Zacks Sell List Highlights: Quest Diagnostics, Analogic, WellCare Health Plans and Honda Motor

Zacks Sell List Highlights: Quest Diagnostics, Analogic, WellCare Health Plans
                               and Honda Motor

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com releases details on a group of
stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks Rank #5 List – Stocks
to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong
Sell): Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX)  and Analogic Corporation
(NASDAQ:ALOG). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely
held stocks: WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) and Honda Motor Co Ltd
(NYSE:HMC).

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Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks Rank #5 List
of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). 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 DGX and ALOG 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:

Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX) announced fourth-quarter profit of $1.01 per
share on January 23 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents.
The diluted earnings per share also fell by 17.89% on a year-over-year basis.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 43 cents per share
to $4.41 in the last 30 days. Next year's estimate also dipped 35 cents per
share to $4.96 per share in that time span.

Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ:ALOG) posted a first -quarter profit of 39 cents
per share on December 06, which came in 30 cents wider than the average
forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 fell to a profit of $2.64 per
share from $3.10 over the past two months with none out of 2 covering analysts
slashed forecasts. Next year's forecasts slipped 24 cents to $3.47 per share
in the same time span.



Here is a synopsis of why WCG and HMC 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;

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) third -quarter profit of $1.05 per
share, posted on November 7, and lagged analysts' projections by nearly
27.59%. For 2012, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 2 cents in the last
30 days as 4 out of the 12 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The
forecast for next year slid 3 cents to $4.93 per share in the same time span.

Honda Motor Co Ltd (NYSE:HMC) reported a third-quarter profit of 50 cents per
share on January 31, that fell 29.58% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $2.97 per share,
compared with the last 30 days projection of $3.06. Next year's forecast
dropped 10 cents per share in the same period.



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