1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS: Today we highlight four new stocks: Blue Coat Systems (BCSI), Ctrip.com (CTRP), Calgon Carbon
(CCC) and Ico (ICOC). Get these stories below.
2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH: The current fear is worse than what forecasts suggest. Get updates on DD, ETN, BAC and C.
Read the Industry Rank and get our Bull and Bear Stocks of the Day.
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS: FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) is defending its bottom line with strong national defense spending.
4. ZACKS EXTRA: The dividend tax cut has gotten mixed reviews, but has led to more money for growth & income investors. Learn more and get our free investing guides.
Read current and past issues of this newsletter.
FREE copy of The 2008 Investing Almanac
Featuring a Sneak Preview of The Best Investments for 2008
Learn how rising oil prices, the falling dollar and a new U.S. export boom are about to divide Wall Street in half. My investing Almanac this year contains our most significant economic forecast in years. The next 12 months represent a bold new era for investors. Also learn about our time proven approach that's delivered 5,163% in 22 years.
Click here for a FREE copy of my 2008 Investing Almanac.
Thursday - January 24, 2008
Yesterday was pretty much as volatile as it gets, and the afternoon volatility sure worked in our favor.
While I would like to announce an end to the selling pressure afflicting the markets, it is simply too early to make such a call. More buyers need to come in and support the rebound.
If not, we are likely to see lower lows.
Earnings could have an impact on market direction. Keep an eye on what companies are saying about their outlook for the first quarter.
The Fed will meet next week. An additional rate cut could be issued, which should be a positive for the markets.
As I said last Friday, I am hopeful for a rebound this week. It is too early to say that this was the correct prediction, but yesterday was a step in the right direction.
Wishing you prosperity,
Charles Rotblut, CFA
Senior Market Analyst & Editor
Profit From the Pros
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.
Aggressive Growth - Blue Coat Systems (BCSI)
Blue Coat Systems (BCSI) blew away fiscal second-quarter results and guided higher. The company has averaged a 65% surprise over the past three quarters. Read the full analysis on BCSI now!
Growth & Income - Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP)
Ctrip.com International Ltd.'s (CTRP) EPS is expected to grow by 30% over the next 3 - 5 years, above the industry's expectation of 22%. Read the full analysis on CTRP now!
Momentum - Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC)
Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) recently swung to a profit after posting a strong quarterly performance that handily exceeded analyst estimates. Read the full analysis on CCC now!
Value - Ico Inc. (ICOC)
Ico Inc. (ICOC) saw record fourth quarter revenues and expects its growth to continue into 2008. It's earnings surprised to the upside for the last three quarters. Read the full analysis on ICOC now!
OTHER ZACKS RANK RESOURCES
- Zacks Rank Home Page: Go there now.
- All Zacks #1 Rank Stocks . Learn more...
- Our Zacks Champion Trader winner beat not only the competition, but beat the S&P 500 by 81.7%. Learn more...
- Zacks Value Trader: Get into stocks just as Wall Street is beginning to recognize their real worth. Learn more...
2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH
Back to top
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.
INDUSTRY RANK w/ Charles Rotblut
Fear, Not Forecasts
The current fear is worse than what forecasts suggest. DD and ETN just gave promising guidance, while BAC and C will have easy comps later this year. More...
Stocks featured recently include Kellogg (K), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), AT&T (T) and Cognizant (CTSH). Get their latest posts.
BULL OF THE DAY
Zoran Corp. (ZRAN) - New Successes. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
BEAR OF THE DAY
CEMEX (CX) - Shaky Market Outlook. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
ZACKS ANALYST INTERVIEW
Look for Long-Term Growth in Big Pharma
SGP and BMY are attractive from this view; LLY and PFE, not so much. More...
EARNINGS TRENDS w/ Dirk Van Dijk
Total Earnings Battle to Stay in the Black
Huge losses by Citigroup (C) and Merrill Lynch (MER) wipe out most of the earnings elsewhere, but things should improve. More...
