CHICAGO, April 15, 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:
Spreadtrum Communications analysts are growing more and more bullish of SPRD, but the market has not pushed shares higher. At these valuations it is tough to ignore this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).
Estimates have been rising for Enbridge Inc. after the company reached a 10-year agreement with shippers for its crude oil mainline system.
NetEase.com, Inc. recently spiked to a new all-time high on the heels of a solid 19% Q4 earnings surprise. With a bullish 13% growth projection and compelling valuation, this Zacks #1 rank stock has gamed its way into momentum.
Manufacturing is operating on all cylinders. PPG Industries, Inc. recently provided first quarter earnings guidance which was much more bullish than the Zacks Consensus Estimate as global industrial activity continued to recover. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) has a forward P/E of 14.5.
Underlying the four free stock picks is a simple truth that first appeared in aFinancial 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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