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Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: XO Group, Equifax, Penske Automotive Group and Oil States International

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – February 22, 2012 – Four free stock picks are being made available today on Zacks.com. 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: XO Group (XOXO), Equifax Inc. (EFX), Penske Automotive Group (PAG) and Oil States International, Inc. (OIS).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Four daily picks are offered free. http://at.zacks.com/?id=88

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 – XO Group (XOXO)
XO Group analysts have given the stock their version of hugs and kisses by raising estimates which boosted the stock to a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).  

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) - http://at.zacks.com/?id=4309

Growth & Income – Equifax Inc. (EFX)
Estimates have been surging for Equifax Inc. after the company delivered strong fourth quarter results on February 8.

 Zacks Guide to Growth & Income Investing (free!) - http://at.zacks.com/?id=4310

Momentum – Penske Automotive Group (PAG)
Diversity and a strong brand are two integral cogs in the success machine.  Penske has both.  What you might not know is that Penske is the second largest public traded auto retailer in the US by revenues.  They operate about 166 franchises in the US, about 170 overseas and their automotive division is seeing favorable trends.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4311

Value – Oil States International, Inc. (OIS)
Drilling is hotter than ever. Oil States International, Inc. is expected to grow earnings by the double digits for the third consecutive year in 2012 as demand in the energy sector kicks into high gear. Yet this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) is also cheap. It is trading with a forward P/E of just 11.8.

Zacks Guide to Value Investing (free!) -  http://at.zacks.com/?id=4312

How to Regularly Access Top Zacks Rank Picks for Free - http://at.zacks.com/?id=7154

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: http://at.zacks.com/?id=7155

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