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Zacks Latest List of Top Stocks to Buy

Zacks Latest List of Top Stocks to Buy

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Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE: GB), B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS), Healthstream, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSTM) and Corn Products International (NYSE: CPO).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:          

Aggressive Growth – Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE: GB)

Earnings season is in full swing so let’s take a look at one of the recent surprises. Greatbatch, Inc. came in ahead of expectations, but how are analysts reacting to this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS)

Estimates have been rising for B&G Foods, Inc. after the company delivered solid third quarter results. It is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stock.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310

Momentum – Healthstream, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSTM)

Healthstream, Inc. is trading in a class of its own, recently hitting a new 52-week high on another great quarter. With an average earnings surprise of 42% over the last four quarters and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock offers a healthy stream of momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311

Value – Corn Products International (NYSE: CPO)

Looking for a food play? Corn Products International is expected to grow earnings by the double digits for the second year in a row in 2011 despite challenging macroeconomic conditions. Sales rose 60% in the third quarter. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is also a value, with a forward P/E of just 10.3.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!) –  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4312

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free – http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154

Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.”  Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

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Each weekday, new Zacks #1 Rank or Zacks #2 Rank stock picks are released on the free email newsletter, Profit from the Pros. Investors are invited to register for their free subscription here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=91

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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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Top Stocks from Zacks Buy List

Top Stocks from Zacks Buy List

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Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. The industry’s leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.

The four highlighted picks are: Polypore International Inc. (NYSE: PPO), W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) and Gafisa S.A. (NYSE: GFA).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ”Buy” stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today’s selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:          

Aggressive Growth – Polypore International Inc. (NYSE: PPO)

Polypore International Inc. analysts keep raising estimates and the company continues to top their expectations. This Zacks #2 Rank (Buy) may not be the best value, but the earnings are showing a fantastic growth story.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW)

W.W. Grainger, Inc. is still showing no signs of a slowdown. The company, which distributes maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, recently delivered it 6th consecutive positive earnings surprise on strong sales growth.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!) – http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310

Momentum – Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ)

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. continues its awesome performance in 2011, recently jumping into a new all-time high on strong Q3 results. With an average earnings surprise of 14% over the last four quarters and bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock offers a delicious take on momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311

Value – Gafisa S.A. (NYSE: GFA)

Stocks have pulled back quite a bit over fears of another recession in the United States. This has hit emerging market stocks particularly hard. But the Brazilian economy is showing no signs of a slowdown, leading to some very attractive valuations in Brazilian equities.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!) –  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4312

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free – http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154

Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. from M.I.T. found that “earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.”  Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms.  It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.

Then, when changes are discovered, they’re applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

More Free Stock Picks

Each weekday, new Zacks #1 Rank or Zacks #2 Rank stock picks are released on the free email newsletter, Profit from the Pros. Investors are invited to register for their free subscription here: http://at.zacks.com/?id=91

Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/zacksresearch

Join us on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ZacksInvestmentResearch

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today said it will raise its quarterly cash dividend 31 percent.  The new quarterly dividend will be $0.17 per share of common stock, resulting in annual dividend payments of $0.68 per common share.  The current quarterly dividend is $0.13 per share.

The increase reflects the strategic shift of TI’s product portfolio to a greater percentage of analog and embedded processing technologies, which generate high returns on investment and strong cash flow.

“This dividend increase reflects the strength of our strategy, our confidence in our future, and our commitment to shareholders,” said Rich Templeton, TI chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The new quarterly cash dividend will be payable November 21, 2011, to stockholders of record on October 31, 2011, contingent upon formal declaration by the Board of Directors at its regular meeting in October.

This is the eighth consecutive year TI has increased its dividend.  The company has paid dividends to its shareholders on an uninterrupted basis since June 1, 1962.

Safe Harbor Statement

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This release includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as TI or its management “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “foresees,” “forecasts,” “estimates” or other words or phrases of similar import.  Similarly, statements herein that describe TI’s business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements.  All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements.

