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zacks.com on STAN again--> Zacks Earnings and Margins Strategy Highlights: American Financial Group, G-III Apparel, Partner Communications and Standard ParkingLast update: 12/20/2007 2:35:01 PMCHICAGO, Dec 20, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Earnings are the single most important metric for a company. Combine that with a healthy Net Profit Margin and you find a screen that has generated a cumulative return of +623.7% since January 2001. For 2006, this Profit Track has returned 23.4%. For the first month of 2007, this Profit Track returned 4.0%. This screen is called the Earnings and Margins Profit Track strategy. Here are four stocks meeting this screen's exclusive criteria: American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (GIII), Partner Communications Company Ltd. (PTNR) and Standard Parking Corporation (STAN). View the entire list of stocks for the Earnings and Margins Profit Track at . Here are four companies that meet the following Earnings and Margins Profit Track: American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG) remains on the Earnings and Margins profit track because the insurer continues to display solid fundamentals with healthy earnings. The company was last featured in early November, and has since become a Zacks #1 Rank. The company's most recently-completed year jumped almost 25% over the previous year and its net margin stands at 11%. American Financial Group recently reiterated its core net operating earnings guidance of between $3.75 and $3.95 for 2008. It also announced an agreement to become the majority shareholder in Marketform Group Ltd. for approximately $75 million. G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (GIII) experienced an almost 34% rise in its most recently-completed year, compared to the previous year, while its net margin is at 3%. These factors have placed the retailer on the Earnings and Margins profit track, suggesting that it operates on solid ground with good earnings potential moving forward. G-III's decision to affirm its fiscal year guidance disappointed the Street earlier this month, but the company still announced strong fiscal third-quarter results. Net sales moved forward 10.8% to $271.2 million, while earnings per share matched the consensus. G-III Apparel Group is a Zacks #2 Rank company. Partner Communications Company Ltd. (PTNR) is an Israeli mobile communications operator that reported a strong third quarter in late October. Total revenues advanced 9.5% while earnings per share improved on a year-over-year basis. The company also increased its subscriber based by 62,000 in the quarter, bringing the total to approximately 2.8 million. That includes 488,000 3G subscribers. Partner Communications qualifies for this profit track with earnings that gained more than 121% in its most recently-completed quarter, coupled with a net margin of 12%. Standard Parking Corporation (STAN) appears to have good fundamentals with healthy earnings growth, which are the main components for this screen. Earnings growth in its most recently-completed year was up more than 26%, while net margin at 6% was well within this profit track's parameter of greater than or equal to zero. The company reported earnings per share of 47 cents for its third quarter, beating the consensus by almost 24% and bettering the year-ago result of 44 cents. The company also announced same location revenue growth of 5% and raised its full-year guidance for 2007. More recently, Standard Parking's Board announced a two-for-one stock split and an increase in its stock repurchase authorization. Discover all the current stocks currently on the Earnings and Margin Profit Track at: About Profit Tracks What is a "Profit Track"? Each Profit Track is a successful stock picking strategy with proven results through the Bear Market of 2001-2002 and the Bull run started in 2003. On Zacks.com we have created these nine unique screens to offer investors great strategies to potentially outperform the market in the years ahead. In 2006, the Low Price Stocks strategy was the top performing Profit Track with a return of +56.5% followed by the Discounted Fundamental screen with a +34% return. To see all nine strategies along with philosophy, past performance, and current stocks, go to . All the Profit Track strategies were created and backtested using the Research Wizard software from Zacks Investment Research. If you like this screening strategy, but want to narrow down the list of stocks and even improve the performance, then you should start a free trial to this powerful stock picking tool. Learn more about the Research Wizard free trial offer and our new special report "Top 10 Stock Screening Strategies" at . About Zacks Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Leonard Zacks. As a PhD in mathematics Len knew he could find patterns in stock market data that would lead to superior investment results. Amongst his many accomplishments was the formation of his proprietary stock picking system; the Zacks Rank, which continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit from the Pros. In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your time! Register for your free subscription to Profit from the Pros at . Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates. The performance of the Zacks Rank portfolios shown above for annual and year-to-date periods are the linked monthly total returns (price changes + dividends) of equal weighted hypothetical portfolios, consisting of those stocks with the indicated Zacks Rank, assuming monthly rebalancing and zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios. The hypothetical portfolios were created at the beginning of each month from Jan 1988 forward based on the values of the Zacks Rank available to Zacks' clients before the beginning of each month. The portfolios created monthly from 1988 through September 2006 exclude ADRs and are comprised of stocks that have the indicated Zacks Rank and were covered by at least two analysts at the time of the stocks inclusion in the portfolio. Starting in October 2006 and going forward, the portfolios are comprised of all stocks with the indicated Zacks Rank and do not exclude ADRs, which is more reflective of the list of stocks that customers will find on the Zacks web sites. 2007 returns are for the period of Jan 1 - Jun 30, 2007. These performance numbers have been audited from 1995 through 2003 by Autschuler Melovan, a division of American Express Financial. The S&P 500 Index is a well-known, unmanaged index of the prices of 500 large-company common stocks, mainly blue-chip stocks, selected by Standard & Poor's. The S&P 500 Index assumes reinvestment of dividends but does not reflect advisory fees. An investor cannot invest directly in an index. Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. SOURCE: Zacks.com
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