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Barron's favorite stocks for 2012 - Stock Market Picks

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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.
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YearYTD
Wins
YTD
Losses
YTD
Accuracy
YTD
Gains Average
YTD
Profit Per Trade Average
      2015
up  2
down  8
up  20.00 %
down  -16.94 %
down  -16.94 %
      2014
up  2
down  8
up  20.00 %
down  -9.71 %
down  -9.71 %
      2013
up  9
down  1
up  90.00 %
up  29.51 %
up  29.51 %

Recommendations for year:

Date (ET)RatingSymbolCompany NameYTD
Gains
 
12/12/2011  
Buy BRK.A
  
12/12/2011  
Buy CMCSA
  
12/12/2011  
Buy DDAIF
  
12/12/2011  
Buy FCX
  
12/12/2011  
Buy MET
  
12/12/2011  
Buy PG
  
12/12/2011  
Buy RDS.A
  
12/12/2011  
Buy SNY
  
12/12/2011  
Buy STX
  
12/12/2011  
Buy VOD
  

* As of 8/27/2015 12:00 AM

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