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1. ZACKS EQUITY RESEARCH: The NTC just awarded 3G licenses and frequency spectra to four applicants; there are currently only three Filipino wireless services operators. Read the Analyst Interview article and get our Bull and Bear Stocks of the Day.

2. PROFIT TRACKS – RECENT PRICE STRENGTH: Find stocks trading in the upper ranges of their 52-week highs through this screening method.

3. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS: Today we highlight four new Zacks #1 Rank Stocks: Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR), Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), Advanced Medical Optics (EYE) and Nabors Industries, Ltd. (NBR). Get these stories below.

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After a rather lengthy implementation process of VoIP and 3G wireless technologies in countries such as the Philippines, we were interested in seeing what comes next for this region in the industry. For his perspective, we interviewed Pacific Rim telecom analyst Peter Chua for his perspective.

Because your coverage deals with the telecommunications industry in the region, I wanted to ask you: how are things progressing in the Philippines (and elsewhere) with VoIP and 3G?

The technology is ready, but what investors should pay attention to are the government regulations, which we feel are pro-consumer. For example, in the Philippines, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) just awarded 3G licenses and frequency spectra in early January this year to four applicants, with possibly one more being contested by the non-winners. Currently, there are only three wireless services operators.

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Zacks Equity Research continued...

The NTC is also in the process of crafting a competition policy to regulate competition among industry players. The policy would be written in favor of smaller players by imposing Significant Market Power (SMP) obligations on dominant industry players. One proposed item is the unbundling of network elements that can be provided on a stand-alone basis such as access lines, switching functions, etc. to promote efficiency by avoiding unnecessary duplication of investments. Another item is the requirement to publish access prices and interconnection agreements to prevent anti-competitive behavior. Do you see growing competition in telecom creating any headwinds in the Asia/Pacific region for the major players in the industry?

Asia/Pacific (ex. Japan) can be divided into two camps. The first includes the mature markets with high penetration rates like Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. These areas have 90% to over 100% penetration rate, which means some of their populations have more than one subscription plan. They are expected to show slightly negative growth rates.

In the other camp, there is some room for growth in the rest of China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Most impressive in the group is China –- it was reported to have added 58 million subscribers in 2005, and is still growing at some 5 million a month. By the end of 2006, the Information Industry Ministry is forecasting that 33% of China’s total population will possess a mobile phone. This means it is still a long way from saturation.

In your opinion, what is the best way for investors to play telecom growth in the region?

An investor could choose to participate by investing in established handset makers or equipment manufacturers with significant exposure to the growth areas in the region. It minimizes concerns over accounting issues, corporate governance and management track records that direct investing would bring out.

Looking forward, how do you predict 2006 will be in terms of performance for Asia/Pacific telecom, specifically companies like Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PHI)? For PHI, we expect growth in the mid-single digits. There are signs of slowing subscriber growth and, consequently, pricing pressure as the industry combs the lower level of the socio-economic scale.

Peter Chua is a senior Zacks analyst covering the telecom industry on the Pacific Rim.

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Profit Tracks: Recent Price Strength

This screen looks for stocks trading in the upper range of their 52-week highs along with attractive Zacks Rank and Broker Ratings. This strategy proves that the "trend is your friend" with a +35.5% return versus +4.9% for the S&P 500 in 2005.

Here are four stocks that make the grade for the Recent Price Strength Profit Track:

Cowlitz Bancorporation (CWLZ) Corrections Corp. of America (CXW) has break out potential as it is currently trading near its 52-week high. The company recently reaffirmed its earnings guidance for the second quarter and full year 2006. Second quarter earnings are expected to be between 55 cents and 59 cents per share. The range for the full year forecast is $2.20 to $2.27 per share. Corrections Corp. of America’s expectations are is inline with current Wall Street estimates. CXW has increased in price by nearly 4% over the past four weeks. Continue your research on CXW at:

EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW), a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) company, recently raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal third quarter and full year. The third-quarter guidance soared from a range that was between 20 cents to 23 cents per share to the current range of 35 cents to 37 cents. The company’s fiscal year expectations are currently pegged at $1.80 to $1.85 per share. EZPW will announce third-quarter results on July 25, 2006. Shares of EZCORP are trading close to a 52-week high. The share price has increased by almost 45% over the past four weeks. This positive price movement is proving that “trend is your friend.” Continue your research on EZPW at:

Manor Care, Inc. (HCR) will release financial results of the second quarter on July 28, 2006. First-quarter earnings per share, which were reported in late April, matched the consensus estimate. The company said first-quarter operating performance was particularly strong, as its occupancy grew to 90%, its highest level in more than 10 years. Manor Care satisfies the criteria of this Profit Track as its shares are trading near a 52-week high and experienced approximately 4% growth over the past four week. Continue your research on HCR at:

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (LECO is trading very close to its 52-week high. The company has seen share price appreciation of almost 14% over the past four week. In late April, LECO posted first-quarter earnings of 86 cents per share, which topped analysts' expectations of 75 cents and exceeded the year-prior total. Sales reached a record $468.4 million, which compares to last year's $362.9 million. Continue your research on LECO at:

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Every day on we highlight four Zacks Rank Buy stocks. Each individual stock is chosen based on how well they match the criteria for the four main schools of investing: Aggressive Growth, Momentum, Growth & Income and Value.

Aggressive Growth – Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR)

Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR) has seen its earnings estimates increase significantly over the past 30 days. This year's estimates have jumped 19.5%, while next year's numbers have risen 9.7% over the same time period. The stock is trading at 27.8x next year's estimates of $1.02 per share, below the long-term growth rate of 31.57%, giving the stock a PEG ratio of 0.88. Read the full analysis on SJR at:

Growth & Income – Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI)

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI), a stock that we first presented on Apr 5, 2006, has remained a Zacks #1 Rank. The company bettered the Street’s earnings estimate in five consecutive quarters, most recently by 44.9%. Consensus earnings estimates have been on the rise. ATI’s return on equity crushes that of the industry average—50% compared to 20%. Read the full analysis on ATI at:


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Momentum – Advanced Medical Optics (EYE)

Advanced Medical Optics (EYE) has risen about 35% since May 31, 2005 and set new highs on Tuesday. It’ll be a couple of weeks before EYE reports earnings for the June 2006 quarter. The analysts’ consensus is that the company will earn 50 cents per share, up 35.1% from the 37 cents achieved in the June 2005 quarter. Read the full analysis on EYE at:

Value - Nabors Industries, Ltd. (NBR)

Nabors Industries, Ltd. (NBR), a Zacks #1 Rank stock, beat the Street’s earnings estimate in the past eight quarters by an average margin of 8.5%. Earnings per share are projected to grow 37.6% over the next 3-5 years. Analysts’ profit forecasts have been trending higher. The company is trading at a discounted valuation, with a price-to-book ratio of 2.7, compared to 3.9 for the market. Read the full analysis on NBR at:

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Here we cast the spotlight on timely Featured Expert commentaries that recently appeared on

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