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Ultra Clean, Ball, Garmin, Intel and Magic Software Enterprises highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

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Chicago, IL – September 15, 2017 – Zacks Equity Research Ultra Clean Corp (Nasdaq:(UCTT - Free Report)  – Free Report) as the Bull of the Day, Ball Corporation (NYSE:(BLL - Free Report)  – Free Report) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:(GRMN - Free Report)  – Free Report), Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:(INTC - Free Report)  – Free Report) and Magic Software Enterprises (Nasdaq:(MGIC - Free Report)  – Free Report).

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Ultra Clean Corp (Nasdaq:(UCTT - Free Report) – Free Report) is one of my favorite stocks.  It has been a favorite for some time and at $25 and change it remains a favorite.  Can you tell that I like this name or what?  

Once again I am highlighting this stock as the Bull of the Day as it is back to the coveted Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) status and looking to press higher and make a new 52 week high soon.  


Ultra Clean is a developer and supplier of critical subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment, flat panel, solar and medical device industries. Ultra Clean offers its customers an integrated outsourced solution for gas delivery systems and other subassemblies, improved design-to-delivery cycle times, component neutral design and manufacturing and component testing capabilities. Ultra Clean's customers are primarily original equipment manufacturers for the semiconductor capital equipment, flat panel, solar and medical device industries. Ultra Clean is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

In looking at the last four earnings reports, investors have to like what they see. The stock runs higher with the estimates, and if I told you that the stock historically trades at around 13x forward earnings then you might be salivating.  The truth is, the stock trades at 11x forward and 15x trailing.  That is great for a stock with huge growth potential.

Bear of the Day:

Ball Corporation (NYSE:(BLL - Free Report) – Free Report) recently posted a miss of the Zacks Consensus Estimate and the Zacks Rank fell to the lowest possible level.  This stock has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) and it is the Bear of the Day.


Ball is a manufacturer of metal and plastic packaging, primarily for beverages and foods, and a supplier of aerospace and other technologies and services to commercial and governmental customers.

Earnings History

The most recent quarter was a small miss, but prior to that things were just fine the previous three reports were all beats of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. 

Estimate Revisions

Earnings estimate revisions are the primary driver of the Zacks Rank.  When estimates move higher the Rank tends to move higher as well. This is not the case for BLL, as estimate came down following the most recent earnings report.

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1.       Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:(GRMN - Free Report) – Free Report)

Garmin is a designer of GPS navigation and wearable technology equipment. The stock is currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and sports “B” grades for Value and Momentum in our Style Scores system. With a P/E ratio of 18.63, Garmin compares favorably to its consumer electronics peers, and with a beta rating of just 0.85, the stock should hypothetically be less volatile than the market average.

The company isn’t a particularly exciting growth story, and full-year estimates are actually calling for profits to slump. Still, Garmin has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in seven straight quarters, and we’ve seen seven positive revisions to its full-year and next-year estimates within the past 60 days. On top of this, Garmin offers an impressive 3.88% dividend.

2.       Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:(INTC - Free Report) – Free Report)

As a leader in the global semiconductor industry, Intel is at the forefront of nearly every emerging trend in the consumer and commercial electronics markets. INTC is currently sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has an “A” grade in the Value and overall VGM categories. With a P/E ratio of 12.02 and a PEG ratio of 1.43, Intel is also besting its industry rivals in several key valuation metrics.

Intel is another consistent earnings performer, having surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last 14 quarters. We’ve also seen 12 positive revisions to its full-year earnings estimates, as well as 10 for its next-year estimates, within the past 60 days. We now expect Intel to post earnings growth of a respectable 10.4% this year. Finally, Intel currently offers a dividend of 3.00%.

3.       Magic Software Enterprises (Nasdaq:(MGIC - Free Report) – Free Report)

Magic Software is a software developer that provides solutions for companies looking to build and deploy applications. Shares are up over 25% year-to-date, making this one of the hotter software stocks on the market this year. MGIC is also sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has an “A” grade for Value.

With a P/E ratio of 14.74 and a P/S ratio of 1.58, Magic Software is sporting strong valuation metrics—the likes of which we don’t see often in today’s tech sector. Also, our current consensus estimates are calling for EPS growth of 29.6% and sales growth of 25.3% this year. And on top of this, the company is currently paying out a 3.10% dividend.

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