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  • Host, Starwoods Hotels: Do I Have to Choose? [View article]
    Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm gives both stocks Sell ratings. Their Momentum scores are good due to the strong price action, but their Growth scores are below average and their Value scores are near zero. Our Value-oriented portfolio strategies also put both HOT and HST near the bottom of the rankings (in Short candidate territory).
    Mar 26, 2010. 12:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SanDisk Poised for Growth [View article]
    Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm also favors SNDK with a Strong Buy rating. Its Value score has fallen a bit as it hits 52-wk highs, but its Growth score is a strong 89 (out of 100) and its Momentum score (price, earnings, group momo) is a fantastic 99. Sabrient.com/individuals
    Mar 26, 2010. 12:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Shipping: A Beaten-Up Industry Set to Embark on a Comeback [View article]
    I perused all the shippers in Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm, and we don't have many Buys at the moment. Mostly Holds and a few Sells. The problem seems to be poor Growth scores. However, I see plenty of reasonable Value scores. NMM has been on a nice uptrend, which has likely impacted its Value score, coming in at 58 (out of 100). However, it's Growth score is a relatively high 69. VLCCF has a lot of desirable qualities in our system. Top Value scores are in GNK, SSW, DSX, and NM. Sabrient.com/individuals
    Mar 26, 2010. 12:21 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Breaks Below 50-Day Average [View article]
    Both BIDU and GOOG are both rated Strong Buy by Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm. Our quant model gives them both Growth scores of 98 (out of 100), and BIDU also gets a 92 on Momentum (includes price, earnings, and group momentum). The Value scores are cautionary though, as BIDU gets a lowly 15 and GOOG a 47. So the speculative bulls are in control of BIDU, in particular. As you can see, the overall Buy/Sell rating only gives part of the story, and the clearer story can be gleaned from the individual scores. Sabrient.com
    Mar 24, 2010. 02:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas: Why I Think It's a Buy [View article]
    I, too, think natural gas is a good long-term buy at this level. However, Sabrient's quant ratings algorithm doesn't like DVN very much. We have a Strong Sell rating, and it gets a 39 (out of 100) value score, 12 growth score, and a 9 fundamental score. http//Sabrient.com/ind...
    Mar 15, 2010. 12:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sector Detector: Energy and Healthcare Take Top Spots [View article]
    I believe that natural gas is a great value now, for long-term investing, but UNG has been a great disappointment as a proxy. Perhaps an alternative is FCG, which tracks a selection of energy stocks that derive a large portion of their revenues from natural gas production.
    Mar 11, 2010. 09:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint Sees Growth Ahead and Vows to Get Aggressive on Debt [View article]
    Sabrient's quant ratings algorithm gives Sprint Nextel a mediocre 47 (out of 100) value score and a 36 growth score, and carries an overall Hold rating, which in this case basically amounts to No Opinion. Nothing interesting to consider buying, from out standpoint.
    Mar 9, 2010. 12:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ETF Study: Liquidity Explained [View article]
    Thanks for writing about this subject, Tom. Many investors and advisors are concerned about buying a large position in a thinly traded ETF for fear of being able to sell the position at a fair price. But liquidity and volume are two different things, i.e., "thinly traded" ETFs are not necessarily "illiquid." My understanding is that an order in a thinly traded ETF comprising highly liquid securities can be filled rather easily by a liquidity provider with minimal price impact. An entire business surrounds thinly traded ETFs, with liquidity providers maintaining orderly markets in them. Market makers build an ETF share from the shares of the companies in the underlying index. They can instantly create or redeem shares depending on the market demand for the ETF shares. Assuming highly liquid underlying constituents (index) in the ETF, market makers can create -- or redeem -- a huge number of ETF shares instantly with little difficulty. Thus, although investors generally know that they can easily buy a large order in any ETF, they should feel comfortable that they can also easily sell a large order in a thinly traded ETF (at a fair execution price), provided the ETF's underlying securities are highly liquid. In other words, there does not have to be a large buyer in the ETF itself in order to sell a large position in a thinly traded ETF.
    Feb 28, 2010. 01:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amylin's Obesity Pipeline Advances [View article]
    Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm changed from a Hold to a Strong Sell for AMLN on Feb 9. It has a poor Value score and a lot of analysts reducing estimates. Also, its accounting score indicates aggressiveness. You can access Sabrient's reports and all retail products for free thru March 1 at sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 25, 2010. 03:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cliff Natural Resources: High Reward, Limited Risk [View article]
    Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm continues to rate CLF a Buy. It has a particularly strong Momentum score. It also rates highly in projected year-over-year earnings and projected P/E, and Wall Street analysts' consensus shows they are upgrading earnings projections. The main caution is that it has the lowest forensic accounting score, which can often spell trouble later. You can access Sabrient's reports and all retail products for free thru March 1 at Sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 25, 2010. 03:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • H&R Block Giving Way to Intuit [View article]
    Sabrient's quantitative ratings algorithm still gives a Buy rating to HRB, although it has fallen from a Strong Buy rating. It scores highly in some of our higher-performing multi-factor filters, but its overall Growth, Earnings, and Balance Sheet scores have been dropping each quarter. The Timeliness score has also been dropping. Also, I see that more Wall Street analysts who cover the stock have been lowering earnings estimates than raising. You can access all reports and retail products on our web site for free through March 1 at Sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 25, 2010. 02:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Long Term Look at Energy Demand and a Great Oil Bargain [View article]
    Sabrient's SectorCast quantitative model is showing the best (lowest) aggregate projected P/E in the Energy sector right now. I agree with your long-term qualitative assessment of SLB, but for now Sabrient's fundamentals-based quant model still rates it below average in Value, Growth, and Momentum scores. In the Energy sector, we prefer NE MRO RIG COP SNP ATW BBEP CBEH, plus coal stocks JRCC ANR YZC WLB. You can get free access to Sabrient's quant rankings & weekly reports on nearly 6,000 stocks through March 1 at Sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 23, 2010. 12:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Portfolio Recovery Thrives in a Lackluster Market [View article]
    I ran PRAA through Sabrient's fundamentals-based quantitative ratings algorithm to compare with your fine qualitative analysis. Our system gives it reasonably good Value, Growth, and Momentum scores, which translate into a solid Composite score of 81 (out of 100) and a Buy rating. You can get free access to Sabrient's quant rankings & weekly reports on nearly 6,000 stocks at Sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 23, 2010. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Business Software Spending Continues to Improve [View article]
    I ran these tickers through Sabrient's fundamentals-based quantitative ratings algorithm. MSFT, HPQ, CTXS, and MFE all show good-to-excellent Growth scores, and HPQ also sports a strong Value score. Sabrient is also seeing improved business spending implicit in our SectorCast rankings, most likely in anticipation of a rejuvenated consumer and economic recovery down the road. You can get free access to Sabrient's quant rankings & weekly reports on nearly 6,000 stocks at Sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 23, 2010. 12:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cramer's Mad Money - The Hospitality Quotient (2/22/10) [View article]
    I ran these tickers through Sabrient's fundamentals-based quantitative ratings algorithm. Our system gives top scores to AAPL, CMG, GS, JPM, MIL, and TJX. By the way, the ticker for McDermott Intl is MDR (not MOS, which is Mosaic). You can get free access to Sabrient's quant rankings & weekly reports on nearly 6,000 stocks at Sabrient.com/individuals
    Feb 23, 2010. 12:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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