Zacks Investment Research Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on equities earnings estimates and stock analysis for the individual investor, including stock picks, stock screening, portfolio stock tracker and stock screeners. http://so-l.ru/news/source/zacks_investment_research Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:03:21 +0300 <![CDATA[Monsanto (MON) Beats on Q3 Fiscal 2017 Earnings & Revenues]]> Monsanto Company MON has carved a name for itself in the global agricultural chemicals’ industry. The company tries to enhance the yield and quality of several commercial and non-commercial agricultural crops such as cotton, soybean and corn.

Currently, MON has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), but that could definitely change after the release of its third-quarter fiscal 2017 (ended May 31, 2017) results. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: MON reported adjusted earnings of $1.93 per share in third-quarter fiscal 2017 (on an ongoing basis), above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.74 per share.

Revenue: MON posted revenues of $4,230 million in third-quarter fiscal 2017, higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,089 million.  

Key Factors: MON confirms to report adjusted earnings at the high-end of the $4.50-$4.90 per share range for fiscal 2017, on an ongoing basis.

MON aims to underpin its business on the back of improved core seeds and genomics business, strategic management of agricultural productivity segment’s trade, meaningful restructuring and appropriate investments.

The company perceives to successfully close Bayer AG’s BAYRY buyout deal by the end of calendar year 2017.   

Stock Price:  At the time of writing, the stock price of MON was up nearly 0.64% ($0.75) in the pre-market trade on Nasdaq. Clearly the initial reaction to the release is positive. We view the company’s better-than-expected third-quarter fiscal 2017 results as the primary reason responsible for this positive sentiment.

As of Jun 27, 2017, MON’s stock closed the trading session at $117.25 per share.  

Check back our full write up on this MON earnings report later!

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<![CDATA[Why Price Plunge Dose Not Spell Trouble for TEGNA (TGNA)]]> Shares of TV broadcasting station operator TEGNA Inc. TGNA have lost more than 35% since the last earnings report. However, this price plunge primarily reflects the divestitures that TEGNA has completed in this time frame. 

The company’s actions to spin off Cars.com and sell most of its controlling stake in job search website CareerBuilder have led to a sharp fall in its share price. Not only this, these have also pushed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings and revenues downward.

In fact, TEGNA’s stock lost value after a pro rata distribution of all outstanding common shares of Cars.com to its stockholders, who were also made to retain their shares of the parent company.

Details of the Strategic Actions

The Cars.com spin-off, which was closed on Jun 1, made TEGNA create two publicly traded companies -- TEGNA, an innovative media company with the largest broadcast group among the major network affiliates in the top 25 markets and Cars.com, a leading digital automotive marketplace.

The spin-off was completed through a pro rata distribution of all outstanding shares of Cars.com to TEGNA stockholders of record at the closure of business on May 18, 2017. Stockholders have retained their TEGNA shares and received one share of Cars.com for every three shares of TEGNA they owned on the record date.

Further, on Jun 19, TEGNA agreed to sell a 40.5% stake in CareerBuilder for $250 million. An investor group led by Apollo Global Management and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board will buy the stake. After the sale, the company will have only a 12.5% stake in CareerBuilder. The web portal -- a global leader in human capital solutions -- provides services ranging from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions.

In addition to TEGNA, two more companies, namely Tribune Media Co. TRCO and McClatchy Co. MNI have also sold their stakes in CareerBuilder.

Bottom Line

TEGNA’s actions to shed its non-core digital businesses will likely generate more value for its investors in the long run. The Cars.com spin-off will help both parties to take advantage of differentiated opportunities in the rapidly evolving broadcast TV and digital landscapes. Both entities can fine tune their balance sheets and capital return policies to their specific business characteristics. This will likely increase growth opportunities and appropriate market valuations.

Also, TEGNA will be able to invest the proceeds from the CareerBuilder sale in its core businesses. At the same time, the remaining 12.5% stake will enable the company to tap the potential in the job search market.

However, the U.S. broadcast TV industry has long been grappling with declining advertising revenues and macroeconomic volatility. In addition, the broadcast TV industry is categorized as an intensely competitive one. We believe these are primarily why the stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Stock to Consider

Investors interested in the Broadcast Radio and Television industry, may consider Gray Television Inc. GTN. The stock currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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<![CDATA[5 Industrial Stocks Near 52-Week Highs that are Must Buys]]> The industrial products sector (one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors) is currently enjoying a Zacks Sector Rank of 2, just a pace behind the Auto, Tires and Trucks sector. This can be attributed to the fact that the majority of the 215 industries within this sector has performed well lately and are poised to take the momentum ahead in the coming quarters.

Some industries in the industrial products sector that are currently well placed in the top 10% of total 265 Zacks categorized industries include Manufacturing - Material Handling and Office Supplies industries which are in the top 2%. Manufacturing - Farm Equipment and Manufacturing - Thermal Products industries are among the top 6% while Glass Products is among the top 7%.



In the past one year, the industrial products sector has clocked a gain of 28.9%, outperformed the S&P 500’s climb of 20.7%. The U.S. factory activity seems to have overcome its previous sluggishness driven by steady job creation, a stable dollar and strong overseas demand.

Economic indicators are indicating a healthy business environment in the industrial sector. For the first quarter of 2017, industrial production – a measure of output at factories, mines and utilities, rose at an annual rate of 1.5 %. The momentum continues in the second quarter with U.S. industrial production logging growth of 1.1% in April compared with March, marking its biggest gain since Feb 2014. Industrial production remained unchanged in May compared with April. A drop in manufacturing output was mitigated by increases in mining and utilities output to keep the index flat in May. Though manufacturing output declined 0.4% in May; it is well within the range of normal monthly volatility. Factory production has gone up 1.4 % in the last 12 months. Total industrial production in May was 2.2% above year-earlier level.

Government policies encouraging better trade relations, increase in infrastructural investments, job creation and high consumer-end demand will support growth. The Industrial Products sector put up a 28.5% growth in earnings in first-quarter 2017 and an 11.7% growth in earnings is projected in second-quarter 2017. The Industrial Products sector is one of the three sectors projected to log a double-digit growth in the second quarter. (Read more: Q2 Earnings Season Preview)

Thus, investing in the industrial space makes perfect sense at this point. However, the question arises – how to make that choice. To zero in on stocks that are winning currently and have the potential to gain further, we have opted one tried and tested technique – picking stocks near their 52-week highs.

Why These Stocks are Good Bets

Investing in stocks near their 52-week high is similar to following the momentum strategy, which is based on the premise that once a trend is established, it is likely to continue. The surge is driven by a broad set of factors including impressive sales, robust profitability and bullish earnings prospects.  Major developments may also send stocks soaring.

On the flipside, stocks that are trading near their 52-week highs carry the risk of falling fast as the market might consider them overvalued. But the positives seem to outweigh drawbacks.

Notably, momentum investors strongly believe in “the trend is your friend”, which means stocks that are growing will continue to grow. They make short-term choices among stocks that are scaling up and sell them at the first sign of a downtrend. The basic idea is that once a trend is recognized, it is likely to continue and the chances of a reversal are minimal.

Thus, picking such stocks might help investors earn higher returns in the short term. However, this is only a speculative strategy and not meant for the faint hearted.

Stocks That Fit the Bill

Given their strong earnings history, positive earnings revisions and great value metrics, we believe these five industrial stocks, all of which are near their 52-week highs, will continue their uptrend for now. The stocks carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and have a Momentum Style Score of “A” or “B”. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AGCO Corporation AGCO, manufacturer and distribution of farm equipment, machinery and replacement parts in the U.S. and Canada, boasts a Zacks Rank #1 and has a Momentum Style Score of “A”. The company has delivered positive earnings surprises in the last four quarters, with an average beat of 40.39%. The company has an expected long-term earnings per share growth rate of 13.06%. Sentiments are in favor of the company, as evident in the positive earnings estimate revisions of 11% for 2017 and 10% for 2018 in the last 60 days. The stock closed at $66.47 yesterday, logging a year-to-date gain of 15.4% so far this year and is near its 52-week high of $68.04.

AptarGroup, Inc. ATR provides a range of packaging, dispensing, and sealing solutions, primarily for the beauty, personal care, home care, prescription drug, consumer health care, injectable, and food and beverage markets. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a Momentum Style Score of “A”. The company has delivered positive earnings surprises in the last four quarters, with an average beat of 1.78%. The long-term expected earnings growth rate for AptarGroup is 9.33%. The estimates for the company for fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 have moved north 5% and 5%, respectively in the last 60 days, reflecting the positive outlook of analysts. The stock has gained 18.5% so far this year and closed trading at $86.37 yesterday, near its 52-week high of $87.94.

Barnes Group Inc. B is an international manufacturer of precision metal parts and distributor of industrial supplies. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a Momentum Style Score of “B”. The company has delivered positive earnings surprises in the last four quarters, with an average beat of 8.94%. Earnings estimates for fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 have both moved up 3% over the past 60 days. The long-term expected earnings growth rate for Barnes Group is 9%. Closing at $57.80 yesterday, the stock has clocked a gain of 22.5% so far this year and is near to its 52-week high of $58.54.

Deere & Company DE, producer of agricultural equipment and a leading manufacturer of construction, forestry, and commercial and consumer equipment flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 and Momentum Score of “A”. Deere has a long-term earnings growth rate of 9.17%. Deere outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, generating an encouraging positive average earnings surprise of 70.41%. The estimate for fiscal 2017 climbed 31% to $6.31 in the past 60 days and for fiscal 2018 also moved north 23% to $6.83. Closing at $122.00 yesterday, the stock has gained 19.1% so far this year and is near its 52-week high of $128.37.

Lakeland Industries, Inc. LAKE manufactures and sells a range of safety garments and accessories for the industrial and public protective clothing market in the U.S. and internationally. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a Momentum Style Score of “A”. The company has delivered positive earnings surprises in the trailing four quarters, with an average beat of 49.26%. The long-term expected earnings growth rate for Lakeland is 10.0 %. Closing at $13.65 yesterday, the stock has gained 31.3% so far this year and is near its 52-week high of $13.70.

Looking Ahead

These stocks have managed to grab the spotlight with notable performances, supported by solid earnings and impressive growth projections. These factors make us more or less confident that investing in these stocks will yield strong returns in the short term.
    
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<![CDATA[Should Alliance Holdings (AHGP) Be Part of Your Portfolio?]]> Units of Alliance Holdings GP L.P. AHGP, have been gaining momentum over the last 12 months. This is due to its solid performance in the last four quarters. The partnership recorded an average surprise of 18.04%. It has returned 13.8% over the same period.



Alliance Holdings GP L.P. has its interest in subsidiaries like Alliance Resource Partners L.P ARLP. Apart from that, the partnership is also well poised to benefit from the new administration’s positive regulatory actions, higher natural gas prices and export demand growth. The low cost coal mines operated by its subsidiaries will allow the partnership to meet the challenges even when natural gas price drops.

In the first quarter, coal sales increased 9.2% year over year to $438.8 million. This was primarily due to 28.9% year-over-year increase in coal tons sold, which resulted in $115.9 million in additional coal sales. However, lower average coal sales prices reduced sales by $78.5 million.

The partnership is also working to continue cutting down on unnecessary expenditures. It aims the per ton cost for 2017 to be 7–9% lower than the 2016 level. This will marginally offset the expected decline in coal prices in the range of 11–12% per ton from 2016 levels.

The improvement in demand for coal is likely to increase shipment in 2017. Alliance Holdings GP L.P expects 835,000 tons of coal to be shipped into the export markets over the remaining part of 2017. This will further boost its performance.

The U.S Coal industry is highly competitive, with the existence of operators like Arch Coal Inc. ARCH and CONSOL Energy Inc. CNX. Alliance Holdings GP L.P. a  Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock continues to keep a competitive edge through well-spread low cost mines in different regions. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the partnership has moved up 13.7% to $3.16 for 2017 and 7.8% to $2.91 for 2018 in the last 90 days. The domestic demand of coal and improving export volumes are expected to drive growth for the partnership.

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<![CDATA[Costco Down 10% in One Month but All's Well with the Stock]]> Shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation COST are down over 10% in the past one month, and this fact alone is enough to unnerve investors. But what suddenly went wrong with this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, which otherwise looks quite sound fundamentally. Further a VGM Score of “A” and long-term earnings per share growth rate of 9.7% clearly indicates the stock’s inherent potential.

What Hurt the Stock?

Shares of Costco were hit hard and plunged almost 7.2% on Jun 16, after the news of Whole Foods Market, Inc.’s WFM buyout by Amazon.com Inc. AMZN surfaced. The e-commerce giant entered into an agreement to acquire Whole Foods for $42 per share in an all-cash deal valued at roughly $13.7 billion, including net debt.

Among other stocks who felt the pinch were Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT, Target Corporation TGT and The Kroger Co. KR. The impact of this was clearly visible in the Zacks categorized Retail-Discount & Variety industry that declined roughly 8.2% in the past one month.

The deal could provide Whole Foods a competitive edge. At one end it will allow the company to reach a wider customer base that prefer shopping online, while on the other end it will help lower procurement costs, given Amazon’s huge bargaining power. Not to forget, Amazon’s technological prowess could be of significant advantage to Whole Foods against its peers – who are aggressively expanding online presence – and could help lower operating costs.

Costco Fundamentally Sound

Costco continues to be one of the dominant retail wholesalers based on the breadth and quality of merchandise offered. The company’s strategy to sell products at heavily discounted prices has helped it to remain on growth track as cash-strapped customers continue to reckon Costco as a viable option for low-cost necessities.

We believe that the company’s recent hike in annual membership fees and increased penetration of Citi Visa co-brand card program will also benefit the stock in the near term. We are also encouraged by Costco’s expansion strategy, as it remains committed to opening new clubs and expanding e-commerce capabilities. The company is also gradually expanding its e-commerce capabilities in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Mexico, Korea and Taiwan.

Costco continued with positive comparable-store sales (comps) performance driven by improved store traffic and average transaction size. Comps for May increased 4.1%, following an increase of 3% in April, 6% in March, 4% in February and 7% in January. Notably, net sales increased 7%, 5% 9%, 8% and 9% in May, April, March, February and January, respectively.

We are encouraged by the company’s expansion strategy. Costco opened 23 and 29 net new outlets in fiscal 2015 and 2016, respectively, and plans to open nearly 26 net new outlets in fiscal 2017, of which approximately 13 are expected to be opened in the U.S. with the remaining in international markets. In our view, the company’s diversification strategy is a natural hedge against risks that may arise in specific markets.

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<![CDATA[Wells Fargo (WFC) to Divest Part of its Insurance Business]]> Wells Fargo & Company WFC recently signed a deal with USI Insurance Services to divest Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc (“WFIS”). The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of fourth-quarter 2017.

The company is offloading its commercial insurance business with a view to regain focus on its banking activities. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo’s personal insurance business will continue to operate under the consumer lending segment and will offer products like auto, home, umbrella and renters insurance.

The company did not disclose terms of the transaction. Perry Pelos, head of Wholesale Banking segment, said that the current employees of WFIS will continue providing services under USI Insurance Services.

This is not the first time that these two companies inked a deal. In May 2014, Wells Fargo sold its 40 small regional insurance brokerage branches to USI Insurance Services.

The fake accounts scandal made a significant impact on Wells Fargo’s performance. The company was banned from conducting its municipal business in a number of states.

However, the company has been taking several initiatives to revamp its financial position. In May 2017, it doubled the cost-cutting targets to combat rising expenses and improve financials.  These efforts will likely help the company regain confidence of its clients and shareholders.

Wells Fargo’s shares have gained 13.1% in the last one year, underperforming the Zacks categorized Banks - Major Regional industry’s rally of 40.2%.

Currently, the bank carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Some better-ranked stocks in the financial space include M&T Bank Corporation MTB, Comerica Incorporated CMA and HSBC Holdings plc HSBC. All these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

M&T Bank witnessed a 1.1% upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year, over the last 60 days. Also, its share price gained 43.1% over the last one year.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Comerica's current-year earnings moved slightly upward over the last 60 days. Its share price increased 82.5% over the last one year.

HSBC’s current-year earnings estimates were revised nearly 1% upward, over the last 60 days. Over the last one year, its share price surged 53.4%.  

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<![CDATA[5 Reasons to Dump Sealed Air (SEE) Stock from Your Portfolio]]> Sealed Air Corporation SEE has been disappointing investors of late. Shares of this specialty packaging service provider to a diverse set of end markets has inched up a meager 0.1% year to date.

Should investors dump this stock from their portfolio for the time being? Let’s find out.

Negative Estimate Revisions

The estimates for the company for second-quarter 2017, fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018, have moved been revised downward in the past 60 days, reflecting the negative outlook of analysts. For the second quarter, the estimate has gone down 44% to 37 cents per share in the past 60 days.

For fiscal 2017, the estimate has dropped 32% to $1.77 in the past 60 days. For fiscal 2018, the estimate has declined 15% to $2.46 per share.

Negative Surprise History

In the trailing four quarters, the company posted an average negative earnings surprise of 0.55%.

Underperforming the Industry



Sealed Air’s stock has increased 1.3% in the past one year, grossly underperforming the Zacks categorized Containers – Paper/ Plastics sub industry’s gain of 23.4%.

Near-Term Headwinds Remain

For 2017, Sealed Air expects sales of $4.3 billion. The guidance reflects an expected 3% constant dollar sales growth in Food Care and 3–4% constant dollar sales growth in Product Care. Currency will negatively impact 2017 net sales by $35 million. Adjusted EBITDA is estimated to be approximately $825 million and adjusted earnings per share is likely to be around $1.70 for 2017. This includes the impact of the pending sale of Diversey.

In 2017, volume growth will be partially offset by higher raw material costs, a higher mix of e-commerce and fulfillment sales, along with the impact of functional support and related expenses previously allocated to Diversey that did not qualify for discontinued operations. Further, costs associated with the Diversey Care operations and various restructuring actions underway will strain margins.

Sealed Air’s results in APAC will be impacted as the Australia/New Zealand region rebuilds cattle herds, which is normally a two to four-year process and dairy markets remain muted. The company generates around 33% of total company sales from the European region. The company anticipates that the recent geopolitical events in Europe and the Middle East to have an effect on business.

Sealed Air experienced positive volume trends in Latin America led by 2% volume growth in food care segment. This was the first time since first-quarter 2014 that volume contributed to sales growth in this region. However, the selective ban on the Brazilian beef export will stall the recovery in this local market and negatively impact volumes in the second and third-quarters 2017.

In the product-care segment, growth in the top line is not translating to bottom-line growth as the company could not match suppliers’ price increases in resin and other raw products with price increases. Sealed Air is witnessing quick growth in online products, but many of those products are selling at lower margins.

Unfavorable Zacks Rank, Style Score

Sealed Air currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Sell) and a VGM Score of “D”. Here 'V' stands for Value, 'G' for Growth and 'M' for Momentum. The company’s score is a weighted combination of these three scores (Value - F, Growth - D, Momentum - A). A score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ is generally considered favorable and allow investors to rule out the negative aspects of stocks and select the valuable picks.

Stocks to Consider

Better-ranked stocks in the same space include AGCO Corporation AGCO, Altra Industrial Motion Corp. AIMC and AptarGroup, Inc. ATR. All the three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AGCO has an average positive earnings surprise of 40.39% in the trailing four quarters.

Altra Industrial Motion generated an average positive earnings surprise of 15.93% in the past four quarters.

AptarGroup has an average positive earnings surprise of 1.78% in the last four quarters.

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<![CDATA[Goldcorp (GG) Inks Deal to Acquire Remaining Exeter Shares]]> Goldcorp Inc. GG has entered into an agreement with Exeter Resource Corporation to acquire all the common shares of the latter, not already owned by the company, through a planned arrangement under section 288 of the Business Corporations Act.    

Per the arrangement, Goldcorp will acquire all the shares of Exeter it did not purchase under its previously announced offer on Apr 20, subject to the approval of Exeter shareholders. This subsequent acquisition transaction proposed by the company has been extended till Jun 7.

As communicated earlier,  Goldcorp acquired 77,428,836 Exeter Shares in exchange for 0.12 of a common share of Goldcorp for each Exeter common share, which being the same consideration payable under the arrangement. Goldcorp presently owns about 78,043,584 Exeter Shares, representing roughly 83.2% of the issued and outstanding Exeter Shares.

The completion of the transaction is subject to certain customary conditions, including all necessary stock exchange and court approvals.

Goldcorp’s shares have lost around 10.4% in the last three months, underperforming the Zacks categorized Mining–Gold industry’s 1.9% decline.


 

Goldcorp, in Apr 2017, announced that it expects 2017 gold production around 2.5 million ounces (+/- 5%), which remains unchanged from the previous guidance. The company expects all in sustaining costs (AISC) to be roughly $850 per ounce (+/- 5%), while total cash costs on a by-product basis are anticipated to be $500 per ounce (+/- 5%).

The company expects sustaining capital expenditures around $700 million (+/- 5%) and expansionary capital of roughly $600 million, which will be spent on Musselwhite's Materials Handling Project, Penasquito's Pyrite Leach Project, Coffee, Borden, NuevaUnion and Cochenour.

Goldcorp remains focused on execution, cost reduction and optimization of asset portfolio. The company, earlier this month, completed the transactions to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with Barrick Gold ABX, for gold projects in the Maricunga District in Chile. Per the terms of JV, both Goldcorp and Barrick will jointly control over 20,000 hectares of mining properties in Maricunga District with the Caspiche and Cerro Casale deposits.

The JV allows both companies to jointly advance the Caspiche and Cerro Casale gold deposits, by consolidating infrastructure. It will also help both companies to reduce operating costs and capital. The JV will also reduce environmental footprint and improve returns, versus two standalone projects.

Goldcorp Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Goldcorp Inc. Price and Consensus | Goldcorp Inc. Quote

Goldcorp currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Stocks to Consider

Some better-ranked companies in the basic materials space include The Sherwin-Williams Company SHW and The Chemours Company CC. Both the stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks Rank #1 stocks here.

Sherwin-Williams has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 11.4%.

Chemours has expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15.5%.

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<![CDATA[International Paper (IP) Offers Lawsuit Settlement for $354M]]> Paper and packaging firm, International Paper Company IP recently inked an agreement to settle the long-pending Kleen Products antitrust class action lawsuit filed in 2010 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The strategic move is aimed at reducing its legal expenses and end the uncertainty related to the future implications from the continued legal processes.

The lawsuit alleged that International Paper and seven other containerboard producers engaged in illegal anticompetitive conduct with respect to the sales of containerboard products. Consequently, customers were forced to pay a higher amount for such products than they would have had to pay in a competitive market.

Although International Paper refuted the allegations and refused to accept the veracity of such claims, it decided to end this bitter legal battle to avoid future hassles and a possible adverse jury verdict that could amplify the quantum of damages. The company has agreed to pay $354 million into a settlement fund to settle the case. Consequently, International Paper will record $219 million net of tax as legal costs for the expected settlement in the second quarter of 2017, subject to the court approval.

Moving forward, International Paper intends to focus more resources on high-return capital projects within its core businesses that can drive additional earnings growth. The company outperformed the Zacks categorized Paper & Paper Products industry in the last three months with an average return of 10.7% compared with an 7.2% gain for the latter. International Paper is undergoing restructuring initiatives to transform itself into a core packaging company. The company intends to invest $300 million through 2017 to further improve its North American containerboard mill system, enhance product quality, and reduce manufacturing and delivery costs. These projects are expected to have a collective internal rate of return of 20%.



In North America, the company envisions a large opportunity within its industrial packaging business, which continues to generate the best margins in the industry. The company is taking initiatives to drive further margin expansion across the business through inorganic growth. The acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Co.’s pulp business has strengthened its position in the global fluff pulp market and augmented its operating cash flow. With a combined capacity of nearly 1.9 million metric tons of pulp, the acquisition is likely to generate annual synergies of approximately $175 million by the end of 2018 along with a higher flexibility to manage a wide portfolio of products to meet customer needs through superior R&D capabilities and priceless patent portfolio.

However, the company remains plagued by macroeconomic challenges and volatility in raw material prices, offsetting some of its positives. Earnings estimates for the current quarter have decreased from 79 cents per share to 66 cents in the last three months, signifying negative investor sentiments for this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stock.

Some better-ranked stocks in the industry include Fibria Celulose S.A. FBR, WestRock Company WRK and Clearwater Paper Corporation CLW, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Fibria Celulose has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 18.4%.

WestRock has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 9.1%. It has beaten earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters with a positive surprise of 9.8%.

Clearwater Paper has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 5.0%.

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<![CDATA[PPG Industries Launches New Formulation of Olympic ONE Paints]]> PPG IndustriesPPG Olympic Paints and Stains brand launched an updated formula for its Olympic ONE exterior paint line. 
 
The new formula comes with the Weather-Ready application technology and is rain-ready in 12 hours which reduces the unpredictability of exterior home projects. The formula also features an all climate protection package that helps paint adhere in case of temperature as low as 32 degree fahrenheit and as high as 90 degree fahrenheit.
 
In addition to this, Olympic ONE exterior paint-and-primer-in-one provides resistance to cracking, peeling, fading and a mildew-resistant coating. The paint includes low volatile organic compound and its low odor formula is ideal for wood, masonry etc. 
 
PPG Industries has underperformed the Zacks categorized Chemicals-Diversified industry over the last one year. The company’s shares have moved up around 7.8% over this period, compared with roughly 23.6% gain recorded by the industry.
 
 
PPG Industries is exposed to unfavorable currency exchange translation, especially in emerging markets. It also faces macroeconomic challenges and volatility in raw materials and energy costs. 
 
The company sees higher raw materials costs on a year over year basis in second-quarter 2017. Moreover, some of its end-markets including marine still remain sluggish. The company also sees moderate growth rates in emerging economies in 2017.
 
PPG Industries, Inc. Price and Consensus
 
PPG Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
 
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Better-ranked companies in the chemical space include Koninklijke DSM NV RDSMY, The Chemours Company CC and BASF SE BASFY
 
Koninklijke has expected long-term growth of 7.7% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Chemours has expected long-term growth of 15.5% and sports a Zacks Rank #1.
 
BASF has expected long-term growth of 8.9% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
 
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<![CDATA[Why W&T Offshore (WTI) Might Be a Diamond in the Rough]]> It commonly happens in stock investing that investors miss the chance of buying winning stocks that they knew would stand out. Before they take the plunge, others get to know the hidden potential and enter into these stocks, pushing them out of reach.

So, instead of repenting, spotting the off-the-radar potential winners and immediately investing in them could be a smart decision.

One such company that looks well positioned for a solid gain, but has been overlooked by investors lately, is W&T Offshore, Inc. WTI. This  Oil and Gas - Exploration and Production - United States industry stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 23.4%. But that is not yet reflected in its price, as the stock lost 3.3% over the same time frame.

You should not be concerned about the price remaining muted going forward. This year’s significant expected earnings growth over the prior year should ultimately translate into price appreciation.

And if this isn’t enough, WTI currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which further underscores the potential for its outperformance (See the performance of Zacks' portfolios and strategies here: About Zacks Performance).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So if you are looking for a stock flying under-the-radar that is well-equipped to bounce down the road, make sure to consider W&T Offshore. Solid estimate revisions and an impressive Zacks Rank suggest that better days may be ahead for WTI and that now might be an interesting buying opportunity.

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<![CDATA[SUPERVALU Buys Unified Grocers to Boost Wholesale Business]]> SUPERVALU Inc. SVU recently announced the completion of Unified Grocers Inc.’s acquisition, which was announced on Apr 10. The transaction’s value stands at $390 million.

As per the terms of the agreement, SUPERVALU paid $114 million in cash for 100% of Unified Grocer’s outstanding stock. Additionally, the former assumed and paid off $261 million in debt.

Unified Grocers is a wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers, mainly across western U.S. The company, along with its subsidiaries, provides necessary resources that retailers require in order to compete in the supermarket segment. SUPERVALU is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. The merger of these two great organizations is expected to radically boost SUPERVALU’s wholesale business segment. The company derives a major portion of its revenues from the wholesale business. Therefore, it is expected from the company to look for avenues to further strengthen its wholesale division.

The acquisition is also expected to offer new growth opportunities across multiple geographies for Unified Grocers, including the expansion of its Market Centre division as well as providing specialty and ethnic products to independent customers.

Of late SUPERVALU has been witnessing difficulties in growth achievement due to sluggish sales in its retail business. The company’s sales have been lower since the past many quarters due to softer comps. Though SUPERVALU is trying to keep its costs down, its selling and administrative expenses have been rising higher than revenues.

In fact, SUPERVALU’s shares have been observed to be underperforming the Zacks categorized Food-Miscellaneous Diversified industry in the past six months. During the said time frame, shares of this company plunged 35.1% compared to the industry’s decline of 4.4%.

Nevertheless, the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company is focused on improving its performance. Management expects to continue to explore opportunities for growth through acquisitions. In addition to wholesale segment’s growth, management has been stringently focusing on increasing the company’s operating efficiency so as to keep its costs down. We expect that such strategies would aid improving the company’s performance and investor’s confidence in the forthcoming periods.

Other Key Picks

Investors may also consider other stocks in the consumer staples space such as MGP Ingredients, Inc. MGPI, Aramark ARMK and B&G Foods, Inc. BGS. All of them carry a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) Rank stocks here.

MGP Ingredients has an average positive earnings surprise of 27% over the trailing four quarters and a long-term earnings growth rate of 15%.

Aramark has an average positive earnings surprise of 4.5% over the trailing four quarters and a long-term earnings growth rate of 12%.

B&G Foods has an average positive earnings surprise of 2.1% over the trailing four quarters and a long-term earnings growth rate of 10%.

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<![CDATA[Implied Volatility Surging for J P Morgan (JPM) Stock Options]]> Investors in J P Morgan Chase & Co. JPM need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the June 30th, 2017 $77 Call had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for J P Morgan shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, J P Morgan is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) in the Banks - Major Regional industry that ranks in the Top 41% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 30 days, one analyst has increased earnings estimate for the current quarter, while three have dropped their estimates. The net effect has taken our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from $1.64 per share to $1.60 cents in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about J P Morgan right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Often times, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

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<![CDATA[3 Best-Ranked Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds for Great Returns]]> Incepted in 1988, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) offers financial services including investment and advisory solutions, and risk-management expertise to institutional and individual investors throughout the globe. With more than $1 trillion assets under management, GSAM is considered one of the world’s leading financial management companies. GSAM prides itself in having more than 2,000 professionals in 31 offices worldwide. The fund family develops investment strategies with respect to geographical regions, industries and asset classes.

Below we share with you three top-ranked Goldman Sachs mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. Investors can click here to see the complete list of Goldman Sachs mutual funds.

Goldman Sachs Large Cap Value Insights A GCVAX invests in securities of companies having market capitalization within the range of the Russell 1000 Index. GCVAX invests in securities of domestic and foreign firms that are traded in the U.S. The fund may also invest in fixed income producing securities. Goldman Sachs Large Cap Value Insights A has returned 22.4% over the last one-year period.

GCVAX has an expense ratio of 0.96% as compared to the category average of 1.06%.

Goldman Sachs Dynamic Municipal Income A GSMIX seeks a high level of current income. GSMIX invests the majority of its assets in fixed income securities issued by or on behalf of states, territories and possessions of the United States. The fund may also invest in private activity bonds, whose interest may be a preference for the purpose of federal alternative minimum tax. Goldman Sachs Dynamic Municipal Income A has returned 0.5% over the last one-year period.

Ben Barber is one of the asset managers of GSMIX since 1999.

Goldman Sachs US Equity Insights A GSSQX seeks capital appreciation and dividend income over the long run. GSSQX maintains a diversified portfolio by investing primarily in equity securities of companies located in the U.S. GSSQX may also invest in securities of foreign firms traded in the U.S. The fund may also consider fixed income producing securities to build its portfolio. The Goldman Sachs US Equity Insights A fund has returned 23.9% over the last one-year period.

As of January 2017, GSSQX held 168 issues, with 2.31% of its assets invested in AT&T Inc. 

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<![CDATA[Hologic (HOLX) Product Pipeline Strong, Competition Rife]]> On Jun 27, we issued an updated research report on Hologic, Inc. HOLX, headquartered in Bedford, MA. The company manufactures mammography systems for breast examination and osteoporosis assessment. Hologic currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Over the past one year, Hologic has been trading above the Zacks categorized Medical - Instruments industry. The company has gained 33.7%, when compared to the 15.3% gain of the broader industry.

We are encouraged to note that the company is constantly making efforts to expand its business. Hologic recently announced the receipt of FDA clearance to market the Aptima Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 1 & 2 molecular assay on the fully automated Panther system.

Also, the company announced that the U.S. FDA has granted an expanded clearance for Cynosure's non-invasive body contouring product, SculpSure, to treat the back as well as inner and outer thighs.

In February, Hologic launched a next-generation NovaSure ADVANCED product in the U.S. for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding. Further, the company announced FDA approvals for two important new diagnostic assays. These are viral load tests for HIV-1 and the hepatitis C virus. Hologic also announced that its Aptima Zika Virus diagnostic assay received CE mark in Europe for the detection and diagnosis of the Zika virus in patients. Management also continues to expect U.S. regulatory clearance for its hepatitis B assay in 2018.

The company’s strong product pipeline is also encouraging. In this regard, Hologic is working on innovation and product launches. At Diagnostics, it recently filed for regulatory approval of its Aptima Hepatitis C viral load test in the U.S. and anticipates the product launch in 2017, following the introduction of its HIV viral load assay. Under the breast health segment, Hologic has focused its R&D strategy on continuous innovation to fortify its leadership position in 3D mammography. Meanwhile, the Affirm prone biopsy system and upcoming Brevera products are likely to provide real-time specimen radiography to improve breast biopsy workflow and patient experience.

This apart, the company acquired Medicor, its long-time distributor of breast and skeletal health products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This opens up considerable scope for the company and also helps it to gain direct access to customers.

Moreover, the Medicare payment rates, which came into effect on Jan 1, 2015, will allow providers in the U.S. to determine coverage policies specific to screening and diagnostic 3D mammography. Management expects the new Medicare payment rates to allow more women to gain access to this 3D screening test, which is the only one approved by the FDA as clinically superior to standard mammography. We believe the availability of reimbursement for 3D mammography coupled with the substantial body of published studies, which showed positive results in favor of the 3D test, will boost demand for the same.

On the flip side, foreign exchange headwinds continue to affect the company’s international performance. Hologic operates in a highly competitive industry. Its mammography, related products and subsystems compete on a worldwide basis with products offered by the likes of General Electric Company (GE), Siemens, Koninklijke Philips NV, or Philips, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, or Fuji, I.M.S., and Toshiba Corporation, to name a few.

Key Picks

A few better-ranked medical stocks are Align Technology, Inc. ALGN, Inogen, Inc. INGN and Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. AXDX. Notably, Inogen sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), while Align Technology and Accelerate Diagnostics carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Align Technology has an expected long-term adjusted earnings growth of almost 24.1%. The stock has added roughly 30.7% over the last three months.

Inogen has a long-term expected earnings growth rate of 17.5%. The stock has gained around 19.7% over the last three months.

Accelerate Diagnostics has an expected long-term adjusted earnings growth of 30%. The stock has added roughly 17.9% over the last three months.

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<![CDATA[Is Adobe (ADBE) a Great Growth Stock?]]> Growth stocks can be some of the most exciting picks in the market, as these high-flyers can captivate investors’ attention, and produce big gains as well. However, these can also lead on the downside when the growth story is over, so it is important to find companies which are still seeing strong growth prospects in their businesses.

One such company that might be well-positioned for future earnings growth is Adobe Systems Incorporated ADBE. This firm, which is in the Computer - Software industry, saw EPS growth of 71.9% last year, and is looking great for this year too.

In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 31.6%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 16.6%, suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul.

And if this wasn’t enough, the stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 2.8%. Thanks to this rise in earnings estimates, ADBE has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which further underscores the potential for outperformance in this company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So if you are looking for a fast growing stock that is still seeing plenty of opportunities on the horizon, make sure to consider ADBE. Not only does it have double digit earnings growth prospect, but its impressive Zacks Rank suggests that analysts believe better days are ahead for ADBE as well.

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<![CDATA[Why Svenska Cellulosa (SVCBY) Could Be a Top Value Stock Pick]]> Value investing is always a very popular strategy, and for good reason. After all, who doesn’t want to find stocks that have low PEs, solid outlooks, and decent dividends?

Fortunately for investors looking for this combination, we have identified a strong candidate which may be an impressive value; Svenska Cellulosa AB SVCBY.

Svenska Cellulosa in Focus

Svenska Cellulosa may be an interesting play thanks to its forward PE of 4.53, its P/S ratio of 0.44, and its decent dividend yield of 7.2%. These factors suggest that Svenska Cellulosa is a pretty good value pick, as investors have to pay a relatively low level for each dollar of earnings, and that SVCBY has decent revenue metrics to back up its earnings.

But before you think that Svenska Cellulosa is just a pure value play, it is important to note that it has been seeing solid activity on the earnings estimate front as well. For current year earnings, the consensus has gone up by 1.2% in the past 30 days, thanks to one upward revision in the past month compared to none lower.

This estimate strength is actually enough to push SVCBY to a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), suggesting it is poised to outperform. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So really, Svenska Cellulosa is looking great from a number of angles thanks to its PE below 20, a P/S ratio below one, and a strong Zacks Rank, meaning that this company could be a great choice for value investors at this time.

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<![CDATA[Why Owens Corning (OC) Could Beat Earnings Estimates Again]]> Looking for a stock that might be in a good position to beat earnings at its next report? Consider Owens Corning OC, a firm in the Building Products - Miscellaneous, which could be a great candidate for another beat.

This company has seen a nice streak of beating earnings estimates, especially when looking at the previous two reports. In fact, in these reports, OC has beaten estimates by at least 15% in both cases, suggesting it has a nice short-term history of crushing expectations.

Earnings in Focus

Two quarters ago, OC expected to post earnings of 61 cents per share, while it actually produced earnings of 72 cents per share, a beat of 18%. Meanwhile, for the most recent quarter, the company looked to deliver earnings of 61 cents per share, when it actually produced earnings of 85 cents per share instead, representing a 39.3% positive surprise.

Owens Corning Inc Price and EPS Surprise

 

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Thanks in part to this history, recent estimates have been moving higher for Owens Corning. In fact, the Earnings ESP for OC is positive, which is a great sign of a coming beat.

After all, the Zacks Earnings ESP compares the most accurate estimate to the broad consensus, looking to find stocks that have seen big revisions as of late, suggesting that analysts have recently become more bullish on the company’s earnings prospects. This is the case for OC, as the firm currently has a Zacks Earnings ESP of +11.88%, so another beat could be around the corner.

This is particularly true when you consider that OC has a great Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which can be a harbinger of outperformance and a signal for a strong earnings profile. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

When you add this solid Zacks Rank to a positive Earnings ESP, a positive earnings surprise happens nearly 70% of the time, so it seems pretty likely that OC could see another beat at its next report, especially if recent trends are any guide.

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<![CDATA[Air Products to Support Capacity Expansion Project of SMIC]]> Air Products APD has been awarded the industrial gases supply to support the capacity expansion of the Tianjin facility of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”). The contract to support the capacity expansion project of SMIC, one of the world's leading and most advanced semiconductor foundries in mainland China, will help strengthen Air Products’ position and commitment to the country's electronics manufacturing industries.

Air Products will build an on-site nitrogen plant to support the expansion. The company will leverage its existing air separation unit and liquid gases capacity to supply a broad range of high-purity bulk gases, including nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and helium, as well as compressed dry air.

The current Tianjin facility at SMIC, located in the state-level Xiqing Economic and Technological Development Area (“XEDA”) has been using Air Products' high-purity nitrogen, oxygen, argon and helium since 2004 for producing 8-inch (200mm) wafers. The expansion project will include a new fab making it the world's largest integrated 8-inch IC production line with a capacity of 150,000 wafers per month.

SMIC’s capacity expansion in Tianjin and XEDA will strengthen its position and help it meet the increasing demands from the thriving electronics and other high-end manufacturing industries.

Air Products has outperformed the Zacks categorized Chemicals-Diversified industry over the past three months. The company’s shares have moved up around 5.2% over this period, compared with roughly 0.3% gain recorded by the industry.



Air Products is well placed to leverage the cyclical recovery in core industrial end-markets. The company has built a strong project backlog. These projects are expected to be accretive to earnings and cash flow over the next few years. Acquisitions and new business wins are expected to continue to drive results. The company is also progressing well with its $600 million cost-cutting program.

Air Products also has significant amount of cash to invest in its core industrial gases business. The company expects to have roughly $8 billion to deploy in strategic, high-return opportunities to create shareholders value over the next three years.

However, the company’s industrial gases business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region is seeing pressure from a weak operating environment. The company is also seeing lower volumes in Latin America due to weak demand. Moreover, volumes in packaged gases continue to be weak while LNG sales remain under pressure due to low project activity. The company is also exposed to currency headwinds.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Price and Consensus

Air Products currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Stocks to Consider

Some better-ranked companies in the chemical space include Koninklijke DSM NV RDSMY, The Chemours Company CC and BASF SE BASFY.

Koninklijke has expected long-term growth of 7.7% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Chemours has expected long-term growth of 15.5% and sports a Zacks Rank #1.

BASF has expected long-term growth of 8.9% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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<![CDATA[Why Etsy (ETSY) Stock Might be a Great Pick]]> One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Etsy, Inc. ETSY. This is because this security in the Internet – Services space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Internet – Services space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 51 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, Etsy is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

Etsy, Inc. Price and Consensus

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have risen from a loss of 2 cents per share to a loss of 1 cent per share, while current year estimates have risen from a loss of 2 cents per share to a breakeven per share. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), which is also a favorable signal. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider Etsy. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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