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Ford (F), H&R Block (HRB), and PG&E Corp. (PCG) Are Top Stocks Trending by Negative Sentiment

Apr 23, 2019

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Top Russell 1000 Stocks Trending by 1-Month Negative Sentiment

Name Ticker Sector Industry Primary Rating Secondary Rating
PG&E Corporation PCG Utilities Electric Utilities Unattractive -
Consolidated Edison, Inc. ED Utilities Multi-Utilities Neutral -
Micron Technology, Inc. MU Information Technology Semiconductors Unattractive Neutral
Ford Motor Company F Consumer Discretionary Automobile Manufacturers Top Short Attractive
Brunswick Corporation BC Consumer Discretionary Leisure Products Attractive Attractive
Lear Corporation LEA Consumer Discretionary Auto Parts and Equipment Neutral Attractive
H&R Block, Inc. HRB Consumer Discretionary Specialized Consumer Services Neutral Attractive
Ventas, Inc. VTR Real Estate Health Care REITs Attractive -
ManpowerGroup Inc. MAN Industrials HR and Employment Services Neutral Neutral
First Republic Bank FRC Financials Regional Banks Top Buy -

 

  • As a follow-up to our post yesterday about stocks trending with the most positive news sentiment over the past month, we take a look at stocks with the worst sentiment today.
     
    • When trying to find "actionable" short ideas, it is smart to find stocks where ALL the factors, most importantly valuation and sentiment, point to future downward price pressure
       
    • Finding good shorts is especially important in the current environment as US stocks grind higher towards all-time highs!
       
  • Not surprising to see that PG&E Corporation (PCG) tops the list of stocks by negative sentiment above. PG&E faced an onslaught of negative press as it faced accusations that its equipment started the wildfire that tore through California in late 2018. Clearly negative sentiment has prevailed through 2019 for PG&E -- of late, PG&E has been discussed in the news as activist investor Blue Mountain seeks changes to the company’s board of directors.  
     
  • Ford Motor Company (F) could be a strong short play as it is a top stock trending by negative sentiment and it is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap model. Specifically, negative news has been prominent over the last 30 days surrounding events related to Ford and general discussion about the Ford company.  
     
  • Micron Technologies (MU) is much of the same as Ford as negative sentiment has surrounded the stock’s events and the Micron entity. A short play on Micron is not as appealing as one on Ford, however, because it is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap model and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology model.  
     
  • First Republic Bank (FRC) has had some of the most negative story sentiment over the last 30 days among the stocks highlighted above.  The stock is a "Top Buy" idea for us and this may be a smart contrarian play here with sentiment so negative.
     
  • Ventas (VTR) and Lear (LEA) have some of the worst sentiment scores, but because the volume of articles is not significant, they do not make the top of the list.  Both are rated "Neutral" to "Attractive" according to our Global Top Stocks Ideas models. 
     
    • Might be worth tracking whether the negative sentiment is a blip or a trend for both these stocks.

 

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