Fundstrat Global Advisors Managing Partner & Head of Research Tom Lee joins On The Move to discuss his top picks of companies that will do well in the markets in 2020.
Fundstrat Global Advisors Managing Partner & Head of Research Tom Lee joins On The Move to discuss his top picks of companies that will do well in the markets in 2020.
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Which investment strategy has stood the test of time? Growth investing. The pros from Wall Street argue that stocks with outsized growth prospects reflect some of the most compelling plays out there. This growth potential extends beyond the near-term, with these names set to deliver handsome returns through 2020 and beyond. That said, finding stocks that fall into this category can be challenging, to say the least. According to the analysts, one strategy is to take a step back and look at the big picture, focusing on the names that stand to see long-term growth on top of their impressive year-to-date gains. Bearing this in mind, we used TipRanks’ database to pinpoint three growth stocks on the receiving end of significant praise from analysts. All three of these tickers have already achieved serious growth in 2020, and are primed to keep climbing higher. Penn National Gaming (PENN) First up we have Penn National Gaming, which owns and operates gaming and racing facilities as well as has video gaming terminal operations throughout the U.S. This name has already soared 146% year-to-date, but some Wall Street analysts believe there’s plenty of fuel left in the tank. PENN recently pre-announced Q3 results that blew estimates out of the water. For the quarter, the company expects margins to expand by over 900 basis points and adjusted EBITDAR to increase by 5% year-over-year, even though revenue was tracking down 10% year-over-year. Weighing in for J.P. Morgan, five-star analyst Joseph Greff told clients, “The regional gaming recovery seen during May/June continued into the Q3, with revenues coming in better than feared; we had previously assumed a slower ramp once pent-up demand normalized and little/no opex creep from post-COVID efficiency gains.” That being said, Greff acknowledges that given the stellar share price performance, some other analysts have “thrown in the towel with downgrades.” However, he still sees “value and catalysts ahead.” The analyst commented, “... there is a tug of war in terms of investor sentiment—which we think is healthy for the stock and almost necessary for the stock to continue to move higher; in our view, traditional gaming equity investors are not completely bulled up, and, in fact, we think there is plenty of investor skepticism related to PENN’s ability to compete with DraftKings, Fanduel, Caesars Entertainment, MGM/GVC, et al., given PENN’s relative balance sheet size to fund early stage sports betting customer acquisition costs, but we believe this risk, to the extent it is meaningful, to compete is now diminished given ~$950 million raised from its recent equity raise.” On top of this, PENN recently launched the Barstool Sports betting app in Pennsylvania. Calling the early launch “encouraging both from a volume and marketing spend perspective,” Greff argues it demonstrates “the potential of its unique approach to share grab.” In addition, momentum is ramping up for Barstool Sportsbook. What’s more, Greff thinks that the current sports betting and iGaming environment resembles the emergence of regional markets in the 1990s, when states with budget deficits turned to new revenue streams like riverboat gaming to help fund budget deficits. Expounding on this, the analyst stated, “We think the states will look to USSB and iGaming in much the same way and PENN will be one of the winners. We like the U.S. Regional land-based gaming/sports betting/iGaming landscape and see upside.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Greff stayed with the bulls. In addition to an Overweight rating, he left an $83 price target on the stock. Investors could be pocketing a gain of 32%, should this target be met in the twelve months ahead. (To watch Greff’s track record, click here) What does the rest of the Street have to say? 9 Buys, 3 Holds and 1 Sell have been issued in the last three months. Therefore, PENN gets a Moderate Buy consensus rating. Based on the $76.77 average price target, shares could rise 22% in the next year. (See Penn National Gaming stock analysis on TipRanks) Redfin (RDFN) Starting out in the map-based search space, Redfin expanded its product offering to make the home tour, listing debut and escrow processes faster and easier. Out on Wall Street, some think that this name is experiencing more than just a COVID demand surge, with its 113% year-to-date gain only the beginning. Although RDFN is coming off of a strong Q3 pre-announcement, investors were somewhat disappointed by the results. BTIG’s Jake Fuller points out that shares likely traded off because “expectations