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Here are four stocks with buy ranks and strong growth characteristics for investors to consider today, October 13th:

Itron, Inc. (ITRI - Free Report) : This metering solutions provider, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.7% over the last 60 days.

Itron, Inc. Price and Consensus

Itron, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Itron, Inc. Quote

Itron has a PEG ratio 1.22, compared with 2.53 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Itron, Inc. PEG Ratio (TTM)

Itron, Inc. peg-ratio-ttm | Itron, Inc. Quote

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT - Free Report) : This manufacturing equipment and software provider, which carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 4.2% over the last 60 days.

Applied Materials has a PEG ratio 0.96, compared with 1.18 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

PBF Energy Inc. (PBF - Free Report) : This petroleum refiner, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 98.2% over the last 60 days.

PBF Energy has a PEG ratio 2.40, compared with 3.58 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

PBF Energy Inc. PEG Ratio (TTM)

PBF Energy Inc. peg-ratio-ttm | PBF Energy Inc. Quote

Malibu Boats, Inc. (MBUU - Free Report) : This manufacturer and seller of recreational powerboats, which carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 5.1% over the last 60 days.

Malibu Boats has a PEG ratio 1.15, compared with 1.60 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

See the full list of top ranked stocks here

Learn more about the Growth score and how it is calculated here.

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