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J2 Global: Huge Short Position Could Help Push The Stock Higher

May 06, 2021 1:17 PM ETZiff Davis, Inc. (ZD)2 Comments
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  • J2 Global is set to report first quarter earnings results on May 10.
  • Analysts expect the company to post solid earnings and revenue growth for the quarter.
  • The stock rallied over 150% in nine months before a recent pullback.
  • Short sellers are extremely bearish on the stock and have established a huge short position.
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I was looking at the earnings calendar for next week and running some basic scans for companies that are reporting and have good fundamental ratings. That’s what led me to look at J2 Global (JCOM) more closely. What I found was

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Comments (2)

They seem to have plenty of opportunities to buy attractively priced assets. Decision not to pay any dividends should boost growth going forward

I have never understood why short sellers like this so much. I know it is a boring internet 1.0 company but they do it better than anyone else
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Pretty simple, but effective business model at play here. They acquire strong cash flowing businesses at low multiples and move the revenue streams into their public vehicle at higher PEs. Most of their businesses are well positioned for the current environment and while I think they will see some slow down post stay-at-home, the valuation remains cheap and under appreciated. These aren't super sexy brands or businesses, but the value is there.
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