For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 10, 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: Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX), Deutsche Telekom (DT), AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ).

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

No Inflation Problem

How, then, does one explain the recent move in the price of gold to over $1,100 an ounce? Historically, gold has been seen as the ultimate inflation hedge. Its rise over the past year to record nominal levels (it would have to roughly double to match its inflation-adjusted high’s set back in 1979) would seem to indicate that the market is afraid of inflation. How do we square this with data from the TIPS market, which indicates the market sees no real problem with inflation?

One reason might be the rise of India, although that would not explain the day-to-day moves. Historically and culturally, Indian’s have a far higher propensity to store their wealth in the form of gold, specifically in jewelry, not bullion, than the rest of the world does. That said, I don’t think that the 200 metric tons recently bought by the Reserve Bank of India is about to be turned into necklaces and earrings anytime soon.

Still, as millions and millions of Indians become more middle class, the demand for gold has gone up. To a lesser extent, this holds true for China as well. Even more Chinese are becoming wealthy or at least middle class than are Indians, although the cultural propensity to hold gold is not quite as strong.

Part of it might just be that we have not found that many new gold mines recently, and the ore grades in places like South Africa have been going down. That, combined with rising demand, is a classic recipe for rising prices — even if people are not expecting a return of 1970’s-style inflation.

Total world gold production has been falling over the last five years following steady growth in the over 20 years preceding that. That would mean good things for the gold miners who have large reserves of gold in the ground, especially if they are able to increase production when the rest of the world is seeing production decline. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) are good examples of such companies.

DT Tops Estimates on Cost-Cutting

German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced results for third-quarter 2009 with reported earnings per ADS of 31 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents. Net income of €959 million (US$1.4 billion) reflects a 7.2% increase from €895 million (US$1.3 billion) reported a year ago.

This year-over-year growth was fueled by the company’s ongoing cost-cutting initiatives under the “Save for Service” program. Total savings from this program reached approximately €5.4 billion (US$7.7 billion) at the end of the quarter, exceeding the annual savings target of up to €4.7 billion (US$6.7 billion) originally expected to be achieved in 2010.

Revenue at Mobile Communication USA (T-Mobile USA), the fourth-largest US wireless carrier, grew 3% year over year to €3.8 billion (US$5.4 billion). However, in dollar terms, total revenue for the quarter represents a 2.3% annualized decline. Net income (measured in dollars) also decreased 5.7% year over year to US$417 million.

Blended ARPU for T-Mobile USA was US$47, down from US$52 and US$48 reported in the prior-year quarter and previous quarter, respectively, as growth in data services was offset by lower roaming and customer migration to unlimited plans. Blended churn (customers switching to other products) increased sequentially and year over year to 3.4% as a result of an increase in contract churn due to intense competition.

Higher contract churn affected customer retention at T-Mobile USA in the third quarter, as evidenced by a net loss of 77,000 customers. This is compared to a net gain of 325,000 and 670,000 customers in the previous and year-ago quarters, respectively.

T-Mobile USA remains challenged by the cutting-edge wireless handsets offerings from its larger peers such as AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), resulting in increased customer defection. The entity served 33.4 million mobile subscribers at the end of the quarter.

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