EARNINGS PREVIEW w/ Charles Rotblut
The Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18
Nearly a quarter of the S&P 500 will report this week, including Dow components AXP, CAT, DD, HON, JNJ, MSFT and PFE: More...
OTHER ZACKS EQUITY RESEARCH RESOURCES
- Zacks Equity Research Home Page: Go there now.
- All Rating Upgrades . Learn more...
- Zacks Top 10 Stocks for 2008: Up 37.7% last year. Don't miss the winners for 2008, available 1/16/08. Learn more...
- Zacks Elite narrows down Zacks Equity Research recommendations into three focused portfolios. Learn more...
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS
Back to top
Here you will find fresh articles loaded with profitable investment strategies and ideas to help you beat the market.
Today we highlight...
TIMELY BUY of the WEEK
FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR)
This company is defending its bottom line with strong national defense spending. More...
SCREEN OF THE WEEK
Using Moving Averages
Kevin Matras shows how to spot winners bucking the market's recent downtrend. Stocks highlighted include HS, LMNX and
ZACKS WEALTH MANAGEMENT
How Will We Recover?
The key is that valuations are very good here, and we are in a low interest rate environment. More...
Investing in a Turbulent Market
It is okay to be nervous, but you should still redouble your stock research efforts right now. Read about GE and FDO. More...
PROFIT TRACKS: UPGRADES AND REVISIONS
This strategy helps investors pinpoint stocks that are creating assets for shareholders. Four stocks meeting this screen's exclusive criteria include ACN, BG, KOF and WDC: More...
FREE REPORT: Top 10 Stock Picking Strategies
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
Back to top
Growth & Income Investing
The Tax Cut on Dividends
The dividend tax cut has gotten mixed reviews, but there's no doubt that the legislation has led to more money in the pockets of growth & income investors. Learn more...
Growth & Income Investing Home: Go there now.
Other Investing Education Resources
Hutchinson Technology (HTCH)
Despite current bearishness, there are plenty of catalysts to push the company higher, including an upcoming earnings report. Read the entire commentary.
Options homepage: Go there now.
MITCH ON THE MARKETS (AUDIO)
Mitch Zacks, Portfolio Manager at Zacks Investment Management, says the stock market is headed higher and the Fed will cut rates again by
month's end. Listen to his audio here. Listen to his audio here.
More Zacks audio here.
Zacks Rank + Proven Analysis = Momentum Trader
Zacks Momentum Trader has combined the timing of technical analysis
with the powerful, fundamental stock-picking ability of the Zacks Rank
to create Momentum Trader. This latest trading service pinpoints the
right stock at the right time. And with less volatility than the S&P 500 itself. Learn more now.
OTHER POPULAR FEATURES FROM ZACKS
- Zacks Rank Guide - Get our free report that tells you all
about our time tested stock ranking system that gas
generated 32.2% average annual return since 1988: click here.
- Free Portfolio Alerts: Over 60,000 investors wake up every
morning to our free portfolio alerts that provide timely
updates on events that affect the profitability of your
stocks. Get started now.
- What else can Zacks do to help you be a more successful
investor? Discover all of our products and services.
Manage your Profit from the Pros subscription:
If you enjoy this e-mail newsletter, then please pass it along to a friend. Simply forward them the link below to sign up for their own free subscription. THANKS! http://at.zacks.com/?id=2338
Regards and Happy Investing,
Charles Rotblut, CFA
Senior Market Analyst
p.s. What is the mission for Zacks Profit from the Pros? Click here to find out how we will help you become a more successful investor.
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.
The S&P 500 Index is a well-known, unmanaged index of the prices of 500 large-company common stocks, mainly blue-chip stocks, selected by Standard & Poor's. The S&P 500 Index assumes reinvestment of dividends but does not reflect advisory fees. An investor cannot invest directly in an index.
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.
To contact us by mail:
Zacks Investment Research
Attn: Profit from the Pros
111 N. Canal St., Suite 1101
Chicago, IL 60606
To unsubscribe from receiving "Profit from the Pros" e-mail newsletter, click here.