Zacks Sell List Highlights: Advisory Board Co., Agnico-Eagle Mines, Penn National Gaming and Bob Evans Farms

04 Apr, 2013, 09:30 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks Rank #5 List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) and Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Penn National Gaming, Inc (NASDAQ: PENN) and Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ: BOBE).


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Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks Rank #5 List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.   

Here is a synopsis of why ABCO and AEM have a Zacks Rank of 5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) announced third-quarter profit of 22 cents per share on February 06 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3 cents. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 6.38% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 9 cents per share to 92 cents in the last 60 days. Next year's estimate also dipped 21 cents per share to $1.03 per share in that time span.

Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) posted a fourth -quarter profit of 39 cents per share on February 14, which came in 6 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 fell to a profit of $2.04 per share from $2.17 over the past month with 3 out of 14 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year's forecasts slipped 22 cents to $2.36 per share in the same time span.

Here is a synopsis of why PENN and BOBE have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

Penn National Gaming, Inc

(NASDAQ: PENN) fourth-quarter profit of 28 cents per share, posted on February 07, and lagged analysts' projections by nearly 41.7%. For 2013, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 1 cent to $2.49 in the last 30 days as 1 out of the 12 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 4 cents to $2.76 per share in the same time span.

Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ: BOBE) reported a third-quarter profit of 56 cents per share on February 19, that fell nearly 1.8% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $2.53 per share, compared with the last 60 days projection of $2.62. Next year's forecast dropped 6 cents per share in the same period.

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