1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS: Today we highlight four new stocks:
Sigma Designs (SIGM), Gap (GPS), AGCO Corporation (AG) and Celanese (CE). Get these stories below.
2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH: The best performing stocks in foreign technology are based in emerging markets and sell globally, but report in U.S. dollars. Read the Analyst Interview and get our Bull and Bear Stocks of the Day.
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS: Kevin Matras goes over the importance of screening and backtesting.
4. ZACKS EXTRA: SBA Communications (SBAC), an operator of wireless communication towers, looks
like an attractive contrarian play.
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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.
Aggressive Growth - Sigma Designs, Inc. (SIGM)
Sigma Designs, Inc. (SIGM) reported its eight straight quarter of double-digit sequential revenue growth. Earnings estimates have been shooting higher. Read the full analysis on SIGM now!
Growth & Income - Gap, Inc. (GPS)
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!
Momentum - AGCO Corporation (AG)
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!
Value - Celanese (CE)
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!
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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.
ZACKS ANALYST INTERVIEW
Select Tech Strong for 2008
The recent computing trend toward laptops has only helped Logitech (LOGI), as its new line of peripherals has done exceptionally well in this area. More...
Stocks featured recently include TriQuint Semiconductor (TQNT), Radio One (ROIAK), Manpower (MAN) and Omnicell (OMCL). To see the latest analyst posts, click here.
BULL OF THE DAY
BioMarin (BMRN) - Turning Profitable. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
BEAR OF THE DAY
Alpharma (ALO) - Under Pressure. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
EARNINGS TRENDS w/ Dirk Van Dijk
Analysts Cutting Full-Year Estimates
The cuts are particularly severe in the Financial, Materials and Discretionary sectors. 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
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- 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...
SCREEN OF THE WEEK
Returning to Square One
Kevin Matras goes over the importance of screening and backtesting. Companies featured include CHP, GTI and STAN. More...
ZACKS WEALTH MANAGEMENT
2008 Retirement Plan Limits
Knowing your contribution limits will help you stay ahead in the planning process. More...
PROFIT TRACKS: DISCOUNTED FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTH
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...
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...
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...
4. ZACKS EXTRA
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SBA Communications (SBAC)
This operator of wireless communication towers looks like an attractive contrarian play. Read the commentary here. More...
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BEST OF ZACKS CHALLENGE BLOG
COUNTING THE BLESSINGS OF EDUCATION
The three equities I will be studying in the schools classification are CPLA, New Oriental Education & Technology (EDU) and Strayer Education (STRA). Risk alert: Both CPLA and EDU have been publicly traded only since last year, and the latter is a U.S.-listed Chinese company incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Read More or Comment on this post.
>> JAVA'S MARKET MUSINGS #202 <<
I also am now observing that in the next few weeks we may be setting up for a key test as to whether the declining 50SMAs will negatively crossover the inclining 200SMAs. Read More or Comment on this post.
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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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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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