CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2011 /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): Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE: MLM) and Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE: PCL). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) and Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (Nasdaq: TXRH).
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 MLM and PCL 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:
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE: MLM) announced second-quarter profit of 78 cents per share on August 2 that missed analysts' expectations by 27.78%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slid to $1.96 per share from $1.98 per share in the last 30 days as next year's estimate dipped 4 cents per share to $2.57 per share in that time span.
Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE: PCL) posted a second-quarter profit of 27 cents per share on July 25, which came in 1 cent wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $1.19 per share from $1.33 per share over the past month. For 2012, analysts expect a profit of $1.44 per share, compared to last two month's projection for a profit of $1.63 per share.
Here is a synopsis of why FLO and TXRH 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;
Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) second-quarter profit of 23 cents per share, posted on August 17, lagged analysts' projections by 11.54%. Estimate for current year slid 5 cents per share to $1.02 per share over a month as next year's estimate dipped 4 cents per share to $1.15 per share in that time span.
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (Nasdaq: TXRH) reported a second-quarter profit of 22 cents per share on August 1 that fell 8.33% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently 84 cents per share, compared with last two month's projection of 87 cents per share. Next year's forecast dropped to 96 cents per share from $1 per share in the same period.
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