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During the week of Dec. 3, readers searched for 10 stocks more than any others. This week, new entrants Raytheon (RTN) , Transocean (RIG) and ConocoPhillips (COP) join the list as investors sought answers for their recent price action.

Each week, research associate Patrick Schultz makes the buy, sell or hold call on the 10 most sought stocks, in the order of their popularity. If you would like Patrick to provide more detailed analysis of these stocks,

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Research In Motion


: We were patient. We were disciplined. We waited for a break below $100 on RIMM before buying. (See

last week's rankings.) RIMM hit a low of $98.83 last week and rallied over 5% to the $104 level. Any pullback to the $100 level looks attractive to me. --





: The stock of Jobs & Co. has put on a tremendous run, as shares have catapulted close to 30% in less than a month. I should be prudent and say be careful, take some profits, etc. But, I am not going to do that. I want to buy AAPL as this company continues to impress and I think the iPhone sales will be gangbusters and the Mac sales will juice the upside. --



Freeport McMoRan


: Consolidation talk is rampant in the minerals and mining sector. Last week, rumors circulated that European firm Xstrata was being targeted by

Anglo American

and Brazilian giant


. FCX shares benefited as they were taken up in sympathy with the whole sector. The stock has rallied from a low of $85.71 in late November as traders pushed the whole mineral sector up on takeover speculation. Now, I find poor near-term risk/reward at these price levels as the stocks reflect a "takeover premium." I would wait until the consolidation speculation settles down before adding any new money. --





: Citi is expected to name a new CEO this week with Vikram Pandit being the leading candidate. The appointment of a new CEO should generate some much needed positive momentum for this troubled franchise. --





: Shares showed a nice bounce back over the past couple of weeks, but are still way below their 52-week high of $25.47. I would be an aggressive buyer of this tech stock at these levels as I can see a run to the mid-$20s on any market strength. --




: This defense company stands to be a big beneficiary of a potential arms sale of over $10 billion to Kuwait and U.A.E that was announced by the Pentagon last week. However, the stock now reflects this upside and is at the high end of its trading range of $61-$65. --





: Here is a great example of why it is important to use market weakness to your advantage. Over the past couple of weeks, the Googster had a big run from the $620 range to the recent $720. Everything is fine and dandy at Google, and it has a higher stock price than a week ago. Now, I would wait on market weakness to add to this position. --



Shaw Group


: Repeat after me -- I love global infrastructure. Sing it in the shower. Practice saying it in your car. Dream about it at night. --




: This company has two big trends working in its favor. First, energy demand is soaring as globalization works its beneficial magic. Second, energy is much harder to find and access. Marginal supply increases are found in far away locations such as deep underneath the ocean, and the way to profit is to invest in stocks in the ultra-deepwater sector. RIG is the purest and best play on this mega-trend. --



Conoco Phillips

: The cheapest integrated energy company has exposure to all levels of the energy sector. I prefer specific exposure to the deep water niche of energy, but COP is the best of the integrated energy plays. --


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Patrick Schultz is a research associate at 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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