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12=08-2016: Finding Value Stocks in a Runaway Market Is Not Easy

When the market keeps soaring up and up way beyond normal valuations, it becomes harder and harder to find "value stocks" (stocks with good financial ratios and fundamentals) in an overbought and over-valued market. The optimism over Trump's abandonment of regulations and corporate taxes has led to what we think might be an impending crash when certain things fail to materialize. Buried in the "runaway market" are stocks with sound fundamentals that suffer from near-term issues causing earnings disappointments. They are hard to find. One of these is Vera Bradley, Inc. (VRA), a maker of iconic brand handbags. This is a growth stock stuck in a range from which long-term it is likely to break out. 

Our recent article on Vera Bradley, Inc. (VRA) is in the Archives Section near the bottom of this page.

Zenith's Active List of 39 Stocks as of 12/03/2016

(Updated once a week, usually on Saturday except when less than 5 trading days in the week.)

Note: Zenith tries to pick only stocks which are shortable, but sometimes stocks appear afterward on the SEC Regulation SHO list of stocks which are not shortable, which is beyond our control. On some stocks, Zenith may hold more than the number of shares it trades in its inventory. Thus the "short" sale of such a security would technically not be a "short" sale for us and not subject to SEC rules regarding selling securities which are not deliverable. Also, stocks pop on and off the list available for shorting on successive days, so the presence of a stock on the current SHO list doesn't mean it was there at the time it was shorted.

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What are the last three entries in the Active Stocks chart list? These represent typical high-, low-, and mid-cap mutual funds to help us gage the tenor of the stock market as a whole.

Archive List

12-08-2016: Vera Bradley, Inc. (VRA): Iconic Brand Handbags

11-30-2016: Omega Heathcare Investors, Inc. (OHI): High Dividend Payer

11-27-2016: China Automotive Systems, Inc. (CAAS): Large Supplier of Automotive Components to Chinese Market

11-24-2016: Lee Enterprises, Inc. (LEE): Local Newspapers Round the Country

11-17-2016: Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG): Post Election Optimism for Banks

11-05-2016: Supreme Industries Inc. (STS): Backlog Orders Crumble

11-02-2016: Aegean Maritime Petroleum Network, Inc. (ANW): World's Largest Supplier of Fuel

10-31-2016: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT): Recemt Drop May Be Unwarranted

10-18-2016: Omnicom Group, Inc. (OMC): Revenues May Be Affected by Currency Relations

10-14-2016: Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT): Wafer Fabrication Equipment Sales Soar

10-01-2016: Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WYN): Large Assets and Large Debt

09-25-2016: Loews Corporation (L): Conglomerate

09-17-2016: E*Trade Financial Corporation (ETFC): Management's Revolving Door

09-10-2016: KeyCorp (KEY): Consolidation Drags Down Share Price

09-08-2016: Taylor Devices Inc. (TAYD): Seismic Damers, Vibration Isolators, Shocks

09-03-2016: Charles Schwab & Co., (SCHW): Programming Problems

08-27-2016: Westrock Company (WRK): Containerboard Behemoth

08-19-2016: Albemarle Corporation (ALB): Lithium Miner

08-11-2016: Staples, Inc. (SPLS): Failed Merger with Office Depot

08-01-2016: Prologis, Inc. (PLD): R/E Rental Market Recovery

07-28-2016: MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI): Diversified Customer Base

07-25-2016: Tahoe Resources, Inc. (TAHO): Silver Bubble?

07-08-2016: Fiserv, Inc. (FISV): Cashless Society

07-01-2016: Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL): Under-Priced By Historic Standards

06-27-2016: Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM): Environmental and Debt Liabilities

06-22-2016: Cambrex Corporation (CBM): Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

06-18-2016: Manhattan Associates Inc. (MANH): Huge Global Retailer Presence

06-14-2016: Big Lots, Inc. (BIG): Slow Steady Growth

06-04-2016: Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS): Better Off Without Microsoft

05-31-2016: Pilgrim's Price Corporation (PPC): Brazilian-Owned withi Recalls

05-23-2016: Convergys Corporation (CVG): If You Want That Press This

05-19-2016: Masco Corporation (MAS): Faucets and Paint

05-12-2016: Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP): Success In Difficult Times

05-06-2016: MasTec, Inc. (MTZ): Prospects versus Financial Soundness

05-02-2016: Old Republic International, Inc. (ORI) Diversified Multi-Line Insurance

<04-28-2016: Federated Investors, Inc. (FII): Who Is Really Best?

04-22-2016: Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (UEPS): Overlooked Stock Until Recently

04-12-2016: CSG Systems International, Inc. (CSGS): Leader in Cable TV Billing Services

04-08-2016: Frontier Communications Inc. (FTR): Land LInes Not Dead

04-02-2016: Thor Industries Inc. (THO): Motor Home Craze

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