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Zacks Lists 5 Stocks to Sell Now

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Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) and Impax Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IPXL). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) and Chemtura Corporation (NYSE:CHMT).

To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92

Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why CMI and IPXL have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) announced third -quarter profit of $1.78 per share on November 5, which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 6 cents. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 19.09% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 18 cents per share to $8.43 in the last 30 days. Next year’s estimate also dipped 32 cents per share to $9.05 per share in that time span.

Impax Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IPXL) posted a third -quarter profit of 48 cents per share on November 6, which came in 2 cent wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 fell to a profit of $1.80 per share from $2.05 over the past month with 11 out of 13 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year’s forecasts slipped 70 cents to $1.41 per share in the same time span.

Here is a synopsis of why DD and CHMT have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) third-quarter profit of 44 cents per share, posted on October 23, lagged analysts projections by nearly 4.35%. For 2012, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 64 cent in the last 30 days as 7 out of the 12 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 63 cents to $3.72 per share in the same time span.

Chemtura Corporation (NYSE:CHMT) reported a third-quarter profit of 35 cents per share on November 6, that fell 2.78% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $1.44 per share, compared with the last 30 days projection of $1.52. Next year’s forecast dropped 11 cents per share in the same period.

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About the Zacks Rank

Since 1988, the Zacks Rank has proven that “Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Since inception in 1988, #1 Rank Stocks have generated an average annual return of +28%. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%, while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. Also note that the Zacks Rank system has just as many Strong Sell recommendations (Rank #5) as Strong Buy recommendations (Rank #1). Since 1988, Zacks Rank #5 stocks have significantly underperformed the S&P 500 (2.8% versus +9.7%). Thus, the Zacks Rank system allows investors to truly manage portfolio trading effectively.

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City Index Group

FX Solutions LLC, a leading retail foreign exchange (forex) dealer and part of the City Index group of companies, today announced the launch of capped variable pricing for its U.S. customers.*

The new pricing is available on the MetaTrader4 (MT4) and GTS trading platforms across 28 forex pairs.  Customers can trade on spreads as low as 0.8 pips on EUR/USD and 1 pip on GBP/USD, USD/JPY and AUD/USD.

The pricing aims to move in sync with the underlying market, potentially providing tighter spreads as liquidity improves.  A ‘cap’ or ‘limit’ is placed on the spread with the intent of restricting it from widening more than the listed cap level.

In the opinion of FX Solutions, the ‘cap’ provides advantages over other variable spread providers, whose spreads, without a ‘cap’, can widen excessively around economic events.  Using Capped Variable Pricing, FX Solutions customers can trade more efficiently with potentially lower spreads.

Capped Variable Pricing is the latest addition to FX Solutions’ U.S. offering and follows the expansion of its market analysis and forex education capabilities with the recent appointment of Chief Technical Strategist, James Chen.

To find out more about FX Solutions, please visit www.fxsolutions.com.

About FX Solutions

FX Solutions is a leading foreign exchange broker with a focus on advanced trading technologies, transparency of trading and customer service. To learn more about FX Solutions, please visit www.fxsolutions.com.

Forex trading involves a substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors.  FX Solutions is compensated through a portion of the bid/ask spread.

* While we strive to offer capped pricing (spreads) at all times, there may be occasions where a significant market or world event may force us to widen spreads beyond the caps without prior notice. The last time spreads were widened beyond set levels was February 2009. NZD/USD widened from 5 to 7 pips. Spreads vary based on market conditions, including volatility, liquidity and other factors. The minimum spreads referenced herein are intended to occur periodically in normal market conditions on select currency pairs. The spreads you experience throughout a day will differ.

CONTACT: Michelle Welk, +1-609-750-9114, mwelk@sspr.com

Web Site: http://www.fxsolutions.com

Gold Prices Dip Lower

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Global gold demand in Q3 2012 was 1,084.6 tonnes (t), down 11% from the record Q3 2011 figure of 1,223.5t.   This dip in demand is in comparison with exceptional demand in Q3 last year. Gold demand remains resilient. Q3 2012 was above the five year quarterly average of 984.7t, according to the World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends Report.

