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Wednesday - December 19, 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.
Gap, Inc. (GPS) recently released November sales numbers. Net sales of $1.54 billion increased by 11% from the previous year's $1.39 billion. Comparable store sales were flat.. Read the full analysis on GPS now!
AGCO Corporation (AG) is operating in the very hot industry of farming machinery. The strength of demand can be seen in the company's most recent quarterly results, where net sales grew by 33% to $1.7 billion. Read the full analysis on AG now!
Celanese (CE) is attractively valued at about 12x next year's estimates. This is below the industry average and the broader market. This year's earnings estimates have risen over the past 60 days. Read the full analysis on CE now!
2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH
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.
Stocks featured recently include TriQuint Semiconductor (TQNT), Radio One (ROIAK), Manpower (MAN) and Omnicell (OMCL). To see the latest analyst posts, click here.
BioMarin (BMRN) - Turning Profitable. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
Alpharma (ALO) - Under Pressure. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS
Here you will find fresh articles loaded with profitable investment strategies and ideas to help you beat the market. Today we highlight...
This strategy identifies stocks with strong underlying fundamentals and low valuations. Four stocks that pass this screen’s test include FTO, GDI, MAN and TEX. More...
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...
4. ZACKS EXTRA
SBA Communications (SBAC)
This operator of wireless communication towers looks like an attractive contrarian play. Read the commentary here. More...
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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.
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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