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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  5/18/18

(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

SHLM

A Schulman

44.30

1.0

8.6

ARAY

Accuray 

5.00

-11.9

8.7

RKDA

Arcadia Biosciences

9.80

-2.0

33.9

BW

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises

2.56

-3.3

20.7

BHTG

BioHiTech Global

3.62

-2.2

12.0

BXC

BlueLinx Holdings.

38.38

-0.8

29.2

CLMT

Calumet Specialty Products

7.30

0.9

22.6

CVNA

Carvana  

26.76

-13.8

6.0

COKE

Coca-Cola Bottling  

129.26

-0.7

8.7

CSOD

Cornerstone OnDemand

48.20

-0.2

28.9

CCLP

CSI Compressco

6.26

-0.1

10.4

DBD

Diebold Nixdorf

12.65

-1.0

12.1

KODK

Eastman Kodak

5.25

-3.0

52.3

ELGX

Endologix

4.96

-2.2

5.9

EGC

Energy XXI Gulf Coast

7.54

-7.9

7.6

FPAY

FlexShopper

3.00

-1.5

6.9

FRTA

Forterra

8.79

-1.5

15.6

FBIO

Fortress Biotech

3.61

-12.4

6.4

FMI

Foundation Medicine

81.10

-36.6

9.4

HBB

Hamilton Beach Brands  

28.24

-0.6

6.7

HZN

Horizon Global  

5.95

-1.1

7.2

HRG

HRG Group

12.29

0.9

11.9

IFMK

iFresh

6.21

-1.1

9.3

JCP

J C Penney

2.61

0.1

6.3

KDMN

Kadmon Holdings

3.75

-7.2

8.0

KONA

Kona Grill

2.90

-2.9

27.5

LXRX

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

10.01

-7.4

14.8

LBY

Libbey.

7.11

0.4

10.8

LKSD

LSC Communications

12.47

0.0

7.9

MBI

MBIA Inc.

8.62

-0.3

7.1

MOMTD

MoneyOnMobile

6.50

-1.7

33.6

NKTR

Nektar Therapeutics

85.30

-8.4

8.5

QHC

Quorum Health  

5.11

-0.1

780.8

REPH

Recro Pharma

11.72

-6.6

7.3

SIEN

Sientra

16.98

-30.8

9.0

SBBP

Strongbridge Biopharma  

7.70

-1.3

88.3

SPWR

SunPower Corporation

9.30

-3.2

7.9

TNDM

Tandem Diabetes Care

12.83

-0.9

12.2

TSRO

TESARO

47.71

-14.6

6.2

TSLA

Tesla

276.82

-3.1

6.1

MDCO

The Medicines Company

31.97

-1.5

12.7

VSLR

Vivint Solar

4.00

-1.7

6.5

XOMA

XOMA Corp.

24.73

-30.2

7.7

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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

384.36

110

24.1

24.7

ALGN

Align Technology

298.00

63

13.4

21.2

APPF

AppFolio  

57.80

112

11.6

21.3

AAXN

Axon Enterprise  

57.95

106

7.5

15.5

BZUN

Baozun  

54.85

47

8.2

10.8

HTHT

China Lodging Group

173.93

44

9.4

12.0

ETSY

Etsy Inc.

29.64

66

7.3

9.3

GRUB

GrubHub  

103.80

59

10.0

7.8

HAE

Haemonetics

88.91

41

5.1

6.3

INGN

Inogen  

187.76

108

12.3

16.2

NFLX

Netflix

324.18

114

9.5

35.1

STAA

STAAR Surgical

26.35

395

10.0

23.9

TRHC

Tabula Rasa HealthCare  

51.38

67

5.7

9.7

TAL

TAL Education Group

41.47

85

10.8

12.6

TTGT

TechTarget  

24.39

35

6.0

5.5

WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment

51.42

56

5.2

14.4

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