In value terms gold demand was 14.0% lower year on year at $57.6bn and the average gold price of $1,652/oz was down 3% on the record average Q3 2011 price.

The key findings from the report are as follows:

  • Global investment in ETFs over the quarter was up significantly by 56% on the previous year.
  • The Indian market is showing signs of recovery, up 9% to 223.1t from 204.8t in Q3 2011 following increases in both jewellery and investment demand. In comparison with Q3 2011 jewellery demand was up 7% to 136.1t and investment demand rose by 12% to 87.0t. Investors moved into the imitation coin market*, up 59%, whilst jewellery increased due to re-stocking ahead of the Indian wedding and festival season. Indians appear to have acclimatised to recent price trends and have been buying into a rising market.
  • In China  demand fell 8% to 176.8t in Q3 2012 from 191.2t in Q3 2011 due to falls in jewellery of 6% and investment of 12% mainly as a result of negative sentiment surrounding China’s slowing economy.  Jewellery demand was 123.8t in Q3 2012, due to a decline in purchases of 18k pieces and a notable slowdown in the expansion of the retail network, as stock-building reduced. Investment demand was down to 53.0t Demand this quarter remains 19% above the longer term average.
  • Central banks bought 97.6t in the quarter. In six out of the last seven quarters, central bank demand has been around 100t, which is a sharp increase from as recently as 2010. The year to date figure for central bank buying is up 9%.

 

Marcus Grubb, Managing Director, Investment at the World Gold Council said:

“Gold is beginning to re-establish itself as part of the fabric of the financial system. In the medium term, the quantitative easing initiatives in the West and the continuing growth story in the East, particularly in India and China, coupled with the seasonally strong quarter coming up in Asia, are excellent indicators for further growth in the gold market.

“Against a backdrop of continued global economic uncertainty and elections in China and the US, it is clear from five year rising demand trends that gold’s fundamental property as a vehicle for capital preservation continues to endure, as evidenced by this quarter’s increase in global ETF investment, up 56% and continued purchasing by central banks, the ultimate long term investors.”

Gold demand and supply statistics for Q3 2012:

  • Third quarter gold demand of 1,084.6t was down 11.0% in comparison to Q3 2011.
  • The value measure of gold demand was 14.0% lower year on year at $57.6bn.
  • The average gold price of $1,652/oz was down 3% on the record average Q3 2011 price.
  • Investment demand (the sum of ETFs and total bar and coin demand) was 429.9t, down 16% compared to the same quarter last year, but was 23% above the five year average.
  • Demand for ETFs and similar products in Q3 was up by 56.0% on the previous year to 136.0t.
  • Demand in the jewellery sector was down 2.0% to 448.8t compared to 458.0t in the same quarter in 2011. The ongoing slowdown in China continued to dampen demand in the second largest regional jewellery market
  • Third quarter demand for gold in the technology sector was down on Q3 2011 by 6.0% at 108.0t though remains stable. Use of gold in electronics has shown a steady level of incremental growth since Q4 2011, driven by demand for tablet devices and mobile phones among others.
  • Both the supply of gold and recycling were down 2% in the third quarter compared to year earlier levels, with mine production down 1% for Q3 2012.

 

The Q3 2012 Gold Demand Trends report, which includes comprehensive data provided by Thomson Reuters GFMS, can be viewed at: http://www.gold.org/media and on our new iPad app which can be downloaded from http://www.itunes.com and a video can be seen here.

Note to editors:

*Imitation coin market in India

In India an imitation coin is the term used to describe a round medallion bought for savings or gift purposes. These coins are generally rectangular, oval or round shapes and more than 50% are expected to be exchanged for jewellery over time. Demand tends to be seasonal, sold mainly during the marriage seasons and at festivals, especially at the time of Diwali.

