CHICAGO, March 31, 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:
McDonald's Corporation recently posted a 3.9% increase in global comparable sales for the month of February. This prompted analysts to raise their earnings estimates, sending the stock to a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy).
Pall Corp. continues to pressure its fresh 52-week high on the heels of strong Q2 results from early February that included an impressive 19% earnings surprise. With an average earnings surprise of 17% over the last four quarters and bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock has plenty of momentum.
The global growth story is not slowing if the chemical companies are any indication. Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. saw sales volume rise 10% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and expects the growth story to continue in 2011. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is still cheap, trading at just 11x forward estimates.
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.
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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