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Gorge on High-Quality Stocks for Holidays

Stocks in this article: VLGEA SPTN KR

With fond memories of Thanksgiving's gluttony still fresh in my mind, I'm looking forward to a feast large enough to satisfy both the eight days of Hanukkah and the 12 days of Christmas. TheStreet.com Ratings model for common stocks has selected a holiday dining menu of "buy"-rated companies with good prospects for the coming year.

The first place to begin the hunt for holiday delicacies is at the grocery store. With ratings at B+, Village Super Market (VLGEA) is approaching a new 52-week high, and Spartan Stores (SPTN) set a new high in November. Two other food retailers, Kroger (KR) and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) are rated B.

When shopping for the ingredients of a good portfolio mix, some of the largest food-product companies made the buy list. For sale now are General Mills (GIS), at B+, and, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), HJ Heinz (HNZ), Campbell Soup (CPB), Kraft Foods (KFT) and Kellogg (K), all at B-.

The commercial banks may have already been visited by Santa Paulson's bailout elves, but the food banks nationwide are running low at a time of real need. So, please pick up a few extra food items to donate at a nearby food bank.

You are definitely going to need some beverages to wash down all this food. TheStreet.com Ratings model of common stocks recommends a tall, frosty beer from Molson Coors Brewing (TAP) or your choice of Coke, Pepsi or Shasta soft drinks from Coca-Cola (KO), Pepsico (PEP) and National Beverage (FIZZ). All of those beverage companies are rated B-.

Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TSC Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by TheStreet.com, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.

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