When reviewing the financial news I, like many others, usually look for one of three things: a stock that has significant growth prospects but is priced on a reasonable multiple; a stock that is priced on a low valuation compared to earnings or book value; or a stock that has seen recent notable insider purchases. Two stocks that have caught my notice this week are Ambarella Inc and Corcept Therapeutics Inc.
Ambaraella, developer of HD image processing semiconductors, smashed consensus forecasts as sales increased 21% year-over-year and adjusted earnings jumped 19%. Fermi Wang, president and CEO, said that he expects expanding markets for HD cameras to generate growing revenues for the year ahead and consensus forecasts point to EPS growth of 25%. The stock has pulled back 25% since January highs and priced on a forward multiple of 23 looks like growth at a reasonable price.
Several insiders think there is potential value in Corcept Therapeutics Inc after the stock price slumped 40%. The market was disappointed after Corcept reported last month that it was discontinuing its late stage psychotic depression study for Mifepristone based on the recommendations that it was unlikely to prove successful. However, the company reported that its own research and the research of academic investigators has shown that Korlym (Corcept’s FDA approved drug for hyperglycemia) has therapeutic potential in many serious diseases including breast cancer. Based on this four directors purchased $1 million of stock at the lower levels.
The author is a blogger at SurgingEarnings.com
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