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Here are four stocks with buy ranks and strong growth characteristics for investors to consider today, January 12th:

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (AIT - Free Report) : This distributor of industrial products, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 2.2% over the last 60 days.

Applied Industrial Technologies has a PEG ratio 1.77, compared with 2.22 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT - Free Report) : This developer of software products, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.3% over the last 60 days.

Microsoft has a PEG ratio 2.04, compared with 4.04 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC - Free Report) : This provider of technical services, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 6.3% over the last 60 days.

Jacobs Engineering Group has a PEG ratio 1.36, compared with 2.40 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A.

Huntsman Corporation (HUN - Free Report) : This chemical company, which carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 1.9% over the last 60 days.

Huntsman has a PEG ratio 1.71, compared with 1.91 for the industry. The company possesses a Growth Score of A. 

See the full list of top ranked stocks here                         

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