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Apple looks sharp as is sits atop the 10 most-searched stocks.

During the week of Feb. 4, readers searched for 10 stocks more than any others. In order to serve investors, research associate Patrick Schultz makes the Buy, Sell or Hold call on them below, in the order of their popularity.




: On Monday morning, Apple was the first PC & hardware addition to Citi's newly formed "Top Picks Live" list. It is the research group's highest conviction ideas through the 2008 calendar year. I like this valued-added call after the big recent decline in AAPL shares as shares have reached levels even priced to attract value style investors. Further, Citi maintains their $212 price target giving upside potential of 65%. --





: I said

last week that I was expecting a technical bounce from very oversold levels. We are seeing that bounce now, but don't expect too much more upside beyond the $530-$550 range. Google still has its (relatively) poor earnings results and the potential YHOO-MSFT takeover hanging over it. --



Foster Wheeler


: The winning stocks in this market environment share one common trait -- revenue generated overseas. FWLT generates 75% of its sales from the rest of the world. --





: Our patience paid off in not chasing Citigroup higher. We waited for lower prices and now is the time to strike. I am moving Citigroup to a Buy rating as the financial sector will be the primary beneficiary of lower interest rates. --



Cisco Systems


: This bellwether of technology has been blindly and ruthlessly pummeled over the past two months (down over 30%) and is offering a great entry point for long-term investors. For short-term traders, I don't see too much action, but the valuation here is very compelling. I have no doubt that Chambers and company will win big for shareholders in the end. Buy this one here for your IRA and forget about it. --





: Two things to know about this stock going forward: 1) Altria is splitting itself up into two separate companies -- the high-growth international business and the slower growth domestic business. 2) Dow Jones announced on Monday that MO and


will be replaced in the industrial index with



Bank of America

. --




(MSFT) --- Great earnings power, globally recognized brand, tons of firepower shown in the aggressive bid for


. What's not to like? --



Annaly Capital Management


: Here we have one of the few stocks that has repeatedly hit new 52-week highs. Do you know how difficult that is in this market? And given that it's a financial stock? Wow. They are definitely doing something right and we should be a part of it. --





: As the saying goes, content is king. I grant full marks to Bob Iger for his steadfast vision and execution in evolving Disney to being a dominant global content provider. The company

reported outstanding results, as first-quarter EPS of 52 cents beat consensus by 11 cents. However, the current price quote fully reflects the big beat by Disney. As we did with Citigroup last week, let's be patient and wait for the market to selloff and buy below $30. --



NYSE Euronext


: The exchange stock traded sharply down on an awful earnings report. The market was shocked by the expense trends now and going forward. --


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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