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Zacks Bull of the Day 8-17-15

This Bull of the Day is in the Health and diet category that’s been pushing past all expectations and is now considered a strong buy. Check out Tracey Ryniec’s  post below

Nutrisystem, Inc. is on the right side of the health and wellness debate. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) just raised full year guidance for the second time this year.

Nutrisystem is famous for weight loss programs including Nutrisystem My Way, its 28-day food delivery program. Feeding on the healthy food frenzy sweeping the nation, the company’s meal choices including 100 foods which do not contain artificial preservatives or flavors.

Plans can also be customized for specialized diets, including those with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Another Beat and Raise

On July 29, Nutrisystem reported its second quarter results and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents. Earnings were $0.41 compared to the consensus of $0.37.

Revenue rose 17% to $130.3 million as both direct and retail channels remained strong. Diret rose 15% year over year while retail grew 43%.

Gross profit margin jumped 80 basis points to 52%.

Full Year Guidance Raised

Very few companies are beating and raising this year in tough market conditions, but momentum from early in the year continued. It raised full year guidance for the second quarter in a row.

Earnings are now expected to be in the range of $0.87 to $0.97 up from its previous guidance of $0.81 to $0.91. Guidance is now up sharply from earlier in the year when the company was only looking for $0.73 to $0.83.

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Zacks Reveals Best Oil Stock to Buy Now

The top dogs in the oil business, Chevron, BP and Exxon have been taking a beating lately with crude oil prices in the $40 per barrel range but no need to feel sorry for them, they haven’t switched to driving Yugo’s. Yeah, they’re still making money but it’s a bit tougher for the average investor to cash in with oil stocks, unless you can think a little differently. Dave Bartosiak has a better idea.

I get the question “What are the best oil stocks to buy?” all the time. Recently I’ve been asked that more and more as oil continues to drop. For some reason Americans love oil. Even more, they love oil stocks. We’ve been pounded over the head so much with “peak oil” theories and talk of oil going up forever that the thought of a new paradigm in oil prices is just beyond us.

Don’t think that the bottom for oil is in. There is new supply coming online daily, a weak Chinese currency isn’t going to help, and neither will changes on the demand side of the equation. If you’re looking to pick that bottom, good luck. The problem with trying to pick bottoms is you can only be right once, but you can be wrong a lot of times.

 


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Picking Stock Market Winners the Easy Way

Picking winners in the Stock Market can be confusing, complex and time intensive sometimes but here’s a system that isn’t really new but it can get you moving in the right direction.

Every week the government and other entities release economic reports that cover all areas of the economy – from retail sales to housing, to international trade to consumer sentiment.

In fact, on virtually any given day there could be anywhere from one to a handful of reports.

And while the financial media does cover them, they usually focus on headline numbers without doing a deeper dive.

This is unfortunate because within these reports often exists money-making details that can quickly be uncovered with just an extra few minutes of reading.

For example, in the Employment Situation report, it details what sectors saw the most new jobs or labor force expansion, and which ones contracted.

I can remember countless times where that report got me into the right sectors and industries at the right time before anybody else was talking about them.

In fact, I still remember getting into housing in early 2012 while everybody else was staying as far away from it as possible. But, after seeing construction jobs continue to rise in report after report after report, I knew the housing market had turned. And that was one of the first alerts to the housing recovery – for those who knew where to look.

But the headline number and the obligatory one-or-two-sentence write ups on many news sites missed the best part of the story by not going the extra mile (or paragraph).

Well here we are again, with more stock-picking insight, straight from last week’s Employment Situation report. Last week it showed that some of the biggest job creation came from these three industries:

1) Retail Trade +36,000
(up 322,000 over the past year)

2) Food Services and Drinking Places +29,000
(up 376,000 over the past year)

 

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Oil and Gas Stocks Best Bets

Oil stock prices continued heading south but one investor is betting big time on gas futures, spending about $1 Billion for just over 19 million shares. 

It was a week where oil prices tumbled to their lowest close in more than 4 months but natural gas futures gained for the first time in 3 weeks. On the news front, the top story came from billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s 8.18% stake buy in natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy Inc.

Overall, it was a mixed week for the sector. While West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dived 6.9% to close at $43.87 per barrel, natural gas prices gained 3% to $2.80 per million Btu (MMBtu). (See the last ‘Oil & Gas Stock Roundup’ here: Crude Slump Batters Exxon, Chevron Profits.)

