CHICAGO, April 24, 2012 /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.
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 – Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) Valmont Industries is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) following six straight positive earnings surprises and higher earnings estimates.
Growth & Income – WD-40 Company (Nasdaq: WDFC) Estimates have been rising for WD-40 Company after the company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimates on both the top and bottom lines, and management provided 2012 guidance above consensus.
Momentum – Sonic Automotive(NYSE: SAH) Rarely will a stock that misses earnings estimates be selected as a momentum rank-buy; but given the details of the report, Sonic may have upside from these levels.
Value – Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (NYSE: BLX) The Latin American banks look intriguing despite the chaos going on in Europe. Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. recently reported first quarter results and easily blew by the Zacks Consensus Estimate. This Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is also an attractive value stock, with a forward P/E of just 9.2.
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.
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