IRBT - iRobot Corporation

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
91.26
+0.44 (+0.48%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close90.82
Open91.35
Bid89.07 x 1000
Ask93.33 x 1000
Day's Range90.72 - 92.44
52 Week Range70.86 - 132.88
Volume399,806
Avg. Volume795,311
Market Cap2.56B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.89
PE Ratio (TTM)29.05
EPS (TTM)3.14
Earnings DateJul 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est107.83
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  • iRobot Schedules Second-Quarter 2019 Earnings Call
    PR Newswire23 minutes ago

    iRobot Schedules Second-Quarter 2019 Earnings Call

    BEDFORD, Mass. , July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in consumer robots, announced today it will issue its second-quarter 2019 financial results after market close on July ...

  • iRobot Earnings Preview: Do You Need to Be Worried?
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    Home robotics company iRobot (IRBT) is expected to announce its second-quarter earnings on July 23.

  • 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential
    InvestorPlace4 days ago

    7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential

    From an investment standpoint, some of the most interesting stocks in the market are heavily shorted stocks.On one hand, if a stock is heavily shorted, it means that a bunch of investors are betting on the stock going down. That means the bear thesis has a lot of believers, and probably a lot of credibility. Sometimes that consensus bear thesis plays out as expected, the heavily shorted stock drops, and shorts cover at a huge profit.On the other hand, if a stock is heavily shorted, it can mean that very few investors believe the stock is going to go up. It also means that a bunch of money needs to buy back into the stock at some point. That combination means the stock has a lot of potential upside firepower. Thus, if the bear thesis falls apart and things start to improve at the company, the heavily shorted stock will surge, assisted by a short squeeze as investors rush to cover their short positions.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsGoing long a heavily shorted stock is often a high-risk, high-reward scenario. Either the consensus bear thesis is right, and the stock falls. Or, the consensus bear thesis is wrong, and the stock pops. * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown With that in mind, I've put together a list of seven heavily shorted stocks which, at current levels, have more reward than risk, and have a realistic opportunity for a big short squeeze rally in the foreseeable future. Short Squeeze Stocks to Watch: AMC Entertainment (AMC)% of Float Short: 30%The Bear Thesis: Shares of America's largest movie theater chain operator, AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) have slumped to an all-time low in 2019, dropping nearly 50% over the past year, as weak box office results accelerated fears regarding a movie theater apocalypse. As the stock has dropped, shorts have continued to pile into AMC stock (short interest is at almost 30%, a 52-week-high). As investors are betting that things won't get better, consumers will keep shunning movie theaters, and revenues and profits will keep dropping.Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: AMC's short interest has been this high only once before. That was in late 2017, followed by a rally in AMC stock from about $10 to almost $20. The drivers of that rally? Improved box office results, and AMC launching a subscription program.Those same drivers could spark a similar short squeeze rally here. Box office results will likely pick up over the next few months, assisted by Lion King, Frozen 2, and a new Star Wars film. Meanwhile, AMC's subscription program, Stubs A-List, has a lot of momentum, and presently counts more than 860,000 members. As box office results improve into the back-half of 2019 and Stubs A-List continues to add subscribers, shorts will rush to cover, and AMC stock should bounce back in a big way. Tesla (TSLA)Source: Shutterstock % of Float Short: 31%The Bear Thesis: Much like shares of AMC, shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) have slumped to multi-year lows in 2019, down almost 31% over the past year. The culprit? Bad first quarter 2019 numbers. Those numbers spooked investors and implied the company's once-robust growth trajectory is flattening out. Investors are concerned that it will keep flattening out as competition ramps up, and have consequently rushed to short the stock (short interest has climbed from below 20% in early 2019, to above 30% today).Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: Tesla's second quarter 2019 numbers were much better than its first quarter numbers, and broadly implied that the growth trajectory is not flattening out. Meanwhile, numbers from Inside EVs imply that Tesla's market share is only growing (despite new competitors). The EV market continues to grow at a robust pace and remains on track to grow by at least 10-fold over the next decade.Consequently, the long-term growth narrative for Tesla remains favorable (the leading player in a rapidly growing market). The numbers here will continue to improve in the back-half of 2019, assisted by lower rates, a Model S/X refresh, new Model Y production, and cooling trade tensions. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond As those numbers continue to improve, the long term bull thesis will come back into the spotlight, and shorts will rush to cover, sparking a big rally in TSLA stock. iRobot (IRBT)Roomba_770_ 010% of Float Short: 44%The Bear Thesis: The bear thesis on consumer robotics company iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) is centered around the trade war. In short, one of iRobot's most important, biggest, and fastest-growing markets is China. The introduction of U.S.-China tariffs, however, forced iRobot to hike prices on its robotic vacuum cleaners, which has had an adverse impact on both China demand and gross margins. Investors are betting these tariffs will either stick around or get worse. As such, 44% of the float are betting on the stock going down.Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: The long-term bull thesis supporting iRobot remains favorable. As consumer robotics penetration rates remain relatively low (24% of total vacuum cleaners in 2018), that market is growing very quickly (40% growth in 2018). iRobot is the unchallenged leader in the market (50%-plus market share in 2018), revenue growth is robust (17%-20% expected in 2019), and gross margins are healthy (around 50%). Putting all that together, it is pretty clear that IRBT stock is a long-term winner.With trade tensions between the U.S. and China now cooling, it appears increasingly likely that iRobot will be able to get back on its long-term winning trajectory soon. Once that happens, shorts will rush to cover, and IRBT stock will fly higher. Stitch Fix (SFIX)% of Float Short: 25%The Bear Thesis: The bear thesis on Stitch Fix (NASDAQ:SFIX) is pretty straight-forward: As more competition enters the online personal styling segment, Stitch Fix's growth rates will moderate. This moderation will weigh on SFIX stock's rich valuation and ultimately drag the stock lower. A good portion of investors believe that this will happen, and that's why 25% of the float is short.Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: The bear thesis on SFIX stock gained traction in late 2018 as growth came screeching to a halt. That slowdown was due to one-time changes and purposefully lower marketing spend. Since then, those one-offs have been phased out, marketing spend has re-accelerated, and Stitch Fix's growth rates have surged higher. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 This higher growth trend will persist for the foreseeable future. Stitch Fix is changing the game in retail to a curated, on-demand model. We've seen these shifts before. They work (think Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) or Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)). As such, curated, on-demand shopping will gain share and traction over the next several years, Stitch Fix's growth trajectory will remain favorable, shorts will rush to cover, and SFIX stock will rally. Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)% of Float Short: 30%The Bear Thesis: The bear thesis on Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) is predicated on the idea that Dick's is no longer relevant in the athletic apparel retail model. Specifically, the athletic apparel market is shifting from wholesale retail to direct retail. That means brands like Nike (NYSE:NKE) are taking product out of the wholesale pipeline (out of Dick's) and putting product into their direct channel (like their own stores). Dick's has been adversely impacted by this shift. Many expect this shift to continue. As such, many expect Dick's to continue to struggle, and DKS stock to continue to sputter lower.Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: There are signs that this shift from wholesale to direct is moderating. After a streak of negative comparable sales growth quarters, Dick's finally reported flat comps last quarter. More than that, comps inflected into positive territory towards the end of the quarter, and started this quarter in positive territory, too. The guide calls for comps to be positive for the full year 2019. As such, Dick's is presently in the process of going from negative comps to positive comps, and that inflection against the backdrop of 30% short interest implies a nice set-up in the back half of 2019 for a short squeeze. GrubHub (GRUB)% of Float Short: 25%The Bear Thesis: Online food ordering and delivery giant GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB) used to be a market favorite, given the company's leadership position in a secular growth market. Then, signs emerged that GrubHub was rapidly losing market share to smaller but more relevant online food ordering and delivery companies like Postmates and UberEats. Revenue growth slowed. Margins got hit. Profit growth fell flat. The stock dropped. Many investors expect these competition-related headwinds to only get worse, and as such, 25% of the float is betting that GRUB stock will keep falling.Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: The online food ordering and delivery space is big enough to accommodate multiple large players. GrubHub will be one of those large players. It just won't be the only large player. A few years ago, at 50%-plus market share, GrubHub was the only large player. Now, though, GrubHub's market share sits around 30%, and is roughly in-line with DoorDash and UberEats, meaning that GrubHub is now one of many large players. Further, market share erosion has moderated over the past few months. * 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half As such, it's reasonable to believe that the worst of the GrubHub share erosion is in the rear-view mirror, meaning growth rates should moderate going forward. Such growth moderation will force the huge short base to cover, which could spark a sizable short squeeze in GRUB stock over the next few months. Short Squeeze Stocks to Watch: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF)Source: Shutterstock % of Float Short: 34%The Bear Thesis: The bear thesis on Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is aligned with the bear thesis on physical retail. It goes something like this: Malls are dying, as are their major tenants. Abercrombie & Fitch is one of those major tenants. Consequently, as retail demand shifts more to the direct channel and away from malls, Abercrombie's numbers will remain weak. Those persistently weak numbers will create a drag on ANF stock for the foreseeable future.Why a Short Squeeze Could Happen: A short squeeze could happen here because the bear thesis is just wrong. Physical retail isn't dying. Consumers will always have some desire to go to malls, whether it be to try on clothes or simply enjoy the experience of shopping (yes, that's a thing). As such, physical retail is simply shrinking to accommodate higher sales volume in the direct channel.With direct sales growth starting to slow, though, it's reasonable to believe that the worst of physical retail's shrinkage is over. Thus, results across the entire physical retail world should start to improve over the next several quarters. This is a rising tide that will left all boats, ANF included. The result? Abercrombie's numbers will get better over the next few quarters. Shorts will rush to cover. The stock will pop.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long AMC, TSLA, IRBT, SFIX, and NKE. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That I May Buy * 7 of The Best Schwab ETFs for Low Fees The post 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • IRobot (IRBT) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
    Zacks5 days ago

