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Era Group, Brady, Tesoro, DR Horton and Koppers Holdings highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

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Chicago, IL - September 22, 2015 - Zacks Equity Research highlights Era Group Inc. ( ERA ) as the Bull of the Day and Brady Corporation ( BRC ) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Tesoro ( TSO ), DR Horton ( DHI ) and Koppers Holdings Inc. ( KOP ).

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day :

While the price of oil has been a hot topic of late, not much attention has been paid to support services for the oil and gas industry. This segment has been under pressure as of late, but stringent cost cutting, and the addition of new contracts has one such service poised for a breakout in late 2015 and into 2016. Due to these factors, Era Group Inc. ( ERA ) is the Zacks Bull of the Day.

This Zacks Ranked #1 (Strong Buy) company provides helicopter transportation services primarily to the oil and gas exploration, development, and production companies. The company's helicopter services include emergency search and rescue services; air medical services; utility services, including support of firefighting, mining, power line, and pipeline survey services.

This Houston Texas based company recently had their grand opening of its 35-acre base in Houma, Louisiana which is considered the premier helicopter facility in the Gulf Coast area. This massive base will contain more than 30 aircraft, and will be able to service about 15,000 passengers per month for Gulf Coast offshore oil and gas installations. This new capacity will come in handy when later this year (and through 2016) their new contracts in the Gulf of Mexico, and Petrobras in Brazil take effect.

Moreover, according to Chris Bradshaw, President, CFO, and CEO, "We are also pleased to announce entry into the Colombian market via the acquisition of Sicher Helicopters SAS. While Colombia has historically been an onshore oil and gas market, the acquisition of Sicher's air operator certificate and existing operations should allow us to capitalize on the growing demand for new generation helicopters, operated with the highest safety standards, to support the international oil and gas companies who are exploring and developing Colombia's promising offshore blocks."

To facilitate this new capacity, the company took on some added expenses via, S92 heavy helicopters, Sicher Helicopters SAS, and base expansion for the Houma Louisiana project. Yet, these new expenses were taken on in order to better position itself for future growth. While the company secured two new contracts, the company has placed several other bids to place their excess helicopters under future contracts. The combination of existing contracts and the potential for further contracts has increased the potential value of the company for the next few quarters.

Bear of the Day :

Currently, outside of the New England area, the name Brady is looked upon with a bit of disdain and envy, but we are talking about the Brady Corporation here, not Tom Brady. While both have had a difficult past several months, Tom looks to have rebounded while The Brady Corp is going to be in a difficult spot for the foreseeable future. Today, the Brady Corporation ( BRC ), is the Zacks Bear of the Day.

This Zacks Ranked #5 (Strong Sell) company manufactures and supplies identification solutions, specialty materials, and workplace safety products that identify and protect premises, products, and people in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Identification Solutions and Workplace Safety. The Identification Solutions segment offers safety signs, pipe markers, labeling systems, spill control products, and lockout/tagout devices for facility identification. The Workplace Safety segment provides workplace safety and compliance products, such as informational signs, tags, security, safety and traffic compliance, first aid supplies, material handling, asset identification, safety and facility identification, and workplace regulatory products for process industries.

While Tom Brady has been dealing with deflated footballs, the Brady Corp has been dealing with deflating earnings and revenues for the past three quarters. Specifically, BRC's Q4 15 revenues declined in both segments; Identification Solutions -0.3%, and Workplace Safety -3.2%. Further, organic revenues declined -1.2%, and sales fell -8.9% q/q. On an annual basis, sales decreased -4.4%.

According to President and CEO J. Michael Nauman, "Our fourth quarter financial results did not meet our expectations. We realized an organic sales decline in our Identification Solutions business, and our gross profit margin deteriorated more than anticipated. We completed the facility consolidations this quarter, but we continue to face operational inefficiencies." These inefficiencies caused management to adjust their 2016 guidance to between $1.10 and $1.30, where the street was expecting $1.63.- See more at:

http://www.zacks.com/commentary/56914/bear-of-the-day-brady-corp-brc#sthash.GtguFu2A.dpuf

Additional content:

Pickup in Global Growth Awaits China

The Fed has now passed us.

That big super-tanker of a meeting created waves last week, with its decision to hold off on raising rates. This economist is still of the mind, as I have been since mid-year, that the Fed will put a 25 bps rate hike up on the board in December. Fed futures have the December call at 50/50 at the moment. That sounds right.

The Fed (and I) will stay data-dependent. So keep on top of macro facts yourselves. The Fed wants to see more global growth, like all of us do.

As for the week ahead in global fundamentals, I noted all macro inputs and forecasts for September outputs look uniformly worse than August. This could be a seasonal effect. We slip into the softer fall season for home buying. Back-to-school retail is over. Oil prices should stay down. No macro data screamed a message of growth turning up anywhere in the world.

That's the problem: there is nowhere outside the U.S. for a stock market bull to hang his hat.

Inside the U.S., stock markets struggle with overvalued pickings. They are trending down towards a future meeting with weaker annual EPS estimates for the S&P 500. All in all, it is tough to be bullish anywhere. In short, the bull has been over-bought in the U.S. Fear about the global climate hurts outside it.

We need a major catalyst in hand to change matters.

It's probably time for China to announce a huge fiscal stimulus and boost global growth affairs. The country has $4 trillion in reserves. $500 billion could be spent, and the Chinese authorities would have an enormous $3.5 TRILLION held in reserve. It strikes me this oversized monetary reserve holding is a big part of what's holding back global growth.

The global economy outside the U.S. needs more demand. The major actor with the major need and ability to boost growth is China. Let's see what they do. If not this week, let's hope for something next month.

Follow me on Twitter @johnblank100.

For U.S. stocks this week, I like Zacks #1 Ranked Tesoro ( TSO ), the Alaskan oil refiner. It scores a Zacks A in growth, and another Zacks A in value. The Zacks momentum score is B. That all sounds solid.

Another stock to look at is Zacks #1 Ranked DR Horton ( DHI ), the U.S. homebuilder. It also scored a Zacks Growth rating of A, and a Zacks B score for momentum.

Outside the U.S., take a look at Koppers Holdings Inc. ( KOP ). This is a Zacks #1 Rank large cap, with a clean sweep of Zacks A's for Growth, Value and Momentum. The company is a global integrated producer of carbon compounds and treated wood products. Including its joint ventures, Koppers operates facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, China, the Pacific Rim and South Africa.

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