A Forward Look, the Year Ahead - Research Report on Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Firstmerit Corp, Henry Schein, Inc. and Patterson Companies, Inc.

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NEW YORK,  March 14, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Advance
Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN),
Firstmerit Corp (NASDAQ:FMER),  Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) and Patterson
Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO). Today's readers may access these reports free of
charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings -
via the links below.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. Research Report

Advance Auto saw its profits drop in its Q4 by 2 percent at  $65.05 million  or 
88 cents  per share, though still beating the expected  76 cents  per share.
Revenues meanwhile are up  $1.329 billion  from  $1.327 billion  last year,
meeting expectations. The company saw its share price skyrocket to a whopping
262 percent from 2008 to early 2012 as car sales slowed down. But its shares
slid 21 percent since April last year, with the resurgent car market overtaking
auto parts retailers. However, Motley Fool says Advance Auto is a good long-term
investment, as it pursues its expansion plans. The Full Research Report on
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings
and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated Research Report

Huntington  recently launched a commodities hedging unit where customers can buy
certain resources at a fixed price and avoid price fluctuations and help beef up
its capital markets capabilities and specialty banking units. The unit will
focus on over-the-counter energy like natural gas, crude oil and jet fuel, and
metals like aluminum, silver, and platinum. The company also went through
insider buying recently, with President and CEO  Stephen Steinour  plunking down
 $281,000  into the company's stock recently, an indication of future stock
price growth.  Huntington  is being rated as a "neutral" by Nomura and Goldman
Sachs with a  $7.50  price target, citing good net income margin stability for
the past few quarters, and progress is being made on cross selling and revenue
improvement per relationship. However, they see sluggish loan growth and
expenses could outgrow revenues this year. The Full Research Report on
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated - including full detailed breakdown, analyst
ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

Firstmerit Corp Research Report

FirstMerit saw its net income for Q4 of 2012 rise 25 percent due to increased
amount and quality of its loans while its expenses decreased. The bank earned 
$38.2 million  or  35 cents  per share, up from  $30.5 million  or  28 cents 
per share the same quarter the previous year. It also beat the estimated  32
cents  per share of FactSet. The company is fresh from a  $1.3 billion 
acquisition of the  Michigan-based Citizens Republic Bancorp as part of its
Midwest expansion efforts. The two companies will combine and operate under the
FirstMerit Bank name franchise as soon as the deal wraps up in Q2 this year. The
combined entity will make FirstMerit the Midwest's 7th largest financial
institution. Oppenheimer and Co. upgraded the bank to "outperform" after this
deal, and has retained it even after the stock slightly fell right after the
announcement. Oppenheimer analysts believe the assumptions behind the
acquisition are "conservative" and the combined entity would result to a more
valuable franchise. The Full Research Report on Firstmerit Corp - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download
free of charge at:

Henry Schein, Inc. Research Report

Healthcare products and services distributor  Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC)
posted net income and sales growth for Q4, thanks to the performance of its
animal health and medical businesses, which both grew through recent
acquisitions. Earnings came in at  $112.5 million  or  $1.26  per share, up 7
percent from  $104.7 million  or  $1.15  per share the same period a year
earlier, while sales came in at  $2.41 billion, up 3 percent year over year. It
narrowly beat analysts expectations of  $1.21  per share in earnings and  $2.4
billion  in revenue. In addition, the company repurchased 1.1 million shares of
its common stock at an average price of  $79.50  per share, or  $84.2 million.
During the quarter, Schien acquired Irish veterinary pharmaceutical distributor
C&M Vetlink, to expand the reach of its global animal health business to 
Ireland. In 2011, the company bought Australian veterinary products distributor
Provet Holdings. The unit increased its sales by 16.1 percent at  $611.2
million, inclusive of internal growth in local currencies, acquisition growth,
and a one-week longer quarter. Its global Medical sales grew by 1.1 percent at 
$402.4 million, and its global technology and value-added services sales came in
at  $81.4 million, or 15 percent higher year on year. However, its global dental
sales declined 2.4 percent at  $1.3 billion. The Full Research  Henry Schein,
Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:

Patterson Companies, Inc. Research Report

Patterson  is expected to beat expectations on its upcoming earnings report,
with  Piper Jaffray  rating the company's stock at "Overweight" with a price
target of  $36. Its previous earnings report released in November posted  44
cents  in earnings per share and revenue of  $867.19 million. The Full Research
Report on Patterson Companies, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst
ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:

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