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The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Price/Sales Investor model based on the published strategy of Kenneth Fisher . This value strategy rewards stocks with low P/S ratios, long-term profit growth, strong free cash flow and consistent profit margins.

NEWPARK RESOURCES INC ( NR ) is a small-cap growth stock in the Oil Well Services & Equipment industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Kenneth Fisher changed from 50% to 80% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Newpark Resources, Inc. is a supplier providing products and services primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. The Company's segments include Fluids Systems, and Mats and Integrated Services. The Fluids Systems segment provides drilling fluids products and technical services to customers in the North America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Mats and Integrated Services segment provides composite mat rentals, as well as location construction and related site services, to customers at well, production, transportation and refinery locations in the United States. It manufactures and sells composite mats to customers outside of the United States, and to domestic customers outside of the oil and gas exploration market. The Fluids Systems segment offers customized solutions for technical drilling projects involving subsurface conditions, such as horizontal, directional, geologically deep or deep water drilling.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: PASS
PRICE/RESEARCH RATIO: PASS
PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH RATE: FAIL
FREE CASH PER SHARE: PASS
THREE YEAR AVERAGE NET PROFIT MARGIN: FAIL

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AXCELIS TECHNOLOGIES INC ( ACLS ) is a small-cap value stock in the Semiconductors industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Kenneth Fisher changed from 58% to 80% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Axcelis Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures and services ion implantation and other processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor chips. The Company also provides aftermarket lifecycle products and services, including used tools, spare parts, equipment upgrades, maintenance services and customer training. The Company offers a complete line of high energy, high current and medium current implanters for all application requirements. The Company's Purion XE high energy system combines its radio frequency ( RF ) Linac high energy, spot beam technology with the Purion platform. The Company also offers the Purion M medium current system. The Company's Purion M systems also offer differentiation for specialty applications, such as hot silicon carbide. The Company's Purion H high current system is extendable into ultra-low energy applications to satisfy future process requirements, including leakage current performance.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

PRICE/SALES RATIO: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: PASS
PRICE/RESEARCH RATIO: PASS
PRICE/SALES RATIO: FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH RATE: PASS
FREE CASH PER SHARE: FAIL
THREE YEAR AVERAGE NET PROFIT MARGIN: PASS

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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Kenneth Fisher has returned 357.59% vs. 178.79% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Kenneth Fisher : The son of Philip Fisher, who is considered the "Father of Growth Investing", Kenneth Fisher is a money manager, bestselling author, and longtime Forbes columnist. The younger Fisher wowed Wall Street in the mid-1980s when his book Super Stocks first popularized the idea of using the price/sales ratio ( PSR ) as a means of identifying attractive stocks. According to his alma mater, Humboldt State University, Fisher is also one of the world's foremost experts on 19th century logging. Appropriately, Fisher's firm, Fisher Investments, is located in a lush forest preserve in Woodside, California, where the contrarian-minded Fisher says he and his employees can get away from Wall Street groupthink.

About Validea : Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here



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