Zacks All-Star Analyst Issues Recommendations for 4 Stocks: ASH,

                                 CRS, and BKR 

  CHICAGO, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't follow the lemming strategy to 
investing, it rarely works and leads to a sea of losses. Bentley Offutt, of 
Offutt Securities, has a distinct and proven strategy for recommending stocks. 
Today, he discusses several companies about which he understands the price 
fluctuations from 15 years of closely watching the stocks: Ashland, Inc. 
(NYSE: ASH), Right Management Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMCI), Carpenter 
Technology (NYSE: CRS) and Baker Michael Co. (Amex: BKR). For the complete 
report and substantially more extensive commentary on the sector, visit .  

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      Here are the details on Analyst Bentley Offutt's Stock Picks for today: 
      Ashland, Inc. (NYSE: ASH) 

Ashland is the country's largest highway paving company supplying asphalt. 
Section T21 of the TEA is a program to widen lanes and renovate the existing 
highway system, and will thus be the prime beneficiary of federal spending in 
this area. Ashland has produced several years of 15%+ earnings growth and is 
trading at a P/E multiple of 7x earnings and has a dividend yield of 3.2%.  
  Carpenter Technology (NYSE: CRS)  
Carpenter is the largest producer of specialty steel products in the form 
of long bar, wire and rods. The company has a 25% domestic market share, and 
all other domestic producers have a 21% market share. The rest is delivered 
through imports, a situation that will only improve for Carpenter. Carpenter 
is another company that will benefit from the TEA and rebuilding efforts that 
will occur, as well as in other areas of improving domestic demand.  
  Right Management Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMCI)  
Right Management is the world's largest career transition company focusing 
on middle and executive-level management positions specializing in technology, 
health care services, financial services, oil and gas. The company is an 
excellent play to hedge risk as everyone recalibrates their portfolio. It is 
defensive, though not in the traditional sense.  
  Baker Michael Co. (Amex: BKR)  
BKR is a large transportation and engineering firm that provides 
construction and operating services to several industrial sectors. BKR has 
$400 million in sales, but a market cap of $100 million. It is the largest, 
independent operations and maintenance contractor to oil rigs in the Gulf of 
Mexico with performance based contracts.  
  Be sure to read the rest of the article to learn all the stocks this top 
analyst is recommending now.  
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CO:  Zacks Investment Research;; Ashland, Inc.; Carpenter  
 Technology; Right Management Consultants, Inc.; Baker Michael Co. 
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