Saturday, September 18

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Here are 3 US stocks recommended by analysts - assuming they know what they are talking about they might be worth a closer look.

CF Industries Holdings Inc.: this only recommended as a hold by equity analyst Mark Gulley from Soleil Securities- but he could be wrong. So it could be worth checking out as commodity prices and food prices continue to trise.

Oracle Corp.: Equity analyst Robert Simmons reiterated a buy rating on Oracle Corp. (ORCL) on Sept. 17, raising fair value estimate to $34 from $30. Shares of Oracle rose in late trading Sept.16 after Q1 results and sales forecast were above analysts' estimates, due to expansion into computer hardware. Oracle indicated sales will be at least $8.4 bn in the current period compared to estimated $8.21 billion.

"The company delivered [a] very strong [fiscal first quarter] across the board, surpassing our—and Street—expectations," Simmons said. He said its hardware margins and database business were "particularly strong."

Oracle "executed well across product lines and geographies. We expect such execution to continue."

Research In Motion Ltd.: Wunderlich Securities maintained a buy rating and $67 price target

Shares of the BlackBerry smartphone maker surged on Sept.16 after the company forecast profit and revenue that were above analysts' estimates, due to expectations for its new Torch phone.

The Torch "is an excellent step forward," co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie told analysts Sept. 16 on a conference call. "The promo campaigns are just starting. That's why you have seen the jump in guidance."

"We expect a steady flow of new product announcements for the remainder of the calendar year," Wunderlich analyst Robison said.

UK Shares 
In the UK Robbie Burns has been active again - who is Robbie Burns and what does he do on the stock market you may wonder - take a look here Stock Trader

He says he hasn't been doing much lately (but he stilll manages to make money not doing much) but one share that caught his is Alternative Networks (AN.) - he already some so he topped up at 159p.

He noticed it was going up again and thought it looked mighty cheap. Profits are soaring, it has a pile of cash and on he also suspects that there is a bid waiting to happen "at some point" as he reckons it looks a decent target for plenty of bigger companies. The strange thing about Robbie Burns is that his bid possibilities often turn into actual bid targets (luck of the Irish?) - he has a target of 250p and a stop loss at 130p. "It has the feeling to me of one of those shares that you wake up one morning and it's leapt up. Another good statement should do it from this company which simply looks overlooked." he says

He has doubled his holding in Spirent (SPT) which has "gone from strength to strength and there's been some good buying here "

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