Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Sturm, Ruger & Co.,
FleetCor Technologies, Dril-Quip, Phoenix New Media and Progressive Waste
CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2013
CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Stocks in this week's article include:
Sturm, Ruger & Co. (NYSE: RGR – Free Report), FleetCor Technologies (NYSE: FLT
– Free Report), Dril-Quip (NYSE: DRQ – Free Report), Phoenix New Media (NYSE:
FENG – Free Report) and Progressive Waste Solutions (NYSE: BIN – Free Report).
Kevin Matras looks at the powerful combination of Sales Growth and Increasing
Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:
This week I want to focus on Sales Growth and Profit Margins. While everybody
understands sales, margins might bring up a few question marks.
So let's start at the beginning: first and foremost, sales are THE most
important thing to a company. Everything else stems from that. Without sales,
there really wouldn't be anything else to analyze. And Sales Growth numbers
show you how that company is growing.
However, just because sales are increasing, doesn't always mean that profits
are increasing too. Sales at the expense of profits does not work. So paying
attention to Profit Margins is the next thing we're going to want to look at.
Margin is simply a ratio and the calculation is: Net Income divided by Sales
So if a company's margin is 15% for instance, that means its net income is 15
cents for every $1 of sales it makes. But if a company's expenses are growing
faster than sales, this will reduce its margins. In general, a company with
increasing margins is becoming more profitable and is better managed, i.e.,
its costs are under control.
So continue to look at their sales numbers. And of course, look at their
earnings too. But take a look at their profit margins as well. Are they going
up or down? In other words, are they making more money on each dollar of sales
they make, or less? This is important stuff to know, and can make a huge
difference in your portfolio's bottom line.
Parameters for this week's screen are...
For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at:
Sign up now for your free trial today and start picking better stocks
immediately. And with the backtesting feature, you can test your ideas to see
how you can improve your trading in both up markets and down markets. Don't
wait for the market to get better before you decide to do better. Start
learning how to be a better trader today: http://at.zacks.com/?id=111
Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research
may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions
in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment
advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or
short positions in options that are mentioned in this material.
About Screen of the Week
Zacks.com created the first and best screening system on the web earning the
distinction as the "#1 site for screening stocks" by Money Magazine. But
powerful screening tools is just the start. That is why Zacks created the
Screen of the Week to highlight profitable stock picking strategies that
investors can actively use. Each week, Zacks Profit from the Pros free email
newsletter shares a new screening strategy. Learn more about it here
Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed
in 1978. The later formation of the Zacks Rank, a proprietary stock picking
system; continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best
way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of
Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit
from the Pros. In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED
to be worth your time! Click here for your free subscription to Profit from
Get the full Report on RGR –FREE
Get the full Report on FLT – FREE
Get the full Report on DRQ – FREE
Get the full Report on FENG – FREE
Get the full Report on BIN –FREE
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/zacksresearch
Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZacksInvestmentResearch
Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities
(including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in
transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such
Contact: Jim Giaquinto
Zacks.com provides investment resources and informs you of these resources,
which you may choose to use in making your own investment decisions. Zacks is
providing information on this resource to you subject to the Zacks "Terms and
Conditions of Service" disclaimer. www.zacks.com/disclaimer.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment
is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational
purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or
tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No
recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is
suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumedthat any
investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and
described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the
date of herein andis subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions
expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment
Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset
management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical
portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced
monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual
portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit
http://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers
displayed in this press release.
SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.