Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: iRobot, The Kroger, SolarWinds and Energy XXI (Bermuda) - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - December 21, 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: iRobot Corp. ( IRBT ), The Kroger Co. ( KR ), SolarWinds, Inc. ( SWI ) and Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited ( EXXI ).

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 - iRobot Corp. ( IRBT )

iRobot Corp. offers very unique products as well as strong growth at a reasonable price. Now is a good time take a look at this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) -

Growth & Income - The Kroger Co. ( KR )

The Kroger Co. recently delivered excellent results for the third quarter of 2011, driven by a stellar 5.0% increase in same-store sales.

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

Momentum - SolarWinds, Inc. ( SWI )

SolarWinds, Inc. has seen big gains over the last few months, jumping higher with the market on strong Q3 results that came in well ahead of expectations. With an average earnings surprise of 29% over the last four quarters and bullish 13% growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock is a solid pick for momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value - Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited ( EXXI )

High oil prices have been good for business for the energy explorers. Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited reported a record fiscal first quarter in October. This Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is still a value, with a price-to-book of just 1.9.

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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ENERGY XXI LTD ( EXXI ): Free Stock Analysis Report

IROBOT CORP ( IRBT ): Free Stock Analysis Report

KROGER CO ( KR ): Free Stock Analysis Report

SOLARWINDS INC ( SWI ): Free Stock Analysis Report

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