World Gold Council

The World Gold Council is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Working within the investment, jewellery and technology sectors, as well as engaging in government affairs, our purpose is to provide industry leadership, whilst stimulating and sustaining demand for gold.

We develop gold-backed solutions, services and markets, based on true market insight. As a result, we create structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors.

We provide insights into the international gold markets, helping people to better understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society.

Based in the UK, with operations in India, the Far East, Europe and the US, the World Gold Council is an association whose members include the world’s leading and most forward thinking gold mining companies.

CONTACT: For further information please contact: Melissa McVeigh, World Gold Council, T +44(0)207826-4754, Emelissa.mcveigh@gold.org; Giles Abbott, Capital MSL, T +44(0)20-7307-5340, E giles.abbott@capitalmsl.com

Casino Operators Hot to Trot for Phila.

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced today that it received six applications for the available Category 2 Slot Machine Operator license prior to the close of the application period on Thursday. The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act mandates that this license be awarded to an applicant that would place the facility in the City of Philadelphia.

A Category 2 stand-alone license enables the casino operator to have up to 5,000 slot machines and 250 tables games.

Applications received in the Harrisburg PGCB offices, along with the stated location of the casino, are:

  • Tower Entertainment, LLC (The Provence) at 400 North Broad Street
  • Market East Associates (Casino Philadelphia)at 8th and Market Street
  • Wynn PA, Inc. (Wynn Philadelphia) at 2001 Beach Street, and 2001 through 2005 Richmond Street
  • PHL Local Gaming, LLC (Casino Revolution) at 3333 South Front Street
  • PA Gaming Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Casino Philadelphia) at 700 Packer Avenue
  • Stadium Casino, LLC (Live! Hotel and Casino) at 900 Packer Avenue

The agency will later announce when public versions of the applications will be available on the Board’s web site.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 30 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. The 11 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project grant program, and the state’s General Fund; and, established a new stream of tax revenue to local governments that host casinos for community projects.

A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can watch Board meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.  You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Web Site: http://www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov

Starbucks Acquisition Under Investigation

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Shareholder rights attorneys at Robbins Umeda LLP is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of the law by members of the board of directors of Teavana Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TEA) in connection with their efforts to sell the company to Starbucks Corp. (NASDQ: SBUX).

On November 14, 2012, Teavana and Starbucks announced they had entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Starbucks will acquire Teavana through an all cash tender offer with a total value of $620 million. Teavana shareholders will receive $15.50 per share. Following the completion of the merger, Teavana will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Starbucks.

Board’s Actions May Prevent Teavana Shareholders from Receiving the Maximum Value for Their Stock

Robbins Umeda LLP’s investigation focuses on whether the board of directors at Teavana is undertaking a fair process to obtain maximum value and adequately compensate its shareholders.  The offer price is substantially below the company’s stock price earlier this year and below the company’s stock price during its initial public offering last year.  Further, multiple analysts have set price targets higher than the $15.50 offer price. As recently as September 5, 2012, an analyst from KeyBanc set a target price of $24 per share, and an analyst from Piper Jaffrey set a price of $23 per share on September 4, 2012.  Finally, recently the company has reported impressive results.  On September 4, 2012, Teavana reported its second quarter 2012 earnings results reflecting a 38% increase in net sales and a 3.5% increase in comparable sales over the same quarter in 2011.  Given these financials and the company’s historical stock price, the firm is examining the board of directors’ decision to sell Teavana now rather than allow shareholders to continue to participate in the company’s continued success and future growth prospects.

Teavana shareholders have the option to file a class action lawsuit against the company to secure the best possible price for shareholders and the disclosure of material information so shareholders can vote on the transaction in an informed manner.  Teavana shareholders interested in information about their rights and potential remedies can contact Darnell R. Donahue at (800) 350-6003, ddonahue@robbinsumeda.com, or via the shareholder information form on the firm’s website.

