Top 5 Growth Stocks To Watch For 2018

Stifel’s Mark Astrachan and Claire Chamberlin argue that Starbucks’ (SBUX) valuation is to high for a Buy rating despite “a long runway for growth” They explain:

We do so believing consensus forward estimates are sound but that valuation, inline with a group of 15 global consumer brands, implies limited opportunity for multiple expansion. Starbucks is the preeminent global coffee brand with a long runway for growth driven by premiumization of coffee consumption and continued expansion of retail stores, both in the U.S. and abroad, and most particularly, in our view, the companys underpenetrated consumer packaged goods (CPG) business for coffee, tea, and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages.

Overall, we estimate Starbucks sales and EPS will grow at a 9% and 16% CAGR, respectively, between 2015 and 2018. We estimate fair value in the mid $60s, a mid-teens multiple on forward EBITDA, and would become more constructive on Starbucks shares on weakness from current levels, all else being equal. We believe a premium valuation is warranted given our expectation for continued solid sales and EPS growth driven by sustainable share gains of a favorably growing global coffee category, CPG optionality, and consistent free cash flow.

Top 5 Growth Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By George Budwell, Keith Speights, and Cory Renauer]

    So, to help investors separate the wheat from the chaff, we asked our Foolish contributors which stocks they thought are worth owning until at least 2030. These three healthcare specialists recommended Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), andIntuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG). Read on to find out why.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings releases.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Reports Q4 EPS $0.69 vs. Est. $0.58, Rev. $22.64B vs. Est. $22.14B
    Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) Reports Q2 GAAP EPS $4.71, Adj. EPS $5.62 vs $4.97 Est., Sales $670.1M vs $540.7M Est.
    Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) Q2 EPS ($0.14) vs ($0.19) est, Revenue $3.84B vs $3.75B est
    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) Q2 EPS $0.75 vs $0.59 est, Revenue $8.9B vs $8.3B est

  • [By Joseph Hogue]

    Enter Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) and Da Vinci, a robotic arm that allows surgeons to operate with just a single incision less than an inch in size.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:

    Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion

Top 5 Growth Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Upscale retailer Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) faces the same negative trends as Macy’s in its full-line business. However, while Nordstrom’s management has shown a willingness to close a store here or there, investors shouldn’t expect any kind of massive store closure program at Nordstrom.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) , this means that its recent C-suite recruits and initiatives signal a digital push, especially in customer experience and logistics. Although the digital team shakeups began in 2016, Nordstrom’s steps toward innovation became all the more germane this summer when the department store’s founding family revealed that it’s considering going private.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    An increasing number of retailers have announced their intention to drop Ivanka Trump’s merchandise line. From Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) and Belk to Neiman-Marcus and Burlington, there’s a growing movement for retailers to distance themselves from the Trump brand.

Top 5 Growth Stocks To Watch For 2018: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Meanwhile, over on Real Money, Cramer looks at the heated battle at Buffalo Wild Wings  (BWLD) and says activism still lives. Get his insight strategies with a free trial subscription to Real Money.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) has dropped 3% to $157.51 after its earnings fell short of the Street consensus.

    Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has declined 1.1% to $58.60 despite beating earnings forecasts.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainment being a pretty steady performer up until June while potential peer, upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK), took off last yearand Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) has started to fall off:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Is Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) original programming likeThe Crown more interesting to watch than the Golden State Warriors’ bid to run away with the NBA championship? Could be, as the movie streaming giant continues to add to its subscriber base while sports bars like Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) lose customers quarter after quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $121.75 after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.

Top 5 Growth Stocks To Watch For 2018: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Although obesity is widespread, small cap dieting stocks havetended to causeinvestor portfolios to loose weight. A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) stillbelow or at breakeven for longer term investors whileMedifast Inc (NYSE: MED)has performed better and NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) hasfinally begun to take offearly last year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) still underperforming whileNutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED) began taking off early last year:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).

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