Validea Kenneth Fisher Strategy Daily Upgrade Report – 12/5/2018



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The following are today’s upgrades for Validea’s Price/Sales Investor model based on the published strategy of Kenneth Fisher . This value strategy rewards stocks with low P/S ratios, long-term profit growth, strong free cash flow and consistent profit margins.

MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO INC ( MSM ) is a mid-cap growth stock in the Misc. Capital Goods industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Kenneth Fisher changed from 58% to 80% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. is a North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations ( MRO ) products and services. The Company’s range of MRO products include cutting tools, measuring instruments, tooling components, metalworking products, fasteners, flat stock, raw materials, abrasives, machinery hand and power tools, safety and janitorial supplies, plumbing supplies, materials handling products, power transmission components and electrical supplies. The Company serves a range of customers throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, from individual machine shops, to manufacturing companies, to government agencies, such as the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense. The Company also serves durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, education and healthcare markets, among others. As of September 3, 2016, the Company had operated a network of 12 customer fulfillment centers.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.









PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: PASS
PRICE/RESEARCH RATIO: PASS
PRICE/SALES RATIO: FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH RATE: FAIL
FREE CASH PER SHARE: PASS
THREE YEAR AVERAGE NET PROFIT MARGIN: PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

SPOK HOLDINGS INC ( SPOK ) is a small-cap growth stock in the Communications Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Kenneth Fisher changed from 48% to 70% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Spok Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Spok, Inc., provides critical communication solutions for enterprises. The Company is engaged in the healthcare communications. The Company is a provider of paging services and selected software solutions in the United States and abroad, on a limited basis, in Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. The Company offers its services and products primarily to three market segments: healthcare, government and large enterprise. The Company offers subscriptions to one-way or two-way messaging services for a periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual) service fee. A subscriber to one-way messaging services selects coverage on a local, regional or nationwide basis as per their messaging needs. Two-way messaging is offered on a nationwide basis. The Company’s critical communication solutions are grouped under four product categories: Contact Center, Clinical Alerting, Mobile Communications and Public Safety.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.









PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: PASS
PRICE/RESEARCH RATIO: PASS
PRICE/SALES RATIO: FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH RATE: FAIL
FREE CASH PER SHARE: FAIL
THREE YEAR AVERAGE NET PROFIT MARGIN: PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

PROPETRO HOLDING CORP ( PUMP ) is a small-cap value stock in the Oil Well Services & Equipment industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Kenneth Fisher changed from 40% to 70% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: ProPetro Holding Corp. is an oilfield services company. The Company provides hydraulic fracturing and other complementary services to upstream oil and gas companies, which are engaged in the exploration and production (E&P) of North American unconventional oil and natural gas resources. The Company operates through seven segments: hydraulic fracturing, cementing, acidizing, coil tubing, flowback, surface drilling and Permian drilling. Its pressure pumping segment includes cementing and acidizing operations. The Company’s operations are focused in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 10 hydraulic fracturing units with an aggregate of 420,000 hydraulic horsepower (HHP).

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.









PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: PASS
PRICE/RESEARCH RATIO: PASS
PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH RATE: FAIL
FREE CASH PER SHARE: FAIL
THREE YEAR AVERAGE NET PROFIT MARGIN: FAIL

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ’s Guru Analysis tool, click here

Since its inception, Validea’s strategy based on Kenneth Fisher has returned 317.62% vs. 169.89% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Kenneth Fisher : The son of Philip Fisher, who is considered the “Father of Growth Investing”, Kenneth Fisher is a money manager, bestselling author, and longtime Forbes columnist. The younger Fisher wowed Wall Street in the mid-1980s when his book Super Stocks first popularized the idea of using the price/sales ratio ( PSR ) as a means of identifying attractive stocks. According to his alma mater, Humboldt State University, Fisher is also one of the world’s foremost experts on 19th century logging. Appropriately, Fisher’s firm, Fisher Investments, is located in a lush forest preserve in Woodside, California, where the contrarian-minded Fisher says he and his employees can get away from Wall Street groupthink.

About Validea : Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.










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