1. Monster (MWW) runs employment sites, generating sales through advertising and fees. Many investors, expecting a traditional rebound in hiring, purchased Monster's stock, a direct beneficiary. But, unemployment is proving to be a structural, rather than cyclical, problem and Monster's business has been improving only modestly in 2011.
It swung to an adjusted fourth-quarter profit of 6 cents a share from a year-earlier loss, but missed consensus by 6.3%. Sales jumped 20%, however. Monster purchased HotJobs from Yahoo! (YHOO) in 2010, but its outlook remains lackluster. It costs 19-times forward earnings -- no screaming bargain. It receives "buy" ratings from 44% of analysts.
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