Zacks Sell List Highlights: Vera Bradley, Align Technology, Monro Muffler Brake and Insulet

CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ: MNRO) and Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD).

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Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank 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 VRA and ALGN 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:

Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) announced second -quarter profit of 33 cents per share on September 4 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cent. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 2.94% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 7 cents per share to $1.62 in the last 60 days. Next year's estimate also dipped 10 cents per share to $1.90 per share in that time span.

Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) posted a third -quarter profit of 28 cents per share on October 17, which came in 1 cent wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 fell to a profit of $1.13 per share from $1.22 over the past month with 9 out of 9 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year's forecasts slipped 15 cents to $1.24 per share in the same time span.

Here is a synopsis of why MNRO and PODD 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;

Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ: MNRO) second-quarter profit of 36 cents per share, posted on October 25, lagged analysts projections by nearly 2.70%. For 2012, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 13 cent in the last 60 days as none out of the 1 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 4 cents to $2.01 per share in the same time span.

Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD) reported a second-quarter loss of 30 cents per share on August 08, that fell 15.38% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at a loss of $1.03 per share, compared with the last 60 days projection of loss of $1.02. Next year's forecast dropped 2 cents per share in the same period.

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