Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Visa, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Axsys Technologies and Murphy Oil 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: Visa, Inc. (NYSE: V), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), Axsys Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXYS) and Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR).

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 Visa, Inc. (NYSE: V)

Visa, Inc. has positioned itself to benefit from strong international growth opportunities in areas such as Asia and Europe. The company reported 38% growth rate in volumes from these markets, helping to temper the effect of the weakened domestic consumer environment.

Zacks Guide to Aggressive Growth Investing (free!):

Growth & Income Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY)

Occidental Petroleum Corporation recently announced a record second quarter. Earnings per share of $2.79 exceeded the consensus estimate by 3% and more than doubled the year-prior result. Revenue of $7.12 billion climbed from last years $4.41 billion.

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

Momentum Axsys Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXYS)

Axsys Technologies, Inc. share price is up after the company reported strong second-quarter results on July 22 in which income grew more than 60% from last year. Estimates are on the rise and this stock continues to pressure a key, short-term level of resistance.

Zacks Guide to Momentum Investing (free!):

Value Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR)

Murphy Oil saw its earnings nearly triple from a year ago as income from its exploration segment soared and more than made up for the decline in refining. The company has surprised on estimates 4 consecutive quarters by an average of 18.74%. Murphy Oil has a forward P/E of only 7.52.

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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Aggressive Growth Stocks:
Bill Wilton, 312-265-9277
Growth & Income Stocks:
Alex Kolb, 312-265-9149
Momentum Stocks:
Michael Vodicka, 312-265-9226
Value Stocks:
Tracey Ryniec, 312-265-9232

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