Cramer: Be Cautious with Herbalife (HLF), FuelCell (FCEL) and Symantec (SYMC)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Jim Cramer says traders must accept the fact that activist investor William Ackman will not stop his campaign against Herbalife  (HLF) until the stock reaches zero and that a company can sometimes be defenseless in those situations. He advises investors to be careful with Herbalife, as Ackman could target individual company directors.

As for FuelCell  (FCEL), Cramer notes that any stock that quadruples (FuelCell had actually quintupled at one point this month) is vulnerable. He says FuelCell has a real business that could one day be profitable, but notes that investors have pushed the stock around in recent weeks. He adds the stock could trade down to $3 or up to $7.

Finally, Cramer thinks Symantec  (SYMC) was too deep into desktop and not enough into mobile. He suggests caution on Symantec and instead suggests FireEye  (FEYE), which hit $96 and had a secondary public offering at $82 a share. He says FireEye "can't get out of its own way" and is a high multiple stock. Symantec may not climb simply because it is a low multiple stock.


WATCH: Jim Cramer Cautions Investors on Herbalife, FuelCell and Symantec

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FUELCELL ENERGY INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FUELCELL ENERGY INC (FCEL) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for FUELCELL ENERGY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.95%. Regardless of FCEL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FCEL's net profit margin of -23.86% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, FUELCELL ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electrical Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 9.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$11.68 million to -$10.60 million.
  • Investors have driven up the company's shares by 141.94% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in FCEL do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
  • FUELCELL ENERGY INC has improved earnings per share by 14.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, FUELCELL ENERGY INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.20 versus -$0.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.12 versus -$0.20).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FCEL Ratings Report

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