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Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Daimler

Posted on: Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:30 AM ET by Barron's favorite stocks for 2012

Barron's favorite stocks for 2012 rated Buy DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG ORIDINARY S (OTCBB: DDAIF) on 12/12/2011, when the stock price was
$43.84. Since then, DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG ORIDINARY S has gained 86.47% as of 08/27/2015's recent price of $81.75.
If you would have followed this Barron's favorite stocks for 2012's recommendation on DDAIF, you would have gained 86.47% of your investment in 1354 days.

Daimler AG is engaged in developing, manufacturing, distributing and selling a range of automotive products, mainly passenger cars, trucks, vans and buses. The Company also provides financial and other services relating to its automotive businesses. The Company operates in four business segments: Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Financial Services, and Vans, Buses, Other. In Vans, Buses, Other segment, the Company reports the Mercedes-Benz Vans segment, the Daimler Buses business unit, and all other businesses and investments in businesses not allocated to one of the reportable business segments. The wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company are Daimler North America Corporation, DCFS USA, LLC and Mercedes-Benz do Brasil Ltda. The Company offer the automotive products and related financial services in Western Europe and in the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) region, which consists of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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  -11.14 %
1 Month down  -17.71 %
3 Months down  -17.29 %
1 YTD down  -5.94 %

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