Stock Hotlist: Top Picks to Watch Now

Picking the wrong stocks can decimate your portfolio.

They’re pure portfolio poison.  

But the right stocks…

If you pick the right stocks, you could find yourself jumping for joy on top of an enormous pile of cash.

With over 4,000 tickers to choose from, finding the right stock at the right time can prove to be nearly impossible… 

Unless you’re spending hours each day combing the markets and researching companies.  

That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you.  

We sort through thousands of stock ideas and whittle them down to a few top choices that are primed for solid price action in the coming days, weeks and months.  

This week, we’ve narrowed it down to three stocks that could be getting significant attention in the near future.

Click here for the full story on the stocks we’re watching this week… 

Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

Palo Alto Networks is an unsurprising entry in the list of trending stocks, as it’s a multinational cybersecurity company. With a focus on advanced firewalls and cloud-based services that extend security coverage, PANW has gained over 64% in equity value since the beginning of the year.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrimes might result in a staggering $10.5 trillion cost by 2025. Furthermore, the average data breach cost in 2022 was $4.35 million, reflecting a 2.6% increase from the previous year. Given our interconnected society’s wide range of vulnerabilities, Palo Alto’s relevance remains consistent.

As one of the top-rated strong buy stocks, analysts’ average price target is $275, indicating a potential upside of more than 19%.

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Entravision (EVC)

Entravision holds ownership of television and radio stations, as well as outdoor media, across prominent Hispanic markets. It is the largest affiliate group for Univision and UniMas TV networks while managing a few English-language TV and radio stations.

Currently, EVC boasts a market capitalization of $319.4 million and a per-share value of $3.63. However, before considering it, it’s essential to recognize that Entravision stock also carries significant risk. With a nearly 22% decline since the year’s start and a more than 19% drop in the past year, EVC’s performance has been challenging.

Despite the volatility, Entravision might pique interest due to its connection to the growing diversity in the U.S. Additionally, it’s showcasing rapid expansion, evidenced by a three-year revenue growth rate of 50.2% and an EBITDA growth rate of 51.7% within the same timeframe. Notably, analysts rate EVC as a moderate buy, offering a $11.50 price target that suggests a substantial 210% upside potential.

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The energy sector stands out as one of the most undervalued areas in the market. Consequently, CONSOL Energy is currently trading at an exceptionally low valuation, positioning it as a prime candidate among value stocks to consider.

ESG factors have significantly influenced how investors distribute their capital, particularly as the energy landscape evolves. While renewable energy sources like solar and wind receive increased attention and investment, fossil fuels, particularly coal, have faced capital scarcity.

However, the underlying fundamentals of thermal coal remain robust. Despite the shift to cleaner energy sources in developed economies, emerging markets continue to rely on coal for energy. As per the International Energy Agency, global coal demand will remain at record levels in 2023, driven by increased demand from Asian economies. Even in 2022, coal consumption saw a 3.3% rise, indicating continued strong demand.

Benefiting from this demand, CONSOL is poised for growth. In the second quarter, the company sold 6.4 million tons, generating $521 million in revenue compared to 6.2 million tons and $518 million in the previous year.

Management disclosed that coal production for 2023 is nearly fully contracted. Additionally, they have secured contracts for 17.6 million tons in 2024 and an additional 4.4 million tons through 2026. The company boasts significant free cash flow, reporting $180.8 million in the second quarter alone. During the second-quarter earnings call, management announced plans to allocate 75% of free cash flow primarily through buyback initiatives. Given its currently depressed valuation, CONSOL has the potential to repurchase its entire market capitalization within three years.

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