featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Inc., Cogent Communications Group Inc., Concur Technologies, Inc., ViaSat Inc. and Range Resources Corp.

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stocks in this week's article include: Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Cogent Communications Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI), Concur Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNQR), ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC). Kevin Matras pulls out his Toxic Stocks bearish screen that gained over 120% in the bear market of 2008, and shows how to use it this year.


Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

It's been a while since I highlighted a bearish stock picking screen. Typically, I'll only follow a bearish strategy once the market officially enters into bear territory, which is defined as the market being -20%.

However, there's nothing wrong with using a bearish strategy to put toxic stocks on your radar screen to alert you to get out (if you happen to own one of them) or to consider shorting if you don't.

The main theme of this screen is to find overvalued companies.

Usually the best opportunities for short-selling are the ones that are overvalued on valuations, underperforming on growth and are receiving downward earnings estimate revisions.

So how did it do?

In 2008, this strategy, using a 4-week rebalancing period, produced an average compounded return of over 120% while the market plummeted nearly -40%.

In fact, even if you didn't start trading this strategy until the official beginning of the bear market, which began in July of 2008, the strategy still produced an average annual return of over 70%.

And it's not too late to consider this one now.

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