Zacks.com Featured Expert Kevin Matras Highlights: Fremont

General, Schnitzer Steel, and USG Corporation 
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2005
Kevin Matras shows you how to find great growth stocks
at an excellent value. Stocks in this week's article are: Fremont
General Corp. (NYSE:FMT), Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
(NASDAQ:SCHN) and USG Corp. (NYSE:USG). Click here for the full story
exclusively on Zacks.com: http://at.zacks.com/?id=109 
Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment
Research: 
This week's screen has something for both Growth Investors and
Value Investors alike. Growth Investors focus on companies with great
earnings growth, but that alone isn't good enough for many stock
pickers any more. They want good growth at reasonable prices (low
P/E's). And while Value Investors focus on low P/E stocks, too many
are low because they lack earnings power. So instead, try combining
the best of both worlds by focusing on the companies with the highest
growth rates with the lowest P/E ratios. 
The screen Kevin is running this week is as follows: 
Companies with 5 year Historical Growth Rates to be in the top 20
percentile of all companies. (Using a Uniform Rank of 1-99 (99 being
the best growth rates), Kevin screened for stocks ranked 80 or
better.) 
Companies that also happened to have the lowest P/E's - lower than
80% of all other companies. (Using a Uniform Rank of 1-99 again (this
time 99 having the lowest P/E's), Kevin screened for stocks ranked 80
or better.) 
Kevin then required those qualified stocks to be trading at or
above $5, with average daily trading volumes of 100,000 shares or
more, and a Zacks Rank of #2 or less (only 'buys' and 'strong buys'
allowed). 
This week, there are 20 companies that passed this screen. Here
are three from the list that look great: 


FMT    Fremont General Corp.
SCHN   Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
USG    USG Corp.

Incidentally, this screen backtested very well too. And while it
wasn't designed to be a trading strategy per se' (20 stocks is a lot
of stocks to trade every month), this screening strategy beat the
market in every year for the last five years (2001 thru 2004 and YTD
2005). (Kevin ran a series of tests over the last five year time span,
using a four-week rebalancing period. Each run was rebalanced over a
different set of four-week periods to eliminate coincidence and verify
robustness.) 
In 2001, this screen showed an average annualized gross return of
42.6%. In 2002, it was 19.1%. In 2003, it was a whopping 93%. In 2004,
it came in at 40.4%. And so far in 2005 (YTD thru 11/11/05), its
average annualized gross returns are up 12.1%. 
This screen is an excellent way to find good growth companies that
also have low valuations. 
Check it out for yourself and get the rest of the stocks on this
list. See where your stocks Rank out of all of the other stocks out
there, and test your own strategies to see how they've done. Find out
what works and what doesn't. It can all be done with the Research
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