Wednesday - January 9, 2008
Yesterday, we launched an investment education section on Zacks.com. You can access it by clicking on "Education" in the upper right-hand corner of any page on Zacks.com.
In creating this section, we placed emphasis on explaining how to use the information and tools on Zacks.com to become a better and more profitable investor. Therefore, while you will find a comprehensive glossary of investment terms, you will also find a number of articles discussing the practical application of investment concepts.
You will also find four, distinct guides designed to help you get the most of Zacks.com based on your style of investing:
As proud as we are about this education section, yesterday's launch is just the beginning of our investment education initiative. More articles will be added, and you will see many of them highlighted regularly in Profit From the Pros.
Additionally, we will soon be launching the Zacks Method for Trading, a comprehensive training program that will include DVDs, manuals and personalized coaching.
Take a look at the new education section, read the guides and let me know what you think by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you prosperity,
Charles Rotblut, CFA
1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS
The Zacks Rank is a powerful short term stock ranking system that has generated a 32% average annual return. Every day on Zacks.com we highlight four new Zacks Rank Buy stocks based on the main schools of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum and Value.
SunPower Corporation (SPWR) has posted an average surprise of almost 24% over the past four quarters. Earnings estimates for 2008 have increased over 10% during the past three months. Read the full analysis on SNWL now!
Herman Miller, Inc. (MLHR) reported record fiscal second- quarter earnings in mid-December. Its ROE stands at an impressive 91%, far above the industry's average of 7%. Read the full analysis on MLHR now!
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (CRZO) recently reported a strong third quarter in which its revenue grew by 49%. The company's net profit margin easily trumps the industry average, coming in at 13.85% against 9.54%. Read the full analysis on CRZO now!
Tele Norte Leste Participacoes S.A. (TNE), also known as Telemar, is cheap at these levels. It is only going for 7x 2008 estimates of $2.80 per share. However, it is growing more than 17% over the long term. Read the full analysis on TNE 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 Anadigics (ANAD), Zions Bancorporation (ZION), Sonic Innovations (SNCI) and LeapFrog Enterprises (LF). Get their latest posts.
drugstore.com (DSCM) - Path to Profitability. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
Highwoods Properties (HIW) - Tough Trends. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
Total Net Income Expected to Fall 8.5% for the S&P 500
Perfect Score for Fertilizer
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...
The initial spike in a stock's price after a positive earnings surprise is often just the beginning. Read about ALOG, BOBE, SSI and BTH. More...
This strategy finds stocks at discount valuations with a positive trend in earnings estimates. Four stocks that pass this screen's test include CVO, CRI, ADVA and DFR. 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."
4. ZACKS EXTRA
There's a lot of negative sentiment heading into 2008, which Mitch Zacks, Portfolio Manager at Zacks Investment Management, says is good for the market. Listen to his audio here.
Verasun Energy (VSE)
The company has room for upgrades, which makes it an attractive contrarian play to the experts at Schaeffer's. Read the commentary here.
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Charles Rotblut, CFA
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