Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Town Sports International, American Campus Communities, Coflax and Patterson-UTI Energy

Sep 23, 2011, 09:30 ET from Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 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: Town Sports International (Nasdaq: CLUB), American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE: ACC), Coflax Corp. (NYSE: CFX) and Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: PTEN).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free.

From 1988 through the present – a period that included serious corrections and recessions – the Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the market with a fully documented average gain of +28% per year.

Here is a summary of today's selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:          

Aggressive Growth – Town Sports International (Nasdaq: CLUB)

Town Sports International has not been immune to the late-summer selling, but earnings continue to move higher. Valuations are coming down and this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) should prove to be a good long-term buy.

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Growth & Income – American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE: ACC)

American Campus Communities, Inc. remains an attractive buy for investors looking for stable growth and solid income.

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Momentum – Coflax Corp. (NYSE: CFX)

Coflax Corp. has been a top stock for the last year, hitting a new multi-year high in August after reporting a 23% earnings surprise. That pushed estimates higher, providing more support and momentum for this Zacks #1 Rank stock.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: PTEN)

The sell off in energy shares has created a big opportunity for value investors. Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. is still expected to see triple digit earnings growth this year and now shares are cheaper than ever. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) has a forward P/E of only 8.5.

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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. 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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