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Zacks Earnings and Margins Strategy highlights: Ansoft Corp., Anixter International, Cholestech Corp. and EXFO Electro Optical Engineering.

CHICAGO -- Earnings are the single most important metric for a company. Combine that with a healthy Net Profit Margin and you find a screen that has generated a cumulative return of +628% since January 2001. For the first nine months of 2006, this Profit Track has returned 24.3%. This screen is called the Earnings and Margins Profit Track strategy. Here are four stocks meeting this screen's exclusive criteria: Ansoft Corp. (Nasdaq: ANST), Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE), Cholestech Corp. (Nasdaq: CTEC) and EXFO Electro Optical Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq: EXFO). View the entire list of stocks for the Earnings and Margins Profit Track at

Here are four companies that meet the following Earnings and Margin Profit Track:

Ansoft Corp. (Nasdaq: ANST) recently reported fiscal third-quarter results. The company's quarterly earnings per share result increased on a year-over-year basis and topped the consensus estimate by nearly 11%. Ansoft Corp. stated that it had an excellent quarter with particularly strong revenue growth in its high-performance product line and in both domestic and international markets. ANST's annual earnings showed a 92% improvement over the year-prior performance. ANST offers a net margin of 0.23.

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) company. AXE recently released fourth-quarter results, noting that strong fourth quarter results completed a series of record-setting quarters leading to a record year in terms of sales and earnings. Earnings per share topped the previous year's fourth quarter and exceeded the consensus estimate by 2%. The company's full-year earnings experienced growth of 77% on a year-over-year basis.

Cholestech Corp. (Nasdaq: CTEC) meets the criteria of this Profit Track as evidenced by its year-over-year earnings growth of 66% for the full year. The company recently announced fiscal third-quarter earnings that were higher than the year-ago result and outperformed the consensus estimate by 7%. Cholestech Corp. mentioned that its operating results continue to reflect improving margins in its business.

EXFO Electro Optical Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq: EXFO) boasts year-over-year earnings per share growth of 425% for the full fiscal year. In early January, the company posted fiscal first-quarter GAAP net earnings of five cents per share, versus the previous year's total of one cent. The result was 25% above Wall Street expectations. EXFO said it continues to execute its profitable growth strategy with solid year-over-year progression in terms of sales, gross margin and net earnings.

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About Profit Tracks

What is a "Profit Track"? Each Profit Track is a successful stock picking strategy with proven results through the Bear Market of 2001-2002 and the Bull run started in 2003. On we have created these nine unique screens to offer investors great strategies to potentially outperform the market in the years ahead. For the first nine months of 2006, the Low Price Stocks strategy was the top performing Profit Track with a return of +42.7% followed by the Discounted Fundamental screen with a +29.7% return. To see all nine strategies along with philosophy, past performance, and current stocks, go to

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