Oil prices extended their losing streak and fell for the sixth straight week, the backdrop being another increase in the number of crude-directed rigs. An upwardly moving rig count has underlined concerns about an expansion in the commodity’s global supply glut. The recent turn of events in Greece, Iran and China also created pressure. Finally, a stronger dollar has made the greenback-priced crude more valuable for investors holding foreign currency.

Meanwhile, natural gas fared much better amid predictions of strong summer cooling demand with majority of the central and southern U.S. reeling under extreme heat. The U.S. Energy Department’s weekly inventory release – showing a smaller-than-expected increase in the commodity’s supplies – also helped to push up prices.

Recap of the Week’s Most Important Stories

1.    Shares of Houston-based natural gas company Cheniere Energy Inc. jumped more than 8% following the announcement that Carl Icahn has taken a 8.18% stake in the company. The activist investor spent slightly more than $1 billion to accumulate 19.4 million shares of Cheniere Energy.

 

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Zacks 3 Top Breakout Stocks

Finding stocks with a clear long term upward pattern is pretty exciting for most investors and Zacks shows three stocks that you can invest in right now. You can ride the on going momentum now and/or short the stocks at a later time. See the full article at Breakout Stocks

Bull and Bear of the Day by Zacks

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Zacks Equity Research highlights Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) as the Bull of the Day and NYSE Euronext, Inc.’s (NYSE:NYX) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT ), Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI ) and Ruby Tuesday Inc. (NYSE: RT ).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

We have upgraded our recommendation on Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) from Neutral to Outperform based on the high growth the company has achieved, reducing total costs and increasing prices. Also, the company is making an earnest effort to reduce its debt and maintain a healthy debt to equity ratio.

The company’s earnings increased a whopping 83% year over year in the third quarter to $0.22 per share. The sales also soared 12.9% year over year to $1,772 million. Operating profits escalated 102% and long-term debt decreased 7.9% year over year. Backlog for Real Estate remains solid.

Our long-term Outperform recommendation on the stock indicates that it will beat the broader U.S. market over the next six to twelve months. Our target price is $32.00 based on 2012 P/E of 68.1x.

Bear of the Day:

NYSE Euronext, Inc.’s (NYSE:NYX) third quarter earnings breezed past the Zacks Consensus Estimate but plunged year over year based on weak volumes and pricing across trading venues, which led to a reduced top line and lower operating margin. A low cash position and high debt raised the concerns of rating agencies.

NYSE has a bigger debt burden compared to its prime peers, which poses a competitive threat to the fundamental growth of the company. Higher debt and lower working capital in the first half of 2012 also impelled ratings agency S&P to downgrade its outlook to negative from stable, in August 2012.

Our six-month target price of $22.00 equates to about 11.7x our earnings estimate for 2012. With an annual dividend of $1.20, this price target implies a negative total return of 6.9% over that period. This is consistent with our long-term Underperform recommendation on the shares.

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CEO Transition for Brinker

Doug Brooks, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT ) recently announced his intention to step down from the post effective December 31, 2012. Concurrently, the company also announced Wyman Roberts as his successor, who will take over the reins effectively from January 1, 2013.

Doug Brooks joined Brinker 35 years ago as a manager. His tenure oversaw the increase from a modest three restaurants in one state to 1,585 restaurants globally, generating around $2.8 billion of revenue annually. To ensure a successful transition of leadership to Roberts, Brooks will continue to serve as chairman of the board of the company through December 2013.

Wyman Roberts has been associated with Brinker since August 2005. Currently, he is the President of Brinker’s brand Chili’s Grill & Bar. However, he will retain this position along with the new responsibilities. He has previously served Brinker as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Maggiano’s Little Italy brand.

Prior to joining Brinker, Roberts served NBC’s Universal Parks & Resorts as Executive VP and CMO and contributed to growth of the company’s market share and revenues. Apart from this, he has held several senior level positions over 17 years at Brinker’s peer company – Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI ) .

With his vast know-how and expertise over 20 years in the restaurant industry, Roberts can easily be tagged as a veteran in this sector. With  proven strategy development, operation, finance and brand building background, we expect him to provide meaningful support to Brinker. Roberts’ contribution to growth of Chili’s Grill & Bar has been noteworthy. Total sales at Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurant surged 2.7% year over year in the most recent quarter and comparable restaurant sales at the brand climbed up 2.8% for the sixth consecutive quarter.

