Hot Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2017


Yesterday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap biopharmaceutical stock Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE):

We’recounting on Xenon Pharmaceuticals breaking out of a converging wedge pattern in a bullish direction, though we’ve got plenty of good reason to expect just that. The big clues are the way XENE is not only finding support at key technical floors and moving average lines, but the way the stock is persistently testing an established ceiling around $8.35. The bulls don’t keep testing the water unless they intend to dive in


Xenon Pharmaceuticals is a short-term trade that could turn into a long-term trade if things unfurl at a sustainable pace. And so far, they have.

Our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter would have a more detailed discussion about Xenon Pharmaceuticals technical chart and a potential trading or investing strategy:

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2017: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Brownell]

    Michael L Abramson/Getty Images For the next week, Ron Shaich will live well below his means: The Panera Bread (PNRA) CEO embarked on a quest Saturday to spend a week living on food stamps. “As part of Hunger Action Month, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge,” Shaich announced on LinkedIn last week. “For one week, beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013, I will live on just $4.50 a day, the average daily benefit per person provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps).” A number of liberal politicians, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker have taken the SNAP Challenge, publicly documenting their quest to eat on less than $5 a day (the weekly allowance is $31.50). The challenge has become a popular way to see how the other half lives, call attention to hunger issues and protest budget cuts.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Oppenheimer downgraded Verizon (NYSE: VZ) to Perform.
    Stifel downgraded Disney (NYSE: DIS) to Hold.
    Argus upgraded Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) to Buy.
    Canaccord upgraded Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ: FANG) to Buy.
    RBC initiated coverage on Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) at Outperform.
    Argus started Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) at Buy.

  • [By William White]

    Ron Shaich, CEO of Panera Bread (PNRA), will live on a food-stamp budget of $4.50 a day for food for one week.


    Shaich is living on the food-stamp budget as part of the SNAP challenge. SNAP is the system that replaced food stamps. Shaich started the challenge on Saturday and is documenting his challenge on LinkedIn (LNKD). Shaich took his $31.50, the average weekly budget for someone on SNAP, to a grocery store and boughtcereal, pasta, lentils, chickpeas and some vegetables. He noted that it was a barren shopping cart and that he didn’t know if he would be able to sustain himself on the budget. Shiach spent$25.95 on the food he bought that day, which leaves him with $5.55 to buy food with for the rest of the week, reports Daily Finance.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/h ow do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Then there’s Panera Bread (PNRA) , a company that had lost its way. But after interviewing Panera’s CEO Ron Shaich, Cramer learned that at its new, remodeled “Panera 2.0” stores, the lines were out the door. As the rollout continued, earnings only got stronger. Never underestimate the power of a restaurant redo, Cramer concluded.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We are lowering our price target to $285, from $300, as we believe that the Street still needs to adjust longer-term earnings growth expectations…We still recommend that investors seeking upside in the fast casual segment accumulate shares of Zoes Kitchen (ZOES) and Panera Bread (PNRA), as both names appear to be gaining incremental market share at the expense of Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2017: Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ACHN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We updated our annual U.S. Hep C survey in early July, in order to gauge the future for Gilead, AbbVie/Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA), Merck, and J&J/Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN). In conjunction with script trends, physicians indicate that the market for treatment-eligible, easily accessible Hep C patients is shrinking, but that Gilead’s share of the shrinking pie is continuing to grow. With no end to script declines in sight, we are left wondering where the Hep C will bottom…

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2017: FuelCell Energy Inc.(FCEL)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    With that in mind, I would add any stocks or sectors that benefit directly or indirectly from government subsidies because they are in cool or chosensectors that progressive liberal types worshipe.g. so called green or renewable energy or green technology plays like small capsBallard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP),FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) along with solarinstallers Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE: VSLR) and Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN). Then there are thebigger and more globalsolar energy solutions stocks like First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) that will no doubt be the focus of any energy policy or global warming policy coming out of Washington.

Hot Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2017: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.