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Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: HD Supply, Synchrony Financial and Alaska Air

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Chicago, IL – February 1, 2019– Stocks in this week’s article include HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (HDS - Free Report) , Synchrony Financial (SYF - Free Report) and Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK - Free Report) . Kevin Matras screens for companies showing their 'first' profit and explains why they are ones to watch.

Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

Buy These 3 Stocks with Upgraded Broker Ratings Right Now

During an earnings season, investor sentiment is mainly influenced by corporate results and guidance. Though earnings are a good indicator of a stock’s future performance, identifying key future growth drivers is not always an easy task.

A company’s better-than-expected earnings may not always translate to a strong price appreciation for its stock owing to certain reasons that are not easy to identify. Therefore, it is advisable to depend on expert advice. One way to do this is to follow broker recommendations.

Brokers have a better understanding of stocks, deeper industry insight and a grasp over the economy at large. They scrutinize the company’s fundamentals and place them against the current economic backdrop to find out how the stock will fare as an investment option.

Brokers go through the company’s publicly available documents, attend conference calls and are in direct communication with the top management. At times, to get more insight into the company’s products and services offered, they even communicate with customers.

After an in-depth research, brokers decide to rate the company’s stock. So, when a broker upgrades a stock, one can easily rely on it.

Still, solely depending on analyst recommendations is not the right way to build investment portfolio. One should also take into consideration certain other factors to ensure solid returns.

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