A Value Stock in the High Flying Tech Sector

Unlike many unprofitable tech firms whose stocks have outperformed, the stock of this high-ROIC tech firm has lagged significantly over the past year. A strong competitive position and recent roll-out of new products make the profit growth expectations embedded in this stock look too low.

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All Cap Value Style 4Q17: Best and Worst

The All Cap Value style ranks fifth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 4Q17 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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All Cap Growth Style 4Q17: Best and Worst

The All Cap Growth style ranks sixth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 4Q17 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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All Cap Blend Style 4Q17: Best and Worst

The All Cap Blend style ranks second out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 4Q17 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Position Update: Carter’s, Inc. (CRI)

CRI was downgraded to Neutral by our rating system on 9/28/17. Despite the downgraded risk/reward rating, we are maintaining our Long recommendation due to solid fundamentals and the stock’s low valuation.

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Featured Stocks in October’s Most Attractive & Most Dangerous Model Portfolios

Our Most Attractive Stocks (+7.5%) outperformed the S&P 500 (+2.6%) and our Most Dangerous Stocks (+7.6%) underperformed the S&P 500 (+2.6%) as a short portfolio last month. See two of the featured stocks from this month’s model portfolios.

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Invested Capital Turns: Explanation and Examples

Invested capital turns are an important consideration in the analysis of return on invested capital (ROIC) and a key measure of balance sheet efficiency.

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Position Close Update: Tenneco, Inc. (TEN)

Following a downgrade in its risk/reward rating, and a subsequent accounting-related rating suspension, we are closing out our long recommendation on Tenneco, Inc. (TEN) with a modest gain.

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Materials Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Materials sector ranks sixth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Information Technology Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Information Technology sector ranks third out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Industrials Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Industrials sector ranks fourth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Health Care Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Health Care sector ranks eighth out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Financials Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Financials sector ranks second out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Attractive rating.

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Energy Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Energy sector ranks last out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Very Unattractive rating.

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Consumer Staples Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Consumer Staples sector ranks first out of the 11 sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Very Attractive rating.

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Consumer Discretionary Sector 4Q17: Best and Worst

The Consumer Discretionary sector ranks fifth out of the eleven sectors as detailed in our 4Q17 Sector Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets our Neutral rating.

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Featured Stocks in September’s Dividend Growth Model Portfolio

The portfolio’s best-performing stocks last month were Lear Corp (LEA) and W.W. Grainger (GWW), which were up 17% and 13%, respectively. Get a look at a featured stock from September’s Model Portfolio.

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A Standout ETF in the Recently Upgraded Financials Sector

This focused sub-sector ETF stands out as a potential alpha-generating opportunity within Financials sector funds. It ranks fifth among 59 Financials sector ETFs and mutual funds, which include 31 Attractive-or-better rated funds.

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An Example of Misaligned Incentives Leading to a Bad Outcome

This firm’s move to bolster growth via a large acquisition recently resulted in the ouster of top executives. Despite pending new leadership, investors remain at risk given the firm’s falling profits, lagging margins and overvalued stock price.

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Long Idea Update: Spirit AeroSystems (SPR)

Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) was selected as a Long Idea on 6/26/17. SPR is up 40% since publication, but still earns an Attractive risk/reward rating based on earnings quality and low market-implied expectations for future profits.

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