Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Lindsay, Mellanox Technologies, Exelon, TECO Energy and Otter Tail

  Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Lindsay, Mellanox Technologies,
                      Exelon, TECO Energy and Otter Tail

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Equity Research highlights Lindsay
Corporation (NYSE:LNN) as the Bull of the Day and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
(Nasdaq:MLNX) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research
provides analysis on Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE:TE)
and Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq:OTTR).


Full analysis of all these stocks is available at

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE:LNN) delivered a big fiscal first quarter earnings
beat on January 8. The company, which provides irrigation systems and
infrastructure products, experienced strong top-line growth and saw profit
margin expansion in the quarter, leading to a 400% increase in earnings per

Earnings estimates jumped significantly higher after the beat, sending the
stock to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Lindsay Corporation manufactures irrigation equipment primarily used in
agricultural markets. The company also manufactures infrastructure and road
safety products through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Barrier Systems Inc.
and Snoline S.P.A. Linsday Corporation was founded in 1954 and has a market
cap of $1.2 billion.

Bear of the Day:

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (Nasdaq:MLNX) delivered mixed fourth quarter
results on January 23. Revenue was mostly in-line with expectations, but
earnings per share fell well short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. And the
company's Q1 revenue guidance was significantly below consensus, prompting a
flurry of negative estimate revisions from analysts. It is a Zacks Rank #5
(Strong Sell).

Mellanox Technologies supplies end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect
solutions and services for servers and storage. Fourth quarter revenues surged
68% to $122 million, ahead of the consensus of $120 million. However, the
gross profit margin declined 50 basis points quarter-over-quarter to 70.0%.
Earnings per share came in at 47 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate
of 55 cents.

On the conference call, management provided weak Q1 revenue guidance, and
analysts unanimously cut their estimates for both 2013 and 2014. The 2013
Zacks Consensus Estimate is now $1.43, down from $3.27 before the report. And
the 2014 consensus slid from $4.39 to $2.35. It is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong

Latest Posts on the Zacks Analyst Blog:

Exelon Likely to Miss

Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) will release its fourth quarter 2012 financial
results before the market opens on Feb 7, 2013. In the prior quarter, this
electric utility reported an earnings surprise of 6.94%. Exelon Corporation
currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Let's see how things are shaping up at
Exelon prior to this announcement.

Factors to Consider This Quarter

As in the preceding quarter, the accretive benefits from the merger with
Constellation are expected to boost results.

However, the sluggish pace of economic recovery in the U.S. has forced Exelon
to reschedule its long-term capex plans. The slackness in demand has led
Exelon to delay the completion of three projects.

Like other utilities based in the East Coast, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
will impact the results of the company in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Exelon Corporation is likely
to beat earnings this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a
positive earnings Expected Surprise Prediction (ESP) (Read: Zacks Earnings
ESP: A Better Method) and a Zacks Rank of #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. This
is not the case here.

Negative Zacks ESP: This is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at 63
cents while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is higher at 65 cents. That is a
difference of -3.08%.

Zacks Rank #3 (Hold): Exelon's Zacks Rank #3 enhances the possibility of an
earnings surprise. However the negative ESP complicates the forecasting power
making surprise prediction difficult.

We caution investors against the stock going into the earnings announcement,
as a Zacks earnings ESP of -3.08% lowers the possibility of an earnings

Other Stocks to Consider

Other companies you may want to consider on the basis of our model which shows
that they have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this
quarter are as follows:

TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE:TE) has earnings ESP of +14.29% and Zacks Rank #3

Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq:OTTR) has earnings ESP of +6.67% and Zacks Rank
#3 (Hold).

Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to

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