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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  8/24/18

(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

AOI

Alliance One International

18.80

0.2

8.0

BXC

BlueLinx Holdings 

36.51

0.4

92.7

AWSM

Cool Holdings 

3.55

-9.5

10.0

CCLP

CSI Compressco  

6.00

0.3

11.5

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf 

4.55

-1.2

21.2

KODK

Eastman Kodak 

3.10

-1.7

131.1

EGC

Energy XXI Gulf Coast 

9.03

-9.5

10.0

FLDM

Fluidigm Corporation

7.93

-3.3

7.4

FTNW

FTE Networks 

13.49

0.0

57.0

HBB

Hamilton Beach Brands  

24.97

0.6

7.0

HCHC

HC2 Holdings 

6.37

-0.8

41.9

HZN

Horizon Global

7.51

-0.4

33.9

IFMK

iFresh 

3.09

-6.7

14.1

IVTY

Invuity 

3.95

-12.0

20.9

IO

Ion Geophysical

17.45

-7.7

7.8

KONA

Kona Grill 

2.55

-0.7

10.8

MAT

Mattel

15.40

-1.9

7.6

MBI

MBIA 

10.36

-0.9

7.8

MDCO

Medicines Company

38.92

-3.4

37.5

NSTG

NanoString Technologies 

14.79

-13.4

12.4

PBYI

Puma Biotechnology 

41.20

-18.4

5.9

PRPL

Purple Innovation 

5.50

-3.6

56.5

QUMU

Qumu Corp.

2.59

-1.6

6.9

REPH

Recro Pharma 

6.56

-6.4

7.4

RLJE

RLJ Entertainment 

6.20

0.4

13.6

SPWR

SunPower Corporation

6.79

-15.6

88.1

SVU

SUPERVALU 

32.22

0.0

8.4

TNDM

Tandem Diabetes Care 

38.37

-0.3

6.1

TSLA

Tesla 

322.82

-4.4

7.1

TTI

TETRA Technologies

4.77

0.7

7.9

VSLR

Vivint Solar 

5.25

-1.4

6.9

XOMA

XOMA Corp.

16.99

-4.4

8.5

 

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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

ABMD

ABIOMED

381.03

82

23.4

23.6

ALGN

Align Technology

367.60

74

14.9

24.2

AAXN

Axon Enterprise 

65.55

126

9.4

8.5

EPAY

Bottomline Technologies

63.95

44

6.1

7.9

CDNA

CareDx 

21.20

-

10.3

26.3

CVSI

CV Sciences 

6.27

-

12.0

26.2

ETSY

Etsy 

49.04

99

11.0

15.8

FIVE

Five Below 

114.79

46

5.4

13.4

FIVN

Five9 

47.46

115

11.0

23.1

FTNT

Fortinet 

80.39

48

7.5

17.4

GRUB

GrubHub 

138.44

72

13.0

9.0

HAE

Haemonetics  

106.86

47

6.0

8.2

HQY

Healthequity 

88.24

83

19.3

13.7

LULU

Lululemon Athletica 

138.76

43

7.1

12.3

MED

Medifast 

224.79

50

5.7

26.1

NFLX

Netflix

358.82

134

9.4

34.8

PAYC

Paycom Software 

150.94

56

16.6

26.4

QDEL

Quidel Corporation

70.00

25

6.6

7.4

STAA

STAAR Surgical 

44.80

99

14.4

36.7

TTGT

TechTarget 

23.97

44

5.3

5.1

TTD

Trade Desk 

138.35

63

13.0

19.7

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