CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 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 at http://at.zacks.com/?id=88
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:
Ultratech, Inc. analysts are raising expectations after the recent earnings surprise. A healthy balance sheet and optimistic outlook should be enough to propel this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) even higher.
Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309
Looking from stable growth and a strong dividend? General Mills has both.
Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310
Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. recently spiked to a new all-time high after reporting a very solid fourth-quarter earnings surprise of 30%. With three consecutive earnings surprises and rising estimates, this Zacks #1 rank stock has a leg up on the momentum field.
Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311
The trajectory is up for Snap-on Inc. Earnings and sales have risen year over year each of the last four quarters. Despite shares trading at 2-year highs, this Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) still has value, with a forward P/E of 14.5.
Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4312
How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154
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 http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155
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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