As the market edges into the home stretch for the year, and with third-quarter earnings right just getting started, many of the top firms that we cover on Wall Street are revising their lists of top stocks to buy. With the markets bouncing nicely off the August lows last week and on Monday, and the potential for earnings to drive shares higher, much of the negative pall that has hung over trading for the past six weeks may be dissipating.
A new research report from Jefferies spotlights new growth stock calls for clients this week, and we highlight three that look very promising right now. All are rated Buy at Jefferies.
This is a high-profile old-school software company that makes sense for growth accounts. Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) operates in three segments. The Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, small and medium businesses, and enterprises to create, publish, promote, and monetize their digital content.
The Digital Marketing segment offers solutions for how digital advertising and marketing are created, managed, executed, measured and optimized. It provides analytics, social marketing, targeting, media optimization, digital experience management and cross-channel campaign management solutions, as well as video delivery and monetization to digital marketers, advertisers, publishers, merchandisers, Web analysts, chief marketing officers, chief information officers and chief revenue officers.
The Print and Publishing segment offers products and services, such as eLearning solutions, technical document publishing, Web application development and high-end printing, as well as publishing needs of technical and business, and original equipment manufacturers printing businesses.
Adobe is also reasonably safe route for investors looking to own a company with marketing automation product, which has become huge.
The Jefferies price target for the stock is $92. The Thomson/First Call consensus price target is $90.65. Shares closed on Monday at $85.84.
This company received solid orders from a number of the big carriers this year and could be poised for an outstanding quarter. BroadSoft Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT) is the leading provider of software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer unified communications over their Internet protocol networks. Its core communications platform enables the delivery of a range of enterprise and consumer calling, messaging and collaboration communication services, including private branch exchanges, video calling, text messaging and converged mobile and fixed-line services.
The company’s network transformation projects are driving near and longer term revenue ahead of the firm’s current and Wall Street forecasts, with eventual operating leverage perhaps starting next year. The company’s voice-over-internet-protocol services have been in demand at the carriers and should be able to drive Verizon orders. The Jefferies focus is on the migration for many consumers and businesses into IP telephony, and the firm sees BroadSoft as one of the leading beneficiaries.
The Jefferies price target is $41, and the consensus target is $39.57. The stock closed Monday at $31.38.
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.
Jefferies believes the setup for the stock going into 2016 looks very promising, especially after the recent sell-offs. The firm expects the company’s net revenue to grow 11.8% next year, versus 2.2% in 2015.
The $112 Jefferies price target is well above the consensus target of $107.65. Shares closed up on Monday at $94.33.
With all the indexes still down sharply for 2015, the market will need a strong set of earnings for the third quarter to drive share prices higher. The good news is many on Wall Street expect just that, and with a stronger consumer and an improving economy, the tailwinds are there for stocks.