CHICAGO, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. 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.
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:
Brady Corp analysts are increasingly bullish thanks to the most recent earnings release. Estimates are on the rise and are pointing to a great long-term trend that should carry shares of this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) much higher.
Crocs, Inc. continues Crocs, Inc. to rebound from some tough losses in 2009 as shares remain within striking distance of the recent multi-year high just shy of $20. With four consecutive earnings surprises and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #2 rank stock is kicks up the momentum factor a notch or two.
Growth is expected to continue in the global IT market in 2011. Insight Enterprises Inc. saw sales rise 16% in 2010 on a strong technology refresh cycle. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) is cheap, with a P/E under 10.
Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in aFinancial 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.
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