We urge you to carefully consider the following important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations of TI or its management:

  • Market demand for semiconductors, particularly in key markets such as communications, computing, industrial and consumer electronics;
  • TI’s ability to maintain or improve profit margins, including its ability to utilize its manufacturing facilities at sufficient levels to cover its fixed operating costs, in an intensely competitive and cyclical industry;
  • TI’s ability to develop, manufacture and market innovative products in a rapidly changing technological environment;
  • TI’s ability to compete in products and prices in an intensely competitive industry;
  • TI’s ability to maintain and enforce a strong intellectual property portfolio and obtain needed licenses from third parties;
  • Expiration of license agreements between TI and its patent licensees, and market conditions reducing royalty payments to TI;
  • Economic, social and political conditions in the countries in which TI, its customers or its suppliers operate, including security risks, health conditions, possible disruptions in transportation networks and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • Natural events such as severe weather and earthquakes in the locations in which TI, its customers or its suppliers operate;
  • Availability and cost of raw materials, utilities, manufacturing equipment, third-party manufacturing services and manufacturing technology;
  • Changes in the tax rate applicable to TI as the result of changes in tax law, the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed, the outcome of tax audits and the ability to realize deferred tax assets;
  • Changes in laws and regulations to which TI or its suppliers are or may become subject, such as those imposing fees or reporting or substitution costs relating to the discharge of emissions into the environment or the use of certain raw materials in our manufacturing processes;
  • Losses or curtailments of purchases from key customers and the timing and amount of distributor and other customer inventory adjustments;
  • Customer demand that differs from our forecasts;
  • The financial impact of inadequate or excess TI inventory that results from demand that differs from projections;
  • Impairments of our non-financial assets;
  • Product liability or warranty claims, claims based on epidemic or delivery failure or recalls by TI customers for a product containing a TI part;
  • TI’s ability to recruit and retain skilled personnel;
  • Timely implementation of new manufacturing technologies, installation of manufacturing equipment and the ability to obtain needed third-party foundry and assembly/test subcontract services; and
  • TI’s obligation to make principal and interest payments on its debt.

 

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, see the Risk Factors discussion in Item 1A of TI’s most recent Form 10-K and of TI’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.  The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and TI undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 80,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun.  Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do – from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities.  This is just the beginning of our story.  Learn more at www.ti.com.

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Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that its Board of Directors declared its quarterly cash dividend of $0.175 per share of common stock, which corresponds to an annual dividend rate of $0.70 per share.  This quarterly dividend will be payable on October 14, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2011.

About Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. Weight Watchers holds over 45,000 meetings each week where members receive group support and learn about healthy eating patterns, behavior modification and physical activity. WeightWatchers.com provides innovative, subscription weight management products over the Internet and is the leading Internet-based weight management provider in the world. In addition, Weight Watchers offers a wide range of products, publications and programs for those interested in weight loss and weight control.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements because actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied. The reports filed by the Company pursuant to United States securities laws contain discussions of these risks and uncertainties. The Company assumes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (which are available from the SEC’s EDGAR database at www.sec.gov, at various SEC reference facilities in the United States and via the Company’s website at www.weightwatchersinternational.com ).

Contact Information:
Investors:
Weight Watchers International, Inc. Brainerd Communicators, Inc.
Sarika Sahni Corey Kinger
Investor Relations (212) 986-6667
(212) 589-2751

http://www.weightwatchers.com

New S&P 500 Index Options Product Begins Trading

CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) announced today that it will begin trading SPXpm, its new S&P 500 Index options product, on Tuesday, October 4.  SPXpm options will be traded on the Company’s all-electronic C2 Options Exchange (C2).

C2’s SPXpm product is a cash-settled index option based on the S&P 500 Index, the premier benchmark of the broader U.S. market.  SPXpm is similar in structure to the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) flagship S&P 500 SPX contract, the most-actively-traded U.S. index option product, except it has “p.m.” settlement.

“We are pleased to announce a launch date for what we believe will be another major product for CBOE Holdings,” said CBOE Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William J. Brodsky.  “In designing an electronic compliment to our flagship SPX option, we worked closely with customers to create the “best in class” among electronically traded S&P 500 products. The result is a product tailored to provide point-and-click access to the S&P 500 Index, with greater efficiency, greater control and lower costs.”

One SPXpm option contract is ten times larger than one SPDR ETF options contract (SPY), significantly lowering the cost of accessing a p.m.-settled S&P 500 contract.  The new contract also features the ease of cash settlement, as opposed to physical settlement in ETF options.  Finally, SPXpm uses European exercise, which eliminates the risk of early assignment.

