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5 Stocks in Focus on New Analysts Coverage

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New analyst coverage unearths extensive data on stocks for investors. Analysts are privy to vital information, which is crucial for investment decisions as lack of information creates chances of misinterpretation of stocks (over- or under-valued).

Coverage initiation on a stock by analyst(s) usually portrays higher investor inclination. Investors, on their part, often assume that there is something special in a stock to attract analysts to cover it. In other words, they believe that the company coming under the microscope definitely holds some value.

Obviously, stocks are not randomly chosen to cover. New coverage on a stock usually reflects a reassuring future envisioned by the analyst(s). At times, increased investor focus on a stock motivates analysts to take a closer look at it. After all, who doesn’t like to produce something that is already in demand? Hence, we often find that analysts’ ratings on newly added stocks are more favorable than their ratings on continuously covered stocks.

Needless to say, the average change in broker recommendation is preferred over a single recommendation change.

Impact on Stock Price

The price movement of a stock is generally a function of the recommendations on it from new analysts. Stocks typically see an upward price movement with a new analyst coverage compared to what they witness with a rating upgrade under an existing coverage. Positive recommendations — Buy and Strong Buy — generally lead to a significantly more positive price reaction than Hold recommendations. On the contrary, analysts hardly initiate coverage with a Strong Sell or Sell recommendation.

Now, if an analyst gives a new recommendation on a company that has very few or no existing coverage, investors start paying more attention to it. Also, any new information attracts portfolio managers to build a position in the stock.

So, it’s a good strategy to bet on stocks that have seen increased analyst coverage over the last few weeks.

Screening Criteria

Number of Broker Ratings now greater than the Number of Broker Ratings four weeks ago (This will shortlist stocks that have recent new coverage).

Average Broker Rating less than Average Broker Rating four weeks ago ('Less than' means 'better than' four weeks ago).

Increased analyst coverage and improving average rating are the primary criteria of this strategy but one should consider other relevant parameters to make the strategy foolproof.

Here are the other screening parameters:

Price greater than or equal to $5 (as a stock below $5 will not likely create significant interest for most investors).

Average Daily Volume greater than or equal to 100,000 shares (if volume isn’t enough, it will not attract individual investors).

Here are five of the seven stocks that passed the screen:

Balchem Corporation BCPC provides state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries and currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Shares of Balchem have returned 12.9% over the past three months against its industry’s 8.2% decline. Earnings estimates have risen 7.9% for the current year over the past 30 days, depicting analysts’ optimism over the stock’s earnings potential. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Methode Electronics, Inc. MEI, a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems, currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. The company’s shares have increased more than 20% over the past three months, outperforming its industry’s 10% growth. Earnings estimates have advanced 12.7% over the past seven days for the current year.

Chemed Corporation CHE, the nation's largest provider of end-of-life hospice care services, carries a Zacks Rank #2. Shares of the company have outperformed its industry over the past three months. Earnings estimates have increased 1% over the past 30 days for the current year.

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. UBNT develops networking technology for service providers, enterprises, and consumers. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and its shares have gained 24.7% over the past three months (outperforming its industry). Earnings estimates have increased 6.6% over the past 30 days for the current year.

HEXO Corp. HEXO, a consumer-packaged goods cannabis company, carries a Zacks Rank #3. Although shares have underperformed its industry since January, loss estimates have narrowed down to 8 cents for the current year from 11 cents over the past 30 days.

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