For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 14, 2010 – 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: Actuant Corp (ATU), C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW), Randgold Resources Ltd (GOLD) and El Paso Electric (EE).

Today, Zacks informs investors of 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 +28%. 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 – Actuant Corp (ATU)
Actuant Corp is on a roll as shares continue to climb following the sixth consecutive earnings surprise. Analysts have unanimously raised their estimates and are projecting fantastic growth rates over the next 2 years. Now, the valuations are just average, but given the industry comparisons, growth rate and the momentum in the share price, this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) has a very bright future.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW)
Shares of C.H. Robinson Worldwide continue to set new all-time highs as concerns over a double-dip recession subside. As a leader in transportation and logistics solutions the company stands to benefit from the global economic recovery. Revenue and earnings continue to climb and management remains optimistic that it can achieve its long-term growth targets over the next several years.

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

Momentum – Randgold Resources Ltd (GOLD)
Randgold Resources Ltd just hit another new all-time high above $104 on the back of surging gold prices. With the world turning to gold on fear of inflation and easy money from Central banks, this Zacks # 1 rank stock has upward momentum to boot.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – El Paso Electric (EE) El Paso Electric is expected to grow its earnings by 23% in 2010. It isn’t very expensive with a price-to-book ratio of just 1.4.

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 releases stock recommendations by offering four daily picks free to those who register at

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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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ACTUANT CORP (ATU): Free Stock Analysis Report
CH ROBINSON WWD (CHRW): Free Stock Analysis Report
EL PASO ELEC CO (EE): Free Stock Analysis Report
RANDGOLD RSRCS (GOLD): Free Stock Analysis Report
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