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    In the latest trading session, iRobot (IRBT) closed at $90.29, marking a -0.48% move from the previous day.

  • iRobot Appoints Eva Manolis to Board of Directors
    PR Newswire7 days ago

    iRobot Appoints Eva Manolis to Board of Directors

    BEDFORD, Mass., July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- iRobot Corp. (IRBT), the leader in consumer robots, today announced the addition of Eva Manolis to its board of directors. Ms. Manolis brings more than 30 years of product development and global ecommerce experience within the consumer technology space to iRobot as the company focuses on growing digital capabilities for its ecosystem of home robots. Most recently, Ms. Manolis served as vice president of consumer shopping at Amazon.com, Inc. from 2010 – 2016.

  • 8 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for Big-Time Growth Potential
    InvestorPlace13 days ago

    8 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for Big-Time Growth Potential

    Editor's note: This story was previously published in October 2017. It has since been updated and republished.The concern about investing in growth stocks usually comes down to valuation. Stocks with significant growth potential usually have a multiple to match. One way around that problem is to invest in small-cap stocks, where the growth stories may not be quite as well known and the valuations may not be quite as stretched.In some cases, small-cap stocks come with more risk; but in most cases, small caps offer more potential rewards.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * Missing copy for url 1. Please edit. * Url 1 is an external link. Please edit.Here are eight small-cap stocks to buy due to significant growth opportunities. Each of these small-cap companies have valuations that lend themselves to significant upside if those opportunities are captured. Source: Citrix Online via Flickr AppFolio (APPF)AppFolio Inc (NASDAQ:APPF) offers the best, and worst, of small-cap growth investing. On the positive side, revenue from AppFolio's software for property managers is growing nicely. The company's total revenue jumped about 40% last yearThe primary concern here is valuation. APPF trades at over 17 tines revenue on an enterprise basis. That's a big number in any market. It's also a notable premium to its closest peer, RealPage Inc (NASDAQ:RP).Still, there's reason to see more upside. AppFolio has turned profitable, and its margins should expand significantly going forward. The company's MyCase software for law offices offers another growth driver for AppFolio sales. Both software products drive exactly the kind of "sticky," recurring revenue investors are looking for in the software space.Again, valuation isn't perfect. But with earnings-per-share likely to clear 75 cents by the end of the decade, it's not quite as extreme as headline multiples would suggest. With AppFolio's growth prospects and potential as a takeout target, there's likely still some room left in the APPF rally.Source: Rob Wall via Flickr (Modified) Chegg Inc (CHGG)Chegg Inc (NYSE:CHGG) has transformed itself over the past few years.What was formerly a company focused largely on a money-losing textbook rental business has become the go-to platform for college students in the U.S. Chegg offers a wide variety of services to students, ranging from tutoring and online study help to eTextbooks and its legacy print textbook rental business (which is now outsourced, providing a major boost to Chegg profits).Like most stocks on this list, CHGG isn't cheap, trading at over 14 times its revenue and a forward price-earnings ratio of about 52. But with the company's earnings per share expected to nearly double this year, there's enough to support a premium valuation.With Chegg increasingly looking dominant in what its CEO Dan Rosensweig has called "winner take most" markets, a takeover looks likely. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has tried to attract college students by building out physical bookstores and offering free Prime memberships. Chegg, which reaches the majority of those students, would give the company both an entry into that market and a wealth of valuable data to boot. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice Even if Amazon doesn't come calling, Chegg's expanding service offerings and potential to target high school and graduate students suggest years of growth ahead. And even the current, somewhat pricey, valuation doesn't account for all of that potential.Source: Shutterstock Varonis Systems (VRNS)Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VRNS) has an intriguing growth story. The company develops software for businesses that manages what it calls "unstructured data." That includes everything from emails to spreadsheets to memos.That data is growing exponentially -- and so is the risk it poses. As seen in leaks at Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) and elsewhere, there's a lot of valuable information contained in those files. Varonis protects them from unwanted entry and it organizes them for corporate managers.The importance of unstructured data continues to drive Varonis revenue higher, with the company's 2018 top-line growth expected to come in at about 20%. Sales cycles remain relatively long and