Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Kadant, Littelfuse, Pharmaceutical Products Development and Dana Holding Corporation

Mar 01, 2011, 09:30 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, March 1, 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: Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), Littelfuse, Inc. (Nasdaq: LFUS), Pharmaceutical Products Development Ltd. (Nasdaq: PPDI) and Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN).

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 – Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI)

Kadant Inc. easily topped expectations in its most recent quarterly report. The period ended a great year for the company and things should continue to improve in 2011.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – Littelfuse, Inc. (Nasdaq: LFUS)

Littelfuse, Inc. has a lot going for it lately. The company recently delivered its third consecutive positive earnings surprise driven by strong sales growth across each business segment and geographical region.

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

Momentum – Pharmaceutical Products Development Ltd. (Nasdaq: PPDI)

Pharmaceutical Products Development Ltd. recently hit a new multi-year high above $30 before reporting strong Q4 results in early February that came in ahead of expectations. With estimates on the rise and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks # 1 rank stock offers a twist of healthcare to the momentum faction.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN)

The auto industry has staged a remarkable worldwide recovery. Dana Holding Corporation is expected to see double digit earnings growth in both 2011 and 2012. Shares have value, trading with a Price-to-Sales ratio of just 0.4.

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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