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DSW, L Brands, Vishay Intertechnology, Cypress Semiconductor and ON Semiconductor highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

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Chicago, IL - September 20, 2018 - Zacks Equity Research highlights DSW Inc. DSW as the Bull of the Day, L Brands, Inc. LB as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. VSH , Cypress Semiconductor Corporation CY and ON Semiconductor Corporation ON .

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day :

DSW Inc. is finding its footing as it reported a record second quarter. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) raised guidance and earnings are expected to jump by the double digits this year.

DSW sells footwear and accessories through several retail concepts including DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse and Town Shoes.

It sells in over 1,000 retail stores as well as via e-commerce sites and its mobile app.

Big Beat in the Second Quarter of 2018

On Aug 28, DSW reported second quarter results and easily blew by the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings were $0.63 versus the consensus of $0.47, for a 34% beat.

It was a record quarter for sales and earnings.

Total revenue jumped 16.4% to $795 million.

Comparable sales rose 9.7%, which was one of the best quarters in years and one of the best in the retail industry during the quarter.

It wasn't just shoes that were strong sellers but accessories were also solid.

The company is also building the brand through its VIP loyalty program, which is free to join and provides perks and free shipping.

Raised Full Year Outlook

Given the strong quarter and the momentum it has heading into the holiday season, DSW raised its full year earnings guidance to a range of $1.60 to $1.75 from the prior range of $1.52 to $1.67.

The analysts rushed to raise their estimates to be in line, with the Zacks Consensus Estimate jumping to $1.74 from $1.62 in the last month. That would be earnings growth of 14.5% over fiscal 2017.

They also raised fiscal 2019 estimates, pushing the 2019 Zacks Consensus Estimate up to $1.91 from $1.72. That's earnings growth of 9.7%.

Bear of the Day :

L Brands, Inc. continues to struggle as its brands are off trend. This Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) is near 5-year lows.

L Brands operates 3,084 stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China. Its brands include Victoria's Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel.

It also operates e-commerce sites for most of those brands and has 800 additional franchised locations worldwide.

Closing of Henri Bendel

On Sep 13, the company announced it was closing all 23 of its Henri Bendel stores as of January 2019, including its e-commerce site.

Henri Bendel has a long history. It has operated 123 years and sells luxury handbags and accessories.

The flagship store was in New York City with smaller stores in 11 states.

L Brands, which bought the chain in 1985, announced that revenue for the full year would be approximately $85 million with an operating loss of $45 million.

In 2017, L Brands had revenue of $12.6 billion, so you can see that Henri Bendel was really a small portion of the business.

With the stock slumping, this closure was expected to enhance shareholder value but it doesn't address the other problems at the flagship brands of Victoria's Secret and PINK.

Will shareholders even notice it is gone?

Another Beat in the Second Quarter

On Aug 22, L Brands reported its second quarter results and it beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate again, reporting $0.36 versus the consensus of $0.34.

It has an amazing earnings beat record. It hasn't missed in over 5 years.

Comparable sales rose 3% compared to the year ago period.

Cuts Full Year Guidance Again

Why did the shares fall after the earnings beat?

Because L Brands cut full year guidance to $2.45 to $2.70 from its previous guide of $2.70 to $3.00. It was the second guidance cut of the year.

The CEO of PINK also announced her retirement at the end of the year. PINK had been one of the company's most successful brands.

It's hiring for the job internally and she's staying on for the transition, but Wall Street often doesn't like senior management changes.

Analysts Slash Estimates

The analysts have been cutting most of the year and they continued to do so after the second quarter earnings report.

The fiscal 2018 Zacks Consensus Estimate fell to $2.51 from $2.79 over the last 90 days. That's an earnings decline of 21.6% as the company earnings $3.20 in 2017.

2019 estimates have been cut too, with the Zacks Consensus falling to $2.57 from $2.90 over the prior 3 months, but that's at least positive earnings growth of 2.4%.

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3 "Internet of Things" Stocks to Buy Now

Semiconductor stocks have been struggling to generate positive momentum recently, but there are a number of new secular trends which investors are looking to remain exposed to in the long-term. Of these, easily the most exciting for certain niche chipmakers is the Internet of Things.

For those that don't know, the Internet of Things is the growing world of interconnected household and industrial devices. Everyday products and machines can now be embedded with sensor technology to process data or interact with other electronic devices.

For example, consumer-level IoT products include things like Amazon's (AMZN) Echo "smart speaker," wearable motion and activity tracking products, and advanced in-car technology. On the commercial side of the IoT market, industrial manufacturers have begun implementing sensors into machines to track performance and efficiency.

(Also Read:How to Invest in the "Internet of Things" )

As demand for the microchips that power these IoT devices continues to grow, semiconductor manufacturers with a focus on IoT products will continue to benefit. The volatility we are seeing in chipmakers right now comes from Wall Street's efforts to call an end to an extended cycle of strength for the cycle, but over time, we could see IoT-focused semiconductor firms maintain their growth as the number of connected devices worldwide continues to expand rapidly.

With that said, we've found three stocks which have been flagged by the Zacks Rank that could be poised for further IoT growth soon.

1. Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Vishay Intertechnology is a global manufacturer and supplier of discrete semiconductors. The company has a broad portfolio of unique passive and active solutions that are tailored to the "things" being controlled in the IoT. Vishay markets its portfolio to manufacturers of everything from biometric monitoring systems to fitbands and smart appliances.

VSH is currently a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The stock is solid growth option, with earnings and revenue expected to improve by 40% and 16%, respectively, this year. But VSH is also reasonably priced, and the stock's P/E of 10.6 and PEG of 1.2 show that investors are getting a great bargain on its current outlook.

The stock has been sluggish in the wake of the aforementioned industry volatility, but investors should keep an eye on the $20 level as a key point of support. The fundamentals look good here, so if that line can hold, there's definitely potential for a rebound.

2. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

Cypress Semiconductor is a leading provider of high-performance digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits. The company has also emerged as a leader in the Internet of Things industry after shelling out $550 million for Broadcom's IoT business in 2016. Cypress' "WICED" IoT platform is part of one of the largest such portfolios in the industry.

Cypress has been an up-and-down stock throughout 2018, but we are looking for shares to start reacting to the company's improving earnings outlook soon. The firm has witnessed eight positive revisions to its full-year EPS estimates within the past 60 days, and that type of sentiment is normally met with share price momentum.

Other reasons to like Cypress include its Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and "A" grade for Growth in our Style Scores system. The company also pays out a healthy 2.8% dividend yield.

3. ON Semiconductor Corporation

ON Semiconductor has traditionally been known as a power management and commodity chip maker, but the company has started to carve out a budding IoT division. ON is now heavily involved with automotive solutions, and its IoT offerings also include products catered to wearables, smart city development, and industrial automation.

ON is currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has emerged as an interesting earnings growth pick, with EPS totals expected to improve by 26% this year and over 13% on a long-term, annualized basis. Meanwhile, the stock is trading at just 10.3x forward 12-month earnings and sports a PEG ratio of just 0.8.

Bottom Line

The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting emerging tech markets in the world. And while these specific products are interesting, the real moneymakers in these situations are the companies that are building the tech that powers these products.

The best way for investors to cash in on this growing trend is to identify companies that are not only investing in the Internet of Things, but are also displaying solid fundamentals and impressive Zacks metrics.

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