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Conn's, Caterpillar, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis and AstraZeneca highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day
Date:12/11/2013

estimate. Revenue came in at $311M vs the $288M estimate. The company also guided higher. They see EPS of $2.75-$2.80 vs. the estimate of $2.60, so a big bump up. They now see same store sales increasing 22% - 25%, up from the prior guidance of 15% - 20%.

As the market looks to adjust to the beat and raise, the stock has continued to move higher. Since the beat, the stock is up about 25%.

Conn's sells home appliances and furniture. As of September 5, 2013, the company operated approximately 70 retail locations in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Conn's, Inc. was founded in 1890 and is based in The Woodlands, Texas.

Of the last seven reports, the company has posted five earnings beats, one miss and reported in line one time. The miss is the big deal in that time line, so let's take a closer look at that.

Bear of the Day:

Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT-Free Report) it certainly hasn't been "The Year of the Cat" and even Al Stewart would tell you that being down 3% YTD is no good in 2013. To make matters worse, Caterpillar is the Bear of the Day as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Dividend Coming Up

While the Zacks Rank is focused on earnings estimates and what direction they are headed, investors would be amiss if they didn't notice that CAT is headed for another dividend payment. The stock is yielding 2.77% according to Google Finance, and paid a dividend of $0.52 last year on December 20. The quarterly dividend was increase
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