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the Death List  

High Risk Stocks

The Death List includes two stock portfolios that we think are risky business. Of course, we don’t know for sure that they’re heading down; so don’t sell them short based on our opinion. However, you might want to do a little extra due diligence if you own them. 

Last update: data as of  10/15/18

Death List #1: Death by Debt

These firms have built up debt levels that could be a drag on earnings and cash flow for years to come. Among other factors, we've employed these two financial strength tests to pinpoint our list of potential underperformers. 

Leverage Ratio: total assets divided by shareholders’ equity. A firm with no debt would have a leverage ratio of one, and the higher the debt, the higher the ratio.

Interest Coverage: amount of annual interest covered by a cash flow measure (EBITDA). A ratio of 1.0 means that annual interest and EBITDA are equal. Ratios of 4.0 or higher reflect solid balance sheets. Negative ratios reflect negative cash flow.

Optimum Hold Period: 4 Weeks

   

Recent
Price

Interest
Coverage

Leverage
Ratio

BXC

BlueLinx Holdings

25.39

0.4

92.7

CLSK

CleanSpark

3.70

-0.2

56.3

AWSM

Cool Holdings

7.30

-9.5

10.0

CCLP

CSI Compressco LP

5.48

0.3

11.5

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf

3.71

-1.2

21.2

EGC

Energy XXI Gulf Coast

8.15

-9.5

10.0

EYPT

Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals

3.23

-0.4

6.1

FLDM

Fluidigm

7.86

-3.3

7.4

FTNW

FTE Networks

10.58

0.0

57.0

HRB

H & R Block

25.69

-10.9

13.6

HBB

Hamilton Beach Brands    

18.90

0.6

7.0

HCHC

HC2 Holdings

5.66

-0.8

41.9

HZN

Horizon Global

6.96

-0.4

33.9

IVTY

Invuity

7.39

-12.0

20.9

IO

Ion Geophysical

14.68

-7.7

7.8

MAT

Mattel

14.33

-1.9

7.6

MBI

MBIA Inc.

9.54

-0.9

7.8

NSTG

NanoString Technologies

15.76

-13.4

12.4

PBYI

Puma Biotechnology

42.69

-18.4

5.9

PRPL

Purple Innovation

5.26

-3.6

56.5

PYX

Pyxus International

43.05

0.2

8.0

QUMU

Qumu

2.68

-1.6

6.9

REPH

Recro Pharma

6.66

-6.4

7.4

SPWR

SunPower

6.53

-15.6

88.1

SVU

SUPERVALU.

32.48

0.0

8.4

STRO

Sutro Biopharma

14.39

-33.8

12.2

TNDM

Tandem Diabetes Care

36.13

-0.3

6.1

TSLA

Tesla

258.78

-4.4

7.1

TTI

TETRA Technologies

3.74

0.7

7.9

MDCO

The Medicines Company

26.23

-3.4

37.5

VSLR

Vivint Solar

4.71

-1.4

6.9

XOMA

XOMA

15.30

-4.4

8.5

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Death List #2: Too Hot Not to Cool Down

Have these overpriced stocks have gone too far, too fast? This list comes from a screen inspired by a series of occasional articles spotlighting overpriced stocks published by Barron’s in the mid-90s. The screen searches out stocks that are overvalued by a variety of measures, and have already recorded strong results over the past 52 weeks.

Optimum Hold Period: 12 Months

   

Price

TFY
P/E
P/Sales P/Bk

ABMD

ABIOMED

384.78

82

23.9

23.9

AAXN

Axon Enterprise

58.86

112

8.6

7.6

CDNA

CareDx

22.22

 

11.3

27.6

DXCM

DexCom

127.07

 

11.5

23.0

ETSY

Etsy

41.55

97

9.4

13.4

FTNT

Fortinet

79.95

48

7.6

17.3

GRUB

GrubHub

116.55

61

11.0

7.5

HAE

Haemonetics 

106.48

46

6.0

8.2

INGN

Inogen

201.42

96

11.0

16.1

MED

Medifast

210.89

47

5.4

24.5

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