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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.
URL : http://online.barrons.com/article/SB50001424052748703558404577084620484177542.html#article...
  
Rating:
Buy FCX
1 Day Gains
up 28.66 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Freeport McMoRan
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:27 AM ET

Rating:
Buy STX
3 Months Gains
up 24.22 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Seagate
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:24 AM ET

Rating:
Buy CMCSA
3 Months Gains
up 11.46 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Comcast
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:28 AM ET

Rating:
Buy VOD
3 Months Gains
up 9.55 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Vodafone
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:25 AM ET

Rating:
Buy BRK.A
3 Months Gains
up 8.26 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Berkshire Hathaway
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:21 AM ET

Rating:
Buy DDAIF
1 Week Gains
up 6.97 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Daimler
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:30 AM ET

Rating:
Buy DDAIF
3 Months Gains
up 6.25 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Daimler
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:30 AM ET

Rating:
Buy RDS.A
1 Day Gains
up 4.95 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Royal Dutch Shell
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:26 AM ET

Rating:
Buy MET
3 Months Gains
up 4.83 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - MetLife
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:22 AM ET

Rating:
Buy STX
1 Day Gains
up 4.48 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Seagate
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:24 AM ET

Rating:
Buy PG
3 Months Gains
up 4.19 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Procter & Gamble
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:29 AM ET

Rating:
Buy FCX
3 Months Gains
up 3.93 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Freeport McMoRan
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:27 AM ET

Rating:
Buy SNY
3 Months Gains
up 3.62 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Sanofi
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:23 AM ET

Rating:
Buy PG
3 Months Gains
up 3.56 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - Procter & Gamble
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:29 AM ET

Rating:
Buy MET
1 Day Gains
up 3.29 %
Barron's Favorite Stocks for 2012 - MetLife
Thursday,  Jan 3, 2013  1:22 AM ET

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