As a point of reference, several restaurant peers of Brinker have recently seen significant management changes. The founder and CEO of Ruby Tuesday Inc. (NYSE: RT ) , Sandy Beall, announced his intention to bow out from management and the Board.

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Every day, the analysts at Zacks Equity Research select two stocks that are likely to outperform (Bull) or underperform (Bear) the markets over the next 3-6 months.

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Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.

Continuous analyst coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

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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

Latest Aggressive Growth Stock Pick from Zacks

 

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.

Source

 

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Zacks Makes Washington Post as Bull of the Day

Zacks Makes Washington Post as Bull of the Day

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Zacks Equity Research highlights The Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO) as the Bull of the Day and Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Toyota Motors (NYSE: TM), Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN) and WMS Industries (NYSE: WMS).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

The Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO) top and bottom lines surpassed Zacks’ expectations in the third quarter of 2011. The quarterly earnings of $5.27 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.85. Total revenue of $1,032.6 million also came ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,005 million.

The Kaplan Education division has undertaken a restructuring plan to lower its costs structure in the near future. Further, Kaplan International remains promising, registering growth of 25% during the quarter. Washington Post’s Cable division is also performing well, reflecting sustained improvement in Internet and telephone service revenues.

We have a long-term Outperform recommendation on the stock. Our target price of $374.00, 17.9X 2011 EPS, reflects this view.

Bear of the Day:

We have downgraded our long-term recommendation on Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to Underperform following the weak quarterly performance in the third quarter of 2011. The quarterly earnings of $0.38 per share fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.46 and dipped 7.3% from the year-ago quarter battered by increased product costs.

The North American market continues to be sluggish in the ongoing fiscal 2011. Moreover, the company’s initiatives to change the product mix and reposition the business in the U.S. market will require significant expenditure to support increased advertising and promotional activities, which may dent its margins.

Furthermore, Avon is a highly leveraged company, limiting its financial flexibility to drive future growth. Additionally, the company faces stiff competition from other well established players and has significant exposure to foreign currency translations.

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Europe Issue Not Going Away

With the third quarter reporting season largely over and nothing major on the domestic economic calendar, stock market movements today will effectively reflect developments on the European front. The focus remains on Italy, where a routine budget vote in parliament has the potential to morph into a confidence vote on the government of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The market is rooting for Mr. Berlusconi’s departure, but he appears in no mood to quit on his own.

By its sheer size, Italy is a big deal. Ever since the start of the Euro-zone debt crisis, the market has been apprehensive of contagion spreading from the peripheral and much smaller economies of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal to the Euro-zone core of Italy and Spain. Those fears are threatening to come to fruition now as the market loses confidence in the Italian government’s ability to manage the country’s finances. This lack of confidence is showing up in yields on Italian government bonds, which have moved to a Euro-era high of above 6.5% and are inching towards the critical 7% level — beyond which lies bailout territory.

A simple answer to rising Italian bond yields would have been for the European Central Bank (ECB) to come up with its version of the U.S. Fed’s quantitative easing program, where the central bank purchases a boatload of treasury bonds to keep yields (or interest rates) in check. The ECB has been making some purchases, but the recent uptrend in Italian bond yields shows that its effort is far from effective. German reluctance to go this route has been a major hurdle.

The Euro-zone had provided for increasing the firepower of the rescue fund (the EFSF), but many critical details of that plan still need to be worked out. The initial hope of attracting contribution from China and other cash-rich emerging economies to that end has also not panned out.

The bottom line is that the Euro-zone debt story refuses to go away. Last week it was about Greece and now it is about Italy. The departure of the Berlusconi government will likely improve market confidence and bring down bond yields. But if the incoming government — assuming there is a change of political control — fails to come up with a viable long-term plan, then the respite will likely prove short-lived.

On the earnings front, we have results from Toyota Motors (NYSE: TM), whose operations have been hit hard by natural disasters — first by the Japanese Tsunami and now by floods in Thailand. The auto giant’s global vehicle sales for the six month period ending September 30th were down more than 18% from the year-earlier level.

In other earnings reports, Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN) came out with solid EPS and revenue beats after the close on Monday. WMS Industries (NYSE: WMS), the maker of slot machines, came short of expectations.

Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to http://at.zacks.com/?id=2649.

