Top picks 2012: Favorite stocks from 50+ advisors

Looking for some new stock ideas for 2012?

By TheStockAdvisors Jan 5, 2012 5:09PM
Image: Stock market (© Digital Vision/SuperStock)Each year for almost 30 years, has turned to many of the nation's most respected and well-known newsletter advisors and asked them for their favorite investment ideas for the coming year.

With more than 50 advisors participating in this year's survey, there's something for every type of investor, from high-quality blue chips to speculative home runs. As always, we caution you to only use these ideas as a starting place for your own research and only buy stocks that meet your personal investing criteria, risk parameters, and time horizon.

These stocks represent each advisor's current outlook. As fundamentals change during the year, a favorite "buy" can become a strong "sell." As such, it is up to each investor to monitor future developments at the underlying companies to ensure that the reasons behind buying a stock remain valid. Below is the complete list of picks. We'll be rolling out coverage of all the stocks through mid-January.

Agnico-Eagle Mines (Jack Adamo)
Amalgamated Holdings (David Dittman) (Stephen Quickel)
athenahealth (Andy Obermueller)
BroadSoft (David Covas)
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (Gordon Pape)
Caterpillar (J. Royden Ward)
Chesapeake Energy (Nathan Slaughter)
Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust (Elliott Gue)
CVS Caremark (Jim Stack)
Chevron (Kelley Wright)
Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Nate Pile)
Darling International (John Reese)
Enterprise Products Partners (Amy Calistri)
Fidelity growth funds (Jim Lowell)
Fidelity income funds (Jack Bowers)
Flextronics (Benj Gallander & Ben Stadelmann)
Foot Locker (Chuck Carlson)
Ford (Nicholas Vardy)
Fortuna Silver Mines (Tyler Laundon)
Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold (Kevin McElroy)
G-III Apparel (Todd Salamone)
Golar LNG (Nathan Slaughter)
Hain Celestial Group (Bernie Schaeffer)
HMS Holdings (Jim Oberweis)
Iamgold (Curtis Hesler)
Incyte (John McCamant)
Select iShares DJ Dividend (Jim Farrish)
InVivo Therapeutics (Tom Bishop)
Lennar (Michael Cintolo)
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (Gene Arensberg)
McCormick & Co. (Steve Mauzy)
McDonald's (Jim Powell)
Netflix (Ian Wyatt)
New Oriental Education (Paul Goodwin)
OfficeMax (George Putnam)
ONEOK Partners (Carla Pasternak)
Philip Morris International (Paul Tracy)
RF semiconductor 4-pack (Paul McWilliams)
Royal Bank of Scotland Pfd. Q (Vivian Lewis)
Sandridge Mississippian Trust (Paul Tracey)
SPDR Barclay's Capital High Yield Bond (Rick Pendergraft)
SPDR Gold Trust (Mary Anne & Pamela Aden)
Student Transportation (Roger Conrad)
Tata Motors (Yiannis Mostrous)
Tesla Motors (Timothy Lutts)
Titanium Metals (Geoffrey Seiler)
Twin Disc (Dennis Slothower)
Virginia Mines (Adrian Day)
Visa (Amy Calistri)
Visa (Nicholas Vardy)
Waste Management (Jason Cimpl)

Jan 6, 2012 2:11PM

I notice that very few of these stock recommendations are high-yield dividend stocks, and the only MLP that I could spot is OKS.  OKS is probably one of the best MLPs around and has promised to increase their distributions by 1 to 5 cents quarterly, but has already had a significant price run-up in the past 6 months to where the future distributions seem to me to be fairly well priced in.  Other than OKS, of which I have owned a couple thousand shares for several years, NONE of those other stocks are included in MY portfolio, or are likely to be!!


BTW, I recommended OKS to a few friends a couple of years ago when it was selling for 43.  Their brokers pretty unanimously recommended against it!  It has split 2/1 since then, increased its distributions quarterly as promised, and is now selling in the high 50s!  Are they ever kicking their selves now?!

Jan 18, 2012 7:06PM
As I look over the 50 top picks, I see what I feel are real losers, risky at best, since my own experience with their product has educated me on where they are headed.  Over all it's the same thing, the "professionals" in this business really aren't any better at putting together a portfolio than Joe Shmo who does a little reading up and assesses his own risk tolerance and expectations.  BTW, I have found good success reading John Dorphman's columns, and he has actually answered my e-mails!
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