For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 5, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI), BJ Services (BJS), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA), Mylan (MYL) and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s AnalystBlog:

Baker Hughes Misses Estimates

Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) reported its third quarter results of 26 cents per share, well below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 36 cents and year-earlier quarter earnings of $1.39. Before adjusting one-time items, earnings were 18 cents per share.

Though the company’s results came in below expectations due to lower activity levels in all geographical regions, fundamentals remain strong as the North American gas-directed drilling gain traction and benefits from the pending BJ Services (BJS) acquisition are expected.

Revenue from Baker Hughes’ Oilfield operations was $2.23 billion, down 26% from the year-ago quarter and 4% from the previous quarter. Pre-tax operating profits decreased nearly 72% year-over-year and nearly 22% sequentially to $187 million. Pre-tax operating margin for the quarter was 8%, compared to 22% in the year-ago quarter and 10% in the previous quarter.

Teva Reports Strong Quarter

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) reported earnings of 89 cents in the third quarter of 2009, up 16% from the year-ago period and a cent above the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Strong sales of Copaxone and in the respiratory business helped drive earnings in the reported quarter.

Net sales increased 25% to $3.55 billion, with the Barr acquisition contributing to sales across different geographical segments. The strengthening U.S. dollar adversely impacted net sales by $160 million or 6%.

Revenue performance across key business segments was mixed. While the Pharmaceuticals Sales segment posted growth of 27% with revenues coming in at $3.4 billion, the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) segment reported an 8% decline in growth with sales coming in at $136 million.

Pharmaceutical segment sales were driven by strong performances in the North American, European and International segments. The launch of generic versions of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo and Eloxatin and continued strong sales from existing products like generic versions of Adderall XR, Yasmin and Protonix helped North America sales grow 34% to $2,164 million.

Meanwhile, key branded product Copaxone continued to impress with global in-market sales increasing 38% to $776 million. While U.S. in-market sales increased 53% to $540 million, ex-U.S. in-market sales totaled $236 million, up 12%. Unfortunately, Mylan (MYL) is looking to launch a generic version of Copaxone.

Comcast Beats Zacks Estimate

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) today reported its third quarter results. Net income was $944 million or 33 cents, compared to $771 million or 26 cents in the prior-year quarter. The company’s adjusted (excluding tax benefit and one time financing charges) EPS stood at 28 cents, well above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents. Effective expense control and working capital management were the primary reasons for this solid performance.

Total revenues were $8.8 billion, up 3% year over year and mostly in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Top-line growth was mainly attributable to the strong performance of both Cable and Programming segments.

Gross margin in the third quarter was 60.3%, compared to 60.9% in the year-ago quarter. The operating margin was 37.8% in the reported quarter, remains same year over year. For the third quarter, Comcast declared the dividend of $0.07 per common share, compared to $0.06 in the year-ago quarter. During the same quarter, the company repurchased 16.1 million common shares for total consideration of $250 million.

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