1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS: Today we highlight four new stocks: Flir Systems (FLIR), K-SEA Transportation (KSP), Mosaic (MOS) and Bunge (BG). Get these stories below.
2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH: Analysts are cutting full-year estimates severely in the Financial, Materials and Discretionary sectors. Read the Earnings Trends and get our Bull and Bear Stocks of the Day.
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS: Knowing your retirement plan contribution limits for next year will help you stay ahead in the planning process.
4. ZACKS EXTRA: Mitch Zacks offers his take on the recent Fed rate cut, along with other issues.
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Tuesday - December 18, 2007
1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS
Zacks #1 Rank stocks average a 32% annual return. Every day on Zacks.com we highlight four new Zacks Rank Buy stocks based on the four main schools of investing: Aggressive Growth, Momentum, Growth & Income and Value.
Aggressive Growth - Flir Systems (FLIR)
Flir Systems (FLIR) recently announced that it received multiple awards totaling $2 million during 2007 to supply thermal security cameras to airports around the U.S. Read the full analysis on FLIR now!
Growth & Income - K-SEA Transportation Partners LP (KSP)
K-SEA Transportation Partners LP (KSP) is yielding 7.9%, more than doubling the industry average of 3.0%. The company's earnings per unit of 62 cents outperformed the year-prior 40 cents. Read the full analysis on KSP now!
Momentum - Mosaic (MOS)
Mosaic's (MOS) stock price has logged a very nice recovery, having established a new 52-week high and firmly planting itself in higher territory. Read the full analysis on MOS now!
Value - Bunge (BG)
Bunge (BG) received a key upgrade last week with a large price target increase to $149 per share. The past two quarters have resulted in a huge 50% positive surprise. Read the full analysis on BG now!
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2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH
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The Zacks Equity Research team of 50 analysts generates a mountain of timely research every day that is geared towards long term stock investing. Here we turn the spotlight on some of their hottest insights.
EARNINGS TRENDS w/ Dirk Van Dijk
Analysts Cutting Full-Year Estimates
The cuts are particularly severe in the Financial, Materials and Discretionary sectors. More...
Stocks featured recently include SunPower (SPWR), Biogen Idec (BIIB), Kyocera (KYO) and Broadcom (BRCM). To see the latest analyst posts, click here.
BULL OF THE DAY
Cree, Inc. (CREE) - Good Buyout Candidate. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
BEAR OF THE DAY
Pfizer (PFE) - Not Impressive Outlook. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
ZACKS ANALYST INTERVIEW
Treacherous Time for Specialty Retail
Probably the only safe play is GameStop (GME), a specialty retailer of video games. More...
EARNINGS PREVIEW with Charles Rotblut
The Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21
Eighteen members of the S&P 500 will report this week, including ADBE, BBY, DFS, MS and ORCL. More...
ZACKS INDUSTRY RANK with Charles Rotblut
Visibility Good for Tech, Bad for Brokers
Learn why storage device maker WDC is optimistic. Plus, get a preview of fourth-quarter earnings for several brokers. More...
OTHER ZACKS EQUITY RESEARCH RESOURCES
- Zacks Equity Research Home Page: Go there now.
- All Rating Upgrades . Learn more...
- Zacks Elite narrows down Zacks Equity Research recommendations into three focused portfolios. Learn more...
- Zacks Top 10 Stocks for 2008: Buy 'em. Do nothing. Beat the market. (Up 33% in 2007). Learn more...
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS
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Here you will find fresh articles loaded with profitable investment strategies and ideas to help you beat the market.
Today we highlight...
ZACKS WEALTH MANAGEMENT
2008 Retirement Plan Limits
Knowing your contribution limits will help you stay ahead in the planning process. More...
PROFIT TRACKS: HIGH RANK VALUE
This strategy shows investors how to screen for value stocks that are expected to improve in the future. Four stocks meeting this screen's exclusive criteria include TMP, BMO, CM and SLF. More...
Fast Food, Fat Profits
Investors are cashing in on the much maligned fast food sector. Companies highlighted include MCD, BKC, JBX and THI. More...
TIMELY BUY of the WEEK
Cynosure, Inc. (CYNO)
This company is reducing the fat to pump-up its bottom line. More...
SCREEN OF THE WEEK
Diversification and Portfolio Weighting
Kevin Matras talks about diversification and the importance of an equally dollar weighted portfolio. Companies highlighted include CASY, CY and LEA. More...
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4. ZACKS EXTRA
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MITCH ON THE MARKETS (AUDIO)
Mitch Zacks, Portfolio Manager at Zacks Investment Management, reacts to the recent Fed rate cut and other issues impacting the stock market and economy. Listen to his audio here.
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BEST OF ZACKS CHALLENGE BLOG
DECEMBER 17 WEEKLY TOP 5
This week, I have five inverse exchange-traded funds filling out my top five slots. As evidenced by the bullish Guppy Multiple Moving Average charts of the inverse ETFs, the market is in bad shape. More...
THE STOCK MARKET ROUND TABLE (GHM)
Graham Corporation (GHM) has incredible year-over-year earnings growth of 685.4%, and they have been growing at the rate of 52.757% over the past five years. More...
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TOP ZACKS CHALLENGE PLAYER INTERVIEW: TheUncle
TheUncle" looks for stocks with a high return on equity, consistent earnings growth and a low forward price-to-earnings ratio. Read the full article.
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