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5 Stocks to Buy While Others Are Afraid

Stocks in this article: LULURLEAATVIZNGA

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The stock market got off to a rough start this week. Not only has the broad market swoon knocked the life out of most tickers, several companies got hit on lackluster earnings reports.

My biggest concern: I am waiting for a couple of paychecks to clear. In fact, until they do, it would not bother me if the market continued to correct, drop, tank or even crash.

I fully understand that the prospects of these things scare many people. If you need your money soon and you're all-in, I understand your fear. When the day comes that I am two-to-five years out from needing cash from my nest egg, I will have tucked a more-than-sufficient portion of it under my proverbial mattress.

Short-term sentiments aside, as a long-term investor, I am buying the following stocks on weakness.

Names to Buy on Weakness

Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Zynga (ZNGA). That's right. I like all three stocks. If a space exists where multiple companies can not only co-exist but thrive, the gaming sector is it.

Investors have bruised and battered each of these stocks. As of Tuesday's close, EA is down 44.6% from its 52-week high. ATVI is off 13.9%. And ZNGA took a 50.2% haircut.

Hold on tight, but if I were to create a basket between these three stocks, I would allocate 50% in ZNGA and 25% each in EA and ATVI. Yes, overweight ZNGA. Before you start talking about "bubbles," "irrational exuberance" and "dot-com booms and busts," let me explain myself.

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First and foremost, I am a long-term investor. When I buy a stock, I do so with a time horizon measured in several years, not days, weeks or even months. And I buy future potential.

Zynga has the visionary in its CEO Marc Pincus. As I started to explain Monday on TheStreet, I invest in visionaries like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Pincus. These guys started companies, created spaces, changed the world and continue to own the role of trailblazing pioneer. I will bet on an entrepreneur any day of the week over an MBA. (And I know Pincus has an MBA, but he's as much of an MBA as I am urban planner or heart surgeon).

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