David Sharek

David Sharek is stock portfolio manager at Shareks Stock Portfolios and the founder of The School of Hard Stocks. David's posted four years of +40% returns in his 16 year career. His Growth Portfolio has averaged investors 13% per year since 2003, 5% better than the S&P 500's 8% during that time. His book The School of Hard Stocks can be found on Amazon.com.

STRA ten-year chart

STRA – Didn’t Pass the Test

Is this the end for Strayer (STRA)? Or is it a great buying opportunity?

The Department of Education states that only 25% of Strayer graduates are paying back principle on their student loans. But Strayer is a hundred-year-old school — how can this be?

BPI

BPI – Passed the Test

Bridgepoint Education (BPI) passed the Department of Education’s test — now its time for investors to take notice. Although BPI’s down-and-out, it could be worth double what its selling for now.

Left: BPI’s P/E of 7 and estimated Long Term Growth Rate of 25% a year give this stock huge upside potential.

Green Mountain’s Business is on Fire

Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) is on fire. Catalysts like Ice Tea, Mr. Coffee brewers and cappuccino makers keep GMCR moving in 5th gear.

Left: GMCR’s one-year chart shows profits are expected to climb 82% and 133% during the next two quarters.

A Cure for Your Correction Blues

Express Scripts (ESRX) moves up in the Power Rankings as the stock market has just started a correction.

Left: ESRX’s ten-year chart shows the stock has been a solid investment during the last decade.

Back on Track

Buffalo WIld Wings (BWLD) is back on track to do 20% profit growth again. With the stock selling for 20% earnings, there’s good potential here in the short-term and the long-term.

Left: Buffalo WIld Wings should do well with football season approaching.

I’m Trying to be Nice

Amazon.com (AMZN) just had profit estimates lowered, now 20% profit growth may not happen again until four quarters from now due to expansion costs. A 48 P/E is high, to be nice. Although I love AMZN’s long-term perspective, I will sell the stock from the Growth Portfolio today. Here’s why:

Momentum is Slowing — But Business is Strong

Chipotle (CMG) has been a fabulous stock in 2010, but tough comparisons might mean it’s time for this stock to take a breather.

Left: CMG’s P/E is in black, signifying the stock is neither undervalued (green) or overvalued (red).

A Top-Tier Growth Stock Again

Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) is back! Revenue growth was 42% last quarter and the company expected sales to climb at least 36% this year. Today I will replace Mindray Medical (MR) with CTSH in the Growth Portfolio and I will purchase CTSH in the Aggressive Growth Portfolio as well.

This Could Be Big

Rovi (ROVI) is the company that makes menu guides on your TV set and cable box. That stuff isn’t new but imagine the growth opportunity of a menu guide that also incorporated your movies, pictures and songs on your home computer.

Left: ROVI’s had solid profit growth during the prior three quarters but growth could slow to 16% two quarters from now.

No Herbalife

Vitamin Shoppe’s (VSI) one-year chart makes the stock look buyable, but estimates three and four quarters out show 25% and 17% growth coming. I thought VSI might take off like Herbalife (HLF) did last week but after analyzing VSI’s earnings table, I’m not smitten. I’ll continue to keep VSI on the radar.