Zacks Releases Four Powerful 'Buy' Stocks: IPG Photonics, C.R. Bard, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and STEC

Mar 15, 2011, 09:30 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, March 15, 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: IPG Photonics Corp (Nasdaq: IPGP), C.R. Bard, Inc.  (NYSE: BCR), Jazz Pharmaceuticals,Inc.  (Nasdaq: JAZZ) and STEC Inc.  (Nasdaq: STEC).

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 – IPG Photonics Corp (Nasdaq: IPGP)

IPG Photonics Corp is the top rated stock in a very hot industry.  After coming in ahead of expectations in the most recent quarter, estimates for this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) are looking extremely bullish.


Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – C.R. Bard, Inc.  (NYSE: BCR)

How much steadier can you get than a medical device maker? These companies can usually weather difficult or volatile times (like now), which always make them attractive to the Growth & Income investor. C.R. Bard, Inc.  is one such company. It is well diversified with a reasonably strong pipeline, which has helped it put together a string of positive quarterly EPS surprises.

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

Momentum – Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  (Nasdaq: JAZZ)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently spiked to a new multi-year high on the company's third consecutive earnings surprise. With estimates on the rise and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock sings in the key of momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – STEC Inc.  (Nasdaq: STEC)

With technology stocks in a multi-month bull market, it's unusual to find one that has the magical combination of both growth and value. STEC Inc.  has a PEG ratio of just 0.8.

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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