4 Top Jefferies Growth Stock Picks to Buy Now


This company continues to be one of the top credit card players in the world. MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) operates the self-described world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances easier, more secure and more efficient.

With an analyst meeting set for Wednesday, the Jefferies team believes the setup for the stock going into 2016 looks very promising, especially after the recent sell-offs. They expect the company’s net revenue to grow 11.8% next year, versus 2.2% in 2015.

The Jefferies price target of $112 is higher than the consensus target of $107.43. Shares closed up nicely on Tuesday at $92.90.

The Medicines Company

This stock shot up in late August and could be headed higher. The goal of The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) is to be a leading provider of solutions in three areas: serious infectious disease care, acute cardiovascular care and surgery and perioperative care. The company is focused on saving lives, alleviating suffering and contributing to the economics of health care by focusing on 3000 leading acute/intensive care hospitals worldwide.

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The stock jumped last month when the company announced that an experimental cholesterol drug being co-developed with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals lowered LDL-C or “bad” cholesterol levels by around 83% in a small, early stage study. The drug, ALN-PCSsc, is an injected RNAi therapy designed to block the expression of the enzyme PCSK9, a protein that plays a critical role in regulating circulating levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.

The Jefferies team notes that the news is preliminary, and the product may not be on the market until 2020. They still like the overall prospects and raise the price target to $50. The consensus target is $43.29. The shares closed Tuesday at $41.20.

WisdomTree Investments

This is the real up-and-comer in the exchange traded fund (ETF) business and it is carving out an outstanding share with many specialized ETF offerings. Wisdom Tree Investments Inc. (NASDAQ: WETF) continues to benefit from the movement toward ETFs. This is especially true with the specialized currency hedged products, with the potential for significant uptake in interest rate hedged products.

Wisdom Tree is run by Jonathan Steinberg, the son of famous Wall Street financier Saul Steinberg. He is also married to Maria Bartiromo who became very famous on CNBC and now works for the Fox Business Network. Steinberg has a long and very distinguished ETF background, going back to the product’s infancy.

The Jefferies team point out that the stock was down 25% in just over a week. While unfavorable moves in the U.S. dollar could trim earnings by as much as $0.11 a share, and asset flows could be flat this quarter, trading at 19 times 2016 earnings makes the stock as cheap as it has been in over a year.

Wisdom Tree investors are paid a 1.88% divided. The Jefferies price target is $31, but the consensus figure is much lower at $22.88. Shares closed Tuesday at $18.08.

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The Jefferies analysts have zeroed in on some top growth stocks to buy that are not part of over-crowded trades or momentum hype. They are all posting solid earnings and could provide growth stock investors some serious upside potential.

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