Top 3 Stock Buys for December
|Written by Rob Goldman|
We have only 16 trading days left in the year and some really good values and small cap buys abound, particularly 3 stocks that are former 30-30 winners. They include 1 gaming stock, an Asian-based tech stock that should nearly double EPS next year, and a well-known retail name. Plus, we highlight a stock that ran like crazy for all of the wrong reasons on Friday that could crumble and crash.
TOP 3 DECEMBER BUYS
With only 4 weeks or 15 1/2 trading days left in the year, now is an opportune time to profile and highlight four listed stock plays that appear primed to outperform over the next few weeks and beyond. All of these stocks have at least one thing in common. They are former “30-30” stocks from earlier this year that have demonstrated great performance yet still have room to move much higher. As many 30-30 subscribers are aware, 30-30 stocks tend to make huge strides even after reaching the 30-30 mark. Charts are courtesy of www.StockTA.com.
Century Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ—CNTY—$5.05—NR)
We originally recommended CNTY at a price of $4.74 in our August/September 2013 edition. It quickly reached the 30% mark, hitting a high of $6.30, before pulling back. CNTY is an international casino entertainment company that owns and operates casinos in Colorado and in Alberta, Canada. The Company also operates casinos aboard twelve luxury cruise vessels. Through its Austrian subsidiary, CNTY holds a 66.6% ownership interest in Casinos Poland Ltd, the owner and operator of nine casinos in Poland. Century also manages the operations of the casino at the Radisson Aruba Resort in Aruba.
Our take: We are going against the technical grain here in favor of fundamentals. CNTY is expected to earn $0.29 in EPS this year versus $0.19 last year and should generate $0.40 in EPS in 2014, giving the stock a 12x multiple on next year’s EPS. The stock may have gotten ahead of itself as a proxy for Europe but meeting expectations will reward investors.
Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ—HIMX—$10.65—NR)
We profiled HIMX in the January /February 2013 edition of The 30-30 Report at a price of $3.21, so the stock has been a big winner for us. Still, we believe HIMX could soon reach $15.00. Headquartered in Taiwan, Himax is a fabless semiconductor solution provider dedicated to display imaging processing technologies. Himax is a worldwide market leader in display driver ICs and timing controllers used in TVs, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation, and many other consumer electronics devices. Additionally, Himax designs and provides controllers for touch sensor displays, LCOS micro-displays used in palm-size projectors and head-mounted displays, LED driver ICs, power management ICs, scaler products for monitors and projectors, tailor-made video processing IC solutions and silicon IPs. HIMX has 2,099 patents granted and 1,093 patents pending approval worldwide.
Our take: HIMX is only about 8% below its year-high and the chart looks great. More important, HIMX’s business is reaching a key inflection point which should result in monstrous increase in EPS from $0.35 this year to $0.60 in 2014 on abut a 27% jump in revenue. In our view, this growth should support a top-end P/E multiple of 25x, or $15.
Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE—RAD—$5.75—NR)
We profiled RAD in the April/May 2013 edition of The 30-30 Report at a price of $2.25 and it has been as high as $6.15. The stock has sold off a tad but with promising same-store sales growth expected, along with greater profitability, RAD could approach the $7.00 area. With 4,600 stores in its network, RAD is one of the nations largest retail drugstore chains and the company reported November same store sales of 2.8% year-over-year.
Our take: The stock had a huge run this year but it is also now firmly on major investors’ radar screens again. EPS is projected to jump from $0.24 in fiscal Feb 2014 to $0.34 in fiscal Feb 2015, even with only incremental sales growth. At $6.80, the stock’s multiple would be around 20x, which is the high end of the industry range.
What Are Investors Thinking?
Since we are on the topic of 30-30 picks, we are not opposed to going negative as well as remaining positive. For example, Pacific Sunwear (NASDAQ—PSUN—$3.28—NR) was up 18% on Friday and even though the stock had a nice run from our May profile, we think the rise is totally unfounded. For some reason, investors and analysts latched onto the fact that PSUN had a huge increase in revenue and EPS was in-line with forecasts. However, the numbers were not entirely unexpected. Moreover, management guided 4Q13 lower than current consensus! From our perspective, this could be a case of an oops moment for the bulls because if numbers are going down, so will the stock.
Don’t believe the hype!
New Changes at Goldman Small Cap Research
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Analyst: Robert Goldman
Rob Goldman founded Goldman Small Cap Research (GSCR) in 2009. Rob has over 20 years of investment and research experience as a senior research analyst and as a portfolio and mutual fund manager. During his tenure as a sell-side analyst, he was a senior member of Piper Jaffray's Technology team. Prior to joining Piper, Rob led Josephthal & Co.'s Emerging Growth Research Group. Rob has also served as Chief Investment Officer of two boutique investment management firms, where he managed Small Cap Growth and Balanced portfolios and The Blue and White Fund. As an investment manager, Rob's model portfolio was once ranked the 4th best small cap growth performer in the U.S. by Money Manager Review. In addition to his work at GSCR, Rob is the editor of The Stock Junction (www.TheStockJunction.com.)
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