Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: SodaStream International,
Caterpillar, Suncor Energy, Atlas Energy and Northern Tier Energy
CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Equity Research highlights
SodaStream International (Nasdaq:SODA) as the Bull of the Day and Caterpillar
(NYSE:CAT) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides
analysis on Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE:SU), Atlas Energy L.P (NYSE:ATLS) and
Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE:NTI).
Full analysis of all these stocks is available at
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:
Bull of the Day:
Getting a commercial rejected from the Super Bowl telecast is turning out to
be the best thing to happen to SodaStream International (Nasdaq:SODA) in quite
The maker of home beverage carbonation systems had its first ever Super Bowl
commercial rejected by CBS, supposedly due to the references made to two of
the biggest sponsors of the Super Bowl, Coke and Pepsi. It ran a shorter, and
tamer, commercial during the game instead.
But the original commercial, entitled "Game Changer" has been put up on
YouTube and has already garnered 4.3 million views and counting. Not too
shabby for a company with a $990 million market cap making its first
advertising push into the U.S. market.
SodaStream, headquartered in Israel, makes home soda makers, flavored syrups,
gas cylinders and bottles. It entered the U.S. market in 2009. The U.S. market
now makes up about a third of the company's sales and turned profitable in
2012. It sells its beverage systems in 15,000 retailers across the United
States and in thousands of retailers worldwide.
Bear of the Day:
After 3 years of double digit earnings growth, including 93% growth in 2010,
it looks like Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) is going to hit a wall in 2013 as
earnings are expected to decline by 4.4%.
The bad news started with a 13% fourth quarter 2012 earnings miss even as the
company reported record full year 2012 sales.
The world's largest construction and mining equipment maker also had the
embarrassing episode of having to announce it was writing down $580 million
for its purchase of Zhengzhou Siwei Mechanical & Electrical Manufacturing,
which made roof-support equipment for underground coal mines, after it
discovered discrepancies in the physical inventory after it closed on the deal
in October 2012. It blamed "coordinated accounting misconduct" inside the
That acquisition had been the company's largest Asia investment since 2010.
Revenue fell to $16.08 billion from $17.24 billion in the fourth quarter of
2011 as China slowed and Europe remained mired in a recession. Inventory was
lowered by $2 billion in the quarter.
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Suncor Energy: Will It Miss?
Canada's biggest energy firm and the largest oil sands outfit, Suncor Energy
Inc. (NYSE:SU) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter and full-year 2012
results after the market closes on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013.
In the third quarter, the company delivered a positive 13.33% earnings
surprise, aided by volume growth at Oil Sands along with better refinery
margins and start-up of operations in Libya . This represented the fourth
straight quarter of positive earnings surprise. Let's see how things are
shaping up prior to this announcement.
Factors to Consider This Quarter
The operating scenario for oil sands developers will remain critical in the
near to medium term. Suncor is also susceptible to oil and gas prices, which
are inherently volatile and subject to complex market forces.
Suncor's deep oil sands technology, though proven, is still vulnerable to
potential implementation delays. In particular, there are risks related to
growth and other capital projects that depend wholly or partly on new
technologies. A high debt level and significant capital expenditure may also
have adverse affects on the company's earnings and cash flows.
In fact, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter has moved down by
2 cents to 80 cents per unit over the last 30 days as the tendency for a
downward revision was more obvious.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Suncor Energy is likely to
beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the fourth quarter. That is because a
stock needs to have both a positive earnings Expected Surprise Prediction or
ESP (Read: Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method) and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong
Buy) or at least Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. But this
is not the case here as elaborated below.
Negative Zacks ESP:The Most Accurate estimate stands at 78 cents while the
Zacks Consensus Estimate is higher at 80 cents. This results in a difference
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold): Suncor's Zacks Rank #3, however, increases the
predictive power of ESP. That said, we also need to have a positive ESP to be
confident of an earnings surprise call.
Other Stocks to Consider
Here are some 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:
Atlas Energy L.P (NYSE:ATLS), earnings ESP of +260.00% and Zacks Rank #1
Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE:NTI), earnings ESP of +7.97% and Zacks Rank #1
Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to
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