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Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Arena Resources, McDonald's, Circor International and CenturyTel

Four free stock picks are being made available today on The industrys 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: Arena Resources (NYSE: ARD), McDonalds Corp. (NYSE: MCD), Circor International (NYSE: CIR) and CenturyTel (NYSE: CTL).

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 +30%. 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 Arena Resources (NYSE: ARD)

Earnings estimates for Arena Resources, Inc. are up 22% over the past month. Much of this can be attributed to a strong first-quarter performance. Oil & gas revenues soared 172% while earnings per share topped the consensus by 8.5%.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income McDonalds Corp. (NYSE: MCD)

McDonald's sees strong global growth as international sales rose 7.4% in the first quarter. By industry standards, the company pays an attractive dividend with a yield of 2.60%. MCD has surprised on earnings each of the last four quarters by an average of 6.08%.

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

Momentum Circor International (NYSE: CIR)

Brokerage analysts are well aware of Circor Internationals admirable attributes and have raised their earnings estimates for both 2008 and 2009 over the past 60 days. Trades have also noticed and pushed the stock to an area where there is no readily identifiable resistance above its current share price. CIR is a Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) stock.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value CenturyTel (NYSE: CTL)

CenturyTel is growing its broadband and fiber network and added 30,000 new high-speed Internet customers in the first quarter. The company has surprised on estimates each of the last four quarters on average of 8.92%. CenturyTel has a 2008 P/E of 11.00.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!):

How to Regularly Access Picks from the Zacks Rank Discovery for Free:

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.

Then, when changes are discovered, theyre 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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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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Aggressive Growth Stocks:
Jim Giaquinto
Phone: 312-265-9268
Growth & Income Stocks:
Alex Kolb
Phone: 312-265-9149
Momentum Stocks:
Michael Vodicka
Phone: 312-265-9226
Value Stocks:
Tracey Ryniec
Phone: 312-265-9232

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