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: Hewlett Packard Co. (HPQ), Dell Inc. (DELL), Sasol Ltd. (SSL), AT&T (T) and Centennial Communications (CYCL).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

HP: Notebook Follows Printers

Hewlett Packard Co. (HPQ) has now taken up the task of enhancing its notebook product line. The company has come up with new advanced gadgets in this segment.

Technology research firm IDC projects that the light-weight notebook market is expected to grow in the next few years, so HP is launching new notebooks at the right time to encash on this opportunity. Moreover, we believe, this is Hewlett-Packard’s answer to the newly launched, “Inspiration Z” laptops by competitor Dell Inc. (DELL).

Sasol Beats, Guides Lower

Sasol Ltd. (SSL) reported better-than-expected results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, aided by robust performance from the company’s energy businesses, partly offset by weak chemical operations. The South Africa-based petrochemicals group reported headline earnings per share, excluding one-time items, of R25.3 ($3.40), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.00.

However, on a year-over-year basis, Sasol’s adjusted earnings per share fell 33%, hurt by lower oil and chemical product prices, partially offset by a weaker Rand/U.S. dollar exchange rate. Operating profit declined more than 27% to R24.7 billion.

AT&T Defers CYCL Deal

AT&T (T) has further delayed its acquisition of regional telecom operator Centennial Communications (CYCL) which is now expected to conclude in fourth-quarter 2009. The acquisition was originally set to close by second-quarter 2009 but was delayed to third-quarter 2009 in July 2009. The deal is pending regulatory clearances of the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission and other closing conditions.

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