A Forward Look, The Year Ahead - Research Report on Acacia Research Corporation, Apollo Group Inc., Strayer Education Inc.,

     A Forward Look, The Year Ahead - Research Report on Acacia Research
 Corporation, Apollo Group Inc., Strayer Education Inc., Diamond Foods, Inc.
                           and ConAgra Foods, Inc.

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NEW YORK, March 15, 2013

NEW YORK, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Acacia
Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG), Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL), Strayer
Education Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA), Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND) and ConAgra
Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG). Today's readers may access these reports free of
charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings -
via the links below.

Acacia Research Corporation Research Report

Acacia's subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, license the
patents to corporate users, and later share the revenue. It currently owns 250
patent portfolios covering a variety of industries including the tech
industry. One of its subsidiaries recently expanded its reach to the energy
sector by obtaining a portfolio that comprises 4 US and 27 foreign patents
related to polymer based drilling fluids. Because energy sector expects
significant growth in the coming years, expanding its portfolio to this arena
is a wise move for Acacia. It also solidified its leading position in
technology licensing by acquiring patents for digital subscriber line (DSL)
modems and voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) phones. The Full Research
Report on Acacia Research Corporation - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/bff7_ACTG]

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Apollo Group Inc. Research Report

The Apollo Group Inc. is trying to offset sharp enrollment declines and
regulatory scrutiny by offering a new executive-education course on innovation
led by experts from the Harvard Business School. The class is aimed towards
companies rather than individual students, and is intended to become a
reputational shift for the school-instead of an institution that solely
provides higher education, the school will now have a share in the corporate
training industry. This will provide another source of income for the company
in lieu of enrollment declines. The Full Research Report on Apollo Group Inc.
- including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/9e47_APOL]

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Strayer Education Inc. Research Report

Strayer Education Inc. is expanding even after suspending its dividend going
forward. It plans to open a new campus in Stafford, its 9th campus in Texas.
Analysts and investors are somewhat positive on the company's geographic
expansion strategy of opening new campuses each year, though they are still
wary of the strict regulatory environment that's threatening the accreditation
of for-profit educators. Despite the difficult outlook for the for-profit
education sector, initiatives are being taken in order to help students
complete their higher education in for-profit institutions. The Congressional
Budget Office (CBO) recently announced that Pell Grants, the program that
allows low-income students to pay for their education, will be fully funded at
their maximum award level for both the current fiscal year (FY 2013) and the
next fiscal year (FY 2014) without the need for increased funding. Greater
financial aid is a great benefit for for-profit companies since more students
will be able afford their services. This will allow enrollment rates to go
higher, generating revenue for for-profit education companies. If the industry
wants to swing to a full recovery, however, they must invest more on the
quality of the education they provide to ensure the employability of their
graduates and to finally enable them to pay student loans. The Full Research
Report on Strayer Education Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst
ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/6721_STRA]

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Diamond Foods, Inc. Research Report

Diamond Foods Inc. rose 13% last Monday after investment firm BlackRock
disclosed a larger stake of almost 8% in the company. This move shows that the
investment firm believes that Diamond Foods is geared to bounce back after
encountering several difficulties in the last couple of years. These problems
include losing a bid for Pringles, restating its financial results due to an
accounting mishap, and losing the trust of its walnut suppliers. Despite a
tainted background, a recovery could now be in the works for Diamond Foods. In
fact, the company has taken a few steps in order to make a rebound. Some of
these steps include rewriting its contracts with its walnut growers that
feature shorter terms and more accelerated payment schedules. Furthermore, it
added William L. Tos, a walnut grower and former member of the Board of Walnut
Growers to Diamond Foods' Board of Directors. It also replaced its CEO and
CFO. New CEO Brian Driscoll has promised to cut costs and invest in the
company's brands. With a strong product portfolio that includes Kettle Chips,
Emerald snack nuts, Pop Secret popcorn and Diamond of California nuts, some
believe that it may return to profitability once it puts its accounting
troubles behind. With Diamond Foods trying to turn itself around, a number of
institutional investors have taken interest in the company besides BlackRock.
Some of them include Litespeed Management, LLC, which increased its stake by
31% in the third quarter of 2012. It now owns a total of 8%, making it Diamond
Foods' largest institutional shareholder. The Full Research Diamond Foods,
Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets -
is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/3db0_DMND]

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ConAgra Foods, Inc. Research Report

ConAgra Foods, Inc. has announced its acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.
With that, ConAgra is now the largest brand packaged food business in North
America, with approximately $4.5 billion in combined annual private brand
sales. This acquisition is said to have solidified ConAgra's market leading
position in both branded and private brand food sectors. The Full Research
Report on ConAgra Foods, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst
ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/7161_CAG]

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