Penny stocks are one way to double your money, though it's fraught with risk. But there are equally shiny opportunities trading at the other end of the price spectrum, too. I call 'em "three-digit stocks," yet if they're anything like Berkshire Hathaway, they can trade in the four-, five-, and six-digit range as well.
A penny stock might not be a good buy despite the fact that it's cheap, and a three-digit stock shouldn't scare you away just because it carries a hefty price tag. Handsome is as handsome does. Let's check in with the Motley Fool CAPS community to see which of the high-priced stocks below earn the greatest confidence from our investor-intelligence database:
CAPS Rating (out of 5)
Return on Capital, TTM
Source: S&P CapitalIQ, Motley Fool CAPS.
But don't jump into these stocks blindly. Catching a tiger by the tail -- or a knife falling from on high -- can end up leaving you scratched and bleeding. That's why we recommend you use this list as a launch pad for your own research and analysis.
Make the time
In less than two months time, watchmaker Fossil went from trading for less than $80 per share to over $118, a 48% jump so fast that it ought to challenge Einstein's theory of relativity. Yet the big boost it got the other day from its earnings report is actually a bit surprising, since it offered guidance that was decidedly below analyst expectations. The market routinely punishes those companies that don't engage in a beat-and-raise process, even in the luxury-goods segment. (For example, diamond dealer Blue Nile
Motley Fool blogger Chad Henage offered some insight as to why this may be. He compared Fossil to another accessories maker, Coach
So Fossil has the lower projected PEG, higher future growth, and beats earnings by a higher margin. If Coach is valued at a PEG of 1.28 this means if Fossil sold at the same PEG the stock would be at $139. It seems not only is a higher price not a fantasy, but this could be a reality sooner than the market expects.
A sight for sore eyes
Biotech Regeneron has peeled back a little bit from the lofty valuations it gained the other day after offering guidance that suggested 2012 sales of its age-related macular degeneration treatment would be double what it was previously expecting (a different bit of beat-and-raise gamesmanship), but the Fool's Brian Orelli says investors would be smart to take the nosebleed numbers with a grain of salt.
Don't look at what Regeneron can do this quarter or even next year, but rather the revenue stream of Eylea will be when it really hits its stride. Whatever number that will be, the sales prognostication offered the other day doesn't change that outlook, and the 50% year-to-date gain the stock has enjoyed probably isn't justified. It's gotten off to a fast start against Roche's Lucentis, but it will now need to maintain that pace.
Yet Regeneron bulls might counter that, along with Eylea, the drugmaker has other treatments in the pipeline that support a higher valuation. It has an experimental cancer drug under development with Sanofi
CAPS All-Star member TMFUltraLong recommends not getting overly excited about new drug introductions right away.
I'm agreeing with Brian here -- fantasyland valuation. There's no way that Eylea's forecast of $250 million to $300 million in sales translates into a $10.5 billion market cap. Avastin should give Eylea enough competition to bring Regeneron back to Earth. Never get too excited about new drugs; otherwise, you often get burned.
Put Regeneron in the Fool's free portfolio tracker to see if it's able not only to take on the competition but also to meet its own lofty goals.
Count to 10
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Fool contributor Rich Duprey holds no position in any company mentioned. Click here to see his holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Fossil and Coach. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Fossil, Coach, and Blue Nile. A separate service has recommended shorting Fossil. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.