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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  1/11/19

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

ARAY

Accuray  

4.00

-1.2

7.8

AIG

American International Group

41.66

-0.2

8.6

EQH

AXA Equitable Holdings

18.27

0.7

18.9

AXSM

Axsome Therapeutics

7.36

-32.2

21.7

BXC

BlueLinx Holdings

25.84

-0.3

99.9

CLMT

Calumet Specialty Products Partners 

3.30

0.5

42.5

CVNA

Carvana Co

36.80

-10.4

11.1

CVM

CEL-SCI Corporation

2.76

-0.3

99.9

CHRS

Coherus Biosciences

12.37

-23.5

11.4

DERM

Dermira

7.42

-53.5

7.6

KODK

Eastman Kodak Company

3.12

0.3

85.6

FLDM

Fluidigm Corporation

8.78

-2.9

11.3

IO

Ion Geophysical  

9.90

-0.8

10.3

MBI

MBIA Inc.

9.37

0.5

7.5

PLXP

PLx Pharma

4.23

-4.5

6.1

PRO

PROS Holdings

32.46

-2.8

6.8

PRPL

Purple Innovation

5.35

-3.5

99.9

PYX

Pyxus International

14.99

0.4

9.5

RETA

Reata Pharmaceuticals

72.35

-23.4

10.2

REPH

Recro Pharma

7.82

-6.5

13.0

VSLR

Vivint Solar

4.10

-1.5

7.3

XOMA

XOMA Corp

14.00

-10.6

40.0

YGYI

Youngevity International

6.54

0.1

6.3

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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

BEAT

BioTelemetry

66.73

37

5.5

7.5

CDNA

CareDx

24.74

-

12.0

21.6

DXCM

DexCom

141.10

-

11.7

22.3

ETSY

Etsy

52.07

104

10.4

15.9

FIVN

Five9

46.38

92

10.4

21.3

TCMD

Tactile Systems Technology

62.13

180

7.9

13.7

TTD

Trade Desk

127.30

53

11.6

16.3

VNDA

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

28.84

103

7.7

5.8

VICR

Vicor Corp

44.09

-

5.7

10.1

WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment

78.99

83

8.2

22.

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