3 Predictions for the New Week

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I went out on a limb last week, and now it's time to see how that decision played out.

  • I predicted that Five Below would move higher on the week. The deep discounter that offers trendy and fashion-friendly items for $5 or less has been a hit with young shoppers, and it was reporting quarterly results. How did it go? Well, Five Below shares slipped after posting weak sales and uninspiring guidance. In fact, Five Below shares closed lower every single trading day of the week. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that the tech-heavy Nasdaq would outperform the Dow Jones Industrial Average. . This has been a tricky call lately, so how did it play out this time? Well, this was a flat trading week for stocks. The Nasdaq moved 0.1% higher, beating out the Dow and its 0.4% slide. I was right.
  • My final call was for Ambarella to beat Wall Street's income estimates in its latest quarter. The provider of video-processing chips found in high-def cameras has been routinely beating Wall Street projections over the past year. I was banking on a repeat performance. It didn't disappoint, serving up a profit of $0.37 a share, blowing past the $0.29 the pros were forecasting. I was right.

Two out of three? I can do better. Let me once again whip out my trusty, dusty, and occasionally accurate crystal ball to make three calls that may play out over the next few trading days.

1. Pandora will move lower on the week
Pandora  has been on fire lately. The leading music streaming service moved slightly higher this past week, fueled by encouraging metrics for November.

However, Pandora's unique listeners are still not up to September's levels, which just happens to be when iTunes Radio rolled out. The new week should prove interesting as Beats Music nears its January launch and -- more importantly -- Spotify has a press conference slated for Wednesday, during which it's widely expected to introduce a free mobile streaming option. 

My first call is for Pandora's stock to move lower this week.

2.The Nasdaq Composite will beat the Dow this week
Tech has been a big winner in recent years, so betting on tech over stodgy blue chips has been a good bet for me more often than not. I'm going to stick with this pick, even if it's been a bad bet a few times lately. This is the time for Nasdaq's growth stocks to shine. The market is ripe for the tech-stacked secondary stocks to continue to outpace the 30 megacaps that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

3. lululemon athletica will beat Wall Street's earnings estimates
Some stocks are just flat-out better than others.

lululemon athletica is a retailer of upscale yoga and workout apparel. The chain has been able to grow quickly given the brand's appeal and its stylish sense of athletic wear fashion. Another thing it does is make analysts look like perpetual underachievers. If analysts say the company posted a profit of $0.41 a share in its latest quarter, I'll argue that it held up better than that. History's on my side!

One of my best tricks to beating the market is finding stocks that perpetually land ahead of the prognosticators. Let's go over the past year of earnings reports.


EPS Estimate



Q3 2013




Q4 2013




Q1 2014




Q2 2014




Source: Thomson Reuters.

Things can change, of course. The retailer has had a rocky year. It had an embarrassing recall of its proprietary yoga pants back in May because they were too sheer, and a few months later its celebrated CEO stepped down.

However, it's hard to argue against the trend. Everything seems to be falling into place for another market-thumping quarter on the bottom line.

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of Ambarella. The Motley Fool recommends Ambarella, Lululemon Athletica, and Pandora Media. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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