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Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA), Bazaarvoice Inc (BV), OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (OVTI): Three Predictions for the New Week

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

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)

  • I predicted that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) would close lower on the week. Steve Ballmer’s surprising pending resignation led to a spike a week earlier, but it seemed overblown for a company that will struggle in the transformation from a software company to one that excels at products and services. Mr. Softy’s stock took a 4% hit on the week. I was right.
  • I predicted that the tech-heavy Nasdaq would outperform the
    Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI). This has been a tricky call lately, so how did it play out this time? Well, this was a bad week for tech stocks. The Nasdaq moved 1.9% higher, and that was worse than the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)’s 1.3% slip. I was wrong.
  • My final call was for OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI) to beat Wall Street’s income estimates in its latest quarter. The maker of image sensors used in digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets has been cashing in on the popularity of portable computing gadgetry. It had also been posting blowout quarterly results over the past year. I was banking on seeing the trend continue. Analysts were looking for a profit of $0.43 a share during the quarter, and it came through with adjusted net income of $0.55. The stock fell on OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI)’s disappointing outlook, but it was still a beat looking back. I was right.

Two out of three? I can do better than that.

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. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will close lower on the week
Everything seems to go right for Elon Musk these days, and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shareholders are grateful. the maker of plug-in electric cars has seen its shares pop fivefold.

The future’s bright for Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), but its $20.5 billion market cap seems a bit extreme for where it is in its life cycle. Against this backdrop, the market’s showing plenty of volatility, making high-beta stocks vulnerable. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has bucked the malaise so far. August was the market’s worst month in more than a year, but Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) had no problem moving higher. It hit a new high earlier this past week.

For a week, at least, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s likely to be due for a breather. My first call is for this Wall Street darling to close lower on the week.

2.The Nasdaq Composite will beat the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI) 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. Most of the names in the composite are just too cheap at this point, and tech should be what carries us through the economic recovery. Earnings reports were rough in some places this past season, but the long-term outlook is still quite favorable. 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 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI).

3. Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV) will beat Wall Street’s earnings estimates
Some stocks are just flat-out better than others.

Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV) is a leading provider of social commerce solutions. More than 1,000 retailers lean on Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV)’s data — covering more than 400 million questions and experiences on roughly 20 million different products — to drive sales, awareness, and customer loyalty.

Another thing it does is make analysts look like perpetual underachievers. If analysts say the company posted a loss of $0.08 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.

Quarter EPS Estimate EPS Surprise
Q1 2013 ($0.14) ($0.07) 50%
Q2 2013 ($0.10) ($0.07) 30%
Q3 2013 ($0.12) ($0.06) 50%
Q4 2013 ($0.13) ($0.12) 8%

Source: Thomson Reuters.

Things can change, of course. Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV) isn’t profitable, so the beats so far have merely resulted in its posting a smaller loss than Wall Street was expecting. New projects or hiring sprees can bump costs and deficits higher. This is also a competitive market, as tech companies armed with data try to reach out to businesses.

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.

Three for the road
Well, there are three predictions right there. Let’s see how I fare this week.

The article 3 Predictions for the New Week originally appeared on is written by Rick Munarriz.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Tesla Motors and owns shares of Microsoft and Tesla Motors.

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