Zacks.com releases the latest list of Zacks Rank Buy Stocks. Every day on Zacks.com, four stock picks are made based on criteria for the each of the four main styles of investing: Aggressive Growth, Growth & Income, Momentum and Value. The four Zacks Rank Buy stocks highlighted today are ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS), L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LLL), Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) and Fossil, Inc. (Nasdaq: FOSL).
Stocks ranked #1 (Strong Buy) by Zacks have produced an average annual return of +32.2% since inception in 1988. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained 43.8% while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. To see the full Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) List, or the rank for any other stock, visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=88
Here is a synopsis of today’s Zacks Rank Buy Stocks:
Aggressive Growth – ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS)
ANSYS, Inc. is enjoying strong organic growth trends, which has enabled it to experience several excellent quarters in a row. Thus far, it seems the tough economic conditions haven't slowed the company. Beating the Street has become old hat for the company as it has posted an average surprise of 19.9% over the past four quarters. This year's earnings estimates have risen six cents to $1.36 over the past week.
Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309
Growth & Income – L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LLL)
L-3 Communications Holdings is a terrific Growth and Income play. Thanks to its strong cash flow, the company upped its dividend by 20% while continuing to invest in growth through internal initiatives and acquisitions. L-3 reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.63 per share in late January, outpacing the previous year’s $1.37 and exceeding the consensus estimate by three cents. Consolidated net sales grew by 12.4% from the year-ago quarter.
Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310
Momentum – Murphy Oil Corporation (NMYSE: MUR)
Murphy Oil Corporation has been cashing in on the big boom in the energy markets. This oil exploration company reported blistering fourth quarter results on Jan 30 that included a 135% jump in income to $206.1 million. The company's average selling price of a barrel of oil grew from $46.24 last year to $76.11. The CEO offered positive guidance moving forward, saying that he expects continued strong demand and pricing power to drive the company first quarter results to $1.80-$2.00 per share, which would mark a very nice improvement from current earnings.
Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311
Value – Fossil, Inc. (Nasdaq: FOSL)
Fossil is bucking the trend in the struggling retail sector by making a niche for itself in fashionable watches in the United States and Europe. The company surprised on estimates for the fourth-quarter by 10.29% and guided higher on first quarter sales by 12% to 14%.
Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!): http://at.zacks.com/?id=4312
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