Top picks from S&P Capital IQ

S&P's top-ranked analysts share their latest stock recommendations.

By TheStockAdvisors May 24, 2013 4:13PM
Financial Stock Chart copyright Kick Images, Photodisc, Getty ImagesBy Standard & Poor's The Outlook

Six S&P Capital IQ equity analysts ranked as "Best on the Street" in seven categories in the Wall Street Journal's annual survey of recommendation-performance scores for stock pickers in 2012.

S&P Capital IQ Equity Analyst Jim Corridore is a seven-time recipient, while Efraim Levy has won five times and Joe Agnese four times. Three-time winners include Stuart Benway and Jim Moorman, who was the top-ranked analyst in both the telecom and telecom equipment sectors.

Below are the S&P winners, their sector specialties and their current stock recommendations. (Click on the stock names to read each analyst's full recommendation.)

Joseph Agnese, Food & Drug Retailers: CVS Caremark

Quick to capitalize on its rival's troubles, the pharmacy chain also stands to gain from the implementation of health reforms.

Christopher Muir, Utilities: ITC

The electricity transmission company should see double-digit growth in revenues over the next two years.

Jim Corridore, Airlines: US Airways

The recent merger and strong demand drives growth at the airliner.

Jim Moorman, Telecommunications: Crown Castle International
This tower operator is highly attractive at these prices.

Jim Moorman, Telecommunications Equipment: Qualcomm
This chip maker is capitalizing on rapid smartphone growth.


Efraim Levy, Autos & Auto Parts: TRW Automotive
Higher global vehicle production should drive growth at this car parts manufacturer.

Stuart Benway, Heavy Machinery & Materials: Louisiana-Pacific

Look for more growth from this maker of building materials as the housing rebound continues.
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