Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Prestige Brands, J.C. Penney, United Parcel Service, FedEx and CH Robinson Worldwide

   Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Prestige Brands, J.C. Penney,
            United Parcel Service, FedEx and CH Robinson Worldwide

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Equity Research highlights
Prestige Brands (NYSE:PBH) as the Bull of the Day and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP)
as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis
on United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS), FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) and CH
Robinson Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq:CHRW).


Full analysis of all these stocks is available at

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Consumer staple stocks don't have to fall in the "defensive only" category,
nor do they have to offer sub-par performance in a booming stock market. This
is especially true if they are strong, growing brands under good management.

One company that fits this description and stands out among their peers is
Prestige Brands (NYSE:PBH). Prestige markets, sells and distributes
over-the-counter healthcare, household cleaning products and personal care
products to retail outlets in the US, Canada, and certain international

Their recognizable brands can be found around your home and medicine cabinet,
they include everything from Luden's cough drops and Tagamet to Comet cleaner,
Cloreseptic, Clear Eyes drops and more.

Most people wouldn't expect a 100% annual return from a staple stock like PBH,
but that's exactly what shares have done since I last mentioned them on
February 16th, 2012 as a momentum stock.

Bear of the Day:

Sometimes "turn-around" stocks never turn fully around. Companies like K-Mart,
Kodak, Drug Emporium and even Sears have demonstrated just how difficult it
can be to change the direction of a brand that is faltering and/or reinvent a
company after it has lost relevance.

J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) has been trying to reinvent itself for some time now.
The company has been searching for its soul and its place between higher end
department store competitors like Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Sachs and the
discounters like Target, Walmart and Marshalls.

It's been a year since the struggling department store instituted a drastic
plan to get rid of most sales in favor of everyday low prices and dramatically
change the look and feel of their stores. CEO Ron Johnson is working to
transform every part of the business from the brands it carries to the store
experience, but the overhaul has been more challenging than expected and
shareholders are getting frustrated.

At the end of the month (February 27th) JCP is expected to report earnings.
According the Zacks ESP, which is registering a negative 130% on an expected
loss of 13 cents, it won't be pretty in all likelihood. In fact, JCP has
logged four consecutive quarters of big sales drops and net losses since it
implemented its new pricing strategy.

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Logistics Firms Heart Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, lovers are in a hurryto send
gifts to their sweethearts. This translates into solid business for logistic
companies by delivering gifts to our doorsteps.

Thanks to the millions of celebrants across the globe, Valentine's Day remains
special for logistics firms. The event drives a surge in sales for these

According to latest reports by National Retail Federation, average Valentine's
Day individual spending is expected to be $130.97, up from $126.03 last year.
This brings total cash outflows to an estimated $18.6 billion this Valentine's

The federation also reported that a large chunk (approximately 50%) of these
expenditures would be on candies and other edible products followed by
flowers, accounting for approximately 30%. The rest would include expenditures
on valuable items like jewelry and apparels. If these figures set the retail
industry on the go, the packaging industry will not remain far behind from
benefiting from the Big Day.

United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS) recently reported that it expects to
ship nearly 95 million flowers through its network. In addition, it has joined
with companies like Vermont Teddy Bear Company, LobsterGram Inc. and Fairytale
Brownies to ship Valentine's Day goodies for incremental revenues.

To support timely deliveries with utmost care these packaging companies also
remain equipped with proper facilities like temperature control containers,
express delivery services, massive warehousing and hassle-free customs
clearance. Companies like UPS have also set up 130 additional flight services
for its customers.

Globalization has indeed brought the world so close that every individual is
connected with a matrix of various networks governed by modern technology.
Whether this has simplified our lives or made it more complicated remains
subjective, but surely it has driven trade and economics to a level where any
event (good or bad) has a global impact. Apart from other factors,
globalization has certainly given a boost to e-commerce and largely influenced
consumer behavior.

Reaping benefits from the current trends, logistic companies like UPS,

FedEx Corporation



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CH Robinson Worldwide Inc.



) are generating a good amount of their business from events like New Year and
Christmas, celebrated worldwide. With the help of an expanded market reach and
advanced infrastructure, freight carriers are now able to maximize
profitability with shipments across the globe.

The usual business days aside, periods like the holiday season and special
events like Valentine's Day remain important sales boosters. These generally
provide an uptick in sales in an otherwise lackluster demand environment.

Overall, we expect this Valentine's Day to cheer up packaging companies with
good volumes that would ultimately reflect in their quarterly results. Amid
economic upheavals, fiscal cliff debacle and nearing of budget sequester, we
believe Valentine's Day will bring some relief for the parcel companies.

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