Shares to buy: Smartgroup Corporation Ltd (SIQ)
SmartgroupCorporation Limited engages in the provision of employee benefits and workforce optimization services. We covered SIQ in our April stock picks document. At that time it was trading around $6.50 and we had a price target on it of $7.50. It is now trading around $9. Whilst the stock has performed well, the company remains highly cash-generative with strong returns, and we can’t see any signs of earnings quality deteriorating. There is also evidence of management buying. So, the fundamental story remains strong and we’re confident SIQ can continue to deliver. After popping higher in August, the stock has spent the past few weeks consolidating around the $9 level. We’re comfortable buying towards this $9 level, with targets to $11.
Shares to buy: Boral Limited (BLD)
BLD is trading at a steep 25% discount to the All Industrials ex-financials on FY18 price/earnings estimates, which is significantly below the historical trading range. This is largely attributable to the proposed acquisition of Headwaters, reflecting the size of the transaction and concerns around coal-linked fly ash and regulatory approvals. In our opinion, investor concerns are overstated. The catalysts that could drive a re-rating include regulatory approvals, delivery on FY17 expectations and evidence of synergy execution. On the technical front, since November last year an uptrend has developed, characterised by a series of higher highs and higher lows. We like the recent compression in the shorter-term EMAs (red) and bounce from the longer-term EMAs (green). This suggests those active in the stock are willing to bid up dips and that longer-term momentum is becoming more bullish. We are targeting a move to $6.50.
Shares to buy: Downer EDI Limited (DOW)
Downer's 1H net profit of $78m beat most forecasts and FY17 net profit guidance was raised 7% - to $175M. The strong result suggests that the earnings recovery is well underway for Downer, and gaining momentum. The recent results release saw the stock pop sharply, up to $7.50. The stock has since retraced to close the gap, finding support in the $6.60 region. Yesterday's action saw a buy signal off this support region and that's our opportunity to consider longs. Traders can be buyers around current levels, with targets to $7.50.
Shares to buy: Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)
FMG recently confirmed that it is on track to hit the top end of its iron ore export guidance, and possibly exceed it, whilst at the same time continue to cut costs. The company also took its unit costs below $US13 per tonne for the first time in the December quarter, with an average "C1" cost of $US12.54 per wet metric tonne. Fortescue has now lowered its cost for a 12th consecutive quarter. The company managed to pay down another $US1 billion of debt in the past quarter and said it held $US1.2 billion in cash at the end of December, while net debt stood at $US4 billion. After reporting another strong quarter of shipments and cost cuts, chief executive Nev Power said shareholders could be in line for better returns. "We need to continue diverting most of our cash flow to repaying debt. But we will progressively look to increase returns to shareholders," he told reporters. The company declared a 12 cents per share final dividend in August, exceeding analyst expectations. It will declare its next interim dividend on February 22. These are obviously all positives for a company that continues to deliver on its guidance, cut costs and pay down debt, and we believe that market will continue to reward FMG by bidding up its shares. Technically, the stock is in a fairly well defined uptrend, where momentum is strong but not currently overdone. Targets are towards $8.
Share to buy: Nanosonics (NAN)
December quarter sales were up 41% on the prior quarter, as North American direct sales gained momentum.
The company's move into the US market seems to be paying off, with gross margins improving significantly.
The next driver of share price could be publication of decontamination guidelines in the UK and Scotland favourable to Nanosonic products.
Technically, the stock remains strong and has broken out to fresh all-time highs recently on rising volumes.
Share to buy – Money3 Corporation
Money3 Corporation provides small and micro-cap loans for individuals in need of quick finance, with amounts ranging from as little as $100 to $20,000. The company has significant insider ownership and has provided exceptional returns over the last five years. In FY14 it grew basic earnings per share by 32%. However the company recently said it expects record revenue and profit in FY15. With a large market place, good financials, a 3.5% fully franked dividend and only around 70 stores in operation, the future is looking bright for the company. On the technical front, the MNY is chart is displaying a solid bullish structure. The shorter-term EMAs are crossed higher and the price action is above the longer-term EMA filter, which is positive. We have a valid, traditional uptrend in place, characterised by a series of higher lows and higher highs. We also have an ascending triangle forming, the upper boundary of which sits at $1.60. Traders can now look to buy the breakout, targeting $1.85.
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