CHICAGO, Dec. 27, 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): Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:ATI) and Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ:ALOG). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) and AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU).
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 ATI and ALOG 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:
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:ATI) announced third -quarter profit of 32 cents per share on October 24 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7 cents. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 49.21% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 7 cents per share to $1.50 in the last 60 days. Next year's estimate also dipped 13 cents per share to $2.10 per share in that time span.
Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ:ALOG) posted a first -quarter profit of 39 cents per share on December 06, which came in 30 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 fell to a profit of $2.64 per share from $3.10 over the past month with 2 out of 2 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year's forecasts slipped 24 cents to $3.47 per share in the same time span.
Here is a synopsis of why MAR and AU 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;
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) third -quarter profit of $1.38 per share, posted on October 18, and lagged analysts' projections by nearly 0.72%. For 2012, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 1 cent in the last 60 days as 2 out of the 12 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 1 cent to $5.79 per share in the same time span.
AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) reported a third-quarter profit of 65 cents per share on November 08, that fell 14.47% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $3.69 per share, compared with the last 30 days projection of $3.71. Next year's forecast dropped 3 cents per share in the same period.
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