Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018

Background

Before explaining and updating my version of the Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) story, first, I’ll briefly explain and link to the 2 1/2-year story of my bullish-bearish-bullish evolution of views on this stock. This will help lay the groundwork to why I am again accentuating the positives, understanding there are negatives; the article goes into both sides of the CELG argument.

I initiated coverage of CELG in June 2014 with an article titled Why This Physician Is Bullish On Celgene; some of the bullet points introducing the article observed that:

The company has a bulging pipeline on which it is overtly bullish, and management has earned respect. Based on prospective earnings by 2017, the stock is undervalued.

CELG was at $80.54 when that article was submitted.

I announced that I had sold CELG in an article 13 months later, on July 21, 2015. The article was titled An Assessment Of Celgene’s Deal For Receptos. In addition to analyzing that deal, I took the opportunity to suggest that we could be looking both at a top for biotechs, especially small caps (NYSEARCA:XBI), and an important intermediate top for CELG. These are some of the relevant quotes. First, re: small caps, one of the bullet points read:

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Vera Bradley Inc.(VRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Coach Incin somewhat of an uptrend for almost two yearsnow while small capVera Bradley, Inc (NASDAQ: VRA) and mid capMichael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) have largely fallen off during that time, but have moved a bit higher in recent months:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Finbox.io fair value data (as of January 4) shows that there are only five US manufacturing stocks that have 25% or more margin of safety: Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA), Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE: CTB), Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ: FARM), Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE: AGN) and Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA).

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Patalon III]

    In a Private Briefing report in late July, we told you that tiny biotech Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: INO) had dosed its first patient in a Phase I clinical study to evaluate its synthetic vaccine for the Zika virus.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: INO) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $8.84 following announcement of a clinical study for a HIV vaccine that had nearly 100 percent immune response.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals(INO) are climbing today after the biotech company announced that it would begin testing a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico. Maxim’sJason McCarthy andJason Kolbert have the details:

    CREDIT: Alex Wild Published Credit: Alex Wild Alex Wild

    Inovio announced the initiation of a small clinical study (N=160) of its Zika vaccine, GLS-5700 (being developed with GeneOne Life Sciences), in Puerto Rico. It is estimated by the CDC that the Zika virus could infect more than 25% of the population of Puerto Rico by YE16.The study will evaluate safety, immunogenicity and early signs of efficacy in preventing Zika infection. Data are expected in 2017, and if positive, Inovio will discuss with regulators the best path forward.

    In addition, the phase I study of GLS-5700 (N=40) in the U.S. and Canada, which is the first in-human Zika vaccine study, is now fully enrolled. Data evaluating safety and immunogenicity are expected by YE16.

    Conclusion. With the Zika virus spreading, including to the U.S., there remains an urgent need for a vaccine. Inovio continues to demonstrate that the company’s DNA-based vaccine approach is safe and can rapidly transition to human studies.

    Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticalshave gained 4.3% to $9.24 at 2:50 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has dipped 0.3% to $284.29.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    The following stocks are rated with Neutral:

    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD). Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE: VIPS). Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE: ATHM). SouFun Holdings Ltd (NYSE: SFUN). Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: LEJU).
    Underweight Names

    The following stocks are rated Underweight:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Autohome Inc (ADR) (NYSE: ATHM) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $1.05 billion.

    Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $106.75 million.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Watch For 2018: GSE Systems, Inc.(GVP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedbuying small cap performance improvement stock GSE Systems (NYSEMKT: GVP):

    GSE Systems is another somewhat-preemptive position; we think the recent support at the 100-day moving average line (gray) and subsequent string of higher lows is telling. There’s a ceiling at $3.27 that needs to be cleared, but we fear waiting on that to happen because once it does, GVP shares could be catapulted to a price we don’t want to chase.

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