intensive, as in many cases Varonis still has to prove the usefulness of the software. That's particularly true for companies who haven't had a data breach … yet. As awareness increases and those cycles shorten, both revenue growth and operating margins will benefit.Meanwhile, VRNS is expected to report a profit for 2019. And yet it trades at a bit over 14 times its trailing-twelve-month revenue, plus cash. That sounds like a big multiple, but it's actually somewhat modest in the SaaS space, particularly given Varonis' growth profile.As sales grow, and that multiple expands, VRNS should continue to climb. Source: Shutterstock Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI)There are very few retail growth stories in the U.S. of any size, particularly in brick-and-mortar retail. But Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:OLLI) is one to keep an eye on.Ollie's benefits from being in the off-price channel, one of the few areas of retail that has held up well amid the pressure from online retailers like Amazon. And while Ollie's is much smaller than peers TJX Companies Inc (NYSE:TJX) and Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST), in this case that's a good thing.The company's store expansion plan alone suggests years of growth ahead, with strong same-store sales contributing as well. OLLI isn't necessarily cheap, trading at 33 times analysts' consensus FY19 EPS estimate. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice But the company is solidly profitable, has little debt, and has significant whitespace to build out its store count - and revenue. For investors who believe the off-price channel should continue to manage online competition, OLLI is an extremely intriguing choice. Shotspotter (SSTI)Shotspotter Inc (NASDAQ:SSTI) is a classic early-stage growth company. Shotspotter is expected to become profitable for the first time this year.The company's namesake product detects gunfire and notifies law enforcement in real time, making police response more efficient and neighborhoods safer. The product already has been deployed in major cities like Chicago and New York, with seven new cities adopting the software just last month.That growth should continue, as Shotspotter brings on additional municipalities and, eventually, expands internationally as well. Revenue is still relatively small -- just $34 million over the past year -- but a $491 million market cap leaves room for upside. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice Continued adoption would make SSTI a likely takeover target for defense companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) or Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) or other larger, government-focused suppliers. And with the need for Shotspotter, unfortunately, rising every year, that increased adoption seems likely. Source: Shutterstock LogMeIn (LOGM)Video-conferencing leader LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ:LOGM) offers a nice combination of growth and value.Trading at just 15 times analysts' consensus EPS estimate, LOGM certainly doesn't look like it's pricing in the huge EPS growth analysts are expecting this year. With video conferencing demand still increasing and top-line growth expected in 2019, LogMeIn should be able to drive double-digit EPS growth for years to come. That in turn suggests a fair amount of upside from current levels.There are some risks, specifically around competition. But from a long-term perspective, LogMeIn still seems to have years of growth in front of it and it's trading at a price worth paying.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified) Shake Shack (SHAK)Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK) is growing. Revenue is expected to jump 28% this year. And the company still has plenty of room to expand, and it recently opened its first restaurant in mainland China.SHAK is a bit of a turnaround play, but the Shake Shack story is still playing out. If the company can stabilize same-restaurant sales, location growth alone should drive profits -- and SHAK stock -- higher.Source: Shutterstock iRobot (IRBT)iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) got a bit ahead of itself last year. In April, IRBT stock traded around $60; by late August, the stock had nearly doubled.IRBT then pulled back over 30%, subsequently rebounded back near its former highs, and then dropped again. But the category itself is growing double-digits, and Internet of Things catalysts could further drive product adoption. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice IRBT shares aren't necessarily cheap. But at 24 times next year's earnings, IRBT isn't very expensive for a company in a rapidly growing category. With the company capable of driving 20%-plus EPS growth going forward, that multiple isn't very steep.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice * 5 IPO Stocks to Buy -- According to Wall Street Analysts * The Top 10 Best Sectors in the Market for 2019 The post 8 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for Big-Time Growth Potential appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • iRobot Buys Root Robotics, Boosts Robot Product Offerings
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    iRobot (IRBT) acquires Root Robotics in a bid to diversify its educational robot product offerings.

