Carlson: A Healthy Favorite

01/03/2003 12:00 am EST

Focus:

Charles Carlson

Editor, DRIP Investor

We are very pleased to welcome Charles Carlson to the list of advisors that contribute to The Money Show Digest. He is the editor of the DRIP Investor, a unique service that follows dividend reinvestment plans, as well as contributing editor to Dow Theory Forecasts, one of the longest running and most successful of all newsletters. For his top pick for 2003, he turns to Health Management.

"A stock that is poised for gains in 2003 is Health Management Associates (HMA NYSE). The company operates hospitals, primarily in non-urban areas of the country. The firm has a stellar record of same-hospital sales growth. Profit margins are the best in the industry. The company's earnings quality is pristine.

"True, the hospital-management sector comes under fire from time to time, which is probably why Wall Street has not given this stock the valuation it deserves. However, with the market swinging back to the growth camp from the value camp, I expect HMA to get nice play. The stock offers good value in the teens, and a breakout above $22 would be especially bullish."

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