Zacks Releases Four Powerful 'Buy' Stocks: Brush Engineered Materials, LINN Energy LLC, Cliffs Natural Resources and Westlake Chemical

Mar 03, 2011, 09:53 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, March 3, 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: Brush Engineered Materials Inc. (NYSE: BW), LINN Energy LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLF) and Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK).

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 – Brush Engineered Materials Inc. (NYSE: BW)

Brush Engineered Materials Inc. soared on its recent earnings surprise. Earnings were up sharply as the company set records for quarterly and annual revenues.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – LINN Energy LLC (Nasdaq: LINE)

Estimates have rising for LINN Energy LLC since the company delivered strong fourth quarter results.

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

Momentum – Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLF)

Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. recently spiked to a new multi-year high after reporting strong Q4 results that came in well ahead of expectations. Estimates have since jumped higher, providing a nice shot of momentum to this Zacks #1 rank stock.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK)

The chemical manufacturers have been hot. Westlake Chemical Corporation recently reported record fourth quarter earnings which blew by the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 70%. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) also has attractive valuations, trading at just 14.3x forward estimates.

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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