John Ransom

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Stock number one: Rocket Fuel Inc.

Rocket Fuel hits fresh life low after results, levels to watch—Fly on the Wall

Shares are down over 22% to $21.64 at time of writing following earnings announced last night after the close. At current price next support is at $20.67, which is still above the gap open low at $19.75. Resistance is at $22.50, a price level that is still well within this morning's bearish gap and based on a common options strike price.

Symbol: FUEL

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 53

PEG: 0.39

Dividend: Listed but I don’t believe it.

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Rocket Fuel, Inc.

FUEL Chart

FUEL data by YCharts

Stock number two: Ralph Lauren Corporation

Ralph Lauren Beats, Falls On Unfashionable Margins—Investor's Business Daily

Ralph Lauren (RL) reported fourth-quarter results that topped estimates on Friday, but the premium clothing and accessories manufacturer's shares fell as it expects margins to fall in its fiscal 2015. The maker of Polo and Club Monaco branded products said Q4 EPS jumped 20% to $1.68, beating views by 5 cents. Revenue climbed 14% to $1.87 billion, above estimates for $1.83 billion. For the year, Ralph Lauren said EPS rose 4% to $8.44, beating views by 5 cents.

Symbol: RL

Trailing PE: 18; Forward PE: 16

PEG: 2.07

Dividend: 1.2%

Estimate Trend: Mixed

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Ralph Lauren

RL Chart

RL data by YCharts

Stock number three: Symantec Corporation

Symantec Beats on Q4 Earnings, Revs Dip Y/Y--Zacks

Symantec Corporation (SYMC) reported adjusted earnings (excluding amortization, restructuring and other one-time items but including stock-based compensation) of 42 cents in the fourth quarter of 2014, comfortably beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 38 cents. On a year-over-year basis, adjusted earnings increased 3.7% from the year-ago quarter.

Symbol: SYMC

Trailing PE: 17; Forward PE: 10

PEG: 1.33

Dividend: 2.9%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Symantec

SYMC Chart

SYMC data by YCharts

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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