This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

J. Crew, Athenahealth: Ratings Changes

BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Here are three ratings changes from TheStreet's stock model.

3. The model downgraded Amerisafe (AMSF) to "hold." Amerisafe is an insurer, selling workers' compensation insurance to small and mid-sized employers in hazardous industries such as construction, trucking and logging.

Quarter: Fourth-quarter net income increased 15% to $6.6 million, but earnings per share stalled at 28 cents. Revenue declined marginally. The operating margin narrowed from 17% to 14%. Amerisafe holds $118 million of cash and $36 million of debt.

Stock: Amerisafe has risen 6.4% during the past 12 months, trailing U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 8.3 and a price-to-book ratio of 1, 29% and 10% discounts to industry averages. It's expensive based on cash flow.

Consensus: Of analysts covering Amerisafe, five recommend purchasing its shares and four advise holding them. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey expects the stock to advance 49% to $24. Sidoti & Co. and Piper Jaffray also rate Amerisafe "buy."

2. The model downgraded Athenahealth (ATHN) to "sell." Athenahealth offers Internet-based business services to physician practices. Its products help physicians flag billing errors, track new insurance rules and share information. Full-year profit fell 71%.

Quarter: Fourth-quarter profit tumbled 84% to $4.3 million, or 12 cents, hurt by one-time gains in the year-earlier period. Revenue jumped 33% to $54 million The operating margin extended to 15%. Athenahealth holds $83 million of cash and $12 million of debt.

Stock: Athenahealth has advanced 51% in the past year, more than the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index. The stock sells for a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 32 and a price-to-cash-flow ratio of 39, significant premiums to industry averages.

Consensus: Of researchers evaluating Athenahealth, nine rate its stock "buy," 12 rate it "hold" and four rank it "sell." Thomas Weisel offers a price target of $55, leaving a potential 51% upside. Deutsche Bank and Jefferies are also bullish on the shares.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,098.45 +18.88 0.11%
S&P 500 2,003.37 +6.63 0.33%
NASDAQ 4,580.2710 +22.5760 0.50%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs