Zacks Sell List Highlights: State Auto Financial, TFS Financial, Ivanhoe Mines and Innophos Holdings

CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): State Auto Financial (Nasdaq: STFC) and TFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: TFSL). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.  (NYSE: IVN) and Innophos Holdings, Inc (Nasdaq: IPHS). To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List - Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92

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Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why STFC and TFSL have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

State Auto Financial's (Nasdaq: STFC) third-quarter loss of 4 cents per share, reported on November 2, came in a 46 cents worse than analysts' expectations. Moreover the net income per diluted share also decreased 100% on a year-over-year basis. For 2010, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 3 cents to a loss of 6 cents per share over the past  month. The forecast for 2011 dropped 7 cents to $1.05 per share in the same period.

TFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: TFSL) posted a fourth-quarter loss of 4 cents per share on November 10 in contrast to the Zacks Consensus Estimate for a profit of a penny. The full-year average forecast is pegged at a profit of $0.01 per share, which declined from $0.11 in the last 60 days. During that time, next year's estimate slid 6 cents to $0.13 per share.  

Here is a synopsis of why IVN and IPHS have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.  (NYSE: IVN) third - quarter loss of 5 cents per share, announced on November 10, missed analysts' expectations by 150%. Also the net revenue decreased by nearly 45 % as compared to last year same period. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 worsened 14 cents to a loss of 24 cents per share over the 30 days as the covering analysts revised downwards. The same period has seen a decline of 13 cents in the forecast for 2011, which now stands at a loss of 13 cents per share.

Innophos Holdings, Inc (Nasdaq: IPHS) reported a third-quarter profit of 75 cents per share in the month of November while analysts anticipated a profit of 83 cents. Moreover the diluted EPS for the third quarter 2010 was a loss of $0.10. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year dipped 7 cents to a profit of $2.77 per share in the last 90 days as covering analysts pulled back on expectations.

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