Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: FTI Consulting, Avon Products, FLIR Systems and Ferro Corporation

Four free stock picks are being made available today on The industrys 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: FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP), FLIR Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: FLIR) and Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE).

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

Zacks #1 Rank Stocks have nearly tripled the S&P 500 since 1988, producing an average annual return of +30%. Performance has been notable even during volatile and down times. For example, during the last bear market, 2000-2002, the market tumbled -37.6% but Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%.

Here is a summary of today's selected stocks that are now highly rated by Zacks:

Aggressive Growth FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN)

FTI Consulting is in the remarkably unique position of actually benefiting from the turmoil in the financial sector and overall economic environment. As a consulting advisor to distressed businesses, the company's first-quarter profit jumped sharply behind the momentum of strong demand for its services.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP)

Avon Products boasts an attractive ROE of 108%, which is much higher than the industry average of 13%. The strong ROE is one sign of growth, while on the income side the company offers a dividend yield of 2.3%. The yield is also higher than the industry average as virtually no companies within AVP's industry group pay a dividend. Avon paid out its most recent quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share in early June.

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

Momentum FLIR Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: FLIR)

FLIR Systems share price continues to climb in a very challenging environment. Just last week, this stock broke above a key level of resistance at $40 and established a new 52-week and all-time high. Analysts have continued to boost their earnings projections in accordance with the move higher.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE)

Ferro Corporation is finding profits overseas as demand for its specialty chemical products stays strong. First quarter sales jumped 15% to a company record. The company has a forward P/E of 12.29.

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. in Mathematics 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 at

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, theyre 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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Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

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Aggressive Growth Stocks:
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Growth & Income Stocks:
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Value Stocks:
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