Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Grifols, Paragon Shipping, Guidewire Software, ABM Industries and The Hanover

Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Grifols, Paragon Shipping,
      Guidewire Software, ABM Industries and The Hanover Insurance Group

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CHICAGO, March 13, 2014

CHICAGO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Stocks in this week's article include:
Grifols (NASDAQ: GRFS – Free Report), Paragon Shipping (NASDAQ: PRGN – Free
Report), Guidewire Software (NYSE: GWRE – Free Report), ABM Industries (NYSE:
ABM – Free Report) and The Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE: THG – Free Report).
Kevin Matras shows why stocks with new analyst coverage are stocks you want to
have.

Zacks Investment Research, Inc., www.zacks.com.

Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

Broker recommendations -– love them or hate them, they do have their place.
And we all look at them eventually.

One of the things that generate analyst coverage is investor interest. And as
new coverage is initiated, it becomes more visible, which in turn means
potentially more demand (read higher prices). This is often the case because
analysts almost always initiate coverage with a positive recommendation. (Why
write a research report on a company not widely followed only to say it
stinks?)

And when it comes to companies with little to no analyst coverage, that one
new recommendation can sometimes give portfolio managers the validation they
need to build a position. (And the more money they can invest, the more they
can potentially influence prices.)

The best way to use this information is to look for companies with analyst
coverage that has increased over the last 4 weeks. Simply look at the number
of analyst recommendations now in comparison to the number of analyst
recommendations 4 weeks ago. An increase in coverage is bullish whereas a
decrease in coverage is bearish.

It's typically more bullish if the increase went from none to one or if the
coverage was minimal to begin with. (Going from 25 to 26 isn't going to have
the same impact because that 26th analyst isn't discovering something 'new'.)
But increased coverage is better than decreased coverage –- assuming the
coverage is positive of course.

Here's a screen to try:

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