Power Stock Rankings: Energy - TheStreet

During the week of May 5, TheStreet.com readers searched for the following 10 stocks more than any others. As oil rose past $125 per barrel, readers searched Anadarko Petroleum (APC) - Get Report, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) - Get Report and Nordic American Tanker (NAT) - Get Report for answers about the stock reaction. Each week, research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on the 10 most searched stocks, in the order of their popularity.

1. Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

: The shining path to $200 is on track, but it does not mean a detour to $170 is out of the question for Apple shares. A pullback that refreshes is due before Apple can challenge the $200 peak. I expect this week to be a tough one for AAPL bulls, but I would be a selective buyer. --

BUY

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Top Ten Most Searched Stocks on TheStreet.com

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2. Visa

(V) - Get Report

: The taste of crow still lingers as Visa sold off from the high $80s at the end of last week. Traders need to watch these new resistance levels as this freshly minted IPO builds a trading base. Visa would be tempting on a dip below $77. --

HOLD

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3. Yamana Gold

(AUY) - Get Report

: I pounded the table to aggressively buy this gold play when it was trading under $13. AUY had a very nice run last week, and now it is sitting pretty. For the traders out there, there is no crime in taking some profit. I am taking this one to a hold on this run. --

HOLD

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4. Yahoo!

(YHOO)

: Yahoo! is now the lost sailor of market. No

Microsoft

. No white knight coming to the rescue. It only has poor earnings and a troubled business model to fall back on. And shares have bounced to over $25 from the low $20s, adding a poor risk/reward return to the mix. Without Mister Softee coming back to the table, I just don't see the upside. --

SELL

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5. Anadarko Petroleum

(APC) - Get Report

: In case you have been living on the moon for the past couple of years, the energy sector is the place to be. Case in point, the earnings report from Anadarko last week. They posted stellar results of $1.44 per share vs. analyst expectations of only $1.22 (18% upside beat). APC stock surged post-earnings, and the stock is trading at new all-time highs. I would use any weakness to the low $70s as an entry. --

BUY

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6. Nordic American Tanker

(NAT) - Get Report

: Oil tanker stocks are on fire, too. NAT is one of the players in this sector that boasts a juicy dividend of 8.4%. It is a great time to be a tanker company because spot rates for their vessels are rising and many single hulled tankers (46 vessels by 2010) will be coming off the market (environmental and safety concerns). NAT owns a fleet of 12 Suezmax double-hull tankers (with two more under construction). The stock had a big run recently, so I would wait for a pullback. An entry in the mid-$30s looks appealing. --

BUY

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7. El Paso

(EP)

: That's some nice recent performance in EP, and I would stay with this cheap and under-the-radar energy play. With EP, you own the largest natural gas pipeline in the U.S. and a company that is growing its exploration and production of natural gas. And for confirmation of the upside potential, CEO Foshee recently bought 50,000 shares of the stock in the open market. --

BUY

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8.National Oilwell Varco

(NOV) - Get Report

: The days of easy and cheap oil are gone. Now oil exploration and production comes from off-shore locations and hard-to-reach deposits. To access these areas, the products and services of companies like NOV and

Transocean

(RIG) - Get Report

are needed. They will be the big winners of the new off-shore exploration world. NOV is the fourth-largest offshore oil drilling company in an industry with huge barriers to entry (sophisticated and capital-intensive equipment). NOV is a great way to play this brave new world of high oil prices. --

BUY

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9. Foster Wheeler

(FWLT)

: Last week, this engineering and infrastructure company posted solid earnings confirming the global boom in construction. FWLT reported EPS of 85 cents a share (vs. 80 cents last year), which was 12 cents ahead of consensus. Management did note some North American weakness, which is not surprising, but I think the overall investment thesis is intact and running strong. --

BUY

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10. Potash

(POT)

: Did you take the plunge and buy some POT during the recent swoon in the Ag stocks? POT traded as low as $175 and quickly snapped back to the $200 level. Yes, the down move in the Ag complex looked scary, but nobody ever said making money was easy, right? Just remember the next time the Ag stocks sell off that the Ag cycle is far from over. The rising famine problem and growing wealth of BRIC countries will keep the demand for food at elevated levels for the foreseeable future. --

BUY

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Patrick Schultz is a research associate at TheStreet.com. In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks. He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. 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 appreciates your feedback;

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