SA PRO: Top Long And Short Ideas, Thursday March 20

by: SA PRO Editors

Today’s Top Ideas

Released at 5:00 am, March 20. PRO subscribers get an exclusive early look at these ideas for 24 hours. Top Ideas often move stocks during the initial 72 hours after publication.

  1. Amerisource Bergen (Short, Contrarian): The effects of the Affordable Care Act are being seen at ABC, as margins and cash flow deteriorate. Legal issues could be the catalyst for 30%+ near-term downside, writes Short Bias.
  2. GlobalScape (Long, Growth): Recent data security breaches provide tailwinds for GSB, with the cheap valuation and incentivized insiders suggesting 70%+ upside over the next two years, says Soldier of Fortune.
  3. Pizza Inn (Short, Value): PZZI's valuation rests on pie-in-the-sky hopes for its growth plans, leaving 50% downside in share value, writes Intangible Valuation.
  4. Steel Excel (Long, Value): SXCL's recent acquisition of Blackhawk Energy means significant growth which has not yet been reflected in the share price, says New Capital.

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Today’s PRO research (tickers link to new articles)

  1. New coverage: CFX, FFIV, HSII, MPAA, NADL, RRTS, SPR, VRSN
  2. Ongoing coverage: ASTM, ATU, BRSS, EPAM, ESL, MPO, QTWW, SDR, TNXP

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PRO ideas playing out

  1. On March 3, Helix Investment Research said full focus on the namesake brand at Kate Spade & Company would lead to a higher share price. Shares are +16% to date. Read article »
  2. Energy expert Richard Zeits' first call on Penn Virginia returned over 100%; he reiterated his recommendation in December, seeing further upside from increasing well production and productivity. The stock is +50.3% since. Read article »

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SA PRO Editors

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