Zacks Sell List Highlights: Advisory Board Co., Columbia Sportswear, Family Dollar Stores and ArthroCare

 Zacks Sell List Highlights: Advisory Board Co., Columbia Sportswear, Family
                         Dollar Stores and ArthroCare

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, March 8, 2013

CHICAGO, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ 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): The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ:ABCO)  and Columbia
Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell)
on two other widely held stocks: Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO) and
ArthroCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTC).


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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 ABCO and COLM 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:

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ:ABCO) announced third-quarter profit of 22
cents per share on February 06 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate
by 3 cents. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 6.38% on a
year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year
slipped 9 cents per share to 92 cents in the last 30 days. Next year's
estimate also dipped 21 cents per share to $1.03 per share in that time span.

Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) posted a fourth -quarter profit of
$1.15 per share on February 07, which came in 5 cents wider than the average
forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 fell to a profit of $2.86 per
share from $3.28 over the past month with 5 out of 7 covering analysts slashed
forecasts. Next year's forecasts slipped 44 cents to $3.28 per share in the
same time span.

Here is a synopsis of why FDO and ARTC 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

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO) first-quarter profit of 69 cents per
share, posted on January 10, and lagged analysts' projections by nearly 6.76%.
For 2013, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 1 cent to $3.98 in the last
30 days as 2 out of the 21 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The
forecast for next year slid 1 cent to $4.46 per share in the same time span.

ArthroCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTC) reported a fourth-quarter profit of 30
cents per share on February 14, that fell 16.67% short of the Zacks Consensus
Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $1.45 per
share, compared with the last 30 days projection of $1.46 Next year's forecast
dropped 2 cents per share in the same period.

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1988, Zacks Rank #5 stocks have significantly underperformed the S&P 500 (2.8%
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