August 11, 2011

Zacks Releases Four Powerful ”Buy” Stocks: Oil States International, Simon Property Group, Randgold Resources and National Oilwell Varco

CHICAGO, Aug. 11, 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: Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE: OIS), Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG), Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq: GOLD) and National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV).

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 - Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE: OIS)

Oil States International, Inc. may be down, but not out thanks to an impressive earnings trend. Recent turmoil has juiced up the valuations and optimism after the latest earnings surprise has ripened the growth story for this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

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Growth & Income - Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG)

Simon Property Group, Inc. recently reported its 10th consecutive positive earnings surprise on higher rents and occupancy rates. Following the strong quarter, management raised its 2011 guidance for the second time this year, prompting analysts to revise their estimates higher.

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Momentum - Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq: GOLD)

Randgold Resources Ltd. is trading strong in the weak market, recently hitting a new 52-week high as investors shift into safety assets. With a great quarter in hand and bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock has a shine for momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value - National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV)

The oil patch continues to be robust for the oil services companies. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. saw double digit earnings and revenue growth in the second quarter. With the stock market sell off, this Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) now has even more attractive valuations, with a forward P/E of just 13.6.

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. 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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