Back to top

Press Releases

Zacks Equity Research

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: TTM Technologies, USD Partners, Kemet, Fibria Celulose and ACCO Brands

TTMI USDP KEM FBR ACCO

Trades from $3

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 25, 2016 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include TTM Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:(TTMI - Free Report) –Free Report), USD Partners LP (NYSE:(USDP - Free Report) –Free Report),Kemet Corp. (NYSE:(KEM - Free Report) –Free Report), Fibria Celulose SA (NYSE:(FBR - Free Report) –Free Report) and ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:(ACCO - Free Report) – Free Report).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1Stock of the Day pick for free.

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

5 Bargain Stocks to Grab for Black Friday

The biggest bargain hunt of the year is about to commence. As Friday approaches, shoppers are preparing to pick up the best shopping deals of the year. Known as Black Friday since the early 1930s, this is the day which accounts for nearly 30% of retailers’ annual revenues. Encouraging initial estimates of retailers’ sales during this period typically help markets close higher.

During this time, the focus remains squarely on retailers' stocks. Most investors look to select those that have also gained from recently released quarterly results. But why neglect other great stocks with strong fundamentals available at great bargains? When the focus is on growth stocks, it may a good time to pick up strong value choices available at affordable prices.

Cheap Stocks Back in Favor

It couldn’t be a better time to focus on value stocks. Neglected since the 2008 financial crisis, they have returned to popularity this year. Over the year, U.S. value stocks have gained three times more than growth stocks and are close to their best performance in 10 years. According to data from Bloomberg, the valuation of this group is the highest in seven years compared to growth stocks.

This reversal of fortunes is largely attributable to a more favorable investment climate. Following an extended period of steady job gains, the Federal Reserve is on the verge of raising rates. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory has led to expectations of higher growth and inflation. Trump’s policy proposals have sparked off speculation that several industry friendly measures will be implemented soon.

Profiting from the Black Friday Boost

As Black Friday approaches, investors will also be looking to profit from the impetus markets receive from retailers’ initial estimates. Traditionally, markets finish higher on Monday compared to their closing level before Thanksgiving if such numbers are favorable in nature.

According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales are expected to rise 3.6% during this year’s holiday season. Further, around 74% of shoppers will choose Black Friday compared with a 21%, 47% and 24% respectively on Thanksgiving Day, Small Business Saturday and Sunday. (Read: 5 Retail Picks Ahead of Black Friday)

Such projections imply that Black Friday sales will mostly likely come in higher this year. According to another long standing statistical observation, markets are expected to gain over the period between Cyber Monday and the end of the first week of December. This period draws its strength from two factors, gains made over the last two sessions before an exchange holiday and those accrued at the end of a month.

Our Choices

Value stocks have found favor with investors once again this year. Meanwhile, markets are poised to rack up gains over the weekend which follows Black Friday as well as afterward. This makes it a good time to pick up stocks on the cheap in order to make the most of gains available at the start of the holiday shopping season.

In order to pick value stocks, we have selected those whose Value score is A or B and whose price-to-earnings ratio is below their industry average. Additionally, stocks available below $15 have been selected in order to give you bargain picks. However, picking winning stocks is a difficult task.

This is where our VGM score comes in. Here V stands for Value, G for Growth and M for Momentum and the score is a weighted combination of these three scores. Such a score allows you to eliminate the negative aspects of stocks and select winners. However, it is important to keep in mind that each Style Score will carry a different weight while arriving at a VGM score.

We have narrowed down our search to the following stocks based on a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and a solid VGM score. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

TTM Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:(TTMI - Free Report) – Free Report) provides time-critical, one-stop manufacturing services for highly complex printed circuit boards.

TTM Technologies has a VGM Score of A. The stock has a Value score of A and its forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio for the current financial year (F1) is 10.96, lower than the industry average of 19.54. The company has expected earnings growth of more than 100% for the current year. Its earnings estimate for the current year has improved by 15.4% over the last 30 days. The stock’s last closing price is $13.59.

USD Partners LP (NYSE:(USDP - Free Report) – Free Report) acquires, develops and operates energy-related rail terminals and other midstream infrastructure assets and businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

USD Partners has a VGM Score of A. The stock has a Value score of B and it has a P/E (F1) of 11.03, which is lower than the industry average of 19.31. The company has expected earnings growth of 53.7% for the current year. Its earnings estimate for the current year has improved by 46.5% over the last 30 days. The stock’s last closing price is $14.10.

Kemet Corp. (NYSE:(KEM - Free Report) – Free Report) is the world's largest manufacturer of solid tantalum capacitors and one of the most prominent manufacturers of multilayer ceramic capacitors.

Kemet has a VGM Score of A. The stock has a Value score of A and it has a P/E (F1) of 15.28, which is lower than the industry average of 19.54. The company has expected earnings growth of 79.2% for the current year. Its earnings estimate for the current year has improved by 43.3% over the last 30 days. The stock’s last closing price is $4.65.

Fibria Celulose SA (NYSE:(FBR - Free Report) – Free Report) is a Brazilian company involved in the production, sale, and export of short fiber pulp.

Fibria Celulose has a VGM Score of B. The stock has a Value score of A and it has a P/E (F1) of 5.53, which is lower than the industry average of 17.37. The company has expected earnings growth of more than 100% for the current year. Its earnings estimate for the current year has improved by 13% over the last 30 days. The stock’s last closing price is $8.76.

ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:(ACCO - Free Report) – Free Report) is a world leader in branded office products. Under the GBC brand, the Company is also a leader in the professional printing market.

ACCO Brands has a VGM Score of B. The stock has a Value score of A and it has a P/E (F1) of 14.59, which is lower than the industry average of 16.16. The company has expected earnings growth of 9% for the current year. Its earnings estimate for the current year has improved by 3.2% over the last 30 days. The stock’s last closing price is $12.75.

Confidential from Zacks

This week, Zacks researchers have named 7 other stocks that look to break out even sooner than today's Bull of the Day. You can see these time-sensitive tickers free, and access additional trades that are not available to the public. Simply click here>>

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1 Stock of the Day pick for free.

About Zacks Equity Research

Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.

Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

Strong Stocks that Should Be in the News

Many are little publicized and fly under the Wall Street radar. They're virtually unknown to the general public. Yet today's 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" were generated by the stock-picking system that has nearly tripled the market from 1988 through 2015. Its average gain has been a stellar +26% per year. See these high-potential stocks free >>.

Get the full Report on TTMI - FREE

Get the full Report on USDP - FREE

Get the full Report on KEM - FREE

Get the full Report on FBR - FREE

Get the full Report on ACCO - FREE

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zacksresearch

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Zacks-Investment-Research/57553657748?ref=ts

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Media Contact
Zacks Investment Research
800-767-3771 ext. 9339
support@zacks.com

https://www.zacks.com/

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss.

This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit https://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.