For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 26, 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: Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), KeyCorp (KEY), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and D.R. Horton (DHI).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Obama’s Right Call on Bernanke

Though Bernanke’s actions have at times been controversial (e.g. the Bank of America [BAC] takeover of Merrill Lynch), reappointing the Fed Chairman is the right move. Bernanke inherited a bad set of financial circumstances and moved boldly in his attempts to limit the damage. We may never know whether his actions prevented a depression from occurring, but in a crisis situation, action is always better than no action.

The next challenge for Bernanke will be his hardest, and a real test of how many lessons he learned from his analysis of the Great Depression. The Fed Chairman must keep inflation from spiraling out of control and, at the same time, prevent a double-dip recession. This will be very difficult, as the margin for error is almost nil.

His next actions must include removing the programs that have made essentially free capital available to Wells Fargo (WFC), KeyCorp (KEY), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and many other banks.

He also needs to ensure than the freeze on lending continues to melt, or else face an even worse housing crisis — just as D.R. Horton (DHI) and many others are now starting to find stable ground. At the same time, he may have to battle higher commodity prices, a weaker dollar and other inflationary pressures.

If Bernanke screws up, we will see a return of stagflation, or worse. If he makes the right policy moves, and gets the necessary fiscal restraint from Congress, he could successfully engineer a return to a lengthy period of economic growth.

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