Zacks.com releases the latest list of Zacks Rank Buy Stocks. Everyday on Zacks.com, four stocks are selected based on how well they match the criteria for the four main schools of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum and Value. The four Zacks Rank Buy stocks highlighted today are CEVA, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEVA), Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) and Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC).
Stocks ranked #1 (Strong Buy) by Zacks have produced an average annual return of +32.2% since inception in 1988. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained 43.8% while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. To see the full Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) List, or the rank for any other stock, visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=88
Here is a synopsis of today’s Zacks Rank Buy Stocks:
Aggressive Growth – CEVA, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEVA)
CEVA Inc. has had a great year. The company just reported third-quarter results that easily beat estimates. CEVA also concluded ten new licensing agreements. Over the past two months, this year's estimates have increased 30% to 13 cents per share. Earnings are expected to grow 69% next year to 22 cents per share.
Growth & Income – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS)
Barnes & Noble, a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) company, announced third-quarter results and declared a quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share last month. Sales improved in all categories, particularly website sales, which boasted a 14.5% comparable sales increase on a year-over-year basis. The book retailer is yielding about 2%, while other players within its industry are offering 1.6% on average. The company’s ROE of 12% is in line with the industry average. All five covering analysts lifted earnings expectations for the year ending January 2008 to $2.00 per share from last month’s $1.88.
Momentum – Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES)
Guess?, Inc. has diversified into international markets and the returns have been excellent. Revenue growth in the company's European segment grew by 78.8% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.
Value – Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC)
Western Digital is a cheap stock with a lot of momentum. It recently raised guidance citing strong demand in the computer and electronics industries. Over the past 60 days, this year's earnings estimates have increased 49 cents to $2.57 per share. Analysts expect earnings to jump 18.6% next year. The most accurate estimate shows a big 18% upside for next quarter.
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Since 1988, the Zacks Rank has proven that "Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices." Since inception in 1988, #1 Rank stocks have generated an average annual return of +32.2%. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%, while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. Also note that the Zacks Rank system has just as many Strong Sell recommendations (Rank #5) as Strong Buy recommendations (Rank #1). Since 1988, Zacks Rank #5 stocks have underperformed the S&P 500 by 129% annually (+5.3% vs. +12.1%). Thus, the Zacks Rank system allows investors to truly manage portfolio trading effectively.
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