Market Tumbles On NASDAQ Rotation, Trade, and Fed- Tightening Fears

For today’s bulletin, we take a look at some of our top stocks in the defensive utilities sector. We also provide a link to download a FREE STOCK REPORT on Vonage Holdings $VG, one of our utility stocks.

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Markets took a huge dive today as a variety of fears weighed on investor sentiment and triggered a big sell off. Tech stocks took a big beating as many high-fliers got severely cut down. NASDAQ is down almost 8% for the month–that is the worst it has performed during the fourth quarter since the Great Recession began back in 2008.

As the sell off spread today, companies heavily tied to the global economy were also battered. Investors are worried about global trade and the effects of the Trump Administration’s tariff wars with China and other nations. They are also worried about the Fed’s belt-tightening as the US Central Bank continues to clear its balance sheet of assets from the ZIRP days. In addition, the yield curve for bonds is sending a sell signal for equities as well.

So, is this a momentary glitch or something different? Do we have some momentary noise here or the beginning of the end for the Bull Market that started way back in March 2009? That’s tough to say. But investors today looked to the Utilities Sector for shelter from the storm. Those “un-sexy” companies are traditionally the sort of stocks for those worried about the future and unable to force themselves to buy on the dip.

For today’s edition of our bulletin, we used our website’s advanced screening functions to search for top utilities stocks with complete forecast and valuation data. They are presented by one-month forecast return. Our top five stocks from the sector are listed below. Vonage is rated STRONG BUY. The rest of our top-five utilities stocks are rated BUY.

Ticker Company Name Market Price Valuation Last 12-M Return 1-M Forecast Return 1-Yr Forecast Return P/E Ratio Industry Name
VG VONAGE HOLDINGS 13.93 80.64% 66.63% 1.11% 13.33% 38.69 DIVERSIFIED COMM SERVICES
NWN NORTHWEST NATRL 70.71 39.54% 9.20% 0.80% 9.55% 31.85 UTILITY-GAS DISTRIBUTION
SHEN SHENANDOAH TELE 39.08 67.22% 0.59% 0.79% 9.51% 71.05 DIVERSIFIED COMM SERVICES
AWR AMER STATES WTR 61.48 19.12% 18.34% 0.77% 9.24% 36.38 UTILITY-WATER SUPPLY
EE EL PASO ELEC CO 59.42 46.45% 4.15% 0.74% 8.85% 31.49 UTILITY-ELECTRIC POWER

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Today, we take a look at Vonage Holdings (VG). Vonage is redefining communications by offering consumers and small businesses an affordable alternative to traditional telephone service. The fastest growing telephony company in North America, Vonage’s service area encompasses more than 2000 active rate centers in over 130 global markets. Vonage is sold directly through their website and retail partners such as SAM’s Club,, RadioShack, Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples, Fry’s Electronics and Office Depot. Wholesale partners such as EarthLink, ARMSTRONG(R), Advanced Cable Communications and the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities resell the Vonage broadband phone service under their own unique brands. With more than 300,000 lines in service, Vonage continues to add more than 30,000 lines per month to its network. Over 10 million calls per week are made using Vonage, the easy-to-use, feature-rich, flat rate phone service.

ValuEngine continues its STRONG BUY recommendation on VONAGE HOLDINGS for 2018-10-09. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that VONAGE HOLDINGS has the probability to OUTPERFORM average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits ATTRACTIVE Momentum and Sharpe Ratio.

You can download a free copy of detailed report on Vonage Holdings (VG) from the link below.

ValuEngine Forecast
1-Month 14.08 1.11%
3-Month 14.32 2.80%
6-Month 14.81 6.34%
1-Year 15.79 13.33%
2-Year 16.97 21.83%
3-Year 17.54 25.89%
Valuation & Rankings
Valuation 80.64% overvalued Valuation Rank(?) 4
1-M Forecast Return 1.11% 1-M Forecast Return Rank 99
12-M Return 66.63% Momentum Rank(?) 95
Sharpe Ratio 0.85 Sharpe Ratio Rank(?) 89
5-Y Avg Annual Return 30.12% 5-Y Avg Annual Rtn Rank 95
Volatility 35.62% Volatility Rank(?) 44
Expected EPS Growth -13.89% EPS Growth Rank(?) 11
Market Cap (billions) 2.86 Size Rank 75
Trailing P/E Ratio 38.69 Trailing P/E Rank(?) 39
Forward P/E Ratio 44.94 Forward P/E Ratio Rank 8
PEG Ratio n/a PEG Ratio Rank n/a
Price/Sales 2.80 Price/Sales Rank(?) 38
Market/Book 5.51 Market/Book Rank(?) 25
Beta 0.02 Beta Rank 77
Alpha 0.55 Alpha Rank 95


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Steve Hach
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