For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – May 11, 2010 – releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): CDC Software Corp. (CDCS) and First Financial Bancorp (FFBC). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) and Quest Diagnostics Inc. (DGX). To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now visit:

Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why CDCS and FFBC have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

CDC Software Corp. (CDCS) reported first-quarter earnings of 26 cents per share on Apr 28, which came in 4 cents behind analysts’ expectations. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year decreased 33 cents to a profit of $1.15 over the past month as 1 analyst out of 2 cut back on projections. During that period, next year’s average forecast fell 32 cents to $1.33 per share.

First Financial Bancorp (FFBC) announced first-quarter earnings per share of 17 cents on Apr 29, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 39%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 slipped 8 cents to a profit of $1.01 per share in the last week, which reflected reductions by 2 analysts out of 7. Next year’s estimate fell 8 cents to $1.25 per share in the same period.

Here is a synopsis of why TAP and DGX have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) saw a 30% year-over-year decline in first-quarter earnings thanks to a slow recovery in consumer confidence. On May 4, Molson Coors reported quarterly earnings of 37 cents per share, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by nearly 18%. The full-year average forecast dipped 5 cents to a profit of $3.39 per share in the past week as 7 analysts out of 11 slashed estimates.

Quest Diagnostics Inc.’s (DGX) first-quarter earnings of 89 cents per share, reported last month, missed analysts’ projections by 9%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 slid 3 cents to $4.18 per share in the last 30 days as 13 analysts out of 18 revised downward. The average forecast for the following year declined 4 cents to $4.59 per share in that time span.

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