As the market closes out the final week of an eventful year, fund managers have one last chance to modify their holdings ahead of year-end investor updates. Sometimes, these fund managers try to paint a slightly rosier picture of their annual performance by tweaking their holdings just prior to the year’s end. The practice of buying top performers and dumping laggards in the final days of the year is known as window dressing.
Why Window Dress?
According to Schaeffer’s Investment Research, window dressing can create tradeable opportunities in some of the best- and worst-performing stocks in the market at the end of the year.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Amira Nature Foods Ltd(ANFI)
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another earnings short-squeeze prospect is packaged specialty rice and other food products distributor Amira Nature Foods (ANFI), which is set to release numbers on next Monday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Amira Nature Foods to report revenue of $132.37 million on earnings of 32 cents per share.
The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Amira Nature Foods is extremely high at 26.6%. That means that out of 17.70 million shares in the tradable float, 4.72 million shares are sold short by the bears. The bears have also been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 8.2%, or by 356,000 shares. If the bears get caught pressing their bets into a bullish quarter, then shares of ANFI could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the shorts move fast to cover some of their trades.
From a technical perspective, ANFI is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock just recently bounced higher off some near-term support at $15.25 a share. That bounce is starting to push shares of ANFI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade post-earnings.
If you’re bullish on ANFI, 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 $17 to $17.98 a share and then above more resistance at $18.52 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that registers near or above its three-month average action of 174,102 shares. If that breakout develops post-earnings, then ANFI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $19.86 to $20.29 a share, or even its 52-week high at $25 a share.
I would simply avoid ANFI or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some key near-term supp
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.(MRVL)
- [By Harsh Chauhan]
Chipmakers Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL) have been riding high on growing memory demand. Both companies have outpaced the NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector index quite comfortably over the past year as the increase in demand for DRAM (dynamic random access memory), flash memory, and hard-disk drives (HDD) has rubbed off positively on their businesses.
- [By Chris Lange]
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) reported fiscal fourth-quarter financial results after markets closed on Thursday. The company posted $0.22 in earnings per share (EPS) and $571 million in revenue versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.19 in EPS and $567.64 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.11 in EPS and $616.16 million in revenue.
- [By Spencer Israel]
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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL): $19.75 has been the low since the deal was rumored so that’s support. Below that ,there’s a gap down to $18.55.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) has a pair of highs near $188. The premarket high was $188.07 and there are similar highs from Nov. 8 and 13, so that whole handle will be resistance.
Square Inc (NYSE: SQ): It’s at all-time high levels right now. There’s support at Friday’s close at $44.18.
Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR): The Dorsey sympathy move is on. The Nov. 1 high of $20.99 and post-earnings high of $21.96 are two resistance levels.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE): Has a double top from the last two sessions at $18.47 and $18.48.
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- [By Chris Neiger]
Specifically, GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) and Marvell Technology (NASDAQ:MRVL) caught my eye recently. The two companies are hardly pure-plays in the IoT (there aren’t many of those), but each is betting on the Internet of Things in its own way, and each looks a bit overpriced right now.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.(CRESY)
- [By Cameron Swinehart]
Cresud (CRESY) –
An Argentinean based agriculture company that currently owns roughly 2.4 million acres of farmland in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. CRESY produces a variety of crops consisting of soybeans, corn, and sugarcane. It also has operations in beef cattle and milk production. In the second quarter, Cresud sold 4 of its farms for roughly $60.5 million and saw large gains in its farmland development business. CRESY is currently trading down roughly 60% from its highs back in late 2010. Many farming companies have struggled to release value for shareholders with the drop in crop prices but now many are beginning to see value with the sale of farmland.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: DSP Group Inc.(DSPG)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Technology shares rose by 2 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), and DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG).
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Ideal Power Inc.(IPWR)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewslettersuggested smallcap electrical power conversion product stock Ideal Power Inc (NASDAQ: IPWR)as a long trade:
- [By Logan Wallace]
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
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Ideal Power (IPWR) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $390,000.00 (americanbankingnews.com) -$0.15 EPS Expected for Ideal Power (IPWR) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Ideal Power Receives 1.1 Megawatt Purchase Order for its SunDial Plus Inverters (investingnews.com) Ideal Power Receives 1.1 Megawatt Purchase Order for its SunDial Plus Inverters from NEXTracker for One of the Largest Solar-and-Storage Installations in Iowa (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ideal Power from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $1.50 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 price target on shares of Ideal Power in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Roth Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $1.00 price target on shares of Ideal Power in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, B. Riley cut shares of Ideal Power from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $5.00 to $2.50 in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Ideal Power currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $3.00.