chart looks good. Okta (OKTA)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Hyper-growth cybersecurity company Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) has been a Wall Street favorite for the past few quarters, and projects to remain one for the next few years, too.Okta has developed what the company calls the Identity Cloud. The Identity Cloud is basically just taking cybersecurity and building it for the individual, as opposed to for an ecosystem or service. The analogy I like to use is that if most cybersecurity solutions are a castle surrounding a company's data, then Okta's Identity Cloud is armor protecting each individual's data.The idea is that if everyone has armor, everyone's data is safe, and you don't need a castle -- which is ideal, because cybersecurity castles can be restricting and inconvenient. A lot of companies are buying into this idea. Okta has reported 50%-plus revenue growth in each of the past several quarters, alongside 30%-plus customer growth. All this growth is high-quality growth, too, since gross margins at the company run north of 70%. * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault All in all, Okta has all the right ingredients for huge profit growth over the next few years. Sure, a lot of that profit growth is priced in today, and the stock is extremely expensive. But, in the low rate environment in which we find ourselves today, valuation takes a backseat to growth. So, for the foreseeable future, OKTA stock should run higher. CyberArk (CYBR)Source: photobyphm / Shutterstock.com Much like Proofpoint, CyberArk (NASDAQ:CYBR) is a cybersecurity company characterized by small scale but big growth.CyberArk is even smaller than Proofpoint (just a $4.4 billion market cap). But, growth is really big. Last quarter, revenues rose 29% year-over-year, and deferred revenue rose by more than 30%. Revenue growth is expected to be in the 20% range for the next several years, too.Also much like PFPT, CYBR stock has been a big winner due to its big growth. Over the past year, CYBR stock is almost 70%.Analysts think this run will continue, albeit at a slower rate. That seems reasonable to me. This stock is slightly more expensive than PFPT, but growing at a slower rate, so if you are searching for growth in the cybersecurity space, I'd pick PFPT over CYBR. Nonetheless, secular cybersecurity tailwinds and big growth potential will push CYBR stock higher, too. Cisco (CSCO)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com One of the bigger companies on this list, Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), is much more than just a cybersecurity company. But, a big part of this company's turnaround narrative is centered on cybersecurity.That part of the Cisco narrative is doing well, and is powering improved financial results. But, it's reasonable to believe that the cybersecurity-led turnaround will slow going forward, as the laps get tougher and as the revenue growth trajectory flattens out again. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth That being said, CSCO stock is pretty cheap at just 13.3 times forward earnings, and the chart looks pretty good (outside of the recent trade war inspired collapse).Big picture, CSCO stock is low risk, low reward. It is a low-risk, low-volatility investment with a cheap valuation. But, it also lacks big-time growth drivers to unlock huge share price appreciation in the long term. Carbonite (CARB)Source: Pavel Kapysh / Shutterstock.com Although it is one of the smaller names on this list, Carbonite (NASDAQ:CARB) has one of the better growth narratives in all of cybersecurity.This is a company that is positioning itself as a data protection company. Considering the volume of digital data is exploding higher right now on a global scale, data protection is the right niche to dominate over the next several years.Carbonite's numbers haven't been great as of late. The company has reported continued robust revenue growth. But, those same big growth numbers have fallen shy of the big growth estimates put forth by Wall Street. As such, CARB stock has struggled this year, and is down 69% over the past 52 weeks.The valuation isn't all that bad at six times forward earnings. But, the stock has a ton of downward momentum right now. I'd wait for this momentum to ease up before buying into this falling knife. Qualys (QLYS)Source: Shutterstock The next cybersecurity stock to watch over the next several years is Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS).The value proposition of Qualys is getting enterprise customers to sign onto their platform, consolidate their security and compliance stacks and cut IT spending. That is a pretty promising value prop, and a lot of customers are buying into it.Last quarter, revenues at Qualys rose more than 15% year-over-year. Gross margins aren't soaring higher, but operating margins are moving higher as big revenue growth is driving operating expense leverage. