TSC Power Stock Rankings: Apple - TheStreet

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During the week of May 19, TheStreet.com readers searched for the following 10 stocks more than any others. This week saw two new entrants to the mix as Broadwind Energy and Nucor (NUE) - Get Report drew investors attention.As he does each week, research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.

Top Ten Most Searched Stocks on TheStreet.com

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1. Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

: Apple's journey to $200 is alive and well. Recall, last week we hoped for some bumps in the road (market-related weakness), so we could actually buy more because there is so much going right for the House of Jobs. Buy on any weakness. --

BUY

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2. Petrobras

(PBR) - Get Report

: This is the most exciting and dynamic energy company on the globe. Forget about

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

. Don't bore me with

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

. The key tell in global energy markets is now Petrobras. It seems they announce a monster oil discovery off their coast every few weeks. The recent Tupi oil field discovery will reward shareholders for generations. However, recent trading in PBR sent shares to extremely overbought levels. I want to own this company, but I will not pay anything over $67. Wait for that level if you don't own it already. --

HOLD

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3. Freeport McMoRan

(FCX) - Get Report

: From now on, when I say copper you say FCX. It is the best-positioned copper play in the group, and demand for its product is through the roof. Copper goes into everything this global boom produces and demands. So, I say copper, you say... --

BUY

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4. First Solar

(FSLR) - Get Report

: This best-of-breed solar play is building a trading base in the $260-$300 range. I would use this consolidation trading to build up long positions. For the fast-trader types, buy some in the mid- to low $260s (with a tight stop below $260) and take the fast money on a run above $290. --

BUY

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5. Broadwind Energy

(BWEN) - Get Report

: This spec stock is a pure play on wind energy and has had a spectacular recent run. It is not surprising to see so much speculation in alternative energy sources given the persistent and stubborn high prices for energy. I do think BWEN is a very good speculative investment, but with three key caveats:

1) Understand that this is a very speculative stock and will have heart-stopping moves (up and down)

2) Be very price sensitive, and don't just pay any price (I like it in the $18 area).

3) This is not a buy and hold stock. Be quick to take profits or stop loss. --

HOLD

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6. DryShips

(DRYS) - Get Report

: DryShips management is the gunslinging cowboy of the drybulk shipping industry. It is a complicated industry to understand, but DryShips wants pure and raw exposure to the spot transport market, so it doesn't set up many long-term contracts for its ships. I go into more detail in this video:

China Watch: Shipping Stocks 101

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This strategy is paying off as the Baltic Dry bulk index is trading at its highs (rates for their ships are based off the BDI index). If you believe (as I do) that the global economy will continue to grow like gangbusters, then DRYS is an ultra-levered way to bet on it. --

BUY

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7. El Paso

(EP)

: Last week, Goldman Sachs downgraded shares of El Paso to a Neutral rating from Buy. The downgrade was more of a "victory lap" for the analyst that rightly called for a big move higher in EP's share price. However, nothing fundamentally has changed as high energy prices will be here for the foreseeable future. Stick with this energy play as there is still more upside ahead. --

BUY

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8. Nucor

(NUE) - Get Report

: Global steel demand is insatiable as former Third World countries rise into middle class status. The wildfire growth in emerging economies demands tons and tons of steel to build the basics of a modern society -- buildings, roads, bridges, cars and appliances. However, the whole group had a big run and is due for a pullback. UBS downgraded Nucor shares last week, which is going to add overhead resistance. I really like the steel story, but I would wait for a better entry point. Too much downside risk to buy right now. --

HOLD

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9. Visa

(V) - Get Report

: Last week, we were looking for a dip in Visa shares to build a trading stake. We are getting that opportunity as V is trading in the mid-$70s. Take profits on any run into $80-$82 range as there is overhead resistance at the $83 level. --

BUY

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10. National Oilwell Varco

(NOV) - Get Report

: Energy sources are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Large oil deposits exist in often harsh and unfriendly conditions in deep offshore waters that demand specialized high-tech rigs. There are a limited number of companies that can build rigs suited to drill in 10,000 ft of water. NOV is one of them. --

BUY

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Patrick Schultz is a research associate at TheStreet.com. He has previously obtained securities licenses under the NASD's Series 7, Series 24, Series 52 and Series 63 exams and has worked in the financial markets on various trading desks in addition to trading for his own account. Schultz holds a bachelor's degree in applied economics from Cornell University.