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Zacks Releases Four Powerful 'Buy' Stocks: Caliper Life Sciences, B&G Foods, Continental Resources and Raymond James Financial

CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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: Caliper Life Sciences (NYSE: CALP), B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS), Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) and Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF)

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 +26%. 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 – Caliper Life Sciences (NYSE: CALP)

Caliper Life Sciences recently announced preliminary financial results that breathed some life into the stock. Estimates are moving higher as a result.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income – B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS)

Earnings estimates have been rising for B&G Foods, Inc. after the company reported a solid third quarter in which EPS beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 11%. Despite a modest increase in sales, the company was able to grow its margins significantly, leading to a 20% increase in operating income year-over-year.

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

Momentum – Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR)

Continental Resources, Inc. recently hit a new multi-year high at $63.84 as crude continues to trade in elevated territory. With an average earnings surprise of 15% over the last four quarter and bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 rank stock is a good way to explore momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value – Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF)

Investors are returning to stocks as the world's equity markets continue to rebound from the nasty 2008 stock market downturn. As the financial markets rose, Raymond James Financial Inc. reported its highest amount of Assets Under Administration in its history at $262 billion in the fiscal first quarter.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!):

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks 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, 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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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.

Aggressive Growth Stocks:

Contact: Bill Wilton

Phone: 312-265-9277


Growth & Income Stocks:

Contact: Rob Plaza

Phone: 312-265-9442


Momentum Stocks:

Contact: Michael Vodicka

Phone: 312-265-9226


Value Stocks:

Contact: Tracey Ryniec

Phone: 312-265-9232



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SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

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