For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 6, 2009 – releases the latest Zacks Industry Rank. Stocks featured in this week’s analysis include B.P. Prudhoe Bay (BPT), Sabine Royalty Trust (SBR), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Hershey (HSY) and Del Monte (DLM).

Zacks Industry Rank Analysis is written by Dirk Van Dijk, CFA, Chief Equity Strategist for
This week: Out-of-Step Industries

Sometimes the best investments come from a small group that seems to be bucking the trend of the much larger group that they are a part of. That appears to be the case for the Oil Royalty Trust group. There are eight names in this group, all of which sport Zacks #2 rankings. That puts them in a tie for 4th place among all industries tracked. Meanwhile, the Energy sector is well down the list overall sector rank list.

With royalty trusts, you get high dividends that will vary with the price of oil or natural gas. They don’t do a lot of reinvestment, just pump the oil or gas out of the ground, sell it and pass the proceeds along to the owners. Of course, eventually the wells run dry and with them, so does the stream of income. But they are a very direct play on the price of oil and gas, and you avoid the risk of dry holes.

They are among the best income-generating investments out there, though some of that income is really a return of principal as the wells run dry. Then again, the tax code recognizes that as well.

A few of the names in the group include B.P. Prudhoe Bay (BPT) and Sabine Royalty Trust (SBR), which might be good bets for people looking for high current income and who think that oil prices are likely to head higher as the dollar gets weaker.

At the other end of the spectrum, food stocks are generally very well regarded right now by the Zacks Rank, a big part of the reason that the Consumer Staples sector trails only the very small and analytically incoherent Conglomerates sector. However, there is one glaring exception to this otherwise tasty group, the Meat Processors. With an average rank of 3.67, the industry ranks 199 out of 206 industries tracked. Investors would be well served by looking elsewhere in the food industry right now. Some of the higher ranked alternatives in the food area would include Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Hershey (HSY) and Del Monte (DLM).
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