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Chicago, IL – February 15, 2012 – 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: United Rentals ( URI), Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. ( (MLM - Snapshot Report)), O’Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) and The Andersons, Inc. ( ANDE).

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 – United Rentals ( URI)
United Rentals is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) due to recent strong earnings surprises.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) -

Growth & Income – Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. ( (MLM - Snapshot Report))
Estimates have been rising for Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. after the company reported solid fourth quarter results on February 7.

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

Momentum – O’Reilly Automotive ( ORLY)
It’s not just gear-heads that love this Missouri based auto parts retailer; Wall Street has been driving this stock higher for the past 8 months straight. 

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – The Andersons, Inc. ( ANDE)
The Andersons, Inc. had a record 2011 as the agriculture sector remained hot. Can this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) repeat in 2012? The stock is getting no love from investors. It is cheap, with a forward P/E of just 9.4.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!) -

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free -

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:

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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