SPXpm should appeal to a diverse group of customers including active traders, high-net-worth investors, retail online users and high frequency traders.  OTC participants may use SPXpm as an exchange-traded alternative that eliminates counterparty risk.

With SPXpm’s launch on C2, trading alongside SPX on CBOE, customers will have two very deep pools of liquidity in which to trade S&P 500 cash index options – one that favors the convenience of screen trading, and one that provides the flexibility afforded by floor trading to negotiate large, complex orders.

SPXpm Contract Specifications:
Symbol SPXpm
Settlement PM-settled, European style exercise
Multiplier $100
Premium Quote Stated in decimals. One point equals $100. Minimum tick for options trading below 3.00 is 0.05 ($5.00) and for all other series, 0.10 ($10.00).
Strike Price Intervals The minimum interval for SPXpm options shall be no less than five points.
Expiration Months Up to twelve near-term contracts.  LEAPS may also be listed.
Expiration Date Saturday following the third Friday of the expiration month.
Last Trading Day Trading in SPXpm options will ordinarily cease on the business day (usually a Friday) preceding the expiration date.
Trading Hours 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (CT)

A complete overview of SPXpm can be found at: http://www.cboe.com/SPXpm.

CBOE Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), C2 Options Exchange and other subsidiaries.  CBOE, the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education. CBOE offers equity, index and ETF options, including proprietary products, such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX). Other products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, LEAPS options, FLEX options, and benchmark products such as the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). CBOE’s Hybrid Trading System incorporates electronic and open-outcry trading, enabling customers to choose their trading method. CBOE’s Hybrid is powered by CBOEdirect, a proprietary, state-of-the-art electronic platform that also supports C2 Options Exchange (C2), the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), CBOE Stock Exchange (CBSX) and OneChicago. CBOE is home to the world-renowned Options Institute and www.cboe.com, named “Best of the Web” for options information and education.

CBOE is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with all trades cleared by the OCC.

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CBOE-C2

CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CBSX®, CBOE Stock Exchange®, CFE®, CBOEdirect®, FLEX®, Hybrid®, LEAPS®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and BuyWrite(SM), BXM(SM), SPX(SM), CBOE Futures Exchange(SM) and The Options Institute are servicemarks of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE).  SPXpm(SM), C2(SM), and C2 Options Exchange(SM) are service marks of C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (C2).  Standard & Poor’s®, S&P®, S&P 500® and SPDR® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC and have been licensed for use by CBOE and C2.  SPXpm is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor’s, and Standard & Poor’s makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in SPXpm.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are those statements that reflect our expectations, assumptions or projections about the future and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including: legislative or regulatory changes; changes in law or government policy; increasing competition; loss of our exclusive licenses; decrease in trading volumes; an inability to introduce competitive new products and services; competitive pressures on our existing products, services and trading access fees; changes in price levels and volatility in the derivatives and equity markets; economic, political and market conditions; increases in our fixed costs and expenses; loss of existing customers; difficulty developing strategic relationships and attracting new customers; increased costs related to, or the loss of, intellectual property; rapid technological developments; increases in trading volume and order transaction traffic that we cannot accommodate; our ability to maintain our growth effectively; damage to our reputation and brand name; loss of market data revenue; detrimental changes to our fee structure; failure to effectively monitor and manage our risks; customer consolidation; and changes to the tax treatment for options trading.

More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the SEC, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and other filings made from time to time with the SEC.

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Capital Financial Global, Inc. (OTC:CFGX), announced today that it has acquired a 100% interest in the St. Louis Gold Mine in Clark County, Nevada.

The St. Louis Mine is comprised of Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic, and Antarctic Lode patented gold and silver mining claims situated on 85.54 acres of property located in Clark Country, Nevada, approximately four miles north of Searchlight, Nevada, a well-known gold mining area.

The move is consistent with the Company’s stated long term strategy to back its lending operation by gold and precious metals so it can be insulated against another credit crisis, wherein much of the world’s core assets were devalued almost overnight.

“I want to make sure the back-bone of this company consists of assets that have intrinsic value and that can be freely traded anywhere in the world without being subject to third-party appraisals or local housing prices, and precious metals are really good for that,” said Mr. Paul Norat, CEO of Capital Financial Global, Inc.

Mr. Norat further stated, “Every monetary system in the world is supposed to be backed by gold, it only makes sense that we aspire to do the same.”

About Capital Financial Global, Inc.

