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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Molina Healthcare, PDL BioPharma, Kindred Healthcare, Tesoro and Ashford Hospitality Prime

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Chicago, IL - September 29, 2015 - Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the Molina Healthcare, Inc. ( MOH ), PDL BioPharma, Inc. ( PDLI ), Kindred Healthcare Inc. ( KND ), Tesoro Corporation ( TSO ) and Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. ( AHP ).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

Invest theRichard Rainwater Way

Investing legend Richard Rainwater passed away on Sunday at his Forth Worth, Texas home. Around five years ago, Rainwater was diagnosed with a rare, terminal brain disease. With an estimated net worth of $3 billion he had been listed on the Forbes 400 for quite some time.

But would Rainwater's investing style work today? Philanthropic interests and later a brain disease meant that he was easing out of day to day deal making with the dawn of the new century. It seems that with a few tweaks, his favorite sectors of healthcare, oil and real estate could still deliver considerable returns at excellent value.

Formidable Reputation

Rainwater's exploits include installing Michael Eisner as CEO of The Walt Disney Company and getting George W. Bush to purchase a stake in the Texas Rangers baseball team. However, his key achievement would possibly be an early one, increasing the Bass family's oil fortunes by an incredible amount.

Rainwater moved on in 1986 to create Rainwater, Inc. with shares worth $75 million. At his new firm he set up a young team of investors which created drilling major Ensco and merged distressed hospitals into massive hospital chain HCA Holdings, Inc. Rainwater also merged Parker & Parsley Petroleum and Mesa into Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

Investing Style

In his own words, Rainwater's genius was "picking a good business and then picking good people to run that business." His favorite investment areas were healthcare, oil and real estate investment trusts. By end of the nineties, all of them had run into trouble. But he didn't give up on them, choosing instead to turn things around at companies where he had large stakes.

Eventually, his day to day investments were managed by others, including his wife Darla Moore. She already had a formidable reputation for takeovers and brought a ruthless edge to Rainwater's game.

But his style was best described by David Bonderman, an employee of the Bass family. Rainwater would essentially buy low and sell high, entering an arena when everyone was staying away and moving out when the crow was rushing in. Bonderman described him as the "one of the best value investors of all time."

Our Choices

According to an article in the Institutional Investor Magazine, in 1992, 40% of Rainwater's portfolio consisted of healthcare stocks, 15% was made up by energy companies while real estate accounted for 10%. Cash holdings came in at 20% while other holdings made up 15% of his holdings. We have created a bunch of eight choices with four healthcare picks and two each from oil and real estate investment trusts.

Healthcare picks reflect today's realities. Health insurance and clinical research have become important and hospital partnerships a necessity. Meanwhile, refining and marketing and pipeline companies continue to be good choices from the oil sector. Real estate has turned the corner and is now driving economic growth. Our selection in also backed by good Zacks Value Score and Zacks Rank.

We narrowed down our choices with the help of our new style score system .

Our research shows that stocks with Value Style Scores of 'A' or 'B' when combined Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) offer the best investment opportunities in the value investing space.

Healthcare

Molina Healthcare, Inc. ( MOH ) is a multi-state managed care organization participating exclusively in government-sponsored healthcare programs such as the Medicaid program and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), catering to low-income persons.

Molina Healthcare holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has a Value Style Score of 'A.' Molina Healthcare has a favorable Price/Sales ratio of 0.36 as compared to industry average of 0.44. The company has expected earnings growth of more than 100% for the current year.

PDL BioPharma, Inc. ( PDLI ) is the pioneer in the field of humanization of monoclonal antibodies. The company focuses on investments in new assets which will bring in royalties.

PDL BioPharma holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has a Value Style Score of 'A.' It has a Price/Sales of 1.57 as compared to industry average of over 10. The company has expected earnings growth of 34.4% for the current year.

Kindred Healthcare Inc. ( KND ) is a healthcare service provider. The company has four operating divisions: Hospital, Rehabilitation, Nursing Center and Care Management.

Kindred Healthcare holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has a Value Style Score of 'B.' It has a P/E of 13.43 as compared to industry average of 19.63. The company has expected earnings growth of 29.4% for the current year.

Oil

Tesoro Corporation ( TSO ) is an independent refiner and marketer of refined petroleum products in the western U.S.

Tesoro Corporation holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and has a Value Style Score of 'A.' It has a P/E of 8.12 as compared to industry average of 10.15. The company has expected earnings growth of 82% for the current year.

REIT

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. ( AHP ) is an REIT focused on investing in high RevPAR full-service and urban select-service hotels and resorts.

Ashford Hospitality Prime holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has a Value Style Score of 'B.' It has a P/E of 8.61 as compared to industry average of 12.56. The company has expected earnings growth of 33.3% for the current year.

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