A Forward Look, the Year Ahead - Research Report on Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Firstmerit

A Forward Look, the Year Ahead - Research Report on Advance Auto Parts, Inc.,
 Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Firstmerit Corp, Henry Schein, Inc. and
                          Patterson Companies, Inc.

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NEW YORK, March 14, 2013

NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Advance
Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN),
Firstmerit Corp (NASDAQ:FMER), Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) and Patterson
Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO). Today's readers may access these reports free
of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst
ratings - via the links below.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. Research Report

Advance Auto saw its profits drop in its Q4 by 2 percent at $65.05 million or
88 cents per share, though still beating the expected 76 cents per share.
Revenues meanwhile are up $1.329 billion from $1.327 billion last year,
meeting expectations. The company saw its share price skyrocket to a whopping
262 percent from 2008 to early 2012 as car sales slowed down. But its shares
slid 21 percent since April last year, with the resurgent car market
overtaking auto parts retailers. However, Motley Fool says Advance Auto is a
good long-term investment, as it pursues its expansion plans. The Full
Research Report on Advance Auto Parts, Inc. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free
of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/7ef9_AAP]

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated Research Report

Huntington recently launched a commodities hedging unit where customers can
buy certain resources at a fixed price and avoid price fluctuations and help
beef up its capital markets capabilities and specialty banking units. The unit
will focus on over-the-counter energy like natural gas, crude oil and jet
fuel, and metals like aluminum, silver, and platinum. The company also went
through insider buying recently, with President and CEO Stephen Steinour
plunking down $281,000 into the company's stock recently, an indication of
future stock price growth. Huntington is being rated as a "neutral" by Nomura
and Goldman Sachs with a $7.50 price target, citing good net income margin
stability for the past few quarters, and progress is being made on cross
selling and revenue improvement per relationship. However, they see sluggish
loan growth and expenses could outgrow revenues this year. The Full Research
Report on Huntington Bancshares Incorporated - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free
of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/8d02_HBAN]

Firstmerit Corp Research Report

FirstMerit saw its net income for Q4 of 2012 rise 25 percent due to increased
amount and quality of its loans while its expenses decreased. The bank earned
$38.2 million or 35 cents per share, up from $30.5 million or 28 cents per
share the same quarter the previous year. It also beat the estimated 32 cents
per share of FactSet. The company is fresh from a $1.3 billion acquisition of
the Michigan-based Citizens Republic Bancorp as part of its Midwest expansion
efforts. The two companies will combine and operate under the FirstMerit Bank
name franchise as soon as the deal wraps up in Q2 this year. The combined
entity will make FirstMerit the Midwest's 7th largest financial institution.
Oppenheimer and Co. upgraded the bank to "outperform" after this deal, and has
retained it even after the stock slightly fell right after the announcement.
Oppenheimer analysts believe the assumptions behind the acquisition are
"conservative" and the combined entity would result to a more valuable
franchise. The Full Research Report on Firstmerit Corp - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/3a09_FMER]

Henry Schein, Inc. Research Report

Healthcare products and services distributor Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC)
posted net income and sales growth for Q4, thanks to the performance of its
animal health and medical businesses, which both grew through recent
acquisitions. Earnings came in at $112.5 million or $1.26 per share, up 7
percent from $104.7 million or $1.15 per share the same period a year earlier,
while sales came in at $2.41 billion, up 3 percent year over year. It narrowly
beat analysts expectations of $1.21 per share in earnings and $2.4 billion in
revenue. In addition, the company repurchased 1.1 million shares of its common
stock at an average price of $79.50 per share, or $84.2 million. During the
quarter, Schien acquired Irish veterinary pharmaceutical distributor C&M
Vetlink, to expand the reach of its global animal health business to Ireland.
In 2011, the company bought Australian veterinary products distributor Provet
Holdings. The unit increased its sales by 16.1 percent at $611.2 million,
inclusive of internal growth in local currencies, acquisition growth, and a
one-week longer quarter. Its global Medical sales grew by 1.1 percent at
$402.4 million, and its global technology and value-added services sales came
in at $81.4 million, or 15 percent higher year on year. However, its global
dental sales declined 2.4 percent at $1.3 billion. The Full Research Henry
Schein, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/4327_HSIC]

Patterson Companies, Inc. Research Report

Patterson is expected to beat expectations on its upcoming earnings report,
with Piper Jaffray rating the company's stock at "Overweight" with a price
target of $36. Its previous earnings report released in November posted 44
cents in earnings per share and revenue of $867.19 million. The Full Research
Report on Patterson Companies, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/30e1_PDCO]

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