Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Kforce, Interpublic Group of Companies, NewMarket and Smithfield Foods - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - December 13, 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: Kforce ( KFRC ), Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. ( IPG ), NewMarket Corp. ( NEU ) and Smithfield Foods Inc. ( SFD ).

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 - Kforce ( KFRC )

Kforce is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) thanks to upward revisions following its November earnings release. Growth rates are rising but you can still get shares of KFRC at a good price.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) -

Growth & Income - Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. ( IPG )

Investors worried about a slowdown in the U.S. economy late last summer sold off Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. very heavily, as advertising is one of the more cyclical industries out there.

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

Momentum - NewMarket Corp. ( NEU )

NewMarket Corp. continues to trade strong, recently jumping into a new all-time high after reporting another strong quarter. With estimates on the rise and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock is a solid momentum pick out of the chemical sector.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value - Smithfield Foods Inc. ( SFD )

Smithfield Foods Inc. recently surprised on the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the 5th quarter in a row as sales rose on strong pork exports. Despite shares being near multi-year highs, this Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) is trading at just 9.9x forward estimates.

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:

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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INTERPUBLIC GRP ( IPG ): Free Stock Analysis Report

KFORCE INC ( KFRC ): Free Stock Analysis Report

NEWMARKET CORP ( NEU ): Free Stock Analysis Report

SMITHFIELD FOOD ( SFD ): Free Stock Analysis Report

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