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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  1/5/18

(updated twice monthly)

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

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    Recent
Price
Interest
Coverage
Leverage
Ratio
AMBC Ambac Financial  15.98 -3.7 15.4
AIG American International  60.65 -5.2 6.9
AFSI AmTrust Financial Services 10.39 0.2 7.4
ADSK Autodesk 110.84 -8.8 38.7
BIOS BioScrip 3.00 0.4 99.9
CLMT Calumet Specialty Products Partners  7.58 0.6 14.0
CVNA Carvana Co 19.71 -45.7 17.6
COHN Cohen & Company 9.70 0.6 17.6
DBD Diebold Nixdorf 17.35 0.8 9.4
FLDM Fluidigm 6.53 -10.7 7.5
FBIO Fortress Biotech 4.20 -8.9 6.6
BGC General Cable 29.60 0.1 19.0
IFMK iFresh 12.51 -3.6 7.6
IVTY Invuity 6.05 -16.7 9.6
JCP J C Penney  3.61 -0.4 8.1
JMBA Jamba 8.85 -99.9 78.9
KDMN Kadmon Holdings 3.72 -10.6 16.7
LAYN Layne Christensen  13.05 0.4 7.2
LBCC Long Blockchain 5.04 -33.3 7.8
MATR Mattersight 2.75 -7.9 21.2
NTRA Natera 9.90 -17.0 6.8
NEOS Neos Therapeutics 10.35 -5.3 7.7
NETE Net Element 11.72 -4.2 10.2
NBY NovaBay Pharmaceuticals 3.85 -7.7 6.0
OMER Omeros 19.42 -1.8 13.6
OMNT Ominto 3.37 -1.4 32.3
KIDS Orthopediatrics 20.05 -1.0 12.9
PRXIQ Premier Exhibitions 6.00 -6.9 13.5
QBIO Q BioMed 4.30 -18.5 99.9
RCAR RenovaCare 4.91 -28.7 6.4
RLJE RLJ Entertainment 3.93 -2.0 14.7
SRAX Social Reality 6.08 -1.7 6.0
STAF Staffing 360 Solutions 3.32 -0.5 23.0
SPWR SunPower 8.65 -3.6 6.1
TSLA Tesla 316.58 -4.5 6.0
VISI Volt Information Sciences 4.00 -0.5 6.9
W Wayfair 80.75 -36.8 99.9

 

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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

BABA

Alibaba Group Holding  

190.70

37

14.3

9.7

ALGN

Align Technology

241.07

66

12.5

16.4

HTHT

China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR)

153.51

52

7.3

11.5

CORT

Corcept Therapeutics  

18.73

44

12.5

24.8

EXEL

Exelixis

31.62

64

15.3

39.2

TREE

Lendingtree  

356.05

93

6.2

14.1

EDU

New Oriental Education (ADR)

100.86

44

6.0

8.8

NVDA

NVIDIA  

215.40

51

12.4

20.6

TTWO

Take-Two Interactive Software  

116.91

38

7.5

9.0

TAL

TAL Education (ADR)

32.62

101

8.9

18.3

OLED

Universal Display

179.30

77

34.1

13.6

WB

Weibo Corp (ADR)

120.86

71

20.6

25.4

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