Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Focus Media, Post Properties, Treehouse Foods and TAL International Group

Oct 14, 2011, 09:30 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 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: Focus Media (Nasdaq: FMCN), Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PPS), Treehouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) and TAL International Group, Inc. (NYSE: TAL).

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

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

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

Aggressive Growth – Focus Media (Nasdaq: FMCN)

Focus Media is still a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as the consensus estimates continue to climb. The company recent increased efforts to enhance shareholder value and analysts are excited about the next earnings release.

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Growth & Income – Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PPS)

Post Properties, Inc. continues to benefit from a decline in home ownership rates in the United States.

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Momentum – Treehouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS)

Treehouse Foods, Inc. is one of very few stocks that rallied in September, hitting a new all-time high in spite of the weak market. With a high industry rank and bullish growth projection, this Zacks #2 Rank stock is food for momentum.

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Value – TAL International Group, Inc. (NYSE: TAL)

TAL International Group, Inc., a global container leasing company, is still expected to see double digit earnings growth in 2011. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) is also a strong value with a forward P/E of just 7. But with the global economy apparently slowing, what will happen to earnings in 2012?

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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. 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 here:

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