Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Take-Two Interactive, OM Group, United Parcel Service, Merck & Co. and FedEx

  Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Take-Two Interactive, OM Group,
                 United Parcel Service, Merck & Co. and FedEx

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Equity Research highlights
Take-Two Interactive (Nasdaq:TTWO) as the Bull of the Day and OM Group
(NYSE:OMG) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides
analysis on United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), Merck & Co. Inc.
(NYSE:MRK) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX).

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Full analysis of all these stocks is available at
http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Take-Two Interactive (Nasdaq:TTWO) has strung together two consecutive beats
and is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Take Two Interactive makes games for numerous devices including PlayStation 3
and PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and Wii. It's games can also be played on
handheld gaming systems such as DS, 3DS, and PlayStation Portable. As well as
the Grand Theft Auto franchise the company makes several sports and role
playing games. Take-Two Interactive was founded in 1993 and is headquartered
in New York, New York.

Dating back to the September 2011 quarter, TTWO has done a fair job of
reporting earnings ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The four beats
averaged 30% ahead of expectations and only one resulted in a lower stock
price in the session following the earnings release.

The December 2012 quarter was the most recent report and delivered solid
results on the top and bottom lines. Sales of $416M were 13% ahead of the
Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings came in at $0.59, $0.09 better than the
Zacks Consensus Estimate for an 18% positive earnings surprise. The stock
moved higher by more than 15% in the session following the release

Bear of the Day:

OM Group (NYSE:OMG) is coming off a large negative earnings surprise and is a
Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

OM Group operates as a diversified specialty chemicals and materials company.
The company operates in four segments: Magnetic Technologies, Advanced
Materials, Specialty Chemicals, and Battery Technologies. Founded in 1991, the
company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

The most recent quarter saw the company miss the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a
large amount. The company reported a loss of $0.13 per share while the
consensus estimate was calling for earnings of $0.03. That translates to a
$0.16 miss or 533% below expectations. The stock fell 5% in the session
following the release.

Over the last three quarters, OMG has missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate be
an increasing amount. The June 2012 quarter was a miss of one cent, but that
was followed by a $0.14 miss in September (36%) and the huge miss discussed
above. This might make investors say "OMG" but not in a good way.

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UPS Expands Expedited Service

United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) announced the expansion of UPS
Worldwide Expedited service to cover more than 220 countries. UPS Worldwide
Expedited includes air service for international shipments and provides
delivery within two-to-five working days. This would facilitate UPS' customers
with cost effective freight solutions across continents.

Given the slackness in the economy, the company foresees continued yield
pressure due to the changing business mix, resulting from customer shift from
premium products to cost effective logistics solutions. As a result, we see
the expansion of UPS Worldwide Expedited as a strategic move to gain from the
current market trends. This is a more economical solution compared to other
international services such as Worldwide Express. Moreover, the expansion of
these services on a global platform adds opportunities for revenue generation
even in a volatile market such as UPS' home turf.

Health care business is another key market that UPS is keen on investing in.
UPS is set to tap opportunities in this rapidly expanding market by
establishing various distribution facilities specially dedicated to health
care in key markets like Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Latin America,
Australia and the U.S.

The company sees other opportunities in emerging markets like China, India,
Japan and Brazil. As a result, United Parcel Service extended its 8-year long
partnership in 2011 with pharma company Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) to expand
its distribution and logistics services to certain Asian and Latin American
markets. In 2012, the company acquired Italian pharma logistics provider
Pieffe Group to enhance its health care distribution networks in North and
South America, Europe and Asia.

However, we remain concerned about volatile economic conditions that continue
to restrict market demand. Further, the company is also exposed to unionized
workforce and intense competition from giants like FedEx Corporation
(NYSE:FDX).

Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to
http://at.zacks.com/?id=2649.

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