About the Bull and Bear of the Day

Every day, the analysts at Zacks Equity Research select two stocks that are likely to outperform (Bull) or underperform (Bear) the markets over the next 3-6 months.

About the Analyst Blog

Updated throughout every trading day, the Analyst Blog provides analysis from Zacks Equity Research about the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.

About Zacks Equity Research

Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.

Continuous analyst coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

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Zacks Releases Bull of the Day

Zacks Equity Research highlights Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) as the Bull of the Day and Plexus Corporation (Nasdaq: PLXS) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RAH).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

We are upgrading our recommendation on Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) to Outperform based on third quarter results, which matched the Zacks Consensus Estimate, and continuous cost reduction initiatives. Despite soaring fuel prices, earnings on a GAAP basis climbed on fare hikes, capacity cuts and unbundled offerings.

Delta continues to make efforts to reduce its operating expenses, including both fuel and non-fuel costs. The company is also progressing well on upgrading seats, replacing older planes in its fleet, installing WiFi and expanding Economy Comfort to other aircrafts.

Additionally, Delta is expanding its footprint in both domestic and international markets, thereby strengthening its competitive position. Furthermore, merger synergies from Northwest Airlines as well as efforts to deleverage its balance sheet make the stock more attractive.

Bear of the Day:

Plexus Corporation (Nasdaq: PLXS) reported mixed fourth quarter 2011 financial results. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.50 per share but fell shy of the revenue expectation of $540.0 million. Plexus continues to face cut-throat competition in the EMS market, where component shortages and supply chain constraints are increasing operational complexities.

Moreover, Plexus continues to invest in new sites and increasing headcount that may affect profitability in the near term. We maintain our Underperform rating and set a target price of $25.00.

Further, investment in Plexus is expected to generate just 10% over the next 5 years, compared to the peer group average of 11.5%. We therefore believe that downside potential exists.

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Kellogg Misses, Provides Guidance

Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) has posted third-quarter 2011 earnings of 80 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 89 cents. The earnings also lagged the prior-year earnings of 90 cents per share by 11%. On a currency-neutral basis, the earnings in the reported quarter plummeted 13% year over year.

Kellogg’s results were driven by weak economic environment, increased cost of goods sold, increased supply-chain costs and due to the reinstatement of incentive compensation costs.

Guidance

Following the earnings results, Kellogg reaffirmed its full-year 2011 internal net sales growth guidance to a range of 4% to 5%. The increased net sales outlook is expected to offset anticipated higher cost pressures. For 2012, internal net sales are expected to grow by 4% to 5%, above long-term annual targets, reflecting price/mix benefits and a strengthening innovation pipeline.

The company lowered its 2011 internal operating profit guidance to a range of down 2% to 4% due to the impact of the third quarter results and expected continued investments in supply chain during the remainder of the year. For 2012, Kellogg expects growth in operating profit to be below its long-term annual targets, as it continues to invest in the future.

Kellogg also expects its full-year 2011 guidance of currency-neutral earnings per share growth to be approximately flat on a year-over-year basis. Assuming no foreign exchange impact, this implies earnings per share of approximately $3.27 to $3.33. Further, the company estimates a foreign exchange benefit of 8 cents, which would result in reported 2011 earnings per share guidance in the range of $3.35 to $3.41.

For 2012, Kellogg expects currency-neutral earnings per share to grow 2% to 4% including a benefit from the three-year $2.5 billion share repurchase program and the impact of continued investments in supply chain, the re-implementation of SAP, and an increase in the level of investment in brand building.

Headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan, Kellogg engages in manufacture and marketing of ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods. General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RAH) are its competitors.

Currently, Kellogg holds a Zacks #3 Rank, translating into a short-term Hold rating. On a long-term basis, we maintain a Neutral recommendation on the stock.

Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to http://at.zacks.com/?id=2649.

About the Bull and Bear of the Day

Every day, the analysts at Zacks Equity Research select two stocks that are likely to outperform (Bull) or underperform (Bear) the markets over the next 3-6 months.

About the Analyst Blog

Updated throughout every trading day, the Analyst Blog provides analysis from Zacks Equity Research about the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.

About Zacks Equity Research

Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.

Continuous analyst coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

Zacks “Profit from the Pros” e-mail newsletter provides highlights of the latest analysis from Zacks Equity Research. Subscribe to this free newsletter today by visiting http://at.zacks.com/?id=7158.

About Zacks

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