5 Freshmen That Are On Parade

We're waist-deep into earnings season, and it's not just the stocks that investors have been buying and selling for ages taking to the stage.

Several recent IPOs will also be checking in with their quarterly financials.

The debutantes should have plenty to say. First impressions are important, and you hate to see freshly minted companies come undone. Sloppy reports out of freshman stocks suggest that either insiders went public as an exit strategy or that the companies don't have what it takes to manage expectations accordingly.

Let's take a look at five stocks that will be reporting next week. They all went public over the past year.


Analyst EPS Estimate



Proto Labs (NYS: PRLB)



TripAdvisor (NAS: TRIP)



Angie's List (NAS: ANGI)



HomeAway (NAS: AWAY)



Facebook (NAS: FB)



Source: Yahoo! Finance.

Proto Labs is a speedy producer of on-demand 3-D printing. There's plenty of buzz building for 3-D printers, especially as the devices get cheaper.

TripAdvisor is the popular website featuring area reviews, particularly for lodging choices. It was spun off to investors late last year.

Angie's List is the only company on this list that isn't expected to turn a profit next week. The subscription-based service provides vetted reviews of area service providers.

HomeAway offers travelers the ability to live as large as second-home owners. How? Well, vacation property owners can put up their homes for daily, weekly, or monthly rentals when they don't need them.

Facebook is obviously not going to take anyone by surprise. The leading social networking website had more than 900 million active users as of the end of March, with more than half of them checking in on any given day.

Yes, the freshmen are coming -- but some of them look as if they already know their way around campus.

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