Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks:, Simon Property Group, Yum! Brands and Newpark Resources - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - December 9, 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: ( NTES ), Simon Property Group, Inc. ( SPG ), Yum! Brands, Inc. ( YUM ) and Newpark Resources, Inc. ( NR ).

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 - ( NTES ) analysts continue to raise estimates, this time driven by the latest earnings surprise.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!) -

Growth & Income - Simon Property Group , Inc. ( SPG )

Simon Property Group, Inc. recently delivered its 11th consecutive positive earnings surprise as both occupancy rates and average rents continued to improve.

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

Momentum - Yum! Brands, Inc. ( YUM )

Yum! Brands, Inc. just spiked into a new all-time high as the company continues to expand its international reach. With another strong quarter in the bag and estimates on the rise, this Zacks #2 Rank stock has an appetite for momentum.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value - Newpark Resources, Inc. ( NR )

Is there anything hotter than the drilling services companies? Newpark Resources, Inc. is expected to grow earnings by 80% in 2011. This Zacks #2 Rank (buy) is also a value stock with a forward P/E of just 11.9.

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. 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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NEWPARK RESOUR ( NR ): Free Stock Analysis Report

NETEASE.COM-ADR ( NTES ): Free Stock Analysis Report

SIMON PROPERTY ( SPG ): Free Stock Analysis Report

YUM! BRANDS INC ( YUM ): Free Stock Analysis Report

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