NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Bespoke Investment Group sees the fourth quarter as the best period for U.S. equities in 2011. Historical averages show that stock markets perk up in the last quarter of the year. In the last 20 years, the U.S. stock market averaged +4.57% in the fourth quarters, and advanced in 24 of 30 fourth quarters in the last 30 years with an average price return of better than 7%.
Also, Reuters polled 350 stock market analysts worldwide after the third quarter, and their forecast was that 18 of the 19 major world stock indices would either advance or post negligible losses in the fourth quarter. In addition, a Bloomberg survey of 12 Wall Street strategists in early October reveals that the 2011 fourth quarter rally would be the best in 13 years. The S&P 500 is forecast to surge 15% in the fourth quarter.
These five stocks from sectors like aluminum, technology, and automobile have potential upsides ranging from 24% to 44%. The average buy rating for these stocks is 75%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. There are no sell ratings on these stocks.The stocks are arranged in ascending order of upside potential.