Capital Financial Global, Inc. (OTC:CFGX) is a specialty finance company that facilitates the movement of credit and illiquid assets in the secondary debt markets, by originating new loans, buying and selling existing loans, and by converting assets upon which these loans are secured into cash or trade-able form.  The company is publicly traded on the OTC Markets trading system under the symbol CFGX.

Our Business Model

The Company makes money by originating new loans, buying and selling existing loans, and by converting assets upon which these loans are secured into cash or trade-able form.

Our Basic Strategy

The Company looks for opportunities for arbitrage by exploiting price differences in assets and interest rates due to distressed economic conditions rather than deterioration in the intrinsic value of the assets themselves.

Market Segments

The market segments the Company operates in are: residential & commercial real estate, insurance trusts and pension funds, precious metals, and investment grade government securities. The Company will also aggressively pursue any other opportunities that falls within its overall strategy.

Forward-looking statements:

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends, projections of results of specific activities or investments, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include but are not limited to, risk factors inherent in doing business. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” “potential,” or “continue,” or similar terms or the negative of these terms. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The company has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Capital Financial Global, Inc.
www.capfiglobal.com
Email: ir@capfiglobal.com
Tel:  801-747-2000

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

New Biweekly Research Note from S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies Delivers Institutional Market View of Fundamentals, Fixed-Income, Equities, Derivatives and Capital Markets

S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies today announced the release of its Lookout Report for August 12, 2011, featuring market insights on Q2 corporate earnings season, leveraged loan trends and more. The report, which is a biweekly research note that draws upon S&P’s unique analytics assets – Capital IQ, S&P Indices, S&P Leveraged Commentary and Data, S&P Equity Research and S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies Research – is available here.

The longstanding debate in the financial markets between defensive-minded investors and more optimistic growth-oriented investors reached a crescendo this past week as a market of cautious optimism quickly became a market dominated by negative uncertainty. While acknowledging and evaluating developing risks to the intermediate outlook for the economy and markets, the S&P VRS research team remains bullish on the U.S. economy for reasons outlined in research articles that are summarized below

Following are some of the highlights in the August 12, 2011 edition of the Lookout Report:

  • S&P Indices Commentary: The Case For Dividends

With current volatility in mind, Standard & Poor’s Indices thinks there is a case to be made for long-term dividend investing. Over time, dividends add significant value to a stock, while they also carry lower betas, so they are less volatile in both good and bad markets. The appeal of dividend investing lies in the fact that an investor will get paid if the market is up or down.

  • Leveraged Commentary And Data: The U.S. Downgrade Appears Negative To The Loan Market

The implications for default rates are neutral in the near term and negative for 2012 to 2013. In terms of fundraising, managers say the short-term effect of the downgrade will be negative, perhaps deeply so, but in the longer term, loans may continue to appeal to investors concerned about inflation.

  • R2P Corporate Bond Monitor

Financial market instability has certainly increased both market and credit risks in recent weeks. According to two of the components of our proprietary Risk-to-Price (R2P) corporate bond value scoring algorithm, risks have risen considerably on both fronts.

  • Market Derived Signal Commentary: Despite The Downgrade, The CDS Market’s View Of U.S. Creditworthiness Stabilizes

Despite Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States of America, the U.S. CDS appears to currently be the least risky sovereign in the world. Although we think the country’s CDS will remain sensitive to ongoing political discussions, we expect the spread to remain near current levels, barring an unforeseen catalyst.

The Lookout Report provides cross-market and cross-asset class views of current data and forward-looking insights from leading S&P market specialists.  Key areas of focus include aggregated corporate earnings, market and credit risk evaluation, capital markets activity, index investing and proprietary data and analytics.  The report previews the issues most likely to drive market expectations or cause a market disturbance in the weeks ahead.   It can be accessed on S&P.com, the S&P Global Credit Portal and Capital IQ.

About Standard & Poor’s

Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor’s is an essential part of the world’s financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for over 150 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit www.standardandpoors.com
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The Editorial Advisory and Securities Review Committee of BetterInvesting Magazine today announced Thoratec Corporation (NDQ: THOR) as its October 2011 “Stock to Study” and Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) as its October 2011 “Undervalued Stock” for investors’ informational and educational use.

