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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  7/14/17

(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

    Recent
Price
Interest
Coverage
Leverage
Ratio

AMD

Advanced Micro Devices

13.92

-1.7

8.1

AEHR

Aehr Test Systems

3.91

-13.9

9.2

AGEN

Agenus

4.38

-2.9

22.8

AMBC

Ambac Financial  

17.83

-1.3

14.0

ARRY

Array Biopharma

8.60

-9.4

9.2

AVEO

AVEO Pharmaceuticals

2.66

-7.5

7.4

BIOS

BioScrip

2.93

-0.2

22.7

APRN

Blue Apron Holdings

7.36

-99.9

29.3

CLMT

Calumet Specialty Products  

4.15

0.8

12.9

CVGI

Commercial Vehicle Group

8.41

1.0

6.4

CORI

Corium International

9.17

-4.5

31.5

CSOD

Cornerstone OnDemand

38.37

-4.9

19.6

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf

21.25

-1.2

9.8

DOVA

Dova Pharmaceuticals

24.03

-23.2

19.6

EMES

Emerge Energy Services 

8.71

-2.4

6.0

OAKS

Five Oaks Investment  

4.92

-7.2

16.9

FLDM

Fluidigm Corporation

4.24

-12.1

7.6

FRTA

Forterra

8.47

-2.4

17.3

GDI

Gardner Denver  

22.08

0.8

15.2

GRPN

Groupon

3.99

-2.1

7.1

IEP

Icahn Enterprises 

52.03

0.4

14.1

INVE

Identiv

5.66

-1.2

7.6

IMH

IMPAC Mortgage  

15.11

1.1

20.1

INSE

Inspired Entertainment

11.90

-0.5

28.5

PODD

Insulet Corporation

50.73

-1.1

7.0

INTX

Intersections

4.74

-6.9

14.7

IRWD

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

19.06

-3.7

23.7

JCP

J C Penney 

4.94

0.0

7.1

JMBA

Jamba

8.04

-99.9

78.9

LAYN

Layne Christensen 

9.49

0.3

6.6

NKTR

Nektar Therapeutics

20.67

-5.5

11.8

NEOS

Neos Therapeutics

7.05

-6.8

7.9

NXST

Nexstar Media Group

63.15

0.7

6.2

NRG

NRG Energy

23.24

0.2

18.1

PGEM

Ply Gem Holdings

17.75

0.7

293.1

PRXIQ

Premier Exhibitions

8.10

-6.9

13.5

RCAR

RenovaCare

3.50

-25.3

6.0

RLJE

RLJ Entertainment

3.33

-0.7

17.3

SITE

SiteOne Landscape Supply

52.53

-1.9

6.7

SOFO

Sonic Foundry

3.80

-11.0

8.7

SPNC

Spectranetics Corp

38.45

-4.5

6.9

SPWH

Sportsman's Warehouse 

5.08

-1.2

15.9

VOYA

Voya Financial

37.43

0.0

16.8

W

Wayfair

76.74

-99.9

20.4

Dividend Death List

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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

155.11

39.21

8.3

9.1

CORT

Corcept Therapeutics  

12.31

46.90

12.6

28.1

EXEL

Exelixis 

26.74

150.23

24.1

65.3

HSKA

Heska  

100.78

50.94

5.9

7.7

NVDA

NVIDIA  

164.95

53.41

12.6

16.0

PEGA

Pegasystems 

60.98

57.52

5.3

13.1

TAL

TAL Education Group 

141.58

66.99

9.3

18.1

WB

Weibo Corp  

74.31

49.20

20.3

19.9

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