3 High-Risk Cloud Computing Stocks...And 4 Better Alternatives
A new report by Pacific Crest Securities focuses on cloud computing, analytics and data infrastructure stocks. The report includes the most recent field checks and a breakdown of the most risky stocks in the space and the stocks with the strongest fundamentals.
Slow Start To 2015
According to the report, North American field checks at the end of Q1 confirmed analysts' fears that enterprise demand for IT infrastructure, particularly enterprise PCs and storage, has been sluggish so far this year.
Analysts predict that both aggressive discounting and the weakness of the euro (down 27 percent year-over-year) could make it difficult for infrastructure suppliers to meet earnings estimates.
Despite the weakness, analysts point out that there is still reason for investors to consider names in the space.
"While we see the greatest risk to PC and storage suppliers, there remains pockets of strength across security, cloud and analytics," analysts write.
Analysts believe that traditional enterprise PC and storage names are most at risk from recent trends in budget priorities. The report lists EMC Corp (NYSE: EMC), Hewlett-Packard Co (NYSE: HPQ) and NetApp Inc (NASDAQ: NTAP) as three stocks most likely to fall victim to the current environment.
All three stocks are down more than 12 percent year-to-date.
The "pockets of strength" that analysts describe include stocks such as Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA), Hortonworks Inc (NASDAQ: HDP), Splunk Inc (NASDAQ: SPLK) and Nimble Storage Inc (NYSE: NMBL). Analysts point to strength in "modern, flash-based storage systems" and rate each of these four names Outperform.
Latest Ratings for EMC
|Sep 2016||Brean Capital||Terminates||Buy|
|Aug 2016||Deutsche Bank||Maintains||Hold|
|Jul 2016||Bernstein||Downgrades||Outperform||Market Perform|
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