Zacks Releases Four Powerful 'Buy' Stocks: Omega Protein, Legacy Reserves LP, Deckers Outdoor and The Ensign Group

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

CHICAGO, March 9, 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: Omega Protein Corp (NYSE: OME), Legacy Reserves LP (Nasdaq: LGCY), Deckers Outdoor Corp. (Nasdaq: DECK) and The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG).

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 – Omega Protein Corp (NYSE: OME)

Omega Protein Corp has been red-hot since its earnings release last week. Estimates are moving higher, keeping valuations attractive.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – Legacy Reserves LP (Nasdaq: LGCY)

Investors looking for both strong earnings growth and a big yield should check out Legacy Reserves LP. The company is expected to grow earnings by 182% in 2011 and pays a distribution that yields a hefty 6.6%.

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

Momentum – Deckers Outdoor Corp. (Nasdaq: DECK)

Deckers Outdoor Corp. continues to trade near its 52-week high on strong Q4 results from late February that included a 14% earnings surprise. With estimates on the upswing and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock has momentum to boot.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG)

With the Baby Boomers aging, demand for home health and assisted living care is growing. The Ensign Group, Inc. saw occupancy of its care facilities grow to a record in 2010 as it focused on quality of care for current residents and their families. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is trading at 13.9x forward estimates.

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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