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Five Stocks You Can’t Turn Your Back on Yet

The economy may well be in recovery mode, but it isn’t taking all stocks along for the ride

The economy may well be in recovery mode, but it isn’t taking all stocks along for the ride. Earnings results are going to remain erratic simply because we’re still shaking of a recession. For a few companies though, the problems may be bigger than mere lingering economic weakness.

U.S. Steel Corp. (X) – During the first half of 2009 a loss may have been acceptable - low steel prices and weak demand made it tough for U.S. Steel and its peers to make a buck. Between a major infrastructure stimulus in China and a 40% increase in steel prices though, the per-share loss of $2.11 likely represents a deeper problem.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) – Once one of the nation’s few recession-proof businesses, even casinos are feeling the recession’s pinch. Wynn Resorts’ third quarter income fell by 33%. The culprit was fewer guests, and less-aggressive gambling from them. No end to that trend is in sight.

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) – The telecom giant beat earnings estimates of 59 cents per share by earning 60 cents, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that earnings were still 30% less than last year’s third quarter. No segment was impressive, pointing to tepid demand across the board.

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. (WINN) – The grocer lowered its fiscal outlook for 2010 after more than tripling its quarterly loss.  Much of the struggle has been fueled by a price war between food sellers that’s been heating up since last year.

Roper Industries Inc. (ROP) – During the third quarter, the industrial equipment not only turned in 18% less revenue than it did in the same quarter a year earlier, earnings fell 24%. The full-year earnings per share outlook was reeled in by about a nickel. The poor showing suggests capital expenditures may not be improving like consumer spending is.

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