CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 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: Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT), Quality Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSII), PriceSmart, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSMT) and Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M).

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 – Unit Corp.(NYSE: UNT)

Unit Corp. estimates are moving higher after that latest quarterly report. EPS came in better than expected and shares are cheap thanks to the recent down turn.

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Growth & Income – Quality Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSII)

Quality Systems, Inc. continues to benefit from healthcare organizations migrating to electronic health records (EHR). The company recently posted its third consecutive positive earnings surprise on double-digit revenue growth and expanding margins.

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Momentum – PriceSmart, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSMT)

PriceSmart, Inc. has been a winner in the weak market, trading near its recent 52-week high after reporting strong Q2 results that came in ahead of expectations. With an average earnings surprise of 15% over the last four quarters and bullish 18% growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock offers momentum in bulk.

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Value – Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M)

Don’t tell Macy’s, Inc. that a recession is allegedly coming. The retailer just reported its best spring quarter in 10 years and raised full year guidance again. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) is also cheap, with a forward P/E of only 9.5.

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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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