CHICAGO, April 7, 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.
The four highlighted picks are: LMI Aerospace, Inc. (Nasdaq: LMIA), Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR) and Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND).
Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free.
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:
LMI Aerospace, Inc. may have a spotty earnings history, but estimates and guidance continue to improve.
Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. is expected to grow earnings per share by 20% in 2011 and 25% in 2012. Despite this, shares trade at just 10.1x the 2011 consensus estimate.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is a momentum high flyer, recently spiking to a new all-time high on news of a fresh deal with Starbucks. With estimates on the rise and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock will perk up your momentum portfolio.
With the baby boomers aging, post-acute and long-term care demand is growing. Kindred Healthcare, Inc. has been growing through acquisition. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is expected to grow earnings by the double digits in both 2011 and 2012.
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 here.
Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Len Zacks. The company continually processes stock reports issued by 3,000 analysts from 150 brokerage firms. It monitors more than 200,000 earnings estimates, looking for changes.
Then, when changes are discovered, they're applied to help assign more than 4,400 stocks into five Zacks Rank categories: #1 Strong Buy, #2 Buy, #3 Hold, #4 Sell, and #5 Strong Sell. This proprietary stock-picking system continues to outperform the market by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.
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