Zacks Sell List Highlights: Ecopetrol, DSW, Oxford Industries and ArthroCare

 Zacks Sell List Highlights: Ecopetrol, DSW, Oxford Industries and ArthroCare

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, April 12, 2013

CHICAGO, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com 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): Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) and DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW). Further,
Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Oxford
Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM) 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 EC and DSW 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:

Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC) announced fourth-quarter profit of $1.01 per share on
February 18, which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 26 cents. The
diluted earnings per share also fell by 15.8% on a year-over-year basis. The
Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 17 cents per share to
$4.60 in the last 30 days. Next year's estimate also dipped 36 cents per share
to $4.72 per share in that time span.

DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW) posted a fourth -quarter profit of 69 cents per share on
March 19, which came in 3 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks
Consensus Estimate for 2013 fell to a profit of $3.52 per share from $3.87
over the past month with 5 out of 5 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next
year's forecasts slipped 34 cents to $4.06 per share in the same time span.

Here is a synopsis of why OXM 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
Zacks;

Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM) fourth-quarter profit of 65 cents per
share, posted on April 2, and lagged analysts' projections by nearly 5.8%. For
2013, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 25 cents to $3.08 in the last 30
days as 2 out of the 2 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast
for next year slid 23 cents to $3.58 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 nearly 16.7% short of the Zacks
Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at
$1.45 per share, compared with the last 60 days projection of $1.46. Next
year's forecast dropped 1 cent per share in the same period.

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