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The Five (5) Hottest Stocks To Watch Ahead Of Q3 Earnings 

The Five (5) Hottest Stocks To Watch Ahead Of Q3 Earnings 

The Q3 reporting season is fast approaching which means it's time to start picking potential winners and losers. Today I’m looking at the five hottest upgrades coming out of the 2nd quarter earnings reporting cycle and what to expect when they report. 

Palo Alto Networks For A Two-Pronged Approach To IT

Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW) offers a two-pronged approach to IT in that it provides cyber security solutions of all forms including cloud-based. That gives it exposure to all verticals of the cyber-security universe especially the cloud which is growing the fastest. The company produced strong results in the 2nd quarter and provided a healthy outlook that attracted 18 price target increases and one new coverage with a target that is on the weak side of the consensus. As it is now, the company is pegged at a Moderate Buy which has held firm over the past year and the price target is trending higher in the 12, 3, and 1-month comparisons. The company will report Q3 earnings in early November and may very well outpace the consensus. The current consensus is for revenue to hold flat on a sequential basis but the industry channel checks point to strength. Palo Alto Networks is the most upgraded stock coming out of the Q2 season. 

The Five (5) Hottest Stocks To Watch Ahead Of Q3 Earnings 

Snowflake Isn’t Melting 

Snowflake (NASDAQ: SNOW) offers a cloud-based data solution for clients and it is the second most upgraded stock coming out of the Q2 reporting season. The company’s growth slowed to the high 80% range over the past two quarters but it is still performing well above expectations and the outlook is favorable as well. The company snagged 17 analyst commentaries following the Q2 release including one price target reduction which was to a level in-line with the consensus. The takeaway from the chatter is that demand for products is sustaining growth and there is at least 15% of upside available. 


Foot Locker Satisfies The Market 

Footlocker’s (NYSE: FL) Q2 results weren’t stellar and the guidance was trimmed but it was far better than what the market was anticipating. The news sparked a minimum of 17 analysts' commentaries including 6 upgrades and 1 downgrade. The resulting sentient is a Moderate Buy that firmed slightly on a month-to-month basis and a price target that appears to be bottoming after a few months of downtrending. The real news, however, is the new CEO who has been hailed as a game-changer. Mary Dillon increased Ulta's revenue at a 16% CAGR and tripled the value of the stock. 

Walmart Takes A Surprising 4th Place 

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) takes a surprising 4th place in the lineup of most upgraded stocks despite the prospect of increased discounting later in the year. The company reported strong demand and raised its guidance while also indicating a 25% increase in YOY inventories which could lead to bloat later in the year. Regardless, the analysts issued 17 boosted price targets and no reductions which have the price target firming again and more than 10% above the current action. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Scores A Win In Q2 

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) reported solid results for Q2 and issued favorable guidance which drew enough price target increases to land it in the 5th position. The company scored 11 commentaries in the wake of the results on top of a string that came out before the release and they all include upgrades or price target increases. The consensus going into the q3 season is a Moderate Buy with a price target that is 10% above the current price action and trending higher. 

Should you invest $1,000 in Palo Alto Networks right now?

Before you consider Palo Alto Networks, you'll want to hear this.

MarketBeat keeps track of Wall Street's top-rated and best performing research analysts and the stocks they recommend to their clients on a daily basis. MarketBeat has identified the five stocks that top analysts are quietly whispering to their clients to buy now before the broader market catches on... and Palo Alto Networks wasn't on the list.

While Palo Alto Networks currently has a "Moderate Buy" rating among analysts, top-rated analysts believe these five stocks are better buys.

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Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyMarketRank™Current PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Palo Alto Networks (PANW)
2.6245 of 5 stars
$169.91-2.8%N/A-187.40Moderate Buy$218.79
Walmart (WMT)
2.849 of 5 stars
$128.56-2.4%1.74%25.66Moderate Buy$151.41
Snowflake (SNOW)
2.2996 of 5 stars
$175.10-7.3%N/A-80.69Moderate Buy$212.57
DICK'S Sporting Goods (DKS)
3.1718 of 5 stars
$110.14-1.7%1.77%9.45Moderate Buy$123.39
Foot Locker (FL)
3.0036 of 5 stars
$31.57-1.0%5.07%6.44Hold$41.21
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Thomas Hughes

About Thomas Hughes

Contributing Author: Technical and Fundamental Analysis

Thomas got his start with the markets while working as a Chef. In 2005 a chance invitation to attend the seminar “How To Buy And Sell Your Own Stocks” altered his worldview. Soon trading and stocks consumed his every waking moment to the point of excluding all else. Thomas now enjoys a much different lifestyle engaged in his true passion, uncovering great investments.
Contact Thomas Hughes via email at tmhughes.writeon@gmail.com.

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