A good way to find new stock ideas is to scroll through the Zacks Industry Rank page. From this page you can see the breakdown of 252 different industries and then drill down to the stocks in each industry.
This can help you locate industries that are trading more along the lines of value stocks (those with low forward PE and low book values) and those that have higher earnings growth rates.
One page in particular, the heat map, shows which industries have been moving up the rank over the last few weeks. That led me to the Building Products – Concrete and Aggregates group.
Moving Up The Charts
On April 15, the building products – concrete and aggregates – was #182, but over the next few weeks, the rank improved to #166, #105, #87 and last week made it to #15 where it remains for another week.
So what are the best stocks from this strong group and will they remain this strong?
There are three stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and two stocks that have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can view the list here (here).
penny stock charts: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(IONS)
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Here is a preview of the offerings set between June 27 and June 30.
11 IPOs This Week Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (ATXI) will issue 5 million shares between $5 and $7 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. A Fortress Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: FBIO) subsidiary, the pharmaceutical acquires, develops and commercializes products for in-hospital use, such as its post-operative palliative. Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. (ESQ) will issue more than 2.36 shares between $14 and $16 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. The business-focused commercial bank has two locations in New York and Florida. Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. (MRSN) will issue 5 million shares between $14 and $16 Wednesday on the Nasdaq. The clinical-stage pharmaceutical specializes in immunoconjugate therapies targeting diverse forms of cancer. TPG Pace Holdings Corp. (TPGHU) will issue 40 million shares at $10 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Formed by TPG, the firm acquires relevant businesses and stocks across industries, from health care and digital media to real estate and energy. Aileron Therapeutics Inc (ALRN) will issue 3.75 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the Nasdaq. The biopharmaceutical firm targets suppressor proteins to halt tumor progression. Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (APRN) will issue 30 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the NYSE. The meal-kit service delivers pre-portioned ingredients directly to the consumer. Byline Bancorp, Inc. (BY) will issue 5.7 million shares between $19 and $21 Thursday on the NYSE. The century-old commercial bank has more than 50 branches in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas with offices nationwide. Dova Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(DOVA) will issue more than 4.06 million shares between $15 and $17 Thursday on the Nasdaq. As a clinical-stage company, Dova acquires, develops and commercializes drug candidates for rare diseases. Tintri, Inc. (TNTR) will issue 8.7 million shares between $10.50 and $12.50 Thursday on the Nasdaq. With cloud management software, all-flash stor
- [By Keith Speights]
Research and development is the lifeblood of biotech companies. The potential for new drugs also serves as a primary factor driving biotech stocks higher and higher. That’s been the case for Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), and Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND).
- [By Cory Renauer]
Treating diseases that have a genetic component by altering the expression of the responsible genes is a promising new field of medicine, but it has been much less straightforward than biopharmaceutical companies had expected. Two contenders in this area, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), saw a mix of setbacks and success in 2016.
penny stock charts: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)
- [By U.S. News]
In at least one Texas bank and one Ohio credit union, 3D video banking is currently undergoing testing, according to TheFinancialBrand.com, a website for bank and credit union marketing executives. Three-dimensional video banking is similar to a consumer video conference with a bank representative –- only in this case, the executive looks like a living, breathing person sitting across from you. Thanks to theater surround sound, the representative also sounds as if they’re in the same room. And since the consumer is interacting with a real person and not an automated hologram, the experience apparently isn’t much different than the real thing.
Banking and managing money isn’t what it used to be. The 1970s and 1980s brought us the rise of the ATM. Consumers became acquainted with online banking during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. The 2010s are shaping up as the era of mobile banking.
That was underscored Sept. 10-11 in New York City when Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK), a San Diego-based technology company, debuted its Mobile Photo Account Opening product at Finovate, a trade show where banking tech products are often unveiled. The product allows consumers to open a bank account within 60 seconds. If you have your bank’s app, you can use your smartphone’s camera to take a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and presto, your new checking, savings or credit card account is open.
Here’s a look at other financial products and services personal financial experts think we’ll be using in the future.
Within 10 years. “The economic payments system will begin to ‘know us,’ either through biometrics, optical sensor or facial recognition,” says Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, a New York-based asset management firm that invests in banks.
That’s already happening to some extent with smartphones –- the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5S, for example, uses fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, some fi
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, technology shares fell 0.65 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 4 percent, and Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 7 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.
penny stock charts: ThyssenKrupp AG (TYEKF)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
In addition, the company announced that it has agreed to acquire a steel plant in Brazil from ThyssenKrupp (NASDAQOTH:TYEKF) for $1.3 billion. While that plant has had its share of problems in the past, Ternium is getting it for a good value, and it has upside potential. The company paid slightly less than five times EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) for the facility. As the following chart shows, that’s below the value that steel-company stocks trade for these days:
penny stock charts: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)
- [By Spencer Israel]
Axiom Capital Managing Director Gordon Johnson upgraded the entire alternative energy sector from Market Underweight to Market Overweight and upgraded SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) from Sell to Hold and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL), Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) from Sell to Buy.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is integrated solar-power products maker Trina Solar (TSL), which is set to release numbers on next Monday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Trina Solar to report revenue of $645.68 million on earnings of 15 cents per share.
The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Trina Solar is extremely high at 24.5%. That means that out of the 76.94 million shares in the tradable float, 18.88 million shares are sold short by the bears. If the bulls get the earnings news they’re looking for, then shares of TSL could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the bears move to cover some of their positions.
From a technical perspective, TSL is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $8.67 to $9.04 a share. Shares of TSL have now started to rebound off those support levels and it’s quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade post-earnings above some key near-term overhead resistance levels.
If you’re bullish on TSL, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.72 to $11.19 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $11.17 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.17 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, then TSL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $12.49 to $14 a share, or even $14.50 to $15 a share.
I would avoid TSL or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some near-term support levels at $10 a share to those double bottom support levels at $9.04 to $8
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
The firm has a Sell rating on First Solar, JA Solar Holdings and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE: TSL). It maintains a NC rating on SunPower Corporation, Canadian Solar and JinkoSolar Holding.