Monday - December 31, 2007
The markets will be operating normal hours today, Dec 31. Tomorrow, Jan 1, the U.S. financial markets will be closed.
In observance of the holiday, Profit from the Pros (this newsletter) and the Daily Summaries for our trading services (e.g. Breakout Trader, Value Trader, etc.) will not be sent out on Tuesday.
Those of you with portfolios on Zacks.com will receive the daily email on Tuesday, but not Wednesday. These daily emails will resume on Thursday morning.
On behalf of everyone at Zacks, I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Charles Rotblut, CFA
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.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) is serving up spicy earnings. Its latest quarter registered 75% earnings growth as more customers visited its burrito restaurants. Same-store sales grew at an awesome 12.5% rate during the quarter. This year's earnings estimates have increased 13 cents to $2.15 per share over the past 60 days. Read the full analysis on CMG now!
Joy Global, Inc. (JOYG) soared to 52-week highs after announcing solid fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year results. Its shares are currently trading slightly below the 52-week high. Fiscal year net sales totaled $2.55 billion, versus $2.40 billion in fiscal 2006. Operating income advanced by $31 million to $473 million. Read the full analysis on JOYG now!
Mechel OAO (MTL) is having a great year, as seen through the exceptional gains that its share price has logged. The company's stock has returned close to 300% this year alone. Within the last seven days the next-year consensus estimate has taken a huge leap forward, moving from $4.23 per share to $7.63. Read the full analysis on MTL now!
AVX Corporation (AVX) revenues are reaching levels not seen since the internet boom. Sales are being driven by increased end-user demand in the expanding electronics marketplace. The most accurate estimate shows a solid 12.8% upside for next year compared to the current estimate. The stock is cheap at about 13x next year's estimates. Read the full analysis on AVX 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.
EARNINGS PREVIEW for Dec 31 - Jan 4 with Charles Rotblut
19 companies are scheduled to report, including BBBY and MON. Learn why GPN could surprise. More...
Stocks featured recently include Trimeris, Inc. (TRMS), Pfizer's (PFE), Merck (MRK) and Progressive Corporation (PGR). To see the latest analyst posts, click here.
Dell, Inc. (DELL) - Trends Stay Strong. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
Comerica, Inc. (CMA) - Mortgage Loan Exposure. 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...
If you like to use a company's PE ratio to determine its value, you'll love using the PEG ratio. Four stocks that pass this screen's test include BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), Dril-Quip, Inc. (DRQ), LG Philips (LPL) and Tele Norte Leste Participacoes S.A. (TNE). 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
MTK's 4-F WATCH, 12/28: MR. MARKET SEES FED
BAIDU.COM: A CHINESE COMPANY POISED FOR GROWTH
Mitch Zacks, Portfolio Manager at Zacks Investment Management, reacts to the recent Fed rate cut and other issues impacting the stock market and econom. Listen to his audio here.
Lear Corporation (LEA)
Find out why this automotive supplier is an attractive contrarian play. More...
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Regards and Happy Investing,
Charles Rotblut, CFA
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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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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.
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