Zacks.com Announces that Sven Monberg Highlights the Following

Stocks: Strategic Diagnostics, Schwab, California Water, Churchill Downs, 
Mikohn Gaming, and Oneok 
Business Editors
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 15, 2004
Sven Monberg says that good equity opportunities are
getting harder to find. But you can continue to find super stocks with
this Expert's guidance. Read about Strategic Diagnostics
(NASDAQ:SDIX), Schwab (NYSE:SCH), California Water (NYSE:CWT),
Churchill Downs (NASDAQ:CHDN), Mikohn Gaming (NASDAQ:MIKN), and Oneok
(NYSE:OKE). Click here for the full story exclusively on Zacks.com:
http://at.zacks.com/?id=84 
Here are the highlights from the Featured Expert column: 
In Sven Monberg's opinion, enough positive information about a
range of industries and the economy in general has become visible to a
much greater number of market watchers and is discounted in many stock
prices. Hence genuine equity opportunities are becoming harder to
find. 
Strategic Diagnostics (NASDAQ:SDIX) designs, manufacturers, and
markets immunoassay-based test kits for food safety and water quality,
two areas that are in the news often, especially with Mad Cow disease
impacting the U.S. Beef Industry. On December 30, SDIX announced it
will exit the catalog antibody business and will discontinue a number
of test kits that are not making meaningful contributions to revenue
and profits. These actions will result in SDIX taking a fourth quarter
charge of about $3.5 million, mostly related to the catalog antibody
business. In Monberg's opinion, this is a bullish sign. It is the
first clear evidence that the new CEO's marketing plans have commenced
and it gives Wall Street an early indication of what is taking shape
internally. Monberg wants to stress again that this is a businessman's
risk investment. For those willing to take the risk inherent in this
type of enterprise, he would regard the announcement and execution of
its new business plan as a significant turning point and hopefully a
new beginning for Strategic Diagnostics. 
Monberg thinks Wall Street and investors in general overreacted to
the news that Schwab (NYSE:SCH) examined 33 million trades between
January 2001 and June 2003 and found a small number of mutual fund
trades that were entered or processed after trading hours. Don't count
Schwab management out. To reiterate what Monberg stated in the
December issue, effective management is key in this type of "crisis of
confidence" situation. Schwab's management has been up front about
these issues; this is an experienced management group that understands
crisis mode, and is focused on the most important issue, that being
taking the necessary steps to restore credibility with the public.
There are dynamics at work that make Schwab the right company at the
right time. If there is a business which analysts should be able to
exhibit real insight into, it should be retail brokerage, and a few
Wall Street analysts appear to see what direction the retail business
is headed. 
Other recommended stocks on the Master List include: 
California Water's (NYSE:CWT) business, which is carried on
through its operating subsidiaries, consists of the production,
purchase, storage, purification, distribution and sale of water for
domestic, industrial, public and irrigation uses, and for fire
protection. 
Churchill Downs (NASDAQ:CHDN) is a racing company that primarily
conducts pari-mutuel wagering on live Thoroughbred, Standardbred and
Quarter Horse horse racing and simulcast signals of races. 
Mikohn Gaming (NASDAQ:MIKN) is a leading developer, manufacturer
and distributor to the gaming industry of merchandising products for
casino operators and gaming machine manufacturers. 
Oneok (NYSE:OKE) is engaged in several aspects of the energy
business. The company purchases, gathers, compresses, transports,
stores, and distributes natural gas. It also leases pipeline capacity
to others. The company drills for and produces oil and gas, extracts
and sells natural gas liquids, and is engaged in the gas marketing
business. 
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with all of the stocks on his recommend list by clicking:
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