Lawson Software and National Semiconductor CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2006 Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List - Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Hi-Tech Pharmacal Inc. (NASDAQ: HITK) and Owens-Illinois Inc. (NYSE: OI). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Lawson Software Inc. (NASDAQ: LWSN) and National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM). To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List - Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92 Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List -- Stocks to Sell Now by 129.7% annually (11.9% vs. 5.2% respectively). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid. Here is a synopsis of why HITK and OI have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe: Hi-Tech Pharmacal Inc. (NASDAQ: HITK) has seen this year's earnings estimates drop 10 cents per share over the past two months. The company said it swung to a first-quarter loss as sales declined by 27 percent and research and development costs increased sharply. Hi-Tech said sales of generic drugs fell to $8.4 million from $13.9 million last year, due to lower unit sales of cough and flu products. Owens-Illinois Inc. (NYSE: OI) has experienced a drop in analyst estimates. Earnings estimates for this year stand at $1.07 per share, down nine cents from 60 days ago. The company has missed earnings expectations in four out of the past five quarters. Energy and raw material costs are hurting the company. Here is a synopsis of why LWSN and NSM have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks: Lawson Software Inc. (NASDAQ: LWSN) has been the target of increasing bearishness by analysts. Over the past two months, full year estimates have declined over 30%. The new consensus estimate calls for 23 cents per share this year. Lawson had delayed filing their latest report in order to consolidate Intentia, a Swedish business software developer the company bought in April. National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) has seen its earnings estimates drop for this year. The current 2006 consensus estimate of $1.31 per share is 17 cents below the forecast of two months ago. The company said that revenue in the current quarter will be down between 2% and 5% sequentially. Analysts had expected a gain. 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Zacks Sell List Highlights: Hi-Tech Pharmacal, Owens-Illinois,
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