Robbins Umeda LLP is a nationally recognized leader in securities litigation and shareholder rights law. The firm represents individual and institutional investors in shareholder derivative and securities class action lawsuits, and has helped its clients realize more than $1 billion of value for themselves and the companies in which they have invested. For more information, please go to http://www.robbinsumeda.com.

Press release link: http://www.robbinsumeda.com/shareholders-rights-blog/teavana-holdings-inc/

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Stock Market Optimisim Dips Again

 Investors’ confidence dipped somewhat again in the third quarter of 2012, according to the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index®, released today by John Hancock Financial Services.  Investor sentiment declined by two points to +17 in the third quarter compared with a score of +19 in the second quarter of this year. The shift was driven by a drop in positive attitudes toward investing in bonds partially offset by very small upticks in stocks and real estate.

It was the second consecutive two-point drop quarter to quarter for the Index, which also declined from +21 in Q1 2012 to +19 in Q2 2012.  Still, the Index remains above the +15 score in the fourth quarter of 2011, and well above its low of +10 in the third quarter of 2011.

The John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index® is a quarterly measure of investors’ views on a range of investment choices, life goals, and economic outlook, as well as their confidence in these areas.  The John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index® is derived from a quarterly poll of approximately 1,000 investors, and reflects the percentage of those who say they believe it is a “good” or “very good” time to invest, minus those who feel the opposite. The third quarter survey was conducted from mid-to late August of 2012.

Investors’ views on most types of investments remained largely unchanged in the third quarter of 2012 compared with the year’s second quarter. Forty-nine percent of investors in the third quarter said it was a good time to invest in stocks compared to 48 percent in the second quarter. Nearly 25 percent thought it was a good time to invest in bonds (24 percent), down slightly from 27 percent in Q2.

However, several measures have changed significantly compared with levels of one year ago. Investors were more bullish on stocks in Q3 of this year, with 49 percent saying it was a good time to invest in them, which is up from 41 percent in the third quarter of 2011. Fifty-one percent of investors had positive views of balanced mutual funds in Q3 of 2012, which also is up significantly from 42 percent in Q2 of last year.

Optimism seems to be rising in certain areas. Positive attitudes are increasing toward retirement products, with 73 percent saying it is a good time to contribute to 401(k) plans or IRAs, whereas in the third quarter of last year that number for IRAs was 67 percent and 66 percent for 401(k) plans.  While healthcare costs remain a major worry for investors, the share of investors ranking it highest as a concern (56 percent) is down significantly from 64 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

However not all themes are positive.  Optimism about stock market growth has waned.  Significantly fewer investors now think the Dow will close above 13,000 in June of 2013 (67 percent), compared with 74 percent in the second quarter of 2012 who thought the market would reach that level. And compared with the second quarter of this year, more people are worried about being able to save enough for retirement (33 percent in Q3 of this year versus 27 percent who were worried in Q2).

“Investors are showing consistency in their attitudes toward many investment products, and seem to be saying there isn’t much on the horizon that would cause them to change their views,” said Bill Cheney, John Hancock’s Chief Economist.  “We are continuing to see positive trends, for example with investors remaining committed to investing in retirement plans such as 401(k)s and IRAs. Nine in ten investors (88 percent) are confident in their ability to maintain a financially secure retirement. And 94 percent of those we surveyed describe themselves as long-term investors.”

Among the findings for Q3 2012:

  • Investors predicted that blue chip stocks will perform best over the next six months. Twenty-four percent said this, up sharply from 17 percent who thought so in the third quarter of 2011. Small caps have the best outlook according to 13 percent of investors, whereas seven percent thought so a year ago.
  • Of the major issues facing the US, investors’ chief concern continued to be the level of the national debt (62 percent), which replaced healthcare costs as the top concern
  • Nearly four in ten investors (36 percent) predicted that the inflation rate will be four percent or higher two years from now, while just 21 percent thought inflation will run at less than three percent.
  • Saving for retirement remained investors’ biggest financial priority (34 percent said this).  As a top priority, paying down debt has dropped in importance, with nine percent saying it is most important to them compared with 14 percent who said so in Q3 of last year.

