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Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Manitex International, Bank of the Ozarks, Smith & Wesson Holding and Intrepid Potash


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Chicago, IL – April 18, 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: Manitex International ( MNTX), Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. ( (OZRK - Free Report) ), Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC) and Intrepid Potash, Inc. ( IPI).

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 – Manitex International ( MNTX)
Manitex International is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) ) which has met or beat earnings in the last seven quarters. The company has also seen estimates move higher and has a large implied earnings growth rate for 2013.

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Growth & Income – Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. ( (OZRK - Free Report) )
Estimates have been rising for Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. after the company posted better than expected first quarter results on April 12.

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Momentum – Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC)
These are the best of times for the gun manufacturers. Demand is so strong that Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is trying to increase capacity. Shares of this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) are hot, recently hitting multi-year highs.

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Value – Intrepid Potash, Inc. ( IPI)
The fertilizer stocks have attractive valuations. Intrepid Potash, Inc. is expected to see double digit earnings growth in 2012. Yet this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) has a price-to-book ratio of just 2.0.

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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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