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Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Haverty Furniture, Silver Wheaton, Duke Realty, Jones Lang LaSalle and General Electric

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Chicago, IL – May 20, 2013 – Zacks Equity Research highlights Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. (HVT) as the Bull of the Day and Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Duke Realty Corporation (DRE), Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and General Electric Company (GE).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

What do you do when you buy a new house or condo? Buy furniture, of course. Suddenly, that old sectional with the dog hair stuck to the pillows isn't looking so hot.

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. (HVT) is looking to cash in on the housing recovery. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is expected to grow earnings by 63% in 2013.

Havertys has seen it all. The company was founded in 1885 in Atlanta and used to make deliveries in horse and buggy. It now has showrooms in 16 Southern and Midwest states. Havertys went public in 1929 during dark economic times, but it has survived each of the big economic shocks.

The impact of the recent housing bust is obvious in Havertys multi-year earnings history. Earnings plunged 88.7% in 2007 to just 8 cents before the rest of the country went into recession and took Haverty's even lower.

The company didn't make money in either 2008 or 2009. Even 2010 and 2011 were still a struggle. But in 2012, the turnaround in the housing market, and the consumer, began to take hold. Havertys made 67 cents that year and it has seen rising earnings ever since.

Bear of the Day:

With gold and silver prices falling off a cliff in 2013, it's not surprising that earnings estimates are being cut for the miners. Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW), one of the largest streaming metals companies in the world, is no exception. 10 earnings estimates for 2013 have been cut in the last 2 months, sending the consensus plunging for the year.

Silver Wheaton is not a mining company but streams the precious metals. That means it enters agreements where it has the right to purchase all or part of the gold or silver production from mines around the world.

The payment is up front, which means its costs are mainly fixed. It doesn't actually do the exploration or have to deal with employee issues like union contracts. It looks for politically stable regions.

Based upon current agreements, the company has forecast 2013 production of 33.5 million silver equivalent ounces and 145,000 ounces of gold. Silver Wheaton expects to grow production to 53 million silver equivalent and 180,000 ounces of gold by 2017.

It doesn't hedge its gold or silver production.

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Duke Realty CFO Resigns, Joins Jones Lang

The office and industrial real estate investment trust (:REIT) – Duke Realty Corporation (DRE) – announced the decision of its Chief Financial Officer (:CFO), Christie B. Kelly to quit her post, with effect from May 17, 2013. Consequently, the company declared Mark A. Denien as her replacement.

Kelly is parting with Duke Realty to join Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) – another REIT – as the CFO, with effect from Jul 1, 2013. Kelly will replace the company’s previous CFO, Lauralee Martin.

Mark A. Denien, who is currently serving Duke Realty as Senior Vice President (:VP) and Chief Accounting Officer, joined the company in 2005. Prior to joining Duke Realty, Denien worked at KMPG for 16 years, overseeing the real estate practices.

With his vast know-how and expertise in the real estate industry, Denien can be easily regarded as a veteran of the sector. We expect the company’s successful trajectory to gain further upside from his expert guidance in the new post.

On the other hand, Jones Lang’s management is confident in its appointment of Kelly, considering her exhaustive proficiency in the real estate domain. They expect Kelly’s financial and operational skills as well as international experience to boost bottom-line growth and thus benefit the company’s clients and shareholder value.

Notably, Kelly held various executive positions at several top companies in her over 25-year career. On previous occasions, she had served Lehman Brothers as Senior VP, Global Real Estate. She also spent a large part of her career at General Electric Company (GE), holding numerous domestic and global leadership roles.

Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to http://at.zacks.com/?id=2649.

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