Thursday - April 10, 2008
First-quarter earnings season has started and we will soon be seeing thousands of companies reporting. Though some will disappoint their shareholders, there will be many companies that will surprise to the upside.
In fact, our expectation is that more companies will beat expectations than miss. This means that regardless of how aggregate first-quarter growth turns out, you will be able to find plenty of opportunities to make money from earnings season.
Yesterday, Zacks Editor at Large Steve Reitmeister explained three ways investors can profit from an earnings surprise. http://at.zacks.com/?id=4486 (audio)
Alternatively, our Surprise Trader service will alert you to those stocks most likely to rise in the days following an earnings announcement. Since inception in May 2006, Surprise Trader has generated an 89.9% total return.
Wishing you prosperity,
1. ZACKS RANK BUY STOCKS
The Zacks Rank is a powerful short term stock ranking system that has generated a 31% 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.
Joy Global, Inc. (JOYG) is mining profits for itself and its shareholders. Mining equipment is sought after because end demand for commodities is so strong. This puts JOYG in an enviable business position. Current-year earnings estimates have increased 11 cents to $3.39 per share over the past 90 days. Read the full analysis on JOYG now!
MasterCard Incorporated (MA) is a Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) company that is trading near a 52-week high. MasterCard is scheduled to release its first quarter 2008 financial results on Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Earnings estimates continue to rise for the credit card giant. Read the full analysis on MA now!
Devon Energy (DVN) is riding the wave of growth that has been running through the energy exploration Industry. The company's full-year profit was up over 25% in 2007 compared to 2006, to $3.6 billion. Read the full analysis on DVN now!
Cimarex Energy Company (XEC) is positioned for big profits as crude continues to trade over $100 a barrel. Despite a run-up in its share price, Cimarex is still cheap at only 11.30 times its forward P/E. Read the full analysis on XEC 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 Oplink Communications, Inc. (OPLK), Tellabs, Inc. (TLAB), Schlumberger Limited (SLB) and Baker Hughes International (BHI). Get their latest posts.
Research in Motion (RIMM) - Upbeat Guidance. For the full Zacks research report, click here.
Marlin Business Services (MRLN) - Feeling Weakness. 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...
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4. ZACKS EXTRA
Mitch Zacks, Portfolio Manager at Zacks Investment Management, believes the market's current weakness is a buying opportunity for investors with a longer-term horizon. Listen to the audio here.For more Zacks audio, click here.
Growth & Income: Check a Company's Debt Level
Momentum: MACD and Momentum
Value: Avoiding Value Traps
Aggressive Growth: Companies "Buyback" Their Own Stock
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BEST OF PEOPLE AND PICKS
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User BustaMoveUp is bullish on water cleaner CCC, saying "buy as many as you can."
He also thinks NFLX is likely to benefit from their close ties to Microsoft, and praises NTDOY for its "solid numbers quarter after quarter."
BustaMoveUp has all the right steps. He's been picking stocks with a 60% accuracy rating. See all his picks, click here.
UnitedHealth Group (UNH)
The Zacks Most Active Options filter highlights this managed care company.Read the commentary.
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ROUNDTABLE REVIEW (AUDIO)
Panelists in this week's Roundtable Review discuss the latest jobs report and the possibility of another rate cut.Listen to the audio here.
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