VALIDUS HOLDING (VR) - Profit Tracks

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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 KBW and VR 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:

KBW, Inc. ( KBW ) announced fourth-quarter loss of 28 cents per share on February 23 that missed analysts? expectations by 1,500%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slid to 89 cents per share from $1.12 per share in the last 30 days as next year?s estimate dipped 19 cents per share to $1.74 per share in that time span.

Validus Holdings, Ltd. ( VR ) posted a fourth-quarter profit of 21 cents per share on February 2, which came in 58 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $4.04 per share from $4.51 per share over the past two months. For 2013, analysts expect a profit of $4.70 per share, compared to last two month?s projection for a profit of $4.85 per share.

Here is a synopsis of why RTI and CDE 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;

RTI International Metals, Inc. ( RTI ) fourth-quarter profit of 4 cents per share, posted on February 7, lagged analysts? projections by 60%. Estimate for current year slid 45 cents per share to 56 cents per share over two months as next year?s estimate dipped $1 per share to $1.20 per share in that time span.

Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation ( CDE ) reported a fourth-quarter profit of 46 cents per share on February 23 that fell 11.54% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently $2.44 per share, compared with last month?s projection of $3 per share. Next year?s forecast dropped to $3.05 per share from $3.18 per share in the same period.
 
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