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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  8/11/17

(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

12.23

0.0

8.1

AOI

Alliance One International

12.45

0.0

11.3

AMBC

Ambac Financial Group

19.08

-1.3

14.0

BIOS

BioScrip

3.24

0.2

45.8

APRN

Blue Apron Holdings

5.12

-10.2

250.6

CSOD

Cornerstone OnDemand

34.09

-6.9

20.2

CBAY

CymaBay Therapeutics

6.57

-31.9

8.8

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf

20.55

-0.7

9.3

DOVA

Dova Pharmaceuticals

18.25

-23.2

19.6

EMES

Emerge Energy Services LP

6.16

-0.3

7.4

OAKS

Five Oaks Investment 

4.38

0.4

16.8

FLDM

Fluidigm 

3.51

-11.3

11.6

FRTA

Forterra

4.64

0.8

19.4

BGC

General Cable 

17.40

-0.9

18.9

HALO

Halozyme Therapeutics

11.90

-5.0

5.9

INSE

Inspired Entertainment

10.15

-0.5

28.5

PODD

Insulet 

51.92

-0.7

7.1

IRWD

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

14.87

-12.7

144.8

JMBA

Jamba

9.13

-99.9

78.9

LAYN

Layne Christensen 

10.02

0.3

6.6

NKTR

Nektar Therapeutics

18.26

-5.1

140.5

QHC

Quorum Health 

3.85

0.4

13.5

RCAR

RenovaCare

3.82

-25.3

6.0

SPWH

Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings

4.22

-1.2

15.9

SPXC

SPX Corp

25.60

1.1

9.2

W

Wayfair

69.69

-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

HTHT

China Lodging Group 

99.36

39

7.2

8.3

CORT

Corcept Therapeutics 

14.07

33

11.2

24.1

EXEL

Exelixis

26.51

118

19.6

52.4

MDXG

MiMedx Group 

14.96

72

5.5

11.4

PEGA

Pegasystems 

53.03

55

5.2

11.0

TCMD

Tactile Systems Technology 

30.57

111

5.1

8.1

TTWO

Take Two Interactive Software 

89.30

41

5.7

8.6

TAL

TAL Education Group  

165.83

82

10.7

20.1

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