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Zacks.com featured highlights: Owens Corning, Dana, Pilgrim's Pride, Caterpillar and Viad

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Chicago, IL –August 09, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article includeOwens Corning Inc. (NYSE:OCFree Report), Dana Inc. (NYSE:DANFree Report), Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (NASDAQ:PPCFree Report), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CATFree Report)andViad Corp. (NYSE:VVIFree Report).

5 Exciting Relative Price Strength Stocks for Standout Gains

Whether a stock has the potential to offer considerable returns is determined primarily by its earnings and valuation ratios. Simultaneously, it is important to check whether its price performance exceeds its peers or the industry average.

On such comparison, if we find that a stock is unable to match up to wider sectoral growth despite having impressive earnings momentum or valuation multiples, it may be better to avoid it.

However, those outperforming their respective industries or benchmarks should be included in your portfolio, since they have a higher chance of securing significant returns. Picking a stock that outperforms its peers ensures that you have a winning option on your hands.

Then again, it is imperative that you determine whether or not an investment has relevant upside potential when considering stocks with significant relative price strength. Stocks delivering better than the S&P 500 over a period of 1 to 3 months at the least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth, and are the best ways to go about this strategy.

Finally, it is important to find out whether analysts are optimistic about the upcoming earnings results of these companies. In order to do this, we have added positive estimate revisions for the current quarter’s (Q1) earnings to our screen. When a stock undergoes an upward revision, it leads to additional price gains.

Screening Parameters

Relative % Price change – 12 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change – 4 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change – 1 week greater than 0

(We have considered those stocks that have been outperforming the S&P 500 over the last 12 weeks, 4 weeks and 1 week.)

% Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0:Positive current quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

Zacks Rank equal to 1:Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks – that have returned more than 26% annually over the last 26 years and surpassed the S&P 500 in 23 of the last 26 years – can get through. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5 and Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: A minimum price of $5 is a good standard to screen low-priced stocks, while a high trading volume would imply adequate liquidity.

VGM Scoreless than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 13 stocks that made it through the screen:

Owens Corning Inc. (NYSE:OCFree Report): Owens Corning, founded in 1938, is a leading manufacturer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite systems for the residential and commercial buildings markets. Sporting a VGM score of “B”, this Toledo, OH-headquartered company’s expected EPS growth rate for 3 to 5 years currently stands at 14.80%, comparing favorably with the industry growth rate of 12.50%.

Dana Inc.(NYSE:DANFree Report): Headquartered in Maumee, OH, Dana is a leading supplier of highly engineered products and service parts for light and heavy vehicle end markets. The company has a VGM score of “A” and an excellent earnings surprise history. It has a 100% track of outperforming estimates over the last four quarters at an average rate of 41.09%.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.(NASDAQ:PPCFree Report): A processor, producer, marketer and distributor of frozen, fresh as well as value-added chicken products, Pilgrim’s Pride has a VGM score of “A”. Over the past 30 days, the Greeley, CO-based firm has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 and 2018 increase 13.8% and 14.2%, to $2.31 and $2.17 per share, respectively.

Caterpillar Inc.(NYSE:CATFree Report): Headquartered in Peoria, IL, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. The company has a VGM score of “B” and an excellent earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in each of the last four quarters at an average rate of 41.43%.

Viad Corp.(NYSE:VVIFree Report): Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Viad is a provider of wide-ranging contracting and value-added services to event organizers and exhibitors. The 2017 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this company is $2.67, representing some 12.3% earnings per share growth over 2016. Next year’s average forecast is $2.80, pointing to another 4.9% growth. Viad has a VGM score of “A”.

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