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A hold on Google highlights this week's rankings of the 10 most searched stocks on <I></I>.

During the week of Feb. 11, readers searched for these 10 stocks more than any others. Research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.




: A recent and fascinating article in NY Times demonstrates and embodies the upside potential of Apple and its sizzling brand. The article,

Smugglers Return iPhones to China

, discusses how the iPhone is so popular that it is being smuggled back into China after being made and shipped to U.S. and European markets (then resold at a hefty profit). While the iPhone does not (yet) have official distribution in China, this small detail has not prevented eager Chinese consumers to get their hands on "unlocked" iPhones. What does this mean for the stock? It is clear to me that the international consumers want and seek the Apple brand, and the rapid growth of international sales is the next up leg for Apple investors. The Apple brand is demanded and sought after in China -- and it feels like just the beginning. --





: I wrote in the last couple weeks that I was expecting a technical bounce in GOOG shares to the $530-$550 range. We got that bounce and now I expect Mr. Google to tread water around here. The search titan still has overhanging issues to deal with: poor earnings results and the potential Microsoft takeover of Yahoo!. --



First Solar


: The best of breed in solar, and possibly the best of breed of all growth stocks. This momentum darling flat out delivers. The solar bellwether reported

blow-out earnings that were impressive on every level. --





: It is all about the break up. Altria is splitting itself up into two separate companies -- the high-growth international business and the slower growth domestic business. I don't think the market recognizes the enormous value that is being unlocked through this transaction. --





: Following through with our gameplan from

last week -- we did not chase Citigroup higher and waited for lower prices. The time to strike is now. Citigroup will be a primary beneficiary of lower interest rates. --



Goldman Sachs


: The golden child of Wall Street is looking a bit tarnished recently, as rumors swirl that they will report losses just like all the other investment banks have done. I don't see any merit in these rumors, but they have been persistent enough to drive the stock down over 70 points from its Oct. 31 high of $250.70. The bears are in charge of this stock in the near-term, but it's too late to sell. If you own it currently, I would hold on. If you are looking to buy GS, I would wait to see the price levels (high $150's) from last August's panic selling. --





: This stock is a steal at these price levels. Yes, the YHOO bid has produced some near-term uncertainties, but I like their aggressive push to challenge Google. --





: With Verizon, it is all about yield and FiOS. This telecom is a safer play with a bountiful yield of 4.5% to cushion any weakness in an anxious market. But, you also get solid growth exposure with the rapid FiOS deployment to challenge the incumbent cable companies. --





: I am re-evaluating my position on this tech company. The dilemma is the stock is ridiculously cheap on a valuation basis and has solid fundamentals. But, the stock has done nothing and goes nowhere fast. Stay tuned. --



Cisco Systems


: A nice little bounce this past week for Chambers & Co. In the near-term, I unfortunately don't see too much more upside. But for long-term investors, any weakness should be bought as this company is a winner in the end. As I said last week, buy this one for your IRA and forget about it. --


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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