Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Floor & Decor Holdings, Verona Pharma, Emerald Expositions Events, Carvana and Couldera

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Chicago, IL - May 01, 2017 - Today, Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights Features: Floor & Decor Holdings (NYSE: FND- Free Report ), Verona Pharma (NASDAQ: VRNA- Free Report ), Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE: EEX- Free Report ), Carvana (NYSE: CVNA- Free Report ) and Couldera (NYSE: CLDR- Free Report ).

IPOs Tell Us the Market Is Moving Higher

The IPO window is wide open, as a number of new stocks came to the market for the first time this week. Today we have a few new names so let's take a look at them which stocks are set to see new coverage next week.

8 IPO's

One of the more successful deals this week was Floor & Decor Holdings (NYSE: FND- Free Report ) which priced 8.82M shares at $21, well above the $16-$18 expected range. The stock opened at $30.25 and has traded as high as $32.45. The CEO appeared on new media and suggest a reason for the success for the company has been the money invested in stores. This has helped the company compete with Home Depot and Amazon.

Seeing far less action was Verona Pharma (NASDAQ: VRNA- Free Report ) which increased the offering size from 4.45M to 5.77M shares and priced them at $13.50, a penny above the expected range. Since the IPO yesterday, the stock has basically held serve right at $13.50. I see only about 20K shares traded today, so this stock will likely remain rather thin.

Two Weaker Deals

Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE: EEX- Free Report ) saw the expected range of 18-20 turn out to be a bit too much and they priced 15.5M shares at $17. The stock opened at $18.73 and at the time of writing this it was trading at $19.29, up 2.29 for a 13% gain. Despite the weak pricing, investors have decided to give this trade show company a chance.

Carvana (NYSE: CVNA- Free Report ) is a platform for buying used cars, and they priced shares at the middle of the expected range of $14-$16. While the 15M shares were sold at $15, they opened much softer at $13.71. The stock continued to slide at I see it hitting a low of $12.50 on stiff volume of 7.5M shares.

Head In The Clouds

It seems that cloud stocks just keep coming and today we have another one with an interesting valuation story. Couldera (NYSE: CLDR- Free Report ) priced 15M shares at $15, one dollar over the top of the expected range. The stock opened at $17.86 and ran up to $19 and could be destined for a higher price or maybe even a deal down the road.

I make that speculation because the company saw a $766.5M investment from Intel back in 2014 at a valuation of just under $31 per share. That means the $15 IPO price is a brutal beat down of more than 50% for the chip maker. That said, could they be looking to buy the other 78% of the company they don't already own? At this price, it wouldn't be surprising to see the company add to their position.

Shares of CLDR topped out around $19.33 today, but over the longer term this stock could one to watch.

Why This Is All Good In The 'Hood

The stock market was stronger this week due to the French elections and the anticipation of Trump Tax reform. Lost in those bigger stories was the strong IPO market which means that the economy in general is likely to remain strong.

Venture capital companies are seeing more exits and then putting more cash to work in new company's. This is a big part of the economic lifecycle, so seeing several strong IPOs this week is a good thing.

Four deals are slated to price next week, so the hits look to keep coming and that tells me the market is probably going to continue moving higher.

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