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Wix.com, Beazer Homes, Mondelez, Nestle and Hershey's highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

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Chicago, IL - February 14, 2017 - Zacks Equity Research highlights Wix.com (NASDAQ: WIX - Free Report ) as the Bull of the Day and Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH - Free Report ) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Mondelez (NASDAQ: MDLZ - Free Report ), Nestle (OTCMKTS: NSRGY - Free Report ) and Hershey's (NYSE: HSY - Free Report ).

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day :

Need a good idea for a Valentine's gift for your special someone? How about a website for their blog or collection of personal photos from Wix.com (NASDAQ: WIX - Free Report )? If that doesn't work, what about some shares of the same company that is about to report earnings tomorrow?

Wix.com is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and is going to report earnings before the market open on February 15. Wall Street is looking for $81M in revenue and $0.03 on the bottom line. One subject that will likely come up on the conference call is the integration with Square to give Wix merchants and entrepreneurs in North America a new way to accept online and in person credit card payments.

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Description

Wix.com develops and markets an Internet service that allows users to create Web content. As of December 31, 2015, it had approximately 77 million registered users and 1,767,425 premium subscriptions in approximately 190 countries. Wix.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Previous Quarter

The most recent quarter was a good one with the company beating the Wall Street Consensus Estimate of loss of $0.05 in reporting a loss of $0.04. The one cent beat wasn't that great, but the company had better things to talk about on the top line. Sales of $75.4M were comfortably ahead of the $72.9M consensus.

The company guided Wall Street higher following the report, moving revenue guidance to $81-$82M when the consensus was looking for $76M. This helped bring in the buyers as the stock soared more than 16% in the session following the report.

The report prior to that was also a solid beat and raise quarter. In the session following that report the stock moved higher by more than 13%.

Bear of the Day :

Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH - Free Report ) recently reported earnings and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues were in line, but they declined on a year over year basis. This is not what investors want to see and this stock is now a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) and the Bear of the Day.

Description

Beazer Homes is a homebuilder in the United States. The company designs, constructs, and sells single-family and multi-family homes for entry-level, move-up, or retirement-oriented home buyers under the Beazer Homes brand name. It sells its homes through commissioned new home sales counselors and independent brokers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Beazer Homes USA, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Estimates

Following the recent miss, numbers have dropped. These aren't just any numbers, these are earnings estimates.

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Valentine's Day Is for (Chocolate) Lovers

Valentine's Day is a day rich with history, and one that can be traced back to ancient Rome where Lupercalia, a fertility festival, was celebrated in mid-February. Fast-forward to 200-300 A.D., when at least two Christian clerics known as Valentine are martyred, and in the late 400s, Pope Gelasius declares February 14 a day for honoring Saint Valentine. It wasn't until the 1300s, however, that St. Valentine's Day became associated with love and romance.

By the 1600s, Europe embraced the tradition of exchanging valentines, and it wasn't until the 1840s that the first mass-produced valentines were sold. But that begs the question: How did chocolate become linked to the love holiday?

While there is no definitive answer, as the relationship evolved over many centuries, chocolate was first connected to romance from another ancient civilization: the Aztecs. Emperor Montezuma believed the sweet stuff was an aphrodisiac, and he thought it made him extra virile in the bedroom. Both the Aztecs and the Mayans utilized chocolate in their wedding ceremonies. Even Casanova, history's most famous lover, employed chocolate when engaging in the art of seduction.

By 1868, the first Valentine's Day box of chocolates was introduced, establishing an iconic romantic tradition. Read on for more facts about love's favorite candy:

The first bar of chocolate appeared in 1847. Thanks to Bristol company Fry & Son , the first ever chocolate bar was made from a mixture of cocoa powder and sugar, with some melted cocoa butter that had been extracted from the cacao beans.

58 million pounds of chocolate are bought during Valentine's Day week. However, this isn't the biggest holiday for chocolate sales. While Easter beats Valentine's Day, Halloween tops both: over 90 million pounds of chocolate candy are bought during the October holiday.

The biggest days for chocolate sales during Valentine's week are February 13 and February 15. Thank goodness for procrastinators and bargain shoppers, I guess.

Switzerland is the country that eats the most chocolate. About 22 pounds of chocolate are eaten per person every year.

Chocolate grows the best within 20 degrees of the equator . 75% of cacao plants actually grow within 8 degrees of the midline, and most grow in West Africa.

There is no chocolate in white chocolate. According to Bon Appetit , white chocolate is "made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and a fatty substance called lecithin. Technically, white chocolate is not a chocolate-and it doesn't really taste like one-because it doesn't contain chocolate solids."

Dark chocolate is considered healthier than milk chocolate. It is lower in sugar and higher in iron and fiber, and contains heart-protecting antioxidants. Stick to high cacao percentages (70% and above).

Chocolate brings in around $110 billion a year. This makes the industry's value larger than the GDP of over 130 countries on the planet.

Our go-to chocolate candies are owned by the "Big Four": Mars, Mondelez (NASDAQ: MDLZ - Free Report ), Nestle (OTCMKTS: NSRGY - Free Report ) and Hershey's (NYSE: HSY - Free Report ).

The most valuable chocolate bar in the world is worth $687. It's an over 100-year old Cadbury's chocolate bar that traveled with Captain Robert Scott's first Discovery expedition (1901-1904) to the Antarctic. It was sold at Christie's in September of 2001.

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