About the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Survey
John Hancock’s Investor Sentiment Survey is a quarterly poll of investors.  The survey measures investors’ feelings about the current economic climate and their evaluations of what represents a good or bad investment given the current environment.  The poll also asks consumers about their confidence in reaching key financial goals and likelihood of purchasing financial products and services.

This online survey was conducted by independent research firm Mathew Greenwald & Associates.  A total of 1,027 investors were surveyed August 13 th  to August 24 th  2012. Respondents were selected from among members of Research Now’s online research panel.  To qualify, respondents were required to participate at least to some extent in their household’s financial decision-making process, have a household income of at least $75,000, and assets of $100,000.

The data were weighted by age and education to reflect the population of Americans matching the survey’s qualification requirements. In a similarly-sized random sample survey, the margin of error would be plus or minus 3.12 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.  Due to rounding and missing categories, numbers presented may not always total to 100 percent.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, John Hancock celebrates 150 years of serving clients across the United States, while Manulife celebrates its 125th anniversary. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com .

CONTACT: Beth McGoldrick, +1-617-663-4751, bmcgoldrick@jhancock.com

Web Site: http://www.jhancock.com

Sound Business Plan is Crucial to Success-Video

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All the experts will all tell you that a sound business plan is an absolute must if you’re going to make it in the business world. Forget about the info-commercials and ads that show you the mansions, expensive cars and suitcases full of money. All of that is just a sales pitch to get you to buy into a program that promises that you’ll be filthy stinking rich almost overnight with very little work.  Unfortunately the real world just doesn’t work that way. As they say, if it was that easy then everybody would be doing it and it wouldn’t have any value. To get on the right track to a real and successful business, watch the video below.

 

 

 

It’s a story that’s not new because we’ve all heard it so many times before over the years. Only the names have changed. New guy takes over the top spot in the company. Results are nothing to write home about or brag about at the golf course, but top guy still gets super achiever raises. Any manager below him would have been fired  a long time ago, or money taken out of his check for poor performance. Where’s the justice?

Let’s hear it for the corporate boss who gets a 20% raise — or maybe 88%, depending how you count — when his company lost shareholders 6.4% for the year, saw returns trail the S&P 500 by 8.5 percentage points, and has seen returns trail its industry by 12 points over the last three years.

This man of steel — whose compensation can withstand the slings and arrows of muddled performance — is none other than the chairman and chief executive of steelmaker Nucor (NUE), Daniel R. DiMicco. According to the proxy filed this morning, DiMicco’s total compensation rose to $8.1 million for 2011, from $6.8 million in 2010. The biggest chunk of that change came from his cash bonus, which rose to $1.5 million from $540,000.

That’s using the standard compensation calculation required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. But like many companies chafing at the comp-disclosure bit, Nucor offers an “alternative” calculus —  and one that is even more eye-opening: By Nucor’s measure, DiMicco’s 2011 pay rose a whopping 88% over the prior year, to $5.3 million from $2.8 million. (The chief difference between the two measures is that the “alternative” attempts to exclude “compensation that may possibly be earned but is not guaranteed” by ignoring options and reducing the stock-award value by some voodoo the company doesn’t explain very clearly.)

 Shareholders, meantime, would have done better to invest in just about any major stock index during 2011 (the period covered by the proxy). The one place shareholders would have done worse, on a total-return basis, is the rest of the steel industry, and we do have to give Nucor some credit here. Nucor outstripped the steel industry by 28 points in 2011, after trailing it by 9 points in 2010 and by 107 points in 2009. DiMicco has run the company since 2000, and has been chairman since 2006; looking over the past three, five and 10 years, the company’s total return has trailed the steel industry’s by between 5 and 12 percentage points, and the S&P 500 by even more.
The shareholders of  this company would have been a lot better off by spreading the risk into other investments. Get #1 Strong Buy Picks from Zacks

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If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck…

The same is true for picking stocks. When you see a stock like this that’s showing consistent positive results, it’s not a duck. It’s a winner and the thing to do now is to jump on it and grab it with both hands.