were high and the scale of revenue upside modest at ~2%,” and “momentum investors tend to reward volume-led beats and RDFN actually lagged expectations on that front.” It doesn’t help that RDFN is not a focus name for many, suggesting that investors might not have looked past the revenue disclosure, according to Fuller. However, he argues the Street could be missing key pieces of the puzzle. The five-star analyst mentioned, “What might be getting overlooked here is that RDFN has stepped up commission rates with no obvious impact to conversion, and that should translate into a significantly stronger gross profit outlook for RDFN.” To this end, he bumped up his 2021 gross profit estimate by 47%. Looking at the details of the quarter, RDFN experienced robust demand, with Real Estate Services revenue increasing 36% year-over-year. Site traffic and transactions were also up on a quarter-over-quarter basis. However, it should be noted that the upside was driven by revenue per transaction. “That is important because it suggests that anticipated commission rate increases are finally contributing,” Fuller said. “By our tally, Real Estate Services revenue went from 1.68% of GTV in Q3 2019 and 1.78% in Q2 2020 to an estimated 1.85% in Q3 2020. A four-point beat on gross margin suggests high flow through on that. While difficult to assess the durability of demand, pricing gains and a better margin profile should be sustainable,” Fuller commented. In line with his optimistic approach, Fuller sides with the bulls, reiterating a Buy rating and $65 price target. This target conveys his confidence in RDFN’s ability to climb 45% higher in the next year. (To watch Fuller’s track record, click here) Turning to the rest of the Street, opinions are more varied. With 6 Buys, 5 Holds and 1 Sell assigned in the last three months, the word on the Street is that RDFN is a Moderate Buy. At $50, the average price target implies 11% upside potential. (See Redfin stock analysis on TipRanks) Vertiv Holdings (VRT) As one of the leading global providers of hardware, software and services, Vertiv Holdings helps facilitate an interconnected marketplace of digital systems where large amounts of indispensable data needs to be transmitted, analyzed, processed and stored. Up 71% year-to-date, more gains could be on the horizon, so says Wall Street. Even with the major share price appreciation, Wolfe Research analyst Nigel Coe sees a favorable risk/reward profile. “We believe that Vertiv is a rare breed that can appeal to a broad cross section of investors: a mid-cap growth company that can deliver attractive margin expansion at a discounted valuation, captained by a top-class executive team,” he explained. When it comes to VRT’s runway for growth, its key customer end markets are data center and telecommunications. These spaces are areas where Coe expects to see growth in 2020 and 2021, as well as long-term secular tailwinds from increasing data intensity and 5G upgrades. Additionally, management has outlined a pathway to 500 basis points of margin expansion, driven by efforts to keep fixed costs constant via a variety of operational upgrades and a reduction in organizational complexity. “This is the playbook deployed by Executive Chairman David Cote so successfully under his tenure at Honeywell, and this gives us conviction that a similar playbook can be deployed at Vertiv,” Coe said. It should be noted that VRT exited Q2 2020 with net debt of roughly $2.1 billion, and net debt/EBITDA landing at 4.2x. Even though this is at the high end of the range, Coe argues the balance sheet could rapidly de-leverage. To this end, he calculates surplus capital of $1 billion by 2023, assuming a net debt/EBITDA ratio of 2x. “We don't currently view Vertiv as a clear capital deployment story, but this could come to the fore over the 2022/23 time frame - we could certainly see acquisitions that bolster its capability in power distribution and perhaps at the DCIM layer. Other potential options include the settlement of warrants for cash (these are currently reflected in our diluted share count calculation) and the institution of a dividend that would widen the potential for institutional ownership. We also cannot ignore the scope for strategic partnerships with many larger electrical equipment market participants that are not significant players in the data center,” Coe commented. Everything that VRT has going for it convinced Coe to reiterate an Outperform rating. Along with the call, he set a $23 price target, suggesting 22% upside potential. (To watch Coe’s track record, click here) Are other analysts in agreement? They are. Only Buy ratings, 4 to be exact, have been published in the last three months. Therefore, the message is clear: VRT is a Strong Buy. Given the $20.75 average price target, shares could surge 10% in the next year. (See Vertiv Holdings stock analysis on TipRanks) Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.
