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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Huntsman, Tutor Perini, OceanFirst, GeoPark and Kulicke and Soffa

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Chicago, IL – February 8, 2018 – 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 Huntsman Corporation (HUN - Free Report) , Tutor Perini Corporation (TPC - Free Report) , OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC - Free Report) , GeoPark Limited and Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (KLIC - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Stocks with Great Upside Even in a Choppy Market
After a violent sell-off in the last couple of days, the U.S. stock market roared back with the biggest rally seen in several months amid heavy trading and huge swings. The Dow Jones jumped 2.3%, marking its biggest one-day increase since January 2016, while the S&P 500 climbed 1.7%, marking its best rise since November 2016.

The strong comeback was prompted by investors rush to buy beaten down sectors and stocks. Additionally, the fundamentals remained intact as the euphoria surrounding the biggest tax overhaul in decades, robust corporate earnings and optimism on global growth are acting as the key catalysts. A massive $1.5-trillion tax cut will create an economic surge, boosting job growth and reflation trade. It will further accelerate earnings, leading to increased dividend and buyback activities. Additionally, low unemployment, higher consumer spending and rising consumer confidence are adding the strength in the market.

However, threats of higher inflation have made investors jittery following strong wage growth data. Higher inflation could push the Fed to raise interest rates quicker than anticipated, resulting in higher borrowing costs for companies that will hurt economic growth and in turn the most powerful bull market, which is drawing close to completing nine years. Additionally, global trade fears, political instability in Washington, and geopolitical tensions remain an overhang on the stocks.

Given heightened volatility, investors should bet on stocks that have the potential to ride higher even in a choppy market. Below, we have chosen six such picks based on five parameters:  Zacks Rank #1(Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy), a VGM Score of B or better, 100% broker rating of Strong Buy + Buy, a top-ranked industry and lower P/E than the industry. A lower P/E ratio indicates that the stock is cheap and undervalued in the industry. Additionally, these stocks trade in good volumes, indicating strong liquidity.

Huntsman Corporation

Based in The Woodlands, TX, Huntsman is among the world's largest global manufacturers of differentiated and commodity chemical products for a variety of industrial and consumer applications. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Zacks Rank: 2
VGM Score: A

Industry Placement: Top 27%
P/E ratio: 11.91 vs industry average of 14.69

Tutor Perini Corporation

Based in Sylmar, CA, Tutor Perini provides diversified general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private clients and public agencies worldwide.

Zacks Rank: 2
VGM Score: A
Industry Placement: Top 6%
P/E ratio: 8.60 vs industry average of 18.20

OceanFirst Financial Corp.

Based in Toms River, NJ, OceanFirst Financial operates as the holding company for OceanFirst Bank that provides a range of community banking services to retail, government and business customers.

Zacks Rank: 2
VGM Score: B
Industry Placement: Top 7%
P/E ratio: 13.54 vs 14.98

GeoPark Limited

Based in Santiago, Chile, GeoPark is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.

Zacks Rank: 1
VGM Score: A
Industry Placement: Top 29%
P/E ratio: 8.61 vs 17.63

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc.

Based in Singapore, Kulicke & Soffa is a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions supporting the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial segments.

Zacks Rank: 1
VGM Score: A
Industry Placement: Top 77%
P/E ratio: 9.51 vs 15.59

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