Thursday - December 20, 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.
Vignette Corporation (VIGN) is trading at attractive valuations only 17.6x this year's estimates of 82 cents per share. This is well below the long-term growth rate of 25%. Read the full analysis on VIGN now!
Praxair, Inc. (PX) boasts a solid record of beating Wall Street estimates for the past 12 consecutive quarters. Analysts upped earnings forecasts over the past two months. Read the full analysis on PX now!
Koppers Holdings, Inc. (KOP) logged a new 52-week high after reporting a strong quarter on Nov 8. Current-year and next- year estimates have been increased by almost every covering analyst within the last 30 days. Read the full analysis on KOP now!
America's Car-Mart, Inc. (CRMT) is experiencing booming same- store sales, which grew 12.3% in its latest quarter. This year's estimates have increased 26 cents to 98 cents per share over the past week. Read the full analysis on CRMT 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 Kraft Foods (KFT), Conexant Systems (CNXT), C.R. Bard (BCR) and Monster Worldwide (MNST). To see the latest analyst posts, click here.
UBS (UBS) - Turning the Corner. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
Palm, Inc. (PALM) - Falling Behind. 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 combines solid earnings with a healthy net profit margin. Four stocks that pass this screen's test include AFG, GIII, PTNR and STAN: More...
Most of the strategies highlighted in the articles above were created using the Zacks Research Wizard screening and backtesting software. Learn more about this powerful tool and get your free copy of our special report "Top 10 Stock Screening Strategies". More...
4. ZACKS EXTRA
THE STOCK MARKET ROUND TABLE
AT WHAT PRICE WOULD I BUY WASHINGTON MUTUAL? (WM)
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.
SBA Communications (SBAC)
This operator of wireless communication towers looks like an attractive contrarian play. More...
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Santa Claus Coming to Town? (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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The performance of the Zacks Rank portfolios shown above for annual and year-to-date periods are the linked monthly total returns (price changes + dividends) of equal weighted hypothetical portfolios, consisting of those stocks with the indicated Zacks Rank, assuming monthly rebalancing and zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios. The hypothetical portfolios were created at the beginning of each month from Jan 1988 forward based on the values of the Zacks Rank available to Zacks' clients before the beginning of each month. The portfolios created monthly from 1988 through September 2006 exclude ADRS and are comprised of stocks that have the indicated Zacks Rank and were covered by at least two analysts at the time of the stocks inclusion in the portfolio. Starting in October 2006 and going forward, the portfolios are comprised of all stocks with the indicated Zacks Rank and do not exclude ADRs, which is more reflective of the list of stocks that customers will find on the Zacks web sites. 2007 returns are for the period of Jan 1 - Jun 30, 2007. These performance numbers have been audited from 1995 through 2003 by Autschuler Melovan, a division of American Express Financial.
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