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Goldman's 11 Best Consumer Stocks for 2011

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- In an accelerating economic recovery, consumer-cyclical stocks tend to outperform. Goldman Sachs ranks the following 11 consumer-related equities "buy" and has several on its Conviction Buy List. They are expected to rise at least 10% and as much as 41%. Below, the stocks are ordered by predicted upside, from plenty to most.

11. Viacom (VIA.B) is an entertainment company, with television and film-studio subsidiaries.

Its stock has risen 43% in the past year, but analysts are still optimistic about the equity's trajectory. Of those covering Viacom's B shares, two thirds rate them "buy" and one third ranks them "hold." Goldman's $46 target implies 10% of upside in the next 12 months. Deutsche Bank is more bullish, forecasting an advance of 25% to $52. In Goldman's latest research note, it stressed the upside potential resulting from a share buyback acceleration and dividend boosts in 2011 and 2012. Goldman previously expected $1.3 billion of buybacks each year, in 2011 and 2012. Viacom is guiding for $1.8 billion of buybacks in 2011 and $2.3 billion in 2012.
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