CHICAGO, April 14, 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.
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:
Rubicon Technology, Inc. analysts are raising estimates as the company nears its next quarterly report. Guidance was optimistic in the latest announcement and it is starting to look like this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is on its way to a fifth consecutive earnings surprise.
Estimates have been rising for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. since the company reported solid Q4 results. Earnings per share came in at 41 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5%.
Travelzoo, Inc. recently spiked to a new all-time high as the company continues to accelerate in the red-hot weekly deal space. Although the valuation looks a bit rich, this Zacks #1 rank stock is a top player in the momentum field.
Do you have a camera in your smartphone? OmniVision Technologies, Inc. saw record revenue in the fiscal third quarter as sales of smartphones with camera technology, especially the iPhone, exploded. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is just cheap enough to sneak into the value stock category with a forward P/E of 14.5.
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.
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