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Here are four stocks with buy ranks and strong growth characteristics for investors to consider today, May 9th:

British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI - Free Report) : This tobacco company, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 0.3% over the last 60 days.

British American Tobacco has a PEG ratio 1.76, compared with 1.93 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Burlington Stores, Inc. (BURL - Free Report) : This retailer of branded apparel products, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.8% over the last 60 days.

Burlington Stores has a PEG ratio 1.64, compared with 1.69 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Centene Corporation (CNC - Free Report) : This healthcare company, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 1.5% over the last 60 days.

Centene has a PEG ratio 1.25, compared with 2.32 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Nucor Corporation (NUE - Free Report) : This steel manufacturing company, which carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 20.1% over the last 60 days.

Nucor has a PEG ratio 1.11, compared with 1.72 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

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