CBIZ, CoreLogic, CRA International, Visa and Mastercard Highlighted in the Zacks Industry Outlook

  CBIZ, CoreLogic, CRA International, Visa and Mastercard Highlighted in the
                            Zacks Industry Outlook

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses
the U.S. Machinery, including CBIZ (CBIZ), CoreLogic (CLGC), CRA International
(CRAI), Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA).

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Industry: Business Services


The earnings picture for the Business Services group is better than broader
market. In the just-completed third quarter reporting season, total earnings
for the sector were up 5.9% from the same period last year, which compares to
no growth for the S&P 500. Total revenues for the sector were up 0.6% in the
quarter, compared to the 0.7% decline for the S&P 500 as well.

In terms of surprises, the sector's performance was weaker than the broader
market, with only 57.9% of Business Services companies beating earnings
expectations, compared to the 'beat ratio' of 62.8% for S&P 500. The variance
is far more pronounced in the fourth quarter, when total earnings for the
sector are expected to be up 15.3% from the same period last year, while total
earnings for the S&P 500 would be up only 2.3%.

Zacks Industry Rank

The Zacks Industry Rank, which derives its predictive power from the
time-tested Zacks Rank, helps us identify the industries that are expected
outperform others. The top 1/3rd of the Zacks Industry Rank qualify as
industries with 'Good' prospects, the bottom 1/3rd have 'Bad' prospects, and
middle 1/3rd as 'Neutral.' Most of the constituent 'industries' in the
business services sector fall in the top 1/3rd of the list.

For example, the Consulting industry is currently at # 33 which puts in the
top 15% of the industries. Of the 18 companies in the Consulting industry, 8
have Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) or Zacks #2 Rank (Buy), while only two have
Zacks #5 Rank (Strong Sell) or Zacks #4 Rank (Sell). Companies like CBIZ
(CBIZ), CoreLogic (CLGC) and CRA International (CRAI) all have Zacks #2 Rank
(Buy). The Financial Transaction Services industry, with players like Visa (V)
and Mastercard (MA), is currently at 54 or in the top 22% of industries.

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