Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: AK Steel, Cross Country
Healthcare, Trina Solar, TriQuint Semiconductor and Crosstex Energy
CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014
CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stocks in this week's article include:
AK Steel (NYSE: AKS – Free Report), Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN –
Free Report), Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL – Free Report), TriQuint Semiconductor
(NASDAQ: TQNT – Free Report) and Crosstex Energy (NASDAQ: XTXI – Free Report).
Kevin Matras screens for companies showing their 'first' profit, and explains
why they are ones to watch.
Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:
With earnings season in full swing, it's time for me to pull out my 'First
Profit' stock screen. The concept for this one is to find companies that have
recently shown their first quarterly profit within the last year.
Some of these companies will be relatively new, so this recent profit may be
the only profit in the company's history so far. Others may have a long
history of profitability, but haven't seen a profit in a while for whatever
reason -- but have finally returned to profitability.
I like this concept because if the trend has been one of improvement, there's
a good chance that trend will continue. This is true whether you've been
profitable or are just getting profitable.
But some (like myself for example) dislike buying companies that cannot show a
profit. And there are many others who won't even consider a stock unless it's
Losing less than the previous quarter is indeed an improvement. And in that
respect, by definition, it is growth, i.e., they're growing less unprofitable.
And it's even better if the losses are less and less in each sequential
But there's something entirely different about growth AND being profitable.
And those are the stocks that will likely see the best new demand from new
investors. People who are now, all of a sudden, willing to take notice of and
pay attention to the stock.
And that's what we're screening for today…
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