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Zacks Sell List Highlights: Siemens, MKS Instruments, Fomento Economico Mexicano and Peet's Coffee & Tea

For Immediate Release


Chicago, IL – August 16, 2012 – Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Siemens AG (SI) and MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI).Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB (FMX) and Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET).



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Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.   

Here is a synopsis of why SI and MKSI have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:


Siemens AG (SI) announced third -quarter profit of $1.64 per share on July 26 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 23 cent. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 14.58% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 21 cents per share to $7.77 in the last 30 days. Next year’s estimate also dipped 49 cents per share to $8.36 per share in the same time span.


MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) posted a second -quarter profit of 35 cents per share on July 25, which came in 2 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 fell to $1.19 per share from $1.69 over the past month with 7 out of 7 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year’s forecasts slipped 42 cents to $1.47 per share in the same time span.


Here is a synopsis of why FMX and PEET have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB (FMX) second-quarter profit of 81 cents per share, posted on July 27, lagged analysts projections by nearly 4.71%. For 2012, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 37 cents in the last 30 days as 3 out of the 5 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 39 cents to $4.56 per share in the same time span.


Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET) reported a second-quarter profit of 30 cents per share on August 07, that fell 9.09% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $1.73 per share, compared with the last 30 days projection of $1.74. Next year’s forecast dropped 1 cent per share in the same period.


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