Top Stocks To Buy Today As Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Underwhelms Markets

In a volatile trading week, Friday was no different. “Reddit investors” continued to torment institutional investors and hedge funds with heavily shorted names like Gamestop GME , AMC, and Blackberry, once again permitted to trade on brokerage platforms such as Robinhood, and surging. Johnson and Johnson’s JNJ one-dose vaccine candidate also sent markets downwards with underwhelming vaccine data. Despite seemingly protecting from COVID-related hospitalizations, JNJ’s vaccine only demonstrated 66% effectiveness in protecting against Covid-19. While weighing all of this news and absurd stock moves, the Dow fell 370 points or 1.2%. It has now declined in five of the last six trading sessions. The S&P 500 also declined 0.9%, with all 11 sectors in the red. The Nasdaq NDAQ also slid 1%. For investors looking to make the most of this market, the deep-learning algorithms at Q.ai have crunched the data to give you a set of Top Buys. Our Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) systems assessed each firm on parameters of Technicals, Growth, Low Volatility Momentum, and Quality Value to find the best long plays.

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Boise Cascade Co (BCC)

Boise Cascade Co BCC  is our first Top Buy, and on this list for the second day in a row. Boise Cascade manufactures wood products and is also a wholesale distributor of building materials. With a weak dollar to coincide with low interest rates, Boise Cade could have a strong 2021. Our AI systems rated the company B in Technicals, A in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed up 3.18% to $49.9 on volume of 348,947 vs its 10-day price average of $50.4 and its 22-day price average of $49.76, and is up 4.42% for the year. Revenue grew by 9.93% in the last fiscal year and grew by 15.17% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 106.7% in the last fiscal year and grew by 95.33% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 101.51% in the last fiscal year and grew by 95.81% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $4643.4M in the last fiscal year compared to $4431.99M three years ago, Operating Income was $133.2M in the last fiscal year compared to $140.95M three years ago, EPS was $2.06 in the last fiscal year compared to $2.12 three years ago, and ROE was 11.78% in the last year compared to 13.22% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 1.08% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 12.41. 

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Hms Holdings Corp (HMSY)

Hms Holdings Corp HMSY is our second Top Buy today. Hms Holdings, also known as “Healthcare Management Services” provides insurance services, helps find liable third parties, identifies improper payments and fraud, and supports both Medicaid Managed Care Organizations and Medicare Advantage Plans. Our AI systems rated the company C in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.08% to $36.6 on volume of 2,244,990 vs its 10-day price average of $36.53 and its 22-day price average of $36.58, and is down 0.03% for the year. Revenue grew by 2.61% in the last fiscal year and grew by 23.32% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 43.94% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 33.14% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $626.4M in the last fiscal year compared to $521.21M three years ago, Operating Income was $105.12M in the last fiscal year compared to $54.93M three years ago, EPS was $0.98 in the last fiscal year compared to $0.47 three years ago, and ROE was 11.12% in the last year compared to 6.89% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 7.51% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 26.64.

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Penske Automotive Group Inc (PAG)

Penske Automotive Group PAG is today’s next Top Buy. Penske Automotive Group is a transportation services company that operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships in the U.S, Canada, and Western Europe. It also distributes commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems and related parts and services in Australia and New Zealand. Our AI systems rated the company D in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed up 2.18% to $61.89 on volume of 405,777 vs its 10-day price average of $64.26 and its 22-day price average of $62.3, and is up 7.69% for the year. EPS grew by 4.58% in the last fiscal year. Revenue was $23179.4M in the last fiscal year compared to $21386.9M three years ago, Operating Income was $652.7M in the last fiscal year compared to $611.4M three years ago, EPS was $5.28 in the last fiscal year compared to $7.14 three years ago, and ROE was 15.97% in the last year compared to 29.14% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 9.95% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 8.41. 

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Verint Systems Inc (VRNT)

Verint Systems Inc VRNT  is our fourth Top Buy of the day. Verint Systems is an analytics company that sells software and hardware products for customer engagement management, security, surveillance, and business intelligence. Our AI systems rated the company B in Technicals, C in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.49% to $73.74 on volume of 624,909 vs its 10-day price average of $73.22 and its 22-day price average of $70.11, and is up 11.61% for the year. Revenue grew by 11.33% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 18.33% in the last fiscal year and grew by 103.9% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by -281.37% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $1303.63M in the last fiscal year compared to $1135.23M three years ago, Operating Income was $97.92M in the last fiscal year compared to $56.83M three years ago, EPS was $0.43 in the last fiscal year compared to $(0.1) three years ago, and ROE was 2.85% in the last year compared to (0.32%) three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 3.54% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 25.44.

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Sterling Construction Co Inc (STRL)

Sterling Construction Co is our final Top Buy today. The company is primarily a heavy civil construction company involved in building and reconstructing transportation and water infrastructure. Our AI systems rated Sterling Construction B in Technicals, B in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.57% to $21.03 on volume of 342,062 vs its 10-day price average of $22.9 and its 22-day price average of $21.48, and is up 17.62% for the year. Revenue grew by 26.68% in the last fiscal year and grew by 48.93% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 100.35% in the last fiscal year and grew by 216.68% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 41.92% in the last fiscal year and grew by 385.18% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $1126.28M in the last fiscal year compared to $957.96M three years ago, Operating Income was $44.06M in the last fiscal year compared to $27.88M three years ago, EPS was $1.47 in the last fiscal year compared to $0.43 three years ago, and ROE was 20.69% in the last year compared to 12.44% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 0.84% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 13.1.

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