Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd., Michael

  Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Fresh Del Monte Produce
    Inc., Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd., Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.,
              Stratasys, Inc. and The Travelers Companies, Inc.

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2012

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Stocks in this week's article include:
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP), Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: HLSS), Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: KORS), Stratasys, Inc.
(NYSE: SSYS)  and The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV). Kevin Matras
explains why looking for stocks with upgraded broker ratings can upgrade your
portfolio to a whole new level.

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Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

I'm sure we've all had the pleasure of waking one morning and seeing that a
broker has upgraded one of our stocks. Unfortunately, we've probably all had
the experience of waking up and seeing one of our stocks downgraded as well.

While nobody can perfectly predict an upgrade or guard against a downgrade,
it's important to know how the market reacts to these things so you can stay
in your upgraded winners (or buy if you're on the fence) and consider getting
out if a downgrade comes your way.

One thing I've been doing lately is screening for stocks that have recently
seen a broker rating upgrade. Tests have proven that stocks with broker rating
upgrades outperform those that don't get upgraded. Furthermore, they
outperform even more against stocks that get downgraded.

By how much?

I created three screens and ran some tests over the last 10 years. And I
applied all the below criteria to stocks trading at greater than or equal to
$5 with an average daily trading volume of greater than or equal to 100,000.

In screen 1: I backtested only those companies with broker rating upgrades.

In screen 2: I tested companies with no rating change at all. Whatever the
rating was, good or bad, there was no change.

And in screen 3: I screened only those companies that received broker rating
downgrades.

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