Wesco (WCC) delivered three consecutive positive earnings surprises that have shown earnings acceleration. Add in some higher estimates and you have all the components of a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

Company Description

Wesco International, Inc. is a leading provider of electrical products and other industrial MRO supplies and services in North America. The company is also a provider of Integrated Supply services. Their Integrated Supply solutions and outsourcing services fulfill a customer’s industrial MRO procurement needs through a highly automated, proprietary electronic procurement and inventory replenishment system. It operates 400 branches and 8 distribution centers located in North America and internationally. WESCO International, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WCC Tops Expectations Three Straight Times

WCC has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last three quarters. One of the beats, in the September 2011 quarter saw the company post earnings of $1.13, $0.09 ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.04. The stock then moved higher by 10% after that 8.6% beat.

The string of beats started in the June 2011 quarter when the company posted EPS of one dollar, but that was seven cents ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.93. The stock moved higher by nearly 7% following the report.

WCC Recently Reported Earnings

On January 26, 2012 the company reported revenue of $1.59 billion roughly $63 million more than the Zacks Consensus Estimate and up from the $1.33 billion reported in the year ago period. EPS of $1.12 was $0.15 ahead of the estimate or a 15% beat. As a result the stock moved higher by about 6.5%.

Aggressive growth investors love to see beats, but they love it even more when the company increases the acceleration of earnings momentum with stronger beats on an absolute and percentage basis. WCC has done just that in its last three beats.

Earnings Estimates Bumped Up

Following the most recent earnings report, analysts bumped up their earnings estimates for 2012. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 EPS moved from $4.34 in December 2011 to the current level of $4.70.

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Tax Cuts, Political Promises and Outright Lies

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As the election year wears on we’re constantly being bombarded by the political machines of the candidates. They all think that they have the best plan to fix the economy, cut taxes, put more money in your pocket and create more jobs. They all promise the voters the best of all worlds but the stark reality after the election is always somthing a lot different. Here’s one take on reality…

A number of proposals on taxes and the budget have come out recently, one by President Obama, one by Mitt Romney, and one by a friend, John Mauldin.

Every one of the proposals are fatally flawed, most of the for multiple reasons. Before one can fix a problem one must understand it.

In general, Democrats want to raise taxes and spend money.

Republicans on the other hand generally want to cut taxes and spend money. Military spending and Medicare spending both soared under Republican. Bush signed a disastrous Medicare bill.

Both parties claim to be against deficit spending. However, if neither party wants deficit spending then why are their deficits?

Before we get to what’s wrong let’s take a short look at some recent proposals.

Tax Cuts to Prosperity

Mitt Romney proposes A Tax Reform to Restore America’s Prosperity

First, I will make an across-the-board, 20% reduction in marginal individual income tax rates.

Second, I will reduce the corporate tax rate to 25% from 35%, transition from a world-wide taxation system to a territorial one, and make the R&D tax credit permanent.

Third, I will promote savings and investment by maintaining the low 15% rate on capital gains, interest and qualified dividends, and eliminate the tax entirely for those with annual income below $200,000.

Fourth, I will take long overdue steps to correct failures in the tax code. I will abolish the death tax, whose primary effect today is to foster elaborate schemes for transferring wealth. I will also repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax, which was intended to make the code simpler and fairer but has accomplished precisely the opposite.

Fifth, I will bring stability to the tax code by making these changes permanent.

A Simple Question

Excuse me for asking a simple question: How the hell are you going to pay for this?

What spending cuts would Romney make? He did not have the decency to say.

Take another look at point number 5. It’s a blatant lie. There is no way to make changes permanent. Any Congress at any time can make tax changes undoing prior Congressional actions.

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So who are we to believe? Your guess is as good anybody’s. Just put all the names in a hat and pick one. Works every time for me.

 

 

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