Vipshop Holdings, PriceSmart, Canadian Solar, Fortegra Financial and Star Bulk Carriers highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day


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Chicago, IL – September 03, 2014– Zacks Equity Research highlights Vipshop Holdings Ltd. (VIPS-Free Report) as the Bull of the Day and PriceSmart (PSMT-Free Report) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ-Free Report), Fortegra Financial Corp. (FRF-Free Report) and Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK-Free Report).
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Vipshop Holdings Ltd. (VIPS-Free Report) is a leading online discount retailer for high-quality brand name products in China, utilizing the online "flash sales" method where special pricing may only be available for a few days.

Offering a wide selection of various famous branded discount products including apparel for women, men and children, fashion goods, cosmetics, home goods and other lifestyle products through its website, the $9 billion company describes its unique approach thus...

"As compared to conventional on-line marketplaces or large-scale multi-category online retailers, Vipshop has successfully created and proven there is a third e-commerce model that can provide tremendous scale and profitability. By providing special offers and deep discounts on branded products, the Company has pioneered the online discount retail model in China and become the expert and leader trusted by our customers and brand partners alike."

I last wrote about VIPS as Bull of the Day in early April when it was trading in the $150s. After solidifying a base above $125, as it survived the spring drubbing for growth stocks, it went on to hit a new high near $230 in August.

Here are some of the highlights of that report as I introduced this powerful growth stock to many US investors who were just becoming familiar with another giant of Chinese e-commerce as the much-anticipated Alibaba IPO approaches...
Bear of the Day:
PriceSmart (PSMT-Free Report) shares started their fall from grace early this year after an earnings miss in January for their fiscal first quarter. Since then, the stock has often been showing up as a Zacks #4 Rank (Sell) or #5 Rank (Strong Sell) and its price has dropped from $115 to under $80 in July.
My colleague Tracey Ryniec wrote about the $2.7 billion company's fiscal third quarter report in July where sales trends seemed to disappoint analysts further. That earnings report may also have brought some capitulation in terms of tired longs who wanted out of the stock, while fresh buyers appeared to have come in demanding shares in the $80s.
Here's how Tracey described the company...
PriceSmart is considered to be the "Costco of Latin America" as it operates similar membership based warehouse clubs. Headquartered in San Diego, the company now dominates the Latin American market with 33 clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory. Costa Rica is its largest market with 6 clubs. It has recently been expanding in Colombia, where it now has 3 clubs.
PriceSmart looks like one of those growth stories where the stock got ahead of expectations, and reality.
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I ran a screen on Research Wizard for companies with the following parameters:
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  1. Percentage price change over the last 4 weeks greater than or equal to 20%
  2. Forward price-to-earnings Ratio (P/E) for the current financial year (F1) less than or equal to 20. This picks out stocks that are good value choices
  3. Expected earnings growth for the current financial year greater than or equal to 20%
  4. Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: This ascertains stocks that have shown above-average returns over the last 26 years.
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Here are the top 3 stocks among the 11 that made it through this screen:

Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ-Free Report) is a vertically-integrated manufacturer of silicon ingots, wafers, cells, solar modules (panels) and custom-designed solar power applications. The company designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar system solutions for both on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide.

Percentage price gain over the last 4 weeks = 42%

Canadian Solar has significant expected earnings growth for FY2014 and holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The stock’s forward price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) for the current financial year (F1) is 9.11.

Fortegra Financial Corp. (FRF-Free Report) provides distribution and administration services and insurance-related products to insurance companies, insurance brokers and agents and other financial services companies in the US.

Percentage price change over the last 4 weeks = 41.6%

Expected earnings growth for FY2014 = 29.8%

Currently, the company holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has a P/E (F1) of 13.34.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK-Free Report) is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Star Bulk's vessels transport major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain and minor bulks such as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products.

Percentage price change over the last 4 weeks = 31.5%

Expected earnings growth for FY2014 = 31%

Apart from a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Star Bulk Carriers has a P/E (F1) of 18.53.

Domestic Positives Outweigh International Headwinds

All three benchmarks have ended the month on a positive note. Clearly, domestic strength has shrugged off economic weaknesses. The only gnawing feeling in the minds of investors is the timing of a Fed rate hike. The Fed Chair remains elusive about its timing and markets seem to be ignoring this concern for now.

However, international tensions continue to linger. Conflicts across the globe have already started affecting other nations like the UK. Despite these factors, stocks seem to be on a high as of now. If economic reports and other domestic factors remain positive this month as well, stocks may well enjoy strong growth in the days ahead.
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