For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 16, 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: Citigroup Inc. (C), Pall Corporation (PLL), Joy Global (JOYG), Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) and Ecolab Inc. (ECL).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Citigroup Mulls Lowered Govt Stake

Top-level management at Citigroup Inc. (C) is conceiving plans to downsize the U.S. government’s 34% stake in the company through a multibillion-dollar stock offering. Under the plan, Citigroup would issue new shares to the public and the Treasury Department would sell at least a portion of its Citigroup holdings.

Pall Corporation Beats Estimates

Pall Corporation (PLL) reported fourth quarter 2009 revenues of $652 million and net earnings of $69.5 million. Earnings per share were 58 cents, ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimates of 52 cents.

Joy Global Seen to Outperform

Of late, Joy Global (JOYG) management has taken several strategies to stay ahead of the curve, e.g., optimizing cost-structure, realigning production capacity to slowing demand, and moving production capacity to low-cost regions. These actions will improve operational efficiency, boost profitability and also solidify long-term viability of the company. Going forward, we see Joy Global shares performing above the broader market and hence recommend it as Outperform.

Best Buy Misses Zacks Estimate

Best Buy Company Inc. (BBY) recently reported second quarter 2010 results, which included double-digit growth in the top-line, but a surprise double-digit drop in the bottom-line.

Best Buy’s quarterly earnings of 37 cents per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 42 cents, and dropped 22.9% year-over-year from 48 cents.

Ecolab Expands Chinese Footprint

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) intends to make incremental investments of $30 million in China, which will include additional manufacturing, research & development projects and technology platform upgrade.

During fiscal 2008, the company reported strong results in the Asia-Pacific segment with 8% revenue growth primarily driven by China and followed by Hong Kong.

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