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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  5/19/17

(updated twice monthly)

Death List #1: High 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

AMD

Advanced Micro Devices

11.41

-1.7

8.1

AEHR

Aehr Test Systems

4.25

-13.9

9.2

AGEN

Agenus

3.46

-2.9

22.8

AMBC

Ambac Financial  

16.49

-1.3

14.0

ARRY

Array Biopharma

8.24

-9.4

9.2

BOX

Box

17.43

-99.9

6.6

CLMT

Calumet Specialty Products Partners

4.40

0.8

12.9

CVGI

Commercial Vehicle Group

8.51

1.0

6.4

CORI

Corium International

6.85

-4.5

31.5

CSOD

Cornerstone OnDemand

36.81

-4.9

19.6

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf

26.30

-1.2

9.8

EMES

Emerge Energy Services  

13.13

-2.4

6.0

OAKS

Five Oaks Investment  

5.24

-7.2

16.9

FLDM

Fluidigm  

5.46

-12.1

7.6

FRTA

Forterra

10.54

-2.4

17.3

GNVC

GenVec

7.17

-3.4

8.4

GRPN

Groupon

3.32

-2.1

7.1

IEP

Icahn Enterprises

49.11

0.4

14.1

INVE

Identiv

5.72

-1.2

7.6

IMH

IMPAC Mortgage  

15.16

1.1

20.1

INSE

Inspired Entertainment

11.95

-0.5

28.5

PODD

Insulet Corporation

42.00

-1.1

7.0

INTX

Intersections

5.09

-6.9

14.7

IRWD

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

17.66

-3.7

23.7

JMBA

Jamba

7.26

-99.9

78.9

NKTR

Nektar Therapeutics

18.95

-5.5

11.8

NEOS

Neos Therapeutics

8.30

-6.8

7.9

NXST

Nexstar Media Group

57.60

0.7

6.2

NRG

NRG Energy

15.71

0.2

18.1

PGEM

Ply Gem Holdings

17.05

0.7

99.9

PRXIQ

Premier Exhibitions

4.40

-6.9

13.5

RCAR

RenovaCare

3.97

-25.3

6.0

RNN

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals

4.10

-0.2

17.3

RLJE

RLJ Entertainment

2.53

-0.7

17.3

SITE

SiteOne Landscape Supply  

49.52

-1.9

6.7

SOFO

Sonic Foundry  

4.10

-11.0

8.7

SPNC

Spectranetics  

27.60

-4.5

6.9

SPWH

Sportsman's Warehouse   

5.70

-1.2

15.9

VOYA

Voya Financial  

35.34

0.0

16.8

W

Wayfair  

61.92

-99.9

20.4

XTLY

Xactly  

13.00

-31.7

17.0

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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

ANET

Arista Networks  

144.07

37

7.7

8.4

HTHT

China Lodging 

75.95

31

5.7

6.5

CGNX

Cognex  

90.90

43

14.6

7.8

CORT

Corcept Therapeutics 

11.78

45

12.0

26.9

EXEL

Exelixis 

19.68

110

17.7

48.0

HSKA

Heska 

95.76

49

5.6

7.3

LMAT

LeMaitre Vascular 

29.94

43

5.8

6.1

MELI

Mercadolibre  

272.57

57

11.0

25.0

MDXG

MiMedx Group 

14.26

79

5.4

12.3

MOMO

Momo

43.58

31

8.6

13.4

NVDA

NVIDIA  

136.00

44

10.4

13.0

TAL

TAL Education Group  

123.75

59

7.9

15.6

OLED

Universal Display 

114.60

62

24.2

9.5

VEEV

Veeva Systems  

60.31

76

13.9

12.7

WB

Weibo 

78.31

53

20.0

22.7

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