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Walt is a Stock Analyst and Editor at Sabrient Systems in Santa Barbara, CA. He graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Business Economics and minor in Professional Writing. My goal as a writer for SA is to contribute what I can and learn even more. I enjoy looking beyond the "key... More
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  • Sabrient's 2012 Top Stock Portfolio Is UP +15% YTD
    The Sabrient Baker's Dozen 2012, Sabrient's Top 13 Stocks are up +15% YTD, crushing the SPY's YTD performance of 4%.

    Sabrient's favorite among this basket of GARP (growth at a reasonable price) stocks, is Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), UP +21% intraday following a positive earnings surprise and +50% YTD!

    Other heavy weights in the portfolio include WNR, URI, KRO, and DAN all up over +20% YTD.

    Read Sabrient's Free Report on these stocks here.

    Tags: STX, KRO, DAN, URI, WNR, top stocks, 2012
    Feb 01 3:15 PM | Link | Comment!
  • FTO and HOC Merge to HFC
    In my article "4 Energy Stocks with Exceptional Projected Earnings Trading at Low Prices," I listed Holly Corporation (HOC) as one stock to consider. As of the open this morning, July 1, HOC and Frontier Oil (NYSE:FTO) finialized their merger to HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC), which started trading today.

    Yesterday FTO closed at $32.31 and HOC closed at $67.54. Today HFC opened at $69.00 and finished trading at $71.86--higher than the values of either stocks, for a gain of 3.54%.

    FTO's shareholders received 0.4811 shares of HOC for every  share of FTO they owned. For more information on the merger, please see "Deal to combine Holly and Frontier Oil closes."

    Disclosure: I held no positions in FTO or HOC, and I have no plans to buy HFC in the near future.


    Tags: Energy
    Jul 01 5:30 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Grow With 3 Small-Caps

    Using Sabrient’s MyStockFinder tool, I did a small-cap search for high earnings, growth, and momentum. Small-cap stocks range from 150 million-1 billion. Over the past month, the small-cap growth stocks have fallen, but last week they pick up momentum gaining 3% and were the best performing sector according to Sabrient’s Cap Performance Index.
         My picks are out of the Energy and Industrial sectors and they are rated Strong Buys by Sabrient. These stocks have excellent earnings estimates for the next quarter and the rest of 2011, and they could give your portfolio the boost it needs to power through the rest of this choppy year. (All prices and data are current as of June 28, 2011.)

    1. Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIND) ($16.32)
    MIND is in the energy sector and provides oil related services and equipment.
         It is currently up 33.16% on the year, and those gains have only occurred in the second quarter when it exceeded earnings estimates by over 70%. Furthermore, two analysts have upped their EPS estimates in the last thirty days for the year and the third quarter. With a trailing P/E of 20.12, a forward P/E of 8.97, and next quarter projected growth at 185.7%, MIND is bubbling with opportunity.
         MIND earned excellent Sabrient scores in growth, earnings, and momentum.

     2. OYO Geospace Corporation (OYOG) ($99.78)
    OYOG designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used in the acquisition and processing of seismic data, as well as in the characterization and monitoring of producing oil and gas reservoirs.
         After beating earnings estimates for the last 5 quarters, we may as well call this one an earnings buster. It has a P/E of 22.94 and a forward P/E of 17.79 with exceptional growth estimates of 40.2% for the third quarter and 120.30% for the year.
         OYOG earned the highest possible Sabrient growth score with a nearly perfect earnings score and a momentum score that beats the industry average.

    3. Cascade Corporation (NYSE:CASC) ($45.95)
    Cascade is a manufacturer of materials handling load engagement devices and related replacement parts, primarily for the lift truck industry and to a lesser extent the construction industry.
         Cascade is about to make it rain. It exceeded earnings estimates by 66.40% last quarter, and in the last 30 days its analysts of revised their earnings projections upward for the third quarter and the rest of the year. Its trailing P/E is 15.90, forward P/E is 8.09, next quarter growth estimate is 55.70%, and the growth estimate for the year is 115.60%.
         CASC holds excellent Sabrient scores in growth, earnings, and momentum.

    Disclosure: I hold none of these stock positions.

    Jun 28 5:16 PM | Link | Comment!
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