Zacks Issues Buy Recommendations on the Following 6 Stocks:, Harris Interactive, Select Comfort,
Benchmark Electronics, Claire's Stores, and Hutchinson Technology 
Business Editors 
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 2, releases
another list of stocks that are currently members of the coveted Zacks
#1 Ranked list which has produced an average annual return of +33.6%
since 1988 and has gained +13.3% annually since 2000 as the markets
have been tumbling down. Among the #1 ranked stocks today we highlight
the following companies:, inc. (NASDAQ:DSCM), Harris
Interactive Inc. (NASDAQ:HPOL) and Select Comfort Corporation
(NASDAQ:SCSS). Further they announced #2 Rankings (Buy) on two other
widely held stocks: Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE), Claire's
Stores, Inc. (NYSE:CLE), and Hutchinson Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:HTCH).
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Here is a synopsis of why these stocks have a Zacks Rank of 1
(Strong Buy). Note that a #1 Strong Buy rating is applied to 5% of all
the stocks we rank:, inc. (NASDAQ:DSCM) is an online drugstore and
information site offering A Very Healthy Way to Shop for health,
beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy products. Early last
month, DSCM announced new partnerships with and
PetCareRx. The partnerships will allow customers to shop for more
healthcare-related items and pet medicine while staying on the DSCM
online store. Furthermore, in late January, DSCM announced the launch
of its new Sexual Well Being (TM) store, which gives customers the
opportunity to shop and buy sexual well being products from the
privacy of their own home. DSCM appears to be making moves to improve
its offering to customers, and may be a good treatment for your ailing
investment universe. 
Harris Interactive Inc. (NASDAQ:HPOL) is a leading market research
and polling firm, using Internet-based and traditional methodologies
to provide the clients with information about the views, experiences
and attitudes of people worldwide. With a war waging in Iraq and a
controversial tax plan on the table, polling has become big business
as every media outlet wants to know what the public is thinking.
That's good news for HPOL and its shareholders. In the company's
fiscal second quarter of 2003, HPOL posted record revenue and
earnings, with revenue advancing by more than +20% on a fully
comparable basis and net income reversing a year-ago loss.
Furthermore, the company said it expects sales momentum to continue
for the third quarter with about $33 million to $35 million in
revenue. Its earnings estimates haven't moved much in recent months,
but if the company can continue to put together strong performances,
then there should be room to move higher. 
Select Comfort Corporation (NASDAQ: SCSS) is engaged in the
manufacture, specialty retailing and direct marketing of premium
quality, innovative adjustable-firmness beds and other sleep-related
products. In early February, SCSS announced that it put together its
sixth straight quarterly profit as fourth quarter pro forma net income
of 15 cents per fully diluted share easily surpassed the year-ago
result of 3 cents. Net sales jumped by +33% to $92.3 million. Over the
past three months, the company's earnings estimates for this year and
next have risen by approximately 10 cents and 9 cents respectively.
The company will now focus on extending its national brand awareness,
and expects 2003 to be another record-breaking year due to retail
store expansion, continued product innovation, and leverage of its
financial model. With a company like this in their portfolios,
investors should be able to rest easy with plenty of cash underneath
the mattress. 
Here is a synopsis of why these stocks have a Zacks Rank of 2
(Buy). Note that a #2 Buy rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks
we rank: 
Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE) provides contract
electronics manufacturing and design services to original equipment
manufacturers in select industries, including medical devices,
communications equipment, industrial and business computers, testing
instrumentation and industrial controls. The company's earnings
estimates have been heading higher over the past several quarters, and
BHE has been up to the challenge. In fact, in the past five quarters,
the company has constructed an average earnings surprise of more than
+19%. That's pretty good given that BHE's industry has been under
pressure in these tough times. Its earnings estimates for this year
have improved by about 28 cents from three months ago, while next
year's estimates have improved by approximately 18 cents in the same
time frame. If the company can continue such momentum, than its
earnings estimates could see further growth. An investment in this
company may be a benchmark for success in your portfolio. 
Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE:CLE), through its wholly-owned
subsidiaries, is a leading mall-based retailer of popular-priced
fashion accessories and apparel for pre-teens and teenagers. Although
retail has seen better days, CLE put together a strong fourth quarter
performance with income from continuing operations of 87 cents per
diluted share. The result easily exceeded the year-ago total of 61
cents while also handily beating Wall Street's earnings expectations.
Furthermore, sales in the quarter improved by +15% to $322.4 million,
while same-store sales were enhanced by +9%. On top of its successful
quarter, CLE also has an excellent record of beating Wall Street's
predictions over the past several quarters, which bodes very well for
the company and its shareholders. Shopping around for profits may be
easy with a purchase of CLE. 
Hutchinson Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:HTCH) is a leading supplier of
suspension assemblies for hard disk drives. Estimates for the company
have risen by a very healthy clip from three months ago. In its fiscal
first quarter, HTCH reported net income of 65 cents per diluted share,
which beat what a consensus of analysts expected and the year-ago
result. Net sales advanced to $132,862,000 from $92,717,000. The
quarter's improvements were attributed to an increase in suspension
assembly shipment volumes and further improvements in productivity. An
increase in volume came about through an overall increase in demand,
an increase in market share, and a temporarily high level of
suspension assembly consumption. In four out of the past five
quarters, HTCH has been able to easily exceed Wall Street's
expectations. HTCH appears to be moving in the right direction and may
be the bridge to profits that investors are seeking. 
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