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Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Royal Dutch Shell

Posted on: Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:26 AM ET by Barron's favorite stocks for 2012

Barron's favorite stocks for 2012 rated Buy Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE: RDS.A) on 12/12/2011, when the stock price was
$70.63. Since then, Royal Dutch Shell PLC has lost 26.46% as of 10/14/2015's recent price of $51.94.
If you would have followed this Barron's favorite stocks for 2012's recommendation on RDS.A, you would have lost 26.46% of your investment in 1402 days.

Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) is a holding company, which owns, directly or indirectly, investments in the numerous companies constituting the group. Shell is engaged globally in the principal activities of oil and natural gas industry. The Company operates in five business segments: exploration and production, gas and power, oil sands, oil products, and chemicals. The exploration and production business searches for and recovers oil and natural gas globally. The gas and power business liquefies natural gas and transports it to customers. Its gas to liquids (GTL) process turns natural gas into cleaner-burning synthetic fuel and other products. The oil sands business extracts bitumen and converts it to synthetic crude oils that can be turned into a range of products. The oil products business makes moves and sells a range of petroleum-based products globally for domestic, industrial and transport use. The chemicals business produces petrochemicals for the industrial customers.

After a volatile year, stocks are heading into the homestretch about where they began. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 Index finished the week at 1255, within a percentage point of where it started the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 5% in 2011, largely reflecting the strength of a single stock, IBM (ticker: IBM), which has risen 32% to 194 and dominates the price-weighted index owing to its lofty absolute share price. Most equity strategists are optimistic at best about 2012. They're worried that earnings growth and strong corporate balance sheets will be offset, in investors' minds, by the tough economic backdrop and the European debt crisis. Barry Knapp, Barclays Capital's chief market strategist, recently set an S&P 500 target of 1330, 6% above Friday's close. He expects a "difficult" first half followed by a second-half rally. The important offset to the economic and political situation is valuation. U.S. stocks look reasonably priced, especially with 10-year Treasuries yielding 2% and short-term rates near zero. The S&P 500 is valued at 13 times projected 2011 profits and about 12 times next year's projected earnings. Bulls cite the combination of attractive valuations and super-low rates. "I feel like a kid in a candy store…I don't know where to begin," said Joe Rosenberg, chief investment strategist at Loews, told Barron's in last week's interview ("The Best Opportunities in a Half-Century," Dec. 5). Rosenberg is partial to a range of blue-chip stocks.
Stock Market Advice
Date/Time (ET)SymbolRatingTermPrice (*)Target
12/12/2011 4:00 PM Buy
1 year
as of 8/27/2015
1 Week down  -4.15 %
1 Month down  -11.96 %
3 Months down  -18.28 %
1 YTD down  -27.12 %

(*) Stock Price at the time of the recommendation.
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