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2 Under-The-Radar Stocks Ready for Takeoff When Rate Cuts Arrive

Published 22/02/2024, 12:12
Updated 02/09/2020, 07:05
  • The magnificent 7 have dominated the headlines in the past couple of years.
  • Small and mid-cap stocks have struggled amid a high-interest-rate environment, but signs of recovery emerged at the end of last year.
  • With potential interest rate cuts on the horizon, some high-quality small-cap stocks could make a great addition to your portfolio.
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The market has been dominated by the magnificent 7, driving key indexes upward in 2023 and 2024. Meanwhile, smaller asset classes, such as small and mid-caps, have struggled due to the high interest-rate environment.

However, signs of recovery have emerged since the end of last year, though the true turning point will likely coincide with the first cuts, provided the economy remains strong.

Now, let's examine a couple of stocks that could benefit from the first cuts and could make a great addition to your portfolio at current levels.

1. Stride

Stride (NYSE:LRN) operates in educational services, offering online curriculum for schools.

In its latest quarterly report, the company achieved record levels on its balance sheet, signaling positive prospects.

Currently, InvestingPro rates the company's overall health at 4 out of 5, with the estimated intrinsic value nearly 30 percent higher than its current value.

Fair Value Stride

Source: InvestingPro

Earnings and revenue growth have also shown an upward trend, with valuations, however, suffering lately from the general decline throughout the industry.

P/E Ratio, Net Income

Source: InvestingPro

2. Confluent

Confluent Inc (NASDAQ:CFLT) is a 'cloud-based company that operates a streaming platform both in the U.S. and internationally.

The charts indicate that the latest quarterly report gave a very positive boost. The image below shows an interesting gap up supported by good volumes. Confluent Price Chart

Taking a more cautious stance, there may be opportunities to buy with stops at appropriate levels.

The stock surpassed analyst estimates, sparking a rally. InvestingPro reports that the stock's price target is now being revised upwards for the next quarter.

Previous and Next Earnings

Source: InvestingPro

Handling small/mid caps requires a proper strategy and a thorough assessment of all associated risks.

Looking ahead to a potentially more favorable scenario in the second half of 2024, there could be interesting prospects.

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