Updating Arkansas Best Corp., Nordstrom Inc., Harte-Hanks Inc., Ford Motor Company and Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

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ARKANSAS BEST CORP. $47 (Nasdaq symbol ABFS; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; WSSF Rating: Average) has sold its Clipper Express subsidiary, which ships goods using trucks and trains. The sale will generate a gain of roughly $0.12 a share, or 27% of the $0.44 a share it earned before one-time items in the first quarter of 2006. It will also let the company focus on its core less-than-truckload operations. Arkansas Best is a buy. NORDSTROM INC. $35 (New York symbol JWN; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; WSSF Rating: Average) sells mainly upscale apparel and shoes. Most of its customers earn above-average incomes, which leaves it less vulnerable to having its profit margins crimped by rising fuel costs. The company’s same-store sales in May 2006 grew 7.8%. The stock has moved down lately, and is now reasonably priced in relation to its prospects. Nordstrom is a buy. HARTE-HANKS INC. $25 (New York symbol HHS; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; WSSF Rating: Average) has…

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