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15 Apple-Like Stocks That Could Bear Similar Fruit (Update1)

Stock quotes in this article: AAPL, BRCM, VMW, NTAP, INTU, DIS, CMCSA, QCOM, ACN, QLIK, AN, SS, TIBX, CREE, LNKD, AMZN, TRMB

10. Intuit (INTU)

Company profile: Intuit, with a market value of $17 billion, develops and markets small-business accounting and management, tax preparation and personal finance software. JPMorgan says "TurboTax and QuickBooks have a very loyal following. Once on them, it is a community."

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 15% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 31%. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," eight "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $2.96 per share in 2012, and $3.35 per share next year, a 13% gain.

9. Accenture (ACN)

Company profile: Accenture, with a market value of $42 billion, is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company based in Ireland. JPMorgan says the company is "a pure-play consulting company" with a partnership model that has resulted in its many senior partners owning a big stake in its success.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 21% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 34%. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," and nine "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P, which has it rated "buy," says "we see revenue growth of about 11% (this year) on rising demand from clients for cost containment initiatives."

8. Walt Disney (DIS)

Company profile: Walt Disney, with a market value of $74 billion, is a media and entertainment conglomerate with diversified global operations in theme parks, cruise lines, filmed entertainment, television broadcasting and merchandise licensing. Media networks make up 46% of revenues and 70% of operating earnings and include the ABC broadcast network; 10 TV stations; and cable networks ESPN (80%-owned), The Disney Channel and ABC Family. JPMorgan says Disney "has unrivaled customer loyalty given its theme parks, movies/characters (animated classics, Pixar) and ESPN."

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 20% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 29%. Analysts give its shares 11 "buy" ratings, nine "buy/holds," and 12 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts expect it to earn $2.95 per share this year and $3.40 in 2013.

7. Cree (CREE)

Company profile: Cree, with a market value of $3.6 billion, develops and manufactures semiconductor materials and devices based on silicon carbide, gallium nitride and related compounds. Its lead products are light-emitting diode chips, components and lighting solutions used in everything from streetlights to computers. JPMorgan says Cree will be "a significant benefactor of the adoption of LED-based lighting technology."

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 42% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 5%. Analysts give its shares 12 "buy" ratings, eight "buy/holds," seven "holds," two "weak holds" and two "sells" according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

6. NetApp (NTAP)

Company profile: NetApp, with a market value of $16 billion, is a provider of storage hardware, software and services to a variety of enterprise customers. JPMorgan analysts say it "is another company developing its own unique legion of loyal customers and partners" because of its "singular operating system with a common dashboard of storage systems management features, which earn high marks from customers we speak to in the field."

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 13% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 34%. Analysts give its shares 12 "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," 16 "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

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