Zacks Sell List Highlights: AllianceBernstein Holding LP, XL Group plc, General Cable and MeadWestvaco - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - February 21, 2012 - 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): AllianceBernstein Holding LP ( AB ) and XL Group plc ( XL ). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: General Cable Corporation ( BGC ) and MeadWestvaco Corp. ( MWV ).

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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 AB and XL 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:

AllianceBernstein Holding LP ( AB ) announced fourth-quarter profit of 7 cents per share on February 10 that missed analysts' expectations by 66.67%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slid to $1.03 per share from $1.12 per share in the last 30 days as next year's estimate dipped 8 cents per share to $1.18 per share in that time span.

XL Group plc ( XL ) posted a fourth-quarter loss of 25 cents per share on February 7, which came in 41 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $1.88 per share from $2.22 per share over the past month. For 2013, analysts expect a profit of $2.18 per share, compared to last month's projection for a profit of $2.45 per share.  

Here is a synopsis of why BGC and MWV 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;

General Cable Corporation's ( BGC ) fourth-quarter profit of 30 cents per share, posted on February 8, lagged analysts' projections by 18.92%. Estimate for current year slid 33 cents per share to $2.70 per share over a month as next year's estimate dipped 42 cents per share to $3.51 per share in that time span.

MeadWestvaco Corp. ( MWV ) reported a fourth-quarter profit of 26 cents per share on January 25 that fell 10.34% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently $1.78 per share, compared with last month's projection of $1.98 per share. Next year's forecast dropped to $2.15 per share from $2.23 per share in the same period.

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ALLIANCEBERNSTN ( AB ): Free Stock Analysis Report
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This article appears in: Investing Stocks
Referenced Stocks: AB , BGC , MWV , XL

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