CHICAGO, March 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 Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT), Republic Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: RBCAA), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) and CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB).

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

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:

Aggressive Growth –Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT)

Unit Corp. is seeing strong growth across all of its revenue streams and shares are pressuring new highs.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – Repulic Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: RBCAA)

Here’s something you don’t hear from many banks these days: “We completed the most successful year in our Company’s history in 2010.” But that’s just what Repulic Bancorp, Inc. CEO Steve Trager said after the company delivered solid fourth quarter results.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!):

Momentum –Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce recently spiked to a new multi-year high after reporting a solid 15% Q1 earnings surprise in late February. Estimates have since jumped higher, providing more support for this Zacks #1 rank stock.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value –CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB)

The consultants are always among the first to see real growth as they are brought in when the animal spirits are revived. CGI Group Inc. has surprised on the Zacks Consensus Estimate 3 out of the last 4 quarters. The Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is also a value stock, trading at just 12.9x forward estimates.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!):

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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. 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

About Zacks 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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Aggressive Growth Stocks:
Contact: Bill Wilton
Phone: 312-265-9277


Growth & Income Stocks:
Contact: Rob Plaza
Phone: 312-265-9442


Momentum Stocks:
Contact: Michael Vodicka
Phone: 312-265-9226


Value Stocks:
Contact: Tracey Ryniec
Phone: 312-265-9232


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SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.