Zacks Sell List Highlights: Health Management Associates, Spectrum Brands Holdings, Tim Hortons and Hatteras Financial

  Zacks Sell List Highlights: Health Management Associates, Spectrum Brands
                 Holdings, Tim Hortons and Hatteras Financial

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ 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): Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA)  and Spectrum
Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell)
on two other widely held stocks: Tim Hortons Inc. (NYSE:THI) and Hatteras
Financial Corp. (NYSE:HTS).


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Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List
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years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why HMA and SPB 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:

Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA) announced third -quarter profit
of 18 cents per share on October 22 which came behind the Zacks Consensus
Estimate by 1 cent. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 5.26% on a
year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year
slipped 1cent per share to 81 cents in the last 30 days. Next year's estimate
also dipped 1 cent per share to 90 cents per share in that time span.

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB) posted a fourth -quarter profit of
50 cents per share on November 14, which came in 10 cents wider than the
average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 fell to a profit of
$2.96 per share from $3.03 over the past month with 1 out of 3 covering
analysts slashed forecasts. Next year's forecasts slipped 9 cents to $3.56 per
share in the same time span.

Here is a synopsis of why THI and HTS 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;

Tim Hortons Inc. (NYSE:THI) third -quarter profit of 72 cents per share,
posted on November 8, lagged analysts projections by nearly 1.37%. For 2012,
the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 1 cent in the last 30 days as 4 out of
the 10 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year
slid 5 cents to $3.03 per share in the same time span.

Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE:HTS) reported a third-quarter profit of 83
cents per share on October 24, that fell 1.19% short of the Zacks Consensus
Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $3.35 per
share, compared with the last 30 days projection of $3.45. Next year's
forecast dropped 24 cents per share in the same period.

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