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Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Ralph Lauren, Cerner, KeyW, Fifth Third and Energy Transfer

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Chicago, IL – April 23, 2019– Stocks in this week’s article include Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL - Free Report) , Cerner Corp. (CERN - Free Report) , The KeyW Holding Corp. , Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB - Free Report) and Energy Transfer LP (ET - 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:

Bet on These 5 Stocks with Upgraded Broker Ratings Right Now

With first-quarter earnings in full swing, market sentiment is largely influenced by corporate results and guidance. Though earnings are a good enough indicator of a stock’s future performance, identifying future growth drivers is not always an easy task.

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

Brokers have a better understanding of stocks, deeper industry knowledge 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 stock. So, when an analyst 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 must also take into consideration certain other factors to ensure solid returns.

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