Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Scientific Games, Highwoods Properties, Infosys, Linear Technology and Resource Capital.CHICAGO -- Zacks Equity Research highlights Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS SGMS SonicWALL Global Management System ) as the Bull of the Day and Highwoods Properties (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : HIW HIW High Intensity War ) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: INFY INFY Infosys Technologies Ltd (stock symbol) ), Linear Technology Corp. (Nasdaq: LLTC LLTC Liquid-Liquid Thermal Cycling ) and Resource Capital (NYSE: RSO RSO Recognized Service Organization (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
RSO Registered Sex Offender
RSO Radiation Safety Officer
RSO Registered Student Organization (various universities) ). Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2676.
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:
Bull of the Day: Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS)
Scientific Games has a leading position in several markets, including the instant ticket and online lottery markets. In addition, Scientific Games continues to win significant contracts in both the instant ticket and online lottery markets from both domestic and international lottery authorities. Also, the company has made several acquisitions that have accelerated top line growth. Ron Perelman, a world renowned private investor, owns 28.1% of the company's stock. The recent pressure on the stock is a result of the loss of three online lottery contracts (PA, SC, WV) and the resulting exit of earnings momentum investors.
Bear of the Day: Highwoods Properties (NYSE: HIW)
We continue our sell rating based on macro economic factors. The U.S. economy is rapidly declining and job losses are accelerating across the county. We think operations will get worse in 2008 and suburban office owners will have difficulties maintaining occupancy and increasing rents when corporate layoffs continue. We would stick to more defensive sectors over the next six months, i.e. apartments and health care focused REITs.
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Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: INFY)
Infosys Technologies is expected to report in-line results for the fourth quarter on April 15th. The company continues to strengthen strategic alliances and reorganize businesses in order to counter the effects of a strong rupee RUPEE, comm. law. A denomination of money in Bengal. In the computation of ad valorem duties, it is valued at fifty-five and one half cents. Act of March 2, 1799, s. 61; 1 Story's L. U. S. 627. Vide Foreign coins.
The company was able to improve operating margins in the third quarter despite a higher attrition rate Noun 1. attrition rate - the rate of shrinkage in size or number
rate of attrition
rate - a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit; "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"
, higher wages and appreciation of the rupee, which were likely to pressure margins in the quarter. These effects were offset by SG&A cost savings and a slew of tax and provision reversals.
We maintain our 2008 revenue estimates at the higher end Coordinates:
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BPO Benzoyl Peroxide
BPO Business Process Optimization
BPO Broker Price Opinions
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Linear Technology Corp. (Nasdaq: LLTC)
Linear Technology is a leading OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and of analog and mixed signal semiconductors. December quarter revenue was in-line with consensus expectations, although the EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) A PostScript file format used to transfer a graphic image between applications and platforms. EPS files contain PostScript code as well as an optional preview image in TIFF, WMF, PICT or EPSI, the latter being an ASCII-only format. exceeded. Forward guidance is for a 1%-5% revenue growth in the next quarter. We believe that the company has strong fundamentals. Linear generates strong cash flow, which enables management to expand its R&D capabilities and return cash to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.
Management recently leveraged the balance sheet, which had a positive impact on the EPS. The shares are currently trading at a 17.3x multiple of our 2008 earnings estimate (P/E P/E
See: Price/earnings ratio ). Linear Technology has an attractive business model that features some of the most favorable margins within the technology sector. The company grew sales by 30 per cent during a semiconductor down-cycle in 2005, and 4 per cent in fiscal year 2006. Growth tapered off in fiscal 2007, as management continued to pursue only those business lines that afforded gross margins at the level historically enjoyed by the company.
Resource Capital (NYSE: RSO)
Resource Capital continues to pay a $0.41 per share dividend, putting the current yield over 20%. Fourth quarter adjusted net income, excluding non-cash charges, was $0.43 per share in the fourth quarter, ahead of our estimates. Operationally, the company continues to perform well and almost all of their commercial loans are performing.
We rate the shares a Hold due to the uncertainty in commercial real estate debt markets. We think more of the company's commercial loans will have problems in the coming year as commercial fundamentals are eroding. In addition, many of the company's former financing sources are no longer available. We expect some type of dividend cut in financial year 2008.
On a price/earnings basis, the company is trading at 4.9x our 2008 estimates of $1.60 per share (excluding impairments), a 14% premium to sector averages. In addition, RSO is valued at .73x GAAP GAAP
See: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
See generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). and 0.65x economic book value, in line with its peer group. We expect commercial real estate loan volumes to decrease over the coming year as residential housing problems will begin to spill over Verb 1. spill over - overflow with a certain feeling; "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger"
bubble over, overflow
seethe, boil - be in an agitated emotional state; "The customer was seething with anger"
2. into the commercial sector. The credit squeeze credit squeeze
Restricted bank lending that is accompanied by rising short-term interest rates and a decline in economic growth. Credit squeezes are generally attributed to policy actions of the Federal Reserve. should continue at least through the end of the year, and spreads could decrease as investors' appetite for mortgage bonds will continue to wane in the coming months.
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