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Comeback kids? These stocks underperformed but are expected to rally

The Carnival Radiance cruise ship at the Avalon, California, harbor on May 19, 2023.

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Multiple stocks are lagging the market this year, but Wall Street says don’t write them off yet — they could soon be due for a turnaround.

The S&P 500 rose 3.1% in March alone, putting it 10.2% higher for the year. That performance also brought signs that the narrow market rally may be broadening out; the energy sector is ahead almost 13% so far this year, while financials have climbed almost 12%, both groups besting the the broad market’s gains.

With this in mind, CNBC Pro screened for stocks in the S&P 500 that might be positioned for a rebound this year. The companies in the screen all met the following criteria:

  • Lagging the market, but not collapsing: they are flat to down 10% year to date
  • Well-liked by analysts: consensus rating is a buy
  • Upside potential: average price target is 20% or higher than the stock’s current level 

Take a look at where analysts see some of these stocks headed next: 

Underperforming stocks that are expected to make a comeback

Symbol Company Perf (YTD) Price Target upside (%) Analyst Consensus
CZR Caesars Entertainment Inc -8.9 37 Buy
INCY Incyte Corp -9.9 33 Buy
CCL Carnival Corp -8.1 24 Buy
GEN Gen Digital Inc -4.0 24 Buy
BKR Baker Hughes Co -3.9 23 Buy
MTCH Match Group Inc -2.3 22 Buy
LW Lamb Weston Holdings Inc -2.3 21 Buy
VICI VICI Properties Inc -8.6 21 Buy
RVTY Revvity Inc -5.4 21 Buy
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc -6.5 20 Buy

Source: FactSet, CNBC Pro

Online dating platforms service Match Group is one of the underperforming stocks that could make a comeback this year. Shares were down 2.3% in 2024 thru the open Wednesday March 27, but the average price target implies around 22% upside potential, according to FactSet.  

Match was also highlighted as one of Goldman Sachs’ favorite asset-light stocks earlier this month.

UnitedHealth Group is another market laggard with promise. According to the consensus analyst price target, the stock could rise 20.1%, per FactSet. Currently, the stock is down about 6.5% in 2024, as of the middle of last week. By comparison, the broader health care sector is up 8.3% over the same *******. 

The healthcare company is dealing with the fallout of a cybersecurity breach from February. As a result, it has paid out more than $3.3 billion to providers affected by the hack.

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UnitedHealth Group versus the Health Care Select SPDR Fund

Casino and hotel company Caesars Entertainment also made the list. The stock was down around 8.9% for the year through the middle of last week, but the average price target on the stock suggests shares could bounce back nearly 37%. 

Cruise line operator Carnival was down 8.1%, but could climb up back into the green this year. Analysts forecast shares gaining 24.3% from their current levels. 

Carnival posted mixed results for the first-quarter last Wednesday. Although its reported revenue of $5.41 billion fell short of the $5.43 billion forecast by analysts polled by LSEG, its adjusted loss per share of 14 cents was better than the 18 cent loss estimated by the Street. Management’s guidance for the full-year matched Wall Street’s expectations.

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Carnival Cruise Lines in 2024

— CNBC’s Fred Imbert contributed reporting

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