Nucor Corporation (NUE) — Dangerous Risk/Reward Rating for Ask Matt Readers

The valuation of NUE’s stock implies the company will grow its after-tax cash flow (NOPAT) by nearly 20% compounded annually for 20 years.

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Blue-Light Special: Wal-Mart Stock

If you are looking for a good, safe stock in this volatile market, Wal-Mart is one of the best.

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Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (BRK.A) – Neutral Risk/Reward Rating for Ask Matt Readers

Here is a free copy of our report on Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (BRK.A) for Ask Matt readers. This report provides details behind Matt’s analysis of BRK.A in his recent article in USA Today.

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PowerShares Leads The “Most Attractive” ETFs

PowerShares Buyback Achievers (PKW) is the #1 “most attractive” ETF out of the 375+ ETFs we ranked according to our predictive rating system.

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RIMM’s Stock Offers A Free Option On a Comeback

Yes, RIMM is losing market share and fast. Yes, RIMM’s Blackberry Playbook tablet is a dud. Yes, the stock has been a stinker recently. And yes, none of what I wrote at the beginning of this article would matter if the stock were not super cheap.

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Kronos Worldwide (KRO) Neutral Risk/Reward Rating for Ask Matt Readers

Here is a free copy of our report on KRO for Ask Matt read­ers. This report pro­vides details behind Matt’s analy­sis of KRO in his recent arti­cle in USA Today. Click here for our report: Kronos Worldwide (KRO) Neu­tral Risk/Reward Rat­ing.

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More Downside Than Meets The Eye for Finisar

The worst is not over for Finisar Corporation (FNSR)’s stock. Despite dropping over 50% since March, the stock remains on our most dangerous stocks list, where it has been since October 2010.

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Lorillard’s Profits Require No Smoke and Mirrors

I am not a smoker or tobacco user, and I do not like to be around smokers. However, that prejudice does not blind me from the fact that Lorillard, Inc. (LO) is a “very attractive” stock. I recommend investors buy it as well as the following ETFs because of their large allocations to LO and their attractive-or-better investment ratings…

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Sell Citigroup Before The Earnings Bubble Pops

Citigroup is running out of accounting tricks and the stock will continue its slide as investors recognize the company is not as profitable as it wants investors to believe. Our analysis of the financial footnotes of more than 50,000 annual reports means we know more about which companies have the naughtiest and the nicest accounting. And Citigroup is definitely on the naughty list.

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Show Discretion When Choosing Consumer Discretionary Sector ETFs

Retail HOLDRS (RTH) is our top pick for consumer discretionary sector ETFs.  RTH is one of 51 ETFs that gets an attractive-or-better rating. We rate the investment merit of the top six consumer discretionary sector ETFs based on our coverage of 471 stocks in this sector. Per our first-quarter-2011 review of U.S. Equity Sector ETFs,…

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Many Tasty Choices In Consumer Staples Sector ETFs

Select Sector SPDR-Consumer Staples (XLP) is our top pick for consumer staples sector ETFs. XLP is one of four ETFs, out of the 270 we currently cover, to get our very attractive rating. We also rate the investment merit of the top five consumer staple sector ETFs.

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Don’t Employ Any Industrial Sector ETFs

We recommend avoid or sell all industrial sector ETFs. We also rate the investment merit of the top six industrial sector ETFs.

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Nothing But Ugly Financial Sector ETFs

We recommend investors short the KBW Bank ETF (KBE) and avoid or sell all other financial sector ETFs. We also rate the investment merit of the top nine financial sector ETFs.

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Lots Of Ugly in Energy ETFs

We recommend investors avoid all energy sector ETFs. We found no ETFs in the sector that offer investors attractive investment merit and acceptable structural integrity. We also rate the investment merit of the top-9 energy sector ETFs.

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Some Good In Telecom Sector ETFs

Broadband HOLDRS (BDH) is our top pick for telecom sector ETFs. We also rate the investment merit of the top-3 telecom sector ETFs. Per our first-quarter-2011 review of U.S. Equity Sector ETFs, the telecom sector is one of five sectors that gets our “neutral” rating. Figure 2 shows how the telecom sector’s stocks and the…

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Bad and Ugly Materials Sector ETFs

We recommend investors avoid all materials sector ETFs. We found no ETFs in the materials sector that offer investors attractive investment merit and acceptable structural integrity. We rate the investment merit of the top-6 materials sector ETFs.

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Bad and Ugly In Utility Sector ETFs

We recommend investors avoid all utility sector ETFs. We found no ETFs in the utility sector that offer investors attractive investment merit and acceptable structural integrity. We rate the investment merit of the top-5 utility sector ETFs.

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Mainly Just Good in Health Care Sector ETFs

Our top picks for the Health Care sector ETFs are: Biotech HOLDRS (BBH) and Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (PPH). We also rate the investment merit of the top-9 health care sector ETFs.

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Sell Morgan Stanley Before It Sells You Down the River

When Morgan Stanley (MS) started in 1935, there were around fifteen employees. For 2010, the company reported 62,542 employees. Bigger is not always better. And for big, publicly-traded companies, big tends to be worse especially when it comes to financial reporting.

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For Ask Matt readers:Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) — Dangerous Rating

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) gets our Dangerous Rating. This means CAT’s quality-of-earnings are not attractive and the stock’s valuation is very expensive. For example, the valuation of the current stock price ($112.16) implies the company will grow its profits at 16% compounded annually for 20 years. The takeaway: there are better stocks to choose from. See details in our free report.

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