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Chicago, IL - March 9, 2018 - Zacks Equity Research highlights Weight Watchers International Inc.WTW as the Bull of the Day and Tutor Perini Corporation TPC as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Nvidia CorporationNVDA and Micron TechnologyMU .

Here is a synopsis of all four stocks:

Bull of the Day :

Weight Watchers International Inc. has managed to completely turn around its business over the last 2 years. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is now one of the industry leaders in weight loss and wellness.

Weight Watchers is a wellness company and operates weight management programs through its web site and meetings.

Another Beat in the Fourth Quarter

On Feb 27, Weight Watchers reported its fourth quarter 2017 results and beat the Zacks Consensus by 6 cents. Earnings were $0.37 versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.31.

This was the 6th earnings beat in a row.

Revenue rose 17% in the quarter to $312 million. For the full year, revenue gained 12% year-over-year to $1.3 billion.

It also continued to add subscribers at a quick pace. They rose 23% year-over-year in the fourth quarter to 3.2 million subscribers.

Total paid weeks also rose 19% in the quarter and were up 17% year-over-year for the full year.

The company said it saw a strong response to the launch of its WW Freestyle program in December 2017.

Strong Guidance for 2018

The company saw momentum heading into its peak diet season, which is always January of the new year due to New Year resolutions to lose weight and be healthier.

It gave revenue guidance up about 20% to $1.55 billion and earnings per share in the range of $2.40 to $2.70.

That is much more bullish than the Zacks Consensus.

As a result, the analysts have been raising 2018 estimates.

The Zacks Consensus jumped to $2.13 from $1.66 since the earnings report. That's earnings growth of 29% as the company made $1.66 in 2018.

But analysts are also more bullish on 2019 as well as the 2019 Zacks Consensus Estimate jumped to $2.59 from $1.92 in the last month as well. That's another 21.8%.

Bear of the Day :

Tutor Perini Corporation has fallen to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) as it guided under analyst estimates for 2018.

Tutor Perini is a civil, building and specialty construction company that serves commercial and government clients. It executes large, complex projects such as the construction of subways and tunnels and casinos and hotels.

It offers general contracting, pre-construction planning and project management and construction services including site work, concrete forming and placement, steel erection, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

A Beat in the Fourth Quarter

On Feb 27, Tutor Perini reported fourth quarter and full year 2017 results. It beat the Zacks Consensus by 5 cents, reporting $0.55 versus the consensus of $0.50.

Revenue, however, was flat year-over-year at $1.2 billion in the quarter. It also fell year over year, coming in at $4.8 billion versus $5 billion in 2016.

However, the backlog, which is a key metric for a construction firm, rose 17% as of Dec 31, 2017 to $7.3 billion, up from $6.2 billion at the end of 2016.

New awards and adjustments rose to $1 billion in the fourth quarter compared to $0.8 billion in 2016.

Its Civil segment also continued to garner new awards. It grew its backlog by 54% in 2017 and finished with a hefty 12% operating margin for the year.

And the news continues to be positive in that segment.

Tutor Perini previously announced new first quarter 2018 civil segment awards, including the $1.41 billion Newark Airport Terminal One Design-Build project and a $172 million mechanical project at the Baruch Houses complex in New York.

Why Is Tutor Perini a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell)?

All the news sounds pretty positive out of that earnings report.

Then why is it a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell)?

The Rank is determined by changes in the analyst estimates.

In this case, the analysts have all cut 2018 full year estimates after the company guided under their consensus.

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Nvidia is definitely the flashiest and most-direct route for investing in artificial intelligence, but Micron presents an opportunity that some investors might not be focusing on right now. Remember, the deployment of AI technology is going to produce massive amounts of data, and all of that new information needs to be stored somewhere. This is where memory specialist like Micron come in.

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