Zacks Rank is a proven tool for short-term stock picking and trading.

The Zacks Rank was developed from a key insight by Zacks' founder and CEO:

Earnings estimate revisions
are the most powerful force
impacting stock prices.

From this breakthrough idea, the Zacks Rank was developed and put into use as a powerful tool to identify stocks that will outperform in time horizons of 1-3 months.

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How to use the Zacks Rank for
effective stock timing and trading.

The optimal time horizons for the Zacks Rank forecasts are 1-3 months. For this reason, many financial advisors use the Zacks Rank as a timing tool rather than a method of picking long term outperformers.

The Zacks Rank is ideal:

  • As one component in multi-factor models
  • To screen for new purchase candidates
  • As a tiebreaker among equally attractive stocks
  • As a tiebreaker among stocks in an industry group
  • For use with clients who are active traders

Numbers tell the story:

Zacks Rank has consistently produced excess returns.


Over the past those 36 years, they had an Annualized Return of 24.2%, compared to a 11.1% return for the S&P 500


In the two years since Covid began, Zacks #1 ranked stocks outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 33%

36-Year Zacks Rank Performance1

The Zacks Rank #1 stocks have consistently produced excess returns for the past 36 years.

During those 36 years, they had an Annualized Return of 24.2%.

During that same period, the S&P 500 had a 11.1% return while the return for the equally weighted S&P 500 was 10.8%

Covid/Post-Covid Zacks Rank Performance

Between March 2020 and February 2022, Zacks #1 Ranked stocks had a cumulative 86.1% return, compared to the cumulative return of 52.8% for the S&P 500 during the same time period.

Improve client portfolio performance with the Zacks Rank.

The Zacks Rank can be used in Advisor Tools as an effective and efficient way to automate routine portfolio maintenance, improve performance, and remove possible "landmine" holdings.

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