For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 25, 2009 – 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: Concho Resources Inc (CXO), Stepan Company (SCL), Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) and Patni Computer Systems Ltd. (PTI).
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 – Concho Resources Inc (CXO)
Concho Resources Inc remains volatile, but bullish, following its latest earnings report.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – Stepan Company (SCL)
Stepan Company recently turned in record results for the second quarter. Earnings per share of $2.09 surpassed the previous year’s 93 cents and topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 130%. The company also declared a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share, which translates into an industry-leading yield of 1.85%.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!):
Momentum – Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP)
Standard Motor Products Inc. has been gaining on strong demand for its aftermarket car parts as consumers look to upgrade existing cars as opposed to buying new.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Patni Computer Systems Ltd. (PTI)
Patni Computer Systems Ltd. hit a new 52-week high yesterday but is still a value stock with a PEG ratio of just 0.93. The IT services company has surprised on estimates 3 out of the last 4 quarters by an average of 38.36%.

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 

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


Growth & Income Stocks:
Contact: Alex Kolb
Phone: 312-265-9149


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


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


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