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After a shaky start, the vacation rental and room sharing industry is catching fire, with some analysts expecting it to surpass the hotel industry by 2020.

Valuations are already stretched with Expedia buying HomeAway for $3 billion and Airbnb valued at north of $30 billion during its more recent round of funding.

Investors have taken notice, chasing the stocks of three publicly traded companies, which have an indirect exposure to the industry. Like Trip Advisor, which owns FlipKey; Priceline.com, which owns Booking.com; and Expedia, which ownsHomeAway.

What should new investors do? Here are three strategies.

First, apply a strategy advocated by Jack Alvin (Reading Minds and Markets)–buy all major players. Strong growth, he argues, will lift all boats.

best shares: China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc.(CJJD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap Chinese retail pharmacy stock China Jo-Jo Drugstores (NASDAQ: CJJD) as a bullish long trade:

best shares: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands (LB) has fallen 2.5% to $66.25 after beating earnings forecasts but offering disappointing guidance.

    Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) has jumped 13% to $40.40 after announcing that an independent review found no evidence that accounting errors were intentional.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which rose about 7% to $56.05. The stocks 52-week range is $35.00 to $75.50. Volume was 10.3 million compared to its average volume of 4.3 million.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    L Brands (LB) ended at the bottom of the S&P 500 on Thursday, after disappointing guidance overshadowed better-than-expected earnings.

    L Brands slid $9.19, or 15.8%, to $48.94, its lowest close since 2013. By contrast, the S&P 500 gained 0.99 points, or 0.04%, today to 2363.81.

    Oppenheimers Anna Andreeva and Samantha Lanman reiterated an Outperform rating and $75 price target on the stock, but admit that the magnitude of L Brands downward forecast was disappointing, even with weak industry trends signaled by peers like Wal-Mart (WMT), Macys (M), and TJX Cos. (TJX).

    While they still are bullish, they admit that the bottom isnt clear:

    In the last 5 years, LB’s multiple averaged in high-teens given quality of brands/management, with 13-14x trough not seen since early ’13valuation could still compress assuming guidance isn’t conservative enough. Sticking with Outperform for now, albeit near-term visibility is worsening.

    L Brands is down 25% this year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which jumped about 11% to $47.85. The stocks 52-week range is $43.04 to $87.16. Volume was 13.9 million which is above the daily average of around 4.2 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) also dropped about 2.6% on Friday to record a new 52-week low of $56.01. The stock closed at $57.48 on Thursday. Volume was about 33% above the daily average of around 2.5 million shares. Wednesday’s report that ecommerce giant Amazon.com is considering competing with the company’s Victoria’s Secret stores has caused some investors to seek greener pastures.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The next market worry is retail, with shares of Macy’s (M) falling over 14%, Kohl’s (KSS) down 19% and L Brands (LB) sinking more than 7%. 

    Cramer said the good news is that money is not leaving the stock market, it’s simply moving from the new winners back to the old winners, stocks like Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) , two Action Alerts PLUS holdings.

best shares: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators are pushing back against Anthem’s (ANTM) purchase of Cigna (CI). California, however, seems to have few issues with the proposed combination of Aetna (AET) andHumana (HUM). Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Although Aetna wasn’t successful in its attempted merger with Humana (NYSE:HUM), the blocked deal shouldn’t have too much residual effect. Aetna’s share price remains attractively valued, currently trading at 13 times expected earnings.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

best shares: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which rose nearly 5% to $63.07. The stocks 52-week range is $46.09 to $101.46. Volume was over 2 million on the day compared to the average of 1.8 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which jumped 8.8% to $70.06. The gain was following news that the company had a solid earnings report. The stocks 52-week range is $62.10 to $125.45. Volume was 7.48 million which is well above the daily average of around 1.69 million shares.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Tiffany & Co heading back towards late 2014 highs while mid capSignet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG) peaked in late 2015 andhas continued to fall off since then:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Tuesday is a huge day, with Burlington Stores (BURL) , Dollar Tree (DLTR) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Signet Jewelers (SIG) all reporting. Cramer was not impressed with any of the four.

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