Thursday, January 22, 2009

Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Huron Consulting Group, American Science & Engineering, The Ensign Group and Progress Software Corporatio

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: Huron Consulting Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HURN), American Science & Engineering, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASEI), The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG) and Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free at

Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the S&P 500 since 1988, producing an average annual return of +28%. Performance has been notable even during volatile and down times. For example, during the last bear market, 2000-2002, the market tumbled -37.6% – but Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%.

Here is a summary of today's selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth – Huron Consulting Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HURN)

Huron Consulting Group is demonstrating excellent growth prospects in 2009 following a solid third-quarter earnings announcement. The company reported revenues of $169 million, up from $134 in the third quarter of last year.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – American Science & Engineering, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASEI)

American Science & Engineering started the year on a strong note, advancing about 6%, while the major averages are in the red. The company recently announced a $67.1 million order from the U.S. government for a significant quantity of ZBV Military Trailers™ (ZBV Mil Trailer™).

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

Momentum – The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG)

The Ensign Group looks well positioned to benefit from the aging domestic population. The analyst community is bullish on the company, with the next-year estimate projecting 20% earnings growth.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS)

Progress Software Corporation continues to perform in a tough market as the company surprised on fourth-quarter estimates by 77.78%. PRGS is trading at 10.3x forward earnings.

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. in Mathematics 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 at

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.

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