“The committee chose Thoratec because of its historical high growth, strong current fundamentals and continued opportunities for its medical devices for circulatory support,” said Adam Ritt, editor of BetterInvesting Magazine. “For the Undervalued selection, the committee cited Praxair’s attractive business model, which relies on long-term contracts with its industrial-gas customers, and opportunities in emerging markets.” Check BetterInvesting Magazine’s October issue for more details about these selections.

Committee members are Robert M. Bilkie, Jr., CFA; Daniel J. Boyle, CFA; Philip S. Dano, CFA; Donald E. Danko, CFA; Maury Elvekrog, CFA; Walter J. Kirchberger, CFA; Marisa Lenhard, CFA; and Paul McVey, CFA.

As stated, the BetterInvesting committee’s Stock to Study and Undervalued Stock choices are for the informational and educational uses of investors and are not intended as investment recommendations. BetterInvesting urges investors to educate themselves about the stock market so they can make informed decisions about stock purchases. For more information about investment education tools available to individual investors and investment clubs visit www.betterinvesting.org.

BetterInvesting Magazine is published monthly by BetterInvesting.
BetterInvesting is the brand identity of the National Association of Investors Corporation, a national, nonprofit association with members consisting of individual investors and investment clubs. Founded in 1951 and with headquarters in Madison Heights, Mich., BetterInvesting is considered the voice of the individual investor, as well as the pioneer of the modern investment club movement. BetterInvesting is dedicated to providing a sound program of investment education and information to help its members become successful long-term, lifetime investors. For more information about BetterInvesting, visit its website at www.betterinvesting.org or call toll free (877) 275-6242. For additional BetterInvesting data and news releases, visit the Media Center at www.betterinvesting.org/mediacenter.

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Zacks Releases Strong Sell List

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): Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) and Watsco, Incorporated (NYSE: WSO). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) and Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED).

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 AMN and WSO 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:

Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) announced second-quarter profit of 11 cents per share on July 8 that missed analysts’ expectations by 81.7%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped to $1.40 per share from $1.95 per share in the last 30 days as next year’s estimate dipped 9 cents per share to $3.45 per share in that time span.

Watsco, Incorporated (NYSE: WSO) posted a second-quarter profit of $1.09 per share on July 26, which came in 21 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $2.91 per share from $3.20 per share over the past month. For 2012, analysts expect a profit of $3.59 per share, compared to last month’s projection for a profit of $3.96 per share.

Here is a synopsis of why REGN and AMED 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;

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) second-quarter loss of 69 cents per share, posted on July 28, lagged analysts’ projections by 68.29%. Estimate for current year slid 45 cent per share to a loss of $2.33 per share over the past month as next year’s estimate dipped 35 cents per share to a loss of $1.30 per share in that time span.

Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) reported a second-quarter profit of 67 cents per share on August 2 that fell 2.90% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently $2.30 per share, compared with last month’s projection of $3 per share. Next year’s forecast dropped to $2.93 per share from $3.09 per share in the same period.

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Gold Prices Rise on Russian Gold Purchase


The price of gold is expected to increase $6 to $10 a day until an agreement is reached by the House of Representatives according to Regal Assets. While most investors remain optimistic that there will be a deal reached by the deadline, the topic is causing other areas of the US economy to be exposed such as state debt and bank closures.

According to the FDIC three banks were closed on Friday by the regulators taking the count of U.S. bank closures in 2011 to 58 averaging about 8 per month. The 157 bank closures in 2010 was up from 140 in 2009, and more than six times of the 25 bank failures in 2008. Only three banks failed in 2007.

The stress of US local debt to the national debt has international investors demanding gold bullion over the US dollar. The Central Banks of the Russian Federation keep about 50 percent of its reserves in United States dollars released its official international reserves statement showing a net accumulation of more than 200,000 ounces of gold.

Tyler Gallagher of Regal Assets says “Russia’s gold behavior is grounded in the country’s hard-learned lessons about commodity markets”. Since its financial crisis in 1998, Russia has enacted policies intended to counterbalance the historical cycles of commodity prices to protect the economy during downturns. China, which is facing high inflation, has a 10-year gold buying plan for its central banks.

Regal Assets is encouraging American investors to keep pace with global investment strategies. Regal offers gold in 1 oz gold bars or gold bullion coins that are internationally recognized. Americans can buy gold and silver online and have it shipped direct to their home for physical delivery by calling 1-877-962-1133 or online http://www.RegalGoldCoins.com

 

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