Zacks Releases Four Powerful 'Buy' Stocks: Air Methods Corp, Inter Parfums, Amerigroup and Macy's

Mar 18, 2011, 09:36 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Four free stock picks are being made available today on The industry's leading independent research firm highlights one Zacks #1 Rank Strong Buy or a Zacks #2 Rank Buy stock for each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum, and Value.


The four highlighted picks are Air Methods Corp (Nasdaq: AIRM), Inter Parfums, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAR), Amerigroup Corp. (Nasdaq: MSTR) and Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free at

Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the S&P 500 since 1988, producing an average annual return of +26%. Performance has been notable even during volatile and down times. For example, during the last bear market, 2000-2002, the market tumbled

-37.6% – but Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%.

Here is a summary of today's selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:          

Aggressive Growth – Air Methods Corp (Nasdaq: AIRM)

Air Methods Corp recently posted its third consecutive earnings surprise. Revenues are surging and analysts love the outlook heading into 2011.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – Inter Parfums, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAR)

Inter Parfums, Inc. recently reported solid fourth quarter results, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the third straight quarter. Analysts have been consistently raising their estimates over the last several months as the global economy recovers, sending the stock to a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy).

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!):

Momentum – Amerigroup Corp. (Nasdaq: MSTR)

Amerigroup Corp. continues to trade in a tight range directly below its recent 52-week high on the heels of a 42% Q4 earnings surprise. With estimates advancing on the news and an attractive valuation, this Zacks #2 rank stock has a plan for momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M)

The shopping malls are finally busy again which bodes well for the economic recovery. Macy's, Inc. recently reported strong February same store sales which increased 5.8%. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) is a value stock, with a forward P/E of just 10..

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!):

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Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in a Financial Analysts Journal article published in 1979. Leonard Zacks, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T. found that "earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices."  Zacks #1 Rank is awarded to a stock when analysts sharply upgrade their estimates of what the company will earn.

Today, Zacks is promoting its stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register at  

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Aggressive Growth Stocks:

Contact: Bill Wilton

Phone: 312-265-9277


Growth & Income Stocks:

Contact: Rob Plaza

Phone: 312-265-9442


Momentum Stocks:

Contact: Michael Vodicka

Phone: 312-265-9226


Value Stocks:

Contact: Tracey Ryniec

Phone: 312-265-9232



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