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Aside from the possibility that the predominantly male investment analyst community might be a tad more focused during Naked Brand Group’s (NASDAQ:NAKD) earnings conferences, there’s not much to get excited about when it comes to NAKD stock. Source: Shutterstock Yes, Naked Brand owns what should be a compelling mix of undergarment brands. Unfortunately, it seems as if the company is a generation behind fashion trends. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials represent the largest demographic in the U.S. workforce. Essentially, people in this age bracket are the most relevant generation for business, and will remain so for a long time. Love their quirky ways or hate them, it honestly doesn’t matter. Companies will have to cater to this consumer base or quickly lose relevance.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips One look at NAKD stock and you’ll see the devastating consequences of being out of step with this demo. On a year-to-date basis, Naked Brand shares have dropped a staggering 95%. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes Most of my InvestorPlace colleagues were bearish on the organization, and for good reason. It was wildly speculative to begin with, and the novel coronavirus pandemic certainly didn’t help. But the reason for its risky nature came down largely to changes in young consumers’ fashion tastes. For prior generations, acquiring the hottest brands was of great importance. Today, young Americans don’t necessarily want to be walking billboards for corporations. In addition, millennials value their individuality. Therefore, they’re not interested in companies telling them what looks good; they’ll figure that out on their own. As further evidence, millennials have taken on sustainability concerns to another level. Thus, it’s not just about looking good on the outside but feeling good about the purchases made. This kind of holistic thinking is unprecedented, creating interesting dynamics. But for NAKD stock, the underlying premium brands are tethered to outdated thinking that just doesn’t resonate with most young consumers. That’s a huge problem and one that Wall Street doesn’t believe Naked Brand Group can resolve. NAKD Stock Says Something Deeper About the New Normal In early September, I stated clearly that NAKD stock was a no buy, labeling it as toxic instead. However, I also mentioned that Naked Group is a barometer for the new normal. I still feel that way. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to watch this otherwise terrible equity unit flounder its way to a potential collapse. Here’s the deal — if you think about it, NAKD stock should actually enjoy a coronavirus catalyst. As I mentioned last month, people have been cooped up at home. Many have argued that this pent-up demand will cause an explosive spike in retail sales. But there’s another type of explosion that’s being overlooked here. Beyond the nationwide lockdowns, nearly every aspect of our lives has been disrupted. For instance, not being able to go out for happy hour with your office colleagues is a huge deflator. Not to mention, traditional entertainment venues such as bars, nightclubs, even the library are either closed or have implemented strict mitigation protocols. If you’re single, it’s not a great time. Beyond the usual butterflies associated with the dating game, people have to worry about a dangerous pandemic on top of it. And while you see folks supposedly putting on a brave face, the hard numbers tell a different story. For instance, if most Americans were not afraid of Covid-19, you would expect the airline industry to recover more rapidly than it has so far. For the month-to-date, air passenger volume is roughly at 35% capacity relative to the year-ago period. But it shouldn’t be that low. Right now, many local economies are hurting, not to mention the myriad airliners that are facing a bleak future. All these entities would love your business. If it weren’t for the pandemic, it’d be a great time to travel. Because of the pandemic though, people are staying home. And it’s the same situation with NAKD stock. The Undergarment Business Is Badly Exposed If you look at shares of online dating giant Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH), you can make a fair assumption that the demand for dating is strong. Since the beginning of the year, MTCH is up nearly 39%. Really, this is no surprise. Unless there ‘s something madly paradigm altering like a nuclear strike, people will naturally want to get to know each other. Heck, even with the threat of all-out nuclear warfare, people will still be thinking about it. But what has changed in the new normal is the mechanism to fulfill that need. Right now, folks are in contactless mode. And as ridiculous as it may sound to some, Covid-19 has deeply stricken the American psyche. If it were not so, you would expect NAKD stock to rise higher with MTCH. Click to EnlargeSource: Chart by Josh Enomoto As it stands, NAKD did share a reasonably strong correlation with MTCH throughout most of 2020’s first half. But since June 10, the two stocks have an extremely strong inverse correlation. That tells me that while people may want to get together physically, they’re too scared to do so. In other words, even a shot at sparking romance with that special someone isn’t enough for either gender to buy attractive undergarments. If I look at NAKD stock, it’s almost as if people don’t even care about romance anymore, at least not until we kiss 2020 goodbye. Of all the companies that could least use a reduction in consumer sentiment, it’s Naked Brand Group. As a result, you basically have just one