Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the
Zacks #5 Rank List - Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% versus
+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 MTRN and QSFT 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:
) announced fourth-quarter profit of 4 cents per share on February
27 that missed analysts? expectations by 33.33%. The Zacks
Consensus Estimate for the current year slid to $2.12 per share
from $2.32 per share in the last 60 days as next year?s estimate
dipped 62 cents per share to $2.49 per share in that time span.
Quest Software, Inc.
) posted a fourth-quarter profit of 26 cents per share on February
14, which came in 20 cents wider than the average forecast. The
Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $1.40 per share
from $1.41 per share over the past month. For 2013, analysts expect
a profit of $1.64 per share, compared to last month?s projection
for a profit of $1.65 per share.
Here is a synopsis of why KMB and HRB 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;
Kimberly Clark Corp
) fourth-quarter profit of $1.28 per share, posted on January 24,
lagged analysts? projections by 0.78%. Estimate for current year
slid 1 cent per share to $5.11 per share over two month?s as next
year?s estimate dipped 1 cent per share to $5.54 per share in that
H&R Block, Inc.
) reported a third-quarter loss of 1 cent per share on March 6 that
fell 116.67% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year
average forecast is currently $1.38 per share, compared with last
month?s projection of $1.44 per share. Next year?s forecast dropped
to $1.64 per share from $1.66 per share in the same period.
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