Top Stocks For 2018

A better-than-expected second quarter helped to propel Global Payments (GPN) to the top of the S&P 500 on Monday. The payment technology firm also updated its forecast and increased its share repurchase program.

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Global Payments climbed 7.2%, or $5.34, to $79.79 on the news, putting it close to its 52-week high of $80.88. Its up 15% year to date and nearly 37% in the past year.

Evercore ISIs David Togut raised his price target by $4, to $96 following the news, along with his earnings estimates:

For 2Q/FY17, cash EPS grew 17% to $0.89, or 22% on a constant currency basis, $0.01 above our above-consensus forecast after adjusting for below the line items, such as a lower than expected tax rate. Meanwhile, adjusted net revenue grew 61% in constant currency to $817 million, $16 million ahead of our forecast. Adjusted EBIT grew 57% to $241 million, $4 million above our estimate and corresponding margin declined 10 basis points to 29.5%, 20 basis points below our estimateRaising FY17 EPS by $0.05 to $3.54 largely given the 2Q/17 earnings outperformance. Increasing FY18 EPS estimate by $0.07 to $4.35 driven by the $10 million increase in synergies anticipated from the Heartland merger and a lower tax rate estimate, partially offset by a lower forecast for Europe margin given increased FX headwinds.

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Top Stocks For 2018: Westport Innovations Inc(WPRT)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Westport Fuel Systems Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: WPRT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $3.48 on upbeat Q3 results.

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  • [By Jason Hall]

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  • [By Daniel Miller]

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Top Stocks For 2018: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Smith & Wesson’s (SWHC) stock has been under pressure ever since Donald Trump’s election victory–it appears that the perceived threat to take away guns did wonders for the gun manufacturer’s sales. Now, Smith & Wesson might also have to deal with competitive pressures that could “challenge” its market share, says Wunderlich’s Rommel Dionisio:

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    Given the upcoming mid-January Shot Show, the firearms industrys most important annual trade show, several prominent competitors have already begun to unveil new products for 2017. The flurry of major new product introductions from leading players in the field into the two fastest growing categories of firearms, modern sporting rifles (MSRs) and compact/concealed carry handguns, appear meaningfully more competitive than usual, which could challenge Smith & Wessons (SWHC) market share, which had been rising impressively the past several years. Industry sales are also likely to slow, following unusually high growth in 2016. We maintain our price target of $26, derived using an EV/2016E EBITDA multiple of 6.0x.

    Shares of Smith & Wesson have dropped 1.5% to $21.78 at 12:07 p.m. today.

  • [By Peter Graham]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: SWHC) reported fiscal second-quarter financial results after markets closed on Thursday. The company said that it had $0.68 in earnings per share (EPS) and $233.5 million in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters called for $0.56 in EPS and $227.61 million in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.25 in EPS and $143.24 million in revenue.

  • [By Peter Graham]

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