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors From a valuation perspective, this hyper-growth cybersecurity stock looks fully valued at over 11 times trailing sales. That is about as big as it gets in this industry. But, Qualys isn't the biggest grower in the space. Thus, going forward, valuation will likely weigh on share price performance. Symantec (SYMC)Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com Of all the stocks on this list, Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) is the one that has been struggling the most in the long term.SYMC stock essentially hasn't gone anywhere in five years, mostly thanks to slowing revenue growth, which turned negative in fiscal 2019. Considering competition in this space is only intensifying, it is discouraging to see revenue growth dip into negative territory.That being said, SYMC stock is about as cheap as it gets in this sector. The stock trades at 3.4 times trailing sales and just under 13 times forward earnings. Those are pretty cheap multiples for exposure to cyber defense. Revenue growth has also bounced back into positive territory in fiscal 2020, and is expected to remain in positive territory for the next few years.If the growth trajectory for this company continues to improve, SYMC stock could soar higher. Right now, it looks like that will indeed happen. As such, SYMC stock could run higher over the next few quarters as growth comes back into the picture. Akamai (AKAM)Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com One cybersecurity stock with a very attractive and multi-faceted growth narrative is Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM).The Akamai growth narrative is really quite broad. On one end, the company's fastest-growing segment is its Cloud Security solutions. Revenues in this segment are consistently growing around 25% to 35% year-over-year each quarter, and momentum is strong due to the security portfolio including new products.On the other end, Akamai provides solutions that enable the shift from linear content to internet content. This shift is only gaining momentum, and as such, Akamai's growth narrative and numbers are only getting better. * 7 High-Yield REITs to Buy (Even When the Market Tanks) Valuation is a concern for this stock. But, the fundamentals are pretty good. Thus, while I don't think AKAM stock has another 20%-plus upside in its tank over the next 12 months, I do see this stock heading higher in a multi-year window. Splunk (SPLK)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Another high-growth name in this space is Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK).Splunk essentially operates in the world of turning data into actionable insights. This is a good place to be. It puts Splunk at the heart of a $55 billion addressable market, and that market has a ton of tailwinds. Revenues currently sit around $2 billion on a trailing 12 month basis, so there is clearly a long runway for big growth. Indeed, in the long run, SPLK stock should run significantly higher.But, valuation is a concern. Specifically, it appears that investors quickly recognized Splunk as a long-term winner, and all rushed into SPLK stock. That caused the valuation to sprint ahead of the fundamentals. As such, over the past year, SPLK stock hasn't really gone anywhere -- despite continued huge revenue growth -- because the fundamentals are trying to catch up with the valuation.Eventually, they will. When they do, SPLK stock will be ready to take a another meaningful leg higher, and another one after that, too. Long term, this stock is going higher. F5 Networks (FFIV)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) has fallen upon hard times. But, that could change soon. Over the past year, the stock is down over 30%, while most of its peers are up over the past 52 weeks.Why the big drop? A few bad quarters with revenue misses and light guides, the sum of which have implied to investors that the growth story here is slowing.Having said that, the valuation on FFIV stock is now very attractive. FFIV projects as a sub-10% earnings growth company over the next several years. At one point in time, this was a 20 times forward earnings multiple stock. That's too big for sub-10% profit growth. Today, though, the forward earnings multiple is down around 12. That's much more in-line with sub-10% profit growth. * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside Perhaps that is why the consensus price target on FFIV stock is 20% above the current price tag. I think the analysts are right on this one. Near-term valuation-driven upside in FFIV stock is compelling. Zscaler (ZS)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Freshly public and relatively small, Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) is one of the most exciting and risky cybersecurity stocks on this list.Zscaler went public at $16 per share in March 2018. The IPO was a huge success. ZS stock doubled in its first day of trading, closing at $33. The momentum hasn't really stopped. Today, ZS stock is in the $70 range.The hype makes sense. Zscaler is a cloud security company that is growing very, very quickly with very high gross margins and a ton of visibility to produce huge profits at scale. The company is disrupting a huge, nearly $20 billion cloud and mobility market, and revenues over the past 12 months amount to less than $300 million.Thus, the long-term growth narrative supporting ZS stock is quite promising. But, this is a $9 billion company that is expected to do around $400 million in sales next year, so the stock is trading at a rather huge 22.5X forward one year sales multiple. That isn't a risk-free investment. As such, ZS is the high-risk, high-reward name in this cybersecurity bunch.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long HACK, PANW, FTNT, OKTA, PFPT and SPLK. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Hot Stocks Leading the Market's Blitz Higher * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside * 5 Growthy Stocks Trading Below 15X Earnings The post 15 Cybersecurity Stocks to Watch as the Industry Heats Up appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The lawsuit claims the employee's treatment is part of Under Armour's "persistent refusal to afford black employees equal treatment with respect to promotions, pay and discipline."