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Contents. Introduction 2. Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) 3. Ferrari (RACE) 4. Potbelly Corporation (PBPB) 5. U.S. Steel (X) 6. Valvoline Inc.

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$99 VALUE Contents Introduction 2 Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) 3 Ferrari (RACE) 4 Potbelly Corporation (PBPB) 5 U.S. Steel (X) 6 Valvoline Inc. (VVV) 7 Xcerra (XCRA) 8 Zendesk (ZEN) 9 What to Do Next 10
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$99 VALUE Contents Introduction 2 Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) 3 Ferrari (RACE) 4 Potbelly Corporation (PBPB) 5 U.S. Steel (X) 6 Valvoline Inc. (VVV) 7 Xcerra (XCRA) 8 Zendesk (ZEN) 9 What to Do Next 10 1 Introduction The predictive ability of the Zacks #1 rank cannot be denied. An average annual gain of 26% since Beating the S&P 500 by nearly three times during that period. Earning a 43.8% total return from when the stock markets suffered record declines. Now, in this report, you ll receive highlights on 7 stocks from the more than 200 companies that compose the coveted Zacks #1 Ranked list of Strong Buys. Remember only 5% of all stocks covered by the proprietary Zacks Rank system have the promise and potential to beat the market in the next 30 days like these #1 stocks. Inside this report, you ll discover the company financials, earnings data and analysis of these 7 promising companies. The return numbers presented assume no transaction costs. Details of how Zacks calculates performance for the Zacks Rank Portfolios and strategies is available at: 2 Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) is a leading producer of ion implantation equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductors. On February 1st, management posted Q4 earnings results that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company saw sequential gains in revenues +5.6%, operating profit +63.9%, net income +81.2%, and cash, and cash equivalents +7.2%. ACLS stock price has been soaring since the middle part of 2016, and their 2017 estimates are rising along with the stock price. Over the past 30 days, earnings estimates have risen for Q1 17, FY 17, and FY 18. While they are ahead of schedule, management continues to look for ways to improve their overall performance. The company is seeing tailwinds from robust China demand and a recovery in Europe. 3 Ferrari (RACE) Ferrari (RACE) is the most fabled exotic car manufacturer in the world. Last year was a record year for the company. Total shipments reached 8,014 units, net revenues grew 8.8% to 3.1 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA came in at 880 million euros with margins at 28.3% and new profit was up 37.1% to 425 million euros. These great numbers led analysts to revise their earnings estimates to the upside, giving us the favorable Zacks Rank. Two analysts have increased their earnings estimate for the current year while one has jacked up their estimate for next year. These moves have not been lost on investors, who have bid the stock up considerably from its original IPO price. With margins improving and several special models due out this year, it could be another banner year for Ferrari. 4 Potbelly Corporation (PBPB) Potbelly Corporation (PBPB) operates over 440 company-owned and franchised sandwich restaurants. For its fourth quarter, earnings came in at $0.15 versus the $0.07 estimate, for a 114% beat. Total revenue rose 7.6% to $102.4 million from $95.1 million a year ago. It opened 28 new restaurants, including 25 company-operated shops and 3 franchised shops. 2 estimates moved higher for 2017 in the past 7 days pushing the Zacks Consensus up to $0.46 from $0.45. This is earnings growth of 2.2%. The outlook appears to be better for 2018 with analysts expecting earnings growth of 14%. 5 U.S. Steel (X) U.S. Steel (X) has actually crushed its steel brethren in the past year, as the company has gained an outrageous 385% in that time. In its most recent earnings report, U.S. Steel thoroughly demolished earnings estimates with EPS of 27 cents per share topping expectations of one cent. But the earnings outlook is really what is incredible about U.S. Steel, as the company is expected to post earnings growth of over 260% this year. And even more impressive is the company s path in terms of earnings estimates in the last few months. We haven t seen any cuts to the current year or next year outlook, while estimates have absolutely surged. 6 Valvoline Inc. (VVV) Valvoline Inc. (VVV) operates and franchises more than 1,070 Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers in the United States. It also markets Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals as well as SynPOwer synthetic motor oil and Zerex antifreeze. On Jan 26, Valvoline reported its fiscal first quarter results and surprised on the Zacks Consensus by 16%. The quarter was driven by growth in premium product sales, an increase in stores, strong same-store-sales results and volume growth in international markets. The strong performance in the first quarter meant the company could raise its EPS guidance for the full year. Revenue is now expected to rise 4% to 7% versus prior guidance of 3% to 5%. Analysts liked what they heard and have been raising their estimates. 7 Xcerra (XCRA) Xcerra (XCRA) engages in designing, manufacturing, and marketing automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry. XCRA beat the Zacks Consensus of a loss of $0.02 by $0.08 when they reported a gain of $0.06 for the most recent quarter. Revenues came in at $80.1M and that was ahead of the $78.9M estimate and represented growth of 10.8% from year ago levels. The company said the next three months are going to be better than what was previously expected. They guided EPS to a range of $ $0.14 compared to an $0.08 estimate. Revenues are expected to be $95M - $99M compared to the $89.75M estimate. 8 Zendesk (ZEN) Zendesk (ZEN), the $2.6 billion customer service software company, delivered strong Q4 results on February 8 with top and bottom line beats. Revenues came in 41% higher yearover-year at $88.6 million as ZEN added over 5,000 new customers. They hit their $300 million sales milestone for 2016, and based on this year s $400+ million projection, the stock is trading under 6.5X on a forward price-to-sales metric. Since they added over 5,000 new customers last quarter across 3 different product/service areas, Wall Street will be watching this successful growth story very closely every quarter for continued advancement. 9 What to Do Next In addition to the hand-selected picks included in this special report, you can move yourself way ahead of the crowd in any market environment with the following: As part of this free report, you will now receive our free daily e-newsletter, Profit from the Pros. Each morning, Executive Vice President Steve Reitmeister will summarize the market, what it means for investors and what to do next. Plus you get links to articles featuring some of our top stock, ETF and mutual fund recommendations. Be sure to look for it in your inbox before the markets open every day. 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