choice with NAKD stock: stay far away unless of course you’re just observing for sociological research. On the date of publication, Josh Enomoto did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. A former senior business analyst for Sony Electronics, Josh Enomoto has helped broker major contracts with Fortune Global 500 companies. Over the past several years, he has delivered unique, critical insights for the investment markets, as well as various other industries including legal, construction management, and healthcare. More From InvestorPlace Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG Top Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner Radical New Battery Could Dismantle Oil Markets Revolutionary Tech Behind 5G Rollout Is Being Pioneered By This 1 Company The post Dating Going Digital Has Been Terrible For Naked Brand Group Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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The utility sector comprises companies that provide essential products and services, including water, electricity, natural gas, sewage, and other services. The sustained demand for these services has helped utility stocks generate stable earnings. Due to the reliability of earnings, these companies can effectively payout dividends at significantly higher average yields. Hence, the unmatched combination of income generation and profitability makes utility stocks an excellent low-risk option for investors. This year, the utility stocks represented by the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU), have underperformed the broader market. The S&P 500 index grew 6% since the beginning of the year, while the Utilities ETF fell by nearly 2%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes Tech stocks have ruled the roost this year, but utility stocks’ importance in a well-rounded portfolio cannot be denied either. Therefore, let’s look at three utility stocks that remained resilient despite the effects of the pandemic. American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) Utility Stocks: American Water Works (AWK) Source: Shutterstock American Water Works provides regulated water and wastewater services to homeowners and the military. It is currently the largest water and wastewater utility company in the U.S. Additionally, it also makes money using specific market-based activities. It remained resilient in the face of the pandemic, as AWK stock grew 13.7% relative to the S&P 500. It recently reported its solid second-quarter results. Earnings per share (EPS) for six months ended June 30 was at $1.65, roughly 5.8% compared to the prior-year period. Income from its regulated business was $177 million, compared to $156 million in the same period last year. Additionally, income from market-based activities also increased by $2 million. Despite the slowdown in water usage in the country, the increase in prices has helped offset revenues’ impact. Moreover, the directors announced a quarterly cash dividend payment of 55 cents per share. Hence, the dividend growth rate for the past year for the company is around 10%. American Water Works expects to grow its EPS and dividends at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 7% to 10% from 2019 to 2024. NextEra Energy (NEE) Source: madamF / Shutterstock.com NextEra Energy is the most valuable energy company in terms of market capitalization in the U.S. It runs regulated electric utilities in Florida and a nonregulated energy business operating natural gas and renewable energy projects. Additionally, it boasts one of the most robust financial profiles in the sector, with the highest credit ratings among businesses of its kind. NEE stock’s 12-month return relative to the S&P 500 is at a healthy 19.3%. The company reported its second-quarter results back in July, which was weighed down by the pandemic. The adjusted EPS for the quarter was at $2.61, surpassing expectations by 4.4%. However, revenues were down 15.4%. Revenues across all its segments lagged behind consensus estimates. Nevertheless, the company’s earnings are expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% to 8% per year through 2021. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes Its financial strength continues to impress as cash and cash equivalents were up 268% crossing the $1 billion mark. Moreover, the company plans to increase its dividend by approximately 10% per year through 2022. AES Corporation (AES) Source: zhao jiankang / Shutterstock.com AES is one of the largest electric utility companies in the U.S. operating in multiple nations. It has one of the most diversified portfolios of distribution and electricity generation businesses. Additionally, it is among the top electric utility companies leading the charge towards renewable energy. AES stock’s 12-month return relative to the S&P 500 is at a solid 10.9%. The pandemic weighed down the company’s second-quarter results. Adjusted EPS was down 3.8% to 25 cents while revenues dropped 11.3%. Despite the slowdown, the management feels that market demand is better than their expectations, and collections are in line with historical levels. The company expects a 7% to 9% average growth rate for its business through to 2022. AES is betting heavily on the green revolution and hopes to generate less than 10% of its electricity from coal by 2030. It is aggressively retiring its coal plants and remains focused on increasing its renewable plants. On the date of publication, Muslim Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. 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Among the Dow Jones stocks, Apple and Microsoft are among the top stocks to buy and watch in October 2020.