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  • 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal
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    6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal

    When it comes to the stock market, U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) account may be the crystal ball which can help investors predict what's going to happen next.Back in early May, Trump fired off a tweet in which he said that China "broke" the trade deal, and that new tariffs would be coming soon. That tweet shook markets. Stocks fell. Over the next month, trade tensions between the U.S. and China heated up. Stocks kept falling. From Trump's tweet to the end of May, the S&P 500 shed more than 6%.Now, in late June, Trump has fired off another trade-related tweet. But this one has a far more positive tone. In this tweet, Trump said that he and China President Xi Jinping are going to have an "extended meeting" next week at the G-20 Summit in Japan. That tweet surprised markets, since most investors presumed the two nations were on such disagreeable terms that a meeting at G-20 wasn't going to happen. Now, it's going to happen. That's good news for markets. The S&P 500 responded by rallying more than 1% that same day.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn other words, a Trump tweet was the very thing which started a big meltdown in markets in May, because that tweet basically said trade talks are not going well. Now, a different Trump tweet could be the very thing which starts a melt-up in markets in late June, because this tweet basically says that a trade deal could be coming soon. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half With that in mind, let's take a look at six stocks that are ready to bounce in a big way in the event a trade deal does get struck between the U.S. and China sometime soon. Stocks to Buy for a Trade War Bounce: Alibaba (BABA)Source: Shutterstock If the U.S. and China strike a trade deal in the foreseeable future, one stock that will fly higher is Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).Being the juggernaut in the Chinese e-commerce landscape, Alibaba goes as the China economy goes. When China's economy is firing on all cylinders, so is Alibaba. Revenue growth is big, margins are healthy and BABA stock moves higher. On the flip side, when China's economy is slowing, Alibaba slows, too. Revenue growth decelerates, margins compress and BABA stock moves lower.China's economy was firing on all cylinders in 2017. That's why Alibaba stock went from $90 to $180. But, China's economy slowed in 2018. That's why BABA stock fell from $180 to $130. Shares rebounded to $190 in 2019 as China's economy picked up steam against the backdrop of improving trade relations. But trade relations deteriorated in May, and since then, BABA stock has dropped back to $160.It looks like trade relations are back on the "getting better" path. So long as they remain on that path, BABA stock will move higher. In the event that a trade deal is actually struck, this stock will soar to levels above $200. iRobot (IRBT)Source: Shutterstock One under-the-radar growth stock which is set to win big if the U.S. and China strike a trade deal is iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT).iRobot manufactures and sells consumer household robotic products, with the present focus on robotic vacuums. This is a growth market. Low-level automation is the first step of the automation revolution, and iRobot is king in the low-level-automation world, creating machines which automate simple tasks that most people don't like to do (vacuuming, mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, so on an so forth). As such, as the automation wave gains mainstream traction over the next several years, household robotic adoption will rise rapidly and iRobot's sales and profits will march higher. That growth will ultimately push IRBT stock higher, too.This secular growth narrative has hit a snag with the trade war. iRobot is a U.S. company. One of its biggest growth markets is China. As such, iRobot is at the epicenter of the U.S.-China trade war, and every tariff hike back and forth results in higher input prices for the company. In short, trade war tensions between the U.S. and China have put the secular iRobot growth narrative on hold. