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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  9/8/17

(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

AHT

Ashford Hospitality Trust 

6.31

1.0

6.4

AI

Arlington Asset Investment 

12.84

0.9

12.3

AMD

Advanced Micro Devices 

12.25

0.0

8.1

AOI

Alliance One International 

10.00

-0.1

11.3

ARAY

Accuray 

4.15

0.4

8.7

ARRY

Array BioPharma 

10.98

-8.4

23.8

BGC

General Cable

17.75

-0.6

18.9

BOX

Box 

17.89

-99.9

11.3

CBAY

Cymabay Therapeutics 

5.95

-27.0

8.8

CSOD

Cornerstone OnDemand 

34.28

-5.6

20.2

CYS

CYS Investments 

8.77

1.4

7.7

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf 

20.25

-0.1

9.3

EMES

Emerge Energy Services 

6.57

-0.3

7.4

FLDM

Fluidigm 

5.33

-11.3

11.6

GUID

Guidance Software 

7.09

-99.9

54.2

HCHC

HC2 Holdings 

4.41

-0.6

38.0

INAP

Internap 

4.21

0.4

53.4

IRWD

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals 

15.48

-3.8

0.9

JMP

JMP Group 

5.31

0.6

9.6

KERX

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals 

7.56

-0.4

7.2

KND

Kindred Healthcare 

7.50

1.2

15.2

LAYN

Layne Christensen Co

11.00

0.3

6.6

LLEX

Lilis Energy 

3.95

-2.1

17.9

NKTR

Nektar Therapeutics

22.27

-5.1

99.9

PFPT

Proofpoint 

91.94

-3.0

24.9

PODD

Insulet 

58.68

-0.7

7.1

PRMW

Primo Water 

11.79

1.1

6.3

QHC

Quorum Health 

4.15

0.4

13.5

SBBP

Strongbridge Biopharma 

6.25

-19.5

10.6

SNAK

Inventure Foods 

3.36

0.6

15.1

STON

StoneMor Partners 

6.30

-0.7

11.1

W

Wayfair 

77.23

-24.2

62.9

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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

ANET

Arista Networks 

172.68

37

10.0

10.0

APPF

AppFolio 

43.95

157

12.4

20.4

CGNX

Cognex 

107.91

42

16.5

9.2

CORT

Corcept Therapeutics 

17.26

33

19.5

32.1

EXEL

Exelixis 

25.97

110

25.3

54.4

FIZZ

National Beverage 

122.54

 

6.6

27.0

HTHT

China Lodging Group 

113.36

38

8.2

9.2

NVDA

NVIDIA 

163.69

41

12.4

17.4

OLED

Universal Display 

127.65

61

22.7

9.8

OSUR

OraSure Technologies 

21.60

72

9.3

5.7

PEGA

Pegasystems 

55.65

57

5.7

12.5

TAL

TAL Education Group

32.21

77

15.9

27.2

TCMD

Tactile Systems Technology 

34.44

 

6.7

9.8

TREE

LendingTree 

230.25

65

6.5

10.6

TTWO

Take-Two Interactive Software 

99.62

44

6.2

10.7

WB

Weibo 

104.81

65

28.0

26.0

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