1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS: Today we highlight four new stocks:
Netflix (NFLX), Raytheon (RTN), Knight Capital Group (NITE) and UniFirst (UNF). Get these stories below.
2. BEST OF EQUITY RESEARCH: Some biotechs are defensive plays.
Top stock picks include ONXX, ZGEN, EURX, MYGN and BMRN. Read the Analyst Interview and get our Bull and Bear Stocks of the Day.
3. STRATEGIES & IDEAS: Unique market behavior presents unique investment opportunities. Some companies best positioned for a rebound include OI, CLR, NITE and TRV.
4. ZACKS EXTRA: Mitch Zacks remains optimistic on the stock market. Don't miss his audio.
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Friday - January 25, 2008
The markets plunged yesterday following a speech by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and a sharp contraction in the regional Philadelphia Fed survey. The latter is closely watched because it is generally considered to provide a "real-time" assessment of economic conditions (as opposed to lagging data).
I understand that many of you are nervous about your investments. It is okay to be concerned about the direction of the markets, but you should never let your emotions interfere with your trading decisions.
To help you continue to make smart (and unemotional) decisions, I wrote the Investment Ideas column today with a focus on how to find good stocks that are currently "on sale".
Next week, we will have fewer financial-related firms reporting, shifting the headlines towards companies that could potentially have good numbers. I am hopeful that this, combined with the forthcoming Fed meeting, will give us the rebound that we all have been waiting for.
Wishing you prosperity,
Charles Rotblut, CFA
Senior Market Analyst & Editor,
Profit From the Pros
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 - Netflix (NFLX)
Netflix (NFLX) just reported its third straight quarter that exceeded analyst expectations. The stock has a ROE of 13%, much better than the 2% industry average. Read the full analysis on NFLX now!
Growth & Income - Raytheon Co. (RTN)
Monsanto Co. (MON) delivered a strong fiscal first quarter in early January. Monsanto upped its full-year earnings per share guidance as did Wall Street. Read the full analysis on MON now!
Momentum - Knight Capital Group, Inc. (NITE)
Knight Capital Group, Inc. (NITE) is one of the few beneficiaries of the uncertainty and volatility in the markets. Read the full analysis on NITE now!
Value - UniFirst Corp. (UNF)
UniFirst Corp. (UNF) surprised to the upside by 18.42% in the first quarter 2008, reporting record revenues and earnings. Read the full analysis on UNF 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
Some Biotechs are Defensive Plays
Top picks of biotech companies are Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX), ZymoGenetics (ZGEN), Eurand N.V. (EURX), Myriad Genetics (MYGN) and BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (MYGN). More...
Stocks featured recently include DuPont Chemical (DD), Valero (VLO), UAL Corp. (UAUA) and Aetna (AET). To see the latest analyst posts, click here.
Economic Weakness, But No Recession
A recession will be avoided, with only a couple of quarters of weak growth instead. More...
BULL OF THE DAY
Gilead Sciences (GILD) - Reasons for Optimism. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
BEAR OF THE DAY
Ness Technologies (NSTC) - Missing Estimates. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
ZACKS INDUSTRY RANK with 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...
EARNINGS TRENDS w/ Dirk Van Dijk
Total Earnings Battle to Stay in the Black
Huge losses by C and MER wipe out most of the earnings elsewhere, but things should improve. More...
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- 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
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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...
Unique Markets Present Unique Opportunities
The uncertainty in the markets has dragged down the stock prices of fundamentally strong companies. Stocks highlighted include OI, CLR, NITE and TRV. More...
PROFIT TRACKS: LOW PRICE STOCKS
This strategy finds stocks at discount valuations with a positive trend in earnings estimates. Four stocks that pass this screen's test include EK, OLN, RSH and VOL. More...
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 with Kevin Matras
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...
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4. ZACKS EXTRA
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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.
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Aggressive Growth Investing
Stock splits can be a psychological positive, but aggressive growth investors need to be wary of excessive splitting. Learn more.
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