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Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Middleby, Cisco Systems, Weight Watchers International and Oriental Financial Group

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Chicago, IL – April 5, 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: Middleby Corporation ( MIDD), Cisco Systems, Inc. ( (CSCO - Free Report) ), Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) and Oriental Financial Group Inc. (OFG).

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 – Middleby Corporation ( MIDD)
Middleby Corporation is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) after a big positive earnings surprise and increased earnings estimates.

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Growth & Income – Cisco Systems, Inc. ( (CSCO - Free Report) )
Cisco Systems, Inc. reported record revenue and earnings per share for the second quarter of its fiscal 2012. This prompted analysts to revise their estimates higher going forward, sending the stock to a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy).

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

Momentum – Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW)
We live in a modern social society where physical attributes are scrutinized more than ever.  Maybe it’s the 800 million people posting pictures of themselves and others on Facebook, or perhaps the fact that just about every American between the age of 12 and 60 has a Smartphone with a camera. This trend is echoed in modern societies around the world.

 Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Oriental Financial Group Inc. (OFG)
Look outside the box when investing in banks. Oriental Financial Group Inc. doesn't have the big name of other banks, but it is expected to grow earnings by 89.1% in 2012. This Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is also still cheap, with a forward P/E of 9.7.

 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:

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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