For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 15, 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: Lancaster Colony Corp. (LANC), Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (PVH), CGI Group, Inc. (GIB) and Casey’s General Stores Inc. (CASY).
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 – Lancaster Colony Corp. (LANC)
Lancaster Colony Corp. recently announced great year-end results and shares are surging on the news.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (PVH)
Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. posted second-quarter results in mid-August. Earnings per share of 60 cents came in slightly below last year’s 66 cents but topped the Zack Consensus Estimate by 36%. Revenue of $529.3 million slipped by 1% year-over-year.

Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!):
Momentum – CGI Group, Inc. (GIB)
CGI Group, Inc. reported better than expected third-quarter results in late July, adding that it had paid down its debt to just $15 million from almost $300 million earlier in the year.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Casey’s General Stores Inc. (CASY)
Casey’s General Stores saw same store sales rise 6.4% in the fiscal first quarter thanks to better gasoline margins. The company has surprised on estimates 2 out of the last 4 quarters by an average of 17.50%. CASY is trading with a forward P/E of 14.42.

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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