Zacks' High Rank Value Strategy Highlights: American Electric
Power Co., Energy East Corp., First United Corporation and iStar Financial Inc.
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2006 Many value investors look for stocks trading at Price/Earnings multiples below 15 and Price/Book multiples below 3. Combining these valuation measures with a Zacks Rank of #1 ("Strong Buy") or #2 ("Buy") helps to ensure that a stock is truly undervalued. The High Rank Value Profit Track strategy finds such bargains. This screen generated a 13.7% return in 2005. Four stocks meeting this strategy's exclusive criteria are American Electric Power Co., Inc. (NYSE:AEP), Energy East Corp. (NYSE:EAS), First United Corporation (Nasdaq:FUNC) and iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE:SFI). View the entire list of stocks for the High Rank Value Profit Track at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2136.
Here are details about four companies currently identified by the High Rank Value Profit Track:
American Electric Power Co., Inc. (NYSE:AEP) reaffirmed its 2006 full year earnings guidance of $2.50 to $2.70 per share in early March. Analysts are in agreement as evidenced by current estimates of $2.61 per share, up from three months-ago levels of $2.60. In early February, the company reported ongoing earnings for the fourth quarter of 29 cents per share, beating the consensus estimate by almost 12%. The public utility holding company has a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 12.35 and price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.46.
Energy East Corp. (NYSE:EAS) offers a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 13.34 and a price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.26. The company released unaudited fourth-quarter earnings of 43 cents per share in early February, exceeding the year-prior result. EAS noted that earnings were ahead of last year primarily due to higher margins on electric sales and an increase in electric deliveries.
First United Corporation (Nasdaq:FUNC) satisfies the criteria for this Profit Track with a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 11.41 and price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.53. The company, a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) name, is a one-bank holding company with two non-bank subsidiaries. In late February, the company posted fourth-quarter earnings of 69 cents per share, which was ahead of the year-prior performance.
iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE:SFI) reported fourth-quarter earnings of 81 cents per share in late February, matching the consensus estimate. The company mentioned that Last year it achieved a number of significant milestones that helped it compete during a challenging year and position it well for the long-term. SFI's shares offer a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 11.27 and a price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 1.75. Results for the first quarter will be available on April 25.
Discover all the current stocks currently on the High Rank Value Profit Track at: http://at.zacks.com/?id=2137.
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