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Chicago, IL – February 5, 2019 - Stocks in this week’s article are Molina Healthcare MOH, Dana Inc. DAN, DICK’S Sporting Goods DKS, Centene Corp. CNC and Covenant Transportation Group CVTI.

5 Stocks that Brokers Currently Love – Do You?

The sole aim of investors, while designing their portfolio, is to generate handsome returns. However, equity market tricks are not easy to master with a deluge of stocks flooding the space at any point of time. This is particularly a daunting task when one tries to select a winning portfolio without proper guidance.

Therefore, it is in the best interest of investors to be guided by the experts in the field. The experts in the field of investing are brokers.

Of the three types of brokers/analysts (sell-side, buy-side and independent) in the investment world, sell-side analysts are most common. Various brokerage firms employ them to provide unbiased opinion to investors after thorough research. Buy-side analysts are employed by hedge funds, mutual funds etc. while the independent ones simply sell their reports to investors.

All types of brokers indulge in thorough research of the stocks under their coverage. They have access to detailed information on a company. They attend company conference calls/presentations to this end and scrutinize every detail available publicly before advising investors. Naturally, broker advice acts as an invaluable guide for investors in their bid to garner the maximum from their portfolios.

Earnings Estimate Revisions – An Invaluable Pointer

Since brokers follow stocks in their coverage minutely, they revise their earnings estimates on a stock after carefully examining the pros and cons of an event for the concerned company. All decisions by brokers are backed by solid logic and thus estimate revisions serve as an important pointer regarding the price of a stock.

For instance, an earnings beat by a company generally leads to upward estimate revisions with prices moving north. Similarly, lackluster earnings often lead to stock price depreciation. Investors tend to be guided by the direction of estimate revisions and stock price while formulating their investment strategy. To take care of the earnings performance, we have designed a screen based on improving analyst recommendation and upward estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

Revenue Performance Not to be Ignored

While we have talked about the bottom line in detail, the revenue performance should not be overlooked. Actually, according to many market watchers a revenue beat is more creditable for a company than a mere earnings outperformance.

To address top-line concerns, we have included price/sales ratio in our screen. It serves as a strong complementary valuation metric.

For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at: https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/351760/5-stocks-that-brokers-currently-love-do-you

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