Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: China XD Plastics, Union Pacific, Pier 1 Imports and Macy's - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - December 20, 2011 - 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: China XD Plastics ( CXDC ), Union Pacific Corporation ( UNP ), Pier 1 Imports, Inc. ( PIR ) and Macy's Inc. ( M ).

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

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 - China XD Plastics ( CXDC )

China is risky right now, but China XD Plastics could be worth a look. With estimates on the rise the stock is currently a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) -

Growth & Income - Union Pacific Corporation ( UNP )

Union Pacific Corporation recently posted record financial results for the third quarter of 2011, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimates on both the top and bottom lines.

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

Momentum - Pier 1 Imports, Inc. ( PIR )

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is up more than 50% in the last three months after rallying with the market in October and posting strong Q3 results in mid December that included a big gain from last year. With estimates on the rise and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock is a solid pick for momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value - Macy's Inc. ( M )

All eyes are on the department stores this holiday season. Macy's Inc. has been a solid performer, surprising on the Zacks Consensus Estimate 6 quarters in a row. Even as the shares hit new 3-year highs, this Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) has remained a value stock with a forward P/E of just 11.

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. 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:

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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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CHINA XD PLASTC ( CXDC ): Free Stock Analysis Report

MACYS INC ( M ): Free Stock Analysis Report

PIER 1 IMPORTS ( PIR ): Free Stock Analysis Report

UNION PAC CORP ( UNP ): Free Stock Analysis Report

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