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less If a deal is struck between these two countries, that holding period will end, and it will be replaced by resumption of the iRobot secular growth narrative. That resumption will put IRBT stock back on a winning path. Luckin Coffee (LK)Source: Shutterstock One growth-oriented way to play a trade war resolution is through buying shares of Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ:LK).Luckin Coffee is China's brand new, hyper-growth coffee shop chain, which is surging throughout China using a unique, small-store, digital-first model that resonates with China's millennial urban consumers. At scale, this company could one day turn into the Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) of China. Starbucks has a $100 billion market cap. Luckin's market cap is at $5 billion. As such, the runway for long term growth in LK stock is quite promising.But, this is a China growth story, and if the China economy isn't doing well, the LK stock growth narrative won't be smooth. China's economy won't do well if trade tensions continue to escalate. But if a trade deal is struck, China's economy will get back to firing on all cylinders. If that happens, the Luckin stock growth narrative will fire on all cylinders, too.As such, a trade war resolution could be the exact catalyst LK stock needs to get started on a long-term winning path. Nike (NKE)Source: rodrigofranca via FlickrOne global apparel giant that stands to benefit tremendously from a trade deal is Nike (NYSE:NKE).Nike is the world's leading athletic apparel brand. As the world's leading athletic apparel brand, the company has a ton of exposure to China, trade and tariffs. Roughly 26% of Nike brand footwear and apparel is manufactured in China, and the Greater China geography accounted for 15% of Nike brand sales last year. As such, Nike has broad exposure to both U.S.-China tariffs and a trade-related China economic slowdown.Remove these issues, though, and Nike looks really good right now. The company is simultaneously benefiting from a secular rise in global athletic apparel adoption and growing share in that market using rapid product innovation and a shift to a direct-sales model. * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today Broadly, then, if trade war risks disappear, NKE stock should fly higher. The rest of this growth narrative is on fire right now. Remove the one headwind, and that creates runway for big gains in Nike stock. Foot Locker (FL)Source: Shutterstock Along the same lines as Nike, another athletic apparel stock that should run higher if a trade deal is struck is Foot Locker (NYSE:FL).Things look good at Foot Locker right now. After spending a few quarters below zero, comparable-sales growth is back in positive territory again, and comps were up nearly 5% last quarter. Physical stores are comping positive. Digital sales are growing at a double-digit pace. Gross margins are expanding. Profits are up.Net net, the numbers at Foot Locker are pretty good, supported by a secular rise in athletic apparel adoption and stabilization in the physical and wholesale retail markets. The only problem here is the trade war. Unfortunately, it's a big problem. Owing to the athletic footwear market's broad exposure to imports from China, Foot Locker presently finds itself at the epicenter of the trade war. The higher tariffs go, the worse things will get for Foot Locker.But, if those tariffs go away entirely, things will get way better for Foot Locker. FL stock is cheap enough right now (8 times forward earnings) that if things do get better, the stock will bounce in a big way. Intel (INTC)Source: Shutterstock One sector that has been killed by the U.S.-China trade war is the semiconductor market, and one stock in that market that could win big in the event of a trade war resolution is Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).The semiconductor space has a lot of U.S.-Asia trade exposure, with big customers and manufacturers on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Thus, as trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalated, global semiconductor demand weakened and production costs became an issue. Consequently, semiconductor stocks dropped.Intel was one of those stocks. As one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, Intel has huge exposure to China. But a trade resolution between the U.S. and China should re-stoke demand and ease rising cost pressures. If that happens, Intel's revenue and margin growth trajectories will meaningfully improve. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 Much like FL stock, INTC stock is cheap enough today (10x forward earnings) that any positive news on the trade front should put significant upward pressure on shares.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long BABA, IRBT, LK, NKE, FL, and INTC. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal appeared first on InvestorPlace.