CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 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 – Zumiez Inc. (Nasdaq: ZUMZ) Zumiez Inc. reports solid same store sales, guides estimates higher.
Momentum – Conagra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) Conagra Foods, Inc. continues to trade strong, recently hitting a new all-time high as investors align their portfolios with food stocks on global over population. With a strong Q3 earnings surprise in hand and estimates on the rise, this Zacks #2 Rank stock is a solid food stock with some nice upward momentum.
Value – Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) Huntsman Corporation is trading at just 5.2x forward estimates even though earnings are expected to grow in the triple digits in 2011. Shares of this Zacks #2 Rank (buy) plunged over the summer as investors abandoned the stock. Is it too late in the cycle to buy the chemical companies?
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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